It’s just hard to lose when the opposing team’s big man gets stuck at midcourt with his arms extended.
The so-called Andrew Bynum “Jesus glitch,” in which the Lakers’ big man stands dormant and immovable in the middle of the court, is just one of multiple problems to plague the demo of the first installment of EA’s new basketball franchise.
In fact, the game has so many glitches that, despite being scheduled for in early October, it will not be in stores until 2011. In addition to the “Jesus glitch,” players can also make hook shots from beyond the arc 100 percent of the time, and some sort of super-fast foot shuffling is also legal.
EA announced that the game’s release will be delayed on Monday with a written statement.
“This year, we set extremely ambitious goals for our new franchise, NBA ELITE. We are creating a game that will introduce several breakthrough features that have been missing from the basketball genre. Unfortunately, NBA ELITE 11 is not yet ready and we have made a decision to delay next month’s launch. We are going to keep working until we’re certain we can deliver a breakthrough basketball experience.”
Buggy as it may be, this is far from the first sports game to have major issues. How long did it take developers to make it so that you couldn’t confuse defenses by moving all of your offensive linemen in Madden? Or eliminate batters who hit home runs in every at-bat in MLB games?
The question is: Why Bynum?
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If the Sox are out of the playoffs, you root for the Twins?
“Welcome to the real world. This is what it means to be a baseball fan. Now start cheering for the Twins!”
—Pete in Maine
Update: Shaun Smith did in fact deliver the low blows that he was accused of.
Tuesday, Sept 28: Shaun Smith has a curious habit.
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