Wednesday, April 02, 2008

April Fool Fallout

Wow, judging by yesterday's comments this was a winner for April Fool's. I tried to make something strange enough that people would realize it was a joke, but I think some people regard me as insane anyway, so who knows what I'm thinking. Since a few of you got pretty confused, here's a quick FAQ for you:

Q: Is Civil Protection cancelled?
A: No. Production is underway on what's going to be the longest episode so far.

Q: Will you continue making the Halo videos?
A: No. Trying to get 3 people online at the same time reminded me why I work in single player to film.

Q: Did you delete my comments?
A: No, but I held back the ones saying it was April Fool's Day to see how many people fell for it. All the comments are back up now.

Q: Did you stage fake comments?
A: No. Those are all by you internet people.

Also if you missed it, for April Fool's Day last year, I took down the site entirely and put this up instead:

Link

Speaking of the website, I’m leaning towards relocating the homepage for a couple reasons. The main one is that I’m making videos aside from just Civil Protection (though that will still be my main focus), so a different name might make more sense. Another is that I want to add extras like subtitles, alternate shots, etc., so more flexibility would be nice. Finally, everyone who’s helped me try to edit the website seems to hate using blogspot. I don’t have any definite plans yet, but I’m looking into different options.

I'll make another post when I have something to update, but right now everything's still in production.

38 comments:

Anonymous said...

I still find it surprising how many people fell for it.

Anonymous said...

ZOMFG !
I feel for it !

Anonymous said...

lol

Its funny how many people fell for that

Doctor Morton said...

Still, rather funny actually!

Anonymous said...

damn, you fooled me. :(

nice one :)

Dproxy-army said...

good one you got us but i think last years was better

Alex Gryson said...

I hang my head in shame at how I didn't see that coming... nice work, you're the only one that got me!

Impersonator said...

Last years prank was good but it would only have panicked drug abusers that thought that the world really had been taken over by the Combine :P
Where as this years was hilarious coz we all believed (well I did briefly) that Ross had gone byebye :D
I thought the Halo vid was amazing, bizarre but amazingly funny when you realise it's purpose!

Kyle E. said...

The fact that so many people fell for it kinda scares me...

Anonymous said...

Stop saying things like " cant believe so many ppl fell for it ".. I'm sure you all fall for it too, so stfu.

karanjhala guy said...

nice one, you didnt fool me tho lol! at 1st i thoght ,"OH NO
! MIKE AND DAVE ARE AWESOME!" but then i realized that it wuz april 1, so i new it. i bet u were rotfl when ppl fell for this gag!!!! :D

Eh-Rawn said...

LOL I wrote 3 comments complaining about it and later I realized "this IS April fool's day" so I started to doubt it. Nice job. Seriously, if you did that, I would pull out all my hair and start spinning in circles on the floor. I think I wrote the most passionate comments too :)

Anonymous said...

You are a mean person...

Anonymous said...

Guys, get a grip lol

Victoryismine52 said...

Ok seriously just checked in today and love all the past comments. I totaly wish I had checked in yesturday. When I thought of you pulling an April Fools joke I thought for sure you were going to "Release" the new CP video but it wouldn't play and you'd get a bunch of pissed people commenting. But this was Great.

Anonymous said...

BWAHAHAHAHAHA!!!!!

Very nice joke, there. Love last year's picture as well!

stupidity loves company said...

hey ross, r u reely doin this new halo series????????????



looks cool :D

Anonymous said...

y r u going to Halo 1 i mean y not go to Halo 2 or 3?

Hokie said...

I actually found the Halo video pretty funny, the ending was also well done.

Anonymous said...

A-are some of you idiots serious? "hey ross, r u reely doin this new halo series????????????"
"y r u going to Halo 1 i mean y not go to Halo 2 or 3?"
Do you even read the blog before commenting? He clearly said that he isn't making a Halo Series.

Hallgarth said...

P r e p a r e f o r u n f o r e s e e n c o n s e q u e n c e s ; regarding you April fools joke. looks like some people still believe your making a Halo Series.

Ridan said...
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Ridan said...

Posting up videos on YouTube is a double-edged sword.

Anonymous said...

Nice one lol! Best April Fools joke EVER! (we all know most ppl fell for it (so did i))

Ross Scott said...

Well judging by the comments, it was about a 2:1 ratio of people who didn't fall for it, vs. those who did.

Anonymous poster berating other anonymous poster: I don't know what goes through people's heads, it's a lot worse on Youtube than here.

A clue to everyone: The more grammatical errors you have, the less likely I am to respond; it depresses me.

elliot said...

aahhhrr, you fooled me ross, darn you. :P

Shifty said...

LOL! I totally agree with you Ross, bad grammer is the devil!
Lol I hadn't checked into the site for few days (because I am to lazy to subscribe and check RSS feeds) so when I saw that you were "discontinuing" CP my mouth dropped open and I was very sad. :(
Of course, my mouth is now fully reconnected to the rest of my face, and I will continue to wait patiently for another episode further highlighting your immense talent!
BTW: what kind of editing do need done on the site? I am not a blogspot guru, but I have done a little editing on the blog of my own, email me what you were thinking on having done, if nobody else is able to help you, I am willing to take a wack at it.

Anonymous said...

You can always count on, and trust people with names like "Shifty".

Anonymous said...

I was making rounds on my typical websites to check for the April Fool's joke. Amongst my favorites were Google's Virgle, Youtube's rickrolling, and CP's Halo video.

I actually thought the Halo video was kinda funny, but I digress.

Good job, Ross.

Ross Scott said...

shifty: I already have a bunch of volunteers for the website, the main problem is finding hosting now. Basically I want to expand it so I can host subtitles and extras.

last anonymous dude: Thanks, my favorite was the "Molten Core" preview from Blizzard.

Falk Flyer said...

Hey ross, I can host your site on my own. I've got enough space for a good amount of vids, and I'm probably going to upgrade it soon. If you're looking to pay for hosting, try http://www.bluehost.com/. I'm considering switching over to them, as they have a TON of space for a wee amount of money.

Well, good luck, and keep up the great work - love your videos!

Anonymous said...

over 6 months since the last CP episode ?? or have I missed something ?

Ross Scott said...

falk flyer: I'm not worried about hosting the videos, I plan to have those elsewhee. It's more the site itself and the amount of traffic I get.

last anonymous dude: Yes, it's been over 5 months and it haunts me. I find it even more frustrating than you do. I've been incredibly busy and I still have unfinished episodes that I'm working on. I plan to make a new post soon explaining a lot of the delay.

Anonymous said...

Oh, man. You got me with that April Fool's joke momentarily, but I noticed a few things that made me doubt it. First: If you were going to go to Halo, you'd most likely get Halo 3 due to the enhanced replay features which would be easier for machinima. Second: There is no way someone with as much Source machinima experience as you would just suddenly switch to Halo without making any previous films with the engine beforehand. And third, the date was the final dead give-away. But man, you had me worried for a while there. Nice job!

F4LL0UT said...

Ok, now that this is said... would you mind to upload a new HQ version of the Halloween episode? The machinima.com link does not work anymore.

F4LL0UT said...

Huh... works for me now... sorry guys.

Dex said...

Dude, update, PLEASE!

Robert Points said...

yeah you should release something Under a name like "Ross Scott productions" or something so you can have a CP page and a Freemans mind page and then have Extra stuff