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Tue
Nov 6 2012 5:00pm

The Mortal Kombat Movie Wins by Friendship

What’s the difference between Mortal Kombat and Street Fighter? If you’re a 90s kid like me, chances are that the major difference is that you were only allowed to play one of them. Mortal Kombat hit the gaming world like a bicycle kick right to the moral fiber and got all of America up in arms.

Where Street Fighter played the fighting game genre close to the chest and tried to leverage kung-fu fever in its purest form, MK went all-out with energy attacks, supernatural plots, and gruesome finishing moves. As the decade rolled on, MK became synonymous with that quintessential 90s quality: attitude. There was something about playing the controversial versus brawler that felt edgy and rebellious. Where Street Fighter was classic, all-togther-now arena rock, MK was unapologetic garage punk—strengthened, not crippled, by its accompanying stream of negative press. The game had street cred and a playground-discussion appeal rarely matched in its time. (Have you fought Reptile? Do you know how to do an Animality?) While Street Fighter set up the technical foundation on which versus fighters are still built today, Mortal Kombat was conquering classroom discourse and, you know, inspiring the creation of the ESRB.

So naturally, someone decided to make a movie out of the thing.

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Mon
Nov 5 2012 5:00pm

A rewatch and reconsideration of Street Fighter: The Movie

Full disclosure: For most of my time as an impressionable gamer youth, Street Fighter II and the series following it was my jam. Can you blame me? SFII introduced the world to a new and promising genre with style, grace, and a competitive streak a mile wide. Eventually, Mortal Kombat earned its own blood-spattered place in my heart, but Street Fighter II will always be my first fighting game love.

In recent years I’ve tried to match FightSticks with my more hardcore friends and found myself wanting on the field of battle, but back in the day, I could hadouken with the arcade crowd’s champions. Even now I still have a lot of respect for the Street Fighter tournament scene, one of the closest things to a sport in digital gaming. To me, that’s what Street Fighter has always been: a contest between two people to see whose art is stronger.

So the fact that the Street Fighter movie is about an international police action is a complete mystery to me.

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