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Reader Discussion: Do You Enjoy April Fools’ Day?

April Fools’ Day has become a bizarre holiday in the video game industry, full of fake announcements and laughable unveils. Do you enjoy it?

Is there confusion over what’s real and what’s fake? Did you think for a moment this morning that Blizzard was preparing to release a fighting game? Or is everything immediately transparent and lacking in whimsy?

The image above, the box art for the 2.5D platformer Pandemonium, feels like the perfect fit for this reader discussion. It features a jester, and the word pandemonium is a fairly accurate descriptor for the insanity of the day. For all of today’s April Fools’ announcements gathered in one location, head here.

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When executives apologize for April Fools potshots

EA Chief Operating Officer Peter Moore has tweeted a necessarily brief apology to Nintendo of America and its fans, distancing all parties from an unapproved, “unacceptable” and “stupid” joke that made the rounds earlier today.

The handlers of an…
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First MLB 14: The Show roster update misses opening day, set for April 8

Those looking to play along with the baseball season using up-to-date rosters this week on PS3 and Vita should take note: The first live roster update for MLB 14: The Show will arrive on April 8, Sony’s San Diego Studio noted yesterday on the game’s…
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Razer’s New Drone Lets You View Life As A Video Game [April Fools' Day]

Have you ever wished you could see your life like you do in your favorite third-person video game? Razer's Eidolon is a fake product that lets you do just that.

The Eidolon is a wearable drone system that deploys from a device that looks similar to the infamous Nintendo Power Glove. The drone itself, a little helicopter-like device, flies behind users, and feeds video direct to their vision. The video is in HD and 3D, and according to Razer’s webpage for its fake product, it will run in 1080p at 60 frames per second. 

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The Eidolon has different preset configurations for various shots and angles, including a Nimbus mode that gives you a birds eye view of your surroundings, and can be used to take selfies. Eidolon also has the ability feed you snacks by flying them from the bag to your mouth, or to attend meetings remotely.  

Toward the video’s end, Razer asks how you would use your Eidolon, and then we get to hear from a surprise guest about how he uses his. You can learn more about Razer’s Eidolon at the webpage it has set up. 

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Square Enix Website Inserts Thief’s Garrett Into Playable Final Fantasy [April Fools' Day]

One nice part of Square Enix owning the Thief license is
they can do fun stuff with it on days like today. If you go to the official Japanese
Thief site
, you will be taken to a Final Fantasy battle where you can only play
as the "Master Thief" class, who has way lower HP than the other classes.

Thief has eight options to choose from, seven of which are steal ('nusumu' in Japanese) and the other one is run away ('nigeru'). With that information, you ought to be able to puzzle your way through, even if you can't read Japanese.

It’s pretty funny as it is, and even more funny if you can read Japanese. There are dozens of lines in Japanese about what the thief
was successful or unsuccessful in stealing. Some of the lines I saw read “You
stole car keys,” “The bike you stole could not run well,” “You stole something
useless!” and “What’s yours is mine.”

[Source: Siliconera]

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Sega launches ‘Rappy Bird’ [April Fools!]

There’s an element of cruelty to some of the most memorable April Fool’s jokes, and Sega’s prank this year is among the cruelest. Responding to years of Phantasy Star Online 2 localization requests from diehard fans, Sega has released Rappy Bird, an…
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Sony’s super cereal [April Fools!]

It’s been plainly obvious for ages that the Vita’s in need of a power source that doesn’t get in the way of mealtime. The newly unveiled Sony Power Food is the answer to the question that everyone’s been asking.

Remember, this method of powering up…
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PlayStation Plus April Instant Game Collection Starts With Mercs And Bats

Tomorrow kicks off the first week for April’s Instant Game Collection. It also marks the launch of Mercenary Kings on PlayStation 4, but you won’t have to open your wallet for it if you are a PlayStation Plus member.

Don’t fret if you don’t own a PlayStation 4 yet, though. The caped crusader will swoop in and save your week. Batman: Arkham City joins the fray tomorrow on PlayStation 3.

As a reminder, today is your last chance to pick up Tomb Raider for PS3 and Dead Nation: Apocalypse Edition for PS4. This coming week is your last opportunity to lock in your license for Borderlands 2 on PS3.

[Source: PlayStation Blog]

 

Our Take
The Instant Game Collection is one of the best values in gaming, and only made sweeter with the brand new titles offered up on PS4. I’m looking forward to Mercenary Kings based on our review. Just remember not to start downloading until the store is fully updated or else you might be inadvertently charged.

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Google partners with Pikachu in Google Maps: Pokémon Challenge [April Fools!]

Google wants to hire the very best. Like no one ever was. If you’re a Pokémon master and can meet some extreme physical fitness requirements, you might have what it takes to survive the Pokémon Challenge, a fictional Google Maps-based job…
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Warhammer 40k: Storm of Vengeance launches on April 3, DLC detailed

After spending a month in the lanes of Early Access, Warhammer 40k: Storm of Vengeance is lining up on iOS and PC users’ Steam for an April 3 launch. Details for initial DLC packs have also been shared, outlining three additional unit types for…
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