April Fools' Day 2010 roundup

Old Republic Sarlacc character class, Alan Wake Wars, Battle.net dating service, and Civilization V's Extreme Diplomacy mode among this year's pranks.

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Each year, the game news cycle slows to a crawl on April 1. That's when media outlets and game publishers alike typically let slip the dogs of comedy in the form of fake stories, bogus games, and hoax announcements for April Fools' Day. Usually, the gags are obvious, although occasionally one does trick a good many, as a Dutch site did earlier this week with a fake reveal of the Xbox 360 slim.

As always, Blizzard Entertainment went big this year, launching a fake dating service on Battle.net. The matchmaking service's tagline is "someone to pwn noobs with," and it resembles such online dating services as Match.com or eHarmony.com. A promotional video also extols the service, saying Battle.net's "matchmaking algorithm" will help lonely players find a mate with similar skill levels. Attempting to find a match, however, begins a series of increasingly absurd messages ("PC Load Letter") as a search status bar fills and refills…and refills ad infinitum.

Blizzard wants you to find the blood elf of your dreams.

World of Warcraft players also may have noticed that their character models on www.wowarmory.com were replaced with that of a Tuskarr, or anthropomorphic walrus. Blizzard didn't stop there, though. The company posted a page for a fake iPhone sequel to its 1994 DOS and SNES platformer Blackthorne, which was later ported to the Sega 32x, Mac, and Game Boy Advance. Styled after a 1980s action sequel, Blackthorne 2: Thorne Harder certainly has mid-'90s-quality graphics, although it will sport 21st-century tools. Blizzard said it will feature "Twitter and Facebook integration to automatically post updates for every single enemy you kill. Your friends will thank you."

Watch your back, MacGruber, Blackthorne is back.

Blizzard also posted another fake iPhone game, Queen's Quest, which will depict the aftermath of Starcraft's Brood War with "exotic 16-color locations." The company also hit the merchandising angle, selling the Snuggie-esque "Diablo III X-Treme Gamer Blanket" and Diablo III body pillows guaranteed to terrify children. It is also (not) offering the Deckard Cain GPS voice pack, asking, "What better way to get where you're going than by following the carefully considered directions of everyone's favorite antediluvian archivist from the Diablo series?" Audio samples are also available.

Fellow role-playing game developer BioWare also got into the fun, announcing a new class for its forthcoming massively multiplayer game Star Wars: The Old Republic. As outlined in a hard-hitting interview on GameSpot, the new class will be the Sarlacc Enforcer, based on the infamous--and immobile--pit monster that appeared in Return of the Jedi. However, rather than simply act as a massive digestive garbage disposal for unlucky smugglers, Sarlacc Enforcers will play a crucial role in the seedy underbelly of The Old Republic's universe, working with Hutt gangsters and bounty hunters to affect the game's political landscape.

3…2…1…negotiate!

Firaxis Games also got in on the fun with a fake press release touting a new feature for its upcoming, sure-to-be-time-consuming strategy title. Under the headline "2K Games Announces New Extreme Diplomacy Game Mode for Sid Meier’s Civilization V," the release outlines a new "uber edition" of the upcoming game, which will come with an "optional eight-button joystick" that will "allow two world leaders to enter a death match and fight to the finish, using special attacks and finishing moves." The moves include George Washington’s Uncle Slam Attack, Oda Nobunaga’s Tsunami Train Attack, and Otto von Bismarck’s Hurricane Helmet Spike Attack. Were that not enough of a Street Fighter homage, Firaxis also released a screenshot to clear up any doubt.

Rounding out the day's hijinks is Alan Wake Wars, a new real-time strategy game from Finnish developer Remedy. The obvious parody is viewable via YouTube and shows players assembling armies of the ghostly enemies from the upcoming third-person psychological thriller Alan Wake. A title card crows, "24 different unit types, 17 different maps, 18 tech trees, one theme song…over and over again."

Last but not least, GameSpot posted a special April Fools' Day edition of Today on the Spot, presented in glorious 3D. Viewable below, the program includes news of the new first-person litigator Call of Jury Duty, a demo of Rush: Rock Band and its 20-drum peripheral, and details on the controversial Mega Man series reboot.

Discussion

187 comments
gerudoman320
gerudoman320

i actually had a 3d galsses just on top of the printer...and it didnt worked :(

Kracka2205
Kracka2205

@Cwagmire21 well they must have edited the article to fix it because that 1st sentence wasn't the same when I first read the article. I can't remember now what it said, but I think they left out a word.

firehawk998
firehawk998

biggest april fools day joke DUKE NUKEM FOREVER gets released!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

MuffintopX
MuffintopX

Evil IGN has a pretty funny bollywood Halo: The Movie

UnknownForm
UnknownForm

I'm going to remember these April Fool's jokes for years!! XD

hman1111
hman1111

I dont care if they say its not real I'm praying for Alan Wake Wars

ausgamer529
ausgamer529

natal is going to suck i can feel it

hyttenhoof
hyttenhoof

'natal doesn't even have a controller so this is obviously better' i don't see how this is not true in every way

Unkillable
Unkillable

They really got me with the Mass Effect/Dragon Age crossover. Facepalms anyone?

Illidan311
Illidan311

lol at the lumberjacks swarming from that outhouse

frostdude
frostdude

lol hilarious !!~~ A diablo pillow ;D~~

slicedbread117
slicedbread117

i dont blame the Reach fan...reach is gonna be F***ING AWESOME!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Petercairns
Petercairns

1st Halo Reach customer...LoL, love it! : P

345tom
345tom

Not as good as last years mind...

salehhesham
salehhesham

civilization V diplomacy mode was so awesome..and the pic was made perfectly ..nice one Gamespot..:)

iwantapepsi
iwantapepsi

man i started to get realy excited for rock band rush i want to play on that drum sit

protonian87
protonian87

blizzard also put something in the store that cost around 14K.. it's look like a futuristic glasses that will integrated you fully to the world of warcraft. And when i look at the bottom, it clearly state [but small] it is for April Fool.. and already sold out!! LOL

Ninja-Bear
Ninja-Bear

No mention of Bungie's new multiplayer ViDoc - Halo Chess? :P

blasterchief
blasterchief

I actually had 3D glasses here and put them on, lol. GUISE TRY IT IT ACTUALLY WORKS.

pudgexd
pudgexd

I got fooled by blizzard dating site

GamerJedi29
GamerJedi29

i really hate it when they do this to us

OzzyMcRcky
OzzyMcRcky

The mass effect/Dragon age idea sounds pretty funny :L

zeniftan
zeniftan

Har! Har! Har! The 3D joke was HILARIOUS! Har! Har! Har! What...?

elementrium
elementrium

The 3D parts were hilarious and the super controller ''what if terrorists get hold of it" pmsl

Crusader721
Crusader721

The Zelda Trailer was by far the best IMO...just because it looked so legitimate. The trailer was practically Hollywood quality it was crazy, I was really bummed to find out it wasn't real.

mjax211
mjax211

these are pretty funny. legend of zelda movie trailer = worst april fool's joke ever. I fell for it so hard and it really ruined my day when i found out it was fake.

Clarkinator
Clarkinator

My favourite April Fool's joke was the Blizzard Nueral interface. Costing $1499.00, it was supposed to be a helmet that was your screen.

Hercules321
Hercules321

Haha these were pretty funny this year. In my opinion though, the best April Fools prank still goes to Electronic Gaming Monthly years ago when they made an article in their magazine that said "if one could get through Street Fighter II's grueling 11-character roster without taking a hit, and then get 9 "draws" in a row vs. final boss M. Bison, the player could supposedly fight against a special character called Sheng Long, who was said to be Ryu's master." Haha I remember attempting this dozens of times...

Gamewako
Gamewako

LULZ @ On the Spot! MM: Alpha Dog Fighting Challenge 3D...where can I pre-order?!?

Argle
Argle

As a Diablo 2 fan, I liked the Deckard Cain GPS, just the idea is hilarious. "turn left onto Washington street" "......you have quite a treasure there in that Horadric cube!"

battu1
battu1

@monkey_sandwich yeah i was like wtf

MassMayham57_
MassMayham57_

someone should actually do the stuff that they announce on april fools day. It would be a nice twist

monkey_sandwich
monkey_sandwich

bungie did an april fools joke for halo reach revealing a new chess game mode..

penpusher
penpusher

I hate april fools,,,it is the low point of my year it really is :( so many bad jokes

TTDog
TTDog

The biggest April Fool would have been if they'd announced a release date for Gran Turismo 5... but the chances of anyone swallowing that would have been really, really slim!

royalarts
royalarts

You know for Call of Jury Duty I could actually believe ACTIVISION would be stupid enough to make that.

RoOodriGowW
RoOodriGowW

They were all great but civilization V extreme diplomacy was just awesome , very funny :lol:

Iron_dawg
Iron_dawg

man they did a real good job this year. my personal favorite though was the extreme diplomacy mode.

StraiN-ShifTeD
StraiN-ShifTeD

First time I actually followed April Fools, and I must say it was a succes. I nearly became enemies with some of the mods, but alright! :P