EDP216 – The Evolution of Basketball Video Games

June 17, 2013


The Evolution of Basketball Video Games … That old dusty computer to NBA 2K14!

Join me and my guest JustnSlayer (@JustnSlayer )

Basketballer and Call of Duty Guru Peep the YouTube page


… as we discuss The best of the best and worst of the worst in basketball video games

The early Computer games: Dr. J vs. Bird, Atari Basketball, Jordan vs. Bird
Double Dribble
Pat Riley
Lakers vs. Celtics
Coach K
NBA Showdown
NBA Live
… and a ton more


NOTE: I completely forgot about Sega’s Great Basketball … forgive me


Of course the Fifth will be represented … Wendy Williams may or may not be the best looking option available


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  • @davenappy

    Basketball games were fun right up until they got complicated and started making you use all the buttons on the controller. Makes it hard just to pick one up and start playing. NBA Jam was so much simpler!

  • http://www.kyorules.blogspot.com Kyor

    Great show again. What about the Sega Saturn game with Scott Pippen. Mad Dog was like playing Soda Popinski in Mike Tyson’s Punch. The video cuts were OK but still a great time waster.
    I really need to to catch up on my basketball game memories. I sat at work amazed by Dave and your game knowledge. Keep it going.

  • http://twitter.com/Count_Marzo Marzo Kalif (@Count_Marzo)

    You generated some good flashbacks outta me for this one; Babbages! I played some basketball video games but wasn’t into em
    that much til the genesis/snes era. Only one I played before the 90s was Double Dribble on the NES at my cousins house. My friend
    had Pat Riley and I remember playing the shit outta that one for a while there in the early 90s. NBA Jam was my favorite
    basketball arcade game. When that came out, that always had a crowd around the cabinet like most Midway games did in the early
    90s. I had it for SNES and Sega CD (got this just to be Penny Hardaway), but it was always more fun at the arcade with the original rosters
    …until Tournament Edition came out that is! It was fun to be almost any team on NBA Jam. After that it was all about Bulls vs Blazers
    which turned into NBA LIVE in the mid-90s. LOVED NBA LIVE 95! When EA wasn’t the crooked ass corporation they are nowadays, when they were
    Electronic Arts. Me and my friend ALSO used our school notebooks to keep track of our “season” and stats on paper back then and it was fun as hell!

    Lol, I haven’t played 2k in a few years but that’s hilarious if it call technicals if you swear with the Kinect on.

    I’m surprised you guys didn’t talk about actual basketball arcade games. Like not a video game but the ones where
    you actually shoot the ball and it dishes out tickets. I can’t remember the exact names of the ones I always played at the
    arcade, but I definitely played them often. I remember the one always was like “PLAYER…NUMBER…ONE” in the background
    of the arcade whenever someone put their tokens or quarters into it. My friend actually stole a ball from that machine before and
    was dribbling it around the mall that the arcade was at back in the day lol. I think one was called Pro Shot Basketball and
    one was called Hot Shots Basketball or something like that?

    As always love the #EDP. Always a great soundtrack. 8 or 9 Shalalalaaaas (some pretty funny ones!) don’t think I heard a single Chris Hansen though. Appreciate
    the shoutout at the end too! Seriously, The #EDP is my favorite podcast. Not even gonna say shhh don’t tell anyone anymore. lol šŸ˜‰

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