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The evidence that NBA Jam was the greatest video game ever made just got a lot stronger. Buried within an intriguing interview with ESPN the Magazine, game designer Mark Turmell revealed that the 1993 game was actually rigged against the Chicago Bulls, then coming off their third straight NBA championship. Turmell, a diehard fan of the Bulls’ rival Detroit Pistons, tells the magazine that the original game included a code that made it more difficult for Scottie Pippen and Horace Grant to hit clutch shots. The game also lowered Pippen’s ratings against a certain team. Guess which one. “It’s true, but [Pippen's stats dropped] only when the Bulls played the Pistons,” Turmell said. “If there was a close game and anyone on the Bulls took a last-second shot, we wrote special code in the game so that they would average out to be bricks. “There was the big competition back in the day between the Pistons and the Bulls, and since I was always a big Pistons fan, that was my opportunity to ...
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NBA Jam is one of the most popular sports franchises in video game history. And, apparently, the designers behind it were big fans of the Bad Boys.
In an interview with ESPN.com’s The Gamer Blog, lead designer Mark Turmell admitted to rigging Bulls-Pistons matchups to favor Detroit.
Did Scottie Pippen’s ratings in the game really drop when he played certain teams?