Behind the scenes – making of the Mortal Kombat video game

Wednesday, August 09, 2017

Mortal Kombat is a video game series developed by Midway Games in 1992 that had a heavy martial arts influence. It was similar to Capcom’s Street Fighter where each character had their own unique martial arts style – some real and some fictional, but what made Mortal Kombat a little different was it was darker and edgier and suited towards an older audience.

In this video, we see some behind the scenes footage of the making of the first Mortal Combat video game all the way back from 1992 (as you can probably tell from the clothes) and it was ahead of its time in many ways.

Instead of using cartoon characters like many other fighting games at the time were using, Mortal Kombat used real-life footage of real people performing the moves which we see displayed in the video below.

This created a more lifelike feel to the game, which alongside its use of brutal violence, made the first Mortal Kombat a huge hit and set up the franchise for many years to come.

Many of the real-life performers from the game actually came from real-life martial arts backgrounds too. According to the video, the performer who played the role of Johnny Cage plus many other characters has a black belt in judo plus a black sash in both Praying Mantis style Kung Fu as well as Wushu.

Mortal Kombat is a video game franchise originally developed by Midway Games’ Chicago studio in 1992. Following Midway’s bankruptcy, the Mortal Kombat development team was acquired by Warner Bros. and turned into NetherRealm Studios. Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment currently owns the rights of the franchise and rebooted it in 2011.

The development of the first game was originally based on an idea that Ed Boon and John Tobias had of making a video game starring Jean-Claude Van Damme, but as that idea fell through, a fantasy-horror themed fighting game titled Mortal Kombat was created instead. The original game has spawned many sequels and has spun a media franchise consisting of several action-adventure games, films (animated and live-action with its own sequel), and television series (animated and live-action).  [Source: Wiki]

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