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Shadow Hog
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You know the one.

http://www.abload.de/img/protip9tk00.jpg

I've gotten a request for a better quality version of this image, but every single one I can see is the same low-quality scan, with the ugly horizontal banding and everything. Worse, not a single resource seems to be able to cite an issue of GamePro or review thereof that produced the image. Does anyone have any information on it?

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What the hell is that thing on the left anyway? Looks like a slope.
e: nevermind, I'm stupid. I think the horizontal lines confused me.

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It's a spoof, created by Linguica, IIRC.

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^^ I think I recall reading that as well when I searched about it.

It's funny though how many places on the internet treat it as though it actually existed:

http://thephoenix.com/boston/recroo...ame-history-13/
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cyberdemon
http://en.wiktionary.org/wiki/protip
http://www.destructoid.com/blogs/ra...o--217287.phtml

etc

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There's blast marks on the wall on that image where rockets have previously hit. Don't think vanilla Doom had that.

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Grazza said:
It's a spoof, created by Linguica, IIRC.


Indeed.

http://www.doomworld.com/vb/showthr...8978#post638978

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It's an April Fools prank, I was playing the long long con

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Well played, Stine, well played.

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The man, the myth, the legend is back. In all seriousness didn't you make a similar "poster" for Action Doom as an advertisement? I seem to remember something like that for Action Doom.

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I was beginning to assume it was fake, but didn't want to presume.

The sad thing is, I thought it was real this entire time. Good show, sir.

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I just corrected Wikipedia's Cyberdemon page:
"The widespread claim, occurring in many places on the Internet, that this "pro tip" was published by GamePro, however, is erroneous, as it was actually created by Linguica, founder of Doomworld. [8]"

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and once again the world is at peace

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Shadow Hog said:
The sad thing is, I thought it was real this entire time. Good show, sir.


Close enough: it was a real fake.

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I've always figured the ZDoom scortch marks were meant to be the subtle "tell", as GamePro wouldn't have been reviewing or making player's guides for DOOM by the time ZDoom existed. Also, it's a bit of a troll if you think about it, since it simultaneously proves that people who fall for it don't realize DOOM didn't have scortch mark decals - that, or that they are extremely inobservant.

I myself have found a multitude of places claiming this is authentic and using it as a primo example of poor writing in those guides. I never correct them because I think it is:

  • First, funny, and
  • Second, a perfect example of how pseudo-history gets created.

If in 50 years the majority of people think this image is authentic, eventually nobody will know the better and it will join the great ranks of all the other things we take for granted just because somebody told us so.

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I bought it too. I figured it was from a retrospective article or something, hence the scorch marks from using a modern engine.

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I didn't even notice the scorch marks until this thread, so.

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...well Ive been fooled for a long time.

Always thoughtthat was real. Never noticed the scorch marks either..

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I just want to point out to whoever edited http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cyberdemon that it wasn't actually an April Fools prank, I just said that because it was April 1 when I replied to the thread. I'm posting it here as "evidence" of the truth because I don't want to edit the entry and have it reverted as WP:ORIGINALRESEARCH or whatever the hell those horrible misogynist autists call it

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Shadow Hog said:
I didn't even notice the scorch marks until this thread, so.


This^

Didn't know this was fake, but now I guess it's kinda obvious. Well played Linguicia.

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^^ Fixed that for you. At least, I'm thinking "a gag" is more accurate than "an April Fool's prank".

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Linguica said:
I just want to point out to whoever edited http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cyberdemon that it wasn't actually an April Fools prank, I just said that because it was April 1 when I replied to the thread. I'm posting it here as "evidence" of the truth because I don't want to edit the entry and have it reverted as WP:ORIGINALRESEARCH or whatever the hell those horrible misogynist autists call it


This is probably the best interpretation of the monkey business that is wikipedia standards.

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