May 22nd, 2012
10:37 AM CST -
GameSpot has finally posted their comprehensive 20th Anniversary Mortal Kombat Retrospective documentary. GameSpot stops by NetherRealm Studios and Chicago Wushu to interview the team members about the genesis of the original Mortal Kombat. Over the twenty minutes they sit down and interview the game's sole programmer Ed Boon, character and animation artist John Tobias, background artist John Vogel, audio engineer & composer Dan Forden, Carlos Pesina who played Raiden, Daniel Pesina who played Johnny Cage and the ninjas, and Ho Sung Pak who played Liu Kang and Shang Tsung.



This was really well done and I'm hoping we see further documentaries from various outlets as this year continues.

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May 22nd, 2012 12:10 PM CST - THE JOHNNY ROOK
Wow that was great seeing John Tobias! I wonder if Ed ever threw out an invitation to come back and be apart of the team? Great little retrospective that brought back memories of growing up in the arcades playing the original Mortal Kombat then the whole hysteria around II. A lot of the info points have been brought to light but enjoyed the little stories of for example when the Pesina's and John got side swiped by ta car on their way to shoot. Interesting stuff!
May 22nd, 2012 5:46 PM CST - Sky Valley
Originally Posted by : Patrick McCarron
This was really well done and I'm hoping we see further documentaries from various outlets as this year continues.
me too. This is an important anniversary and I hope others acknowledge it too. I'd like to see an hour long documentary
May 22nd, 2012 5:57 PM CST - C-Sword
We need a new game with digitized graphics and real people XD
May 23rd, 2012 12:55 AM CST - badmouse
Great! Im so happy with this Documentary! See a 20th Anniversary game remake will be so special for all fans. Fights in the past divide the team and actors, but i believe that all the bad things that happen, now are part of the past and all they will be happy to make something together again. Congratulations MK Team and actors for the great work you did and still doing for this game that have a lot of fans around the world!
May 23rd, 2012 7:41 AM CST - lariat
Damn what an awesome Documentary/interview with the people that started it all. Thanks for the memories This is the reason I got into gaming.
May 23rd, 2012 4:39 PM CST - Vixen
What a great 20 years it has been! Fantastic video!
May 23rd, 2012 7:43 PM CST - Hanzo
Anyone knows if Ed and John are enemies or something? Gamespot did really good, buy they forgot sonya and kano. Overall I was shocked at how good ho sung pak looks, he didnt age at all, I remember seeing him in WMAC masters and thinking, damn, he would make a good liu kang for the movie without knowing he was the real liu kang from the game.
May 23rd, 2012 8:45 PM CST - badmouse
Hanzo, i don't know what they drink but Asian peoples looks always very young! I just checked the new 25th Street Fighter pack http://www.capcom-unity.com/brelston/blog/2012/05/23/announcing_street_fighter_25th_anniversary_collectors_set,_plus_details_on_international_tournament I will really love to see something like this but of Mortal Kombat. i don't care pay 250usd for a super pack!
May 23rd, 2012 9:22 PM CST - Jade
I am SO glad that you included a warning for Carlos in your paragraph, it prevented a surprise heart attack <3
May 24th, 2012 2:58 AM CST - [sek]
Originally Posted by : Hanzo
Anyone knows if Ed and John are enemies or something?
I don't think they were ever enemies, they just had creative differences and John went on to other things. Considering he was around while MK9 was in production, I would assume there was no ill will.
May 24th, 2012 9:13 AM CST - SpinerippingFun
I just hope NRS have something in mind for the anniversary...
May 24th, 2012 9:21 PM CST - Eks
I like how Ho-Sung Pak looks the same now as he did then.
May 25th, 2012 12:12 AM CST - badmouse
I really want something for the 20th anniversary, i can't believe they do nothing.
May 25th, 2012 7:46 PM CST - AlistairWonderland
that was a very good video, Johnny Cage was the first
June 10th, 2012 3:01 PM CST - TheDentedOne
Good video. I just cant believe that nothing is being done for the 20th anniversary. I mean I would have waited a year for the arcade collection if I knew nothing was being done this year.. Kinda lame.
June 27th, 2012 10:37 PM CST - MK9Scorpion2011
Originally Posted by : TheDentedOne
Good video. I just cant believe that nothing is being done for the 20th anniversary. I mean I would have waited a year for the arcade collection if I knew nothing was being done this year.. Kinda lame.
I agree, i feel the same way just like most of you especially after what happened with the extra content released for the PSVita, if NRS can only release the extra content released for the Vita for the home consoles id be happy with that Mortal Kombats 20th Anniversary is just tight around the corner in August since MK1 was released in the arcades and i would hate for august to pass by without anything from NRS
June 27th, 2012 11:38 PM CST - Metal Overlord
I don't know about you, but after the shit that happened with Midway, the fact that MK was even able to make it to a 20th anniversary is satisfying enough for me
June 28th, 2012 7:44 PM CST - InterestingMK
I hope they do a 20th year anniversary for Mortal Kombat 2. I would love to see the Actress who played Kitana, Mileena, and Jade,
June 29th, 2012 6:03 AM CST - knight2000
Really awesome! Thanks Gamespot for making a great vid!
July 8th, 2012 5:15 AM CST - Shirai-ryuGenocide
Johnny Cage is Jean-Claude Van Damme.
July 15th, 2012 9:03 PM CST - B13-Helghast
Yup we def need 20th Anniversary stuff and the Vita's costumes for PS3 versions will be enough for me (still hoping for a "real" Bell Tower tho) with 20 floors to fall trough, lol
August 27th, 2012 8:00 AM CST - fenwick1979
"Holy crap, my head flew off! :D" Pretty interestin' ride though. I was wonderin' how everyone, especially Daniel, had been doing ever since they stopped doing sprites. Funny though how I didn't remember John ever talking about Karate Champ being the whole reason for Mortal Kombat since that's where Street Fighter also drew inspiration from.
August 29th, 2012 1:22 PM CST - Nasty_Freak
Originally Posted by : InterestingMK
I hope they do a 20th year anniversary for Mortal Kombat 2. I would love to see the Actress who played Kitana, Mileena, and Jade,
Oh yeah! That would be lovely!
September 9th, 2012 11:07 PM CST - StuckOnLuna

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