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Many major video game anniversaries are currently being held, and next year is no exception. One of the bigger celebrations is the 30 years of the famous brutal and bloody violent Western fighting game. Mortal Kombat..

Prior to the anniversary milestone, the series co-creator Edboon shared a behind-the-scenes “fun” footage so fans could see directly (well, some sort of) what it was. I decided to do I wanted to see these games created in terms of “flying the wall”.

The first move he shared was Scorpion’s iconic “Get over here!”. The movement of the spear. This is a clip that also shows it in the original Mortal Kombat:

Boone also shared a series of follow-up tweets we have put together here:

We did make a lot of preparations for the video shoot, but some ideas came up during the shoot. With the Scorpion Spear, it started with “Do you know what a cool butt movement is?” From there you can see the flies on the wall and we are working on the details.

One of those details was the speed at which the scorpion threw a spear. The spear had to be fast enough to surprise and catch the opponent. This meant making the animation simple and with fewer frames. I also wanted the spear to pass over the duck’s opponent, so I kept it at chest height.

We were so harsh in our memory that we didn’t even capture the reaction of the victims. Instead, I borrowed it from an existing animation frame. You can hear stories about reusing one of the victim’s “knockdown” animations when the victim first hits the spear.

He also borrowed the victim’s “fatal dizziness” frame and showed that he was stunned after being drawn in. Reusing existing animations was one of the many tricks I used to save memory, but it was even more limited in 1991.

There are some things that make me laugh when I see this many years later. (Ninja) Count the number of times I see my arm reach out from the right side in an attempt to imitate the movement.Listen again @therealsaibot (Mortal Kombat co-creator John Tobias) says he wants to make the rope like a snake by saying “shh shh”.

Also … Did you notice that young Ed Boon really likes to explain things using the word “WAH”? WTF?

Finally, there was so much involvement in creating this classic movement (fx, sound), but eventually it became synonymous with Mortal Kombat, future games, movies, television, animation, comics!

We would like to release more videos like this (flying on the wall) in the future for the 30th anniversary of Mortal Kombat with crossed fingers.

In 2021 we saw the release of a new live-action Mortal Kombat movie. Mortal Kombat 11 Over 12 million marks worldwide, new animated films have been released. NetherRealm also took the time to make the latest entry in the series-announced that it will end DLC support to focus on the “next project”.

Are you excited about the 30th anniversary of Mortal Kombat in 2022? What did you think of Ed’s history lesson above? Please leave a comment below.