January 18th, 2011
10:33 AM CST -
Over the weekend our friends at the premier arcade destination in Chicago, Galloping Ghost Arcade, had a few small tournaments for Mortal Kombat 2, Killer Instinct and Super Street Fighter IV. A surprise guest, none other than Shang Tsung himself, Dr. Philip Ahn M.D., showed up to visit some fans. Here is a picture we took of him posing next to the Mortal Kombat 2 cabinet:

Among the chaos I got a few minutes to talk to him and pick up a bit of history on his involvement in Mortal Kombat 2. He told me how he got the role when his friend and former training partner Ho Sung Pak (Liu Kang) introduced him to Ed Boon while touring the game studio. Ed liked his look and asked him to be in the game as the younger version of Shang Tsung. The filming of his role of Shang Tsung was less than five hours long. He also joked that he can actually not grow a goatee like Shang Tsung, the one they used for filming in-game was all makeup. Also if any of you were wondering what type of doctor he is, he said he's a Family Practitioner in Chicagoland. Imagine having him as your doctor, would he look like someone else each time you went to see him?

Also on hand was Marcus Leshock from WGN, who did an excellent segment on both the arcade that also features a small interview with Dr. Philip Ahn MD as well. You can check the segment out below:

One of the co-owners of Galloping Ghost Arcade, Doc Mack, told me they have grand plans for the upcoming Mortal Kombat (2011) game including a massive custom cabinet along with many tournaments. So be sure to become a fan of them on Facebook to keep up to date with their latest happenings including updates on their own arcade fighting game Dark Presence. We will also be announcing any future tournament details here on TRMK as well.

Thanks to reader @SimonDIvanoff for uploading the WGN video.

Reader Komments from the TRMK Forums:

January 18th, 2011 10:41 AM CST - Tim Static
Your quarters are mine!
January 18th, 2011 11:17 AM CST - RIPLIUKANG
Nice! Didn't know that Dr. Ahn lived in the Chicago area. Now I need to travel to this arcade and feel like I'm 10 again!
January 18th, 2011 9:13 PM CST - Taj Gill
$15 for arcade classics like that? Thats a freaking BARGAIN. I wanna go down to Chicago ASAP.
January 19th, 2011 4:53 PM CST - jka12002
"You wanna finish me?" "NO!" Lmao.
January 19th, 2011 5:01 PM CST - Ricochetmatt
Dr. Philip Ahn M.D.? ...Imagine being the poor bastard that realizes they're being worked on by Shang Tsung.
January 19th, 2011 5:33 PM CST - Eks
Originally Posted by : Ricochetmatt
Dr. Philip Ahn M.D.? ...Imagine being the poor bastard that realizes they're being worked on by Shang Tsung.
Beats having the other Dr. Phil as a doc.
January 19th, 2011 5:36 PM CST - Ricochetmatt
"Hi, I'm Dr. Philip Ahn... Your soul is MINE!"
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