Swanky shots from the Final Fantasy XIII launch party

Above: G4/Singled Out sorta-celebrity Chris Hardwick took control of the stage with a mighty kick directed at the voice actors of Snow and Lightning

Above: That made way for a 25-minute panel on the impact of Final Fantasy, starring Mark Cerny, Graeme Devine, Chris Taylor, Feargus Urquhart and Corrinne "everything Halo" Yu. Look 'em up!

Above: The panel then toasted itself and the game, which was kind of weird as none of us in the audience had anything to do with either

Above: The audience donned 3D glasses for a special trailer of FFXIII. Nothing new, but the technology was damn good

Above: DJ Mom Jeans kicked off his set with a remix of Lightning's theme, then went into an eclectic mix of Daft Punk, MGMT, Silversun Pickups and Mos Def

Above: As we left, we spotted these art inserts on the outside of the venue

Above: Finally, we took this brief video of the dancers who suddenly hopped onstage to dance around. We heard they were Maxim girls. Strange, but somehow fitting.

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  • philipshaw - March 10, 2010 7:19 p.m.

    Wish I was there,it looked awesome and I have seen most of the photos in the article on your twitter feed
  • manaconda - March 10, 2010 6:57 p.m.

    i heard a rumour that international playboy and point and click adventure enthusiast charlie barrett was there.
  • EnragedTortoise1 - March 10, 2010 1:52 p.m.

    Whoa, way too upper-class for us mere mortals. I'll just pick up my copy on launch day, thank you.
  • suicidali - March 10, 2010 1:05 p.m.

    This is what people should get when they stand outside a game store for a midnight release... I'd certainly do it more often if it were true I'd find it odd playing videogames in a classy suit though...
  • Bawheidbob - March 10, 2010 7:41 a.m.

    Everything about this whole game is just class looked like a great night
  • ranzatsu - March 10, 2010 6:19 a.m.

    Jesus, this is too high class for a normal human like me. And since this had been the most awaited game of the decade, it's natural to have a party as awesome as this. @OnyxOblivion: Did YOU try the drink? They said it tasted like Coke...I guess.
  • Corsair89 - March 10, 2010 3:21 a.m.

    I like Final Fantasy as much as the next person, this whole thing just seems extravagant to me.
  • OnyxOblivion - March 10, 2010 1:20 a.m.

    Did you try the drink?
  • Cyberninja - March 10, 2010 12:08 a.m.

    not trying to start a flame war or anything but in the video did it seem like hardly anyone was using the 360s?
  • DEFAULT - March 9, 2010 11:59 p.m.

    Cocktail attire...domed ceilings...fancy tables...mixed drinks...marketed drinks...DJ...random dancers? Wtf, is it classy or not?