NBA Jam Creator reveals that, yes, bulls were stolen from victory over pistons

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NBA Jam remains one of the most popular basketball games of all time, 27 years after its initial arcade release. If you were on one side of the 90s Chicago Bulls / Detroit Pistons rivalry, the game may have held up a little less in memory, because you know in your heart that you were robbed.In fact, you may have been. In a new Ars Technica video on NBA Jam success, lead designer Mark Turmell reflected on the rivalry between the Chicago and Detroit teams in Michael Jordan’s iconic 90s race with the Bulls – and a admitted that his internal bias had made its way into the game.

In the video below, around 7:40 p.m., Turmell admits that he was a big fan of the Pistons, having grown up in Michigan, and that he introduced code in the game to “come back” to the Chicago Bulls and their fans. .

Turmell said he had put a “special code” that would prevent the Bulls from scoring last-second shots against the Pistons, which means that if you shot just before the final buzzer to try and even score or shoot forward , the shot would never enter, regardless of the Bulls’ statistics.

Since NBA Jam games tended to be close, the firm was on high turnover, and these were popular teams, there were undoubtedly thousands of lost shots (and games) that can be attributed to this code.

On the other hand, the Chicago Bulls won six championships in the 1990s over the Pistons, so Bulls fans shouldn’t be too sore about it.

It’s been a while since we’ve seen a new NBA Jam title, but basketball fans can rest assured that NBA 2K21 will hit new generation systems later this year.

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