NBA Jam was rigged against Bulls

NBA Jam was rigged against Bulls
September 25, 2013, 7:45 pm
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By Paul Roumeliotis

In a recent interview with the lead designer of NBA Jam, Mark Turmell said he rigged the video game in favor of the Detroit Pistons but only in a specific situation.

Turmell admitted that any player on the Bulls had lower ratings during final seconds of games against Pistons. The producers wrote a special code that would average the shot to be a miss every time.

The Bulls and Pistons were rivals back in the early 90s, so Turmell decided to take advantage of it to level out the playing field. So if it was a close contest between the Bulls' top duo of Scottie Pippen and Horace Grant and the Pistons' No. 1 pair of Isaiah Thomas and Bill Laimbeer, you could have expected the Bad Boys to walk away with a win.

It must have been a compliment because the Bulls won six NBA championships in the Michael Jordan Era. Six NBA championships over a skewed video game? We'll take it.