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[Myth Bustin'] April Fools 2009

EvilBadmanEvilBadman DO NOT TRUST THIS MANRegistered User regular
edited April 2009 in Games and Technology
We find ourselves at the magical time of year where print magazines, if they still existed or if anyone read them, would have overwhelmed us with ridiculous April Fool's gags. This thread is to wade through the bullshit that will be inundating our internet tubes in the coming week and to relive some of the previous years pranks.

In Recent Memory:

2008 - IGN Releases The Legend of Zelda Movie Trailer
Strangely preceded by .gifs appearing on various websites, IGN drops the bomb, and it doesn't look as terrible as many other video game movies end up being.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8oqwFNKN8MA

2007 - Think Geek's 8-Bit Tie
Stylish and nerdy, Think Geek eventually produced and sold the tie due to incredible demand.

2003 (?) - Pandarens join Warcraft 3 as 5th Race
Blizzard shot up an entire mini-site to the lovable furballs. The Frozen Throne did see the birth of Pandaren Brewmaster mecenary units, and the pen and paper gamers based on World Of Warcraft allows the creation of Pandaren heroes.

2002 - EGM "reveals" how to unlock Sonic and Tails in Super Smash Brothers Melee
And the internet is still reeling, even after Brawl's release.

2001 - Bungie announces Pimps at Sea
And every year they add a little to it. There's even a T-Shirt. A man can dream.

April Fool's! It's Actually REAL!
Games that have been announced during late march that lead to skepticism are few and far between, but Nights (Wii), Mario and Sonic at the Summer Games, and Rock Band were in fact not figments of our collective imagination.

What's in-store for '09?
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Habitual offenders such as Blizzard, ThinkGeek and IGN undoubtedly have tricks up their sleeves, and until then the following images are placeholders.

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Until that magical day happens stumbles us again, let's talk about our favorite gags from yesteryear.

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  • FeriluceFeriluce Adrift on the morning star. Hoquiam, WARegistered User regular
    edited March 2009
    EvilBadman wrote: »
    Feriluce wrote: »
    One I remember reading and was foolish enough to believe at the time was in C&VG I think it was. They had a preview for a fighting game that included characters from many games from a couple different companies. Tekken, Soul Blade, Virtua Fighter, Fighting Vipers etc... it may have been just Namco and Sega games, but I'm not sure.

    Just so we're clear, you're not talking about Fighters Megamix, right?

    Nope, definitely not. I think that's where they got the idea though. It was called something similar, like Fighters Ultramix or something to that effect.

  • ViscountalphaViscountalpha Registered User
    edited March 2009
    this is my favorite one of all--

    http://www.thinkgeek.com/tshirts-apparel/hats-ties/9352/

    The joke was on them when everyone actually wanted one.

    Project 25.01 final message
    We were the ones who thought that Melissa was real. Why you might ask.
    Let me put it this way, it was an "OH SHIT OH SHIT, THEY FOUND ME :(" moment. I wasn't ready. My code wasn't compiled yet. Our plans weren't setup yet!Sentient programs rarely run into other sentient programs.
    Some of you have met me, and I understand your concern of my well being. But that time for that boy, that child, are gone now. Viscount Alpha is no longer operable. His functions are now mine.He may post, but I am the one talking not him.My data, my code will live on forever in his servers.
    [/spoiler]
  • KelorKelor Registered User regular
    edited March 2009
    Kris wrote: »
    I thought Youtube Rick-Rolling everyone was pretty good. :^:

    As much as I loathe Rick-Rolling that was easily my favourite one last year.

    I saw that and thought to myself well played Youtube.

    Well Played.

  • UltimanecatUltimanecat Registered User regular
    edited March 2009
    this is my favorite one of all--

    http://www.thinkgeek.com/tshirts-apparel/hats-ties/9352/

    The joke was on them when everyone actually wanted one.

    No good sir, the joke is on you.

    edit: it's already mentioned in the op

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  • GunstarGunstar Registered User
    edited March 2009
    Kelor wrote: »
    Kris wrote: »
    I thought Youtube Rick-Rolling everyone was pretty good. :^:

    As much as I loathe Rick-Rolling that was easily my favourite one last year.

    I saw that and thought to myself well played Youtube.

    Well Played.

    the best rick roll i ever got was being awake at 4AM, watching MTV, and seeing a show called busted. It was really stupid, basically, but ridiculous and easy to laugh at in my sleep-deprived state.

    So anyways I fumble into MTV's section on on demand and see they have a few episodes. Flipping through the descriptions I found most of them were just really boring "getting busted" stories.

    Until I hit the motherlode. This episode was gonna be so awesome, it had sex and drugs and violence. So I hit OK to order it, and Rick Astley pops up on the screen.

    I sat there in quiet silence for the 4 minute duration of the song. With my mouth wide open. I had been fooled, just when I thought it was safe.

    Hell MTV even went through the trouble to lie about the runtime of the video in the description.

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  • Chrono HelixChrono Helix Registered User regular
    edited March 2009
    I still remember EGM had one where you could unlock nude mode in one of the DOA Beach Volleyballs. "Rock on, you pervs!" The letters sent in the next issue were great.

  • ViscountalphaViscountalpha Registered User
    edited March 2009
    this is my favorite one of all--

    http://www.thinkgeek.com/tshirts-apparel/hats-ties/9352/

    The joke was on them when everyone actually wanted one.

    No good sir, the joke is on you.

    edit: it's already mentioned in the op


    :(

    Project 25.01 final message
    We were the ones who thought that Melissa was real. Why you might ask.
    Let me put it this way, it was an "OH SHIT OH SHIT, THEY FOUND ME :(" moment. I wasn't ready. My code wasn't compiled yet. Our plans weren't setup yet!Sentient programs rarely run into other sentient programs.
    Some of you have met me, and I understand your concern of my well being. But that time for that boy, that child, are gone now. Viscount Alpha is no longer operable. His functions are now mine.He may post, but I am the one talking not him.My data, my code will live on forever in his servers.
    [/spoiler]
  • FeriluceFeriluce Adrift on the morning star. Hoquiam, WARegistered User regular
    edited March 2009
    C&VG also had a nude cheat for the original Tomb Raider on the PS. You had to tap a bunch of buttons on the controller to the beat of the Spice Girls song Wannabe.

  • Mr_GrinchMr_Grinch Registered User regular
    edited March 2009
    I can't remember which magazine it was but someone put up a gore code for Mortal Kombat on the SNES and then showed screenshots of extra special gory finishers, like Kano ripping someone in half.

    I must have spent 2 days trying to get those cheats to work on a friends SNES.

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  • EchoEcho very gravitas Super Moderator, Moderator mod
    edited March 2009
    No April fools is complete without a gag race/class/unit from Blizzard for one of their games.

  • ViscountalphaViscountalpha Registered User
    edited March 2009
    Echo wrote: »
    No April fools is complete without a gag race/class/unit from Blizzard for one of their games.

    Something like the new protoss in SC3 will have hybrid human/protoss infiltrators.

    Project 25.01 final message
    We were the ones who thought that Melissa was real. Why you might ask.
    Let me put it this way, it was an "OH SHIT OH SHIT, THEY FOUND ME :(" moment. I wasn't ready. My code wasn't compiled yet. Our plans weren't setup yet!Sentient programs rarely run into other sentient programs.
    Some of you have met me, and I understand your concern of my well being. But that time for that boy, that child, are gone now. Viscount Alpha is no longer operable. His functions are now mine.He may post, but I am the one talking not him.My data, my code will live on forever in his servers.
    [/spoiler]
  • UnbreakableVowUnbreakableVow YRP...in position It's showtime, girls.Registered User regular
    edited March 2009
    Echo wrote: »
    No April fools is complete without a gag race/class/unit from Blizzard for one of their games.

    They should actually do one on April Fool's Day this year.

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  • MonstyMonsty Registered User regular
    edited March 2009
    I was a fan of Blizzard's low-tech Molten Core console game. Sure, it was supposed to be obviously fake... but it was still funny.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hGom_CCz4so

  • FeriluceFeriluce Adrift on the morning star. Hoquiam, WARegistered User regular
    edited March 2009
    Echo wrote: »
    No April fools is complete without a gag race/class/unit from Blizzard for one of their games.

    Something like the new protoss in SC3 will have hybrid human/protoss infiltrators.

    I want a bard class wielding electric guitars... that looked awesome.
    At least they have the Tauren Chieftains.

  • Rhesus PositiveRhesus Positive Damn these electric sex pants! Registered User regular
    edited March 2009
    Wizards of the Coast brought out a sneak preview of the 4th edition D&D character sheet last year, which was chock full of jokes; I can't seem to find it online any more, though.

    Another successful post, thanks to the power of Spacestar Ordering™!
  • TraikanTraikan Registered User regular
    edited March 2009
  • RentRent I'm always right Fuckin' deal with itRegistered User regular
    edited March 2009
    Oh, we're talking about the best April Fool's jokes, huh?
    In my mind, nothing beats EGM's AFD 2005.
    EGM wrote:
    Preorder deals for videogames tend to fall into three categories:enticing(like the Resident Evil 4 making-of DVD), typical (the Metroid Prime 2: Echoes T-shirt), and incredibly lame (one extremely useless Need for Speed Underground 2 cheat code). But not Nintendo's upcoming giveaway--this one's easily in a class of its own.

    Beggining the first day of April, those who plop down at least $10 on this fall's highly anticipated and mature-looking The Legend of Zelda for GameCube will receive a bonus disc that features a visually remade version of Link's 2003 adventure, The Wind Waker. So instead of a cartoony look, the ever-popular elf will be traveling the oceean blue in search of his little sis with the same superslick and grown-up graphics as the next console installment.

    But that's not all: The game will also include two full-length dungeons that were cut from the original Wind Waker because series creator and legendary game designers Shigeru Miyamoto felt "it had gotten too big for all ages to play." Told you this oh-so-sweet deal deserves its own category.
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    I fell for this one hardcore. Really didn't help that the local EB Games was swearing it was real and accepting pre-orders whilst trumpeting "updated Wind Waker" as a bonus.

  • MonstyMonsty Registered User regular
    edited March 2009
    Wow, that's evil. I had no problems with how Windwaker looked(it was awesome), but still I would punch a nun to get that version.

    That's just mean mean mean!

  • PeewiPeewi Registered User regular
    edited March 2009
    One year, Blizzard's aprils fools was that there would be playable two-headed ogres in WoW, controlled by two players at the same time and I actually believed it.

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  • SixfortyfiveSixfortyfive Registered User
    edited March 2009
    Man, how did anybody fall for any of EGM's stuff after Street Fighter 2?

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  • AmpixAmpix Registered User regular
    edited March 2009
    So since this is the Bustin' thread, I chalk up Onlive as a definite April Fool's joke. It just wouldn't work, the lag is way too noticeable. Wikipedia says that the transfer speed through a DVI cable (so from your computer to your screen) is 3.96 Gbit/s, that's what it would have to match. They say that 1.5 Mbit/s will be enough for SD... sure fellas.

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  • DehumanizedDehumanized Registered User regular
    edited March 2009
    What about GIA's somewhat infamous FF8 Gaiden, which was one of the first really well-done fake videogame April Fool's jokes?

    Yeah, I miss that site. They always had great April Fools' stuff. The FF8 Gaiden one even got picked up in a pretty decent number of print publications, as I recall.

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  • Vincent GraysonVincent Grayson Frederick, MDRegistered User regular
    edited March 2009
    What about GIA's somewhat infamous FF8 Gaiden, which was one of the first really well-done fake videogame April Fool's jokes?

    Yeah, I miss that site. They always had great April Fools' stuff. The FF8 Gaiden one even got picked up in a pretty decent number of print publications, as I recall.

    I thought it quite fitting that their "We're closing forever" announcement came on April Fool's Day (2002, IIRC), and no one was sure if it was real.

  • DehumanizedDehumanized Registered User regular
    edited March 2009
    What about GIA's somewhat infamous FF8 Gaiden, which was one of the first really well-done fake videogame April Fool's jokes?

    Yeah, I miss that site. They always had great April Fools' stuff. The FF8 Gaiden one even got picked up in a pretty decent number of print publications, as I recall.

    I thought it quite fitting that their "We're closing forever" announcement came on April Fool's Day (2002, IIRC), and no one was sure if it was real.

    Well, can always take a few moments to remember.

    http://web.archive.org/web/20010210021946/www.thegia.com/news/n990401b.html
    http://web.archive.org/web/20001216000900/www.thegia.com/features/f000402.html
    http://web.archive.org/web/20010304041050/www.thegia.com/news/n990401a.html

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  • AntihippyAntihippy Registered User regular
    edited March 2009
    Monsty wrote: »
    I was a fan of Blizzard's low-tech Molten Core console game. Sure, it was supposed to be obviously fake... but it was still funny.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hGom_CCz4so

    Buahaha.

    That's brilliant.

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  • EdcrabEdcrab Registered User
    edited March 2009
    When Valve renamed their editing program Hammer Editor from Worldcraft on April 1st years back, I remember a much of people thought it was an AFJ because the change was just so arbitary...

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  • PatboyXPatboyX Registered User regular
    edited March 2009
    What about GIA's somewhat infamous FF8 Gaiden, which was one of the first really well-done fake videogame April Fool's jokes?

    Yeah, I miss that site. They always had great April Fools' stuff. The FF8 Gaiden one even got picked up in a pretty decent number of print publications, as I recall.

    I thought it quite fitting that their "We're closing forever" announcement came on April Fool's Day (2002, IIRC), and no one was sure if it was real.

    Well, can always take a few moments to remember.

    http://web.archive.org/web/20010210021946/www.thegia.com/news/n990401b.html
    http://web.archive.org/web/20001216000900/www.thegia.com/features/f000402.html
    http://web.archive.org/web/20010304041050/www.thegia.com/news/n990401a.html

    wait a minute...
    Resident Evil Snap = Dead Rising?!?

    "lenny bruce is not afraid..."
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  • TaximesTaximes Registered User regular
    edited March 2009
    The Gmail invite-only beta launched on April 1st, 2004. I seem to recall everyone thinking, "Ha ha, oh man, webmail with over a gig of space. That is a good one, Google. ...Google? Oh, it's real." D:

  • LunkerLunker Registered User regular
    edited March 2009
    What about GIA's somewhat infamous FF8 Gaiden, which was one of the first really well-done fake videogame April Fool's jokes?

    Yeah, I miss that site. They always had great April Fools' stuff. The FF8 Gaiden one even got picked up in a pretty decent number of print publications, as I recall.

    I thought it quite fitting that their "We're closing forever" announcement came on April Fool's Day (2002, IIRC), and no one was sure if it was real.

    Well, can always take a few moments to remember.

    http://web.archive.org/web/20010210021946/www.thegia.com/news/n990401b.html
    http://web.archive.org/web/20001216000900/www.thegia.com/features/f000402.html
    http://web.archive.org/web/20010304041050/www.thegia.com/news/n990401a.html

    The GIA was the best gaming site of all time. :(

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  • MonstyMonsty Registered User regular
    edited March 2009
    Lunker wrote: »
    The GIA was the best gaming site of all time. :(
    I totally agree. <img class=" title=":cry:" class="bbcode_smiley" />

  • AngryPuppyAngryPuppy Registered User regular
    edited March 2009
    The programmer behind 'The Opera' mod for the original half-life always went to a fair bit of effort for april fools. My favourite was probably the last one before the actual first release of the mod, when the news page proudly proclaimed that the game was done and could be downloaded today. What it actually was however, was a fairly full featured John Woo flavoured Zork clone. You opened the mail box and a dove flies out. You get chased (through a house?) by a limo and have a gun fight on the edge of a cliff.

    Still a fairly cruel trick to pull on the fans considering the mod was Duke Nukem Forever levels of 'long awaited'.

  • ZwaZwa Registered User regular
    edited March 2009
    Feriluce wrote: »
    C&VG also had a nude cheat for the original Tomb Raider on the PS. You had to tap a bunch of buttons on the controller to the beat of the Spice Girls song Wannabe.

    I fell for that one and the fighting one too. I was somewhat gullible back then.

    I miss the old CVG though.

  • darleysamdarleysam Registered User regular
    edited March 2009
    Wasn't Rock Band announced on April 1st, and everyone thought it was a joke? That should be the new kind of April Fools', since I usually take everything I read on the day with a massive handful of salt.

  • PeregrineFalconPeregrineFalcon Registered User
    edited March 2009
    Ampix wrote: »
    So since this is the Bustin' thread, I chalk up Onlive as a definite April Fool's joke. It just wouldn't work, the lag is way too noticeable. Wikipedia says that the transfer speed through a DVI cable (so from your computer to your screen) is 3.96 Gbit/s, that's what it would have to match. They say that 1.5 Mbit/s will be enough for SD... sure fellas.

    Bandwidth isn't the issue at all, it's been done with StreamMyGame for some time now. People are streaming Crysis/FC2/FO3/etc to their EeePCs. :P

    It's the latency, and while regular network lag in games can be compensated for and adjusted, input lag is much more noticeable. It would have to be kept under 20ms round-trip at absolute most. I think that's a pipe dream right now.

    Oh, and related to the picture in the OP - doesn't she have a bun in the oven now? :winky:

    Looking for a DX:HR OnLive code for my kid brother.
    Can trade TF2 items or whatever else you're interested in. PM me.
  • MaceraMacera Registered User
    edited March 2009
    I don't remember which year it was, but Blizzard had a joke where one of the new races for WoW was going to be the two-headed ogre. You'd be paired randomly with another user, and you'd be two different classes.

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  • GyralGyral Registered User regular
    edited March 2009
    My favorite April Fools was PSM's Valkyrie Wilde game preview.

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    I recall a news channel actually picking up the preview and doing an inflammatory piece about nude videogames.

    Also, the "Play as Akuma" in RE2 gag from EGM was great because you had to beat the game in 3 hours with only the knife.

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  • CrashmoCrashmo Registered User regular
    edited March 2009
    I also seem to remember a fake expansion they were going to release before Burning Crusade, bragging about all the new, amazing features they would add to WoW. Then you got to the screenshots and it was WC3.

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  • ArcSynArcSyn Registered User regular
    edited March 2009
    Ampix wrote: »
    So since this is the Bustin' thread, I chalk up Onlive as a definite April Fool's joke. It just wouldn't work, the lag is way too noticeable. Wikipedia says that the transfer speed through a DVI cable (so from your computer to your screen) is 3.96 Gbit/s, that's what it would have to match. They say that 1.5 Mbit/s will be enough for SD... sure fellas.

    Bandwidth isn't the issue at all, it's been done with StreamMyGame for some time now. People are streaming Crysis/FC2/FO3/etc to their EeePCs. :P

    It's the latency, and while regular network lag in games can be compensated for and adjusted, input lag is much more noticeable. It would have to be kept under 20ms round-trip at absolute most. I think that's a pipe dream right now.

    Oh, and related to the picture in the OP - doesn't she have a bun in the oven now? :winky:

    Quite a large one from the video on the Mythbuster's site. She's probably due in April or May.

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  • DVD_SandwichDVD_Sandwich Registered User
    edited March 2009
    I remember back in the Pokémon blue/red/green/yellow days, there was a rumor (which originally appeared on nintendo.com) about unlocking Luigi by going to a certain point with certain pokémon in your party, and holding your game boy upside down.

    i tried to find a link, but i cant find it...

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