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Old 03-31-2012, 11:40 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Google's April Fool's Joke Just Earned Them Major Retrogaming Nerd Cred

I have made peace in recent with Internet April Fool's pranks. I used to find them deeply annoying, but now I only hate the stupid, amateurish ones. Weirdly enough, big, evil corporations have actually raised the bar for quality of these things. Take Google's prank for this year: It's the first 2012 prank I've seen, but I have a difficult time imagining anyone else is going to be able to best it. Just watch:


Just lovely, especially if you know the Dragon Quest games (and they used a Japanese family to demonstrate, so of course it's based on Dragon Quest). But what sets the standard so high is that it's actually a working implementation of the real-live Maps system that you can use right now. For instance, I've mapped my route from home to the office:



There's no indication of how many random encounters I'll face along the way or the possible experience I stand to yield, but you know... beta version and all that.

Well-played, nerds at Google. Well-played indeed.



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Old 03-31-2012, 03:58 PM   #2 (permalink)
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That's awesome, they out did themselves.
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Old 03-31-2012, 04:07 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Re: Google's April Fool's Joke Just Earned Them Major Retrogaming Nerd Cred

It's my new default when I want to use google maps now.
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Old 03-31-2012, 04:38 PM   #4 (permalink)
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It's only for a short time right? It'd be awesome if you could use that year round.
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Old 03-31-2012, 04:48 PM   #5 (permalink)
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Watch there be a demand for it to stay.
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Old 03-31-2012, 06:16 PM   #6 (permalink)
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They've done another one for YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature...&v=Y_UmWdcTrrc

If only this one was real! XD

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Old 03-31-2012, 06:43 PM   #7 (permalink)
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Re: Google's April Fool's Joke Just Earned Them Major Retrogaming Nerd Cred

For ultra NES graphics, even street view has had it's resolution and color reduced. They did a good one this year and it will be hard to top.
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Old 03-31-2012, 07:47 PM   #8 (permalink)
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Re: Google's April Fool's Joke Just Earned Them Major Retrogaming Nerd Cred

This is awesome! I love it!

Anyone else notice this?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature...&v=rznYifPHxDg

Same thing, for the NES!
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Old 03-31-2012, 08:13 PM   #9 (permalink)
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Re: Google's April Fool's Joke Just Earned Them Major Retrogaming Nerd Cred

It's cool and all, but I don't see how this relates to April fools.
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I like how you place a little hero on the map instead of a pin.
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Old 04-02-2012, 09:30 AM   #11 (permalink)
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Re: Google's April Fool's Joke Just Earned Them Major Retrogaming Nerd Cred

Speaking of real April Fools Gag/Video Games

Assassin's Creed for Kinect Announced! - YouTube
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Old 04-02-2012, 09:40 AM   #12 (permalink)
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Re: Google's April Fool's Joke Just Earned Them Major Retrogaming Nerd Cred

I had trick or treaters yesterday dressed in full costume.

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Old 04-02-2012, 04:58 PM   #13 (permalink)
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1. What did you give the treaters?
2. Is that PBay thing legit or an april fools joke?
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Old 04-02-2012, 05:05 PM   #14 (permalink)
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I'm pretty sure the pirate bay thing is a joke... or the greatest plan ever.
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Old 04-02-2012, 05:25 PM   #15 (permalink)
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Re: Google's April Fool's Joke Just Earned Them Major Retrogaming Nerd Cred

@steven
1. Cereal. They gave us a cat's coughed up hair ball in a zip lock bag.
2. I don't know. Seems unrealistic but I can't tell. The fact that they posted the first announcement a couple weeks ago, the second announcement on April 1st, are from a country that doesn't make a big deal about april fools jokes, have a history of doing crazy stuff, and are still sticking to their guns and saying they are serious makes it very hard to tell.
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Old 04-02-2012, 06:04 PM   #16 (permalink)
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Awwww... I missed it... actually was too busy yesterday and I missed all the pranks...
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