April Fools news roundup

Any bit of news one reads on April 1 has a pretty good chance of being a joke, but yesterday being a Sunday meant the joke-to-reality ratio was especially high. We couldn't resist posting a couple of joke articles of our own. I will add that Jellies vs. Whales is a "real joke," as the game is actually under development.  News outlets and manufacturers around the web got in the fun, too. Here are some of the highlights.

Image from WCCFTech. A GeForce card with 10,752 shaders might actually be arranged this way.

My personal non-drfish-favorite was Wccftech's especially-earnest-looking leak about Nvidia's GeForce GTX 1180 Ti graphics card. The post is written in the outlet's usual voice and only goes completely off the rails when Half Life 3 benchmarks show up about two-thirds of the way through. The article then concludes with details of an especially-draconian hardware DRM scheme that, oddly enough, doesn't really seem all that far-fetched.

Nvidia itself joined in the fun by announcing its GeForce Academy of Gaming. The university offers majors in Hardware Studies, Esports management, and Gameosophy, where students will debate the merits of loot crate systems and attempt to answer the question as to whether or not the cake truly was a lie.

Image from Wccftech

AMD itself stayed above the fray as far as we can tell, but Wccftech wrote about an extreme expansion of the collaboration between the red graphics team and Intel, saying that Intel would manufacture the 10,240-stream-processor Radeon RX Canis chip. While this would have at one point seemed far too ridiculous to ever be possible, developments in the last few months have shown that the rivals are willing to work together when it suits them.

University classes on playing games might not be terribly useful, but everyone at TR would love to see Logitech's Business Speak Detection Software become reality. The Business Speak (BS) detector uses artificial intelligence to analyze web conference participants' faces and monitor audio streams to flag speech containing any BS. As great as it would be, we have to imagine the indicator LED wouldn't last through the average tech conference keynote speech.

Razer makes a habit of teasing products that won't necessarily be shipping, and the company's Project Venom v2 fits that category. The accessory and laptop manufacturer says the neon green liquid contains nanobots that can help "level the playing fields between yourself and pro gamers." The nanobots link up with the company's Synapse software utility to improve control within games. There was nary any mention of what happens to those micro-mites when Razer's cloud servers go offline.

Google's various international offices went completely bananas. The Chrome OS team claimed to have Chromebooks that could actually be powered by banana peels under development. The company's Japanese arm showed off gesture typing on physical keyboards and the Australian office said the company is rebranding itself as "Googz". Google Maps' blog contained a post from celebrity striped-shirt-wearer Waldo offering an opportunity to play "Where's Waldo" in Google Maps.

These were just some of the highlights of yesterday's hijinks. PCGamesN has a longer list of gaming- and technology-related April Fool's pranks from yesterday. BGR has its own roundup that includes jokes from more mainstream publications and companies.

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    • Alexko
    • 2 years ago

    AMD played too:

    [url<]https://twitter.com/AMD/status/980490009701765121[/url<]

      • ludi
      • 2 years ago

      And given the past history of real-world AMD marketing, Poe’s Law is having a nervous breakdown over this one.

    • Chrispy_
    • 2 years ago

    Wow, you weren’t kidding – Draconian DRM and hardware-DLC; It may be tongue-in-cheek but its funny because it’s painfully close to the truth!

    [quote<]GTX 1180 Ti Pricing, Elite GeForce Experience & GeForce Edge Now that we got the benchmarks out of the way, let’s talk about one of the most important things about this card, the price. A brand spanking new GTX 1180 Ti will cost you $749 when it comes out, which considering its blisteringly fast performance is a bargain really. Although there are a couple of key things to keep in mind. NVIDIA is introducing a brand new service called Elite GeForce Experience which will allow users to download game-ready drivers a week in advance of game releases, share and download overclocking profiles as well as enjoy NVIDIA partnered titles for free. The service costs $69 a month and users are required to sign up for a year before they can purchase a GTX 1180 Ti. To activate your subsrcription you’re required to attend a two week hardware re-education course at NVIDIA’s headquarters in Santa Clara California, as well as take a full biometric scan and provide a DNA sample. As soon as your subsrciption expires your GTX 1180 Ti will be deactivated and you will need to renew your subscription and ship another DNA sample to NVIDIA to have your subscription re-verfified GeForce Edge is another service that the company is introducing with the 1180 Ti and it comes in three tiers. Tier 3 unlocks the boost clock functionality of your GTX 1180 Ti, Tier 2 unlocks half the GDDR6 memory on your card while Tier 1 unlocks half of the ROPs on your card. Each tier costs $29.99 a month. Then there’s the GeForce Edge Plus subscription which unlocks all the hardware on your card and costs $69 a month. Without GeForce Edge the GTX 1180 Ti will only have access to have its memory, half its ROPs and no boost functionality. A valid subscription of both services is recommended for optimum performance. So there you have it folks, the ultimate performance comes at the expense of some slight inconvenience.[/quote<]

    • NAG3LT
    • 2 years ago

    At the moment PCGamesN link leads me to [url<]https://pcgamesn.com/gaming-vpn[/url<] I guess it should be: [url<]https://pcgamesn.com/gaming-april-fools-2018[/url<]

    • evilpaul
    • 2 years ago

    The new Intel chips and motherboards are up in e-tailers.

    • Anovoca
    • 2 years ago

    I wasnt aware wccftech needed a reason to post a non-credible article about new nividia cards and benchmarks leaks.

    • Redocbew
    • 2 years ago

    I think I love Logitech now.

      • KeillRandor
      • 2 years ago

      My Loggytek BS detector just went off…

      Oh, wait…

      • Chrispy_
      • 2 years ago

      I’m especially fond that the icon for BS changes from a cloud icon to a steaming turd, implying a very close relationship between cloud and turd.

    • PrincipalSkinner
    • 2 years ago

    First.

      • JosiahBradley
      • 2 years ago

      FTFY: April First.

        • Neutronbeam
        • 2 years ago

        FTFTFY: April Second.

          • PrincipalSkinner
          • 2 years ago

          I sense 30 levels of April recursion coming.

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