Matt Chat 26: Ghostbusters (Activision)

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Hi, everyone. I'm back with another Matt Chat - this time looking at David Crane's Ghostbusters for the Commodore 64. If you're a fan of the movie or game, be sure to check it out! I think you'll like what I put together for this one.

I was really surprised at how much was added to the SMS version--a must-play if you're a fan (and thankfully easy to emulate). The NES version was a mess, though. I also played the Atari 2600 port (surprisingly faithful given the hardware) and Apple II versions (decent but no reason to prefer it to the C64). I'm not sure about the Speccy port.

I know there's no cussing and fecal humor here, but all the same, if you want to mention it on your blog and/or other forums, feel free! :P

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I ain't afraid of no ghosts!

This brings me back to the heights of c64 popularity! This game was hugely popular and I played it A LOT! Really A LOT!

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I'll have to watch this

I'll have to watch this movie again sometime. It's the first movie I can remember seeing - summer of 1984, I was 5 years old, saw it at the drive-in. And was one of the first DVD's I bought 9 years ago.

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Cool game, great video.
Catatonic wrote:

I'll have to watch this movie again sometime. It's the first movie I can remember seeing - summer of 1984, I was 5 years old, saw it at the drive-in. And was one of the first DVD's I bought 9 years ago.

Man, that makes me feel old. I'd already graduated high school when this came out. :-)

*YouTube ALERT* The movie "Ghostbusters" is available for free viewing on YouTube, and is being prominently featured on the YouTube site this month. Good timing, Matt! People who search for "Ghostbusters" on YouTube might come across your video.

Great video as always, and your commentaries are getting better and better recently. They were always good, but something is different recently, and I can't quite put my finger on it. But it's working.

The C-64 version of "Ghostbusters" was prominently used as in-store demos for the C-64's on display in most of the computer-dealing stores in my area, sort of an "attract mode." The game probably sold more than a few C-64's.

I frequently played the Atari 8-bit version back in the day. Although it was inferior to the C-64 version, the gameplay was apparently intact, and it wasn't an embarassment.

The light "business" sim aspects of the game somehow managed to capture the charm of "Ghostbusters" without being too "businessey," turning off the kiddies. And the action parts of the game, while not flash-blam-whiz edge-of-your-joystick excitement, were relaxing and lighthearted, setting just the right "Ghostbusters" mood.

I'm not really sure "Ghostbusters" is really a super-great game, but as far as movie licensed games go, it's arguably among the best, and certainly is a classic from that viewpoint.

P.S. some "Ghostbusters" news: they are in the beginning stages of making a "Ghostbusters III" movie right now. Getting together the script, the original cast, etc. It isn't even close to production yet, but chances are we'll see "Ghostbusters 3" in the not too distant future.

P.P.S. there was lots of buzz a few months ago about the upcoming "Ghostbusters" game for the modern consoles that appeared to bear no resemblance to the classic 8-bit game. The videos I've seen of it (which allegedly had voices of the original cast) looked really cool, and apparently the game was the catalyst to re-inspiring the cast to do another "Ghostbusters" movie.

Anyhow, great video as always, Matt.

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The new Ghostbusters games
Rowdy Rob wrote:

P.P.S. there was lots of buzz a few months ago about the upcoming "Ghostbusters" game for the modern consoles that appeared to bear no resemblance to the classic 8-bit game. The videos I've seen of it (which allegedly had voices of the original cast) looked really cool, and apparently the game was the catalyst to re-inspiring the cast to do another "Ghostbusters" movie.

It's been out for nearly every platform and has gotten great reviews and sold quite well. The PC, Xbox 360 and PS3 versions are similar, though the PC version forgoes multiplayer, the Wii is its own more stylized variation, and the DS version is said to be somewhat similar to the original Activision game. I'd love to get a version, but I'm already backlogged with games. I definitely will when they hit the budget aisle, though.

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The movie is excellent

You gotta see the review the Angry Video Game Nerd - actually as himself - made of the new Ghostbusters game. Fans seem to think it is very much like the non-existent ' THIRD MOVIE ' that never was.

ET, Ghostbusters, Back to the Future, Annie, Labyrinth, Beastmaster, Red Sonja, Rocky, 1st Blood, XTRO, Ben, Jaws, Rollerboogie, that horror movie with Linda Blair, Poltergeist are movies I remember as fondly and as well as Ghostbusters. I have this crazy brain that I often just know what year a movie came out in, same for quite a few music tracks. A slightly Idiot Savant-like trait no doubt. :-P

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Thanks, Rob. Bill -- I share

Thanks, Rob. Bill -- I share your sentiments. It's already cheap for a PC game, but I'm sure it will be on sale for $20 in a few months or possibly less as some kind of download deal. I've heard it's better to get a download anyway, since the copy protection is rumored to be some of the most invasive and destructive out there. I'd rather get the Wii version, but I doubt the price will fast nearly as quickly (it's still $40 last time I checked). This is one, though, that I'd really like to have brand new and in collectible shape.

I'm not really too enthused about Ghostbusters III. I didn't like II for the same reason. My thought is that Ghostbusters was great because it was new and really refreshing. Everything came together in a very nice package; greater than the sum of its parts. I just don't think you can do that movie again, or a sequel, or whatever, and capture the same magic. I'd much rather see that talent harnessed for a totally different kind of movie. Let's see Ramis, Murray, and Akroyd do something totally new. These guys are amazingly talented and must have thousands of great ideas. I'd be much more excited about that than revisiting Ghostbusters.

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The ORIGINAL Ghostbusters! (Not the movie!)
Matt Barton wrote:

I'm not really too enthused about Ghostbusters III. I didn't like II for the same reason. My thought is that Ghostbusters was great because it was new and really refreshing. Everything came together in a very nice package; greater than the sum of its parts. I just don't think you can do that movie again, or a sequel, or whatever, and capture the same magic. I'd much rather see that talent harnessed for a totally different kind of movie. Let's see Ramis, Murray, and Akroyd do something totally new. These guys are amazingly talented and must have thousands of great ideas. I'd be much more excited about that than revisiting Ghostbusters.

I agree with you on Ghostbusters II. It struck me as a lazy, going-through-the-motions cash-in on the first movie, and had little of the charm of the first one. But I think this is one franchise that might actually benefit from a third one, seeing as they've had 20 years to come up with fresh ideas, and I'm sure the actors can still conjure up that old charm. There's plenty of room left in the Ghostbusters universe for more stories, and with today's special FX technology, it won't break the bank like the FX of Ghostbusters II nearly did.

By the way, you may not know this (not many people do), but there was a Saturday morning live-action TV series aimed at kids called "The Ghostbusters" that was on in the 1970's, long before the movie came out. I used to watch it as a kid. The characters were different (one of them was a gorilla!), but it was basically the same idea. Apparently, the movie production company outright ripped off the idea, right down to the title! Here's a YouTube link for a more in-depth story about it:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xUKx1ymgIMk

I remember next to nothing about the show, but I remembered the gorilla.

Anyhow, I'm glad you're considering doing an "Autoduel" episode in the future. Like The Loguidice, I played this one like mad back in the day, both on the Apple II and Atari 800. It's one of those games that I think could really be a good candidate for a modern update! It was an RPG, but you drove a car and blew things up. How can you go wrong with that!

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Rowdy Rob wrote:

By the way, you may not know this (not many people do), but there was a Saturday morning live-action TV series aimed at kids called "The Ghostbusters" that was on in the 1970's, long before the movie came out. I used to watch it as a kid. The characters were different (one of them was a gorilla!), but it was basically the same idea. Apparently, the movie production company outright ripped off the idea, right down to the title! Here's a YouTube link for a more in-depth story about it:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xUKx1ymgIMk

I remember next to nothing about the show, but I remembered the gorilla.

I don't remember ever seeing that, but I did see the cartoon based off of it, which was on at roughly the same time as "The Real Ghostbusters" cartoon. Inspired by or not, it was naturally a pretty rough concept that was executed to Hollywood perfection in the movie.

Did you see this, by the way?:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kAboGO9MDsQ
Ghostbusters inspires nothing if not lots of love. I too agree that a third film is a good idea, if for nothing else but try to recapture the magic of the first film.

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A pirated copy?

For shame! : )

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I played this on the Amstrad

I played this on the Amstrad CPC 464. I have to say I wasn't impressed with it - the game was pretty repetitive. Other versions seemed to have a bit more to the gameplay though...

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