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Video: How the classic arcade game NBA Jam was designed

April 17, 2018 | By Staff

April 17, 2018 | By Staff
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In this 2018 GDC session, NBA Jam lead designer and programmer Mark Turmell discusses the vision behind the influential game and its role during the '90s arcade boom.

Turmell also describes the vision behind NBA Jam, going on to explain how the first ridiculously huge dunk changed the course of the game’s design.

Players interested in the history of NBA Jam can now watch the talk completely free via the official GDC YouTube channel!

About the GDC Vault

In addition to this presentation, the GDC Vault and its accompanying YouTube channel offers numerous other free videos, audio recordings, and slides from many of the recent Game Developers Conference events, and the service offers even more members-only content for GDC Vault subscribers.

Those who purchased All Access passes to recent events like GDC or VRDC already have full access to GDC Vault, and interested parties can apply for the individual subscription via a GDC Vault subscription page. Group subscriptions are also available: game-related schools and development studios who sign up for GDC Vault Studio Subscriptions can receive access for their entire office or company by contacting staff via the GDC Vault group subscription page. Finally, current subscribers with access issues can contact GDC Vault technical support.

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