Spring has sprung, the grass has riz. I wonder where that Power Up! is?

Voulez vous jouer Lara Croft? On April 1st, the government of Quebec introduced a new language law that prohibits the sales of new English language video games if a French version is already available. To give you a bit of context about adapting video games for the French Canadian market, 22 years ago, video game publishers were required to produce all marketing and packaging materials in French for titles released in Quebec. Plus ca’ change, plus ca’ meme…

Japanese video game publisher Konami is planning to release a first person shooter called Six Days in Fallujah in 2010. The game is based on the battle for Fallujah that took place during 2004 in Iraq. US Marines who served in that operation are working on the game with American developer Atomic Games. There is already criticism about the game’s development coming from British veterans who served in Iraq during that time.

People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) are planning to launch a protest against the annual Canadian Atlantic Seal Hunt in….Azeroth?! No fooling! This Saturday, April 12, at 1:00 p.m. Eastern Time, PETA will be holding an anti-sealing protest in the World of Warcraft in the Howling Fjord zone of the Whisperwind server. (Note – You must be at least level 70 and already have installed the Wrath of the Lich King expansion). They even made a video to promote the event:

There is one tiny mistake in this video. Newfoundlanders don’t speak with Alabama accents! Silly Americans.

And while we’re on the topic of video game parodies (are we?), take a look at this very funny satire about first person shooters and video game marketing hype from The Onion website:

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