So, in case anyone hadn't noticed yet, it's April Fools' Day, and in the spirit of the season, several major games and technology companies are getting in on the action.
In order for you to check out all things foolish, we've rounded up all things games and tech April fools for you. Which one is your favourite?
Google's Pokemon Master Challenge
Remember back when you were a kid (or, you know, a fully functioning adult) when all you really wanted in the world was for Pokemon to be real so that you, too, could go and catch monsters and force them to fight whilst still only 10 years old? Google understands that wish. They've created an app for Google Maps that lets you find and hunt Pokemon around the world. We say this is an "April Fool", but it's not, really, although we're pretty sure the bit about getting offered a job at Google if you catch them all *might* be a teensy bit exaggerated. You actually CAN use Google Maps to hunt Pokemon, however. Check out Google's video about it below.
Blizzard's Double Whammy
Blizzard usually like to mix things up for April Fools' Day. Last year they replaced all the workers in StarCraft II with the unbalanced and much-hated Warhound units. This year, they've gone for the double whammy, announcing that they are releasing a new game called "Blizzard Outcasts: Vengeance Of The Vanquished", featuring some of the more maligned characters from the Blizzard universe. The Diablo and WoW developer/publisher has really put some welly into this prank, it has put together this full website complete with artwork, trailer, and some pretty amusing quotes.
They also claimed they've renamed StarCraft II: Legacy Of The Void to become instead StarCraft II: Herald of the Stars, saying "one thing that has unexpectedly come to our attention is our audience’s love for the acronym HotS. With recent successful titles Heart of the Swarm, Heroes of the Storm, and Hearth (of the) Stone, we took notice of players’ absolute love for this particular string of letters. This caused us to reconsider everything, and the results were nothing short of spectacular." Well, it's nice to see they don't take themselves too seriously.
Samsung And HTC Do The Same April Fools Joke
A bit awkward. Yes, Samsung and rival phone manufacturer HTC made the same joke, both revealing a "Smartglove" destined to take us fully into the realms of 80s-sci-fi-meets-Nintendo-Power-Glove.
Personally, it looks like HTC put a bit more thought and photoshopping pazazz into theirs, so they got my vote in the battle of the gloves.
Guild Wars 2 Turned All Their Players' Heads To Bobbleheads
If you've played Guild Wars 2 today, you might have got a little big-headed. Literally. In honour of April 1st, the heads of all players' characters have been temporarily blown up, making the Guild Wars 2 universe a sea of giant heads. It might not be the most wildly imaginative prank we've seen, but it does looks pretty funny. Check out a screenshot from the Guild Wars 2 forum below.
Nokia Announces Smartphone Version Of The Nokia 3310
Back in 2002, having a Nokia 3310 basically made you king of the playground. When you've got that kind of status symbol in your back catalogue, you need to exploit it, and Nokia has done just that. Nokia's April Fools' Day Prank unveiled a "smartphone" version of the classic model, with the original front panel now a Windows OS touchscreen, and a giant Lumia-style camera adorning the back. Maybe it's just nostalgia, but I thought they were actually pretty fetching.
Tim Burton To Direct Killzone Movie
Killzone was a little ahead of the game with its April prank. It posted its joke nearly three days ago; isn't that against the rules? Anyway, according to their prank, a Killzone movie is in the works from the comically misspelled Tim Burtun, also starring Johnny "Dep" and Helena "Bonam" Carter. The story, according to Killzone, is a "thrilling story of betrayal, deception and tragedy" and "focuses on the events depicted in Killzone Shadow Fall after the Helghast settle on planet Vekta."
Bohemia Interactive Announces ArmA 3XXX Karts
Loads of people love Arma III. Loads of people love karting games. In its amusing April Fools' "announcement" trailer, Bohemia Interactive gives the best of both worlds, claiming it will be making a fusion of both in a new game.
Have we missed any of the silly, funny or outrageous pranks from the gaming and tech worlds today? Can you help us complete all the gaming April Fools pranks? Post anything you've found in the comments section!