Game Industry April Fool`s Day Pranks – Part 4

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This is probably the final compilation of pranks from the game industry for this past Friday, but I felt it was needed as the Vindictus one was humorous and well done.

Nexon

A Portal Opens Up In VindictusVindictus Portal message

A portal has opened into the land of Vindictus, and two familiar Valve characters will need help returning home. Today only, players level 10 and above can embark on the “Strange Travelers” quest line to help the Heavy from TF2 and the Companion Cube from Portal to return to their worlds. As a reward, players can receive a special something from the world of Half-Life, such as a trusty crowbar, a stylish Combine helmet or the adorable Headcrab helmet (and this is no joke).

Players can embark on the quest line by talking to Ernmass at the Inn in Colhen. This quest line is a one-time only event and ends at midnight tonight. Players who miss out on the event however still have the opportunity to obtain the items from other players or by browsing the auction house, as all the quest rewards are tradable.

“Nexon has had a great relationship with Valve for a long time, dating back to when we first co-developed Counter-Strike with them for Asia’s gaming markets,” said Min Kim, Nexon America’s vice president of marketing. “That relationship has continued through today where we decided to develop Vindictus on Valve’s Source engine. With the launch of Portal 2 right around the corner we felt like April Fool’s Day was the perfect opportunity to do something unexpected to celebrate that with Valve. And on the technical side it was a snap to make the crossover happen given that Vindictus is running on Source.”

To learn more about the latest events in Vindictus visit: www.vindictus.com.


Razer

The text of this one was instantly recognizable as a joke, as soon as I read the 3,000 apm

Razer talon april fools

Razer, the world’s leading manufacturer of high-end precision gaming and lifestyle peripherals, today announced the Razer Talon.  The average gamer hits 100 actions-per-minute (APM) based on the number of actions on mouse and keyboard - Pro-Gamers peaking around 300 APM. Über-optimized and over-powered for MMO, FPS and RTS gameplay - the Razer Talon will accelerate you to a pace of over 3,000 APM. With its intelligent movement programmability and state of the art construction, your opponents, like your keyboard, will be left smoldering in a cloud of smoke.

The Razer Talon will start overloading your nerve endings within 2ms of turning on the Talon NerveLoad SysOps module, enabling you to be ’one’ with your game, and giving you a greater awareness and enhanced sense.

Prepare to be not two, but over ten steps faster than your opponents in-game. Feel the power when your crosshairs are placed on your opponent’s head before you even think to zoom in. Experience blistering speed when all of your units are queued before your enemy has even farmed their Vespene. Cast spells faster than Swifty while taking on more PVP opponents in the arenas. Hell, he’ll be the one making videos for you next.

Extreme gaming at its best. Right at your very fingertips.

You can check out more here:

http://www.razerzone.com/razer-talon


NZXT

The release stated that this may or may not be a joke. Considering what most of their gear looks like I’m guessing it is. I suppose if they got enough pre-orders for the mythical gear, they might make it.

NZXT, a company built on realizing the dreams of gamers worldwide, is proud to a new color palette available for all PC enthusiast components and accessories…Pink! 

“PC Gamers are typically stereotyped as dudes” said Johnny Hou, Founder and Chief Designer at NZXT.  “We feel it’s time for girl gamers to embrace their inner-fragger and join in on the fun!”

“Gamer Guys should embrace the bright pink craze knowing that the women in their life will be so much more accepting of marathon gaming sessions if they have a fabulous rig to play on” said Victoria Chiang, Marketing Manager at NZXT.  “Only a real man is manly enough to have a computer case that matches his salmon pastel shirt!”

For more information on NZXT’s lineup of passionately pink accessories, visit http://www.nzxt.com/new/products/pink_series

They will be available….APRIL FOOLS!...or is it?

(I am betting it is).


NinjaBee

It’s been along time coming for the happy-go-lucky Keflings. Today, it’s payback time. NinjaBee announced that it released a patch today that unlocks the long-missing combat in A World of Keflings, turning your avatar’s peaceful tiny helpers into raging ’Deathlings.’

All players have to do to activate the new feature is log into A World of Keflings  and perform an in-game emote.

"Really, who wants to play an RTS where there’s no combat?" said Brent Fox, Art Director at NinjaBee. "That would just be stupid. Not a lot of people know this, but making Keflings the easy-going game it is now was just a big mistake. We meant the original game to be like Age of Empires, Warcraft or Starcraft, but somebody messed up and forgot to build in the combat. I blame our QA department."

Core gamers eat your heart out.


SteelSeries

Kicking off the weekend, SteelSeries, the leading brand in all things related to being awesome and superior, today announced an entirely new line of audio products aimed at the less than “casual” gamer: The Enthusiast.  Developed alongside a team of hundreds of dedicated professional hydration specialists, the global gaming peripherals giant is unveiling the SteelSeries 7H Pep-It Ultra Edition and the SteelSeries 7H Rockette Ultra Edition headsets. The truly unique and high-definition features on these headsets include voice activated breakdown for quick and easy storage as well as several 87.5mm driver units that include an unparalleled soundscape that reach incredible mid-tone levels. 

“Our new audio peripherals are made for enthusiasts, by enthusiasts, in intensely professional and kick-back, casual gaming environments,” said Kim Rom, SteelSeries Chief Marketing Officer. “Now, gamers can choose from two elite options: the Rockette, made for gamers who want to feel immersed in their game by expressing real-world FPS shooting via SteelSeries ZeroKill ZeroFeel UuultraSoft FoamBull3ts of destruction, and the Pep-It, designed for those who want an audio solution that offers a liquid boost throughout long sessions of game-play. The later can also be used as a one-stop PacifyPartner solution for spouses who insist on yapping during intense gaming sessions.”

The Rockette

The SteelSeries 7H Rockette includes exclusive ZeroKill ZeroFeel UuultraSoft FoamBull3ts with pinpoint precision technology to directly inhibit an opponent’s line of sight and concentration. The 34ft braided silk cable allows for gamers to be somewhat semi-mobile. The FoamBull3t feature is activated via the SteelSeries R0cketEngine where players can bind up to 6 buttons for each rocket and can be easily activated through a proprietary wireless ArmPalmAirMotion technology when the user is in the mood to move a limb.

The Pep-It

The SteelSeries 7H Pep-It headset includes an ExtremeNozzle design for a simplistic, yet intricate approach to hand-free sipping technology. Located on both the right and left side of the headband, the universal holders are connected through the SteelSeries ExtremeNozzle keeping a precision balance of liquid and steady flow of fuel to the gamer. Stay tuned for an upcoming partner announcement with a beverage partner for an all new, original gamer-activated energized drink, the perfect accessory for the SteelSeries Pep-It.

The new SteelSeries 7H Ultra Edition Headsets are available now each with an MSRP of $249.99 / €229.99 online at SteelSeries Web Shop. Be sure to check out the SteelSeries Facebook page for giveaways of these new headset designs throughout the weekend at http://facebook.com/steelseries.

 SteelSeries pep-it and rockette

I want the Rockette! So when I get angry at a game I can launch a harmless yet certainly satisfying attack on my monitor.

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