April Fools' Day Roundup 2011

Annual day of tomfoolery brings gags from BioWare, Blizzard, Harmonix, Sega, Sony, and more.

Every year, the game news cycle is disrupted on April 1 by a variety of jokes, japes, pranks, and various other gags from a host of sources around the Web. This year is no exception, with numerous developers, publishers, and other outlets using this most foolish of days to let their humorous side show.

The most awesomest Rachet & Clank ever.

As always, Blizzard went all out, posting four pages with polished production values. The first introduces Crabby: The Dungeon Helper, a perky crustacean with more than a passing resemblance to Microsoft Word's infamously annoying Paper Clip helper. Then, over on the Diablo III site, there's a Horadric Cube app for smartphones, which will transform and/or combine your existing apps into all-new hybrid applications like Visagebook and Angry Imps. Thirdly, there's the full trailer for StarCraft: Motion Overdrive, the Kinect-based control scheme for StarCraft II. And let's not forget the new World of Warcraft level Tomb of Immortal Darkness, which treats players to a level so dark that it requires its own special Deep Dark® middleware to create.

Another major massively multiplayer game, Star Wars: The Old Republic, also created its own prank page. The jokesters at BioWare Austin posted several snippets that showed their upcoming sci-fi MMORPG localized in the Wookie language. The result? Three mirthful clips literally filled with howlers.

Rock Band developer Harmonix poked fun at its recent upheaval, which saw the developer sold off from Viacom and undergo a small number of layoffs. The latter appeared to be the source of the Boston-based studio's April Fools' prank, which saw the studio trading in "'gently used' CEO" Alex Rigopulos into GameStop for store credit. "Alex was a visionary at Harmonix, and we could never replace him. With that said, we're replacing him," read the mock post.

Sega decided to riff on one of its staple franchises, Super Monkey Ball, to mark the day. The Japanese publisher decided to cook up Super Monkey Cube, "a real-time turn-based RPG with action elements." The game's description summarizes its gameplay thusly: "Take turns, read long story arcs, level up with confusingly intricate menus, discover a flat world unlike any other, and solve the whereabouts of the Golden Banana!"

Sony also got into the fun with a parody post about the upcoming action game Ratchet & Clank: All 4 One. In it, series villain--and Galactic President--Copernicus Qwark boasts how he took down Insomniac head and "shaman warrior" Ted Price in a cage-fight match using weapons scavenged from the studio's broom closet. Qwark emerged the victor and as a prize had the new game renamed Copernicus Qwark’s Awesomely Epic 3D Adventure through Time and Space co-starring, but Not Important in Any Way, Ratchet & Clank.

Tango Gameworks, the new studio set up by Resident Evil creator Shinji Mikami, started the fun off early on Japan time. It is offering a limited-edition action figure of…Mikami himself. The 256-jointed figure needs to be shaven and can be launched into high altitude at the touch of a button.

Last but not least, GameSpot put on its own April Fools' Day joke in the form of a "live" edition of Today On the Spot. The episode saw some searingly hot headlines, a demo of new Kinect and Spider-Man games, as well as an Earth-like special look at Azeroth.

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122 comments
Xplode_77
Xplode_77

Haha, "...needs to be shaven, and flies into high altitude at the push of a button..."

bloodyrooster
bloodyrooster

Aw you missed the gmail motion, even though it wasn't a game

bloodyrooster
bloodyrooster

Crabby the dungeon helper, was so funny hahah

BLAS1AN
BLAS1AN

loved the spiderman kinect on broadway , lol

DKant
DKant

Love the Guild Modern-Warfare bit! :D

bottomdollar
bottomdollar

Too bad the Sony layoffs and closings wasn't an April fools joke, economy sucks!!!

warhawk-geeby
warhawk-geeby

Hmmmm.. Didn't actually find any of these all that funny :/

Downloadpilot
Downloadpilot

The 4DS was my favorite :D @BenderUnit22: I like your avatar, who is it??? O_o

ahpuck
ahpuck

I usually enjoy watching Today on the Spot. The April fools episode was, well, I'll just not saying anything. The Halloween episode was much better. nice try guys.

amroto
amroto

I guess the best april's fool would be 'PS3 move..kicked Kinect's butt' :D

jecht_35
jecht_35

@ApolloX2 who wouldn't wan't a 4DS with those specs

jimminy_kriket
jimminy_kriket

you missed blizzards faux Starcraft II patch post

Superzone
Superzone

By far the sickest video game-related April Fools joke I read this past week: Metal Gear Solid 4's trophy list. You bastards :(

Silos911
Silos911

I was really hoping that a company would make a ridiculous/huge announcement and everyone would assume it's a joke, but the next day let everyone know that they are serious

sonynhater
sonynhater

DUKE NUKEM COMES OUT!!!! APRIL FOOLS!!!

xialon
xialon

Arena Net had a great one with the new Commando profession. Awesome wallpapers, screen shots, and videos were included. Shame Gamespot didn't include that in their roundup.

LiqMD
LiqMD

Did no one see the April Fool's Joke about the single player demo of Portal 2? The download was on Fileplanet, but I can't remember what the main site was. When you download the file it was aprilfools.exe and turned out to be the flash version of portal lol. Good times!

amerxenos76uk
amerxenos76uk

omg if i was u guys boss u wud all be fired. that was simply horrific

SinuDono
SinuDono

SHADOW OF THE COLOSSUS HD WHEN?

Bowser05
Bowser05

I think Blizzard's joke was my favorite.

adamms1384
adamms1384

Blizzard always steps it up during april fools. The horadic cube app was absolutely hysterical.

Trogeton
Trogeton

WOW and the perfect time to have gotten a ps3

franzito
franzito

Ha, they are sure creative!

Zero_resistance
Zero_resistance

And there was me thinking the SOE layoffs was the joke.

gbrading
gbrading moderator

Blizzard always do something interesting. Only other thing I saw was Atlus US pretended they were stealing another developers ideas regarding their newest game.

dennis8
dennis8

hey, u guys missed arena nets april fools spoof.. really2x awesome stuff.. introducing, the coMManDO class!!! http://www.guildwars2.com/en/ they even added an in-game quest to GW1 at embark beach.,. really awesome joke.. i almost got fooled XD

Calvin079
Calvin079

some intresting stuff. Too bad Nintendo didn't do anything. Or perhaps they did, just not on the web.

georgeww
georgeww

lol on the guild wars tats awesome , very funny

okassar
okassar

I saw an article claiming "Nintendo rumored to be developing a next gen system with good graphics and a hardcore appeal." oh wait...

Tarmac_Hunter
Tarmac_Hunter

@joshroy311 Ease up man, the GW2 devs are human too. Last I checked, most normal humans do need a break every once in a rare while.

NanoElite666
NanoElite666

The Harmonix one was good. Best one I saw though was the Commando class for Guild Wars 2, though.

joshroy311
joshroy311

Guild Wars 2 went all out...which makes me wonder...why aren't they spending their time finishing the damn game instead of doing full pages and gameplay videos on a prank?

BornGamer
BornGamer

Can't believe you didn't include the Guild Wars 2 prank... It was way better than the ones in this article. Crabby? Wookie localization? Might be funny if you're 12, I guess.

KillerWabbit23
KillerWabbit23

Gamestop had Battletoads-ah, I mean, Fightin' Frogs. It cost OVER NINE THOUSAAAANNNND dollars. :P

BelmontWolf
BelmontWolf

@BenderUnit22 if only they put the same effort into their games these days

alexLmx6
alexLmx6

The internet has ruined April Fools' day.

Reyveign
Reyveign

@OmegaGear I'm with you there. I never liked April fool's day. When being lied to is socially acceptable. One day, yeah, but it's just annoying to see a bunch of idiotic jokes, and the majority of them are just facepalm worthy.

fabz_95
fabz_95

I love the internet on April Fools, TOTS was great!

BenderUnit22
BenderUnit22

Blizzard always brings the lols on April Fools.

Pawfalcon
Pawfalcon

The rest was ok but my fav was the Starcraft Kinect vid. Especially when what has to be a predator visioned kinect is watching one guy apparently trying really hard to cup an elephant's balls and the other doing some kind of kinder-garden kung-fu.