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Call Of Duty: Ghosts Becomes G.I. Bro [April Fools’ Day]

If you load up Call of Duty: Ghosts today, you might have a hard time finding your favorite multiplayer mode. Infinity Ward has dumped the boring labels like “deathmatch,” “team deathmatch,” and “free-for-all” in favor of something a bit more reflective of the audience we all think plays these games.

Activision has stripped away the military professionalism and, in its place, you’ll find a fully “bro” slate of offerings. In case you need help translating, we’re pretty sure “cranked” is now called “PCP.” “Kill confirmed” is now “tags or it didn’t happen.” “Domination” is now “bro, do you even cap?”

You get the point. So get in there, and set us up the bomb!

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[Update] EA Deletes Wii U April Fools’ Jabs

Update: Following the tweets from the official Frostbite Engine Twitter account this morning, EA has offered an official comment on the situation. The statement comes from chief operating officer Peter Moore (fittingly) via Twitter.

 

Original Story:

April Fools' Day is often interpretted as a license to make silly jokes, sometimes at the expense of fans. One EA tweet took things a little too far though, poking at the still open wound left by comments that the Frostbite engine can't run on Wii U.

Additionally, the account tweeted two more Wii U-focused messages. One read, "Frostbite will power #HalfLife3, coming out summer 2014! #WiiU exclusive." The other, was a poke at the problems EA had on getting the new Frostbite 3 engine to run on Nintendo's hardware. "Good news, we have finally fixed and optimized our 'netcode'. Uses quantum entanglement for Zero Latency connections. Exclusively on #WiiU," said the third tweet.

The missives have since been deleted, but the scars (and the screenshot above, taken by NeoGAF user Quentyn) still remain. Despite originally supporting the Wii U, EA pulled away from the console (later backpedaling saying that it had games in development for Nintendo's most recent home console). EA's most recent game for Wii U was released in March 2013 (Need for Speed: Most Wanted), leaving us to wonder where those "in development" games are.

[Source: NeoGAF]

Our Take
April Fools' Day jokes can be silly, convincing, far-fetched, or play on our dreams for what simply won't ever be. They should never be mean spirited, though. Whomever runs the official Frostbite Engine account crossed a line that shouldn't be stepped over, even on April Fools' Day.

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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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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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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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Goat Simulator gets April Fool’s release date

Hold on to your hay bales, ’cause the internet’s favorite next-gen goat simulator has finally gotten an official release date. The game that started as a joke will be coming to Steam on (and this is no joke) April 1, 2014.

For those not familiar with this sublime work of Caprinae-inspired coding, Goat Simulator was “inspired from old-school skating games, where, instead of being a skater, you’re a goat, and instead of doing skating tricks, you wreck stuff.” So in other words, just like Tony Hawk. There’s realistic physics, just like Tony Hawk. There’s points awarded for sick tricks, just like Tony Hawk. And you play as a rubber-necked, sticky-tongued goat who wants to give a “Glasgow Kiss” to the whole of humanity,  but will settle for destroying picnic tables, fences and fuel-efficient vehicles, just like Tony Hawk.

Go pre-order before Mr. Hawk hears they’ve made an unlicensed game about his violent hatred of backyard bar-b-ques. Ten bucks gets you access to the game three days before the official release. And it’s also Steam Workshop compatible, so you can start building customized objects, levels and missions right out of the virtual box. And then completely trash them with a customized goat. Yes, I’m crying, but these are tears of joy.


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