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NBA Jam

(Boss Fight Books #21)

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When NBA Jam dunked its way into arcades in 1993, players discovered just how fun basketball can be when freed from rules, refs, and gravity itself. But just a few years after Midway's billion-dollar hit conquered the world, Midway, publisher Acclaim, and video arcades themselves fell off the map. How did a simple two-on-two basketball game become MVP of the arcade, and ho ...more
Paperback, 256 pages
Published 2019 by Boss Fight Books
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Caleb Ross
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This is Boss Fight Books’ biggest release ever, coming in at 256 pages, and while boasting about page count could be seen as an attempt to validate its product in a world where thick books reign supreme, Boss Fight Books has never trafficked in girth. So when I read a statement from this publisher bragging about page count, I know there’s a rereview)
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Mike Mertes
Oct 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Like many others in 1993, I spent a lot of money at the arcade, dropping token after token into NBA Jam. I was ten years old at the time, and our state basketball team, the Chicago Bulls were tearing through the NBA for championship gold for the third year in a row. NBA Jam was the perfect combination of everything I was enthralled with at the time - The Bulls and video games, even if the game didn't have Michael Jordan in it.

26 years later, Boss Fight Books had announced that one of
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Eric Mesa
Nov 06, 2019 rated it really liked it
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I love the various titles in the Boss Fight Books series; all the moreso when they involve games that meant a lot to me. NBA Jam (which I had filed in my head as NBA Jams), is one of those games that my brothers and I sunk countless hours into. We were always more into arcade or silly sports games like Ken Griffy Jr. for the SNES or Midway's NHL game for the N64 than sports sims. NBA was right in that perfect spot where it wasn't too focused on b-ball and having lots of players on the screen. In ...more
David
Nov 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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In an afterword, NBA JAM author Reyan Ali revealed he'd worked on the book for four years. The result was worth every second of that time.

I went into JAM expecting to learn how one of my favorite arcade games, and one of the most influential titles ever, was made. I got that in spades, plus a detailed history of the rise and fall of Midway, my favorite coin-op developer, and an in-depth examination of the evolution of sports titles and how NBA Jam (the game) influenced the genre—all
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