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Mortal Kombat co-creator John Tobias explained how the iconic Fatalities were created as a result of switching animations during development.

The co-creator of TheMortal Kombatseries explained how the iconic Fatalities were born because they were originally intended for a single character only. MortalKombatandDoomare are two titles allegedly causing super-violence in mainstream video games.

Fatal FuryandStreet Fighter II gained popularity in arcades in competitive PvP matches, and Mortal Kombat gained popularity for its blood and bloodshed. There was nothing else in the game at the time, so we’ll place it at the end of the match. Mortal Kombat’s violence led to the creation of ESRB. This still gives American video games an age rating. MortalKombatgave has caused fatal injuries to each character. This was a special move that could be used during “Finish Him / Her”. “A prompt was displayed on the screen, leading to a very violent cutscene indicating that the winner was killing the enemy.

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The death of the Mortal Combatare was a major part of the series’ identity, which happened by accident. John Tobias, creator of Mortal Combatco, was asked on Twitter why some fighters like Kano and Scorpion were allowed to use weapons in the original game. This led to a discussion of Shan Tung’s original design and how he originally intended to use the sword. Shan Tung was supposed to be the only character to be fatally injured because he used his sword to decapitate his enemies.

That’s how # MortalKombats # Fatalities was born …

Now you can use MK’s history to surprise your friends and family with the geek’s super-knowledge on Easter weekends. (6/6)

— John Tobias (@therealsaibot) April 3, 2021

Mortal Kombat used digitized images of real actors for its sprites, so special animations were recorded for the precursory scenes where the character fell to the ground. During development, Mortal Kombatco’s creator, Ed Boon, was the only character coded in the game at the time, so he combined decaption response animation with Johnny Cage’s uppercut. This was Johnny Cage’s first death. The developers liked the impact this had on the game, which made it a deadly system and helped drive Mortal Kombat stardom in the arcade.

There are some classic video game elements created by chance, such as the Street Fighter games combo system. The deadly system wouldn’t have been very effective if it belonged only to the end boss, especially since most players are likely to have never seen it in an arcade. The increase in deaths in the original Mortal Kombatis is the main reason why the franchise has grown so large that it remains strong to this day.

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