At some point or another, everyone fantasizes about being able to fly, soaring through the air like a bird high above the ground, over buildings and wherever your fancy takes you. A man named Jarno Smeets took that dream and seemingly made it a reality by concocting a sort of winged apparatus that allowed him to flap his arms and soar like an eagle. He uploaded a short YouTube video that quickly went viral, and just like that, over a million viewers were able to live out their fantasy of flight vicariously through some guy on the Internet. The only problem is Jarno Smeets doesn't appear to exist and it now appears that the video is a fake. Hello bug, meet windshield.
While we may question the sanity of anybody still clunking around the Web with the decade-old Internet Explorer 6 – even Microsoft wants that dinosaur to die – we wouldn't go as far as to say that the people who use IE are stupid. That didn't stop AptiQuant Psychometric Consulting from doing it, though. Last week, the group released a report that claimed that IE users had the lowest collective IQ of users of any browser. Stop chuckling, "Like"-clicking Chrome and Firefox fans – it turns out we're the idiots. The whole thing was probably a hoax.
Enough with the funny business, Good Old Games, and get back to doing what you do best -- serving up classics games in DRM-free glory with Windows compatibility and mostly reasonable prices. But what's that, you ask, didn't GOG.com announce to the world that they're closing up shop? They did, but it turns out it was a publicity stunt. Our sister site PCGamer.com was all over this one and extracted the following statement from GOG:
"First of all we'd like to apologize to everyone who felt deceived or harmed in any way by the closedown of GOG.com. As a small company we don't' have a huge marketing budget and this is why we could not miss a chance to generate some buzz around an event as big as launching a brand new version of our website and even more important, bringing back Baldur's Gate to life!"
You can read the full statement here, as well as a similar explanation on GOG.com's website. The bottom line is the stunt worked, and if we weren't such big fans of what GOG is all about, we'd stay pissed. But damn it all, that's hard to do in an era of gaming where DRM has dug in its hooks, so we're willing to assume GOG is being sincere and had a momentary lapse in judgment.
The relaunch is scheduled for 8:00am EDT tomorrow and GOG promises the site will be bigger and better than ever, and still DRM-free. And no more shenanigans.
The Canadians, it seems, were miffed by The Yes Men’s parody (or hoax, according to the Canadian government), because it denigrated Canada’s “deplorable climate policy”. The website, contrary to current Canadian policy, was promising strict action on regulating carbon emissions. Mark Landreville, of Environment Canada, in an email to Serverloft, wrote: “We trust you appreciate the importance of avoiding confusion among the public concerning Canadian governmental affairs and that you will assist us in preventing this hoax from spreading further,” asked the offending sites be taken down, and that no others of the ilk be allowed. Serverloft, with nothing more official than the email, complied with the request, and in the process dumped, without notice, an additional 4500 websites unrelated to the parody.
The Yes Men were quick to respond, lamenting the action taken by the Canadian government, blasting its ready suppression of free speech, and wondering if the Canadian government “could instead figure out reasonable ways of responding to their growing legion of critics,” rather than shutting them down.