Yahoo! recently posted an article in regards to the top ten most controversial video games of all time. Listed amongst such franchises such as Doom, Grand Theft Auto, and the never-released Night Trap was none other than everyone's favorite franchise, Mortal Kombat. From the article:

Don't let the bad grammar fool you: Midway knew exactly what it was doing when it unleashed this brutal challenger to Capcom's coin-op champ Street Fighter back in 1992. Thanks to incredibly lifelike graphics made possible through digitizing human actors, Mortal Kombat quickly became a breakout hit, but its sheer brutality and chilling "Fatalities" made it an easy target for anti-violence crusaders. Along with Night Trap, Mortal Kombat was singled out as a prime example of inexcusable game violence during heated Congressional hearings in 1993, the result of which led to the formation of the ESRB ratings system. Not a flawless victory.

One should note that while the article faults MK for helping implement the ESRB ratings system, one cannot deny its place in history for this and it is precisely this type of self-regulation of the video game industry which actually prevented other games from being pulled from the shelves altogether.

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