Ivan Reitman, is a Slovak-Canadian film producer and director, best known for his comedy work in the 1980s and 1990s. He is the owner of The Montecito Picture Company, founded in 1998. Notable films he has directed include Meatballs, Ghostbusters, Kindergarten Cop and Junior. Reitman has served as producer for such films as Beethoven and Up in the Air, the latter of, nominated for the Academy Award for Best Picture. Reitman was born in Komárno, the son of Klara and Ladislav "Leslie" Reitman. Reitman's parents were Jewish, his family came to Canada as refugees in 1950. Reitman was a member of the Twintone Four singing group. Reitman attended McMaster University, receiving a Bachelor of Music in 1969. At McMaster he directed many short films. Reitman's first producing job was with the then-new station CITY-TV in Toronto. CITY was the home of the first announcing job of his friend and collaborator Dan Aykroyd. However, Reitman's tenure at CITY was short and he was fired during his first year by station owner Moses Znaimer.
In Toronto, he produced the stage production Spellbound which evolved into Broadway production The Magic Show. Reitman's first commercial film ventures were as producer of two films for director David Cronenberg and Rabid, his big break came when he produced National Lampoon's Animal House in 1978 and directed Meatballs in 1979. From there, he directed and produced a number of comedies including Stripes, Legal Eagles, Ghostbusters II, Kindergarten Cop, Junior, Six Days, Seven Nights, Evolution, My Super Ex-Girlfriend, No Strings Attached. In the early 1990s, Reitman began to direct fewer films, but increased his role as a producer and executive producer through his company, Northern Lights Entertainment, he helped to produce the animated film Heavy Metal, as well as the live-action films Spacehunter: Adventures in the Forbidden Zone, Beethoven's 2nd, Space Jam, Howard Stern's film Private Parts, Road Trip, Old School, EuroTrip and Trailer Park Boys: The Movie. In 2007, Reitman was inducted into Canada's Walk of Fame.
Reitman founded The Montecito Picture Company, a film production company located just south of Santa Barbara, founded in 2000. He next produced the comedy I Love You, starring Paul Rudd and Jason Segel. In 2009, he produced the Academy Award-nominated film, Up in the Air, directed by his son Jason Reitman. Reitman had planned to direct the erotic thriller Chloe, but he couldn't attract the cast he wanted. Chloe became Egoyan's biggest moneymaker ever. Reitman co-produced the biographical film Hitchcock, released on November 23, 2012. Reitman directed the 2014 sports drama Draft Day, starring Kevin Costner. In the early 1980s, Tom Mankiewicz wrote a script for a film entitled The Batman, with Reitman attached to direct, he planned to cast Meatballs star Bill Murray as Batman, David Niven as Alfred Pennyworth, William Holden as Commissioner James Gordon, singer David Bowie as The Joker. However, due to Holden's and Niven's death and the rewrites of the script, Reitman left the project and Gremlins director Joe Dante entered in the project, but the film never materialized.
In April 1996, it was reported that Reitman was attached to produce, direct, a Wonder Woman film. However, three years he passed the project on to writer Jon Cohen and left for unknown reasons. In March 2007, New York magazine, citing no sources, stated that Sony Pictures Entertainment wanted to replace Reitman on Ghostbusters III with a younger director, but that Reitman's original contract precluded this. In early 2010, it appeared as if Reitman would direct the film, but in September 2014, after Harold Ramis' death, Paul Feig was set to direct a new film, released in 2016 as a reboot of the franchise. In mid-January 2019, news of Ghostbusters 3 came through with Ivan's son Jason taking over as co-writer and director. A few days a teaser trailer was released showing a general Summer 2020 release date. Ernie Hudson during the 2019 NAACP awards was quoted as saying "Ivan Reitman is there and everybody is in" and that Dan Aykroyd was the one who helped do story treatment with Sony. In March 2012, it was reported that a sequel of Twins, entitled Triplets, was in the works, that Reitman will co-produce the film.
A release date wasn't given since the announcement. In 2013, it was revealed that Reitman had plans to make a sequel to Evolution, but plans for a sequel never materialized. In May 2016, Reitman revealed that he was in talks with Warner Bros. chairman Bob Daly about his possible involvement in Space Jam 2, the sequel of Space Jam. A month it was reported that Reitman will produce the upcoming animated series Ghostbusters: Ecto Force. Reitman has been married to Geneviève Robert since 1976. Reitman has two daughters, his son, Jason Reitman, is a film director best known for his films Juno, Thank You for Smoking, Up in the Air, for which he won a Golden Globe for his screenplay. His daughter Catherine Reitman is a member of The Groundlings comedy troupe in Los Angeles, his other daughter, Caroline Reitman, is a sophomore at Santa Barbara City College. Reitman's wife is a convert to Judaism. In 2009, he was made an Offic
"Ghostbusters" is a song written by Ray Parker Jr. as the theme to the film of the same name starring Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd, Harold Ramis, Ernie Hudson. Debuting at #68 on June 16, 1984, the song reached number one on the Billboard Hot 100 on August 11, 1984, staying there for three weeks, at number two on the UK Singles Chart on September 16, 1984, staying there for three weeks; the song re-entered the UK Top 75 on November 2, 2008, at No. 49. It was nominated at the 57th Academy Awards for Best Original Song, but lost to Stevie Wonder's "I Just Called to Say I Love You". A lawsuit, regarding Parker's plagiarism of Huey Lewis and the News's song "I Want a New Drug", resulted in Lewis receiving a settlement; the drums used in this song are the famous Linn Drums, which had its samples edited to give the song both a serious and eerie feeling at the same time. According to Parker, he was approached by the film's producers to create a theme song for the film, though he only had a few days to do so and the film's title seemed impossible to include in any lyrics.
However, when watching television late at night, Parker saw a cheap commercial for a local service that reminded him that the film had a similar commercial featured for the fictional business. This inspired him to write the song as a pseudo-advertising jingle that the business could have commissioned as a promotion. Lindsey Buckingham claims to have been approached to write the Ghostbusters theme based on his successful contribution to Harold Ramis's National Lampoon's Vacation, he turned down the opportunity. He mentions this on the "Music" interview disc; the music video for the song was directed by the same director as the Ghostbusters film, Ivan Reitman, produced by Jeffrey Abelson. It features a young woman, played by actress Cindy Harrell, haunted by a ghost portrayed by Parker, roaming a nearly all-black house interior with vibrant neon designs outlining the sparse architectural and industrial features until the woman calls the service, it contains footage from the film and features cameos from many celebrities of the day, including Chevy Chase, Irene Cara, John Candy, Melissa Gilbert, Ollie E. Brown, Jeffrey Tambor, George Wendt, Al Franken, Danny DeVito, Carly Simon, Peter Falk, Teri Garr.
Refrain when shown. Chase appears again after Garr, but chokes on his cigarette when he tries to exclaim "Ghostbusters!". The video concludes with Parker and the stars of the film, in full Ghostbuster costume, dancing down the streets of New York City; the crew closed down Times Square to film the scene. The Ghostbusters perform the same dance in the closing credits to the Real Ghostbusters cartoon series as well as in a trailer for the 2009 Ghostbusters video game; when the theme song of Ghostbusters was released, Huey Lewis sued Columbia Pictures and Ray Parker Jr. for copyright infringement, stating that Parker's song was too similar to Lewis's "I Want a New Drug." Lewis had been approached to compose the main theme song for the film. The three parties settled out of court. Details of the settlement remained confidential until 2001, when Lewis commented on the payment in an episode of VH1's Behind the Music. Parker subsequently sued Lewis for breaching confidentiality. Ray Parker, Jr. – vocals, bass, drums Ollie E. Brown – percussion Charles Green – saxophone Brian Fairweather – guitar Martin Page – synth Dorothy Ashby – harp Don Peake – music editor for film Steve Hallquist/Ray Parker Jr. – engineering and mixing The song is referenced in both the films and the cartoon series.
The song appears in Ghostbusters: The Video Game. It is played in the end credits of the game, on the PS3 Cross Menu Bar screen when a user is on the disc icon for more than 3 seconds; the sketch comedy series Key & Peele parodied the song in a 2015 sketch in which Ray Parker Jr. advertises a CD box set, Ray Parker Jr.'s Greatest Hits, consisting of theme songs he wrote and unsuccessfully submitted for other movies, all done with the combination of literal lyrics and uptempo music of "Ghostbusters". In 2014, Nickelodeon parodied the song to promote the premiere of the Bubble Guppies episodes "Bubble Scrubbies" and "Swimtastic Check Up". In 2016, Neil Cicierega released a remix of the song, called "Bustin'", which featured on his album Mouth Moods; the song was featured in the second episode of the second season of the Netflix series Stranger Things when the main characters dress as the Ghostbusters for Halloween. Side one"Ghostbusters" – 3:46Side two"Ghostbusters" – 4:07The longer instrumental version contains two extra sections with additional instrumentation, which aren't present in the vocal version.
One of these sections gives the song a proper ending, unlike the vocal version. Side one"Ghostbusters" – 5:27Side two"Ghostbusters" – 5:33 Side one"Ghostbusters" – 6:08Side two"Ghostbusters" – 5:35 "Ghostbusters" – 4:03 "Ghosbusters" – 4:09 "Ghostbusters" – 4:12 For the film's 1989 sequel, Ghostbusters II, a remixed version of the "Ghostbusters" song was recorded featuring a rap by Run–D. M. C.. It was released on 7" vinyl and cassette as a standard single, as well as on 12" vinyl and CD as a double A-side maxi single with the track "Pause" from Run-D. M. C.'s fifth studio album, Back from Hell. The song's music video begins with Sigourney Weaver and Annie Potts climbing out of a limousine in front of a large crowd, they ar
Columbia Pictures Industries, Inc. is an American film studio, production company and film distributor, a member of the Sony Pictures Motion Picture Group, a division of Sony Entertainment's Sony Pictures subsidiary of the Japanese multinational conglomerate Sony Corporation. What would become Columbia Pictures, CBC Film Sales Corporation, was founded on June 19, 1918 by Harry Cohn, his brother Jack Cohn, Joe Brandt, it went public two years later. In its early years, it was a minor player in Hollywood, but began to grow in the late 1920s, spurred by a successful association with director Frank Capra. With Capra and others, Columbia became one of the primary homes of the screwball comedy. In the 1930s, Columbia's major contract stars were Cary Grant. In the 1940s, Rita Hayworth became the studio's premier star and propelled their fortunes into the late 1950s. Rosalind Russell, Glenn Ford, William Holden became major stars at the studio, it is one of the leading film studios in the world and is a member of the "Big Five" major American film studios.
It was one of the so-called "Little Three" among the eight major film studios of Hollywood's Golden Age. Today, it has become the world's fifth largest major film studio; the studio was founded on June 19, 1918 as Cohn-Brandt-Cohn Film Sales by brothers Jack and Harry Cohn and Jack's best friend Joe Brandt, released its first feature film in August 1922. Brandt was president of CBC Film Sales, handling sales and distribution from New York along with Jack Cohn, while Harry Cohn ran production in Hollywood; the studio's early productions were low-budget short subjects: "Screen Snapshots", the "Hall Room Boys", the Chaplin imitator Billy West. The start-up CBC leased space in a Poverty Row studio on Hollywood's famously low-rent Gower Street. Among Hollywood's elite, the studio's small-time reputation led some to joke that "CBC" stood for "Corned Beef and Cabbage". Brandt tired of dealing with the Cohn brothers, in 1932 sold his one-third stake to Harry Cohn, who took over as president. In an effort to improve its image, the Cohn brothers renamed the company Columbia Pictures Corporation on January 10, 1924.
Cohn remained head of production as well. He would run one of the longest tenures of any studio chief. In an industry rife with nepotism, Columbia was notorious for having a number of Harry and Jack's relatives in high positions. Humorist Robert Benchley called it the Pine Tree Studio, "because it has so many Cohns". Columbia's product line consisted of moderately budgeted features and short subjects including comedies, sports films, various serials, cartoons. Columbia moved into the production of higher-budget fare joining the second tier of Hollywood studios along with United Artists and Universal. Like United Artists and Universal, Columbia was a horizontally integrated company, it controlled distribution. Helping Columbia's climb was the arrival of Frank Capra. Between 1927 and 1939, Capra pushed Cohn for better material and bigger budgets. A string of hits he directed in the early and mid 1930s solidified Columbia's status as a major studio. In particular, It Happened; until Columbia's existence had depended on theater owners willing to take its films, since as mentioned above it didn't have a theater network of its own.
Other Capra-directed hits followed, including the original version of Lost Horizon, with Ronald Colman, Mr. Smith Goes to Washington, which made James Stewart a major star. In 1933, Columbia hired Robert Kalloch to be women's costume designer, he was the first contract costume designer hired by the studio, he established the studio's wardrobe department. Kalloch's employment, in turn, convinced leading actresses that Columbia Pictures intended to invest in their careers. In 1938, the addition of B. B. Kahane as Vice President would produce Charles Vidor's Those High Gray Walls, The Lady in Question, the first joint film of Rita Hayworth and Glenn Ford. Kahane would become the President of Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences in 1959, until his death a year later. Columbia could not afford to keep a huge roster of contract stars, so Cohn borrowed them from other studios. At Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, the industry's most prestigious studio, Columbia was nicknamed "Siberia", as Louis B. Mayer would use the loan out to Columbia as a way to punish his less-obedient signings.
In the 1930s, Columbia signed Jean Arthur to a long-term contract, after The Whole Town's Talking, Arthur became a major comedy star. Ann Sothern's career was launched when Columbia signed her to a contract in 1936. Cary Grant signed a contract in 1937 and soon after it was altered to a non-exclusive contract shared with RKO. Many theaters relied on westerns to attract big weekend audiences, Columbia always recognized this market, its first cowboy star was Buck Jones, who signed with Columbia in 1930 for a fraction of his former big-studio salary. Over the next two decades Columbia released scores of outdoor adventures with Jones, Tim McCoy, Ken Maynard, Jack Luden, Bob Allen, Russell Hayden, Tex Ritter, Ken Curtis, Gene Autry. Columbia's most popular cowboy was Charles Starrett, who signed with Columbia in 193
The Real Ghostbusters (comics)
The Real Ghostbusters is a comic series spun off from The Real Ghostbusters animated series. Versions were published by Marvel NOW Comics. Publication of the series began on March 28, 1988. NOW Comics began publishing the series in August 1988; the series ran for two annuals and one special. The first volume ran for twenty-eight issues; the series was written by James Van Hise, with the exceptions being issue 4 by [La Morris Richmond and issue 21 which featured Marvel UK reprints due to production delays. John Tobias, Phillip Hester, Evan Dorkin and Howard Bender were among the pencilers for the series; the series went on hiatus for a time due to the publisher's financial difficulties, but was subsequently re-launched. The second volume ran for one special and two annuals; the series had a main story that ran from the 3-D Special through issue 4, followed by back-up stories reprinted from the Marvel UK run. They contained game pages and health tips for kids and parents. Several issues of volume 1 and the main issues of volume 2 used covers taken from the Marvel UK run.
NOW Comics published a three issue miniseries in 1989 called Real Ghostbusters Starring in Ghostbusters II, collected as a trade paperback. Marvel UK published a magazine-sized comic for 193 issues that spawned 4 annuals and 10 specials; the series started its run on March 28, 1988. Each issue contained three to four comic stories, a prose story alternating from a regular tale to one narrated by Winston Zeddemore, a prose entry of Egon Spengler’s Spirit Guide discussing the entities in the comic, a bio of a character or ghost that appeared in the series, a short Slimer strip; the comics featured a rotating line-up of creators, including John Carnell, Dan Abnett, Andy Lanning, Brian Williamson, Anthony Williams, Stuart Place, Richard Starkings, Helen Stone. The series ran weekly and began to feature reprints from the American comics as well as stories that appeared in the series; the American comics were broken up into four to five parts, incorporated the failed Slimer! Series beginning with issue 121.
The last original story ran in issue 171 with the remaining issues being reprints from the earlier comics and the American books. Four annual comics were produced in a hardcover format; each book contained several comic strips, full-page Slimer strips, prose stories. The books included game and activity pages, reprints of bios found in the regular books; some of these issues were collected by Titan Books into trade paperbacks. These include: A Hard Day's Fright Who You Gonna Call? Which Witch Is Which? This Ghost Is Toast! Marvel UK reprinted NOW Comics' tradepaperback Real Ghostbusters Starring in Ghostbusters II in 1989 as well as reprinting various issues as a compendium called The Real Ghostbusters: The Giggling Ghoul and Other Stories in 1989. Outside of the ongoing title, the Ghostbusters were featured in the 30 issue run of The Marvel Bumper Comic. An anthology style comic, published by Marvel UK from 1988–1989, that featured strips based on different characters and properties. A spinoff series that spotlighted the popular Ghostbusters character Slimer was published.
NOW Comics published a series that ran nineteen issues from 1989 through 1990, as well as spawning a one shot special called The Real Ghostbusters 3-D Slimer Special. Some of these issues were reprinted as a tradepaperback in 1991. Marvel UK published a 19 issue series; the Real Ghostbusters Volume 1 #1-28 The Real Ghostbusters Volume 2 #1-4 The Real Ghostbusters 1992 Annual The Real Ghostbusters 1993 Annual The Real Ghostbusters starring in Ghostbusters II #1-3 The Real Ghostbusters Spectacular 3-D Special The Real Ghostbusters 3-D Slimer Special Slimer #1-19 The Real Ghostbusters #1-193, 1989-92 Annual List of comics based on television programs
Jason Reitman is an American film director and producer, best known for directing the films Thank You for Smoking, Juno, Up in the Air, Young Adult. As of February 2, 2010, he has received one Grammy Award, one Golden Globe, four Academy Award nominations, two of which are for Best Director. Reitman is a dual citizen of the United States, he is the son of director Ivan Reitman. Reitman was born in Montreal, Canada, the son of Geneviève Robert, an actress sometimes billed as Geneviève Deloir, comedy director Ivan Reitman. Reitman has two younger sisters: Catherine, an actress and writer, three years younger, Caroline, a nurse, 12 years younger. Reitman's father was born to Jewish parents who were Holocaust survivors. Reitman's paternal grandfather ran a dry cleaner and a car wash, his mother is from a Christian background, of French-Canadian descent. When he was still a child, his family moved to Los Angeles, his father, directed the films Ghostbusters, Ghostbusters II, Kindergarten Cop. Reitman grew up on set, has photos of himself as a baby on the set of Animal House in 1978.
This showed him that making movies is "a job that people do, that it's not just this piece of magic that happens."Jason described his childhood self as "a loser... a movie geek... shy." In the late 1980s, Reitman began appearing in small acting parts and serving as a production assistant on his father's films. He spent time in the editing rooms of his father's movies. Reitman graduated from Harvard-Westlake School in 1995. Reitman attended Skidmore College and was going to major in pre-med studies before transferring to the University of Southern California to major in English/Creative Writing. At USC he performed with improv group Commedus Interruptus. Reitman started out making short films during his time at USC. Throughout his 20s, instead of accepting offers to make commercial feature films, Reitman began making his own short films and directing commercials. Although he was offered the opportunity to direct Dude, Where's My Car? on two separate occasions, he declined. Reitman's first feature film, Thank You for Smoking, opened in 2005.
Reitman developed the Christopher Buckley novel into a screenplay and a film. The film was a critical success, it grossed over $39 million worldwide by the end of its run, was nominated for two Golden Globes. After the success of Thank You for Smoking, Reitman mentioned in an interview that his next film would be adapting another book into a film, he mentioned that he had plans to work with Buckley again on an original project. Although the first of these projects would become Up in the Air, this second project has not come to fruition, his second film, generated great buzz after it premiered at the 2007 Toronto International Film Festival and was released in December 2007. It was Roger Ebert's favorite film of 2007 and received Oscar nominations for Best Picture, Ellen Page's performance as the title character, Diablo Cody's original screenplay, Reitman himself for Best Director. Reitman did win other awards for his work on Juno, including Best Director at the 2008 Canadian Comedy Awards; the film grossed over $140 million at the U.
S. box office, making it the largest success of Reitman's career and more successful than any of his father's films since Kindergarten Cop. Brad Silberling was attached to direct the film, but he dropped out over casting differences. Reitman was in the middle of writing a screenplay when he came on board to direct Juno and, at one point, he expressed intent to finish writing and to direct this screenplay. In March 2006, Reitman formed the production company "Hard C Productions" with producing partner Daniel Dubiecki; the company had an overall deal with Fox Searchlight Pictures, the company that distributed Reitman's first two films. Reitman described his production company's goal as being to produce "small subversive comedy, independent but accessible". Reitman states that he and Dubiecki "want to make unusual films, anything that turns a genre on its ear". Through Hard C Productions, Reitman is set to produce and direct Banzai Shadowhands, a comedy about "a once-great ninja, now living a life of mediocrity".
Shadowhands will be written by The Office's Rainn Wilson. Reitman met Wilson on the set of his father's film My Super Ex-Girlfriend, in which Wilson had a supporting role. No start date for filming has been set, it is unclear as to whether or not Wilson is finished with the script. Hard C Productions produced films The Ornate Anatomy of Jennifer's Body. Anatomy has been written by Matthew Spicer and Max Winkler, will revolve around "a Gotham bookstore clerk who discovers a museum devoted to his life". Jennifer's Body is a horror comedy written by Diablo Cody and starring Megan Fox, about a cheerleader, possessed by a demon and starts feeding off the boys in a Minnesota farming town. In 2009, Reitman left Hard C to form Right of Way Films. In 2001, the year the novel Up in the Air was published, Sheldon Turner discovered the book and wrote a screenplay adaptation, which he sold to DreamWorks in 2003. Jason Reitman came upon the novel while browsing in the Los Angeles bookstore Book Soup. Reitman persuaded his father Ivan Reitman to purchase the book's film rights, the elder Reitman
Ghostbusters: The Video Game
Ghostbusters: The Video Game is a 2009 action-adventure game based on the Ghostbusters media franchise. Terminal Reality developed the Windows, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 versions, while Red Fly Studio developed the PlayStation 2, PlayStation Portable, Wii versions, Zen Studios developed the Nintendo DS version; the game was released after several delays in development and multiple publisher changes. In North America, all versions of the game were published by Atari, while publishing in Europe for the PlayStation 2, PlayStation Portable and PlayStation 3 versions was handled by Sony Computer Entertainment; the game follows the player's character as a new recruit in the Ghostbusters, a team of parapsychologists who pursue and capture ghosts. The game features elements of typical third-person shooters, but instead of using a traditional gun, players are equipped with a "Proton Pack", a laser beam-like weapon, a ghost trap to fight and capture ghosts; the game's plot is set two years after Ghostbusters II, around Thanksgiving in 1991, with the Ghostbusters team training the player's character while investigating paranormal activities in New York City.
Many of the principal cast members from the films were involved in the game's production. Each of the actors who portrayed the Ghostbusters in the films lent their voices and likenesses to the in-game characters. Aykroyd and Ramis, who wrote the films aided in script doctoring for the game. Other film cast members such as William Atherton, Brian Doyle-Murray, Annie Potts lent their voices and likenesses to the game's characters as well. Max von Sydow reprised the voice of Vigo the Carpathian. Ghostbusters: The Video Game contains the soundtrack from the original Ghostbusters film along with various characters and props featured in the films; the game received favorable reviews from critics and more than one million copies have been sold. The game is a third-person shooter, placing players in the role of an original character known as "the Rookie", a new recruit to the Ghostbusters team. Players control Rookie's movements as he explores the environments of each level, seeking out paranormal activities and ghosts, either alone or with up to all four of the other Ghostbusters.
Players can switch to a first-person perspective by equipping the Rookie with the PKE Meter and goggles. In this mode, paranormal items are highlighted and the PKE Meter will help direct players to ghosts or haunted artifacts. Players can scan these elements to receive a monetary reward. Weapons cannot be used in this mode. Outside of the first-person view, players can aim and fire the Proton Stream to weaken ghosts so they can be captured in a ghost trap. However, continuous use of the pack will cause it to overheat; the pack can be manually vented to keep it from shorting out and resetting. While the pack is overheated or being vented, players will momentarily be unable to use the pack's weapons. Once a ghost is weak enough, players can switch to the Capture Stream to maneuver the ghost into a ghost trap. With a ghost in the Capture Stream, players can execute a "slam" attack to force it against a hard surface, weakening it further and making it easier to trap the ghost; the Capture stream can be used to move objects in the environment.
The single player campaign for the Xbox 360, Windows and PlayStation 3 versions are the same. The Wii/PS2 version has a different campaign although the stories are the same. Over the course of the game, the Proton Pack is upgraded to include an additional firing mode other than the Proton Stream, such as the Shock Blast, Slime Blower and a Meson Collider, each with an alternate firing mode. By capturing ghosts, as well as identifying cursed artifacts and new species of ghosts using the PKE Meter, players earn in-game money to spend on upgrades to proton pack modes and ghost traps; the game tallies monetary destruction caused by the player, with Xbox 360 Achievements and PlayStation 3 Trophies awarded for either minimizing damage done, or for causing a high amount of damage. Many achievements' names come from quotes in the films, for example, the "You Gotta Try This Pole" achievement. Other quote achievements are "I Looked Into the Trap, Ray", "I Feel So Funky", "You Never Studied" and others.
In place of a traditional heads-up display, the player's health and weapon status are represented as meters on the rear of the Proton Pack. Health regenerates over time. However, by taking more damage, they can be knocked down; the player can help revive fallen team members. However, should all the active Ghostbusters fall, including the player, play will end and the player will have to restart at the last checkpoint; the Wii, PlayStation 2, PSP versions differ from the Xbox 360, PlayStation 3 and Windows versions in some aspects. In addition to the cartoon-like graphics and the E10+ rating, the Wii version uses the Wii Remote for gameplay. Visual aspects of the interface are relocated, such as placing the Proton Pack's temperature meter as a HUD element instead of on the backpack. In the Stylized Version, the player "slams" a ghost by initiating a Simon Says-type game with the ghost, is given the option to play as a man or woman; the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 versions feature online multiplayer.
Players can play online in a cooperative mode with u
Ghostbusters (1984 video game)
Ghostbusters is a licensed game by Activision based on the movie of the same name. It was designed by David Crane, produced by Brad Fregger, released for several home computer platforms in 1984, for video game console systems, including the Atari 2600, Master System and NES; the primary target platform was the Commodore 64 and the programmer for the initial version of the game was Adam Bellin. In early 1984, while the Ghostbusters movie was nearing completion, Tom Lopez, vice president of Activision's Product Development, contacted Columbia Pictures to obtain a license for a Ghostbusters video game. Columbia gave Activision no specific rules or requests for the design or content of the game, only stipulating that it was to be finished as as possible in order to be released while the movie was at peak popularity. Activision were forced to complete the programming work in only six weeks in contrast to their usual several months of development time for a game. Activision had at the time a rough concept for a driving/maze game to be called "Car Wars", it was decided to build the Ghostbusters game from it.
The effort paid off as both the game proved to be huge successes. The player sets up a ghost busting franchise in a city with a rising Psychokinetic Energy level and has the ability to purchase equipment such as traps, or to upgrade their vehicle; the player negotiates a grid representing the city. They need to stop the "roamers" from reaching the temple of Zuul; when the player moves to a city block, flashing red, the game mode switches to an overhead view of the player's vehicle driving to the location. The player must move right to vacuum up the stray ghosts and avoid cars; the player moves to a screen in which a Slimer ghost must be guided with two proton streams over a ghost trap. If the ghost is captured, the player's income increases; the aim is to have $10,000 by the time the city's PK level reaches 9999, where in the Stay-Puff Marshmallow Man will appear and wreak havoc on the city, thereby ending the game. In some versions, after the first successful game, the player is given an account number, which stores the amount of money the player had at the end of the game.
This allowed for purchasing more expensive items for use. In order to win at these games the player was required to have earned more money than their initial account balance; this is one of the earliest uses of passwords being used as a'save game' feature on home computers. Most versions of the game feature a sampled rendition of the "Ghostbusters!" Cry at the start of the movie's theme song. The PCjr/Tandy port does not have this feature. Antic in May 1985 called Ghostbusters "the first adaptation to capture both the feel and the theme of the movie on which it is based... most enjoyable to play". Edge in 2007 called Ghostbusters "dauntingly good", noting that despite the action sequences expected of a licensed title, the game was a "polished, intelligently-paced", strategic business simulation. Ernie Hudson said, "My kids hated, they thought it sucked." In 1985 it and The Print Shop were the two most pirated Commodore 64 programs. II Computing listed Ghostbusters eighth on the magazine's list of top Apple II games as of late 1985, based on sales and market-share data, it was Activision's best-selling Commodore game as of late 1987.
The Amstrad CPC and ZX Spectrum versions of the game was included on the 1986 compilation They Sold a Million 3, along with Fighter Pilot and Kung-Fu Master. The game was released on The Story So Far Volume IV in December 1989, Hollywood Collection in December 1990, it knocked Daley Thompson's Decathlon from the top of the UK Spectrum sales chart. Ghostbusters was ported to the IBM PCjr and Tandy 1000 in 1985. Due to timing-sensitive raster effects the game uses, it is incompatible with Tandy machines other than the 1000/1000A, 1000HX, 1000EX, all of which use a 4.77Mhz 8088 CPU. The NES version was created in association with Works; this version was panned by critics and fans alike for its monotonous gameplay, sloppy controls, lack of connection to the original film. The game was released on the Nintendo Entertainment System in 1988, the Master System in 1987; these versions featured. It played more like a conventional vertical scrolling platform game, where they were to climb the stairs to get to the roof.
However, in the NES version, the Ghostbusters could not fire their weapons nor trap any of the ghosts and had to instead sneak by all the floors. In contrast, in the Master System version, the Ghostbusters are able to shoot the ghosts with their proton streams to temporarily make them go away; the NES version is considered more difficult for this reason. At the end of the NES version, the final screen states: "Conglaturation!!! You have completed a great game, and prooved the justice of our culture. Now go and rest our heroes!". This version has been negatively received by critics for monotonous gameplay, poor graphics and sound, as well as unfair difficulty. Ghostbusters at MobyGames Legends of the C64 article on David Crane Speech Box - dedicated area to Commodore 64 speech All versions of the Ghostbusters games from The Movie Game Database Ghostbusters at SpectrumComputing.co.uk