Fake Fallout 4 Teaser Site Was Created to Make You Freak Out

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I thought it was fun, and frankly it was nice to get some attention about Fallout 4. The Escapist itself said that if the site were a hoax, the guy running it should be hired to the company. I say roll with that claim. He's a prankster because the world has not yet harnessed his potential, perhaps.

You know if and/or when Bethesda actually makes Fallout 4, they've got to make a reference to this as a wild wasteland encounter. Like you come across a dead body in a raider camp with a note pinned on him explaining how the guy pulled some elaborate hoax on the raiders and the raiders responded by shoving him in a cage with a deathclaw, "just to see his reaction."

No one got hurt, the only money lost was that of the guy pulling the prank, and he accomplished what he set out to do. That's a good prank right there, and the fact that he's owning up to it makes it even better. Well done.

Well played. Now we might get Fallout 4 next year... maybe?

hehehe, I love it XD I applaud you for trolling the Fallout fan base so hard sir, though if he wants me to freak out, next time he should pick a game I actually care about.

I can't be the only one to flatly disbelieve and dismiss this as Pranky MacTrollington from day one. There has to be someone else out there that completely ignored this also, and wasn't the slightest bit surprised.

Resist the desperate desire to believe next time, maybe?

A. I had a feeling there was a Rick Roll coming, just something about it screamed old school meme coming back to haunt you.

B. Now I understand the whole for the lolz idea, but seriously dude you already used the Rick Roll, quoting the over-used Joker lines just killed the inventive depth you used to trick folks.

C. And for that reason, I lost respect. You should have just let it ride with the "I'm an asshole" comment, that sufficed.

Other than that, well played but to be worthy of a Joker prank, you'd have had to kill a few hundred folks to achieve that level. Thankfully you're just a pretender.

The Gentleman:
Now, I'm not happy about internet pranks either, but this doesn't exactly qualify as "death threat"-grade justifiable anger. Let's all simmer down a bit and let the Bethesda assassins do their jobs...

BULLSHIT!!!

LETS STRING THE BASTARD UP!!!

*takes a breathe... multiple times...*

Okay, better now...

But seriously, as much as I loved the franchise, im not all that bothered about it being a ruse...

To paraphrase Ashley Jenkins I wanna give this guy a high five and then punch him in the face.

Now, I am both sad and angry at this announcement, but I gotta admit that that is pretty damn funny.

What a waste of $900.

It wasn't even a good joke, as gabrielle said in the latests yatzee let's play, a prank isn't clever if it's convincing people about something completed within the realms of possibility. Bethesda like money as much as any company so yes they will make a fallout 4. A true prank would be making someone believe something completely ridiculous, not a pretend announcement for an announcement for a game that's probably happening.

If you're going to make a prank, do it better.

CriticalMiss:
He did a good job, the world needs more arseholes like him to cause mischief without harming people. I'm unsuprised to hear he got death threats which is the sad but true reality of gaming these days (please direct any death threats for this comment to thensa@whateverthensasemailadressisseriouslyimtolazytogoogleit.gov).

I'm not sure whether he really expected Bethesda to actually announce something because of this though, I don't see why a fake teaser site would give them a call to action.

It's arseholes like him that starts and causes mischief that harms people in the first place. Why the hell are people condoning his actions? You think he's been victimised!? In fact I bet he's enjoying the special attention he's been getting.

^
Of course, you've forgotten the "don't feed the troll" rule.

He was doing for the "lulz". Tell me, where else have you heard this before? There is no greater troll. Trolls are trolls, seeking the next trick that gives them the adrenaline rush and sense of superiority.

Ace O'Hagen:
I, for one, applaud him. He created a wonderful, brilliant Internet hoax, and no one got sued or had a SWAT team called on them. Everyone won, except for the assholes that sent death threats, they're just giant losers.

This very much.

I do enjoy how forthright he is about his intentions simply being to screw with people. I never actually believed it in the first place so I found it funny when I was proven right about it being a hoax.

Well, the Escapist's own Yahtzee Crowshaw had a discussion on this exact topic on his Youtube channel

"His exact words: Some men just want to watch the world burn."

*palm face*

Man, your not the joker. Your just some neck beard who has way too much time on your hands.

I can't say I'm surprised though, I kind of thought something like this would happen. I suspected this wpuld be some elaborate prank.

OK, I am a sad, sad monkey. I really expected this to be real (mainly because the site was "allegedly" owned by the parent company of Bethesda. How is that legal to put someone else name on the website for hosting purposes?).

The pain of this being fake is lessened by the knowledge that the guy spent $900 for a prank. I am impressed, but I still have to question the legality of it.

Sure, Bethesda would be crazy, CRAZY, to go after the guy (free press, no harm to their property, would make them look bad if they did). But still, it can not be legal to do this impressive of prank.

With all that said, I am still very impressed. I am also pleased that this guy makes me look all the more sane. $900 on Anime DVDs, sure; $900 on a prank, no.

He may try to push Bethesda on making Fallout 4 but I rather wait for their game to be fully polished and better than their previous game. Skyrim was enjoyable, but the bugs, the unfinished content, the boring quests makes me wish they spend enough time with it instead of launching the game at the fancy date of 11.11.11.

What's even worse about the hoax site is that it can sometimes interfere with the development cycle of the game. Take your time Bethesda, and don't release 'disappointment'.

Im' just really disappointed he didn't ride it all the way out

I'm not saying this guy deserves death threats, but for wasting $900 just to act like a total jack-off he certainly deserves some sort of punishment. Something on the lines like dragging him out in public, stripping him naked, restraining him in medieval stocks, and have his ass paddled with a cricket bat while his bank gives away all of his money to people who will do something better with it (I.E. feed their families or pay their bills) while a group of mothers telling him "You'll never amount to anything acting like an asshole". Have it go on for 6-10 or until his funds are completely drained, whichever comes first.

Heh, he made life a bit more interesting there. Can't say it did me any harm so I'm not mad. Kinda wish people with too much money would do stuff like this more regularly. Heck... I'd kinda like to be one of those people with too much money for their own good.

But why? Why would someone do get so many fans' hopes up, just to crush them when the truth came out?
This comes from the article, and it's something Bethesda should explain to the fans of the older fallouts.

Is there some sort of secret group of turd-faces in this world that are obsessed with sending death threats? Everytime anyone does anything, some death threats get sent almost compulsively, like some lonely 40 year old that like to ring up lonely women during the day just to jack off over them asking who the hell is ringing them. Does anyone ever actually get an attempt on their life made? I swear these types of people must get some twisted joy out of what they do.

Digressing though, I'm glad someone out there was willing to put the money and effort into such sneaky trickery. It was the experience that counts. All those coded messages. That sort of thing is fun, until the game is up. This guy could easily be the next famous serial killer that plays cat and mouse with the police! Although i can only dream.
People just shouldn't get so serious, of course Bethesda will be working on another fallout at some point. It's a franchise that has done far too well to let die.

The Feast:
He may try to push Bethesda on making Fallout 4 but I rather wait for their game to be fully polished and better than their previous game. Skyrim was enjoyable, but the bugs, the unfinished content, the boring quests makes me wish they spend enough time with it instead of launching the game at the fancy date of 11.11.11.

What's even worse about the hoax site is that it can sometimes interfere with the development cycle of the game. Take your time Bethesda, and don't release 'disappointment'.

This.

There might be a chance that this idiot's stunt even *delayed* an announcement, rather than force it. Bethesda may have had something planned, but then after this was so positively received (I still don't know why...seriously people, it wasn't the *awesome event* some were making it out to be), Bethesda may now decide to scrap their original reveal plans for something more 'inventive'.

I. Don't. Care. Just develop the game to it's fullest potential, and don't pull another Skyrim for the sake of 'marketing hype'.

I had a great time speculating and hoping about the next iteration in the fallout series. I for one thank this self proclaimed asshole for setting my imagination turning. I also think he had a wonderfully designed teaser site and would not be surprised if Bethesda used something similar for its reveal what that comes around.

SourMilk:

CriticalMiss:
He did a good job, the world needs more arseholes like him to cause mischief without harming people. I'm unsuprised to hear he got death threats which is the sad but true reality of gaming these days (please direct any death threats for this comment to thensa@whateverthensasemailadressisseriouslyimtolazytogoogleit.gov).

I'm not sure whether he really expected Bethesda to actually announce something because of this though, I don't see why a fake teaser site would give them a call to action.

It's arseholes like him that starts and causes mischief that harms people in the first place. Why the hell are people condoning his actions? You think he's been victimised!? In fact I bet he's enjoying the special attention he's been getting.

^
Of course, you've forgotten the "don't feed the troll" rule.

He was doing for the "lulz". Tell me, where else have you heard this before? There is no greater troll. Trolls are trolls, seeking the next trick that gives them the adrenaline rush and sense of superiority.

Ok so who was hurt because of this? Have people been throwing themselves off of rooftops because a game that had not been confirmed at all isn't being made? Did he murder someone to steal their lifesavings to pay for the stunt? I guess we aren't allowed to have pranks on the internet any more then since all jokes are now trolling that result in wholesale death and destruction.

Wraithsight:
Does he deserve death threats? No.

Should he have done something useful with that $900? Yes.

Seriously that's what gets me riled up more then anything about this, the fact that there are some many charity out there that could desperately use the money, and he used it purely so he could see peoples angry reactions. Hell hes a gamer, he could have given it to Child's Play.

Well, you could say that about nearly anything. I'm sure you've spent more than $900 on gaming in your life. Why didn't you donate that money to charity, rather than spending it on your personal enjoyment?

Aardvaarkman:

Wraithsight:
Does he deserve death threats? No.

Should he have done something useful with that $900? Yes.

Seriously that's what gets me riled up more then anything about this, the fact that there are some many charity out there that could desperately use the money, and he used it purely so he could see peoples angry reactions. Hell hes a gamer, he could have given it to Child's Play.

Well, you could say that about nearly anything. I'm sure you've spent more than $900 on gaming in your life. Why didn't you donate that money to charity, rather than spending it on your personal enjoyment?

A fair point and one I didn't consider.
I guess my counterpoint would be that all of the money I have spent on my hobbies (and I used to play Warhammer, so I have spent a lot of money on very personal wasteful stuff) has been for my amusement alone, never have I spent a dollar to make someone else angry. That time I spent $349 on a sex swing for a mates GF might count, but that was at the end of a long, long chain of pranks so I don't really count it.
I guess I really didn't explain. Its the fact that he spent money to make other peoples lives in some small way worse, instead of spending it on himself as is his right with his own money, or giving it to a needy cause to make the world in some small way better that annoys me.

He calls himself "selfish"? Hardly. He just spent 900 dollars to do customer research for Bethesda. He did this for free, on his own dime and time. I'm guessing people at Bethesda took a good look at the buzz his site was generating, coming to their own conclusions. Maybe his hard work will be the last push Bethesda needs to grace us with Fallout 4. These are the heartwarming stories that put me into a good, christmassy spirit, but I find it sad that he gets death threats for being so public-minded.

All's well that ends well, I guess. I would like to have a conversation with this person just to see what he's like.

The Gentleman:
Now, I'm not happy about internet pranks either, but this doesn't exactly qualify as "death threat"-grade justifiable anger. Let's all simmer down a bit and let the Bethesda assassins do their jobs...

Meh, I think people take death threats too seriously nowadays. It should take a very special one before anyone gets worried about it. But then again I used to do a job (Casino Security) where I got threatened constantly for stupid reasons, so I guess I tend to be surprised at how thin skinned some people can be. That said you should kind of expect and consider them "victory points" of a sort if you set up an elaborate hoax like this. Not to mention writing someone a death threat in the right context can actually be a form of flattery.... it depends on how it's done. :)

That said, I personally blame Bethesda for this for not taking more immediate action in saying this was all a hoax, and it makes me wonder if Bethesda was behind it to begin with, a sort of elaborate publicity stunt, a hoaxster they are actually behind drumming up attention for a franchise in a dry spell, knowing it could still be months before they release anything even as far as a teaser goes yet not wanting a big cash cow franchise to be forgotten. Either Bethesda was literally asleep at the wheel, or was approving of this because there is no real way they can convince me something this long term was under their radar while somehow managing to pretty much get attention from the entire gaming internet. Their action at this point in the game was probably an elaborate bit of theater.

I have no way of proving Bethesda involvement (or approval) of course, it's just my suspicions.

That said, I had little investment in it to begin with, the way I saw things even if it was real, there was no point to getting excited for an advertisement counting down to another advertisement.

14 death threats? who's threatening to kill this great man? Ill kill them first.

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