U.S. presidents—fictional or not—have had a major impact on video games. When a game has something to do with the United States, there’s a good chance the Commander-in-Chief is gonna show up.
A former Midway Games employee is raising money on Kickstarter for a documentary called Insert Coin, a look at the studio in the 90s. At the time, Midway was pumping out classic after classic—NBA Jam, Mortal Kombat, Smash TV. Looks interesting!
Well, this is strange. Chris Sanner of Operation Sports spotted a survey looking for people in the Vancouver area to serve in a focus group on a "New NBA Concept." EA Canada, in nearby Burnaby, for years was the studio responsible for the label's NBA products, right up to the ignominious cancellation of NBA Elite 11.
ESPN brought in Tim Kitzrow, the boom-shakalaka announcer of NBA Jam, to call this package of college and pro dunks.
Wow, EA Sports updated the roster for 2011's NBA Jam: On Fire Edition. The last one was nine months ago.
For the politically-inclined, Bill Clinton's speech last week at the Democratic National Convention seemed a slam dunk. Or, as this video shows, a collection of slam dunks, punctuated by the odd MONSTER JAM.
Here's video footage from what the folks at gaming archive website Nintendo Player say is an unreleased, R-rated prototype of the old Super Nintendo game NBA Jam.
News and notes from around the world of sports video gaming:
EA Sports has confirmed to Kotaku that NBA Jam: On Fire Edition will be getting a roster update. The publisher's preceding silence on the subject had led some to believe it had abandoned post-release support for the 2-on-2 arcade basketball game.
We rarely get to see the process by which a video game is pitched to a publisher, even today in an age of developer diaries and all-access marketing. It's even rarer we get to see how a game was pitched all the way back in the early 90s.
The inability to switch off between players was one of the few drawbacks of an otherwise rollicking NBA Jam revival last year. It required some clunky manipulation of your starting lineup and defense, for those who actually played it, often left a man open as you instinctively swarmed to the guy your CPU partner was…
If you thought Elise, Mac, and Kaori were hot stuff on the slopes, wait'll you get a load of their moves on the court in the NBA Jam: On Fire Edition.
With the NBA lockout looking like it will wipe out a lot of games this year, some basketball video game makers are looking outside the league's real life rosters to create enthusiasm and interest. NBA 2K12 for example, is bringing 15 of the sport's greatest players to life. NBA Jam's going with goddamn honey badgers.
Trey Smith was showing off the new NBA Jam, subtitled the On Fire Edition at a recent EA gaming showcase. People were playing the new version near him while we chatted about how the new game will have better artificial intelligence. He seemed even more excited that the game is downloadable for Xbox 360 and PlayStation…
Mark Turmell, the creator of the NBA Jam series that saw a revival last year on modern consoles, has left EA Sports for the social games developer Zynga, Kotaku has learned.
At its summer showcase today, EA Sports revealed plans for NBA Jam: On Fire Edition, touting a "tag mode" that allows you to swap players, finally, and "razzle dazzle" moves that ramp up the over-the-top animations as they head to the basket. Players will feature new AI; the game will feature the old P.A.: Tim Kitzrow…
You hopefully already know this, but a lot of the truly interesting stuff about games development (and game developers) comes not from the PR-managed machine of an upcoming title, but by scouring the medium's past. Example: the following story about NBA Jam creator Mark Turmell.
Earlier this month, EA Sports made it official that anyone expecting updated rosters on NBA Jam was SOL. That's for the console versions. The game's iOS version just got a roster tweak today, in time for the soon-to-begin playoffs.