‘Mortal Kombat’: Punching Off Heads for 25 Years

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Seriously, who hasn’t thought about punching a hole through someone’s head, ripping their spine out, or turning into a giant dragon and biting them in half? Thank God twenty-five years ago, on October 8th, 1992, that the first Mortal Kombat came out, letting us finally, and safely, live the fantasy.

Who can forget the controversy this game sparked right out of the gate with it’s depiction of blood splatters during fights and the finishers now referred to almost lovingly as “Fatalities”, followed by finishers such as “Friendship”, “Animality”, “Babality”, and “Brutality” in later games. The game was one of the major components of the “Do video games create violence?” debate in the late 1990’s. A question which has since been answered, though many people still like to argue the point.

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The Roster expanded in later games from the basic human characters (and one god) in the original, to an expanded menagerie of characters in the most recent, Mortal Kombat X. The latest game has a total of 33 different playable characters, including classics such as Raiden and Johnny Cage, to even including horror icons such as Jason Voorhees , the Predator, and the Alien! Each character also has three different fighting styles to pick from, meaning you’re free to choose your favorite character almost no matter what playing style you prefer.

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Over the years, Mortal Kombat has joined the ranks of some of the longest running franchises, with 22 games under it’s name, a movie series, a short-lived cartoon series, toys, and comic books. If you haven’t, check out the Mortal Kombat: Legacy series on Youtube, do it. On top of that, James Wan is producing a reboot of the franchise in the movies, although he’s making sure to take his time and do it right.

So chances are Mortal Kombat is not slowing down anytime soon, and who knows what characters we’ll get in a new version. Maybe we’ll get to play Ash from Army of Darkness vs. Micheal Myers?

Who’s your favorite character to beat down with? What’s the most satisfying fatality ever? Feel free to drop into the comments to discuss them all! Personally, my favorite was always Reptile. As a lover of dinosaurs and dragons, gotta go with the reptilian.

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Shaun Horton is the author of the sci-fi/horror novels Hannah and Class 5, as well as the cryptid horror Cenote. He writes from the beautiful pacific northwest, crammed between the city of Seattle and the woods of the Olympic National Forest. He's been a life-long fan of Horror, starting with seeing Gremlins at 4 years old. Years later, he discovered the work of Stephen King, keeping himself up at night reading the tome which is IT. Since then, he's continued expanding the interest through authors such as Dean Koontz, movies like Nightmare on Elm Street and Alien, and the video game series of Dead Space and Resident Evil.