Atari testing the waters for Ghostbusters video game update?

A forum admin at Atari has started a thread seeking information about the various issues existing in Ghostbusters: The Video Game – that is to say, they know the issues, they need more details about those issues. Basically, gathering as much info as possible to aid in debugging.

They haven’t sworn an update is coming, but this is definitely a good first step. Maybe petitions can work?

Thanks to RedVirtue over at GBFans.com for the heads up.

Ghostbusters: The (patched) Video Game movement

I normally avoid internet petitions – in the past they have been too easy to implement, and their impact overestimated. These days, it’s still the same, BUT in this instance, the issue at hand certainly does bear some exposure.

Since its release, the Ghostbusters video game has had a few issues, namely with bugs that make it impossible to obtain a couple of the achievements/trophies. In August of last year, the PS3 version got an update to improve the underwhelming rendering quality, and a couple of the trophy issues were fixed, but one trophy bug remains. The PC and Xbox versions still have outstanding issues as well.

I remain skeptical about the chances of getting these patches – fixing the bugs, getting the patch vetted by Sony/Microsoft is not a simple process, all of which adds up to time and money, neither of which Atari has expressed any interest in spending on games that do work (you can play the game beginning to end). Hence their priority to fix the graphics of the PS3 version – that is seen as an immediate detriment to the playability of the main game.

However, if you’re looking for a nice, clean, organized place to add your voice for Atari to hear, I do recommend the Ghostbusters: The Video Game (patch) group on Facebook. You can also follow their progress on Twitter.

Personal skepticism aside, I’ve joined. Who knows, right?

Review: Ghostbusters The Video Game (Xbox) [UPDATE June 15th]

If you’re reading this review, just one in a growing sea of online and print reviews that want to tell you all about the pros and the cons of this game, you’re likely interested in the technical and gameplay details only in passing.

Instead, here is the one sentence review, written with a Proton Charging reader in mind; You are a Ghostbusters fan, and if you are also a gamer, buy this game.
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Playstation Home Ghostbusters fan kit out – more GB still to come

Sony released its Ghostbusters fan kit for Playstation Home today. For those who were grumbling about having to pay for any Ghostbusters content, the fan kit costs a whopping $1.99. See if you can take out a loan. The kit includes;

This fan kit includes:

For Avatar:
Stay Puft T-shirt
Slimer T-Shirt
Ecto-1 T-shirt

For personal space:
Ecto-1 Toy
Stay Puft Figure
Slimer Figure
PKE meter on display stand
Ghost trap prop

All of the personal space items are for display purposes only, and the PKE meter is the only object that has working lights. There are flashing lights on the screen and the lights on the wings flash as well.

The kit is currently only available to US Home accounts. No word on release date or price on the full Ghostbusters kit coming out with the movie maker, previously reported, which was originally assumed to be part of today’s release.

Thanks to Dave for the heads up and excellent report.

[UPDATE] I did some digging, and it sounds like The Living Room Stage Set, with all the interactive movie-making tools, is already out – it’s $4.99 and can be bought at the Estates store in PlayStation Home Mall. I can’t confirm this though, as I’m not a PS3 owner. If it is out, and then the bigger Ghostbusters assets kit isn’t included with it, then that’s the only piece that’s left to be released (or possibly released in a series of kits – so many things aren’t clear.) Stay Tuned.