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“I know I’m a douche”: Fallout 4 hoaxer explains why he did it

Monday, 9 December 2013 12:20 GMT By Dave Cook

Fallout 4′s Survivor 2299 teaser site was confirmed as fakeby Bethesda over the weekend, and now the perp behind the prank has come clean to explain why he did it.

We posted Bethesda’s confirmation here.

The hoaxer took to this Reddit AMA to discuss the ploy, colourfully titled, “Uhm, Hello? I’m the Prick behind thesurvivor2299.” He admitted that he had to stop once Bethesda got in touch.

Explaining the matter, he said, “Some men just want to watch the world burn. I wanted to force Bethesda to reveal something during VGX, and bring [the Reddit] Fallout community together (for at least 3 weeks). Unfortunately, this plan failed.”

“I’m one of these ‘selfish bastards with a lot of money’ so I wanted to release a CGI trailer. But Pete [Hines, Bethesda's PR boss] killed my plans. Maybe I’ll release it later along with the script, so somebody else can use it… I don’t wan’t to piss off Bethesda at this time even more.”

He added that he still plans on releasing the CGI trailer after December 11 and the whole scam cost around $900, a figure which the pranker said meant nothing to him, adding, “I know I’m a douche.”

He revealed that Bethesda warned him about possible backlash from gamers, and admitted that he has since received death threats.

Well, he sure fooled us and most of the gaming press. Bravo.

Is Fallout 4 still happening though? Let us know what you think below.

Via Eurogamer.

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28 Comments

  1. matirishhh

    Death threats? Some people need to go out a little bit more…

    #1 1 year ago
  2. monkeygourmet

    Yeah, what a twat.

    It wasn’t even that funny because we know the game will be announced at some point.

    That money could have gone to a much better cause.

    #2 1 year ago
  3. monkeygourmet

    @1

    What did you just say?!!!

    I’ll kill you!!!

    #3 1 year ago
  4. Gamoc

    I don’t really think there’s any question about whether or not Fallout 4 is happening: of course it is.

    #4 1 year ago
  5. Panthro

    Hahaha as much as I want a Fallout 4 this was quite funny to see…

    He may be a douche to you guys but come on, its only a game stop getting so worked up about it not being real.

    I appreciate the effort he went through to do all this, it’s quite amusing if I’m honest.

    #5 1 year ago
  6. wicktus

    Just a bad joke, death threats ? My god…

    #6 1 year ago
  7. DiodeX

    the internet is full of silly!
    quite LOL though.

    #7 1 year ago
  8. monkeygourmet

    Evidence of the death threats?

    Also saying:

    “I’m one of these ‘selfish bastards with a lot of money’ &

    Some men just want to watch the world burn”

    Kind of excludes you from complaining when people get pissed off at you.

    He sounds like a twat.

    Edit:

    And:

    “I wanted to force Bethesda to reveal something during VGX/ on 12/11, and bring /r/Fallout community together (for at least 3 weeks) Unfortunately, this plan Failed.”

    So which was it? To troll fans or force Bethesda….

    #8 1 year ago
  9. TrickyAudio

    Death threats? Gamers are fucking mental.

    #9 1 year ago
  10. Joe Musashi

    @8 Why not ask him?

    JM

    #10 1 year ago
  11. monkeygourmet

    @10

    How would I do that? I don’t have a twatter account? (well, one that I know how to use anyway).

    Maybe the article could include his statement about recieving death threats? It must be on reddit, but I couldn’t see it.

    #11 1 year ago
  12. Joe Musashi

    Accounts are free. Also, Reddit Ask Me Anythings are for, you know, asking the person stuff. If you don’t know how to use a service, read an FAQ and use CTRL+F.

    JM

    #12 1 year ago
  13. Phasmatis75

    @8 His story is full of holes. He also claimed he wanted to make it a mod for New Vegas but couldn’t get a team together. So he has the money to run this (he estimated about $1000) but not enough to get mod team together. He also claims that Bethesda won’t let him talk, but it seems they’re okay with him doing an AMA.

    Frankly I don’t believe him, I think he’s working for ether Bethesda or Zenimax or an ad agency since I don’t buy the phone number into Zenimax’s office, or that he could alter official Fallout posters on the store to look like a map of Boston or change Bethesda’s Youtube Page to be Fallout related.

    When they announce Fallout 4 (which could be sooner or later) they’ll probably also talk about how this whole thing was an elaborate hoax and I think a lot of gamers are going to be livid that Bethesda treated the Fallout Community so poorly.

    #13 1 year ago
  14. soqquatto

    that’s some nice paranoia you’ve got there.

    #14 1 year ago
  15. Phasmatis75

    @14 why thank you. But it’s not paranoia, I’m just not going to forget a load of coincidences, because someone is claiming it’s fake now. I’ve got my theories on what happened, but I think the site was really counting down to a Fallout 4 announcement.

    #15 1 year ago
  16. Mus42

    1) The guy who set this up is a grade A arsehole, I hope he enjoyed his laugh at other peoples expense

    2) Bethesda are stupid for not announcing that the site was nothing to do with them or Fallout, all they had to do was tweet something along those lines rather than their usual “we don’t comment on speculation” bullshit

    #16 1 year ago
  17. Phasmatis75

    @16 It’s also worth mentioning that he said that Fallout 4 was in development and would be announced soon in that AMA. Original end date was the 11th so I’m just going to wait and see what happens on that date.

    It’s a convenient story that he is a grade A asshole, and that describes Pete Hine pretty well, but aside from that there are way to many coincidences during this whole thing that I’m not just going to buy that story. I will only buy that story after Fallout 4 is announced and it has absolutely nothing to do with Boston.

    #17 1 year ago
  18. Darkfield

    Gamers are mental, because a man who claims to be rich as fuck, loves to watch the world burn, misleads thousands of gamers, claiming that he received death threats and über sensitive schuttas immediately gang up and throw words like mental, retards, etc out to create separation and unbrand themselves so no one would mistake them for a mental case. People say shit when they’re angry all the time it doesn’t mean anything. And you’d take the word of liar, a deceiver, a guy who confessed of being a douche for fact?! Now that is mental indeed.

    #18 1 year ago
  19. Asgaro

    I would buy this man a beer.
    You have to give it to him that he knows how to create hype!

    And sad to see people can get so upset about hoaxes. It’s like their life depends on it. It’s pathetic.

    #19 1 year ago
  20. monkeygourmet

    I think people are forgetting, the minute someone says they have money to burn on something like this ruins any finesse attached to it.

    If you have shit loads of money, you could do this all day long. There is nothing ‘clever’ about it.

    Coupled with the fact his story flip flops somewhat, he clearly is a twat wasting everyones time.

    At least Jeremy Beadle (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Beadle%27s_About) used to dress up as a police man with a fake beard (and he already HAD a beard… 2 Beards for double the manlyness) when trolling people. He took it ‘to the streets’ and got in your grill before he pretended to crush your car…

    All this guy did was hide behind his monitor and wallet. He is a coward in every sense of the word.

    #20 1 year ago
  21. TheBlackHole

    @20 Chillax MG. Jesus.

    And being a twat doesn’t mean you deserve death threats for a harmless (if relatively unfunny) prank.

    #21 1 year ago
  22. Cobra951

    There was a fake website on the internet? I’m SHOCKED! Shocked, I tell you. Kill the bastards!

    #22 1 year ago
  23. Djoenz

    Death threats what a bunch of no lifers pff…

    #23 1 year ago
  24. Pitts

    @21- I don’t feel sorry for the guy in the slightest.

    As for death threats, I’m surprised at some comments making this out to seem like it’s a gamer thing. Piss off any passionate fanbase and you will get death threats esp. over the internet.

    I’m not making light of them, but they elicit absolutely no sympathy from me for this man.

    #24 1 year ago
  25. salarta

    That’s one thing that bugs me about people. I can understand being upset and angry, I can even understand wanting consequences as severe as someone being fired or demoted if their actions seem malevolent and heartless enough, but death threats is a bridge too far.

    The only problem I see here is that the guy spent $900 on a hoax that could have gone to something more beneficial.

    #25 1 year ago
  26. fearmonkey

    He doesn’t deserve death threats, but all the guy’s actions did was frustrate alot of people that wanted real information on the next Fallout or Bethesda game. We all know it’s coming, and Todd Howard announced Skyrim at one of the Vga’s so it was all in the realm of a possibility.

    I cannot wait till the next game is announced, it’s looking like it’s going to be awhile now though, probably not coming till next fall now. We will get some type of tease and a bit of gameplay, but it wont be till E3 that they show it off in earnest most likely.

    Howard or Hines mentioned that they had two games in mind for the Skyrim engine, and I figured Fallout 4 wouldnt take too long then, so 2 to 3 years is all I could see it taking.

    #26 1 year ago
  27. Obernox

    Yep, i would totally murder his ass. /JK
    .
    .
    .
    .Ahem…..

    #27 1 year ago
  28. 313714

    after all,he still didnt explained about whay he told #### you at the end of his teaser!…

    #28 1 year ago

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    Nintendo is handing out an Eon Ticket to Pokemon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire owners which will allow them to visit the Southern Island. Once a player arrives, depending on which version of the game they own, Pokemon Latios and Latias are able to be caught. The Eon Ticket was originally issued via StreetPass, but […]

  • Here’s a couple The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt screenshots to brighten your day

    Two images for The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt have surfaced on the game’s Facebook page. Grabbed by Gamekyo, the images show Gerlat and Vesemir chatting with a fellow, and the other shows Geralt riding up to some ruins where some people have been hanged. CD Projekt Red will make an appearance at PAX East next […]

  • Hyrule Warriors Boss Pack DLC contains unlockable character – potential spoilers

    While you already know the next DLC for Hyrule Warriors will allow you to play as the gigantic beast Ganon, there’s a rather humorous unlockable character contained in it as well. Potential spoilers follow below. When the DLC arrived in Japan February 26, YouTuber moccos-tan IsedelicaAs posted a video of the unlockable character, which is […]

  • Star Trek Online players gather on Vulcan to pay respects to Leonard Nimoy

    Star Trek Online players paid tribute to Leonard Nimoy yesterday by gathering around a fountain on Vulcan, the home planet of Spock in the Star Trek series. According to a post by barnacle999 on reddit, when he logged into the MMO “there were around 20 full instances and several partial,” culminating in around 1000 players […]

  • Dark Souls 2: Scholar of the First Sin gameplay video shows invasion of The Forlorn

    A new Dark Souls 2: Scholar of the First Sin gameplay video has been released, and provides the viewer with a look at the NPC invader system. Watch below as The Forlorn hunts down the player through the game with “with deadly skill and tenacity.” He even teams up with other enemies, making your fight […]

  • Visual upgrade for Wasteland 2, improved modding tools in the works

    A visual upgrade and improved mod tools are in the works for Wasteland 2, according to a blog post from inXile Entertainment. The upgrades will come about as the game’s codebase is migrated from Unity 4.5 to Unity 5. “A major benefit of moving to Unity 5 is that 5 will include many of the […]

  • Battlefield Hardline brings “Hollywood crime drama” to single-player campaign

    In the fifth developer diary for Battlefield Hardline, the team discusses how it’s bringing “Hollywood crime drama” to the shooter’s single-player campaign. The video was released a couple of days ago, so apologies are in order if this has been posted already, but I promise I searched the site and never found it. Visceral Games […]

  • Masquerada: Songs and Shadows is a pause for tactics isometric RPG coming in 2016

    Masquerada: Songs and Shadows is a 2.5D isometric RPG, built in the vein of Baldur’s Gate and Dragon Age in the works at Withing Hour Studios. The game allows the player to pause combat to plan party tactics. “Set in the Venetian-inspired fantasy city of Ombre where rare masks are the key to casting magic, […]

  • Underworld Ascendant surpasses Kickstarter goal

    Underworld Ascendant which was launched on Kickstarter earlier this month, has met its  $600,000 funding goal. With six days left 10,786 backers pledged $610,541 In light of being funded, the team has also switched up the stretch goals as bit, as you can see in the image below. The studio, OtherSide Entertainment, is fronted by Paul Neurath, […]

  • Latest Evolve patch fixes progress and save game data loss on Xbox One

    A patch for Evolve has been released on Xbox One which fixes lost progress and save game data users had reported. The patch also fixes an issue with shadows and flashlight, makes incremental improvements to matchmaking, invites, and rejoining, and there were progressions balance changes. “The issue with lost progress and saved games was mostly […]

  • Online servers for Ridge Racer Unbounded shut down in Europe

    Online functionality for Ridge Racer Unbounded is no longer available, Namco Bandai Europe has announced. Solo mode and the track editor are still playable, minus the sharing options. Ridge Racer Unbounded was released on PC, PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 in March 2013. Thanks, MCV.

  • OlliOlli will be a cross-buy title on 3DS and Wii U

    Curve Digital has announced OlliOlli will be a cross-buy title when it releases on 3DS and Wii U. The Roll7 title will be the first third-party title to offer the functionality on the systems. OllliOlli will be released on the eShop March 5 The game launches on Nintendo’s eShop on March 5th, followed by Xbox […]

  • Darkbeast electrifies latest Bloodborne video

    The latest Bloodborne video shows off another monster in the game. This one is Darkbeast and he’s full of electricity. The video is the last of IGN’s month-long coverage of the title.

  • Future Assassin’s Creed games will have greater focus on modern timeline

    Ubisoft plans to focus more on modern timelines in future Assassin’s Creed games, the company suggested during its latest community livestream. During the Twitch stream, one of the lead writers for the Assassin’s Creed series, Darby McDevitt, said the modern timeline for Brotherhood’s town of Monteriggioni could inspire future development. “That only came about because […]

  • Fruit Ninja Kinect 2 is coming to Xbox One next month

    Halfbrick has announced Fruit Ninja Kinect 2 for Xbox One will release next month. The mobile title made its way onto Xbox 360 garnering 1 million downloads as of March 2012. It has a new multiplayer mode for up to four players with Battle and Party modes along with a new progression system. An announcement […]

  • New GTA 5 PC screens – shit the bed!

    Rockstar has pumped out 15 new screens for the PC version of Grand Theft Auto 5. Don’t touch them, because they’re electric. And if you touch them, you’ll get shocked. The PC version of GTA 5 has been delayed until April 14, which both sucks and blows. BUT! There’s a new trailer coming between now […]

  • Sony Japan accidentally erases 20th Anniversary PS4 contest entries

    Sony Japan has accidentally erased all information obtained from PlayStation owners who entered to win a 20th Anniversary PlayStation 4. Those who purchased PlayStation 3, PS4, Vita or Vita TV between December 4 – January 15 were handed a calendar with a code which entered them into the contest. Somehow, all data collected from the […]

  • Hearthstone datamine suggests Blackrock Mountain expansion on the way

    Hearthstone’s next update may be based on World of Warcraft’s Molten Core raid, if datamined information posted on Hearthpwn is spot-on. According to files mined from the latest patch, three new cosmetic card backs are on the way, one of which is called Molten Core. The data suggests that pre-ordering the Blackrock Mountain expansion will […]

  • Using Battlefield Hardline single-player gadgets increases your metagame rewards

    Gadgets contained in Battlefield Hardline’s campaign mode have been detailed, and each provides the player with various ways in which to solve crimes. According to design director Scott Warner, one way to “diffuse” a conflict when confronted with criminal activity is to flash your badge and ordering the criminal to freeze. Putting your gun on […]

  • Mortal Kombat X video is all about story mode, new characters

    After promising a new Mortal Kombat X reveal “soon”, NetherRealm Studios has made good on said promise by releasing the story trailer. The video shows parts of the story mode featuring Mileena, which takes place 25 years after the events of 2011′s Mortal Kombat. Outworld has become a larger threat and new fighters joining the […]

  • Destiny’s shotgun and pulse rifle buffs mean it’s time to rethink your load-out

    Destiny’s most-ignored weapons got major boosts this week. It’s time to start thinking about how to work them into your set-up. Even if you’re used to using scout rifles and sniper rifles as a general loud-out (neither class was touched by 1.1.1), the buffs to pulse rifles and shotguns should make you rethink your contextual […]

  • Battlefield Bad Company 2: five years later, what did it do so right?

    It’s been five years since the release of Battlefield Bad Company 2. What did the much-loved entry in the franchise do for the Battlefield series? Westie’s played Battlefield Bad Company 2 for over 1,260 hours on PS3 and PC. That’s dedication. In his latest video he discusses the stand out moments from a FPS classic, […]

  • War is hell in this Zombie Army Trilogy gameplay trailer

    Here’s five minutes of headshots, shambling zombies and an undead Hitler from Rebellion’s upcoming Zombie Army Trilogy. The Sniper Elite spin-off arrives on PS4, PC and Xbox One March 6 and includes three games (obviously) and a new Horde mode.

  • Titan Souls releases on PS4, Vita, PC on April 14

    Ace indie giant-slayer Titan Souls will be released on PS4, Vita and PC on April 14. Publisher Devolver confirmed the date to Eurogamer. Those of us in Europe will have to wait until a day later for release. Titan Souls is a tough-as-nails indie game where you have one life to slay a giant enemy. […]

  • Destiny weekly update: lowdown on Inferno Crucible, Vault Transfer improvements

    Destiny’s weekly update has made some pretty significant changes – let Arekkz Gaming take you through them. Bungie has revealed the first release date for the new Inferno Crucible mode, and made it a lot easier to access your vault. You should subscribe to Arekkz Gaming. It will improve your life.

  • Destiny: Xur location and inventory Feb 27, 28

    It’s Xursday again – what treats does he have for you this week? He’s in the North Tower, to the right of the Stranger’s room. Let’s take a look at the latest weapons and gear from your favourite Destiny trader. No Backup Plans [Titan Gauntlets] – 13SC ATS/8 Arachnid [Hunter Helmet] – 13SC Heart of […]

  • Battlefield Hardline will be stable on PC at launch, Visceral assures

    PC format is “by far the best gaming platform around,” says Hardline producer. “We’re doing what we can to take advantage of people’s different system with the graphics, framerate, controls, etc. We’re not just porting it over.” Battlefield Hardline developer Visceral is reassuring players that there will not be a repeat of the disastrous Battlefield […]

  • Win Pneuma: Breath of Life for Xbox One

    We have 10 download codes for new indie puzzler Pneuma: Breath of Life for Xbox One to give away. The be in with a chance of winning a code, just enter your details below and we’ll pull the winners from the hat on Monday March 2nd, after 2pm GMT. Pneuma: Breath of Life is a […]

  • Life is Strange Episode 2 delayed

    Life is Strange Episode 2 won’t make its expected release date. The first Life is Strange episode released on January 30, and we had expected the second to follow on March 13. Square Enix has since confirmed to Destructoid that the next chapter won’t make its release date. There’s been no word of the new […]

  • Mortal Kombat X: which character will be revealed tomorrow?

    Mortal Kombat X director Ed Boon is teasing a new character reveal. During today’s Mortal Kombat X livestream, NetherRealm said that a new character would be revealed “very soon”. Boon followed up with this teasing tweet suggesting the reveal will occur tomorrow: Very soon? As in tomorrow? :/ — Ed Boon (@noobde) February 26, 2015 […]

  • Halo played by Twitch is an exercise in great patience

    TwitchPlaysHalo is ridiculous. Halo: Combat Evolved is the latest game to be sucked into the “TwitchPlays” phenomenon, and the results are somewhat painful to spectate. If you’re not familiar with the setup, which debuted with TwitchPlaysPokemon, the game accepts commands from the channels’ chat stream. Although it doesn’t have the strategic RPG elements of Pokemon, […]

  • Gold Amiibo sold out, selling at five times RRP on auction sites

    Gold Mario Amiibo are expected to sell for pretty astounding profits on eBay and other auction sites. The Walmart-exclusive Gold Mario Amiibo is already completely sold out. Plenty of people managed to snaffle them to resell, though. There are now dozens of listings on eBay and other auction sites. One of the average asking prices […]

  • Canadian new game prices jump to $75

    Canadian gamers are in for an unpleasant price hike. As spotted by HardcoreGamer, the local Canadian branches of Amazon and EB Games have raised the prices of upcoming games to CAD$75. The CAD$5 increasing comes within a year of prices hitting the CAD$70 point. CAD$75 (£38/€53) currently exchanges for $60, the standard US pricing. The […]

  • New Xenoblade Chronicles X footage shows weather, day-night cycle

    The latest Xenoblade Chronicles X footage shows off a gloriously beautiful world. Xenoblade Chronicles X is Monolith Soft’s first solo Wii U game, and the developer is clearly enjoying being able to build a big open world with all the features we’ve come to expect. Missed the whole Xenoblade thing? Chronicles X is a sort […]

  • Dead Rising: Watchtower teaser talks up the benefits of Zombrex

    Live-action Dead Rising movie Watchtower is almost upon us. Dead Rising: Watchtower will release on Crackle on March 27, and via other digital distributors thereafter. Enjoy the short teaser below, courtesy of IGN.