The Evolution of Basketball Video Games

Fernando Martin Basket Master (1987)

When you think of video game basketball, you probably think of one man: Fernando Martin, Basket Master. All right you probably don't, but Martin was the first player to get a video game entirely to himself (Bird and Dr. J had to share one), foreshadowing years of signature games, some of which were great and some not so much. Mr. Martin's title was a one-on-one game created by Spanish developer Dinamic Soft and starring the titular Fernando. The first Spanish player to play in the NBA, Martin died three years after the release of his game in a car accident. This is tremendously messed up because international star Drazen Petrovic had his own game come out in 1990 and was killed in a car accident three years later. Bottom line: if you're a European player, DO NOT make your own signature video game.

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