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April Fool’s 2018: All the best gaming gags

Well, April Fool’s Day has come and gone (thankfully), and with it, a bunch of gaming-related gags.

Here are the best gags of the year — may they quickly be forgotten and never mistaken for actual news.

Pokémon Go‘s 8-bit update

Pokémon Go developer Niantic teased a new 8-bit graphics update as part of April Fool’s Day.

“Experience Pokémon Go like never before with cutting-edge 8-BIT GRAPHICS!” the developer wrote in a post.

“Registering approximately twice the definition of 4K, the chunky squares of each pixel provide realistic detail and unbelievable definition. Your Pokédex will feel lifelike in ways previously unimagined on any handheld device ever created.”

PlayStation: The Board Game

PlayStation Asia came out fast and furious with a fake board game designed after its flagship console.

“Ever wished your PlayStation gaming experience was a little less digital and a whole lot more analog,” Sony wrote. “With all new non-animated graphics and zero AI, PlayStation: The Boardgame will let you experience the mild thrills of moving game pieces on cardboard. Who needs a headset when you can just shout angrily at your friends across the table?”

The board game features things like, “a non-4K resolution gameboard, pens and paper to draw your own trophies” and much more.

Though this is a prank, we’d totally buy this. Are we alone?

Remedy stops making games


Apparently, Remedy isn’t quite done with rubbing it in that it’s not making Alan Wake 2. Now, they’re saying they’re stopping games altogether in order to make coffee.

It would be funny if I wasn’t crying so hard.

Razer’s Bane-like Project Venom

Razer is channeling Batman with a product that’s named — and basically works like — Bane’s Venom.

“Become the extension of the world’s deadliest gaming hardware with Project Venom V2,” Razer said of its special serum.

“Formulated with Nano-mechanical bot technologies, achieve peak gaming performance and beyond. Be the machine.”

Final Fantasy XIV Online GO

First thing first, boys and girls — don’t strap your smartphone to a selfie stick and bash it against a rock.

This is basically the concept of Square Enix’s April Fool’s gag, which mixes in-game Final Fantasy XIV mining with the real world.

Again, don’t try this at home.

What’d we miss?

There are so many, many more — which April Fool’s gags did you rate? List ’em in the comments area, below.

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