I looked around zam and didn't see anything mentioned yet but there's a big hubub on the official forms over the Japaneese 10th anniversary special event they've named "Random deal. The official form link is here
The gist of it is that people who attend the festival in japan will be able to buy six "metal tags" for 500 yen (about $6) that have registration codes for a random chance at an in game item. The consensus is that the item spread sucks and most of the tickets are codes for junk (very much like our in game luck), but they've included tags that reward players with level 99 empyean, relic, and mythic weapons as well as "shining" voidwatch body armors. Only event attendees can purchase the tickets and they aren't being offered anywhere else. Most of the JP players are expressing volatile remarks about this just as much as the NA and EU players because a majority of them also won't be attending the event (limited space at the festival and real life obligations etc), and it's a general slap in the face to the entire player base save a few lucky people.
The real issue isn't the event concept itself so much as it is that the tickets are only available to attendees. Since this is Vanadiel's 10th anniversary the tickets are somewhat of a supercharged mog bonanza because prizes are guaranteed (albeit random and slim), however the fact that they are mutually exclusive to a select few is insulting to everyone. If they want to raffle out a chance at rare items that's fine, but everyone should be allowed their six chances, be it from their online store attached to a playonline ID or whatever. The rewards come in the form of the familiar bonanza kupon, EW, MW, RW, and VW, so winners get their choice of prize. S-E's events have a history of rewarding people who attend with in game items like the moogle beret and moogle rod, but those are mostly novelty items for show that don't do much more than look cool. Rewarding people with the most elite weapons and armor in the entire game is an entirely different matter, and it's kind of disheartening to see.
Edited, May 29th 2012 1:02am by Melphina