March 3rd, 2014
9:34 AM CST -
Welcome to the first issue of "The NetherReport" a little experiment we at TRMK are trying out.

There are a lot of content pertaining to NetherRealm Studios' games that we share to our Twitter and Facebook pages. But often times this content and/or our thoughts on it doesn't feel big or substantial enough for a post of their own. We will now collect this content along with our commentary in this new format.

It won't be just one person doing the writing either. We'll have others take a stab at various features as well each issue. For instance this first issue features a story about Galloping Ghost Arcade by our own Brian "RIPLIUKANG" Kita.

We're aiming to do one new issue a month, but sometimes more based upon how many stories we've collected. So when things pick up as a new game approaches you'll hopefully see these more often.

Kiefer Sutherland In Next Mortal Kombat?

Recently, IGN reported the following:

While discussing his role as Big Boss in Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain, Sutherland said, “I did Mortal Kombat, and that's such a huge game, but it’s so not like [Metal Gear Solid 5]."


Every gaming outlet listed this story as "confirmed" because of one simple statement in an interview? Why didn't the interviewer follow up with more questioning?

I don't believe it. If Kiefer was involved in a unannounced project his handler would have had any response referencing said project stricken from the record. Instead I bet he was talking about his substantial role in Call of Duty: World at War and simply confused the two "huge" franchises. So don't be too disappointed if he doesn't show up in whatever NetherRealm Studios is working on next.

Galloping Ghost Arcade Draws Big Names, Big Crowds
Written by Brian "RIPLIUKANG" Kita

It was a great day to be a Mortal Kombat fan, as fans from around Chicagoland descended upon the Galloping Ghost Arcade on January 18th to meet and greet with five former actors of the games. Over 100 people were in attendance, with several more watching the simulcast on the arcade's Twitch channel, wanting to get a chance to shake hands, receive and autograph, and snap a photo with John Parrish (Jax), Phillip Ahn (MK2 Shang Tsung), Daniel Pesina (Johnny Cage, MK 1-2 Ninjas), Rich Divizio (Kano, Quan Chi, Baraka, Kabal), and Tony Marquez (Kung Lao). All the actors were in high spirits throughout the day, renewing friendships with their fellows, some of whom they haven't seen in years.

Tournaments went on throughout the night in MK1, MK2, Ultimate MK 3 and the 2011 Mortal Kombat reboot. Professional and casual players alike competed for glory well into the night. GGA fighting game team member Mohammad Mansour (Moe30W) was able to secure victory in the MK2, UMK3, and 2011 MK tournaments, with the original MK compeititon going to attendee Nathan G.

The owner of the Galloping Ghost Arcade, Doc Mack, was 'gracious' to have these guests come out to the arcade, and was happy to see the fans show up in droves in appreciation. As a token of their commitment to their commitment to Mortal Kombat as a whole, Doc presented each of the actors with a plaque recognizing their contributions to the game and to the community it has created.

Below is our YouTube video playlist of the event starting with the awards ceremony and afterwards the tournament streams.



We also uploaded some photos that Brian took at the event to Flickr.

"Ultimate" Mortal Kombat 2 Arcade Hack

An intreped anonymous programmer has been playing around in the Mortal Kombat 2 ROM code and has been working on major gameplay tweaks for the over 20 year old game. Hacking of these arcade games is a lost art that requires a lot of work and time, I should know I made a simple attempt years ago, as well as some 34010 assembly knowledge. I for one thank the mysterious programmer for his/her efforts.

They also had a special early build of the update that debuted at Winter Brawl 2014 and they held a big tournament on it, so check out the footage of the tournament for even more detail. Also check the change log for the Winter Brawl version for more information of the vast changes.

In the video below courtesy of YourMKArcadeSource today you can see some of the latest changes. Changes such as: re-organized select screen layout, new character selection indicator colors, Female characters can be "low blowed" with Cage, always has a red shadow kick, some gameplay tweaks and of course you'll see Cage remove FOUR heads during his Fatality!



Source: YourMKArcadeSource, Test Your Might

MK9 Money Matches on Virgin Gaming

Think you are the best MK9 player around? Care to put money where your mouth is? You can now play Mortal Kombat 9 money matches online on Virgin Gaming. You can go sign up now on VirginGaming.com to get started. Keep in mind that this service is essentially gambling, so please play responsibility.

Tournament Results from So Cal Regions

SoCal Regionals was this past weekend, actually it's still on as I write this Sunday night. Congrats to both EGP FLK PBoard 88 took first place in Mortal Kombat and FRQ|EMPR|THEO won the Injustice tournament. Also congrats to everyone else who competed.

UFGT10:X and CEO Registration Opens

Speaking of tournaments, two majors just opened their registration doors recently. UFGT10:X will be held on May 23-25 in Chicago, IL and you can get more information and register here. CEO 2014 will be held June 27-29 in Orlando, Florida and you can get more information and register here.

Injustice's Fighting Game of The Year Awards

Injustice cleaned up on many outlet's Game of the Year awards at the end of 2013. Here's a quick recap of the more notable awards:


Spike VGX: Best Fighting Game

DICE Awards: Fighting Game of the Year

IGN - Best Fighting Game for PS3, PC and Xbox 360


You can watch Ed Boon accept the game's Spike VGX Award below:



That's it for the first issue, hope you enjoyed it. Please leave your thoughts in the comments below.

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January 17th, 2014
12:41 PM CST -
Tomorrow at Galloping Ghost Arcade (GGA) in the Chicago suburb of Brookfield, IL there will a fun filled day for Mortal Kombat fans. As usual there will be Mortal Kombat Tournaments but there will also be some Mortal Kombat Celebrity guests.

Throughout the day six of the original actors from the first three Mortal Kombat games will be making an appearance. The actors appearing are Carlos Pesina (Raiden and current Animation Art Lead at NetherRealm Studios), his brother Daniel Pesina (Johnny Cage & MK1-2 Ninjas), John Parrish (Jax), Tony Marquez (Kung Lao), Phillip Ahn M.D. (Shang Tsung in MK2) and Richard Divizio (Kano, Quan Chi, Kabal and Baraka). They will be signing autographs and posing for photos. So be sure to bring your MK collectibles and cameras, there are typically headshots available as well for autographs!



The game tournaments will be held for the original trilogy of Mortal Kombat 1, Mortal Kombat 2 and Ultimate MK3 along with 2011's Mortal Kombat reboot in GGA's custom cabinets. The tournaments will be in a double elimination format and best 2 out of 3, so everyone has a fair chance of winning. There will also be prizes for each of the tournament winners.

The event starts at 1pm Central Time and runs all night. For more details on how to attend the event, be sure to check out the Facebook Event Invite for instructions and further details. Also be sure to like the Galloping Ghost Arcade Facebook Page.

But there is also good news for those who are not in Chicago. The event will be streamed on GGA's Twitch Channel. They said not only will the tournaments be streamed but some of the special guests will be on the stream as well.

Those who happen to attend, we hope to hear from you in our comments on how you felt the event went.
January 15th, 2014
9:41 AM CST -
Last year's Injustice: Gods Among Us comic was DC Comics' "number one best-selling digital first series" so it's not surprising that the series gets to continues the story with "Year Two" this month. The first year of comics covered stories five years before the events of the game, so I imagine this year will continue working forward in time towards the game's events.



The writer of the first series, Tom Taylor returns for the second year but there is a new artist on board as Bruno Redondo replaces Jheremy Raapack, but Jheremy does do the cover for at least the first issue.

Digital chapters are already available for $0.99 each on Comixology, Apple's iBooks and Amazon Kindle Store. But starting today you can get the print issue #1, which combines the first three chapters, at your local comic and book stores for $3.99. You can get a preview of the first issue on DCComics.com as well.

There is something new available this year as well, there is now what is being called the "DC2 version" which is a new motion comics format by MadeFire. It's a very cool reading experience for comics, I recommend you all check it out if you like your comics digital. You can find the iOS app on the iOS AppStore. Check out a preview of their Batman Arkham Origins DC2 version below


November 12th, 2013
6:05 AM CST -
Today NetherRealm Studios and Warner Bros. has released today the new Ultimate Edition of Injustice: Gods Among Us. The Ultimate Edition combines all the DLC characters and stages into the base game. Not only is this new addition available for Xbox 360 and Sony's PlayStation 3 but this edition is also now available for PlayStation 4, PlayStation Vita and the PC (via Steam).

The PlayStation Vita version of the game was ported by Armature Studio while High Voltage Software did the PS4 and PC port of the game.



Also available exclusively on the PlayStation 4 version is a new Black Adam New 52 Skin. This new skin is unlocked in the iOS/Android version of Injustice after you beat 1 ladder in Challenge Mode.

The full press release can be seen below:

BURBANK, Calif. – Nov. 12, 2013 – Just in time for the holidays, Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment and DC Entertainment today released Injustice: Gods Among Us Ultimate Edition in North America. Developed by award-winning NetherRealm Studios, Injustice: Gods Among Us Ultimate Edition marks the debut of the best-selling fighting game franchise on the PlayStation 4 computer entertainment system, PlayStation Vita handheld entertainment system and Windows PC, and also brings this content rich version to the Xbox 360 games and entertainment system from Microsoft and PlayStation 3 computer entertainment system. The game is scheduled for release in Europe and other international territories beginning Nov. 29.

Packed with material valued at more than $120 USD, Injustice: Gods Among Us Ultimate Edition is comprised of the full game, as well as all previously released downloadable content (DLC). The game has a suggested retail price of $59.99 for PS4 system, PS3 system and Xbox 360, $49.99 for Windows PC and $39.99 for PS Vita.

Originally released April 2013 for PS3 system and Xbox 360, Injustice: Gods Among Us is a bold new fighting game franchise that introduces a deep, original story featuring a large cast of favorite DC Comics icons such as Batman, The Joker, Green Arrow, Superman, The Flash, Wonder Woman and many others. Injustice: Gods Among Us Ultimate Edition features additional DC Comics icons Lobo, Batgirl, General Zod, Martian Manhunter and Zatanna, as well as a special guest character Scorpion, from the Mortal Kombat Franchise as reimagined by Jim Lee, Co-Publisher at DC Entertainment.

Fans will enjoy access to more than 40 extra character skins and 60 S.T.A.R. Labs Missions originally offered as DLC, and now available to players from the start of the game. Also packaged with the Americas version is the music soundtrack featuring an exclusive song from Jane’s Addiction titled "Another Soulmate" and 11 songs from popular artists ranging from Depeche Mode to AWOLNATION.

Remastered for next-gen technology by High Voltage, the PS4 system version features Touchpad functionality, video sharing and streaming, and links to players’ PlayStation Network Feed page during match wrap-ups and pause menus. High Voltage worked with NetherRealm Studios to develop the PC version of the game.

The PS Vita version, which is adapted for the handheld experience by Armature Studio, takes the fighting action of Injustice: Gods Among Us on the go, with new touch controls for mini-games in the story mode and S.T.A.R. Labs Missions, Ad-hoc and Wi-Fi multiplayer, collectible hero cards, and all DLC released to date.

 
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