Remember back to the year 1993, when video game arcades were still a huge part of a kids life. A young Matt would pump in quarter after quarter, dollar after dollar for hours on end into NBA Jam, a high flying basketball game that let you take control of your favorite pro players and have them perform impossible dunks and shots.
I probably spent a good part of the summer before 5th grade throwing in tons of my parents money to play that game at the local Caserland in my old Chicago neighborhood. It was a blast to go there with friends and try to embarrass them in the game.
Check out this awesome retrospective of the NBA Jam series from then until now:
Now fast forward seventeen years and today EA Sports released a high definition version of it for Playstation 3 and Xbox 360, which I made sure to pick up day 1.
It brings back all the arcade fun and excitment that I had when I was a kid along with modern day modes that spice it up to give it tons of replay value.
Being a self professed video game nerd, I'll be playing this one for months to come...who else played NBA Jam in the arcades as a kid?