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From The Vault - Ghostbusters Online Community History

PermalinkBy Paul Rudoff on Aug. 11, 2009 at 1:06 AM , Categories: Spook Central, Internet , Tags: from-the-vault
It was a lucky 13 years ago this month that Spook Central opened up at Geocities.com/Hollywood/7218. Oddly enough, in a turn of events that I never would have seen coming back in 1996, Spook Central is actually going to outlast Geocities, which is set to close on October 26, 2009.

I thought it would be great to honor the 13th anniversary by taking a look back at where we've all been. This is going to be the first in a small series of From The Vault articles in which I dig through my archives, and those of the Internet Archive's Wayback Machine, to resurrect some memories from years past.

The Ghostbusters Online Community (trademark pending) has a long and rich history, comprised of many individuals who each left their own unique mark on the community, for better or for worse. Digging through a disc of old files, I recently discovered some essays written by three of these individuals. I actually don't need to republish these essays as the Internet Archive did the job for me by saving the original webpages. So not only will you get to read the original text, but you'll get to see it in the manner it was originally presented. As I look at the past, I must also look towards the future. The future of the Ghostbusters Online Community is actually offline! More specifically, in print. Chris Stewart is working on a fan-collaborated Ghostbusters book project entitled Print Is Dead. Details are sparse at the moment, as he only recently unveiled the project to the community, but it's shaping up to be something well worth reading. Just like I never would have predicted back in 1996 that Spook Central would outlast Geocities, I also never would have predicted that the future of the Ghostbusters Online Community would be in a form of media that dates back almost a millennium ago.
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Ghostbusters Video Game - Cheat Codes

PermalinkBy Paul Rudoff on Aug. 6, 2009 at 5:01 AM , Categories: Games
Ghostbusters: The Video Game is fun, but cheats could make it even more fun...or easier in some spots. Thankfully, there are cheats for all versions of the game, except the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 versions.


PC

TRAINERS (CHEAT PROGRAMS)
All files and info have been moved to this page.

The game does NOT have in-game cheats. The "cheats" listed in Settings.ini do not work. If you activate them by changing the 0 to a 1, the game will change it back. Red62 also experienced this, so I know that it wasn't a fluke on my system. So if you want to cheat on the PC, you'll have to use a Trainer. I've tested the +8 trainer with the Reloaded crack, and it works!


PLAYSTATION 2

IN-GAME UNLOCKABLE CHEATS
There are cheats in the game, but you have to unlock them. Unfortunately, the good ones don't become unlocked until you've completed the game (or come close to it), so they're pretty much useless by that point. They are listed below in the order you're likely to unlock them through progression of the game.
  • Increased Scanning Speed - Collect 50% of all scans.
  • Faster Health Regeneration - Collect 50% of all art pages.
  • No Equipment Overheat - Collect 100% of all scans.
  • Equipment Strength Upgrade - Collect 100% of all art pages.
  • Invulnerability - Achieve 100% completion (can replay levels to achieve this goal).
  • Gozerian Rookie Outfit (Immune To Sliming) - Beat the last level on Gozerian (Hard) difficulty (can replay the last level on the increased difficulty to achieve this goal).
CHEAT DEVICE CODES
A cheat device is a device (much like a computer game trainer) that writes to areas in the memory of a system in order to allow for various user-desired actions. Sadly, the three major players in the cheat device scene (Codebreaker, Game Shark, Action Replay) have all quit supporting the PlayStation 2. So now it's up to the cheat device fans to pick up the slack and create the codes. Below are all of the known codes created for this game. In order to use these codes, you will need the CodeBreaker cheat device (I recommend v8 or higher). As the device is no longer in production, you'll probably have to pay some over-inflated prices on Amazon Marketplace (alt listing) and eBay, or do your own searching on the web or in the real world. The codes below are in unencrypted hexidecimal (hex) format (aka "Raw"), so technically they can be used by any PS2 cheat device that accepts unencrypted codes. However, the enable code will undoubtedly only work on the CodeBreaker, so enable codes for other devices would need to be created in order for you to use these codes with them. That's another reason why I recommend tracking down a Codebreaker. I have tested all of these codes using my Codebreaker v8 and confirm that they all work.

Please note that the effects of the first three codes will not stay on your game save when you save the game. The effects of all of the "unlock cheat" codes WILL save to your game save, thus allowing you to have the cheats permanently unlocked. The "unlock cheat" codes do not affect the collectibles, so you can still find pages and scan ghosts. Also, the "unlock cheat" codes will not turn the cheats on; you'll need to go into the Options: Unlocks menu to turn them on and off. The code for Gozerian Rookie Outfit doesn't show the name of it in the menu (it's the top item with "???" listed as a name) until you turn it on, exit to the previous menu (and save), then go back to the Unlocks menu. All of the "unlock cheat" codes have an alternate code that you can use (use only one for each code), though I tested both regular and alternates, and they all work the same.

CODEBREAKER
Enable Code (Must Be On)
90470640 0C11C138

Weapon Never Overheats
2015C814 00000000

Damages No Cost
201C6FAC E47F0000

Time In Level: 0:00:00
2020B624 E61F0058

Unlock Gozerian Rookie Outfit (Immune To Sliming) Cheat
20231414 ACA20064
(alt code: 00E574B4 00000001)

Unlock Faster Health Regeneration Cheat
20231BAC A2980008
(alt code: 00E574BC 00000001)

Unlock Increased Scanning Speed Cheat
20231C60 A2980004
(alt code: 00E574B8 00000001)

Unlock No Equipment Overheat Cheat
20231D14 A298000C
(alt code: 00E574C0 00000001)

Unlock Equipment Strength Upgrade Cheat
20231DC8 A2980010
(alt code: 00E574C4 00000001)

Unlock Invulnerability Cheat
20231D7C A2980014
(alt code: 00E574C8 00000001)

Credit: Skiller
Key: 40 B2 D8 9C 9C 69 65 C4 7D 48 16 68 A7 1D F3 0A B4 D2 DB F0
ELF: SLUS_218.82

GAME SAVES - CHEATS ALREADY UNLOCKED AT START OF A NEW GAME
The files have been moved here.


WII

IN-GAME UNLOCKABLE CHEATS
There are cheats in the game, but you have to unlock them. Unfortunately, the good ones don't become unlocked until you've completed the game (or come close to it), so they're pretty much useless by that point. They are listed below in the order you're likely to unlock them through progression of the game.
  • Increased Scanning Speed - Collect 50% of all scans.
  • Faster Health Regeneration - Collect 50% of all art pages.
  • No Equipment Overheat - Collect 100% of all scans.
  • Equipment Strength Upgrade - Collect 100% of all art pages.
  • Invulnerability - Achieve 100% completion (can replay levels to achieve this goal).
  • Gozerian Rookie Outfit (Immune To Sliming) - Beat the last level on Gozerian (Hard) difficulty (can replay the last level on the increased difficulty to achieve this goal).


PLAYSTATION PORTABLE

IN-GAME UNLOCKABLE CHEATS
There are cheats in the game, but you have to unlock them. Unfortunately, the good ones don't become unlocked until you've completed the game (or come close to it), so they're pretty much useless by that point. They are listed below in the order you're likely to unlock them through progression of the game.
  • Increased Scanning Speed - Collect 50% of all scans.
  • Faster Health Regeneration - Collect 50% of all art pages.
  • No Equipment Overheat - Collect 100% of all scans.
  • Equipment Strength Upgrade - Collect 100% of all art pages.
  • Invulnerability - Achieve 100% completion (can replay levels to achieve this goal).
  • Gozerian Rookie Outfit (Immune To Sliming) - Beat the last level on Gozerian (Hard) difficulty (can replay the last level on the increased difficulty to achieve this goal).


DS

CHEAT DEVICE CODES
A cheat device is a device (much like a computer game trainer) that writes to areas in the memory of a system in order to allow for various user-desired actions. In order to use these codes, you will need the cheat device that they are for. You can buy the Action Replay DS from the official Action Replay website, Amazon, eBay, or do your own searching on the web or in the real world. I have not tested these codes out as I would need to find a rom and DS emulator with AR code support in order to do so.

ACTION REPLAY DS
Game ID: YGQE-9FCBA938

ON FOOT CODES:
Max Cash
5207CE5C 00000001
0207C3C0 05F5E0FF
D2000000 00000000

Max Slime
5207CE5C 00000001
0207C4C4 05F5E0FF
D2000000 00000000

DRIVING CODES:
Hold L+R+Pause Game For More Time
5207CE58 00000000
94000130 FCF70000
220A5540 0000000A
D2000000 00000000

(originally posted on the official Action Replay website)
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Ghostbusters Video Game - PS2 Review Addendum

PermalinkBy Paul Rudoff on Aug. 6, 2009 at 2:10 AM , Categories: Games
This will serve as an addendum of sorts to my review of Ghostbusters: The Video Game for the PlayStation 2. Just recently I finally completed playing the game, having stopped back in June after the first three levels (the Sedgewick Hotel). According to my stats, it took me 16 hours in total (I didn't rush) to play through all 30 levels on the PS2. Playing through the remaining levels of the game, I wrote up lots of notes about what I experienced, which I have organized into the following...

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Ghostbusters Video Game - Wii Slimer Edition Unboxing

PermalinkBy Paul Rudoff on Aug. 5, 2009 at 3:48 AM , Categories: Games
Back on June 18, 2009 Grim Santo posted a video of himself opening up (aka "unboxing") the Wii Slimer edition of Ghostbusters: The Video Game that he purchased exclusively from Amazon. It's a short video, a little over seven minutes long, and a very good look at exactly what comes in the box. After all, you can only see so much in stock photos.

I've decided to showcase Grim Santo's unboxing video by doing screen caps, and sort of walking you through the unboxing. So if you don't have seven minutes to spare, have an aversion to online videos, or you're on a dial-up connection, you might enjoy this. All of the comments are mine, except for any with quotation marks around them, which are Grim Santo's comments from the video. Click on thumbnails to view the full size 1280x720 images.

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Ghostbusters II Hidden Cameos

PermalinkBy Paul Rudoff on Aug. 4, 2009 at 11:55 PM , Categories: Ghostbusters 2
I was watching the movie last month and noticed a few things that I didn't notice before. There are a few "cameos" that may have gone unnoticed by many. The list below doesn't include credited cameos, such as Bobby Brown, Jason Reitman, Catherine Reitman, Cheech Marin, or Judy Ovitz (wife of former CAA talent agency boss Mike Ovitz, who was the agent for Murray, Aykroyd, Ramis and Reitman at the time). Screen caps have been cut down, DVD time codes in parenthesis.

Nakia & Top Cat (10:51)

Hanging on the walls of the television studio office where Peter films World of the Psychic are photos from real television series. The only two that can be made out clearly are Nakia (1974) and Top Cat (1961). These can be seen in the widescreen version on the left of the frame as Peter walks out just after doing his show.

Peter Mosen (1:07:16)

The guy on the left in the foreground, dining with the woman (Judy Ovitz) who will eventually get slimed moments later, is Peter Mosen. He's an old school Ghosthead, who was profiled in The Real Ghostbusters magazine, and represented the Ghostbusters for NOW Comics at Comic-Con in August 1988.

Ivan Reitman (55:10)

I bet you never noticed this one before! I've been watching the movie for 20 years and noticed it for the first time this year! The guy on the far right in the blue jacket is none other than director Ivan Reitman. He had a voice cameo in Ghostbusters (as Zuul and Slimer), but decided to put in an "in the flesh" appearance in the second film - which is only fitting seeing as how he had his kids do the same. Oh, and how do I know that that is Mr. Reitman? Well, it's pretty much an exact match for a shot of him on the set of the movie as seen in the Electronic Press Kit:

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