Total Nerd You Need To See The Original Capture Footage From Mortal Kombat  

Mick Jacobs

Decades after Mortal Kombat's debut in 1992, its influence upon gaming and pop culture cannot be understated. In fact, its success laid the foundation for pretty much every fighting game on the market today.

When developers at Midway Games set about creating Mortal Kombat, they wanted to give players the most authentic fighting experience possible without ever having to throw a physical punch.

To do this, developers modeled the playable characters' moves after real moves performed by professional fighters in a studio. Then, they digitized these moves and inserted them into Mortal Kombat, setting the stage for games like Soulcalibur, which sought more realistic depictions of battle.

The motion capture technology was revolutionary and it's fascinating to see exactly how graphic artists took the film footage, digitized it, and put it into the game. Watch the video below to get a glimpse into the making of Mortal Kombat.