Mortal Kombat Arcade Kollection: Trailer shows off series’ Old School charm
The original Mortal Kombat was released in 1992. 19 years ago. That’s several lifetimes in terms of today’s ADHD-addled game development time frames as well almost annual exponential leaps in graphics technology. Still, there’s something about being hunkered down in front of a huge wooden box with low res graphics massive CRTs that appeals to the senses. Arcade games brought something to the table that consoles can’t. There’s a sense of immediacy there. Plus, you’re also at a specific place and community where, amidst the restless throng of prepubescent and juvenile masses, wafted a sense of juvenile angst and energy. This is the environment that’s been lost to us in the age of Steam and corner store entertainment centers.
That’s why personal memories flooded back when I saw the trailer for Mortal Kombat Arcade Kollection. The graphics of the kids staring dumbfounded at their arcade screens as footage of Skorpion or Kano eviscerating or dismembering their opponents mirrored the sheer horror, disgust, and outrage of parents when Mortal Kombat dropped in 1992. It also captures the sheer delight and clandestine joy many players felt when playing such a “bad” game that gave a Three Stooges’ style eye poke to conventional wisdom. Mortal Kombat Arcade Kollection is a window to a bygone era in video games. You can play it for sheer novelty value. You can also play it for nostalgia. Regardless of your motivation, it’s a great way to get that much needed resource all impatient video gamers of today need – perspective.