io9 Roundup: April 1, 2012THE BATTLE FOR THE IRON THRONE CONTINUES | Game of Thrones returns tonight. Grab your wineskin, curl up with your favorite direwolf, and enjoy. Red Keep at King's Landing by Ted Nasmith, thanks to Andreas.

io9 Roundup: April 1, 2012Here there be White Walkers in stylized Game of Thrones maps

We've seen tons of attempts to map the Song of Ice and Fire world, but J.E. Fullerton's maps are an especially good fit for the medieval-inspired setting. More »


io9 Roundup: April 1, 2012Hunger Games PSA posters remind you to spay and neuter your muttations

The Hunger Games is no stranger to propaganda, but the posters in Panem look a little different. After all, why would the Capitol tell you to stay in school or use your words when you can win bloody glory in the Arena? More »


io9 Roundup: April 1, 2012The Mayans' Deadly Wooden Gun

The Mayans used a short shaft of wood like a gun in battle, sending darts toward incoming attackers at amazing speeds. It may not have been powered by gunpowder, but it was still an effective killing tool. While simple in design, the hul'che produced accurate and deadly results. More »


io9 Roundup: April 1, 2012Google Maps Quest View turns your commute into an RPG

I don't know if Google Maps is gifting us with an early April Fool's Day prank, but I hope Quest View sticks around. Click on the right-hand corner of your Google map to see your local landscape transformed into a pixelated video game map, complete with mountains and trees in the appropriate places. More »


io9 Roundup: April 1, 2012The worst ways to screw up the Avengers movie

We have just a little more than a month before we see Joss Whedon's big-screen vision for The Avengers, and while we're hoping for the best, we've all seen some truly terrible interpretations of beloved superheroes. More »


io9 Roundup: April 1, 2012Adorable renditions of comics' greatest tragedies

Who knew that death could be so cute? Tony Fleecs shrinks comic book heroes down to size, turning their most tragic moments into something weirdly adorable. More »


io9 Roundup: April 1, 2012Melting down Nobel Prizes to buy bullets and dissolving the awards to fool Nazis

Winning the Nobel Prize brings with it a diploma, cash award, and a 200 gram medal made of gold. Each medal is specially cast for the winner, emblazoned with his or her name. More »


io9 Roundup: April 1, 2012Thanks to time travel, Hipster Companion did everything before it was cool

New companion Jenna-Louise Coleman hasn't even been on an episode of Doctor Who yet, but she's already a meme. That's because she's the Hipster Companion, on the cutting edge of everything in time and space. More »


io9 Roundup: April 1, 2012Admiral Ackbar the "It's a Trap!" Bass and other Think Geek products we wish were real

Each April first, Think Geek taunts us with their fake April Fool's Day products. While nothing will ever top the Tauntaun sleeping bag, this year's imaginary product list includes a big-mouthed Mon Calamari, an inflatable captain's chair, and the chance to smell like Daenerys Targaryen. More »


io9 Roundup: April 1, 2012This weird optical illusion makes a moving spiral appear out of nowhere

It's not unusual for optical illusions to create afterimages, ghostly reflections that show up after staring at something too long. This particular afterimage is a bit different. More »


io9 Roundup: April 1, 2012How Game of Thrones scratches Lost's television mystery itch

Ever since Lost ended, taking with it our fan theories and a little bit of our naive optimism, we've seen TV show after TV show try to ape Lost's mystery-hurling format. More »


io9 Roundup: April 1, 2012Gender-swapped Marvel villains conquer the universe with their feminine superpowers

We've seen gender-swapped superheroes, now the villains are getting in on the gender-bending act. Priscilla Tramontano takes some of the Marvel universe's more fearsome male villains and gives them female form. More »


io9 Roundup: April 1, 2012Yoda doesn't sound nearly as wise with proper syntax

Yoda's peculiar syntax has become the universal symbol for wise advice, but would the long-eared Jedi sound nearly as profound if you switched around his word order? More »


io9 Roundup: April 1, 2012Watch the first full-length trailer for the Total Recall remake

The first full-length trailer for Len Wiseman's Total Recall remake is out, and it shows just how special effects-heavy this movie's going to be. We get a good look at the notorious Total Recall chair, Colin Farrell's supersoldier moves, the CG megacity, and some flying car action - all guest-starring a menacing Bryan Cranston and John Cho's bleach blond hair. More »