iPad Arcade Stand April Fools

Now it is things like this April Fools ad over at ThinkGeek that make me just cry.  It looks so good, but you click on “Buy It” and get the big “April Fools” page.

The iCade

Didn’t think you needed an iPad? Think again!

When the iPad was announced, we all crammed into a conference room to watch live and drool over every shiny corner and reflecty icon. After the glow of the initial announcement wore off, many of us came to the conclusion that the iPad was actually pretty useless. “It’s a giant iPhone!” some said. Others exclaimed, “WTF, no Flash!?”. Still, we knew that most Apple fanbots (us included) would have to have one anyway.

Knowing that many of our loyal geeky customers would eventually get their retractable claws on an iPad at some point, we knew we needed to take it to the next level. What cool things could we do with the iPad that you, our lovely geek customers, would squee over? A few brainstorming sessions later, the idea of a MAME cabinet came up and we knew we’d struck gold. How cool would it be to slide your iPad into a desktop-sized arcade cabinet and rock it old school with some Pac-Man or Space Invaders?

Why is this an April Fools joke?  Why isn’t this real?  Somebody get off the dime and get to work on this!

Okay, it seems a bit small.  I’d want something a bit bigger to play arcade games, but still.  This would tempt me to buy an iPad.

Curses to my friend Scott for sending me this link and simultaneously raising and crushing my hopes.

9 thoughts on “iPad Arcade Stand April Fools

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  2. mbp

    Think geek have a habit of turning some of their April Fools jokes into real products. I think this one would be a very likely candidate as long as they aren’t precluded by licensing terms. Sadly I cannot imagine Apple allowing MAME on the Ipad though.


  3. dave

    Yeah no flash so it would be very difficult. Also, IP rights would pretty much insure that the only way this could happen if a company that owns a lot of the games would be the only people that could put it out.

    Buzz Killatron signing off ;)


  4. Marchosias

    knowing Apple’s abysmal attitude toward 3rd party licensing (or anything not “in-house”), however, pretty much kills this product idea before it’s born. Abort! Abort!

    And that make me a Sad Panda.. :(

    Maybe we’ll get an “X-Pad” instead, LOL


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