Why I'm Burned Out on Mortal Kombat Fatalities

BFG: Video game kids of the 1990s are reviving their memories of late-night gore such as spine ripping, spontaneous combustion, and giant overhead bats decapitating their unassuming victim.

No, this isn’t a reference to the latest ridiculous installment in the SAW horror flick franchise. It’s the latest ridiculous installment in the MORTAL KOMBAT fighting game franchise.

Just to set the record straight, I was one of those happy button-mashing kids who bonded with her siblings (albeit the occasional post-battle clash) over Mortal Kombat circa 1993. The morbidity of those pixelated almost-human-but-not-quite representations overlaid with animated blood and bizarre superhuman gore was fascinating for a ten-year-old who diametrically split her free-time between SEGA Genesis and Barbie dolls. And those unsettling arenas rife with warrior statues that were about to come alive and pits of horror where human remains were left impaled on spikes? They haunted my thoughts in the good-disturbing kind of way.

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