Challenge Everything (TM)

By: Derek Yu

On: March 31st, 2008

Hustlin' hustlin'

San Francisco, CA – April 1, 2008 – Electronic Arts Inc. (NASDAQ: ERTS) announced today that it has bought The Independent Gaming Source, putting the (sometimes) respectable independent video game community/news site in its trophy case alongside acquisitions such as MaxisTM, developers of the best-selling PC video game series The SimsTM.

Derek Yu, Editor-in-Chief of The Independent Gaming Source, stated (while swimming in a pool filled with hundred dollar bills): “This is a pivotal event in the continuing transformation of the independent gaming industry. Electronic Arts is the leader in video games and their expertise in this field will undoubtedly bring great things to this community, especially in the area of 3d sweat physics. Also, I am so goddamned happy right now!”

John Pleasants, President and COO of Electronic Arts, stated: “I dunno, I was bored and we had a spare billion lying around.”

Please visit Electronic Arts’ press site for more information about the company and its games.

Note: Electronic Arts, EA, EA GAMES and the EA GAMES logo are trademarks or registered trademarks of Electronic Arts Inc. in the U.S. and/or other countries. This is a joke. Please don’t hurt me.

  • JW


  • xerus

    RomeoPie hostile take over!

  • Dusty Spur

    So Derek… got any bling yet?

  • Gressmon

    Haha, nice one.

  • Valkyrie

    Madden Platypus Pimps ’09 anyone?

  • Valkyrie

    Scratch that, Madden Narcoleptic Soccer Rush ’09. There we go.

  • Noyb

    You mean Narcoleptic FIFA ’09!

  • gulo gulo

    i dunno seems legit to me

  • Gr.Viper

    LOL… look at website of Armagetron Advanced from 01.04.2007. EA-related jokes are getting popular…

  • Sabreman

    It was the best decision for the shareholders.

  • sean


  • Anonymous

    now posting in epic thread

  • TX

    I’m hoping this is a bad April Fool’s joke :P

  • Novichock

    Stupid Derek, You can’t swim in money, You’ll get papercuts.

  • akuyume

    Haha, like the logo, can’t wait for Madden NOwlFL ’10

  • Farmergnome

    can u keep the madden pic there plz plz plz

  • crackers

    I am forever happy for Derek and his independent posse.

    Now how about getting some gold text in the comment section.

  • Shuger

    Derek sold his soul.. how sweet :D

  • bateleur

    Will there be monocles in Madden ’09 now?

  • Ogmobot

    A hoax? This isn’t a hoax! How else would they have got enough money to fill a swimming pool?

  • Petri Purho

    The money in the pic is only to pay for Phil’s drinks.

  • Former Fan


  • Kevin Ghadyani

    APRIL FOOLS Commenter #22…

  • Lez

    Cave story rip off.

  • jeb

    INTERNET IRONY Commenter #23

  • GirlFlash

    awesome, its only a matter of time before Bit Blot is working on Need for Aquaria 2009: underground.

    YAY! :D

  • BroodKiller

    Yeah, or Oxeye begins making “Harvest2: the Middlearth” ;)

  • Corpus

    akuyume: “Madden NFOwl ‘10″ would have worked better.

    Anyway, it’s about time! I’m looking forward to Rom Check Fail 20XX: The Reawakening.

  • ZeppMan217

    omg…no comments

  • Shiest!

    I was going to put a bid in tooooo

  • imwill

    Burn your soul~!

    ehehe it’s fun.

  • Kloi

    too obviously fake.

  • FireSword

    You wish huh? lol

  • Tinarg

    EA needs a new slogan now. How about:

    EA – It’s Indie Game

  • deadeye

    Ugh, why do I always forget about April 1st? I recognized that it was a joke right off the bat, but I couldn’t figure out why it was there. You think I’d get the jump on it one of these years, but no.

  • nullerator


  • Victo

    very funny :D made my day!

  • Drakkar

    Haha, I’m still in tears from this. Cheers this has been one of the best laughs I’ve had in awhile.

  • mio

    Painfully Funny :D

  • pii

    at least funny for the german speaking minorty:

    EA – It’s in die Game

  • King-n

    That would suck so much. :D

  • Derk

    “wtf, WHY would EA do that?”
    pwned :(

  • Mandrake42

    Damn, at first I wondered if someone had spiked my drink. Then I realized I was actually drinking alcohol anyway so that was irrelevant, then I realized it was still April 1st in America. Then I decided to drink more. Thanks Derek.

  • Ben

    Yey for April Fools…

  • gnome

    Not much of an April fool’s appreciator really, but this very post combined with the utterly hilarious Madden banner did make me laugh. In a controlled manner of course… :)

  • whocare

    all money is fake anyway

  • April Fucking Fool


  • Gabe

    World of Goo is out for anyone who pre-ordered! Fuck yeah!

  • Tom Cruise


    EA is owned by the Church of Scientology as are all of it’s relative properties, companies, and trademarks. Hence the hostile take-overs and aggressive mergers. We here at EA would like to thank you for supporting us over the years by purchasing all of our quality entertainment and supporting our line-ups. Our next big game will be L. Ron Hubbard: Resurrected! Please join us on April 29th for the multi-platform launch of what will surely be the gaming event of the year!


    Peter Moore & The Church of Scientology

  • v-rus

    Oh shit…. Wait, it’s April Fool’s day. That was close. And that also explains why Kotaku had nothing but posts about ‘game cakes’.

    Pretty fuckin scary april fools joke, though.

  • Jad

    Yay april etc (:

  • PHeMoX

    *This is a joke. Please don’t hurt me.*

    Lol, you should have made that a smaller font!! :D

  • Tommunism

    Encrust that shit…Encrust it with your finger Derek.

  • Petri Purho

    @Gabe: You dirty bastard. I fell for that one and got all excited and shit.

  • Ape

    Wow, my brains almost boiled.

  • Melly

    Phil should stop with the booze before his liver caves in.


    I actually believed this for a few hours, then I realized what day it was.

  • MisterX

    Hail the evolution of _in_die games!

  • MisterX

    Dang, those were supposed to be brackets. Get it?! Funny!

  • AzureKevin


  • Mr average

    Why would EA buy the Flashbang website?

  • fartron
  • John Evans

    Ro-ful o/~

  • Xotes

    Pretty damn good, if I say so myself.

  • Zeno

    Well, I lol’d.

  • Genisi

    I loled. Nice one.

  • John Madden

    Now here we have this indy games website and boom, there are these guys here making these little games and now here we have the guy in charge playing a little joke here, some people fooled over here in the comments section here, this guy doesn’t seem to care and now what we have here is clearly what they call an April Fools joke, and thats what this here is all about.

  • Del_Duio

    The John Madden sidebar is priceless.

  • beijing

    Wow, the header and John Madden picture really had me for a second, I thought I must have clicked on some accursed EA link instead of TIGSource xD.

  • MrBig

    Sorry Petri (regarding the Gabe joke heh heh about World of Goo being released – that was me)… I know that was a cruel joke because I think everyone has been waiting for WoG… including me, but I think a lot of us have been waiting for your game as well. :)

    Anyway, I better GTFO before I FYI and people start WTF!? Cuz when I’m AFK and can’t do anything but brb others will just come along and share their IMO’s instead of TTYL and the rest of us are LMAO or even worse ROTFLMAO while some of us just want to be left alone. Anyway Madden FTW!


  • Victo

    Cave Story clone!

  • Cave Story clone

    I’m not a clone.

  • crackers

    Derek, please, the gold text.


    Ooooh man, you made my heart jump for a second there.

  • BoboDaHobo

    Wow, a fantastic merger. Between the powerful promoting power of EA and the creative genius of both the TIGSource staff and community, this can only mean a better world for gamers with better, more focused, and completely balanced game coverage from a variety of developers of all monetary background.

    Right? RIGHT!?

  • BeamSplashX

    Coming soon…

    The Underside… of John Madden.

  • Derek

    Just came back from the dentist. Got my grill painted with diamonds and adamantium.

    _My gums keep bleeding._ D’:

  • Stwelin

    I really wonder if John Madden’s middle name is “Chode.” Wikipedia seems to think so, but i can’t get any confirmation.

  • gulo gulo

    This is a xx(-tooth-)xx. It is masterfully encrusted with diamonds and encircled with bands of masterfully worked adamantine. The object is coated with human blood. The object is showing some wear.

  • BeamSplashX

    “Even your bling cannot illuminate the darkness. You are likely to be eaten by a Grue.”

  • MercuryBlind

    heh, nice try.

  • Superflat

    ‘Teh aswesome’.

    ‘Will it include owls/pirates/dinosaurs/ninjas/monocles?’

    ‘Made of epic win’.


  • fullspectrum

    Can someone make an owl game please?

  • zomgzomgzomg


  • mehmehmeh


  • Del_Duio

    I remember watching one football game before (I forget which sorry) and Madden actually said something along the lines of:

    “The team who ends up with the most points by the end of the game usually wins.”

    Oh, he’s precious.

  • Melly


    It’s already been made.

  • jenn(atar)

    i love that photo!

  • Jad

    “Phil should stop with the booze before his liver caves in.”

    Someone please explain to me why i read that as “his cancer lives in” 3 times in a row now = ___=;;;

  • Lorne Whiting

    Jad, why aren’t you on the forums!