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 www.info.ea.com 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.

  • 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.

  • Unoriginality.blogspot.com

    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

    Ahahahaha!

  • Mr average

    Why would EA buy the Flashbang website?

  • fartron

    Haha yes because EA is totally anti-indie and TIGSauce is the indiest of places I get the joke. Anil Dash says your april fool’s joke sucks](http://www.dashes.com/anil/2006/03/your-april-fool.html). It’s bullet point two. I like the Madden banner though because making people see his freakish face is a pretty good prank. He looks like [Dan Akroyd in Nothing But Trouble.

  • 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!

    Cheers.

  • Victo

    Cave Story clone!

  • Cave Story clone

    I’m not a clone.

  • crackers

    Derek, please, the gold text.

  • DDDDDDDD:

    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

    @76:
    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’.

    Etc.

  • fullspectrum

    Can someone make an owl game please?

  • zomgzomgzomg

    zomg!

  • mehmehmeh

    meh.

  • 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

    #83

    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!