Oh god, it’s April 1, which means nothing on the internet is to be believed and you’re undoubtedly going to be tricked into feeling really stupid at least once during the day.
Getting in on the fun, as always, are various video game companies, creating ridiculous spin-offs, behind-the-scenes videos about dopey game features, and otherwise poking fun at themselves. Apply the salve of comedy to your blistered ego after getting upset from that news story about all the Trader Joe’s stores closing.
9. SECRET DEPARTMENT MAKES SURE ‘THE WITCHER 3’ HAS ENOUGH BUGS
Developer CD Projekt RED has a little fun at its own expense as it explains that Witcher 3 protagonist Geralt’s horse was originally too realistic.
8. IF 'DARK SOULS 3’ WAS A GRINDHOUSE MOVIE
Honestly, Bandai Namco should just go ahead and make this movie. This shouldn’t be a joke.
7. 'HEARTHSTONE:’ THE MMO NO ONE HAS EVER HEARD OF BEFORE
Developer Blizzard’s online digital card game, Hearthstone, is crazy popular. But what if it was a 3D massively multiplayer online game? What would that look like?
(Okay, spoiling the joke for people who aren’t in the know: Hearthstone is based on Blizzard’s World of Warcraft, so the footage of a Hearthstone MMO is a game that’s been around for more than a decade.)
6. 'ARMA’ COLOGNE PROBABLY SMELLS LIKE GUNPOWDER AND TERROR
The developers behind PC shooter ARMA III cut together an ad for a new fragrance, presumably because you smell terrible after spending too many hours in a row engaged in running gunfights, or seated and playing a video game.
5. THE NEW COLOR SCHEME FOR 'DEUS EX: MANKIND DIVIDED’ WILL MAKE YOUR EYES BLEED
Deus Ex: Human Revolution did some interesting things with visuals, using a gold filter applied to the whole game to give it a certain aesthetic that went with its Renaissance and haves and have-nots themes. Developer Eidos Montreal is on the cutting edge of color filters with the sequel, Deus Ex: Mankind Divided, and its new pink and white color scheme.
4. STOP USING LYFT, START USING FINAL FANTASY’S GIANT BIRDS
The Final Fantasy series’ iconic rideable, man-sized chocobo birds are the key ingredient of a brilliant new ride-sharing startup called ChocoGo.
3. ASUS CREATES VIRTUAL REALITY, BUT WITH CATS
Honestly, isn’t the cat existence of lying around, eating, and being a general aloof jerk good enough without any technological add-ons?
2. WHAT IS EVEN GOING ON IN THIS SONIC JOKE GAME
You can actually play this game, which stars Sonic characters and is totally weird.
1. YOU CAN ALSO PLAY THIS ANNOYING 'STARCRAFT’ RACING GAME
The folks who make StarCraft II—Blizzard again—took its sci-fi universe that’s all about warfare and turned it into a 16-bit racing game that probably doesn’t actually suck any more than real Super Nintendo games from the 1990s. Play it right here.