So, how much do you remember about your first time? Did it feel good doing something you weren’t supposed to be doing? The thrill and excitement of breaking the rules, hiding behind closed doors, doing everything within your power to keep from being found out. Who doesn’t remember that rush of adrenaline as you heard someone wandering down the hallway, that urge to rush to a finish so that when the door swung open you could act like nothing was happening. We’ve all been there before, especially if you grew up in the nineties, anyone from the ages of twelve to seventeen was doing it, but nobody wanted their parents to know. Now I know what you’re thinking, isn’t twelve a bit young for that? What kind of morals must a person have to be doing that at such a young age? Their parents must be horrible, or there’s just something really wrong with that child, but it was only a natural urge that had to be quelled.
I remember a few details, but nothing too terribly specific about that fateful day. I couldn’t tell you the exact date or time, but I know it was sometime around 1993 or 1994, I had just returned home from fishing with my father and one of my brothers only to find out what was hidden in the oldest brothers bedroom. We got a small group together and huddled into the bedroom, we took turns and couldn’t help but enjoy every second of doing something that had been forbidden. The blood, the gore, it was such an amazing time to share with family, there were smiles all around the room. This is the same feeling I’m sure many others felt at this young age when the first turned on their video game console and entered the world of Mortal Kombat. The game was public enemy number one for so many years, my parents had set down a firm edict that we were not allowed to have the filth in our home, which is exactly why playing it with the ever popular DULLARD code activated was such a thrill.
Over the years we’ve seen an evolution of the game, as systems developed so did the characters and details inside the world of Mortal Kombat, unfortunately it wasn’t always a positive evolution as the series saw a bit of a downturn for a while. We all had our favorite characters, Kano and Sub-Zero being mine, and would work feverishly to get their combos down and learn their fatalities, babalities, and whatever other -ality was added into the game to appease the fans. No matter what happened people would still come back to their starting point, and Mortal Kombat never really would die out, even in the wake of horrible films the franchise soldiered on into the future. We’ve seen old school fighters attempt a comeback in recent years with Killer Instict being the greatest example of a return to form on the next generation systems.
With E3 afoot gamers were looking forward to seeing what the future held for us, what games would be coming out, what tweaks to existing franchises and consoles, it’s like the Super Bowl and Christmas rolled together for the Nerd community every year. There were games that impressed, then there was Mortal Kombat X, a game that’s got everyone waiting with bated breath for it’s debut. From the videos we’ve seen this looks to be the Mortal Kombat that we’ve all dreamed would come about with the suped up video game consoles of recent years. An interactive environment, the beautiful textures, and the returning characters that were so beloved from the past, it’s a full scale return to form from the preeminent fighter of it’s generation. If you’ve been waiting to purchase a next gen system, this game should be enough to put you over that threshold.