There are two types of people on April 1st: those who are annoyed and indifferent to the tomfoolery going on all around them, and those who gleefully embrace the zany antics and baldfaced lies. For the record, I am of the latter crowd. I love April Fools' Day and the humor and creativity that it inspires. While this day is by no means contained to our neck of the woods, MMOs have a long-running streak of trying to pull the wool over our eyes.
I think a good goof has to have several qualities to make it truly memorable. It needs to be original. It needs to be actually amusing, whether or not you "fell for it." And it needs to tweak our expectations and understanding of how MMOs work. Sometimes there are even important ideas that emerge from these jokes that could, indeed, make these titles better.
So let's go through my favorite MMO April Fools pranks of all time, as catalogued by yours truly!
I must tip my hat to this crew that went above and beyond to not only postulate the notion of putting one of the game's more famous quests into musical format but shoot a video that shows the making of said musical complete with songs, puppets, costumes, and a general cheery insanity.