“He’s heating up! He’s on FIRE!” You didn’t even have to be a basketball fan in the ’90s to recognize these quotes from NBA Jam, Midway’s iconic coin-op hoops game. Get the story behind the making of the arcade hit in this week’s episode of Gameplay, an extremely well-produced documentary podcast that covers games and their impact on culture and community. In this episode host James Parkinson interviews NBA Jam lead designer Mark Turmell, Boss Fight Books NBA Jam author Reyan Ali and others about the game and its rise to popularity, including a lot of awesome anecdotes and stories about the game’s hidden modes and urban legends.
Even better, the end of this episode teases the next, which’ll be an interview with NBA Jam announcer and voice actor Tim Kitzrow—so be on the lookout for that, too.