News Archive - October, 2018
Pics and Video from Shang Tsung's Fight Night 2018
Galloping Ghost Arcade's Event was a Flawless Victory!

The team at Galloping Ghost Arcade have thrown together another excellent event: Shang Tsung’s Fight Night! This event gives fans a chance to interact with some of the actors and developers who were a part the arcade classics and helped make the original arcade classics. This event had been growing until it got so big it had to be renamed Kombat Kon, although it was downscaled a bit this year and morphed back into Shang Tsung’s Fight Night.

[Related Article: Kombat Kon Date Announced: October 27, 2018]

This event also marks the first time that the staff members Scott Howell, D'arque Bishop, CCShadow, and ]{0MBAT (tabmok99) have gotten together in 10 years. Of course, joining us is our newest member, FataLKaDe. Prior to the actual event, we managed to have a little get-together with a couple of the people from Netherrealm Studios, such as John Vogel (at Level 257) and Rigo Cortes (at an undisclosed location), and fans like Anthony from the Book of Remembrance and Skitter Comic patron Matt Kittredge:

Naturally, the highlight was the event itself, held on-site at Galloping Ghost and joined by Mortal Kombat veteran actors Philip Ahn, John Parrish, John Turk, Brian Glynn, and Chris Alexander, and even a surprise appearance by Ed Boon himself!

During the event, we also encountered Richard J. Cook, the developer of Super Combat Fighter:
One of the fun things to do there was a real-life game of Test Your Might:
They also had tournaments for each of the Mortal Kombat games there, and ran livestreams using direct feed from the actual arcade cabinets:
There was even a free fan-created guide for the Sega Genesis port of the first Mortal Kombat:
Of course, the actors provided signed photos (the smaller ones were free, the larger ones were $10 apiece):
One of the exclusives that Galloping Ghost Arcade was able to offer was a set of realistic hand-painted statues of the characters from the first three Mortal Kombat games:
There was some artwork available by Brandon Diaz, including not only prints but also some Air Scorpion and Air Cage t-shirts:
There were also a couple of prints for sale of Mortal Kombat-themed Fortnite skins, done by DecayNRS:
The arcade itself has over 640 arcade games, so rather than show you all of them, here are a couple that are tangentially related to Mortal Kombat, such as NBA Jam, The Grid, and Judge Dredd:
Of course, Galloping Ghost was kind enough to let us set up our livestream and interview some of the actors. Here’s some behind the scenes pics of us setting up:
And of course, the livestream itself (with a surprise appearance by Ed Boon himself):

This event occurred during a very busy time. While Shang Tsung’s Fight Night was going on, NetherRealm Studios Community Manager Tyler Lansdown was at TwitchCon, friend of the site Total-MK won a Mortal Kombat II tournament at PAX Australia, and even Payne Train Gaming was at GamerFest Ireland. We hope everyone enjoyed themselves, whatever event they went to in their corner of the world!
Prepare Yourself: Shang Tsung's Fight Night & MKO Meet & Greet

This weekend the Mortal Kombat community will be coming together for a special event tomorrow—Saturday, October 27th—in Brookfield, Indiana. Galloping Ghost Arcade, arguably one of the nation’s largest arcade venues will be hosting Shang Tsung’s Fight Night. This event open to the public is an intimate setting with the Mortal Kombat legends—including various actors from the original Mortal Kombat game releases. The guest list provided below will be in attendance for an informal meet and greet setting, but will also open up the opportunity for fans to get autographs and photos with their favorite MK stars. There will also be various tournaments available for titles including Mortal Kombat (1992), Mortal Kombat II, Ultimate Mortal Kombat 3, and Mortal Kombat 4. The cost of the event is included in the $20 admission to the arcade. The event itself is scheduled to begin at 1:00 pm Central.

The announced guest list includes:

  • John Parrish – Jax (MKII & UMK3)
  • Phillip Ahn, M.D./Shang Tsung MK2 – Shang Tsung (MKII)
  • John Turk – Sub-Zero, Shang Tsung, Scorpion (UMK3)
  • Brian Glynn – Shao Kahn (MKII & UMK3)
  • Christopher Alexander – Johnny Cage (MK Trilogy)
  • Other surprise guests

During the event on Saturday, make sure to catch our special live Twitch Stream event where we will be doing a special episode live from the event at 3:00 pm Central! There will be special giveaway opportunities live on the air. We will also be having a candid discussion as we look back at the last 20 years of Mortal Kombat Online. You do no want to miss out!

Also, we wanted all fans in the area to be aware all of the original staff members of this website will be at the Level 257 in Schaumburg, Illinois, tonight (October 26) at 7:00pm for dinner and games. If you are a fan of MKO and would like to hang out with our team, this is your chance. Feel free to send us a message on our Discord channel if you plan on joining us. Members in attendance include CCShadow, Scott-Howell, D’ArqueBishop, and ]{0MBAT (tabmok99).

Make sure to follow us on the official Mortal Kombat Online channel on Twitch to get notifications when we go live on Saturday afternoon. And as always, be sure to register and leave a comment on the discussion forums and follow us on Twitter and Facebook.

MK Online Twitch Stream Features Record Speedrunner Tomorrow
MK Online Stream Team go fast with speedrunner Outworld.

The next livestream on the MK Online Twitch channel will include special guest ! Update: You can now watch the complete archived video right below:

For those who aren’t familiar, Outworld is a popular streamer who has appeared on the Twitch front page in his native Australia. He currently holds the following speed running records, all of which are verified on speedrun.com:

  • Mortal Kombat 1: 6 minutes 40 seconds
  • Mortal Kombat II: 6 minutes 23 seconds
  • Mortal Kombat 3: 5 minutes 25 seconds
  • Killer Instinct (2013), Season 1: 11 minutes 18 seconds
  • Killer Instinct (2013), Season 2: 15 minutes 05 seconds
  • Mortal Kombat Mythologies: Sub-Zero: 49 minutes 32 seconds

Be sure to Mortal Kombat Online on Twitch to get notifications when we go live for regular chat sessions! While you’re there, give our special guest Outworld a follow as well! Register to leave all your feedback and comments on the discussion forums!

Super Combat Fighter, 2D Digitized Fighting Game, coming soon!

An up-and-coming 2D digitized fighting game has been announced: Super Combat Fighter! As the name implies, it has drawn inspiration from some major fighting games, including Street Fighter and Mortal Kombat. It has also drawn inspiration from other sources as well, including wrestling. The game is being developed by Critical Depth Games.

The digitization process involves filming the actors in front of a green screen and processing the images in Photoshop, similar to the process used in the classic Mortal Kombat titles. Some actors who have been announced to portray some of the fighters include Richard J. Cook (the game’s Creative Director), Ernie Reyes Jr. (who played Keno in Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles II: The Secret of the Ooze), and the most recently announced actor, John Parrish (Jax from Mortal Kombat II and 3). Check out this behind-the-scenes pic:

Some of the musical talent providing the game’s soundtrack include Andrew Hulshult (Quake Champions, Dusk, Brutal Doom) and Sixixix (Tonight We Riot). The game’s co-developer, Headless Chicken Games, is a Sony and Microsoft partner, meaning that not only is a PC release planned, but ports to Playstation 4 and Xbox One are also possible, and even a Switch port has been announced as a possibility as well.

Some of the games features include:

  • 7 playable fighters at launch (more as DLC)
  • Interactive arenas, including one called “SlamMania”
  • Secret codes reminiscent of the Kombat Kode system that allow for modifiers such as “Falling Heads” and “Screen Shake Every Hit”
  • Alternate modes of play such as “Giant Mode”

Nods to the classic MK games abound, such as the character “Ninja Team” which involves gratuitous use of palette swapping, an homage to “Toasty”, and what appears to be a top-down ring-out or stage Fatality ala The Pit II. The level of blood and gore is also right around the level MK fans have come to expect in their games! Check out the screenshots below:

For information, check out the project’s Kickstarter campaign as well as their home page. Also, be sure to watch this trailer for the game:

Interested in this game? Thinking about becoming a backer? Be sure to sign up for the forums and leave a comment!

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