April Fools 2014 Gaming Round Up Complete List

Written by Katie Allen on Tue, Apr 1, 2014 3:30 PM

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!

Login or Register to join the debate

Rep
-7
Offline
04:19 Apr-05-2014

The pirate bay April's fool trick.


http://thepiratebay.se/blog/236

2
Rep
216
Offline
admin approved badge
14:01 Apr-02-2014

You forgot Razer Eidolon " World's First Wearable Drone System" :P

0
Rep
2
Offline
02:27 Apr-02-2014

, so unfortunately you will not be able to change your skins until we fix the problem. We are desperately trying our best to pull the plugs, but we should prepare ourselves to serve under our new villager overlords. Singularity may beuponus

0
Rep
0
Offline
03:07 Apr-02-2014

Don't forget Minecraft's "new theme song" and new sounds! I can't tell whether I should be scared or dying of laughter.

0
Rep
2
Offline
02:26 Apr-02-2014

They forgot to put in minecrafts prank: Minecraft is Experiencing Some Problems
The long-nosed villagers introduced in Minecraft beta 1.9 have become sentient. They have taken over our skin servers and content delivery networks (CDN)

0
Rep
9
Offline
01:14 Apr-02-2014

Is it sad I kinda like the look of the "HTC Gluuv"? >_>; But then I am a big FO3/NV pipboy fan lol

0
Rep
382
Offline
18:38 Apr-01-2014

I'd buy that 3310.
For self-defense purposes that is.

5
Rep
202
Offline
admin approved badge
01:15 Apr-02-2014

Bro, my dad has had a Nokia since forever...and that thing is like a brick man. Never breaks!

0
Rep
382
Offline
06:51 Apr-02-2014

I still have one of these 3310's lying around here somewhere. But the battery surely must be dead now, the phone was dropped in water so many times years ago. I think I might have even went swimming with it once, haha =D
3310 is the tool to take with you to an uninhabited island!

0
Rep
202
Offline
admin approved badge
01:39 Apr-06-2014

You could like
use that brick of a phone as an airplane landing gear and it would end up ripping off the plane's nose from it's fuselage
nvm that was a terrible joke XD

0
Rep
319
Offline
admin badge
18:17 Apr-01-2014

my google maps app has no updates ;_;. Dang it!! nice article.

0
Rep
0
Offline
18:45 Apr-01-2014

Dead line april 2nd :)

0
Rep
319
Offline
admin badge
18:54 Apr-01-2014

so very sad...

0
Rep
0
Offline
18:57 Apr-01-2014

lol iv got it

0
Rep
319
Offline
admin badge
19:00 Apr-01-2014

xD

0
Rep
0
Offline
19:06 Apr-01-2014

I was driving around L.A im visting america and caught pikichu -.-

1
Rep
319
Offline
admin badge
19:07 Apr-01-2014

keep up the good work. gotta catch 'em all!

0
Rep
0
Offline
19:25 Apr-01-2014

at spain LOL

0
Rep
136
Offline
00:43 Apr-02-2014

In Sydney there are PKMN everywhere lol

0
Rep
28
Offline
19:07 Apr-02-2014

doesn't everything is Australia look like a pokemon? XD

2
Rep
136
Offline
00:38 Apr-03-2014

Hahah

0
Rep
65
Offline
16:57 Apr-01-2014

I actually want that Nokia. Looks interesting.

1
Rep
49
Offline
17:46 Apr-01-2014

smart and durable..... hahhhhaha....

0
Rep
22
Offline
16:02 Apr-01-2014
-1
Rep
5
Offline
19:45 Apr-01-2014

thats an actual gamemode that will be staying around for a few weeks.

0
Rep
31
Offline
15:50 Apr-01-2014

pretty sure that the arma 3 karts will happen as a mod

0
Rep
20
Offline
15:47 Apr-01-2014

You missed the razer Eidolon and WoW draenei female character

0
Rep
207
Offline
admin approved badge
15:45 Apr-01-2014
0
Rep
13
Offline
15:32 Apr-01-2014

The nokia smartphone isn't really that bad, I hope it becomes real

0
Rep
10
Offline
15:39 Apr-01-2014

Bomb, water, drop and scratch resistant phone. NOKIA FTW lel

1

Can They Run... |

| 60FPS, Ultra, 1440p
Ryzen 9 3900X 12-Core 3.8GHz GeForce RTX 3070 EVGA FTW3 Ultra Gaming 8GB 32GB
| 60FPS, Low, 720p
APU A8-7410 Quad-Core Radeon R5 7410 8GB
| 60FPS, Ultra, 1080p
Core i5-11400 6-Core 2.7GHz GeForce RTX 3050 Ti Mobile 8GB
| 60FPS, Ultra, 1080p
Ryzen 5 3600 6-Core 3.6GHz GeForce GTX 1080 MSI Gaming X 8GB Edition 16GB
100% Yes [1 votes]
| 30FPS, Low, 720p
Ryzen 5 3400G 4-Core 3.7GHz Radeon RX Vega 11 6GB
| 30FPS, High, 1080p
Core i5-11400 6-Core 2.7GHz GeForce RTX 3050 Ti Mobile 8GB
0% No [1 votes]
| 60FPS, Medium,
Ryzen 5 3500U 4-Core 2.1 GHz Radeon RX Vega 8 8GB
| 30FPS, Low,
Ryzen 5 3500U 4-Core 2.1 GHz Radeon RX Vega 8 8GB
| 60FPS, High, 1080p
Core i5-10400 6-Core 2.90GHz GeForce GTX 1650 16GB
0% No [1 votes]
| 60FPS, Ultra, 1080p
Core i7-7700K 4-Core 4.2GHz GeForce RTX 2080 Super 8GB 16GB
100% Yes [2 votes]
| 60FPS, Ultra, 1080p
Core i7-7700K 4-Core 4.2GHz GeForce RTX 2080 Super 8GB 16GB
100% Yes [1 votes]
| 60FPS, Medium, 1080p
Core i5-10300H 4-Core 2.50GHz GeForce RTX 3060 Mobile 16GB
0% No [1 votes]
| 30FPS, Low, 720p
Athlon II X2 245 GeForce GTS 250 4GB