Mortal Kombat is a well known American media franchise based around a series of computer-based video games, first developed by Midway Games on the mid-1990s. The story and game concepts have been around for several decades. In the early 1990s, the game was inspired by the early form of computer-based role playing games (like Ultima and Doom) which were popular in arcades at that time. A new idea came about with the development of a new type of game: the first person shooter. This type of game had become popular with a different audience, the hardcore" FPS" ("first person shooter") enthusiasts.
With the popularity of the first person shooter games, a new genre emerged: the Mortal Kombat video game. Initially, the game was only available as a single player arcade game, but with the success of its sequel, the game has since then been featured as a free online game for all users, regardless of their geographical location. The modern day version of the game is completely arcade based and is available for free online. The basic concept of the game is to shoot enemies or other objects (called "enemies" in the game) using a powerful "energy" weapon, called the "psuedo beam".
Due to the immense popularity of this franchise, there are already several derivative projects of it, released under various names. Some of these projects are the Mortal Kombat Dark Universe, which is a web-based adaptation of the original Mortal Kombat game, and the Mortal Kombat HD, which are a remake/portable version of the first two classic fighting games featuring the classic characters. Other projects include the Mortal Kombat Anniversary Collection, a special edition of the older arcade version, featuring improved graphics and extra features. In addition, several independent games based on the storyline of the Mortal Kombat games have also been released, such as Mortal Kombat Onysis and Mortal Kombat Demineral.
In the traditional version of the game, two characters are selected and are allowed to enter the battle using special moves only permitted by the God of War (Morgah). They are then joined by another participant, called the Spirit, who is chosen via a casting call. The winner is the one who possesses the most power: the one with the most health points and the most powerful weapons. The God of War is punished after a number of rounds of combat, and is transformed into the dragon form. With the help of the Spirit, the player is then able to take down the opponent, using special attacks only performed by the Spirit. The fighting games featuring the characters from the Mortal Kombat series have a wide variety of fatalities, giving the players a wide range of options.
In recent years, there have been some changes to the fatalities introduced in the earlier games of the series, most notably in the remakes. In previous versions, all the playable characters in the game would die when the last fighter standing is defeated by the opposing character. As a result, the concept of the mortal kombat fatality was lost in the transition to the newer games. However, some fans have remained true to the original concept and continue to select specific characters for their endings in the games featuring fatalities. There are also other fanatics who view the fatalities differently, claiming that they have no relevance whatsoever to the storyline, and could be considered pointless filler.
Regardless of the opinions regarding the use of the fatalities in the mortal kombat games, there is no disputing the fact that they do play an integral part in the game's popularity. The emphasis on finishing moves is designed to ensure that the players remain on the forefront of excitement and action for the duration of the game. The majority of fighting games feature some type of finish that either slows down the action or stops it entirely. The fatalities available in the Mortal Kombat series provide the opportunity to do just that. Their introduction has certainly helped to increase the popularity of the game, and given the success of the games in its wake, it seems likely that there will be a large amount of future titles featuring the concept as well.