April Fools' Day 2009 Roundup

If you've spent any time online at all today, you've no doubt realized that it's April Fools' Day. This morning, GameSpot posted its own series of satirical stories for April Fools' Day. On the video side, the site previewed Fable II: My Pocket Pets, debuted some new Dragon Age footage from...

If you've spent any time online at all today, you've no doubt realized that it's April Fools' Day. This morning, GameSpot posted its own series of satirical stories for April Fools' Day. On the video side, the site previewed Fable II: My Pocket Pets, debuted some new Dragon Age footage from BioWare, and revealed the latest playable character in Marvel Ultimate Alliance 2:

News editors pondered what would happen if Animal Crossing's Tom Nook was a Deadwood-like murderous criminal amd Resident Evil's Umbrella Corporation needed a bailout and how Colonial Marines would react to the implosion of the Aliens games--if Colonial Marines actually existed. The prospect of 2K combining its critically lauded, ultraviolent BioShock series with its poorly reviewed, family-friendly Carnival Games also raised its head.

There was also plenty of tomfoolery by publishers and developers this April Fool's Day, which has become a cultural touchstone for gamers. Here are some of the more prominent ones:

Blizzard's Blowout:
--New Diablo III class, the Archivist: A dottering, semi-senile old man whose dialogue tree includes the opinions "Have you seen my pants?" "Look at this mole on my neck," and "I smell like bacon and summertime."

--New Starcraft II Unit, the Terratron: Nothing at all like a Transformer. Really. Its role? "Omega Supreme Defense," which sounds like an acne-control medication…from the future!

--Pimp My Mount: Service that lets players trick out their World of Warcraft steeds with "armor plating, a few spikes or chains, or maybe even some flaming decals."

--World debut of WOW's new player-versus-player Dance Battle System, which has the Horde and the Alliance groups facing off in Dance Dance Revolution-style showdowns.(Cue Blood Elf jazz hands.)

--Microsoft touted the latest Guitar Hero parody, the Xbox 360 "exclusive" Alpine Legend, complete with Alpine Horn peripheral and yodel karaoke track.

--THQ debuted a new Office-like featurette about the development of a new Red Faction: Guerilla weapon, the Ostrich Hammer:

--Konami issued a ludicrously fake trailer for the next Metal Gear Solid game, which will feature an unexpected protagonist. (Hint: "Ancient Snake" isn't too far off the mark.)

--Bethesda Softworks poked fun at itself by doubling the price of The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion's much-maligned horse armor DLC to MSP400 ($5) on Xbox Live. All other Oblivion XBLM content is indeed half off for the next week--seriously

--id Software playfully teased its new browser-based massively multiplayer online first-person shooter, World of Quake Live.

--In a YouTube video and a half-convincing press release, Polish develop CD Projekt Red announced the new, completely nonexistent The Witcher: Mysterious Secrets for "all current-gen, next-gen and gen-after-next-gen handheld systems and is scheduled for release between Tuesday and Friday 2010."

--When performing body tests today, Wii Fit pretends to not function for a brief few seconds. Then, in a chirpy and cheery voice, it tells you "you're overweight" with complete earnestness.

--Nerd merchandise emporium ThinkGeek posted its latest high-tech wearable, the $99.99 blue and orange Portal shirts. (Must be bought in pairs to function.)

--Capcom joked that its graphically intense forthcoming shooter Dark Void has gone in a new direction--it's "going totally 8-bit!" The game's new cover art also goes for a retro feel, including being preworn around the edges.

--GameStop touted the ventriloquist title called My Wii Buddy with bonus tuxedo T-shirts.

--Developer Ready at Dawn used another YouTube video to unveil a new mode in God of War: Chains of Olympus. Called "Cube of War," it lets gamers play as the companion cube from the game Portal.

--Halo 3 developer Bungie Studios announced the fictional Bungie Ultimate Ninja Gaming League Extreme, which "is poised to become the first and only professional gaming league that forces players to wield the true skill-based weapon." That weapon? The Spiker--the only weapon that players can use, period. A multimillion-dollar championship is to be held in Dubai later this year.

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Discussion

214 comments
Yehforgames
Yehforgames

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JakeYourself
JakeYourself

@Xizle i love looking back at old posts and seeing people talking about dates for releases....and then have it pushed back like a year.

necorid
necorid

ive been playing quake live ever since

Turkey12
Turkey12

The ostrich hammer made me lol

Dylanius
Dylanius

Holy MOLY I so hope theres a cheat/hack for the ostrich hammer!

Xizle
Xizle

To mgrbgr i'm pretty sure starcraft 2 is due for release on 25/09/2009

mgrbgr
mgrbgr

nice to see blizzard has lots of free time....i've bought a new pc last year 4 starcraft 2 ..still TBA :( . at least announce a year

NobleAssassin93
NobleAssassin93

Okay about the Red Faction weapon...They should put it in that's absolutely hilarious.. Ostrich Hammer!!!

Lancing
Lancing

anyone know where you can watch that fake metal gear trailer? i can't navigate the site that link brought me to.

Rebelzource
Rebelzource

The Diablo one really got me wondering if it was for real!

Kuehn
Kuehn

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drummerdickens
drummerdickens

Bethesda should have said they would patch Fallout 3 for the PS3 properly, that would have been the greatest April Fools joke ever!

imtubbs
imtubbs

dude.... ostrich hammer hells to the yeah

necorid
necorid

this made me sign up for quake live, it rocks

Dannyboy3x
Dannyboy3x

I love how the archivist in the D3 video get's one-shotted every time, the mob just touches him and he collapses. Ostrich video was also funny.

brian_13un
brian_13un

I like the Blizzard's joke very funny ^_^ they even have a joke team ^_^

truthbetold101
truthbetold101

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AyuSora
AyuSora

I love the Spiker. I would seriously join Bungie's tourney.

clone11
clone11

Now I really want Alpine Legend. =D

KILLMENBR
KILLMENBR

You forgot Guild Wars april fool's joke.

tsyunami
tsyunami

I think that game would be awesome if you could kill someone with a very large bird

GamingMind
GamingMind

lol at the red faction one .........too much feathers...not enough feathers....this ones facing north, not southwest....this ones upside down........and this ones a ****ing emu...

N0tYrBeezin
N0tYrBeezin

Ostrich hammer ostrichizes people. That is hilarous. The RedFaction video was soooo hilarious.

lucas182
lucas182

Loved the wii fit joke :P

Oni
Oni

I wish Blizzard would spend as much time developing/fixing their games as they do developing their April fools jokes for their games. I'm not even slightly amused anymore. Why? Because we all know it's coming. Maybe if it were a surprise I'd be more inclined to giggle.

jacfalcon
jacfalcon

DAG NABBIT! THAT TERRA-TRON BETTER BE AVAILABLE AS A FREAKIN' CHEAT CODE IN SC2!!!!!!

Satch100
Satch100

these are all pretty amazingly funny. btmnhatesrbn you need to take a chill pill... just cause people are playing a practical joke on April fools (OMG!!!) doesn't mean that "we live a in a media-created/induced culture where the dishonest and criminal are worship, glorified, and praise." But with that pessimistic thinking i guess you wouldn't think the jokes are funny.

BtmnHatesRbn
BtmnHatesRbn

All April Fool's "jokes" can be traced right back to the April 1992 issue of EGM and the Sheng Long prank. Before that, nobody did a thing, and frankly, I don't like being lied to every year. But we live a in a media-created/induced culture where the dishonest and criminal are worship, glorified, and praise.

Adzey
Adzey

I loved the Alpine Legend trailer, that game looked AMAZING! I would have bought that anyday

gameking5000
gameking5000

The Wii fit practical joke was the most funny for me

GuardNo-1
GuardNo-1

No Tomb Raider for Christmas 09 - now that would have got em going!

joelgargan
joelgargan

Haha really funny gamespot. I'm in stitches...

CharlieFubar
CharlieFubar

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Deathlord_32
Deathlord_32

LOL at the video at the top! i loved the reference to Jedi Knight: Dark Forces II "You fight like a coward, just like your father"

japanesegoth
japanesegoth

i wonder if they will actually make the archivist a real character and give it real skills. lol. that would be interesting

RattleHead
RattleHead

No April Fools joke from 3D Realms setting a release date for Duke Nukem Forever? Now that would have been hilarious!!!

dudous_47
dudous_47

WTF is going on? Starcraft II is on pause? when they are going to finish this **** game?

OldDogOfWar
OldDogOfWar

lmao as long as they didn't post any FFXlll or God of warlll fools, because fooling around about an awesome games release date is just evil