This Year’s Best
April Fool’s Gags
By Matthew Arcilla
Truth be told, I kind of find April Fool’s to be a bore. In the world of video gaming, the notion of an April Fool’s joke for most video game companies is taking a cheap swipe at controversy, faking interest in a popular fad, or telling bald-faced lies. And none of that is funny in an age of fake news.
Some companies stuck with silly patch notes, while others actually created new items and features for real as some perverse way of honoring the most suspicious day of the year. But it’s the truly clever that suggest unlikely pairings, mock up some alternate reality spin-offs or imagine an all-original jest out of whole cloth. Here are the highlights of this year’s April Fool’s gaming news.
GeForce Academy of Gaming
At this school of hardware knocks, you can choose a major like esports management and enroll in courses on team dynamics, online linguistics, getting good, and figuring out why Crysis 2 still doesn’t run on your rig. It’s really a just a way for Nvidia to get you on their mailing list, but you do get a nice acceptance letter from the academy’s “director of admissions.”
EVE Online gives players a desktop assistant
Everyone knows that EVE Online can sometimes feel like a glorified spreadsheet, but with The Experienced Robust Interactive Companion or ERIC, you’ll get all sorts of pop up assistance on a variety of tasks including how to gank your first hauler and commit your first interstellar bank fraud.
Payday: The Animated Series
Payday and Payday 2: The Heist are co-op crime caper shooters that lets players make a plan, execute it, let it go off the rails and then draw their guns out as they throw away the plan. This mock animated series spin-off juxtaposes the feel good heroic vibe of a Saturday morning cartoon with the irreverent wrong doings of the Payday crew. Coming to VHS and Betamax.
CD Projekt Red is looking for a very good boy
As a Designer of Game Environments working in CD PROJEKT RED you’ll be responsible for digging up bugs, fetching missing code and sniffing up plot holes. Sounds good? Apply now!
— CD PROJEKT RED (@CDPROJEKTRED) April 1, 2018
The publisher and developers behind The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt and the much anticipated Cyberpunk 2077 are looking for a Designer of Game Environments. Requirements include “giving above-average high fives,” and a “strong interest in knowing how your own tail tastes like.” Successful applicants for the position can expect “belly rubs, a name-plated bowl and your own dog house.”