Sunday, December 28, 2008

Final Visual

Check out this Microsoft ad for Visual Studio:


Now check out this shot of Ultima, a summon monster from Final Fantasy XII and Final Fantasy Tactics:

That's not the only similarity either. The girl in the party looks a lot like Penelo from Final Fantasy XII and the weapon used by the summoner looks a lot like a generic 'rod' weapon that's in all Final Fantasy games.

For as much as I'd like it to be, it's actually not a case of outright thievery by MS in this case. Previous Visual Studio ads have aped games like Halo, World of Warcraft, and Second Life. In all those cases it was rather obvious, but I found it interesting that their Final Fantasy advertising tribute chose a rather obscure set of characters, I guess noticing it makes it all the more delicious to a handful of adherents.

By the way, I got the bottom pic from the site below, do not click on it if you think that there is still hope for mankind! (Safe for work, but not for sanity)
http://www.kaolinitedreams.com/ultimaholy.html
You clicked on it didn't you?!

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