April Fools' Day 2014 in tech was full of pranks, but one went too far

As we have already seen today, tech companies seem to live for April 1st as they are given an excuse to have fun for April Fools' Day. We have already reported on Microsoft relaunching Clippy in Office Online and giving Bing.com a singing bird. Nokia joined in with their latest Windows Phone product and HTC gave us the Gluuv.

However, at least one April Fools' Day prank went too far. The official Frostbite Engine Twitter account, operated by publisher Electronic Arts, posted a number of messages that made fun of Nintendo's Wii U console:

Game Informer reports that the posts were later deleted and EA's chief operating officer Peter Moore apologized to Nintendo for the messages:

Thankfully, the rest of the major tech and gaming companies had pranks and jokes that were in better taste. Here's just a sample:

Google had a number of April Fools' Day jokes, including a way to collect Pokemon via Google Maps, sharing selfies with others on Gmail, and automatic photobombs with celebrities (well, with David Hasselhoff).

Twitter announced the "Twitter Helmet" today which it says will allow the wearers to send out tweets via "a simple pecking” head motion.

Razer came up with a product we might actually use, the Eidolon. It's a drone that flies around its owner who is wearing special lenses that sees what the drone experiences. Game developer Blizzard came up with the idea for a fighting game that uses the lesser known characters of its Starcraft, Diablo and Warcraft universes.

Source: Game Informer, Google Japan, Google Gmail, Google Blog, Twitter, Blizzard and Razer.

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I think now the pressure to crack a good joke every year that resonates with their fans is getting to be too much for some.

Unless i'm mistaken Frosbite Engine exists on both the 360 and ps3 which are not more powerful than wii u. And that's probably the reason it's not funny at all specially coming from EA one of the publishers with the most influence in the industry.

djdanster said,
I don't see the problem. They're just poking and having a little fun!

It's more of a problem if the publisher involved wants to work with related companies in the future.

I am very curious as to why this is a news article. Shouldn't this belong to a forum to chit-chat for the fun? What's news about this? I really don't understand these stuff you guys are putting out. News concerning jokes are not techie news to me and I thought this is a techie site. Don't want to be scrooch but I seem to fail to understand all this charades everyone is playing.

Krome said,
I am very curious as to why this is a news article. Shouldn't this belong to a forum to chit-chat for the fun? What's news about this? I really don't understand these stuff you guys are putting out. News concerning jokes are not techie news to me and I thought this is a techie site. Don't want to be scrooch but I seem to fail to understand all this charades everyone is playing.

This a fake tech news for April fools.
Its posted here because its news and press releases from real companies, even if fake. Lots of people like them. Maybe stop complaining and just skip it,if you don't

Why not trying to create something very amazing. Which is not possible by now, but might come in future?
We see many things on star trek film.
April fool can do something like that

lolol I think it was pretty funny, also a jab at Nintendo, thats what they get for rushing out their next gen console so early with is now inferior to the xbox one and ps4. If they had use their time and worked more on the console it would have had a bigger impact. Maybe they could have gone head to head with both Sony and Microsoft in the console wars. They would have had more than enough time to improve on the specs.

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