With the milestone release of Mortal Kombat X this week, we thought we’d take a look back at our impressive (if we do say so ourselves) collection of MK content. Continue reading “The Mortal Monday Menagerie”
If you know where to look, YouTube is real weird. I somehow managed to fall down the YouTube rabbit hole as it pertains to Mortal Kombat the other day. I figured it might be fun to share some of my favorite weird and/or funny findings from my trip to crazytown. Keep in mind, these represent the ones that I feel like had at least some comedic or artistic value, there are some other videos out there that are just too weird even for this.
I’m not sure if YouTube user ragdollboi actually created these fatalities or simply uploaded the montage, but either way there is some pretty clever and funny stuff in here. A fair warning though, “Peanut Butter Jelly Time” is in this video, so you’ll be singing it for another 17 days.
Crazy Elevator Prank.
These days people are willing do some crazy stuff to get their view counts up. I’m really surprised that no one shot, stabbed or otherwise assaulted this guy, but props to him because the reactions are pretty hilarious.
MK Characters owning real people.
I love these kinds of videos. If you’ve never seen one, you’re missing out. Sure, the animation isn’t exactly realistic, but it’s not supposed to me. Still, that’s one funny compilation of people getting destroyed by MK characters.
Scorpion vs. Donkey Kong
In another MK mashup, Scorpion takes on Donkey Kong. Things don’t end up going so well for Mr. Kong…or Princess Peach for that matter. Brutal, absolutely. Hilarious, most definitely. I’m thinking Scorpion has earned his place in the Super Smash Bros. roster.
Mortal Kombat: The Really Fucked Up Sitcom
I don’t quite know what to make of this. It’s definitely weird. It’s pretty offensive. It’s kind of hilarious. There are several more episodes of this “show”, and they all seem to be equally strange. The thing is, there is some really good production value here. The voice over is great, the writing isn’t bad, and considering that the animator is using some MK2 sprite stills, there manages to be a pretty cohesive story. Still, YouTube is a strange place you guys; a strange, strange place.
A few years ago Guiness World Records listed the records set by the Mortal Kombat franchise. From the inspiring to the absolutely absurd, there are plenty of interesting ones to note here. Take a look and we’ll discuss after the break.
Longest-serving videogame voice actor.
The longest-serving videogame voice actor is Ed Boon (USA), the creator of Mortal Kombat (Netherrealm Studios, 1991), who has voiced the character Scorpion in every iteration of the game since its debut.
Earliest game to trigger the set-up of a software ratings board.
Established in 1994, the Entertainment Software Rating Board (ESRB) is an industry organization set up in response to the public reaction to Mortal Kombat. In an effort to avoid compulsory censorship, the ESRB set about applying ratings to games similar to those applied to movies. The move came as a consequence of pressure from the U.S. Congress.
Largest promotional campaign for a fighting video game.
According to CNN, in 1995 Mortal Kombat staged the largest ever promotional campaign for a videogame and its related products. Leaving aside initial pre-release promotion, the Mortal Kombat movie opened on 2,000 screens in the USA on August 18 of that year, followed by a direct-to-video digital animation special on August 29 , a live-action Mortal Kombat tour launched from Radio City Music Hall in New York on September 14, an interactive CD-ROM on October 1 and finally the release of Mortal Kombat 3 the video game on October 15.
Most numbered entries in a fighting game series.
The largest fighting game series is Mortal Kombat. It has gone through more iterations than any other fighting game series. The ninth installment is due in 2011. Although Street Fighter has been running far longer than Mortal Kombat, and has more variations available to buy, it has only reached the fourth change to its core gameplay. Street Fighter IV arrived in 2008.
Earliest one-on-one fighting game to use digitized sprites.
The 1992 launch of Mortal Kombat offered something that no other beat-’em-up had. In addition to ultra-violence and killing moves, it presented a brand new level of realism through the use of digitized sprites. Rather than using hand-drawn animation characters, the sprites used were based on graphics created using digitized footage of real actors.
Earliest video game poster to be censored.
On April 22, 2003, Britain’s Advertising Standard’s Authority (ASA) took the then unprecedented step of condemning the poster campaign promoting Mortal Kombat: Deadly Alliance. They claimed that the poster — which showed a “hoodie” wiping his bloodstained hand on a businessman above the words “It’s in us all” — was “irresponsible” and “condoned violence.” The poster was unsurprisingly withdrawn.
Earliest successful console fighting game.
Although a very popular arcade game, when Mortal Kombat was released for the home market it took an incredible $1 billion-a-year in the first two full years of release. Needless to say, the game very quickly established itself as the number one choice among fighting gamers the world over.
Earliest 3D fighting game to offer online play.
Although online play is now a standard feature in all new fighting games, the first online playable 3D fighter was Mortal Kombat: Deception, released in 2004. The game offered one-on-one fighting between two players over the Internet, in addition to two, more sedate mini games — Puzzle Kombat and Chess Kombat.
Highest grossing film based on a beat ’em up video game.
Mortal Kombat (USA, 1996) still holds the record for the highest grossing movie based on a beat ’em up video game, having taken an impressive $122 million.
Most successful video game spin-off soundtrack album.
Released on August 15, 1995, the Mortal Kombat soundtrack album, which accompanied the $100 million movie, went platinum within ten days of release. The album included contributions from artists as diverse as Orbital, Napalm Death and Traci Lords.
Ok, the Ed Boon thing, that’s really cool. I had no idea that Boon was the voice of Scorpion period, let alone for the entire series. That is absolutely impressive. On the other hand, having the record for earliest game poster to ever be censored is a bit…silly. I mean, it’s not MKs fault, but Guinness likes to hand out records for things that aren’t entirely record-worthy. Records like “Most numbered titles”, “Earliest 3D fighting game to offer online play”, and “Earliest one-on-one fighting game to use digitized sprites” are all pretty impressive as well. It’s hard to look at this list and not be pretty awestruck by some of the things that Mortal Kombat has accomplished.
While the Mortal Kombat Arcade Kollection released in 2011 for PS3, X360, and PC was fine and all – gathering straight arcade ports of MK1, MK2, and Ultimate MK3 – it’s nothing compared to what the collection was originally going to be.
Celebrity makeup artist Tanea Brooks revealed last week via her website a series of pictures she had taken from her work on what was going to be full high definition remakes of all three of the original MK games. Rather than just put an HD filter over the existing games, actors were being brought in to completely re-shoot ALL of the in-game character models and moves, so the games could truly be built in HD from the ground up.
While none of the actors in the pictures are from the original games, Taylor Marquez – son of original Kung Lao actor Anthony Marquez – was suited up in his father’s duds and ready to slice some people up with his bladed hat just like dad. Lookalike actors were being used for Liu Kang, Sonya, Kitana, Stryker, and Shao Khan, but the look of the characters was still on track to be extremely faithful to the original games, changing the actors’ outfits and even hair styles to match their unique look in each of the games.
At this point, little else is known about the project: How far along it was, if any original actors were slated to return, and so on. All that is known is that the project was cancelled during the management change to Warner Bros., who scrapped it in favor of the (much cheaper) Kollection that ended up being released.
To see the rest of the images, check out Tanea’s website, while feeling extremely frustrated by how awesome this could’ve been.