On October 8, 1992 the video game “Mortal Kombat” was released. “Mortal Kombat” is particularly known for its violence (each character is known for their finishing moves called fatalities), as well as the unique characters one is able to select when playing (with each character having a special ability and personal reason to why they are participating in the Mortal Kombat tournament). The video game has been extremely successful (with a series of games continuing the story of the first Mortal Kombat tournament), achieving a cult following, as well as various live-action adaptations (from big-screen films to an online series).
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The series takes place in a fictional universe consisting of six surviving realms which, according to in-game back stories, were created by the Elder Gods. The Mortal Kombat: Deception manual described the six realms as: “Earthrealm, home to such legendary heroes as Liu Kang, Kung Lao, Sonya Blade, Johnny Cage, and Jax, and also under the protection of the Thunder God Raiden; Netherrealm, the fiery depths of which are inhospitable to all but the most vile, a realm of demons and shadowy warriors; Outworld, a realm of constant strife which Emperor Shao Kahn claims as his own; Seido, The Realm of Order, whose inhabitants prize structure and order above all else; The Realm of Chaos, whose inhabitants do not abide by any rules whatsoever, and where constant turmoil and change are worshipped; and Edenia, which is known for its beauty, artistic expression, and the longevity of its inhabitants.” The Elder Gods decreed that the occupants of one realm could only conquer another realm by defeating the defending realm’s greatest warriors in ten consecutive Mortal Kombat tournaments.
One of Sonya Blade’s fatalities:
One of Sub Zero’s fatalities:
A third length feature film, as well as a new “Mortal Kombat” game, is scheduled to be released in through New Line Cinema and Warner Brothers.
Trailer of the 1995 film adaption of the video game: