In the spirit of Shaq-Fu, Beyoncé pretending to like Rhythm Heaven, and countless other videogame/mainstream media pairings, Square Enix and the NBA have announced Final Fantasy XIII as a presenting partner of the 2010 NBA All-Star Celebrity Game (Partnership with World-Renowned Fantasy Videogame Includes Visibility Throughout the Game and at NBA All-Star Jam Session presented by Adidas.)
What does that mean, exactly? Well, there will be some Final Fantasy XIII commercials during the game when it airs on ESPN on February 12th at 7pm EST, with some Final Fantasy XIII banners and posters hanging around the court to match. People who have never played a Final Fantasy game will stare at said banners and posters and say "Final Fantasy XIII? How can it be 'final' if they've made thirteen of them?" They will then go back to being hypnotized by the sight of Chris Tucker and Dr. Oz as they sweat and bumble around the basketball court, effectively killing any awareness that they may have started to form of a videogame called Final Fantasy XIII.
Those who actually attend the event will even get to play Final Fantasy XIII for a bit, but does anyone who cares about NBA All-Star Celebrity things want to play Final Fantasy XIII? Does anyone interested in Final Fantasy XIII want to have their first time with the title happen in the middle of a basketball game?
Is this the least effective pairing of a videogame and a non-videogame-related event ever? Does Michael Jackson's ghost dream of making Moonwalker 2 in HD? Wasn't it cool that one time when Mario and the Black Mage from Final Fantasy had a slam dunk contest?
Please, answer these questions in the comments, and/or hit the jump for the full press release.
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