Before Mortal Kombat, fighting games had never gone into a realm of violence that you see from Hollywood movies that are rated R. But once Mortal Kombat hit, extreme violence would become a norm for the industry. And remember that Mortal Kombat actually preceded the original Doom game by one year.
This awesome documentary actually seeks out each of the game developers and almost all of the actors that played the characters in Mortal Kombat, and sits them down to interview and talk with them about what it was like making Mortal Kombat, their experiences developing the game, and what they thought when MK become a huge worldwide household name, spawning Senate hearings, media hoopla and parental outrage on the violence in videogames (which is what directly led to the creation of the ESRB videogame ratings system).
This is definitely the first time I have ever seen all of these people interviewed in the same piece! They include series co-creator and current Mortal Kombat series producer Ed Boon (the sole-programmer for the original Mortal Kombat!), series co-creator and artist John Tobias, John Vogel (background artist), Dan Forden (the infamous “Toasty!” guy who composed MK’s music and headed up all the voice samples, sound effects and sound design in the game), Daniel Pesina (Actor for Johnny Cage, Sub-Zero, Scorpion and Reptile), Ho-Sung Pak (Actor, played Liu Kang & Shang Tsung, was also in the Turtle movies & a film with Jackie Chan and Hong Kong cinema) and Carlos Pesina (Actor who played Raiden). Sadly they didn’t get everyone, as there is no Sonya, or the guy who played Kano (unless he is one of the above… not sure on that point), but it’s still a really awesome look at one of the biggest milestones in gaming history!
History of Mortal Kombat 20th Anniversary Documentary