MORTAL KOMBAT! Yes, this week we discuss the classic franchise Mortal Kombat, which has graced, Nintendo, PC, Sega, PlayStation, Xbox and arcades for nearly three decades, leaving controversy at every turn.
Mortal Kombat started out with a bang, senators and congressmen/women across the USA took up arms against the game violent one v one beat’em up mechanics and, more importantly, the gore.
Yes, Mortal Kombat is about fighting, but a huge part of the game is the fatalities, finishing moves, and the gruesome end to each bout. Blood and gore in a digitised form in the 90s, when the game was dragged through American lawmaker offices, have made way for realistic 3D graphics of characters being finished off by being cut in half.
The thing is that, when looked at in isolation, Mortal Kombat looks like a gorefest. However, when aligned with other games in other genres it starts to look relatively tame. Essentially, Mortal Kombat does what it says on the tin. It doesn’t hide the violence and can’t, or it wouldn’t be the game we love.
During the podcast, we discuss the other fighting games the team have played such as Streetfighter and draw comparisons between the games.
The game has been made for almost every console, and despite comments by the CEO of Nintendo America that it would never appear on their platforms, it has.
Mortal Kombat is to gaming as Death Wish is to movies. It holds a special place in history by being almost entirely responsible for the gaming industry setting up the ESRB, to avoid political interference.
It didn’t shy away after the controversy but embraced it and built upon it.
No publicity is bad publicity, right?
What do you think? Is Mortal Kombat your thing or is it a relic from the past? Comment below: