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Phils Game/Pop Music Similarities #273 - Ludicrous Gibson


Featuring Mortal Kombat and blues.

Greetings fellow game music lovers,

ah, Mortal Kombat. One of the greater long-running fighting game franchises. Often compared to the earlier released Street Fighter 2, it stood out from the other games of the time by its digitized graphics, fast paced gameplay, extensive lore and of course its ultraviolence embodied mostly by its series-defining fatality system. One of the sparks of the great 90s video game violence debate alongside Doom and Night Trap.

With Mortal Kombat 12 scheduled for this years release, it might be a good time to have a look at the early entries that made the series known. And we'll start with the very first game in the franchise from 1992, more specifically a certain sequence from the character select screen:

I think that this sequence has a very bluesy sound. And indeed, occasionally you can hear in blues music sequences of similar nature, usually in the the form of a spontaneus outburst of the performer:

Magic Sam - "Every Night And Every Day" (1990):

Lightning Hopkins - "Blues is a Feeling" (1962): (note: Hopkins often uses this to my experience)

"That mean old Twister" (1946):

Buster Benton - "Crossroads Blues" (before 1965):

Another MK next week? We'll see!

Phil out.

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