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  • - [Narrator] It was the game that

  • coined a dozen catch-phrases.

  • - [Commentator In Game] Boomshakalaka!

  • - [Narrator] And made over a billion dollars in quarters.

  • - [Commentator In Game] Jams it in!

  • - [Narrator] But NBA Jam almost never saw the light of day.

  • - [Commentator In Game] Oh my, he's on fire!

  • - [Commentator In Game] Welcome to NBA Jam.

  • - [Narrator] This is NBA Jam game-designer, Mark Turmell.

  • - So we put together a demo, a video tape, VHS.

  • We sent it to the NBA and said,

  • 'Hey we're making this cool game'

  • and they immediately shut it down and said

  • 'No, we don't want the NBA logo in the arcades.'

  • So, once we got rejected we made a video tape

  • of nice family entertainment centers

  • and we sent that back to them and said,

  • 'Look, you know, your logo can be here,'

  • so they relented and, uh, provided the license.

  • When we put it in the arcade for the very first time

  • there were no stats that differentiated the players.

  • Everybody assumed that Shaq was a bad three-point shooter

  • or Stockton could steal the ball,

  • so we realized pretty quickly

  • that we had to, you know, up our game

  • to match the real world.

  • - [Commentator In Game] No good.

  • - Well, if it's just looking at pure attributes,

  • I happen to be the best player in the game.

  • - [Commentator In Game] Showtime!

  • - When you actually put in my secret character

  • it just shows question marks for the stats,

  • but they're all tens or nines.

  • - [Commentator In Game] Take that.

  • - [Commentator In Game] From the outside, count it.

  • - I'm pretty good at NBA Jam.

  • - [Narrator] To test the claim,

  • we had Mark hack into the machine

  • - [Mark] There we go.

  • - [Narrator] And turn on cheat codes.

  • - [Mark] Alright, now we're talking.

  • Usually, when somebody finds out that I made NBA Jam

  • they say 'I spent so much money on that NBA Jam'

  • or you know, 'I flunked a class in college

  • because of NBA Jam.'

  • - [Commentator In Game] Kaboom.

  • - But I look at the game now, I wish it were smoother,

  • but it was the technology at the time.

  • - [Commentator In Game] Razzle dazzle.

  • - The game still holds up today.

  • - [Commentator In Game] It is (buzzer) good!

- [Narrator] It was the game that

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The True Story Behind 'NBA Jam'

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    許大善 posted on 2019/09/10
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