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The Best & Worst April Fools Pranks of 2016

Ah, April Fools’ Day…

A day where everyone is pregnant or engaged and saran wrap is terrifying

Corporations love to use this faux holiday as an excuse to gain some free publicity, but some do it better than others.

So who killed it this year and who crashed and burned? Check out my thoughts below:

Worst: McDonalds

Fast food giant McDonalds released the MmmBox for April Fools’ Day – a monthly subscription service that pairs your favorite menu items to your lifestyle.

Their recent box, the McRib box, includes a McRib, a moustache comb, a plaid napkin, and irony.

Best: Analog Watch Co.

This little-known watch company scored some free advertising when they announced the preposterous Lunar Watch: the world’s first timepiece made of a solid piece of genuine moon rock.

The Lunar Watch may be one huge lie, but let’s be honest, this earthy (or should I say moony) concept is absolutely stunning. Let’s make this happen, people!

Worst: Google

Google decided to have a little fun with its Gmail application this April Fools’ Day, adding a “Mic Drop” option that allowed users to completely end an email thread with a GIF of a yellow Minion dropping a microphone. Sounds cute and innocent, right? Wrong, so wrong.

There were two major issues with this prank:

  1. Minion memes are awful and should be banned from the internet
  2. Google put the “Mic Drop” option right next to the “Send” button

People ended up accidentally clicking the “Mic Drop” option rather than “Send” button, and some even reported that clicking “Send” would still prompt the minion to appear. Google pulled the plug on this prank relatively early due to the thousands upon thousands of angry people who flooded their customer services lines.

Looks like the joke was on Google this year.

Best: Sony

Sony unveiled their latest product on April 1: The Proton Pack.

Ok… this product clearly isn’t fooling anyone who has seen Ghostbusters (or has a brain for that matter), but the craftsmanship is definitely to be admired, and 80s movies references will never, ever fail.

Worst: WaterAid

WaterAid is an international organization that strives to provide access to safe water and sanitation to people world wide.

This April Fools’ Day, however, they took their ‘sanitation’ stance a little too far:

The video does end on a very somber and realistic note, but still… there are no words. none.

Best: PornHub

In what is perhaps the best April Fools’ Day prank of all this year, PornHub decided to rebrand themselves as… wait for it…CornHub. 

This has to be the corniest joke ever, yet it’s oh so perfect.

There are plenty more April Fools jokes that went unmentioned, so leave your favorites (and not so favorites) in the comments!

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Fan Film Friday reviews ‘Nintendo: Old School Revolution’

Leveling up in the box office this weekend is Sony’s Pixels, and the retro gamer in me jumped (Mario style) at the chance to watch and review a video game themed fan film called Nintendo: Old School Revolution. Does it get a high score? Or is it game over for this one? Check out our review to see what we think!

Watch Nintendo: Old School Revolution here!

Special note: This week’s Fan Film Friday is dedicated to Satoru Iwata, Nintendo’s 4th President who passed away earlier this month. Thank you for helping make the world such a fun place! Rest in peace.

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Tom Holland Is The Newest Spider-Man

Tom Holland has been cast as the latest actor to portray the web-slinging superhero on the big screen in both the upcoming Sony standalone films as well as in Captain America: Civil War. Sony will be lending the character to Marvel Studios for its Avengers universe tie-in, and since Spider-Man plays an integral part in that storyline in the comics, it would have been near impossible to do the story justice without him.

“It’s a big day here at Sony. Kevin, Amy and their teams have done an incredible job. The Marvel process is very thorough, and that’s why their results are so outstanding. I’m confident Spider-Man will be no exception. I’ve worked with a number of up-and-coming directors who have gone on to be superstars and believe that Jon is just such an outstanding talent. For Spidey himself, we saw many terrific young actors, but Tom’s screen tests were special.” – Tom Rothman, Sony Pictures Motion Pictures Group chairman

This will mark the second time fans will see a reboot of the franchise, as in most recent years we’ve seen Tobey Maguire and Andrew Garfield take on the role. However, this time Peter Parker is going to start out as a teenager with the time period entirely set in high school. Exploring more of Peter Parker’s adolescent years is an exciting new take on the film franchise.

What do you think about the latest casting news? Let us know in the comments!

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‘Uncharted 4’ Game Play Revealed at E3

Sony rounded off their E3 conference with a brand new look at Uncharted 4′s game play!

The game play for Sony’s flagship series definitely starts off a little awkward!

After the cut scene ends, main character Nathan Drake just stands there instead of following Sully, and the game play restarts itself shortly after and heads in a normal direction.

This definitely was a mistake on Sony’s part, but I personally found watching the villagers go about their daily business while Nate stood there awkwardly quite intriguing!

Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End will be available early 2016 exclusively on Playstation 4.

How did you like the footage? Let us know in the comments below!

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All Female Ghostbusters Reboot Has A Cast

Well, sort of. Melissa McCarthy (The Heat), who has been in talks for a lead role in the Paul Feig reboot, has reportedly signed on the dotted line. Now we are just waiting for word that the other members of the supernatural poltergiest hunting dream team, Kristen Wiig, Leslie Jones, and Kate McKinnon, have inked their deals. Wiig, McCarthy, and director Feig have teamed up before with the hit Bridesmaids, while Leslie Jones and Kate McKinnon are breakout featured players on Saturday Night Live.

Feig has been active in promoting his involvement in the film, letting his Twitter followers know that Sony is set to release the film on July 26, 2016, and that he’s pulling out all the stops to make this a girl-power driven movie.

Katie Dippold penned Feig’s female buddy cop comedy The Heat, and just finished working on it’s sequel. Lets hope this reboot can live up to the 1984 film starring Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd, Harold Ramis, and Ernie Hudson. We wont mention Ghostbusters II so as not to jynx it!

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Sony Announces PlayStation 4

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Sony announced Wednesday in New York that the newest generation of console gaming, the PlayStation 4, will finally be released during the holidays! And judging by the details the Japanese electronics giant has currently released about the PS4, it seems that a lot of gamers are going to be drafting their wish lists early this year.

A powerhouse capable of lightning speed, the PS4 will come fully armed with eight x86-64 AMD Jaguar CPU cores, and will boast an impressive 8GB of GDDR5 memory – a huge leap from the PS3, which operates with a mere 256MB GDDR3. Mark Cerny, lead system architect for the PS4, referred to the new system as “like a PC, but supercharged.” More power behind the PlayStation means that the system will turn on and off almost instantaneously, and you’ll even be able to shut the system down mid game and reboot without losing a single step.

In addition to hardware upgrades, the PlayStation’s classic DualShock controller has received a facelift. The controller still has the basic, classic styling, but gamers now can expect better rumble and enhanced motion sensibility. Amongst the new features on the controller include a touchpad located on front of the device, a headphone jack, and a “share” button, giving you the opportunity to gloat about your progress to friends, or seek their help in a tough spot.

For those who wish to play their PS3 games on the PS4: you’re out of luck. Sony has confirmed that the PlayStation 4 will not support backwards compatibility. But this doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy classics from the past. Sony is introducing a new system called “PlayStation Cloud”, which will allow you to access old titles from past PlayStation systems without need of a physical disc. However, specific details surrounding how exactly the cloud will operate are still, well, clouded.

More details about the PS4 are likely to be revealed within the coming months, but for right now Sony isn’t pulling the curtains completely.

Not a single complete image of the console was shown during Sony’s two hour long presentation, leaving the appearance of the new system still shrouded in mystery. And while it has been announced that the console will be released some time during the holiday season, a solid street date and estimated pricing has not yet been revealed to the public.

To learn more about the PlayStation 4, and to view their official announcement, click here!

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Day 1 at NAB

nab-showNAB is the National Association of Broadcasters, and they have one of the largest annual tradeshows in Las Vegas. NAB focuses on the technical side of the television, radio, and film industries, offering its exhibitors a chance to show off new products and technology, and its attendees the change at information sessions and education to help them succeed in their fields.

Even though the crowds were large, we got in and got our badges printed fairly easily. There was so much to see. The Las Vegas Convention Center is like a small town in itself so there is a lot of ground to cover. We went to the big name booths like Sony, Panasonic, Canon, and JVC. Mainly the theme this year was 3D. With the huge resurgence of 3D films, and its perception change from marketing gimmick to actual movie feature, 3D is now becoming the big thing in television and online production as well. Everywhere you looked there were companies talking about how to do 3D with them.

GoPro, who produces the HD cameras Hero and Hero2 were showing off their 3D rig which is just two of their cameras in a case with one turned upside down. The 3D film it captured was still amazing, and it was really interesting to see the great quality 3D filming you could get with just two small cameras. Their booth, I have to say, was my favorite because not only did they have a great design and great product to show off, but they also had a Ford GT40 and a Porche 911, both racing editions sitting in their booth tricked out with their cameras and rigs!

Another theme this year has been the 4K technology. It seemed like all the 4k theaters were crowded and hard to get into, so I took a pass on the first day, preferring to just go through the booths, look around and test the equipment. Since NAB is here for 4 days, I do plan to go back and see at least one of the theaters because 4K is definitely a technology that is getting a lot of buzz throughout the industry.

All in all it was a great experience, and even though I am so sore for doing a lot of walking, XD I had fun! If you are going to be at NAB this week, let me know!

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Is the PSVita Doomed Before Its Release?

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Sony debuted its new portable handheld gaming device, the Playstation Vita (or PSVita), recently at the annual E3 convention. Now, it looks like a couple game developers are saying that they are not really interested in developing games for it. With the recent price reduction in the Nintendo 3DS, it is hard to image anyone willing to pay $299 for the PSVita.

Even though there may still be a market for hard core gamers who are loyal to portable devices, with the introduction of multifunctional tablets, the gaming industry has seen an increase in the casual gamer that has boosted tablet sales tremendously. Recently, GameIndustry.biz spoke with two game developers who shared their thoughts on why the PSVITA will fail, and how tablets have changed the market for portable gaming.

“The technology is sweet, I’m a huge fan of mobile technology, but I just don’t know there’s a market out there anymore for the hardware. I can’t see why you would want to put a device out that only does games.

The consumer has spoken. We wanted to see that world exist – more players, more opportunities for us, but at the same time people don’t want that. Unless there’s a super technology paradigm shift it’s not going to shift back.” -Lyle Hall of Heavy Iron Studios Source: GameIndustry.biz

“While it’s a nice achievement from Sony in the first step it’s not something we would take into consideration in the short term…

I can see that the multifunctions that devices like tablets offer is a big advantage of them. And I think people want one mobile device that can do multiple things.

Considering this, I think those handhelds are lacking in that area and they are losing ground, actually. I think they have to be more innovative.”  -Avni Yerli, Managing Director at Crytek Source: GameIndustry.biz

The PSVita is set to release in Japan this year, with the US and Europe the following year. The outlook is pretty grim if popular developers like Crytek (known for Crysis and Far Cry) are backing off already from developing for the device. Without a nice stable of available games during its release, the PSVita could already be looking at a price cut to make the technology more appealing to the changing gaming market.

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