I remember seeing my first glimpse of Mortal Kombat in a video rental store in Hamilton Hill, Western Australia nearly 30 years ago. The arcade cabinet was surrounded by kids 5 deep all eager to take on the Goro in this ultraviolet and hyper-realistic fighting game. Since that moment I’ve owned a copy of the original Mortal Kombat on every game platform I owned.

This ultra-violent fighting game was always heralded for its crisp sprite animation whose fluid and lifelike characters were like nothing the gaming community had seen before.

The video below offers a glimpse of the digitization process captured using real actors. It’s amazing to see how these iconic flighting moves started, going on to be cemented in the pages of gaming history. I mean, who hasn’t thrown an imaginary hooked rope at a friend whilst shouting “GET OVER HERE”.

These days motion capture is commonplace but this glimpse into gaming history shows how things were done all those years ago.

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Mortal Kombat Wiki
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