Day 28 | Mortal Kombat II
I had some trouble figuring out which version of the game to talk about. Mortal Kombat II in the arcade was one of the first games I truly wanted to get better at and began playing with a regular set of people that I only knew because they were frequenting the machine as much as I was. There was something cool at that arcade environment, especially around fighting games. After a while though we began to trade tips, information, and learn each other’s patterns to some degree, helping me to get better. Seeing it like that for the first time was breathtaking in a way, not just the blood and guts, but how awesome the characters look with so much detail and color contrast. I jumped at the chance to own the home console version, loving the slightly different roster, more story, and new wave of fatalities. The game was more than that to me though, more than violence or cheap thrills, as I ended up putting in hours of practice, but finding that it helped me in a greater way. MK2 was a big part in me learning to deal with my anger, since I was getting into so many fights at school in those years. This game was a good retreat and I did get frustrated with it a few times, but there was always that desire to play with friends or just practice. Beating the game the first time was a rush, finally overcoming Shao Kahn and watching him explode. Looks cheesy now, but back then it was just satisfying. I enjoyed the first MK, but this was the one that really cemented me as a lifelong fan of the franchise.