There are few games that have seen the commercial success of NBA Jam. In its prime, there was an NBA Jam machine in just about every arcade in America. Shaquille O’Neal was one of many NBA players who traveled with his personal machine, but us mere mortals were forced to beg our parents for quarters to play.
In a technological breakthrough of Gutenbergian proportions, NBA Jam’s arcade success enabled the game to be marketed for almost every console ever made. This allowed kids across the globe to challenge their friends for a friendly, or not so friendly, game of Jam. And thank God for that. Why would I want to struggle to play basketball in the blistering heat, when I could break backboards in air conditioning? Answer that, scientists.
Since NBA Jam is a hyper-competitive game, the best team has been debated incessantly. Try playing as the Bulls, and you’ll get verbally abused for picking an unfair squad. While arguing over which team is best fine and dandy, I have a different goal in mind. I intend to assemble an unstoppable team of NBA Jam superstars, the likes of which has never been seen. For once and for all, I intend to decide who has the know how and elbow grease to declare themselves an official member of the Unofficial NBA Jam All-Star Team. While the game only has two players per squad (three if you’re playing Tournament Edition) picking a roster from point guard to center is a lot more fun for me. My most humble apologies to President Clinton and The Fresh Prince of Bel Air himself, Will Smith, who did not make the cut. Read the rest of this entry »