I’m not creative enough to do something for the holiday that isn’t completely terrible and likely scarring. But y’know what? That’s perfectly okay, because lots of other people are! Here’s my personal best of list for April Fools 2011. Hit the jump to check ’em out.Riot Games – Lee Sin, the Blind Monk
This is a bit of an iffy one. Lee Sin is actually a real character who can be played and will likely be free-to-play in a week or so. However, check out that video. Everyone saw the concept art, which contained the original April Fools character, and knew that Lee Sin had been around forever (since beta, in fact). The screenshots with Urf didn’t help, either. The video was so silly that people were fully expecting for Lee Sin not to be the champion this week, but rather someone else completely different. My buddy said it best, though: The real April Fools joke is that Lee Sin isn’t an April Fools joke.
Well said, Yoshi.
Blizzard Entertainment – World of Warcraft Patch 4.1.11
Because there is absolutely no way I can post all of the ‘patch notes’ without making this into a small mountain of text, take a look over here. Granted, some of the jokes may be a little more subtle or harder to get for those of you who don’t really know much about WoW. If you do get the jokes, it’s easily the best thing Blizzard put out this year. Sorry, Starcraft Motion, Crabby, and the Horadric Cube App. You just weren’t up to par. Oh, and speaking of those patch notes, I’m sure all fellow current and ex-warlocks can agree with me that the following is the best change ever:
- Whenever 2 or more warlocks or witches appear in a raid together, the damage dealt by any mages in the raid decreases by 5%. This effect stacks up to 5 times.
- In addition to their current talent trees, warlocks and witches can now spend points in any mage talent tree as well.
You know you want it to be real.
Far From Subtle – Legal Trouble
Check out that one first.
Then this one. I’ll admit, this one almost got me. Almost. I had just realized ‘oh hey, it’s still April first’ and went into my super-paranoid ‘trust nothing’ mentality. I mean, come on. You all know you could see Fox doing this. … Right? Well, I could.
Youtube – Youtube 1911 Button
I’m unfortunately unable to find a video of it, and I’m not sure if the button still exists somewhere. However, this was the second-best joke this year (right behind Lee Sin). There’s something delightfully silly about watching a Touhou flash video or seeing someone go to town on a giant Creeper in Minecraft in an old-timey, sepia-toned, silly piano music form. Good job, Youtube.
Well, that about wraps it up. Maybe next year, I’ll be creative enough to think of something decent.