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Ghostbusters Video Game - Cutscene Script & Original Story Synopsis

PermalinkBy Paul Rudoff on Nov. 21, 2009 at 9:02 PM , Categories: Cast & Crew, Games
There were six credited writers on Ghostbusters: The Video Game: Dan Aykroyd, Harold Ramis, John Zuur Platten, Flint Dille, Patrick Hegarty, and John Melchior (who was only credited in the stylized version). Although the marketing department heavily hyped Aykroyd and Ramis as the writers of the game, they have each gone on record to state that all they did were small rewrites and consultation. (I know Dan said it too in a text or video interview - but I can't find the link right now.) I always got the impression that Dille and Zuur Platten (you don't know how tempting it is to write "Zuul Platten") wrote the bulk of the script, Hegarty wrote a few scenes and/or dialog, Aykroyd and Ramis consulted and did little rewrites to all of that, and Melchior wrote some stuff that only appears in the stylized version. I e-mailed Mr. Dille and Mr. Platten, via their website The Bureau of Film & Games, to find out if my hunch was right, and they were happy to share with me some information about the writing of the game. With their permission, I am happy to relay this information to you, along with a special surprise.

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A Sad Anniversary

PermalinkBy Paul Rudoff on Nov. 11, 2009 at 4:19 AM , Categories: Cast & Crew

image created by Doreen Mulman

It was ten years ago today that actress Mary Kay Bergman tragically took her own life. Ghostbusters fans would know her best as the voice of Banshee in the Extreme Ghostbusters episodes "Sonic Youth" and "Slimer's Sacrifice", but she is best known worldwide for providing the voices of every single female character on South Park from the show's first episode up to the end of the third season, and including the feature film "Bigger, Longer, and Uncut", which was released a mere five months before her death. To give you an idea of the talent she possessed, it now takes three different actresses to provide the voices on the show that she alone had previously provided. And that's not to mention the many other characters she provided the voices for, which includes Disney's Snow White and Scooby-Doo's Daphne Blake (she was the official voice artist for both of these roles). She also provided the yodeling for Jessie in Toy Story 2 (the talking voice was provided by Joan Cusack), so maybe we'll hear Mary Kay again in next year's Toy Story 3 if Disney reuses any of the audio she recorded over ten years ago.

Although Mary Kay's filmography is comprised entirely of voice credits, she did have one on-screen performance. It was as the mysterious lady in red in the 2000 film "Bob's Video", written and directed by her husband Dino Andrade. Don't go searching Netflix, Amazon, or any video store for this film as it is not available on home video, and apparently has only played at a few film festivals about ten years ago. It's really a shame that Dino doesn't try to get this out on DVD, as this film is tailor-made for animation and voice artist fans. Besides Mary Kay's cameo, the film stars voice artists E.G. Daily, Bill Farmer, Grey DeLisle, and animation director Gary Trousdale. On top of that, the police force are all named after classic animators: Sheriff Harmon, Deputy Jones, Deputy Avery, Deputy Iwerks, Deputy Spunkmeyer, Deputy Freleng, Deputy Fleischer, Deputy Clampit, Deputy Hanna, Deputy Barbera, Deputy Lantz, and Deputy McKimson. Bob's Video is a film that I've been dying to see for the past ten years, and I really hope that one day I get the chance to see it.

Thankfully, I don't have to wait to see video of Mary Kay as she has appeared briefly in a few Scoobo-Doo "making of" featurettes. Namely the two you see on the Cast & Crew Multimedia page here on Spook Central (screen caps below), which come from the DVDs Scooby-Doo & The Witch's Ghost and Scooby-Doo & The Alien Invaders. Mary Kay also did interviews for the South Park movie: clip #1, clip #2, clip #3.

If you'd like to learn more about the life and career of this amazingly talented woman, head on over to her official site (still preserved after all these years) and her official memorial site created and maintained by Doreen Mulman. While you're at the memorial site, be sure to pick up a copy of Mary Kay's last demo CD.
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Ghostbusters Game PSP Shipping Press Release

PermalinkBy Paul Rudoff on Nov. 3, 2009 at 8:59 AM , Categories: Games

'GHOSTBUSTERS: THE VIDEO GAME' ON PSP (PlayStationPortable) systems SLIMES ITS WAY INTO NORTH AMERICAN RETAILERS

- Get Ready to Bust Some Ghosts On the Go This Holiday Season on PSP system and PSPgo system -

NEW YORK, NY ­ November 3, 2009 ­ Atari, Inc., one of the world's most recognized videogame publishers, announced today that this summer's best-selling, Ghostbusters: The Video Game is now available at retailers across North America on the PSP (PlayStation Portable) systems (including the PSPgo system). After selling into retail more than one million units across North America in its first month, fans of the summer blockbuster title can now grab their proton packs, blast and wrangle ghosts on a 16x9 widescreen while on the run! Ghostbusters: The Video Game was released on June, 16, 2009 and quickly became one of the hottest video games of the year.

Ghostbusters: The Video Game, based on the smash hit motion picture franchise, is penned by original Ghostbusters writers and stars Harold Ramis and Dan Aykroyd and reunites many of the original cast members to recapture the unique blend of humor and fright that established Ghostbusters as a pop culture sensation. In collaboration with Sony Pictures Consumer Products and acclaimed development studios Terminal Reality and RedFly Studios, Atari published this completely all-new chapter of the blockbuster Ghostbusters saga to advanced gaming platforms to coincide with the 25th Anniversary celebration of the film's original theatrical release.

Ghostbusters: The Video Game on the PSP systems offers the ability to switch between four equipment sets to access eight unique proton pack functions and use gadgets like the PKE Meter and Paragoggles to scan and analyze targets. Get pulled into the world of the paranormal, unleash your blast stream and tear it up on the go. Ghostbusters: The Video Game for PSP system is rated E10 and is currently available for the recommended retail price of $29.99.

A great holiday gift, Ghostbusters: The Video Game is also currently available at retailers across North America for reduced prices on most consoles including the Xbox 360 video game and entertainment system from Microsoft ($39.99), Windows PC ($19.99), PlayStation3 computer entertainment system ($39.99) and Wii ($29.99). The PlayStation2 computer entertainment system ($19.99), and Nintendo DS ($19.99) are also available for the holiday season. Set two years after Ghostbusters 2, with Manhattan once again overrun by ghosts and supernatural forces, the game also features performances from fan favorites such as William Atherton (Walter Peck), Annie Potts (Janine Melnitz) and Brian Doyle-Murray (lending his voice as Mayor Jock Mulligan).

For more information, be sure to visit the official Ghostbusters(TM): The Video Game website located at: www.ghostbustersgame.com.

About the Game
When Manhattan is once again overrun by ghosts and other supernatural creatures, players will take on the role of a new recruit joining the famous Ghostbusters team. Developed by acclaimed studio Terminal Reality, Ghostbusters: The Video Game will make its debut on the PLAYSTATION®3 computer entertainment system, Xbox 360® video game and entertainment system from Microsoft and Windows PC.The PlayStation®2 computer entertainment system version and the Wii version are being developed by Red Fly Studios, and the Nintendo DS™ version, in which the player takes the role of one of the Ghostbusters themselves, is developed by Zen Studios. The PLAYSTATION 3, Xbox 360, Wii, and PC versions of the game are developed using Terminal Reality's phenomenal proprietary Infernal Engine technology.

About the Film
Ghostbusters, released in 1984, is one of Columbia Pictures' highest grossing films, spawning a hit sequel in 1989 and three successful animated television shows. Ghostbusters and its sequel grossed over $500 million world-wide. Ghostbusters and Ghostbusters II, written by Dan Aykroyd and Harold Ramis, produced and directed by Ivan Reitman, starred Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd, Harold Ramis and Ernie Hudson as ghost hunters for hire, cleaning up Manhattan's buildings of slime-spewing spooks.

About Sony Pictures Consumer Products Inc.
Sony Pictures Consumer Products Inc. (SPCP) is a division of Sony Pictures Entertainment Inc. (SPE) based in Los Angeles which handles the merchandising and branding efforts for some of the most recognized properties in film and television.

Sony Pictures Entertainment (SPE) is a subsidiary of Sony Corporation of America (SCA), a subsidiary of Tokyo-based Sony Corporation. SPE's global operations encompass motion picture production and distribution; television production and distribution; digital content creation and distribution; worldwide channel investments; home entertainment acquisition and distribution, operation of studio facilities; development of new entertainment products, services and technologies; and distribution of filmed entertainment in more than 130 countries. Sony Pictures Entertainment can be found on the World Wide Web at http://www.sonypictures.com.

About Infogrames Entertainment and Atari
The Infogrames group, including the Atari brand and the massively multiplayer online game company Cryptic Studios, is a global producer, publisher and distributor of interactive entertainment software for all market segments and all interactive game platforms including consoles from Microsoft, Nintendo and Sony, advanced smartphones, Personal Computers, web and online. Its games are sold in more than 60 countries through an international distribution network and direct to consumers via www.atari.com.

Atari's extensive catalogue of popular games is based on original franchises (Test Drive, Alone in the Dark, V-Rally, My Horse & Me, Backyard Sports franchise, Total Annihilation, Outcast etc.), Cryptic Studios titles (StarTrek Online, Champions Online), publishing properties (Ghostbusters, The Chronicles of Riddick, The Witcher, Race Pro etc.), international licenses (Dragon Ball Z, Dungeons & Dragons, Jamie Oliver etc.) and classic games covering the entire history of the video game industry (Pong, Missile Command, Asteroids etc).

© 2009 Atari Europe SASU. All rights reserved.
Atari word mark and logo are trademarks owned by Atari Interactive, Inc.

"GHOSTBUSTERS", The Video Game: © 2009 Columbia Pictures Industries, Inc. "GHOSTBUSTERS" with the "GHOST DESIGN" is a registered trademark of Columbia Pictures Industries, Inc. "GHOSTBUSTERS", and "GHOSTBUSTERS 2" movies: © 1984, © 1989 Columbia Pictures Industries, Inc. Game Software excluding Columbia Pictures Elements: © 2009 Atari, Inc. All rights reserved. All other trademarks are property of their respective owners.

Microsoft, Xbox, Xbox 360, Xbox LIVE, and the Xbox logos are trademarks of the Microsoft group of companies.

"PlayStation" and the "PS" Family logo are registered trademarks of Sony Computer Entertainment Inc. The PlayStation Network Logo is a service mark of Sony Computer Entertainment Inc.

Wii and Nintendo DS are trademarks of Nintendo. © 2006 Nintendo.

Windows and the Windows Vista start button are either registered trademarks or trademarks of Microsoft Corporation in the United States and/or other countries and are used under license from owner.

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