May 9, 2007 7:30 PM PDT

'Simpsons' game leads EA summer preview

SAN FRANCISCO--What would happen if Bart, Lisa, Homer and Marge Simpson were the main characters in a video game?

That's the scenario that Bart, Lisa, Homer and Marge Simpson are presented with in Electronic Arts' forthcoming The Simpsons, a new video game based on the hit TV show that is slated to come out this fall on PlayStation 3, PS2, PlayStation Portable, Xbox 360, Nintendo Wii and DS.

The conceit is just that: the Simpson family finds that, without its advanced knowledge or consent, it has become the basis of a new video game.

The story evolves from there, said Scott Amos, the real game's executive producer, at a press event here Wednesday evening to announce the title, as well as 12 other new EA games.

The crowd at the event laughed as posters were put up, including one for a fake game within the Simpsons game, Grand Theft Scratchy: Blood Island, with art clearly based on Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas.

Amos said that though the timing of the new Simpsons game is coincident with the forthcoming Simpsons movie, there is in fact no relationship.

"There's 8,000 lines of dialogue written just for the game" by the TV show's writers, Amos said.

He then explained that the game is built around 16 "episodes," through which the overall story arc develops. He would not elaborate on that larger plot line, but did explain the beginning of an early episode, "Tree Hugger," in which Lisa gets to play the role of eco-terrorist as she and Bart discover that evil nuclear power plant owner Montgomery Burns plans to cut down all the trees of Springfield, their town, with the goal of making a single luxury toothpick out of each tree.

As part of this short storyline, Bart gets to indulge one of the wishes he has long expressed on TV: being a superhero.

"Bart has always wanted to be Bartman," Amos said, "so we let him live out this fantasy."

Amos also said that the game within a game would be typical of The Simpsons in that it would include endless numbers of inside jokes and lots of social critique, including parodies of many popular real-life video games and even the video game press.

Along with the new Simpsons game, EA also showcased a number other titles at the event Wednesday night.

Among them were NASCAR '08 for Xbox 360 and PS3; NCAA Football '08 for Xbox and PS3; Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix for just about every existing video game console and handheld device; Tumble Bees, a PC spelling game in which players try to make a honeycomb of letters that spells as many words as possible; Skate, an Xbox skateboarding game; MySims for the Nintendo DS; The Sims 2 Pets for Wii; SimCity for Nintendo DS; The Sims Pet Stories for PC; and Wing Commander Arena for Xbox Live Arcade.

But all is not well for EA. On Tuesday, it said it had lost $25 million in its most recent quarter and that it would likely be delaying "Spore," its much-anticipated game from Sims creator Will Wright.

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Where have you been?
This is certainly not the first game to come out featuring the Simpson family. And as far as "Bart getting to indulge one of the wishes he has long expressed on TV", he did that in Bartman Meets Radioactive Man AND Bart's Nightmare. I am, however, looking forward to Spore. I'm disappointed that it may be delayed.
Posted by grunge_fan (1 comment )
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um...
What would it be like? Try playing one of the dozen simpsons games that already exist, noobs...
Posted by darkbob87 (3 comments )
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This would happen
Quote "What would happen if Bart, Lisa, Homer and Marge Simpson were the main characters in a video game?"

This is what would happen.

Hope I didn't miss any.

* Bart Simpson's Escape from Camp Deadly
* Bart and the Beanstalk
* Bart vs. The Juggernauts
* The Simpsons: Bart vs. the Space Mutants
* Bart's House of Weirdness
* Bart's Nightmare
* Bartman Meets Radioactive Man
* Itchy & Scratchy in Miniature Golf Madness
* The Itchy and Scratchy Game
* Krusty's Fun House
* Night of the Living Treehouse of Horror
* The Simpsons Bowling
* The Simpsons Cartoon Studio
* The Simpsons Hit & Run
* The Simpsons Pinball Party
* The Simpsons Road Rage
* Simpsons Skateboarding
* The Simpsons Wrestling
* The Simpsons Game
* The Simpsons: Bart vs. the World
* The Simpsons (arcade game)
* Virtual Bart
* Virtual Springfield
Posted by Maltira (1 comment )
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I think you might of missed one,
was not their a Simpson hit and Run 2.


through I more than likely mistaken.

The only game I am looking forward to is spore, it sounds awesome, but just hope it comes out sooner rather than later.
I think EA needs a lot more games like that through I doubt we will get them.
Posted by knowles2 (1653 comments )
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very nice but....
i cant afford a new snazzy PS3 or Wii or XBOX 360 so it would be GREAT if they made it for computer...
Posted by AmericanTexan9999 (2 comments )
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very nice but....
i cant afford a new snazzy PS3 or Wii or XBOX 360 so it would be GREAT if they made it for computer...
Posted by AmericanTexan9999 (2 comments )
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What would happen? Been there done that...
<a class="jive-link-external" href="http://www.gamefaqs.com/search/index.html?game=simpsons&#38;platform=0" target="_newWindow">http://www.gamefaqs.com/search/index.html?game=simpsons&#38;platform=0</a>
Posted by Hardrada (359 comments )
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We'r not interested - We want spore
Go away Simpsons, even if i like your show - it doesnt mean i will buy the game.

WE WANT SPORE! Pull the cash out of Simpsons' development and throw it into Spore! we won't tolerate any further delays.
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