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- The uber-violent Mortal Kombat was inspired by 80s action blockbusters like Big Trouble in Little China and Jean-Claude Van Damme’s Bloodsport; in fact, classic Mortal Kombat character Johnny Cage is a direct nod to Jean-Claude, even sharing his initials!
Mortal Kombat had tons of fans in arcades, but not so much in Congress. Their concerns over the glorified violence of MK’s iconic finishing moves led directly to the creation of the ESRB and standardized game ratings; thankfully, that didn’t stop the franchise from continuing to deliver jaw-dropping (literally) fatalities in the future.