If you’ve seen any of the clips of the new Mortal Kombat game I’ve run on TR, you’ve seen bits and pieces of the “X-ray Attack,” where certain attacks break bones, and the screen shows the characters’ bones shattering into a jillion pieces. Yes, it’s very silly, but it’s very appropriate for Mortal Kombat, so I would think MK fans would be excited; anyways, there’s this new video showcasing the attacks specifically. It kind of sums up everything that annoys me about Mortal Kombat — I can easily buy that one punch could break a rib or two, but to punch someone so hard both the front and back of their skull breaks? Yeah, that’s dumb. I know it sounds ridiculous to criticize the realism of Mortal Kombat, a game full of ninjas and lightning gods and demons, but if you’re going to go out of your way to make the game realistically violent, I’m of the opinion you should make the violence realistic. Hell, I don’t even know that these X-ray Attacks are finishing moves — I find it far too likely that Scorpion can still have half a lifebar and continue fighting even after his skull’s been shattered and his brain liquefies. Indeed, that sounds exactly like Mortal Kombat to me. Thanks to Haz for the tip.
Robert Bricken is one of the original co-founders of the site formerly known as Topless Robot, and its first editor-in-chief, serving from 2008-12. He brought the site to prominence with “nerd news, humor and self-loathing” as its motto, raising it from total internet obscurity to a readership in the millions, with help from his savage “FAQ” movie reviews and Fan Fiction Fridays. Under his tenure Topless Robot was covered by Gawker, Wired, Defamer, New York magazine, ABC News, and others, and his articles have been praised by Roger Ebert, Avengers actor Clark Gregg, comedian and The Daily Show correspondent John Hodgman, the stars of Mystery Science Theater 3000 and Rifftrax, and others. He is currently the managing editor of io9.com. Despite decades as both an amateur and professional nerd, he continues to be completely unprepared for either the zombie apocalypse or the robot uprising.