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Burnout Paradise car pack free today in Harold Ramis' memory

In an effort to pay tribute to the memory of writer, actor and director Harold Ramis, Burnout Paradise developer Criterion Games made a pack of downloadable add-on cars free today on both PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360.

The Legendary Car Collection, which comes with four cars inspired by famous vehicles from movies and television shows, usually costs $4.99. It is available free on the Xbox Games Store worldwide, and on the PlayStation Store in North America. One of the cars in the DLC pack is the Hunter Manhattan Spirit, Criterion's take on the Ecto-1 from Ghostbusters (1984), which Ramis starred in and co-wrote.

"Harold Ramis was a comedy genius. He inspired us. To honour this legend, Burnout Paradise Legendary Cars are free today," Criterion tweeted this morning.

Ramis passed away early Monday morning at the age of 69 after a yearslong battle with autoimmune inflammatory vasculitis. His career began in the late 1960s as a part of the Second City comedy troupe, where he served as the head writer for SCTV. Other writing credits include films such as National Lampoon's Animal House (1978) and Stripes (1981), and Ramis also directed comedy classics like Caddyshack (1980) and Groundhog Day (1993). He is survived by his wife, three children and two grandchildren.

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