Mortal Kombat Returns

June 10, 2010 -

Mortal Kombat, one of the games responsible for the formation of the Entertainment Software Ratings Board (ESRB), thanks to its bloody fatalities raising the ire of politicians like Connecticut Senator Joe Lieberman and Wisconsin Senator Herb Kohl, will return to the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 in 2011.

The title will be published by Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment and is in development by NetherRealm Studios, which is wholly owned by the WB. Legendary Ed Boon is helming the project and promised, “This game really is a response to what players have been demanding: mature presentation, reinvented 2D fighting mechanic and the best, most gruesome fatalities ever!”

In a nice bit of timing, Gamasutra today is running an excerpt from the book Replay: The History of Video Games by Tristan Donovan that focuses on the uproar violent videogames caused in the 1990s.

The excerpt begins with the unlikely pairing of Lieberman and captain Kangaroo uniting to decry the violence found in videogames:

On Wednesday 1st December 1994, the Washington press corps gathered for a press conference called by Joseph Lieberman, the Democrat Senator for Connecticut. Next to Lieberman on the stage was Bob Keeshan, aka Captain Kangaroo -- the USA's favorite Saturday morning kids' TV presenter.

Once the assorted reporters had taken their seats, they were shown footage from two of the latest video games to reach the market. In one scene a digital image of an actor playing a martial arts fighter ripped the still-beating heart out of his opponent's chest.

The controversy also served to make game publishers realize how out of the loop they were in Washington and, initially, led to different companies forming different strategies:

Sega, with its more teenage audience, wanted an age rating system so it could carry on publishing games featuring violence. Nintendo, on the other hand, saw little need for an age rating system as it had its own family friendly policies that it applied to all games released on its console.

But with the pressure on, the U.S.'s leading game companies agreed to back an age-rating system that would be managed by the industry itself in the hope of defusing the row.

A full five page excerpt is available to read at Gamasutra.


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Re: Mortal Kombat Returns

Good i'm glad this is coming back....watchedd the trailor today on 360achieviments.org  

 

 

 

bring b ack all the violence please

Re: Mortal Kombat Returns

Too bad the movie looks terrible

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Re: Mortal Kombat Returns

Welcome back MK. Time to piss off more parents and politicians.

Re: Mortal Kombat Returns

I hope the California bill does not spawn more that would kill this game and others from even coming out.

 
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Infophile(cont'd) title with the express purpose of offending non-game-devs? If offense was the goal, the article would have been different.07/31/2015 - 1:35pm
Big PermJust because I think your opinion is shit, doesn't mean I think you're shit.07/31/2015 - 1:35pm
InfophileIt's true that of course gamers will end up reading it. But it still makes it a stretch to assume they must have intended to offend them. Why would they make an article trying to convince those in the game industry of X and then randomly give it a...07/31/2015 - 1:35pm
Big PermWhile I think the opinion is shit, I do wish Leigh herself didn't catch so much vitriol. Hate the idea, not the person imo. That's why I generally try to be friendly to journos07/31/2015 - 1:34pm
Andrew EisenIndeed. I read the title and was like, "Huh? What? We're over? We're not who's audience?" Then I read the article and was like, "Oh! Okay, sure. Woefully narrow definition of 'gamer culture' and some unappealing wording aside, it's a fine opinion."07/31/2015 - 1:32pm
Big PermAnd that's the point. It was provocative. It existed to provoke07/31/2015 - 1:28pm
Big PermI think the obvious difference is this isn't a site that deals with the banking industry. While Gamasutra may be aimed at devs in particular, a provocative article being in the ecosystem of gaming virtually guarantees it's circulation among those people.07/31/2015 - 1:26pm
Infophile(cont'd) their audience of almost-entirely-non-bankers?07/31/2015 - 1:15pm
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Big PermI definitely agree that yes, the titles alone were meant to provoke people who identify as gamers. It also worked07/31/2015 - 12:59pm
Infophile@Matt: I'm talking about people I've seen on this site arguing that the title alone justified the reaction to the article, that it was deliberately offensive. Not even a new YouTube video by a risen-from-the-dead Albert Einstein would change that.07/31/2015 - 12:52pm
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james_fudgeIt's clearly part of a broader internal fight against people like Sargon.07/31/2015 - 12:21pm
james_fudgeBig perm: fair point. On the other hand that's its origins and not saying that in some way would be a disservice to our readers07/31/2015 - 12:21pm
Andrew EisenMatt - What is the argument that Sargon supposedly debunked?07/31/2015 - 12:06pm
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