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Apple Releases iPlay Game Console…April Fools’!

Apple hasn’t demonstrated a terribly affable sense of humor when it comes to spoofs on its products or advertising, but that didn’t stop video game website IGN from taking an April Fools’ Day jab at the tech company’s iconic product marketing.

Riding the coattails of (rather sketchy) rumors that an Apple video game console may be in the works, IGN created this tongue-in-cheek spot for the fictional “iPlay”. The video actually starts with a voice-over from Apple’s own industrial designer, Jonathan Ive (granted, some of the words have been dubbed over, but once you hear that familiar voice, you’re clued in). Risky, but rewarding.

As many commenters have pointed out, the spot is actually quite believable…that is, until viewers learn that the only playable game on the iPlay is Angry Birds. From that point forward, the commercial dissolves into comically exaggerated camera angles and self-effacing monologues.

Given the expediency with which Apple’s legal team tends to get such spoofs taken down, we recommend taking a peak while you still can. Happy April Fools’ Day!

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To Vote or to Play Halo 4? That is the Question.

Picture this: It’s the morning of Election Day, and young people all over America wait in a long line, falling all over themselves in anticipation. These citizens are eager to commit their time to securing the future of the American people–and perhaps that of the entire human race. Valiantly they prepare to reach the head of the line, take a deep breath, and exercise their rights as free persons to purchase Halo 4 and fight a race of aliens bent on destroying the universe.

Yep. Totally what our forefathers had in mind.

In the last few days you’ve heard a lot about campaign ads swaying (or failing to sway) potential voters, and you’ve probably even seen reports of Hurricane Sandy affecting campaign plans and (possibly) the election itself. But a current poll on video game site IGN got us thinking about a factor we hadn’t previously considered — will the release of Halo 4 on Election Day actually keep loyal gamers from casting their ballots?

The post on IGN reads:

“It’s easy to joke that Halo 4 will disrupt the vote, but because it’s one of the most popular entertainment properties of all time, it’s worth considering it as a serious point of concern. So we want to know: Who are you, are you voting, and is Halo 4 more important to you than the election?”

Good question!

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