Tuesday, April 01, 2008

April lols?

As you may have already discovered when you woke up to find your room swarming with Madagascar hissing cockroaches (apologies to my roommates) it is indeed April 1st, better known to all as April Fool's Day. A day when we play pranks on our loved ones to show them that, well, I guess to show them how gullible they are. Anyway, nobody knows how to prank better than the Geek community. Take a look at this trailer that was posted on IGN and is already making the rounds:


High quality eh? The production team behind it is Rainfall Films, and I must say they did quite a good job with the fx.

More Gnerd worthy April Fools jokes after the jump.

Next up, our friends over at Blizzard. With the new expansion "Wrath of the Lich King" so highly anticipated, Blizzard decided to create a new class to capitalize on the Guitar Hero/Rock Band craze. Introducing, the bard:

Nice one Blizz, though I have to say, that would be a pretty hilariously amazing class to roll.


Youtube is apparently Rickrolling it's own users. If you're not familier with it, Rickrolling is when you purportedly link to something, but the link actually takes the clicker to Rick Astley's "Never Gonna Give You Up." Check out any of the Featured Videos on Youtube and prepare to be serenaded by a skinny redhead with the stolen voice of Barry White.

Google mail (or Gmail as it's affectionately known) has created "custom time" as can be seen here. This allows users to backdate their emails to have them appear in whatever chronological order is necessary. Seems silly, but 1 million procrastinating college students just passed out from sheer joy at the cruel joke.

A couple webcomics have also joined the fun, including Dinosaur Comics, Questionable Content, and Xkcd, which have all swapped web addresses to confuse and confound. Of course, since these are all links, you'll have to check the http at the top of your browser to confirm that yes, they all have the wrong addresses. CONFUSION!

That's all for now, be sure to let us here at Gnerd know about any other Gnerd-worthy April Fool's jokes that are going on!


AHR said...

Oh man, that Rickrolling thing is amazing. Would you belive I was not even aware of the Rickroll phenom until like, two days ago? It seems to have "tipped", as they say.

I saw that Gmail thing and just glanced at it, didn't really see the functionality, but not for a second did I think it was a joke. I'm dumb. They got me for a few seconds with last year's joke too, which was an offer to send print-outs of any email chain to your mailing address for free.

Also: Today Google's main page has a link to Virgle, a shared venture between Google and Virgin to set up a Mars colony. I'll go only if there's hookers and blackjack. In fact, forget the Mars colony.

Degan said...

And forget the blackjack...
also from those kooks at blizzard is this: http://www.worldofwarcraft.com/moltencore/

In addition, i only just heard of the rickrolling phenom earlier this week as well... though its not so much just linking, but its actually standing up at public events and singing the song... oh the internets.