April Fools' Day Roundup 2011

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

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

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

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Crabby the dungeon helper, was so funny hahah

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loved the spiderman kinect on broadway , lol

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Love the Guild Modern-Warfare bit! :D

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lol he was full on see through XD

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Horradic Cube

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

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

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

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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.

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

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

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Re-post for anyone that missed in: << LINK REMOVED >>

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Guys from Project Reality pissed a lot of fans off, it's a good read. << LINK REMOVED >>

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you missed blizzards faux Starcraft II patch post

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

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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

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

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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.

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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!

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

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SHADOW OF THE COLOSSUS HD WHEN?

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I think Blizzard's joke was my favorite.

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

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WOW and the perfect time to have gotten a ps3

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lmao :lol: at the Horadic Cube App..

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I can honestly say that I didn't see any of this; who goes to these sites every day? The only site I used to see April Fools day pranks on have been Google... and Gamespot; the latter has left that game so... *shrug*.

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Ha, they are sure creative!

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

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

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hey, u guys missed arena nets april fools spoof.. really2x awesome stuff.. introducing, the coMManDO class!!! << LINK REMOVED >> they even added an in-game quest to GW1 at embark beach.,. really awesome joke.. i almost got fooled XD

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

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lol on the guild wars tats awesome , very funny

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

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@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.

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

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@ Reyveign Boring person is boring.

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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?

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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.

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

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ArenaNet also had an April Fool's prank relating to Guild Wars 2: a new class called the Commando. << LINK REMOVED >>

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Crabby :D

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

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The internet has ruined April Fools' day.

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@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.

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

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Blizzard always brings the lols on April Fools.

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some funny parts

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