Thursday, Apr 2
Superhot, for those unfamiliar, is a really clever and inventive indie first-person shooter. The game utilizes a some tech that makes it so enemies and their bullets will only move when the player does. The faster the player moves, the faster the action, or on the other hand the slower the player moves the slower the action. This allows the player the ability to even dodge bullets, as long as they controle their movements with a fine touch.
As an April Fools' joke, the team behind Superhot announced that they'd rebuilt a freely available demo version of Quake with their awesome speed up/slow down technology. "1996 called. They wanted SUPERHOT," reads the text in the April Fools announcement trailer for SUPERQOT. "What a fun idea," read the comments, "If only it was real." Then, the unbelievers, they discover the truth.
Superqot, the Superhot team's Frankenstein version of Quake and Superhot, is a real thing. A downloadable copy of the game is available on the team's website for both PC and Mac. The enemies will pause mid-air if you pause too. It even takes on Superhot's stylized minimalist color-scheme of white, black and red. It quite obviously wins the award for best real April Fools joke simply due to the fact that it's freakin' Quake. Quake! In 2015! Bless their hearts.
Superhot itself will be available on PC in June later this year. Definitely head over to the team's website and try out Superqot in the meantime.
Wednesday, Apr 1
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Have you ever thought to yourself, "Man, this underwater level is atrocious! If I was actually swimming, it'd be so much easier!" Luckily, Sony thought the exact same thing. Introducing the PlayStation Flow, a pair of virtual reality goggles that lets players take their in-game underwater experiences into a very real pool. Wearing the Playstation 4 and the additional wearable peripherals will allow players to play through underwater levels in VR. Try pressing the wrong button and drowning now! Err, don't actually try that.
Just put on the PlayStation Flow goggles, velcro on the additional wearable sleeves and leg peripherals, and jump right into the pool. Having already synced with your hopefully nearby PlayStation 4, you'll begin to see the feed of gameplay through your goggles. They even have waterproof earphones to you still get that surround sound experience the PlayStation 4 promises.
The technology is of course enabled by Sony's continued experimentation with virtual reality stemming from the Project Morpheus headset. The rest is magic. Literally magic. Also, Sony's talent for coming up with April Fools' jokes that also allow them to directly advertise a range of products. For instance, The Last of Us and its underwater stages was referenced multiple times, as was Project Morpheus. Win, win for everybody! It's still impressive how much effort Sony put into the concept pieces for Flow.
Yes, PlayStation Flow is of course an April Fool's Day joke. Considering how big of a deal virtual reality is right now in gaming's near future, I'm surprised there weren't more VR jokes. check out Sony's well-made demo video for PlayStation Flow to get all of the exciting and unfortunately fake details.
April Fools! Minecraft's 1.10 'Love and Hugs Update' removes combat and survival in favor of cuddles
Everyone knows the real update will be Microsoft's addition of microtransactions
Everyone has known for a long time that Minecraft is much, much too violent. It would be best for everyone if all the action and survival elements within the game were just removed in favor of a more welcoming and happy enviroment. Luckily Mojang agrees, as they've just released the patch notes for 1.10. It's named "The Love and Hugs Update" and it does just the things I've mentioned above. Also, "Rabbits are fluffy." Indeed, Mojang. Indeed.
Mojang's Dinnerbone took to the Mojang blog to announce the studio's plans for this now available snapshot. It's surprising that he was able to post it at all, considering how it gave him a privilege over the other members of the Mojang team and thus did not support their efforts to create equality. Well, I guess we have to acknowledge that Mojang still has a long ways to go:
"We are in a very unique position to make a difference to the world and we have decided to accept this new role in society. We’ve thought long and hard about this, but we finally feel happy to announce that we are now changing the general direction of the game Minecraft. Starting from the next update we will be focusing on the things that make life worth living, promoting healthy relationships with the environment and its inhabitants."
Here are just a few highlights from Mojang's 1.10 update patch notes. You can read the full notes for the patch over on Mojang's official blog:
- We have removed the ability to directly harm other creatures. You should be rewarded for helping, not hurting.
- Added a new “Love” meter. This fills up the more you help others, and others help you.
- “Survival” mode has been renamed to “Existence”.
- “Monsters” are no longer named as such. The preferred term is “Inhabitants”, as they live in this world just like you or me.
- Steve and Alex have realized that the inhabitants are not evil, and just want to hug and get along.
- Lava has been replaced with liquid cheese. It’s delicious and much safer!
- Horses can no longer be ridden as this was deemed unfair to the horses.
- In compensation to the horses, they can now ride on your shoulders.
It's good to see that everyone is now on the same page in the Minecraft universe, with all animals and Steves equal in the eyes of their creators.
Anyone who hasn't already realized that this is Mojang's April Fools' Joke should probably go back over those patch notes again. Besides, everyone knows that the next major patch will be Microsoft turning the game free-to-play and enabling microtransactions for most in-game actions. Oof, that joke's probably a little too on-the-nose, isn't it? Love and hugs, everybody. Remember love and hugs.
Not exactly the big announcement folk were expecting during today's special Nintendo Direct, but nevertheless we've now been introduced to Animal Crossing: Happy Home Designer. It essentially boils down to Animal Crossing: New Leaf, but without all of the chores, economy and adventuring. All that's left is interior decorating. Oh, and inviting friends over, which is when the second part of today's announcement comes in -- amiibo Cards.
Introducing amiibo Cards, collectible cards that are read with an NFC reader like the New 3DS and Wii U are equipped with -- or with the peripheral the standard 3DS will have when Animal Crossing: Happy Home Designer launches. The cards have some interesting stats on them that aren't explained yet, and an identifying number unique to each card. Isabelle, for instance, is #001. As she deserves.
Animal Crossing: Happy Home Designer looks to be built specifically to try and get folk into stores to sell some of these NFC reading peripherals. Unfortunately it just looks like a lot of the content Animal Crossing: New Leaf players worked so hard to acquire, unlocked and ready for design. Then again, maybe that's all a lot of gamers want and the effort isn't something they valued in the first place. Hopefully the combination of Happy Home Designer, the NFC reader and the amiibo cards won't be too pricey for them.
A trailer showing off the Animal Crossing: Happy Home Designer, the amiibo Cards and the NFC reader is shown during today's Nintendo Direct. The embedded video will start just a few seconds before this trailer and demo begins. It'll also show some extra features like inviting new Animal Crossing friends into houses by scanning additional cards. It'll be fun to see what else Nintendo does with amiibo cards in the future.
Squeak, squeak squeak squeak squeak, squeak squeak...
Ever wish BioWare would just start making actual dating sims, without the pesky gameplay? Then you would definitely love NugElope, if it actually existed. This hypothetical adventure in romance between nugs lets players discover more about these wonderful creatures, and perhaps even themselves.
Be your very own nug and meet numerous other nugs in Nugtown, as you embark on a journey of making friends, finding love, and avoiding the unfortunate fate of being eaten. Oh, and you can dress your little nug up too, as you go out and meet hundreds of other nugs. This game apparently boasts "more than one trillion possible combinations," making it the most customizable fake video game ever.
Dark Cave, Deep Love
A Tale of Nug Meets Nug
Embark on a bold new adventure in never-before-seen parts of Thedas. As the new nug in Nugtown, it's your time to make friends, find love, and avoid getting eaten.
Explore vast fields and deep caves in a world where the promise of adventure lies around every corner, as does sudden, inexplicable death.
Dress up, head out, and stay in the shadows as you go looking for love in all the nug places.
Nothing about NugElope makes any real sense, but that's okay, because it's not supposed to. That being said, it apparently got some pretty outstanding reviews.
Isabelle on her Vespa rollin' at 200cc ain't nothin' to mess with
Damn it if Nintendo aren't the most clever, savy business folk out there. Realizing that the hype surrounding Mario Kart 8 might be starting to wane, here more than a year after the game's launch, Nintendo knew it had to stir the pot to build hype for their upcoming DLC. What better way to get folk excited to buy DLC Pack 2, with its wonderful Animal Crossing goodness, than by offering some exciting free DLC available on the same day.
50cc, 100cc, and 150cc -- the staple racing classes of every Mario Kart title since the franchise's birth. Starting April 23 Nintendo will be kicking it up a notch with the introduction of the Mario Kart 8 200cc class. If you thought 150cc was fast then you ain't seen nothin' yet. And best yet, the 200cc DLC will be available completely free for all Mario Kart 8 owners.
The trailer for the 200cc class only teases just how dramatically the gameplay will be changed with the extra speed. It looks like players will find themselves able to glide off of jumps for ridiculous distances, avoid slowing troughs that would otherwise slow down a lap, and avoid offensive weapons with new techniques previously unreliable. Here's hoping the extra speed breaks the game in ways we'd otherwise never have expected.
The final details on the Mario Kart 8 DLC Pack 2 pricing and release date have also been made available. First off, the release date, previously scheduled for May, has been bumped up to April 28 to be paired up with the free 200cc DLC. As previously confirmed the pack will include three characters (Villager, Isabelle, and Dry Bowser), two cups with eight tracks, and four vehicles. The pack will cost $7.99, thought it can be bought in a bundle with Pack 1 for $11.99.
Expect both of Mario Kart 8's upcoming bits of DLC to be released on April 23. That's the free 200cc racing class which will work across all cups as well as DLC Pack 2.
Nintendo and Atlus have not yet abandoned the Shin Megami Tensei x Fire Emblem collaboration announced over three years ago, as a surprise teaser trailer released alongside the April 2015 edition of Nintendo Direct finally brings the Wii U title (now known as Gen'ei Ibunroku ♯FE in Japan) to life. What you are about to witness may or may not be what you expected from the worlds of Shin Megami Tensei and Fire Emblem colliding.
Still codenamed the "Shin Megami Tensei & Fire Emblem Crossover Project" outside of Japan, the trailer paints a picture of a modern Japanese society where behind the scenes, teenagers with attitude must tap into the fantasy world and characters of Fire Emblem to Forblaze Their Dread and Light the Elfire Up in the Night to the sounds of J-pop and glow stick waving crowds. Sounds more like Persona 4: Dancing All Night, but eagle-eyed viewers may spot a post-apocalyptic nod to classic SMT. Well, at the very least it has rocket-powered pegasi. You gotta wonder what sort of ballistae that has got to be weak to.
If the character artwork seems familiar to you, then you're probably a fan of the Maoyu: Archenemy & Hero anime series which featured character designer from the same artist who goes by the handle "toi8".
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Update A tale of two destinies, sold in two flavors in Japan. But what of elsewhere?
The upcoming 3DS entry in the Fire Emblem strategy RPG series still has no official title in English following today's Nintendo Direct presentation, but we learn the publisher is finally ready to commit to a 2016 release window outside of Japan. So basically no Fire Emblem to fill out Nintendo's 2015 schedule. We can also finally put a name to the two kingdoms at war in the game: the Hoshido and Nohr.
Nintendo's latest trailer is asking which you'll be siding with, and of course this leads to the bigger picture of choosing what matters to you the most. Whichever you choose... someone's going to have a younger sister calling out to them at the fated confrontation. Meanwhile, the dancer character seen in previous trailers continues to be showcased as an enigmatic presence, one who may also be affected by that all-important player decision somehow. And perhaps we'll also be able to choose a gender for what looks to be the player character once again.
Interestingly, the Japanese physical retail release of Fire Emblem 3DS seems to want to help you make your choice in kingdoms before you ever fire up the game: say hello to Fire Emblem If: Black Kingdom and Fire Emblem If: White Kingdom for #TeamNohr and #TeamHoshido, respectively. Of course you're not locked out of the other storyline if you opt to get just one, as (you guessed it) you can simply purchase it as discounted DLC. Ah, the price of loyalty.
But wait! There's more: there's a super special third storyline you can purchase too, yours for a low price after you presumably find out how to say "big bro" in both Nohr and Hoshido dialects. Or just get the limited edition that has both versions of the game. Will the North American release of Fire Emblem 3DS be this edition packed?
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Also, vote for who Nintendo should add next
After Mewtwo was announced as a DLC character for Super Smash Bros. on Wii U and 3DS last year, we knew Nintendo had released the kraken. And brother, once you release the kraken you don't get to put it back in its cage. During a special Nintendo Direct today, one Nintendo went out of their way to clarify is not an April Fools' Day joke, Nintendo unveiled plans for their next DLC character -- please welcome Lucas back onto the roster.
Yes, Lucas of Mother 3 fame, an RPG never officially in North America, is back. Lucas was originally added to the Super Smash Bros. roster with Super Smash Bros. Brawl on the Wii. Lucas' move-set is similar to Ness' in many regards, not being an entirely built-from-the-ground-up character, but not being a full mirror either. In fact, Lucas' physical attacks are all particularly unique in comparison to Ness. Unfortunately he wasn't balanced particularly well and found little competitive success as a result.
It's not too surprising then to see Lucas making a return as a DLC character. Nintendo will be able to take many of Lucas' animations and effects directly from Ness, cutting down on the overall work for the DLC character. Plus, since everyone expects him to be poorly balanced in the first place, there's no pressure on Nintendo to make him stronger than any standard baseline character on the roster.
Lucas will be joining the the Super Smash Bros. Wii U and 3DS rosters this June. On the other hand, Mewtwo is now confirmed for release on April 28. Those who purchased and registered both versions of the game will get him for free as promised. Otherwise, everyone else will be able to download Mewtwo for the price of $3.99 for either platform respectively, or $4.99 for both platforms. It's not clear if this pricing will carry on for Lucas as well.
Nintendo has also published a website where fans can submit their votes for who should next be added to the Super Smash Bros. roster (vote Shovel Knight).
Blizzard continues its April Fools' Day tradtions with jokes spanning almost all their major franchises. Last year we were introduced to Pajamathur, which later became Abathur's alternate skin in Heroes of the Storm and intentionally poor quality Draenei models for World of Warcraft. Now let's take a took at what Blizzard has in store for 2015.
First off, World of Warcraft's prank takes on the dating app Tinder with a Garrison feature called T.I.N.D.R. Followers with T.I.N.D.R Boxes will no longer follow commands and spent hours swiping left and right until they find a companion.
Just because you’re stuck on Draenor fighting a constant, desperate battle for survival doesn’t mean there isn’t time for love. Coming in Patch 6.1.4, we’re introducing a new feature designed to help your Followers locate the perfect complement to their Abilities and Traits—the T.I.N.D.R. Box!
Find companions for your companions, and steer the boat of love to safe harbor.
Heroes of the Storm, Blizzard's new MOBA, sees all characters sporting big heads for the day. This mode makes some characters even more adorable, like Li Li the Pandarean, while other more serious heroes like Arthas look absolutely hilarious with a giant head. Some fans even want this to be a permanent feature that can be toggled on and off.
Although Blizzard didn't make an official blog post for Diablo III, developers snuck in a big head mode for the action RPG as well. Captured by YouTube user Mads Lund, logging on to the public test realm will grant enlarged craniums to the characters of Sanctuary -- even NPCs.
StarCraft II: Legacy of the Void is now in closed beta, and Blizzard took the opportunity to offer a full-sized replica of the Spear of Adun. This massive Protoss flagship features a celestial GPS (though it's noted that Abathur's voice is not included), Solar Core power outlets, and even backseat DVD players. But the best part? The ship is already available to order at a special price of $9,999,998, down from the regular $9,999,999!
The new B'Motes feature was also "announced," offering Battle.net users a new way to converse with friends. It includes emoticons and an Automated Chat Optimization Overlay (AChOO) so you can sound just like your favorite Blizzard heroes.
Finally for Hearthstone, Blizzard takes a jab at the recent trend of HD remasters. Fake patch notes indicate that developers have given classic cards an "HD update" that requires a player rank of 20 to unlock.
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- Dead Island 2 delayed into 2016, taking the sequel to the 'next level' 
- Guild Wars 2: Heart of Thorns teaser art confirms Guardian details are coming, longbows included 
- Yooka-Laylee crosses $1,000,000 and will come to PS4, X1, Wii U, now eyeing an orchestral score 
- Steam bans can now be issued by game developers, will be displayed on player profiles 
- Project CARS launch is May 7, but its launch trailer is available now 
- Nintendo issues statement on amiibo availability, increasing production and planning re-launches 
- Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain Day 1 and Collector's Editions revealed for September 
- Mortal Kombat X's Jason Voorhees in motion, available May 5