Back to the Future: The Game is a new graphic adventure game based on the movie series. And it’s not bad! The game is being released in five parts, and the first part is available now on Steam. PC or Mac. $25 gets you the full series; and the Steam holiday sale saves you 10% before January 2nd.
You might want to re-watch the movies first, especially via the Back to the Future Blu-ray boxed set. Be generous with the new voice actors in the game; they’re good, but of course they’re not the original actors.
If you’re concerned about the game not being up to the standards of the movies, take a moment to watch the Universal Studios BTTF: The Ride video assets on the third disc of the Blu-ray set first. It’ll lower your expectations and make the new game easier to appreciate. Seriously, mad props to Christopher Lloyd for a) taking the BTTF movies seriously with solid, emotionally grounded performances, and b) being a trooper about all the ancillary work they offered him on the ride and the cartoon series.
I think I’m more sick of Super Mario music remixes than I am of Christmas music covers, but this Mario/Sleigh Ride mix is surprisingly delightful. (Direct MP3 link.) The Mario is subtle, the instruments are authentic, Leroy Anderson never gets old, and the combo makes everything fresh. From a group called The OneUp Mushrooms.
While not yet confirmed, and not denied despite a day’s worth of high-energy rumor activity based on a leaked all-hands slide, Yahoo is closing down bookmarking service Delicious. Delicious was an exquisite web power user product invented at just the right time in the web’s history. It was subsequently acquired by Yahoo and allowed to mostly rot from a product management perspective, despite talented staff and a well-intentioned redesign. Anyone who used it used it a lot, myself included.
Congratulations to Pinboard, a work-alike service that’s been getting top billing in most “Delicious replacements” talk today. This list from Search Engine Land broadens the definition of “bookmarking service” a bit (and rightly so, since Delicious-style bookmarking still lives in a previous era), but if you want a direct replacement with easy import of your Delicious data, Pinboard looks like the place to go.
Pinboard has a one-time sign-up fee which increases the more users it has. It’s been creeping up a lot today, but it’s still quite reasonable.
I applaud almost any effort to revise education that speaks directly to students. I remember finding a book on study habits when I was in high school, and was astonished that there’d be such a thing, but alas I didn’t buy it (for whatever reason), I don’t remember what it was called, and perhaps it would have been too little too late.
Andrew Plotkin’s Kickstarter campaign has ended, and his grand total, I kid you not, is $31,337. Either that’s a wonderful coincidence, or someone paying close attention at the last minute made a lovely joke. (Andrew’s most recent blog post suggests it was the latter.) Either way, Andrew new has $30k to do what he loves and give it back to the community. Yay.