Airball: EA Sports Decides to Spin-off NBA Jam After NBA Elite Demo Makes Gamers Physically Ill

So Peter Moore must read WG (not surprising).  It seems EA Sports has miraculously realized the idiocy of their plan to release NBA Jam, the game you are currently imagining being HELLA FUN as a one-time download with a fresh purchase of NBA Elite ’11, the “new” iteration of the basketball-simulation  schlock that’s been the cause of countless controller smashings over the last decade.  In case you missed it, you can read all about me bashing that “strategy” last month right here.  Anyway, It seems the Elite demo was so buggy and universally criticized [YOUTUBE] that EA head Peter Moore announced that the game would be indefinitely delayed.  Since NBA Jam is basically good-to-go (it has been around for 20 years), it will be released separately.

“Unfortunately, NBA Elite 11 is not yet ready and we have made a decision to delay next month’s launch,” Moore said, without specifying a new release date. “The decision to delay NBA ELITE was hard because the game has great promise. But ultimately we feel this is the right thing to do. We’ve been making steady progress on basketball for the past few years and it’s going to take extra time to make the game.”

NBA Jam, the arcade-style two-on-two game also due on Oct. 5, will still ship on that date for the Wii. The PS3 and Xbox 360 version was to have been included with a free download code in NBA Elite 11. Moore said that game will now be a standalone product that will arrive “in time for the holidays.” He did not indicate a price point or if this will be a physical retail release or digital download.


Let me humbly point out that the important thing in all of this isn’t that I said that bundling the two games together was a crappy ploy, doomed to fail because it hinges on the assumption that people will actually willfully spend $60 on the crap that NBA Elite ’11 would surely be.  And it’s not that I predicted that NBA Jam would be spun off and available as an XBLA/PSN download within 3 months of launch.  No, it’s not all about being right here at WG, folks.  Sometimes, it’s about being SO RIGHT that the head of EA Sports had to publicly acknowledge the shittiness of his product, and announce on his official blog that he’s going to switch on over to the WG strategy, a week before the damn thing was set to launch.  MUAAHAHAHA! Dude ought to be thankful that he’s got the luxury of living in the world of demos, Internet message boards, and wannabe savvy bloggers like yours truly, or he might have released this thing and forced virtual-LeBron James to take his talents down to a landfill in New Mexico.

Well, it’s a glorious day in for wannabe geniuses everywhere.  Just goes to show you: if you go around blowharding a couple of times a day and you cover enough topics, eventually you’ll be right about something.  It’s all a numbers game.

Can’t wait to be the first person to fork over $10 for NBA Jam this holiday season.  I deserve it.

Peter Moore’s Blog via Kotaku


Lebron Says Ohio State Will Beat UM. Yawn.

So last week, Lebron tweeted that he thinks Ohio State will beat the Hurricanes when they come to town…and that he may even go.

@KingJames: I thinking bout going down to the Horseshoe next Sat for that battle. O-State will prevail for sure. Will be exciting! Good luck tonight Bucks

If you’re a Miami fan and you’re getting your panties in a twist, Tommy’s going to come back there and hit you in the head with a tack hammer, because you are a retard.  Obvious PR is obvious.  The Buckeyes are coming into the season ranked #2, so it’s not like he’s saying anything outlandish here.  Just trying to convince some people back in Akron that playing ball in Miami is about what’s best for his career, not changing his stripes.

Do yourself a favor and wait until he actually shows up to the stadium to care about this story.

Remember This? Michael Jordan Playing Baseball?

ESPN’s 30 for 30, the documentary series that neither runs for 30 days nor features films that are 30 minutes long (I’m baffled trying to make sense of the name) will be featuring a piece on the great Michael Jordan tonight at 8:00.  But not the same stuff you’ve seen a thousand times on the Jordan IMAX DVD (but that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t watch that every couple of days).   Tonight’s hour long feature is about the months Jordan spent contributing a formidable breeze to the Windy City by batting a paltry .202.  Being one of the greatest athletes in the world, however, he did manage to end the season as one of only 6 players with at least 50 RBIs and 30 steals.

Think about how much fuckin HOOPLA there was over The Decision. And now imagine if instead of announcing the Heat or the Cavs Lebron James said he was gonna go play for the Akron f’n Aeros. Or if Kobe just walked away from this potential Lakers dynasty to play for the Dodgers minor league affiliate in Albuquerque. I feel like guys like Stephen A Smith would explode.


Personally, I’m hoping we get some details on the theory that the whole retirement thing was a double-secret probation from the NBA for gambling.  I love a good conspiracy theory.  I’ve only heard of this one recently though, and I have to say there doesn’t seem to be a lot of evidence.  Nor do I really even care – even if he was gambling on basketball, there’s NO WAY IN HELL you can tell me Michael Jordan ever bet against himself or the Bulls.  Remember when he dropped 40 with the freaking flu? Guy played like an absolute animal 24/7, whether he was black or green, pickup or game 7, hardwood, links, or card table.  And he’s got the records to show for it.  For now, at least.