Did you know: NBA Jam was Rigged?

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Did you know: NBA Jam was Rigged?

We are retro gaming fans not experts so what this means is we are always learning new things and today we saw a post on Reddit about how apparently NBA Jam was rigged against the Chicago Bulls. We had to see if it was true so we searched around the internet and looked at a couple sites and apparently it is true.

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Here is a post from the Huffington Post about it. So if you are not familiar, in the 90’s the Bulls were winning a ton of titles under Air Jordan after finally getting over the hump of beating the Detroit Pistons. Now the lead designer for the game, Mark Turmell was a serious Piston fan and Michigan native. One if the things he did was write in a special code that lowered Scottie Pippen’s ratings whenever you selected him and played against Detroit. But there was more.


Back in 2013, Trumell said the following in an ESPN The Magazine interview:

“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 level the playing field.”


Being from Miami and so many people hating on the Miami Heat I wonder if there is some Indian Pacer fan that might be adding some code in a future NBA 2K game.

Check out the video from the Emulated Gamer for more info.

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