Back to the Future peels out Dec. 22 on PC and Mac

The ball begins to drop.

It's December 31, 2010, 11:59:50 and Devon and Samantha are breathless. All night long, Grandpa Steve has promised to display a long-dormant ability for time travel. More over, at precisely midnight, he has promised to take them into the future.

"Five!" the room shouts. "Four! Three! Two! One!" Devon and Samantha close their eyes, brace for it.

... Nothing.

"Ta-da!" Grandpa Steve looks very pleased with himself. "I took us all into 2011!"

The kids take the awkward three seconds, when all the couples kiss and the single people stare, to process this new information.

"... Bee Ess!" Devon shouts, just quietly enough that his mom won't hear over the champagne-soaked rendition of "Auld Lang Syne" on which the guests conspire. "Yeah, bee ess!" says Sam at the same volume. "I thought this was going to be time travel like in Telltale's Back to the Future, released on Mac and PC on December 22!"

Devon piles on, "Yeah, and your stupid trick didn't even come with a collector's DVD which Telltale Store shoppers got!"

Grandpa Steve shrugs with an impish smile and slinks to the kitchen, leaving Devon and Sam to reflect on how 2011 has nowhere to go but up.

This article was originally published on Joystiq.