Mortal Kombat

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Mortal Kombat is an evergreen IP when fans discuss what they'd like to see produced as a new pinball machine.

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Mortal Kombat, created by Ed Boon and John Tobias, first burst onto the arcade scene in 1992 and quickly became one of the most influential and controversial video game franchises of all time. Developed by Midway Games, Mortal Kombat differentiated itself from other fighting games with its unique blend of complex storytelling, distinct characters, and notably, its explicit use of violence and gore. The franchise’s signature element, the Fatality—a gruesome finishing move that could be performed at the end of a match—shocked many upon its debut and remains a defining feature.

Beyond its violent reputation, Mortal Kombat introduced several innovative elements to the fighting genre. It was one of the first arcade games to feature secret characters, secret games, and elaborate backstories for its diverse cast of characters. This depth of lore has contributed to a sprawling franchise that includes movies, comics, a web series, and animated series, making Mortal Kombat more than just a game but a significant multimedia franchise.

Culturally, Mortal Kombat's impact is significant. It pushed the boundaries of video game content, leading to the creation of the Entertainment Software Rating Board (ESRB) in 1994. This was a pivotal moment in the gaming industry, leading to a standardized rating system that informs consumers about the content and age-appropriateness of games. Furthermore, the franchise has been instrumental in the popularization of fighting games globally and remains a staple of the genre. The Mortal Kombat franchise has continued to evolve and innovate, with newer entries introducing features such as a cinematic story mode and customizable characters, further cementing its place in the pantheon of video gaming history. Its catchphrases, such as Scorpion's "Get over here!", are iconic in the gaming community. Whether one views it as a groundbreaking pioneer or a controversial provocateur, there's no denying the profound impact Mortal Kombat has had on the video game landscape.