Ever since franchise’s early 90’s debut, the Mortal Kombat’s extremely violent finishing moves, Fatalities, have pretty much stolen the show. Thanks to advanced hardware and unprecedented graphical capabilities, the most recent entry in the series, Mortal Kombat X, arguably has the most brutal Fatalities the series has to offer. While most of the hardcore gaming community remains enthusiastic about this iconic gameplay feature, non-video game playing elders are… not quite as excited.
A few days ago, a video from the popular Elders React series on YouTube showed the titular elders having a blast playing Mortal Kombat X, tournament style. For those familiar with the Elders React videos, watching the participants respond positively to a video game was a rare treat. Unfortunately, any enthusiasm the players had for the game is now gone, as they’ve since been exposed to Mortal Kombat X’s ridiculously over-the-top Fatalities. Well, it was fun while it lasted.
“Everyone one of them is horrible. I don’t know which one of them is more horrible than the other,” said one of the elders. Indeed, none of the participants seemed to enjoy the experience – except for Rock. Rock admitted that, yes, he still liked the game even after watching a highlight real of the game’s most violent Fatalities.
Out of all of the participants, a woman named Shirley seemed to be most offended by what she was seeing. “That’s disgusting,” she says at one point. “That should be illegal.”
None of the elders thought too highly of the Fatalities, and that extended to the people who play the game, too, who they seem to think are dumb or uncultured. After seeing Johnny Cage rip his opponent open, stick his head through the hole, and exclaim, “Here’s Johnny!” in an obvious homage to The Shining, elder Libby says, “I bet the people playing this don’t even understand the reference.”
The elders aren’t fans of NetherRealm Studios themselves, either. Shirley says, “Shame on whoever put that out. Shame.” Libby adds, “These are people who could change the world and I go, ‘Why are you putting your energy into really gratuitous and obscene violence?'”
Another elder points out, “This is too much, at least, for youngsters to be able to get to.” That’s a good point. While Mortal Kombat X is rated M for Mature, children are definitely playing it. When professional fighting gamer Justin Wong encountered one such child playing Mortal Kombat X online, the pro decided to troll the kid by spamming rockets with Jax, frustrating the child so much that he disconnected from the game.
Besides TheFineBros “react” videos, another YouTuber released a video of his father reacting to Mortal Kombat X Fatalities. While not quite as animated as the React Channel video, it’s still worth a watch for a few laughs.
Mortal Kombat X is currently available on PC, PS4, and Xbox One.