Wandering around Reddit can be almost as hazardous as falling into the time vacuums of Wikipedia and TV Tropes. This I remembered yesterday, when Massively OP reader Rick told us in no uncertain terms that we needed to check out /r/place, this year’s Reddit April Fools’ Day joke that has taken on a life of its own. “Although not described as an MMO, it is basically one,” he said mysteriously, and… he was right.
Here’s how it works: At the top of the sub is a massive pixel canvas. Every five minutes, you can place a colored tile some place on the canvas. Where do you put it? Well that depends. The sub is filled with impromptu factions of players working together, working against each other, or sowing chaos. National factions, collegiate factions, art factions, nihilist factions… it’s got everything.
One downside is that beautiful works of art are hard to keep up; consider this co-operative vision of Van Gogh’s Starry Night, which was allegedly destroyed by The Black Void, which itself now has a Reddit to organize its “hits” on other teams’ projects. Give a man a fish and he’ll use it to spell FUCK on your bridge, after all.
It’s not really difficult to tell when an announcement is an April Fools’ Day joke; they’re usually pretty obvious. Final Fantasy XIV‘s announcement of Tactics Alexander did not actually convince me it was going to exist. But I really want it to exist because I endlessly adore Final Fantasy Tactics and would play through an amalgam of the two games like it was my job. (Which, in light of FFXIV’s extant cues from the Ivalice games, it already kind of is.)
This is not the first time this has happened, though. Laugh all you want, but I would be thrilled if World of Warcraft had actually added the Bard. Heck, there have been some Star Citizen gags that I’ve found more interesting than the actual game itself. The mark of a good April Fools’ Day joke is not just whether the joke is funny; it’s also about whether or not you want the joke to be real despite knowing it’s not. So now that the most recent year is fading into memory, we ask you: What MMO April Fool’s Day joke makes you sad it’s just a joke? Which game gave you something ridiculous, only for you to mutter “wait, I actually want that”?
Friends, enemies, ladies, gentlemen, morphean blobs, and colours out of space, we know that the most pressing question on your mind when you read this site is how you know everything is objective. Objectivity is one of the highest goals of Massively Overpowered, specifically because we set up a tall shelf and put a piece of paper that says “objectivity” on the top of it. It is very high off of the ground. Bree and Justin rely on the rest of us to assure them that yes, it is in fact there.
But how do you, the reader, know that this is the case? How can you be certain that no trace of subjectivity is tainting your article and that everything you read here is entirely verifiable by objective reality? It’s a problem that we sat up long nights considering.
So we’re happy to announce the introduction of the new Massively Overpowered Objectivity Guide and App. Read on to find out how this new feature of the site will ensure that everything you read on the site is safe and entirely objective, whether you’re on mobile or on your desktop.
If you don’t like tricks and jokes, just stop reading right now, turn the lights off, and go climb back into bed. Nothing on the internet is going to bring you joy today, so just sit this one out. Trust us.
For everyone else, there’s April Fools’ Day! Follow along as we rattle off all the great MMORPG pranks and events we’ve found so far this morning.