The Kombat Pavilion

January 2, 2019
5 Mortal Kombat Facts Everyone Gets Wrong

There's a lot of things about Mortal Kombat's history–mostly behind-the-scenes stuff, rather than the lore-related stuff I usually cover–that are often misunderstood by the MK-playing public. Even hardcore fans tend to get certain details wrong. So without further ado, I present to you the Five MK Facts Everyone Gets Wrong:

The topics covered include:
  • Ermac (Error Macro) in MK1
  • Daniel Pesina and the Bloodstorm Ad
  • Kano is Australian
  • Motion Capture vs. Digitization
  • Eric Kinkead as Shang Tsung
See you next time, Pavilion fans!

November 20, 2018
The Complete Saga of Shinnok's Amulet

How much time have you spent thinking about Shinnok's Amulet? If you're like me, probably all the time. Once in a while it'll be called something else, like "Quan Chi's Amulet" or "The Amulet of Shinnok" or even "tabmok99's Amulet". Well, here's the whole history behind it, including how many times it's changed hands, all the way from its humble beginnings in Mortal Kombat Mythologies: Sub-Zero to its humble ending in Mortal Kombat X:

Whether you learned something new, or just enjoyed it for what it is because you already knew it all, I hope you had fun with this one and will join me again for the next one!

Edit: Transcript now available!

June 5, 2018
The Secret Origins of Shang Tsung and Quan Chi

Ever wonder about the origins of Shang Tsung and Quan Chi (known together as the Deadly Alliance)? Many MK fans have a vague idea of where they're from - Earthrealm, Outworld, Netherrealm, or somewhere not yet mentioned. Well, here is an in-depth look at the various (and oftentimes conflicting) reports on where these two really come from:

Lots of trivia addressed in this vid as we explored this topic more deeply than anyone ever has before! See you next time, Pavilion fans!

April 28, 2018
Does Kano Actually Have a Son?

Here's an interesting ending to ponder: Does Kano actually have a son? I mean, sure, Kano's son was shown in Kano's ending in Mortal Kombat X, but endings are non-canon. So it should be up in air.

Not so fast, padre. If Kano does have a son, he must have already him for quite some time, and any parts of endings that reveal previously unknown facts about the past have always been held up as canon.

But, watch the video yourself, see both sides of the debate, and make up your own midn! See you next update, guys.

January 14, 2018
What's the Deal with Chameleon?

There's not a whole lot of information about Chameleon, so I put together a video showcasing everything there is to know about him:

For this, I busted out copies of MK Trilogy and Armageddon (the only two games where he officially appeared) as well as Ultimate MK3, where he is accessible via a cheat device such as Pro Action Replay. There's not really much else to go by since he's never appeared in any other media (comics, books, movies, TV shows, books, etc.).

There's also a word in here from John Tobias, courtesy of an email exchange between him the MK Encyclopedia team! So thanks for watching, and see you at the next update!

January 4, 2018
The Chicago Mortal Kombat Tour

I'm a little late sharing this, but this is a must-see! A while back, I came up with the idea of doing a tour around Chicago and visiting all the places that are important to Mortal Kombat. It turns out that Total MK (Luke) had the same idea, and so a number of us hardcore MK fans went around the town doing exactly this - including MK Universe (MK Dan), Team RipSet (Ryan), Fraysol (Fred), Aaron, Jasper, and Nashman Aguilar (one of the artists working on the Kombatpedia project)! So check out the 2-part series here:

Some of the places we visit include:
  • Fantasy Costumes (where all the costumes for MK1/MKII/MK3 were purchased)
  • The publishing house that did the MK1/MKII comic book
  • The KFC where Boon came up with Reptile
  • NetherRealm Studios headquarters
  • The old Midway building
  • Chinatown - the scene of the Courtyard!
  • Times Square Arcade (what's left of it)
  • A forest that was actually the scene of The Living Forest
  • Diversions Arcade (again, what's left of it)
  • The Bridge/The Street
  • The Waterfront

This was an amazing thing to be able to do and it was very exciting to be a part of it. Thanks again to Total MK for editing this together. See you at the next update, Pavilion fans!

November 25, 2017
The Kombat Kollection of Kombat Pavilion Intros

As hinted at last update, this is the 20-year anniversary of the site - and it's time to celebrate! And what better way to do that, than to put together every single flash intro the Kombat Pavilion has ever had? Because that's exactly what I did here:

Well, be on the lookout for more Mortal Kombat kontent, as always!

November 15, 2017
Is Reiko Shao Kahn

It's been a long time since I wrote about the Reiko/Kahn issue, so the time has come to revisit this topic.

This month is also the 20-year anniversary of the Kombat Pavilion, so look for a special celebration video about that soon!

September 18, 2017
The Books that Inspired Mortal Kombat

There's been a few books that have provided inspiration to the Mortal Kombat series over the years. I have taken the liberty of tracking them down, reading them, and making a brief summary for your viewing pleasure. Check it out here:

Here are the books discussed in the video:Feel free to check out any and all of the books mentioned in the video by checking the links above.

In the meantime, I'm getting ready to travel to Kombat-Kon. I've always got more ideas for videos, so stay tuned for further updates!

August 9, 2017
The Unknown History of Animalities

Here’s a little known fact: In Mortal Kombat 3, most of the live action footage came from a nature documentary series called Predators of the Wild. Well, for the first time ever, you can see the clips from that series and the corresponding Animality, side-by-side! Enjoy:

See you next update, Pavilion fans!

July 13, 2017
Johnny Cage Movies

It’s about time someone made a comprehensive list of Johnny Cage movies! I scoured 25 years of Mortal Kombat history and put together the complete known filmography of Johnny Cage. Included is every single mention from the games, comics, movies, webseries, and promotional videos over the years to present every title every mentioned. As a bonus, I threw in other actors that Johnny has associated with and even the names of some of the movie studios!

Until the next update, Pavilion visitors!

May 16, 2017
DC/Injustice Characters Who Actually Fit the Mortal Kombat Universe

Here's a list I made of five characters from the Detective Comics (DC) universe who would actually fit really well into the atmosphere of Mortal Kombat:

See you next time, Kombat Pavilion fans!

April 27, 2017
MK Movie Q&A

Props to moviedude18 (Kory Davis) for putting together a really exciting event—a showing of the Mortal Kombat movie at the Chinese Theatre in Hollywood, with a Q&A featuring director Paul Anderson, and actors Chris Casamassa (Scorpion), Robin Shou (Liu Kang), and Linden Ashby (Johnny Cage). It was a blast to be able to meet these guys and participate in the Q&A. A lot of fans participated by wearing Mortal Kombat t-shirts, and a few even cosplayed as their favorite characters. Here are some pictures from the event:

Due to a scheduling conflict, Chris couldn’t stay until after the movie ended. So he got his own Q&A session before it began. You can watch this session here:

After the film ended, the next Q&A session with Paul, Robin, and Linden took place. You can watch it here:

A huge thanks once again to all the cast and crew who were able to attend–especially Linden, whose leg was in a cast following surgery, but he still pushed himself to go for the benefit of the fans. Thanks to the Chinese Theatre for hosting the event. And thanks to Kory for making the whole thing happen!

April 20, 2017
Character Analysis of the Baddies: Baraka and Reptile

Sorry I got behind on the updates. I posted this Baraka video on YouTube a while back but neglected to update the Pavilion with it. Well, here it is in all of its glory:

Now, after that, check out this newer one, about the many kontradictions of Reptile:

So enjoy these videos and just know I'm always working on more. Well, at least, I've got ideas for more.

January 4, 2017
My Niece and Nephew Share Some MK Catchphrases

Holidays is for family, and this year, I spent the season with my niece and nephew. See the kinds of things they've learned (about Mortal Kombat obviously) in the videos below:

Talk about kuteness overload! See you next udpate, loyal Pavilion fans!

October 16, 2016
Johnny Cage Tattoo T-Shirt Giveaway

You know how, in the last two Mortal Kombat games, Johnny Cage has a tattoo of his own name on his chest?

Well, at some point I realized that would make a great idea for a t-shirt:

So, I am going to give one away to one lucky winner. To enter the giveaway, just watch this video and follow the rules enumerated within:

This contest is open to any and all residents of Earthrealm. Good luck!

September 30, 2016
The Shujinko Game News

Hello all,

Lots of big news concerning the Shujinko Game. First, YouTube user Lawrence237 has created a Let’s Play going through the entire game:

Let's Play The Shujinko Game

Second, I released a video, showing where to get every Krypt key in the game:

The Shujinko Game - All Krypt Keys

Third, and finally, MK Online user SSMFD translated the entire game into Spanish. That’s right, now the Spanish-speaking community can enjoy El Juego de Shujinko!

So download The Shujinko Game spanish translation here.

See you next update!

August 29, 2016
More Lore Videos

I've put together a couple more videos about the Mortal Kombat lore. Mortal Kombat has a rich backstory (more than most fighting games) and there are a lot of questions that come up from time to time. The first is about Liu Kang and Kung Lao, and the possibility that they could be brothers/cousins/relatives (or not):

Read the transcript here.

The second one is about the history of Jax's metal arms:

Until next time!

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