April Fools: How You Can't Trust Anyone
Posted on Sunday, April 1 2012 @ 06:34:01 PST
April Fools Day. It is a time that comes about once a year, yet it is that point in time that I dread to endure like those times you have to put up with that uncle every Thanksgiving that you don’t really give a **** about due to his drinking problems but you smile and nod along just to look like you’re a part of the family. I may sound like an old man for complaining about a “holiday” that lets you have harmless fun on your unsuspecting victims, but I am here to talk about how people take an advantage of it within the gaming field and fail horribly at it.
For starters, April Fools somehow turns everyone into a compulsive, lying bastard. Even the timid kid at school gets in on this as you are left to wonder who ISN’T a lying douchebag on April 1st. This is the only time of the year where you have a legitimate reason to be paranoid of people because you don’t know who is actually lying to your face and who is telling the truth. For gaming, this is just as bad. People who don’t know jack about the gaming industry suddenly have a surge of “sources” that tell them bullshit like how Final Fantasy VII is truly having a remake or that Half-Life 2: Episode 3 has a release date. Not only that, but those kinds of people just make the joke way too obvious. Even if you were to call people out on this, they’ll just laugh and give the half hearted excuse that it’s April Fools.
Gaming journalists aren’t immune to the “douchebag for a day” syndrome and some were known to make up stuff in the gaming news with varying degrees of success. EGM, back when they were still in business, had made an edited image of a screenshot from The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker by replacing Link and a bird enemy with their Twilight Princess models and said people that pre-ordered Twilight Princess would get a copy of Wind Waker with the “updated” visuals. I believed it at first until I was told by a friend that the image was a fake and I realized I should have known better. However, others weren’t as smart and actually went to their local Gamestop to pre-order and found out it was all just a hoax. April Fools for the gaming world just tugs at the hope strings of gamers everywhere while the rest of us have to preemptively dismiss any and all gaming news on April 1st until April 2nd rolls around so that people realize the time to be a lying ass hole is over.
In short, don’t use April Fools as an excuse to be a liar. After all, if you are using a certain day of the year to be playing pranks and lying out of your ass, what is stopping you from doing it at any other time? Hmm, maybe I am onto something there…