Mortal Kombat
◉ ◉ ◉ ○ ○(3/5: decent)
Midway (1992)

Look, fighting games aren't really my bag. This one, though, a scrappy cabinet at my local 7-Eleven that replaced Street Fighter II, left a mark (pun intended). Being alive for the controversy and the groundbreaking digitization of people and cartoonish ultra-violence was a gift that the universe provided. To see old white ladies get all up in arms about fatalities in games when fatalities in the real world were at a pretty solid high point was either a telling critique of the priorities of our society or a apropos commentary on folks fighting for what they think they can control in their lives. Either way, the fight was sad.

The game gleefully ate up a bunch of our quarters as we tried to learn the sequences and timing that would rip the heart from our enemies as we tried to climb the ladder in the vague Enter The Dragon homage plastered with blood animations and elemental magic. Most of my quarters were lost by being pretty bad at fighting games and not having the patience to find out the secret combos and patterns that would win the matches against my friends and the computer. I always leaned towards the magic-users, particularly Sub-Zero and Raiden. The battles were very quick, so my cash went just as fast. I still appreciated the graphics and hilarious violence and making the olds worry about my violent hooligan future, though. Good times.


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Last updated: 07/12/2021
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