Note: To all those who have been poking me about the big secret in the Firestorm video. Yes I am aware – admittedly after-the-fact, as I didn’t check the link at the time, so egg-on-face to me! However, Jessica informed me what was really going on not long after I’d blogged, but asked me to keep mum, as the hope had been that people would discover it for themselves (hence why I’m still not mentioning it here, although the cat is out of the bag elsewhere). There is yet more to come on this; again I’ve been asked to hold-off blogging on it to allow the fun to be had!
Yes, it’s April 1st, and time for the tradition of April Fools jokes. Last year, Firestorm hit the nail on the head with their Firestorm Mobile hoax, which was beautifully conceived and executed. In some ways, it was perhaps too successful, given the upset that came from some who didn’t pick-up on the hints throughout.
This year, they’re back with another video, introducing the Firestorm DUI.
It’s a cute video, but I can’t help thinking that it would have worked a lot more effectively as an April Fools joke had it been approached with the same gravitas as marked last year, and leaving the reveal until the end rather than announcing the intention in the title and the opening few seconds of the video. Nevertheless, the video should raise a smile or two, and I also have to say…
Jessica, really! Such language! 😉 .
Catzip are also into the April Fools theme this year as well. More low-key than Firestorm, they’ve issued an April 1st Press Release concerning the revolutionary Catzcoin:
The long-awaited next version of the Catznip Viewer™ for Second Life™, Catznip R9 will ship with its own built-in peer-to-peer crypto-currency, CATZCOIN™.
CATZNIP R9 users will be able to mine CATZCOIN while logged in without impacting viewer performance. The longer they use Second Life with Catznip the more CATZCOIN they will generate. CATZCOINS will be tradeable for L$, US$, Dogecoin, BitCoin and directly for virtual goods in Second Life via the CATZAPI™.
A Revolutionary Digital Currency for your Digital Second Life.
Earning and spending CATZCOIN in Second Life will reinvigorate in world commerce, helping customers to be more active and involved. Hot spots allow store owners to boost traffic by offering CATZCOIN mining surges while preventing campers thanks to our patent pending CATZNAP™ anti AFK wizardry. CATZCOIN means real anonymous people earning and spending in world.
CATZNAP™ anti AFK wizardry ensures the most active SL users mine the most!
- FREE Achievements and CATZCOIN hats in Second Life for major milestones!
- CATZEYES™ for easy CATZCOIN block inspection!
- Firestorm integration with our CATZCLAWS™ P2P protocols.
- CATZCOIN surges for members of the CATZPURR™ mentor and live help programs!
- The really awesome CATZCOIN logo. So awesome you want it on a mug.
- No chance of being bought out by Facebook. Ever.
The “mug” link (there’s a hint there as well, in the use of “mug”, methinks!) will take people to a Cafe Press page (which is genuine) where anyone who enjoyed the joke or who wants to support Catznip and purchase merchandise. Proceeds from any sales will go towards offsetting costs involved with paying for the project’s VPS server.