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NBA Jam: On Fire Edition Trailer

As a general rule, I avoid sports games. I imagine they are crafted with a good deal of care by people who are genuinely interested in the work they are doing, but sports games more complex than Wii Tennis simply go over my head. Part of it is because I'm simply terrible at them. Mostly it's because my interest in anything sports-related lies somewhere between Kim Kardahsian's latest tweet and the degree to which bacon-flavored chips actually taste like bacon.

As always, however, there are exceptions. Much of my gaming youth was spent frittering away time in the 2nd floor den (it sounds much more bourgeois than it was) of my boyhood chum's house, playing NBA Jam - due in no small part to the prospect of playing the greatest of hidden character: a man in a giant Hornets suit. Much to my glee, the On Fire Edition has kept the classic look and feel of NBA Jam, with all the excesses, humor, and large men who use their apparent superpowers for the most vain, unimportant purposes imaginable.

Assuming EA doesn't bungle the game in such a way as to make it utterly unplayable, color me interested. With NBA Jam, you know what you're going to get: Announcers that redefine the term "obnoxiously preposterous," a good deal of fire, and beating one's opponent into bloodless submission as a way to compensate for what they in the world of professional sports call "a complete lack of skill." Still, with my last breath I will cough a vulgar curse in the direction of whatever dingbat came up with the phrase "Boom Shakalaka." It's less charming after the first 72 times.

NBA Jam: On Fire Edition
will be available for download on both PS3 and 360. Pricing and release date have yet to be announced.

4 Comments

Dns said:

Oh, wow, this game is blatantly banking on nostalgia for people to purchase it... but that's OK, because NBA Jam was great! I think NBA Jam was never afraid to be ridiculous, and sometimes that quality just works. Furthermore, that silliness is just what the NBA needs for its image after all the damage the overwrought LeBron James decision and its aftermath have done to the league all season.

Karrde said:

Forsooth, I say! I like how the spambots can use anachronisms and still sound so robotic. More seriously, OMG same for me. I remember the first game on SNES. My brother and I played the crap out of it. If I can find some friends to play this with (lets see, which locals can I convince to buy this?) I'm down.

Branovices said:

I wonder if you'll still be able to play as Bill Clinton or if they'll be adding Barack Obama this time around.

Rosa said:

This article made me laugh.

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