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Go back to Back to the Future... but only in a videogame

09.01.2010

Unless there's some chronal chicanery involved, we're never going to see more BACK TO THE FUTURE movies. But that doesn't mean we've seen the last of Doc Brown and Marty McFly.

Telltale Games (known for their "Sam & Max" games) is bringing the beloved characters and their decade-jumping exploits to your local console, and USA Today premiered some artwork showing how the game's exaggerated versions of Doc and Marty might look.

The games will unfold in five "episodes", and the original trilogy's screenwriter Bob Gale is working on the story with the game developers. Steven Spielberg is among the producers, and Christopher Lloyd is back to provide Doc's voice as only he (well, and Dan Castellaneta) can.

The episodes will feature the familiar DeLorean, Hill Valley circa 1985, and additional characters from the movie series. Versions of the games are expected on all major game platforms.

Extra Tidbit: I love that Marty basically travels through time to change the stuff he hates about his family but stays exactly the same himself.
Source: USA Today

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11:03AM on 09/04/2010

GREAT SCOTT !

I am really excited that they are making a video game for Back to the Future! I only ask that the characters look almost realistic (non of the cartoonish look), that the epsiodes are very close to the movie...this is cool!
I am really excited that they are making a video game for Back to the Future! I only ask that the characters look almost realistic (non of the cartoonish look), that the epsiodes are very close to the movie...this is cool!
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5:55PM on 09/02/2010

For Realzies

Google everything I just said! This just happened!
Google everything I just said! This just happened!
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5:53PM on 09/02/2010

Timeless

I literally just got home after seeing a screening of Back to the Future at the Empire Cinema as Leicester Square in London where it had its gala Royal premiere 25 years ago. The film is unbeatable!!!
I literally just got home after seeing a screening of Back to the Future at the Empire Cinema as Leicester Square in London where it had its gala Royal premiere 25 years ago. The film is unbeatable!!!
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5:29PM on 09/02/2010

Mikey doesn't like it?

Is Michael J. Fox going to reprise his role as well? Obviously it would be difficult for him to act again, but he's done voice-over work within the past few years, even for straight-to-video movies. Surely this isn't beneath him?
Is Michael J. Fox going to reprise his role as well? Obviously it would be difficult for him to act again, but he's done voice-over work within the past few years, even for straight-to-video movies. Surely this isn't beneath him?
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5:28PM on 09/02/2010
The only reason I'm giving this a red, is because of the episodic nature. Just take the extra time and release it all at once! Who wants to play 3 hours of a game, and then have to wait several months to a year to keep playing the rest of the game? It's so fucking stupid.
The only reason I'm giving this a red, is because of the episodic nature. Just take the extra time and release it all at once! Who wants to play 3 hours of a game, and then have to wait several months to a year to keep playing the rest of the game? It's so fucking stupid.
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3:59PM on 09/02/2010
The only reason I'm giving this a red, is because of the episodic nature. Just take the extra time and release it all at once! Who wants to play 3 hours of a game, and then have to wait several months to a year to keep playing the rest of the game? It's so fucking stupid.
The only reason I'm giving this a red, is because of the episodic nature. Just take the extra time and release it all at once! Who wants to play 3 hours of a game, and then have to wait several months to a year to keep playing the rest of the game? It's so fucking stupid.
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9:16AM on 09/02/2010
How much do they want and which orifice would they like me to place it in.
How much do they want and which orifice would they like me to place it in.
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9:12AM on 09/02/2010

We'll see it again

When Back to the Future gets a horrible remake...I'm pretty excited about the game though
When Back to the Future gets a horrible remake...I'm pretty excited about the game though
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7:58AM on 09/02/2010
it better have Biff.
it better have Biff.
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9:14AM on 09/02/2010
I'm guessing each episode will probably take place in a different time and will probably all feature one of Biff's ancestors or descendants as a villain.
I'm guessing each episode will probably take place in a different time and will probably all feature one of Biff's ancestors or descendants as a villain.
3:52AM on 09/02/2010
I hope this turns out great! The Ghostbusters game was pretty cool, and it's neat to see Chris Lloyd is doing the voice. What about Michael Fox though? I remember playing the old game on nintendo years ago.
I hope this turns out great! The Ghostbusters game was pretty cool, and it's neat to see Chris Lloyd is doing the voice. What about Michael Fox though? I remember playing the old game on nintendo years ago.
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3:49AM on 09/02/2010
I hope this turns out great! The Ghostbusters game was pretty cool, and it's neat to see Chris Lloyd is doing the voice. What about Michael Fox though? I remember playing the old game on nintendo years ago.
I hope this turns out great! The Ghostbusters game was pretty cool, and it's neat to see Chris Lloyd is doing the voice. What about Michael Fox though? I remember playing the old game on nintendo years ago.
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3:15AM on 09/02/2010
Just like everyone else, I love Telltale, and I can't think of a better game developer to tackle this project. I'm sure it's gonna be great and fun.
Just like everyone else, I love Telltale, and I can't think of a better game developer to tackle this project. I'm sure it's gonna be great and fun.
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3:01AM on 09/02/2010
I love Telltale and their hilarious games. This is gonna be awesome.
I love Telltale and their hilarious games. This is gonna be awesome.
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1:43AM on 09/02/2010
Awesome news. I was a fan of even the NES console version, which aside from being a B2TF game was something of a clunker. With a great storyline, and modern game play standards, this can't be anything short of fantastic!

***SPOILERS BELOW****

About the extra tidbit: I'm not sure how anyone can say Marty didn't change. His character development was pretty huge, going from irresponsible, short sighted and scared to follow his dreams to the flip. Even taking out the sequels, you still had
Awesome news. I was a fan of even the NES console version, which aside from being a B2TF game was something of a clunker. With a great storyline, and modern game play standards, this can't be anything short of fantastic!

***SPOILERS BELOW****

About the extra tidbit: I'm not sure how anyone can say Marty didn't change. His character development was pretty huge, going from irresponsible, short sighted and scared to follow his dreams to the flip. Even taking out the sequels, you still had Marty gaining new perspective and respect for his parents (leaning his mom wasn't a nun her whole life, his dad was creative...) That McFly kid learned a lot throughout the series.
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9:37AM on 09/02/2010
I don't interpret it that way. Marty starts off as kind of a selfish and materialistic slacker who is disappointed or ashamed of his family, and by poking around in their past he (inadvertently or otherwise) makes them successful so that when he wakes up back in 1985, he gets what he wanted. But while he might have discovered things about his parents, he didn't actually evolve or progress -- everything else around him did. He changed things to get what he wanted before he left.

Here's a better
I don't interpret it that way. Marty starts off as kind of a selfish and materialistic slacker who is disappointed or ashamed of his family, and by poking around in their past he (inadvertently or otherwise) makes them successful so that when he wakes up back in 1985, he gets what he wanted. But while he might have discovered things about his parents, he didn't actually evolve or progress -- everything else around him did. He changed things to get what he wanted before he left.

Here's a better mind-crunching question (referencing the first movie on its own): was the time-loop predetermined? Was Marty's 1985 personality the way it was because he was always going to go back and change his parents at that particular point in his 1985 life?
1:42AM on 09/02/2010
P.S. I have a deep love for this series, and any kind of (legitimate, not a remake or reboot)continuation of it is a reason to be happy.
P.S. I have a deep love for this series, and any kind of (legitimate, not a remake or reboot)continuation of it is a reason to be happy.
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1:41AM on 09/02/2010
What I think is cool is that the entire cast (save Lloyd and Fox) are right about the age they portrayed themselves at in the "1985" parts of the films. Lloyd hasn't aged much visibly, he could pull it off as well... which leads me to the conclusion:

They could totally make a new one if they made a CGI version of mid 80's MJF. xD
What I think is cool is that the entire cast (save Lloyd and Fox) are right about the age they portrayed themselves at in the "1985" parts of the films. Lloyd hasn't aged much visibly, he could pull it off as well... which leads me to the conclusion:

They could totally make a new one if they made a CGI version of mid 80's MJF. xD
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12:26AM on 09/02/2010
Aaaaaw YES!
I absolutely love Telltale Games. I bought every single one of their games since they released the Bones games. They did great justice to Sam and Max, Wallace and Grommit and Homestar Runner and I'm sure this will be no different.
Aaaaaw YES!
I absolutely love Telltale Games. I bought every single one of their games since they released the Bones games. They did great justice to Sam and Max, Wallace and Grommit and Homestar Runner and I'm sure this will be no different.
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3:52AM on 09/02/2010
theres a homestar runner game? really? cool!
theres a homestar runner game? really? cool!
12:11AM on 09/02/2010
Count me in, I'm a BTTF fanatic and I hope this game is made in the same spirit as "The Ghostbusters" game.
Count me in, I'm a BTTF fanatic and I hope this game is made in the same spirit as "The Ghostbusters" game.
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12:02AM on 09/02/2010
Looks like it's going to be a great game. Awesome that Lloyd is reprising the voice. Would be BANANAS if Fox did the same thing.
Looks like it's going to be a great game. Awesome that Lloyd is reprising the voice. Would be BANANAS if Fox did the same thing.
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