April Fools gaming news round-up

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April Fools is like Christmas for writers. It’s an excuse to exercise some creative talent, while an old Scrooge in the comments section yells bah humbug at everything posted. There’s a lot of great content posted on the first day of April. But this was some of the best.

Google – Pokémon Hunt

The internet search giant pulled a massive win today when it introduced augmented reality and Pokemon. Teasing fans with a video that showcased the use of AR and pocket monsters, players would have alledgeldy been able to sniff out various Pokemon from real world locations, like a Muk hiding in my room or a Hitmonlee checking out a Karate dojo.

It’s completely fake of course. But hot damn, I wish that it were true.

IGN – Titans, roll out!

“At the end of this day, one shall stand, one shall Titanfall”. Titanfall already has some pretty impressive robots wandering around in the game, waiting to introduce your face to some oversized lead bulelts. But a chance to pilot the legendary Autobot leader Optimus Prime?

That was too good to be true. Standby for sadness.

Blizzard – Vengeance of the Vanquished


No stranger to the annual tradition of hoaxing, the house of Starcraft unveiled their latest game today, Blizzard Outkasts: Vengeance of the Vanquished. Part Mortal Kombat, part tribute to unsung heroes and all fake, this would have been the first fighting game from Blizzard since Justice League: Task Force.

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An elaborate joke, filled with concept art, character descriptions and the most metal controller of all time, this gag is one of my favourites from today.

Killzone – The Tim Burton connection

Killzone Burton

Straight from the official Sony Killzone blog comes this bit of news about Tim Burton directing a Killzone Shadow Fall that stars, yes you guessed it, Johnny Depp and Helena Bonham Carter. “The movie focuses on the events depicted in Killzone: Shadow Fall after the Helghast settle on planet Vekta,” the post reads.

Frankly, I’d dig to actually see that movie get made.

Geoff and Rolling Stone – Dream crushing f***s


Although not technically related to gaming, this one deserves a spot on the list because it caught me out so bloody well. Geoff linked me to a Rolling Stone story about one of my favourite bands of all time, AC/DC, finally touring Southern Africa.

And I fell for it, hook, line and sinker. You bastards.

Oh and yes what sort of media outlet would we be without our own and Darryn took it away with the awesome video about the upcomng Batman Arkham game including the Batwing

Take to the skies in the Batwing

While the idea is awesome it us unfortunately entirely made up… for now.

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Seen any others? We’ve had a look – but we’ve seen far less than usual. 

And that’s it… nothing else to see here, move along…

Okay fine there was one more. You can breathe a sigh of relief the local government is not about to start charging customs on our digital games. That truly evil joke was actually a collaboration between Geoff and Jamie from MyGaming.. everyone likes being double teamed right?

Last Updated: April 1, 2014

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  • Admiral Chief Railjack

    Red and Gold Springbok jerseys…


    • Jedi JJ

      Except when it’s red from blood. Then it’s a good game.

  • Alien Emperor Trevor
    • Rince

      Oh I do hope 🙂

  • VampyreSquirrel
    • ElNicko

      It has to be, after looking at the full model and those “Changes” ??!!??

  • Rikus

    Damn Rolling Stone! Got me excited about nothing…

    • Alien Emperor Trevor

      Yes, that was cruel & unusual.

  • VampyreSquirrel
    • VampyreSquirrel

      Here’s a vid 😛

  • Rags

    Missing: Microsoft to show its gaming focus at E3

  • Hammersteyn

    This was funny too.

    • VampyreSquirrel

      Lmao… he’s probably coding something

      • Unavengedavo

        What about this one?

        Hey guys, after a lot of talking me and one of my friends decided that we are making an indie game. Please show your support! http://bringvictory.com/

        • VampyreSquirrel

          Rick Roll!

      • VampyreSquirrel

        Or watching pron

    • Grant Hancock

      This is the funniest shit ever 😀 hahaha … Narf !!

  • Jedi JJ

    Where was Tim all day? And what exactly does it mean when he’s not here on April fools?

    • VampyreSquirrel

      He has probably fooled us all and stayed home…

    • Unavengedavo

      Think out looking for a new job as the company he was working for closed it’s doors

      • VampyreSquirrel


        • Unavengedavo

          Unfortunately so… So if there is anyone out there that can help him out…

          • Jedi JJ

            It’s still the first of April. How can we believe you without question, but disbelieve you without feeling bad about it?

          • VampyreSquirrel

            Yeah, he’s not playing fair… on his own birthday noggal.

          • Unavengedavo

            Well he posted it on twitter yesterday…

          • VampyreSquirrel

            Damn, how’d I miss that…

          • Jedi JJ

            Really? Shite man. That’s sad

  • oVg Errorist

    I thought the article about XBOX ONE being about games was the April Fool

    • Jedi JJ

      Imagine if they said they were ditching the kinect. What. A. Joke.

  • oVg Errorist

    Do you remember this April fools?

    • house_hero

      Blood Dragon is one of the best games I ever downloaded.

  • Abyss

    I was hoping the delay for Don Bradman cricket was a april’s fool joke, alas, not 🙁
    Luckily its only 4 days

  • Lardus-Resident Perve

    Yeah, knowing that Blizzard do this every year now has taken the gloss off it all for me. It would be a joke only if they skipped a year now, or released it a day late.

  • ElNicko

    Honestly , I was caught twice today. Firstly by You guys and “charging Customs on digital purchases” and secondly by that Soul-Crushing prank about ACDC (would have been one hell of a roadtrip to Nambia) …….Those Bastards !!!

  • Mark Treloar

    Cant believe how badly so many people are butt hurt over the AC/CD one.

  • KingKappie
  • RedRover

    Here is one that was pulled on the Battlefield 4 community. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l0UYiwQJtZw

  • Double-O-Six and a half

    The problem with the last one – SARS and charging import duties on digital goods is that you’ve now gone and given the [email protected]@rds an idea… I swear if SARS comes up with this in the next year, I will curse both the names of the two evil minds behind this prank with the following ancient Arabian curse…

    “May the fleas of a thousand camels infect your pubic region… and your arms grow too short to scratch!!!”

    Other than that… good one, I was prepared to replace JZ on top of my list of “who to hate this week”…!

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