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Mortal Kombat : The year everything changed.


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#1 +warwagon

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Posted 30 January 2015 - 22:25

I was thinking about something today. I was thinking about the Woosification of America and when it started. In my opinion it's roots can be traced to one single Event, Mortal Kombat. Everyone was in an up-rawer.

 

I want everyone to think of a time before Mortal Kombat. Back then parents and society didn't baby their children. There wasn't retarded warning labels warning about every little thing that might possibly hurt a child. Back then children were assumed smart enough not to stick obvious ###### in their mouth.

 

Back when Die Hard movies were rated R.

 

It was that point in time where people stood up and said we must protect the children!!! It's been down hill ever since.




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Posted 30 January 2015 - 22:29

Don't forget DOOM, that was around the same time and might have contributed to it also.



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Posted 30 January 2015 - 22:31

Don't forget DOOM, that was around the same time and might have contributed to it also.

 

Good point, but Mortal Kombat came first :)

 

Mortal Kombat August 1992

Doom   December 10, 1993



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Posted 30 January 2015 - 22:35

The "wussification" started long, long before that. Children were allowed to go and watch the gladiators get mauled. They were allowed to work from a very young age up until recently.

Society dictates what is and isn't good for children. This is why the drinking age is different from country to country. Don't think that it's a recent occurrence.

Personally (and to quote someone) I think we should just remove all the warning labels and let nature take its course.

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Posted 30 January 2015 - 22:47

The "wussification" started long, long before that. Children were allowed to go and watch the gladiators get mauled. They were allowed to work from a very young age up until recently.

Society dictates what is and isn't good for children. This is why the drinking age is different from country to country. Don't think that it's a recent occurrence.

Personally (and to quote someone) I think we should just remove all the warning labels and let nature take its course.

 

I'm just trying to imagine a life before Mortal Kombat, Obviously later 90's also weren't that bad, but they gradually got worse. I just don't remember a time before Mortal Kombat were people cared that much about protecting children.



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Posted 30 January 2015 - 22:48

In the 1980's there was a drive to get horror movies banned also
Newer movies now just feel lame when compared to the original Nightmare on Elm Street or I spit on your grave (and the like)

Hell I even remember some crap about Christine, and that was no more horrific than some remakes of Knight Rider

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Posted 30 January 2015 - 22:54

I'm just trying to imagine a life before Mortal Kombat, Obviously later 90's also weren't that bad, but they gradually got worse. I just don't remember a time before Mortal Kombat were people cared that much about protecting children.

Protecting children from media? That I can understand as a question, but I would also hazard a guess that the change happening in the 90's was due to a better level of realism. These days we could easily make Pacman an 18+ game if we wanted, whereas with the special effects and graphics before the 90's it was possible to have a game that portrayed violence without it being ultra-realistic.

(fun (almost irrelevant) fact: Jedi Academy (2003) allowed you to chop people in pieces, and while the code is still there it wasn't made available in the official game without some file tweaking because the developers realised it would make the realism a bit too graphic for gamers. Go and check the screenshots and tell me how that looks realistic...)

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Posted 30 January 2015 - 23:02

In the 1980's there was a drive to get horror movies banned also
Newer movies now just feel lame when compared to the original Nightmare on Elm Street or I spit on your grave (and the like)

Hell I even remember some crap about Christine, and that was no more horrific than some remakes of Knight Rider

 

In those years, I heard that kids got PG tickets then they went in the screening room to watch R-rated movie which is why the parents dropped them off so they could be with friends.   :rolleyes:

 

Then at night after the movie, they had nightmares and told the parents about it...  they got grounded for that.

 

80's movies are great.  Some today's movies are good and some are bad.

 

I was able to get in the Drive-in Theater before it was closed for good. I went there a few times...  I wish they stay open... I like it.



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Posted 30 January 2015 - 23:02

Protecting children from media? That I can understand as a question, but I would also hazard a guess that the change happening in the 90's was due to a better level of realism. These days we could easily make Pacman an 18+ game if we wanted, whereas with the special effects and graphics before the 90's it was possible to have a game that portrayed violence without it being ultra-realistic.

(fun (almost irrelevant) fact: Jedi Academy (2003) allowed you to chop people in pieces, and while the code is still there it wasn't made available in the official game without some file tweaking because the developers realised it would make the realism a bit too graphic for gamers. Go and check the screenshots and tell me how that looks realistic...)

 

But what graphics engine was that, which used that as a selling point. That you could shoot limbs off. I remember reading about that in the early 2000's

 

Ah yes, maybe it wasn't an engine but a game... Soldier of Fortune.

 

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Posted 30 January 2015 - 23:12

Splatterhouse
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Posted 30 January 2015 - 23:14

Not heard of Splatterhouse.

 

 

I have heard Doom, MK, Quake, etc.  which I have played in the past that had LAN parties..  heheh.



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Posted 31 January 2015 - 17:37

Not heard of Splatterhouse.


I have heard Doom, MK, Quake, etc. which I have played in the past that had LAN parties.. heheh.

It was an arcade game origionally, it did make it to consoles I forget which, one of the memorable scenes was a guy with a (I think it was spiked) baseball bat, and he'd swat the monsters or zombies (again I forget) they'd go flying into the back wall and go splat, it was gore based

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Posted 31 January 2015 - 18:42

stop blaming MK. there were TONS of other games.!!!!!

 

 

yeah, i love mortal combat 1-3 and now 9 and X

 

:)

 

still i think your are putting a blame on one of the game out of many.

are you a street fighter FANBOI by any chance????  :rofl:

 

 

 

ps. this is definately not the first time you bring it up?   do you have an agenda?

 

video game violence!  yeah, pin it on one game.  warwagon 0/10



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Posted 31 January 2015 - 19:04

But what graphics engine was that, which used that as a selling point. That you could shoot limbs off. I remember reading about that in the early 2000's

 

Ah yes, maybe it wasn't an engine but a game... Soldier of Fortune.

Which was M rated and couldn't be sold to kids, just like it would be now.

 

I barely even see what we're talking about here.  You can still find crazy games in arcades, if you can actually find an arcade.



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Posted 31 January 2015 - 19:36

Mortal Kombat was the beginning of #GamerGate whether we knew it or not. It was the beginning of right-wing "moral" crusaders like Jack Thompson and left-wing "social justice warriors" like Anita Sarkeesian pushing their personal belief's on others entertainment. We slew one of the dragons but we had the media's help on that. The other is harder the media is being complicate.