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Writer Bob Gale talks about the Back to the Future videogames

Dec. 16, 2010by: Dave Davis

It's been a quarter-century since that plutonium-powered Delorean first hit 88mph and we saw some serious shit, but even though we'll never get another BACK TO THE FUTURE movie, there's more time-bouncing to be experienced with Doc Brown and Marty McFly.

Telltale Games (known for the "Sam & Max" games) is bringing us more of the beloved characters and their continuum-hurtling adventures in five new videogame "episodes", and the original trilogy's screenwriter Bob Gale worked on the story with the game developers (Steven Spielberg is also among the producers).

IFC chatted with Gale and got some bits about the digitized duo and their latest flux-capacitor trip:

Where do the games fit in with regard to the events of the movies?

Gale: The game begins about 6 months after the events of the movies. We had a brief conversation about starting the game in 2011 but, as I say, it was brief because it was my opinion that the fans wanted to revisit Marty and Doc as they were in the movies, as opposed to a much older Marty.

Are you getting to fit in stuff (plot ideas or character beats) that might have been left on the cutting room floor for the movies?

Gale: You can see exactly what was left on the cutting room floor in the deleted scenes sections of the DVDs! None of that stuff belongs in the game. We are, however, meeting Doc as a 17-year-old, and that was a concept Bob Zemeckis and I considered early on as a possible focus for "BTTF 2" when we were trying to decide what the sequel would be about.

The first episode, featuring the voice of Christopher Lloyd and a damn good Michael J. Fox facsimile, is due this month. Find out more HERE.

 

Extra Tidbit: Now make like a tree and... well, you know.
Source: IFC

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3:27AM on 12/17/2010
This is great. I hope it doesn't get limited by consoles.

Torgo - I think the destruction of the DeLorean is a non-issue, because Doc, when he went to 2015 in part 1, had done a lot of things - for instance, had the DeLorean hover-converted. He even had time to get a complete overhaul and replace his spleen and colon. So feasibly there is a whole timeline that occurred which could have lasted months or even years. It's possible that Doc even interacted with an alternate timeline Marty at
This is great. I hope it doesn't get limited by consoles.

Torgo - I think the destruction of the DeLorean is a non-issue, because Doc, when he went to 2015 in part 1, had done a lot of things - for instance, had the DeLorean hover-converted. He even had time to get a complete overhaul and replace his spleen and colon. So feasibly there is a whole timeline that occurred which could have lasted months or even years. It's possible that Doc even interacted with an alternate timeline Marty at some point - the Marty who existed prior to Doc returning to 1985 to help Marty save his kids.

I don't, however, think that's the route they'll take since that would mean we had the broken-hand loser Marty who hates being called "chicken" but, just saying, they could really flip the B2TF universe as we know it.

That's why I'm stoked about the game - there's just a heap of story potential based on these great characters and the always awesome time travel concept.
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1:43AM on 12/17/2010

LOVE IT

Always loved BTTF always wished there was parts 4 - 6 but this game makes me happy.. I gess the Delorien was rebilt in the future & sent back to 1986 by doc
Always loved BTTF always wished there was parts 4 - 6 but this game makes me happy.. I gess the Delorien was rebilt in the future & sent back to 1986 by doc
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1:11AM on 12/17/2010

Looks good

Hopefully there'll be a demo, I'd like to try it out before committing to the game. I'm a huge fan of the movies, and I am glad we're going back to this universe.

However, I wonder how they'll reconcile the fact that the time machine was destroyed at the end of BTTF Part III?
Hopefully there'll be a demo, I'd like to try it out before committing to the game. I'm a huge fan of the movies, and I am glad we're going back to this universe.

However, I wonder how they'll reconcile the fact that the time machine was destroyed at the end of BTTF Part III?
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2:41AM on 12/17/2010

I'm glad they stuck with young Marty. Who wants to see an old paunchy Marty? Not I!

I think this is cool, and I think it's in good hands with Telltale. I really liked the Monkey Island games, but never really played Sam and Max (except for the demo of the new one on ps3). I would have liked it to be a third person like Grand Theft, but this is cool.
I think this is cool, and I think it's in good hands with Telltale. I really liked the Monkey Island games, but never really played Sam and Max (except for the demo of the new one on ps3). I would have liked it to be a third person like Grand Theft, but this is cool.
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10:17AM on 12/17/2010
WOW is this for gamecube or PS2?? It looks like ass on a bad day. All the tech and talent and this is the game they give the fans?! Fire up the delorean Doc! Set the time circuits to the beginning and lets redo this crap!!!
WOW is this for gamecube or PS2?? It looks like ass on a bad day. All the tech and talent and this is the game they give the fans?! Fire up the delorean Doc! Set the time circuits to the beginning and lets redo this crap!!!
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3:04PM on 12/17/2010
Its actually a very small game with a small budget and focuses on style rather than realistic images. Graphics aren't always everything. I think the visual style fits the franchise very nicely.
Its actually a very small game with a small budget and focuses on style rather than realistic images. Graphics aren't always everything. I think the visual style fits the franchise very nicely.
7:04AM on 12/17/2010

i dunno...

I was VERY excited for this game, until I saw a gameplay sample...

its played as a movie, and you pick actions from a list of sentences...there is really no action play, it seems.
I was VERY excited for this game, until I saw a gameplay sample...

its played as a movie, and you pick actions from a list of sentences...there is really no action play, it seems.
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9:24PM on 12/17/2010
Well, what the fuck did you want? First person shooter? Platformer? Racing game? An adventure game is the only genre that could stay true to the universe. Some of you young'uns need to remember the classics.
Well, what the fuck did you want? First person shooter? Platformer? Racing game? An adventure game is the only genre that could stay true to the universe. Some of you young'uns need to remember the classics.