EVO is billed as a “family event” and that’s all fine and good, but the problem is that MK is not a typical “family game.” This is a game from a series that was largely responsible for the institution of the rating system on games today because of how “objectionable” the powers that be considered it. It is filled with brutality and gore. Especially this new incarnation of it that shows off “battle damage” as matches go on. Characters can be given severe lacerations that not only splatter persistent blood on themselves and the stage, but also clearly show bone, muscles, and organs beneath. And then there are MK’s take on the super combo, “X-Rays,” which are only different from Fatalities in the sense that they don’t dismember or otherwise incapacitate a character since the match has to be able to continue after, which everyone that is watching the match, both in attendance and on the stream, is going to see.
Where is the line drawn? And for that matter, why does a line even need to be drawn? How does one decide that a characters head being cut off is more objectionable than a view of their skull being shattered or a close up of an internal organ being destroyed? What makes seeing a character dismembered or vivisected worse than seeing them impaled? What’s the point of censoring fatalities when there is just as much gore displayed without them? The only difference is that the majority of the gore during a match is shown over time, where as the gore after a match is all shown at once.
Surely the EVO board had to be aware of all this when they decided to include it in this years competition, which is why I find this so baffling. I don’t understand why censorship is even an issue. MK has been accepted as one of the main events at one of the biggest fighting game tournaments in the world. It should be fully embraced for what it is.
I’m not going to say that censoring fatalities would be idiotic because there are probably factors and considerations that the EVO board is aware of that I am not, but I will say this; Censoring MK in any way during an event that is intentionally showcasing it would be like Accademia putting underwear on Michelangelo’s David.