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Happy April Fools! :) Apr. 2nd, 2004 @ 10:34 AM Reply

Yeah, this year's April Fools gag was a lot more obvious than usual, but I wanted to keep things very tongue-in-cheek to avoid any actual confusion (aka legal issues).

Some of you picked up on the inspiration for this joke - some time ago, McDonalds actually did buy a "total sponsorship" package with a website - IGN.com. They actually rebranded their entire site to reflect the golden arches, with pictures of McGriddles floating around in every corner. It was the most horrifying thing you could ever witness - imagine watching an episode of Seinfeld where all the characters dress in McDonalds uniforms, spend all their time in a McDonalds, and eat nothing but McDonalds. That's basically the equivalent.

It would be cool to have a sole sponsor for the site, but that just isn't the way to do it. The user backlash on IGN caused them to revert back to their original format. I'll attach a screenshot to this post, so you can see just how truly horrifying it was. :)


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Response to Happy April Fools! :) Apr. 2nd, 2004 @ 10:35 AM Reply

Nice front page for yesterday. Wow first to post!!!

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Response to Happy April Fools! :) Apr. 2nd, 2004 @ 10:36 AM Reply

It was a kick-ass job, I must admit.


#coys

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Response to Happy April Fools! :) Apr. 2nd, 2004 @ 10:38 AM Reply

What the hell are you talking about? I don't see any sponsorship there.


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Response to Happy April Fools! :) Apr. 2nd, 2004 @ 10:38 AM Reply

OMG. haha somone acualy did that. why? it doesnt make sense in any way.

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Response to Happy April Fools! :) Apr. 2nd, 2004 @ 10:38 AM Reply

Yah, it wasn't as good as the one a couple years back, but I still thought that this one was just as funny. Great Idea dude. Can't wait to see what is in store for next year.


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Response to Happy April Fools! :) Apr. 2nd, 2004 @ 10:39 AM Reply

At 4/2/04 10:34 AM, TomFulp wrote: It would be cool to have a sole sponsor for the site, but that just isn't the way to do it. The user backlash on IGN caused them to revert back to their original format. I'll attach a screenshot to this post, so you can see just how truly horrifying it was. :)

Now THAT, is scary!

It would of been funny if you platered the portal too though...

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Response to Happy April Fools! :) Apr. 2nd, 2004 @ 10:39 AM Reply

Yeah I tryed doing a gig for my site but I had to focus on the hole thing. Anyway that was a good joke and if people take it seriously thats there problem. But you know what you should do is keep that hentai ad with that funny quote.

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Response to Happy April Fools! :) Apr. 2nd, 2004 @ 10:39 AM Reply

At 4/2/04 10:34 AM, TomFulp wrote: Yeah, this year's April Fools gag was a lot more obvious than usual, but I wanted to keep things very tongue-in-cheek to avoid any actual confusion (aka legal issues).

Some of you picked up on the inspiration for this joke - some time ago, McDonalds actually did buy a "total sponsorship" package with a website - IGN.com. They actually rebranded their entire site to reflect the golden arches, with pictures of McGriddles floating around in every corner. It was the most horrifying thing you could ever witness - imagine watching an episode of Seinfeld where all the characters dress in McDonalds uniforms, spend all their time in a McDonalds, and eat nothing but McDonalds. That's basically the equivalent.

It would be cool to have a sole sponsor for the site, but that just isn't the way to do it. The user backlash on IGN caused them to revert back to their original format. I'll attach a screenshot to this post, so you can see just how truly horrifying it was. :)

Well it must be truely horrifying. I can just see it now and it doesn't look too pretty. I can't wait to see the real thing though, just to see what it really looked like. Most likely it'll cause me not to ever eat at a McDonalds ever again. I go there way too much. Its very sad now that I think about it. Its funny though that I'm not fat.

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Response to Happy April Fools! :) Apr. 2nd, 2004 @ 10:40 AM Reply

LOL< yea Mcnewgrounds was pretty funny. I guess I did have a good laugh about that. Nice work.

What the hell was NG thinking when they did that! So stupid.


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Response to Happy April Fools! :) Apr. 2nd, 2004 @ 10:41 AM Reply

yeah great joke, too bad nobody fell for it..

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Response to Happy April Fools! :) Apr. 2nd, 2004 @ 10:42 AM Reply

At 4/2/04 10:34 AM, TomFulp wrote: The user backlash on IGN caused them to revert back to their original format.

I think just visiting that site would clog your arteries and add ten pounds...


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Response to Happy April Fools! :) Apr. 2nd, 2004 @ 10:43 AM Reply

LoL I remember back when IGN did that... Man I thought that was a joke cuz it went down so fast, guess not. I dunno but does McDonald's really even NEED to be advertised? I thought everyone knew McDonald's existed I mean... look at how fat most people are! G_G

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Response to Happy April Fools! :) Apr. 2nd, 2004 @ 10:44 AM Reply

god i can't believe i actually fell for it. but i was just happy thinking there would be no more pop ups.

listen to IRON MAIDEN

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Response to Happy April Fools! :) Apr. 2nd, 2004 @ 10:55 AM Reply

At 4/2/04 10:44 AM, S_O_A_D_Tom wrote: god i can't believe i actually fell for it. but i was just happy thinking there would be no more pop ups.

heh...some people can be so gullible...


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Response to Happy April Fools! :) Apr. 2nd, 2004 @ 10:58 AM Reply

LMAO damn, that sux in a way


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Response to Happy April Fools! :) Apr. 2nd, 2004 @ 11:04 AM Reply

Did McDonalds know about it? People posted screenshot(s) of their recent news page, saying that there was a sponsership deal.

Anyway, the McNG logo was the wierdest part: "We Love to See You Smile!" *shudder*

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Response to Happy April Fools! :) Apr. 2nd, 2004 @ 11:08 AM Reply

i actually liked the maroon backround, that might just be me.

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Response to Happy April Fools! :) Apr. 2nd, 2004 @ 11:12 AM Reply

why cant we get a videogame company like sony or nitendo or someone to be a sole sponcer i mean they ahve such a huge audience here

or stuff teens to young adults want like magazine subscriptions or cars ads or stuff like that

i mean damn tom needs to get more exposure to the media and more companies will learn about em


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Response to Happy April Fools! :) Apr. 2nd, 2004 @ 11:26 AM Reply

It was a little obvious. But at least it caused a smaller backlash like in 2001 with good ol Marty.
Haha, that was priceless.


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Response to Happy April Fools! :) Apr. 2nd, 2004 @ 11:30 AM Reply

u godamn little I THOUGHT WE COULD REALLY GET FREE FOOD!
roflamo

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Response to Happy April Fools! :) Apr. 2nd, 2004 @ 11:32 AM Reply

At 4/2/04 10:41 AM, MiniatureMan wrote: yeah great joke, too bad nobody fell for it..

I DID man i was so ecited about free food though :( LMAO

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Response to Happy April Fools! :) Apr. 2nd, 2004 @ 11:39 AM Reply

I fell for it at first, until i looked at the calendar..

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Response to Happy April Fools! :) Apr. 2nd, 2004 @ 11:41 AM Reply

Atleast you tried :p

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Response to Happy April Fools! :) Apr. 2nd, 2004 @ 11:46 AM Reply

I'm totally embaressted now, i actually thought you were sponsered by mcy d's, so much so that i waznt and told all my mates at work "that their favourite new grounds, is now being sponsered by mcy D's" ... now normally this wouldn't be that bad, BUT I WORK AT MC DONALD'S !!!!!!
Now i'm known as Nicola Snow, the most gulable Girl in the whole Mc-World!!!!!
NNOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!!!
help

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Response to Happy April Fools! :) Apr. 2nd, 2004 @ 11:48 AM Reply

has anyone seen other april fools tricks from websites?
ive seen homestarrunner and blizzard, both got tricks


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Response to Happy April Fools! :) Apr. 2nd, 2004 @ 11:50 AM Reply

Those IGN Fruits are now doing it with Blockbuster Video.

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Response to Happy April Fools! :) Apr. 2nd, 2004 @ 11:53 AM Reply

At 4/2/04 11:30 AM, icetea_clock wrote: u godamn little I THOUGHT WE COULD REALLY GET FREE FOOD!
roflamo

Noone said you could get free food.
Only Tom could get it.


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Response to Happy April Fools! :) Apr. 2nd, 2004 @ 11:54 AM Reply

lol :P

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Response to Happy April Fools! :) Apr. 2nd, 2004 @ 11:56 AM Reply

u gonna save the front page, like ribbagrounds?