Posted by Neil Paine on October 19, 2010
Here's a hilariously bizarre layup for all mid-1990s NBA/video game fans:
As you can see, it's basically a street-oriented, poor man's Jam. Games like this are typically lost forever in the annals of bad 16-bit-era gaming history, but in 2008 an indy game developer called Tales of Game's Studios augmented the original Barkley and created Japanese role-playing game called Barkley, Shut Up and Jam: Gaiden, Chapter 1 of the Hoopz Barkley SaGa. An excerpt from the Wikipedia article on the game:
"The game takes place in a post-cyberpocalyptic New York called 'Neo New York', after a 'chaos dunk' causes the death of millions.
Twelve years before the game, Charles Barkley, in order to win his first game attended by his then-infant son Hoopz Barkley, performs the first Chaos Dunk—and inadvertently kills almost everyone present. As a result, basketball was made illegal and nearly all great players were killed in 'The Great B-Ball Purge of 2041' (a.k.a 'B-Ballnacht')."
The story goes on to include Michael Jordan as Barkley's nemesis and the game's antagonist, among other ridiculous twists. Here's the game's official trailer:
The game is actually freeware, so you can actually download it for free and embark on Barkley's epic journey. Also, check out this insanely detailed FAQ/walkthrough of the game, for those who want a John Stockton-esque assist in the gameplay.
(Extra-Special Hat Tip to Josh Levin in this week's Hang Up and Listen podcast, for spotlighting the Barkley Gaiden.)