April Fool's Day joke round-up

Lots of fake news going around today. Did you get tricked by any of these?

Happy April Fool%26rsquo;s day everyone. Ever since Al Gore invented the internet, this has been a day for all the websites in the land to attempt to trick their fans as best they can, and today seems no different. The entire world is awash with fake news and press releases, such as Google changing to Topeka and Funny or Die becomingBieber or Die. But surely there were some chortles from the realm of gaming too? There weresome great ones in the past, but lets live in the now, as we give you the rundown on today%26rsquo;s best gaming japery.


Ecco: Water Wars 2 announced

Sega announced the triumphant return of the beloved Ecco series with an FPS reimagining of everyone%26rsquo;s favorite dolphin. Well, technically they announced a sequel to the equally fake game Ecco: Water Wars, and it%26rsquo;s going to be filled with sea mammal violence were it real.


Sid Meier%26rsquo;s Civilization V will have %26ldquo;Extreme Diplomacy%26rdquo;

It was only announced last month, and it looks like the newest entry to the strategy classic will have 2D-fighting to go with the six-sided grid (which is a real thing). Here are just some of the insane finishers to be seen in the eight-button battles: George Washington%26rsquo;s Wooden Tooth Chomp Attack, Otto von Bismarck%26rsquo;s Hurricane Helmet Spike Attack, Cleopatra%26rsquo;s Phalanx of the Leopard Army, Genghis Khan%26rsquo;s Arrow Shower from the Mongol Bow, Julius Caesar%26rsquo;s Reverse Assassination.


Alan Wake Wars

Remedy still hasn%26rsquo;t put out the long awaited Alan Wake for 360, but they already announced via Youtube the first spin-off. The RTS promises tech trees, guns and resource collection. We can%26rsquo;t wait for them to finish it in 2017.


PopCap Announces Celebrity Bejeweled

PopCap sent us a press release about this special $2000 edition of the life-stealingly addictive flash game Bejewelled. It promises to contain DNA From Neil Diamond on top of honoring other stone-related celebs like Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson, singers Pearl Bailey and Jewel, Jasper Johns, and NBA Hall of Famer Earl "The Pearl" Monroe. It sounds worth it just to own a piece of the singer of Forever in Blue Jeans.


iBUYPOWER Launches The World%26rsquo;s First Custom Gaming Burgers

In case you%26rsquo;ve never heard of them, iBUYPOWER builds custom PCs for gamers. Today they announced that they%26rsquo;re getting in thecustom food biz as well. You can hop on their and add all the patties, custom casings and ketchup you desire.


Dragon Age gets joke DLC

Perhaps taking the joke farther than anyone, BioWare put out for real,buyable joke DLC todayfor their hit Dragon Age: Origins. The Feastday Pranks and Gifts pack come in a combo pack for $3 or separately for $2 each. The sets include silly joke items like the above doggie cone to be given to all your unsuspecting party members.


Sarlacc Enforcer class added to Star Wars the Old Republic

BioWare wasn%26rsquo;t done after the Dragon Age announcement, as they hadthis one for Old Republic. All Star Wars nerds know that the Sarlacc is the sandy anus of Tatooine that agonizingly digests their prey for millennia, but few realize what awesome fighters they can be when their many tentacles are outfitted with guns. Yup, in BioWare%26rsquo;s upcoming MMORPG, you can play asthe ancient monster all over the galaxy (not really).


Section 7: Into Arm's Way

Perhaps you may have forgotten last year%26rsquo;s above-average FPS (which just hit PSN last week) but now you%26rsquo;ll be able to catch-up in the just announced prequel Section 7: Into Arms Way. This made-up game will go back the developer%26rsquo;s RTS roots, and will include over 3,000 loot slots, randomly generated side quests, and branching speech.


ThinkGeek bonanza

Nothing beats last year%26rsquo;sTauntaun sleeping bagwhich was so popular it actually got made, but ThinkGeek has a ton of great non-items today too. TheDharma Initiative Alarm ClockandMy First Baconare great, but the one we wish so hard was a reality this year isiCadewhich looks like the best use for an iPad there%26rsquo;ll ever be.


Blizzard owns 4/1

As usual though, Blizzard is the king of April Fools with FOUR awesome jokes, when one of these alone would have been talk of the webs. On the dungeon-crawling beat there was theDiablo GPSwhich gives directions in the voice of Diablo%26rsquo;s Deckard Cain andthe Diablo III Snuggiesthat come in Magi Blue and Blunderbore Brown. Not to be outdone, their soon to be revamped Battle.net service promises to not only match you in combat, but inlove as well. And lastly, it looks like the PC giant is diving intomobile gamingwith the announcement of Blackthorne 2 and Queen%26rsquo;s Quest, which bothlook too cool to not happen.


Ubisoft's Wii-Exclusive Just Dance Sells two Million

And lastly, we read the %26ldquo;news%26rdquo; today that Just Dance on the Wii hassold 2 million copies worldwide. Pfft! Yeah right! Nice try jokers, but you won't get us. Like that thing would ever sell two mill%26hellip; wait, that%26rsquo;s for real?Seriously?

April 1, 2010

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Henry moved from the suburbs of northern Florida to work at GR+, and hasn't looked back once in seven years. When not collecting Mario toys, you can find him constantly checking his Twitter.

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