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Sunday Thoughts: April Fools

Don't worry, it's only once a year.

Is it funny, really? The concept of April Fools jokes is an odd one, an age old Spanish tradition that has, like most things, been duplicated down through the ages into something rather more coarse and oddly unrefined. Videogame website April Fools in particular are rarely terribly sophisticated, and are normally met with considerable frustration by anyone taken in by them.

Unless, of course, they’re well done. And despite what you might think about the industry, there have been rare occasions where a neat little trick has been pulled out of the bag and everyone’s just had a good old laugh about it. Well, apart from those – as I said – that got suckered in.

There’s a couple of ones this year that fit the bill – Mars Effect, a new game by Minecraft creator Notch is a rather brilliant take on EA’s still controversial series and isn’t afraid to have a dig.  Indeed, “a game ending that makes sense” is one of the feature bulletpoints.  Oh, and if you’ve got Resistance 3 handy, try playing the section on the boat today.

But it’s normally from outside the gaming world that the brightest tricks can be found, if they can riff on our favourite hobby.  This year’s Google one is wonderful, because it brings a smile without having to destroy anyone’s dreams (you hear me, Valve?) – check out Maps and switch to 8-bit mode for a cute little diversion. They even updated the Street View mode to run in all its retro glory.

Some of the better game-based gags in the past seem to have come from EGM – a ‘realistic’ version of Wind Waker, or topless cheats for Dead or Alive Volleyball – and, ironically, Sony. Remember when they announced a PSP/PS2 Jak and Daxter game just as the PS3 was in full swing, way back in 2009, on April 1st?  Thankfully nobody fell for that one…

What’ll we get this year?  I’m looking forward to lots of sites chucking out ‘information’ on the PS4 and next Xbox.  And by looking forward I mean absolutely dreading, because both are ripe pickings at the moment and who knows what ridiculous content people will be shouting – I’m betting silly names like Orbis, and daft rumours like locking out pre-owned.

But yeah, expect the worst today, and be thankful that a lot of sites take the weekend off.

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34 Comments
  1. uncleniccius
    Member
    Since: Jan 2012

    Assassins creed for kinnect was another funny one I saw.

    Comment posted on 01/04/2012 at 09:02.
    • manicminer
      Banned
      Since: Feb 2012

      This comment is hidden.

      Comment posted on 01/04/2012 at 13:39.
  2. Youles
    Member
    Since: Feb 2011

    “blow on the cartridge to fix bugs” – Lol! Ah, good memories.

    Skyrim would need its own wind tunnel.

    Comment posted on 01/04/2012 at 09:20.
  3. Gamoc
    Member
    Since: Forever

    The best possible April Fools joke would be a legitimate, massive announcement purposely released on April 1st, so the joke is that fact that IS real yet nobody believed it due to the date.

    April 1st: Sony release PS4 specs!

    April 2nd: Uh, those specs were real guys, what are you doing?

    Comment posted on 01/04/2012 at 09:34.
    • teflon
      Community Team
      Since: May 2009

      Sure there must have been a few of those over the years!

      Comment posted on 01/04/2012 at 12:02.
    • cc_star
      Team TSA: Writer
      Since: Forever

      April 1st 2012: PS4 won’t play used games.
      Christmas 2013: Oh, wait… you guys weren’t kidding.

      Comment posted on 01/04/2012 at 12:37.
  4. Ed the Penguin
    Member
    Since: Dec 2008

    Once again, TSA’s old article for a specific emulator for PS3.

    Comment posted on 01/04/2012 at 09:35.
  5. Ed the Penguin
    Member
    Since: Dec 2008

    Specific? Speccy. Bloomin’ predictive text.

    Comment posted on 01/04/2012 at 09:36.
  6. Kamokazi-UK
    Member
    Since: Sep 2009

    That R3 thing, that an april fool as well? Just played through the boat ride again, apart from gaining the Slaybells trophy I saw nothing different.

    Comment posted on 01/04/2012 at 09:48.
  7. PoorPaddy89
    Member
    Since: Aug 2009

    Is there any truth to Resistance 3 multiplayer being x5 XP this weekend? Couldnt work out from fb whether it was realbor not and I havent even started the game yet.

    Comment posted on 01/04/2012 at 10:01.
    • MadBoJangles
      Member
      Since: Nov 2009

      Yup I’m on it now mate, 5x XP is a bit extreme though!

      Comment posted on 01/04/2012 at 10:48.
  8. aerobes
    Member
    Since: Aug 2009

    I’ll admit to absolutely loathing April Fools day. There’s rarely a better reason each year to ignore the TV, the newspaper and the radio, and get outside to enjoy the wide open world.

    Comment posted on 01/04/2012 at 10:19.
  9. Origami Killer
    Member
    Since: May 2010

    Already had a April fools attempt pulled on me. They failed :P

    Loving the google maps thing though :)

    Comment posted on 01/04/2012 at 10:48.
  10. Origami Killer
    Member
    Since: May 2010

    Already had a April fools attempt pulled on me. They failed :P

    Loving the google maps thing though :)

    Comment posted on 01/04/2012 at 10:48.
    • Origami Killer
      Member
      Since: May 2010

      Didn’t know it was possible to do a double comment on the front page. Looks like it is.

      Comment posted on 01/04/2012 at 10:49.
      • John Malcolm
        Member
        Since: Apr 2009

        It’s deja vu. It’s when they change something in The Matrix.

        Comment posted on 01/04/2012 at 11:10.
      • MadJunkBoy
        Member
        Since: Aug 2010

        haha u never stop to surprise us OK! =D

        Comment posted on 01/04/2012 at 11:51.
      • Rocket_345
        Member
        Since: May 2010

        How the hell do you keep doing that.

        Comment posted on 01/04/2012 at 12:35.
      • blackredyellow
        Member
        Since: Mar 2009

        It’s an April fools trick!

        Comment posted on 01/04/2012 at 13:27.
      • Origami Killer
        Member
        Since: May 2010

        What can I say? I have skills at double posting ;)

        Comment posted on 01/04/2012 at 16:17.
      • The Lone Steven
        Never heard of him.
        Since: May 2010

        Which has caused Adam to become addicted to hot chocolate. ;) And i think Tef uses your face as a target when he plays darts, Ok. :p

        Comment posted on 01/04/2012 at 17:11.
      • Origami Killer
        Member
        Since: May 2010

        I wouldn’t be surprised if he did :P

        Comment posted on 01/04/2012 at 17:34.
      • Sympozium
        Member
        Since: Aug 2009

        He’s a spammer :p

        Comment posted on 01/04/2012 at 22:22.

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