[April Fools 2014] A Special Announcement from Operation Rainfall

Tuesday, April 1st, 2014

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Friends, I’m not happy.

We just received a letter from U.S. Senator Brian Schatz of Hawaii. He’s the Chairman of the Senate Commerce Subcommittee on Communications, Technology, and the Internet. Apparently, we are not following the law by avoiding talk of military shooters and sports simulation games.

From Mr. Schatz:

It comes with a heavy heart that I must inform you that Operation Rainfall, LLC., is currently in violation of Public Law 111-148, also known as the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.

Under Section 6601, which is found under Subtitle G: Additional Program Integrity Provisions, which is found under Title VI: Transparency and Program Integrity, “No person, either as an individual or as part of a company, shall make a false statement or false representation of fact, knowing it to be false, in connection with the marketing or sale of ones product, whether it be given for free or sold for a specific price.” This provision was added in as a way to prevent false advertising in business, not just for health care.

Where Operation Rainfall comes in stems from a slogan you used before that said “No game left behind.” However, you routinely break from that by purposefully refusing to cover specific genres, such as the first person military shooter and sport simulation games. If you wish to avoid punitive measures, I suggest that you cease this action at once.

Obama

Thanks a lot, Obama.

Normally, Richard would usually be the bearer of bad news like this. However, neither he, Jonathan, nor Ryan were available to inform you of this. However, in an effort to become government compliant, they have given me the go ahead to stop our scheduled April Fools joke fest and start pumping out content related to military FPS and Sports games.

If you’re disappointed by this, so are we. But we have to do what we can in order to keep bring awareness of games that deserve your attention. If that means that we have to follow the government’s rather uneducated laws, then so be it.

About Jeff Neuenschwander

Jeff has been a supporter of the website and campaign since the beginning. Joining in for E3 2012, he worked his way up the ranks quickly, making it to the Editing Manager post at the beginning of 2013. Jeff has a wide variety of tastes when it comes to gaming and pretty much likes anything that is quirky, although his favorite genres are Action, Platforming, and RPG. Outside of gaming, Jeff is a musician, being trained as a trombonist for Jazz and Classical music, and holds a degree in Sound Recording.




  • Marcus J. Hopkins

    I would argue the legality of this claim – if what the Senator’s claim is to be deemed “true,” this argument would apply to every gaming website that covers a specific genre of gaming releases, assuming that they have a similar slogan.

    A more appropriate response might be to simply change the slogan – “No game left behind (except for FPS Military Shooters and Sports),” and tell the Senator to piss off.

  • smacd

    As long as we’re finally getting more coverage of FPS games, can we also start getting more ads for Doritos and Mountain Dew? As all of us dudebros know, those are the only real food items, other than Fourthmeal at Taco Bell.

    • Ryan_oprainfall

      Sure no problem. I think I fixed it for you

    • smacd

      Sick. Gonna go watch some sports now

  • Gemnist

    I don’t really see this as a negative thing. We just have to add more info, not take away from the info we already do. As long as I don’t see Call of Duty splattered all over this site (like it is just about everywhere else) I’m okay

  • Raguna17-17 1/2 ‘relaxed fit’

    the statement -or- claim could read “while the general populace regards first-person- shooters and professional wrestling games, we are dedicated to the games THEY left behind. Like ones that require reading.”

  • Jason Honaker

    Haha. A more apt April Fools joke would have been to say the name of the site, the word “Rainfall” triggered the EPA to orchestrate a raid on your HQ to find out about water management on your property.

  • Vallen

    Oh yeah its April 1st, for a sec I thought you were serious lmao

  • Antonin Kořenek

    THANKS OBAMA

    There, now the comment thread is complete

  • multibottler0cket

    Finally.