Fun Gaming: Who Ya Gonna Call???

While you’re probably busy being buried by this year’s holiday releases, we’re busy bringing you the biggest world exclusives in Game Informer Magazine. Today, we’re dropping the bomb on our December world-exclusive cover story – Ghostbusters!
Harold Ramis, Bill Murray and Dan Aykroyd are getting back together and revisiting their roles to make a sequel to Ghostbusters 1 and 2 – in video-game form, and we’ve got the first details. Both Aykroyd and Ramis are teaming up for scriptwriting duties and are going far beyond just the typical licensed add-your-voice-to-the-game-you-had-nothing-to-do-with formula. And no, this has nothing to do with the Ghostbusters Zootfly video demonstration that floated around the internet in January.

Game Informer’s December Cover Revealed!

This is AWESOME!!! I heard faint rumors about a third installment (movie) being created… and I was soooooooooo worried it would turn out like Blues Brothers 2000 (or whatever that wreck was called).  I loved Ghostbusters the movie, the cartoons, etc (I even forgave the cartoon when they switched Peter Venkman’s voice artist 1/2 through the original cartoon… and even more forgave them when they created the future-version of the cartoon with youngsters and an old Egon).

I hope they’re taking the uber-game-video-experience to the ultimate level in lieu of movie-making. 

I once asked who your TV family was (mine = Huxtables) and it helped remind people the level of connection there is between audience & media…

Here’s my new (albeit uber-weird) question of the day– when you were young, did you have a TV (or cartoon) crush?  EVERYONE did.  You can hide and say you didn’t, but we all know that’s not true.

Mine were as follows:  Peter Venkman (of the Real Ghostbusters, the cartoon, and naturally Bill Murray’s version, but the cartoon spoke to me in a younger way, lol), Liono (Thundercats, don’t ask… I was a weird child), and (naturally) Mike Seaver… aka Kirk Cameron.  There was a period of time where I was head over heals for Fred Savage as well.  Naturally, teen years brought on the Jared Leto (My So-Called Life; but who DIDN’T love that guy?) and Chris O’Donnell… and with those two, I’ll stop the media-crush madness.

The point is, to this day I’ll be supporters of Thundercats, The Real Ghostbusters, etc.  I watch these shows now and it’s not the same, just a sentimental fondness.  But back then?  I wouldn’t, couldn’t miss an episode.  I had the toys to marry off to my favorite Barbie(s) (who’s name’s never seemed to be ‘Barbie’ …ever).

Kids make connections with entertainment that reaches out to them.  It adds little high lights to their existence and stretches their imagination.  Cartoons aren’t just animated images to kids.  They’re just as real as any live-action actors– at least when their episode is streaming.  And you know what?  There’s nothing wrong with that.  Escapism can be healing, if not empowering. 

So, good on ya, Ghostbusters!!  I wait eagerly to revisit one of the best fantasy properties from the 80’s!!  The 80’s really were an amazing time for awesome fantasies, weren’t they?  Goonies, Ghostbusters, Labyrinth, Dark Crystal, Little Monsters, The Explorers, etc… the list is endless! 😀

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