Ah, April 1. It’s a day where loads of things on the internet will make you groan, cry and smack your face to your palm. Other things, though, might actually give you a chuckle. Let’s take a look at some of the best (and worst) of these extremes.
Now that the day is done, let’s take a look back at the jokes that were actually decent jokes! And, grudgingly, also the jokes that we could have done without.
First, the good ones!
That’s Sega of Japan, officially announcing no plans for April 1 jokes (a promise they’ve so far made good on). Which is the very best kind of April 1 plan.
Long the masters of actual April 1 good times, retailer Think Geek have gone all out this year, offering fake (but in ThinkGeek tradition might-actually-be-real-soon) products like a Voltron cat house, Mad Max power wheels cars and Game of Thrones-branded Clue. The best one, though, is their version of a Steam Machine PC/console, which...runs on actual steam.
LEAGUE OF LEGENDS
Riot is once again making long-winded, drastic and temporary changes to the ways you can play League of Legends. Fortunately Riot’s super-slow N.U.R.F. (New Ultra Rapid Fire) mode was only a tease, and the fan-favorite U.R.F. (Ultra Rapid Fire) mode has returned.
This one’s great, because instead of trying to trick anyone or make fun of something else, it’s a PC gaming hardware company (that makes actual PC gaming mice) taking the piss out of PC gaming hardware.
Kinda funny, not really, but very cool and interesting. Especially if you live somewhere with loads of roundabouts.
Paradox floats the idea of adding Cities: Skylines’ infuriating Chirpy (read: Twitter) app to all their other games. Including Crusader Kings II.
One of the world’s most famous fighters quits to become... an accountant. It’s stupid enough you know it was a joke, but it’s got a great website accompanying the gag.
ACE ATTORNEY DOG
Capcom, what are you doing? This isn’t a joke. We would buy this game, and play it, forever.
D4, one of the only Kinect games ever worth playing, gets a fake sequel. Which is also a tie-in with Deadly Premonition. The not-game is called D5: Dark Dreams Don’t Die with Deadly Premonition.
WORLD OF WARCRAFT TINDER
“When the T.I.N.D.R. box goes live, Pleasure-Bot 8000 will resign from his duties as your Garrison’s sewing machine to play host to your Followers’ relationship excursions.” Blizzard, please make this a real thing.
BACK TO THE FAST AND FURIOUS
Pretty solid fake trailer by IGN—they even got Vin Diesel.
The spiritual successor to Dying Light.
“One serious piece of technology.”
Another day, another dating sim by the developers of Rock Band and Dance Central.
Creepers are so much cuter now.
BATTLE FOR MIDDLE EARTH 3
As a big fan of Battle for Middle Earth games (which you literally cannot buy anymore), I’ll just say to whoever made this: fuck you.
GOOGLE READER’S RETURN
Google Reader was the best, and millions of people around the world miss it dearly. This day is supposed to be about jokes, not being an asshole.
Actual Honest Trailers are normally pretty cool! Running an old joke into the ground over four agonising minutes, however, is not cool.