Monday, March 13, 2006

Does Apple Got Game? iThink Not!


Like most video game publications, Electronic Gaming Monthly (EGM) annually runs an article or a joke to do with April Fools’, but unlike most of the other game magazines, its not a parody of the magazine itself (see: Gamepro’s ‘Lamepro’ or Game Informer’s ‘Game Infarcer’ spoofs in the April issues of those two magazines).

Best known for the infamous ‘Sheng Long’ code April Fool’s joke had countless people across the world trying to unlock this mystery Street Fighter II character in arcades, this year they’ve done something that some people might not find too obvious to be a fake.

EGM ran a somewhat-convincing one page news article on the iGame, Apple’s first foray into the gaming market. A sleek, milky-white portable gaming system similar in appearance and design to other music-playing iPods on the market. Only thing is, this potentially-expensive iGame has the ability to do it all – play games, listen to music, transfer files, etc. You would transfer games to it via iTunes the same way you would transfer mp3s to your normal iPods, and the game selection would feature a diverse selection of titles, games styles and generations, ranging from classic, out of print retro games from yesteryear to tomorrow’s Xbox 360 hits in portable form.


That is, if this was real.

One instant giveaway that this is not real is that EGM would be the initial news source on this matter (even before Apple and Tech sites on the internet itself!). Game magazines are notorious for their news being outdated (this month EGM is just reporting on the DS Lite, something we gamers knew about for awhile now). Another is that in the picture in the magazine, it gives you a screen capture of the page in which you would download games from. The only thing is, in the retro section it shows such horrendous games such as ‘Total Recall’ (one of the first horribly-rated games in EGM) and ‘Hydilyde’. Also, in the new release section it lists ‘Dragons Lair 3D’, which may not be as obvious as the other mentioned titles but is still a giveaway nonetheless, considering when it was released on consoles in 2002 it fared horrible review-wise and it sold awfully.

Nice try this year, EGM, and this will probably be the best joke this year out of any video game publication, but you still just can’t fool good ol’ Ross.

(Oh, and big thanks goes out to Joystick for supplying me with the EGM scans). I did a little searching around the net and it appears that I'm not the only one who was not fooled.

12 Comments:

At 1:00 PM, Blogger Tomleecee said...

There used to be a mag published in the UK called CVG (Computer & Video Games - also the world's first games mag, by the way) that did some really good April Fools mock ups. Some were more convincing than others, but sadly the mag went bust some time ago. Some of the best were:

A new console called the AFX-1 that used 'light' instead of electricity and refraction from cyrstals. Was rumoured to be at least 100 times more powerful than the (then named) Ultra64 (circa 1996)

They ran a feature on a new game in the vein of Fighter's Megamix, but it was for all consoles (psx, sat, n64) and featured the characters from Tekken, Virtua Fighter and a few others. I think it was called Fighting Universe or something but the mocked up screen shots were really convincing (1997 i think)

Another one was about a game called 'Super Fernando Brothers' and was clearly a rip off of Mario 64 but for all formats. The game was meant to be from a Mexican dev company and it featured a section where you raced in 'karts' and also a two player split screen mode. The screenshots were obviously doctored Mario 64 ones though

Then there were the usual 'Tomb Raider Naked' ones and a few others. Some people were actually convinced and wrote letters, but Like Ross, I wasnt convinced by any of them. :-) lol

 
At 1:20 PM, Blogger gnome said...

I remember the Holo-something console and SF2 for the Gameboy... Both done by CVG, which I believe is still around...

 
At 6:32 PM, Blogger Tomleecee said...

Oh right...it must've been relaunched. Last I heard it'd gone under. Saying that though, I have'nt bought a mag for about a year now. They just don't make em like they used to...

 
At 10:33 PM, Anonymous digitalspace said...

I remember the fake nude Lara Croft code. A friend's mother fell for it and wouldn't let him play the game.

Anyways, kudos to EGM for this one. Very convincing, and imo, better than the "Wind Waker with upgraded graphics" article they did last year.

 
At 6:24 AM, Blogger gnome said...

Tomleece: they definitely don't. Even PCZone isn't as well written as it used to be... (Judging from their website of course ;))

 
At 4:03 PM, Blogger Tomleecee said...

Yeah - most mags take a kids approach these days. Don't know if you got them in greece but two mags I remember really stand out: Sega Power and Amiga Power. Both were very adult and full of really clever prose and witty jokes. Alas, both are relics from a time when games were a slightly geeky past time...not like now where it's more a lifestyle. Not that I'm complaining, but you know...mags used to be BY gamers FOR gamers! Not very keen on EGM - I've got quite a few copies of it dating back to about 1997, but I'm not liking the review style where they have several short passages by different members of the team. And it's practically three quarters advertisements.

 
At 4:12 PM, Blogger Ross said...

I think its annoying how each reviewier in modern EGM tries to "one-up" each other (as someone else I heard before said) and keeps talking about the other writers review. I dont remember them doing this in around 2002 (or not as much).

 
At 1:35 PM, Blogger gnome said...

Mags in Greece are almost decent now, though definitely not well written... The older ones..Ah, the older ones were real gems of people who couldn't spell their names... It was amazing. I guess I'll translate one of the articles for your reading pleasure, but it'll have to be at some other point... Far to busy now.

 
At 2:14 PM, Blogger Tomleecee said...

Pass it here Gnome, I did 'Classics' at college (Ancient Greek & Roman literature and history). I'll just get my copy of the ancient greek alphabet out and translate...it'l only take me five minutes lol :-)

 
At 9:01 AM, Blogger gnome said...

Hmmm.... ancient greek. Right. Weird stuff... It doesn't a bit grek though... Won't help you decyphering cretin-tongue used by the "games-journalists" of the era...

:)

 
At 4:29 PM, Blogger Tomleecee said...

ha ha - hmmm, 'cretin tongue'...I'll have that one...
:)

 
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