Mortal Kombat 11 Developer Was Diagnosed with PTSD Due to Graphic Violence
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You’d walk around the office and one guy would be watching hangings on
YouTube, another guy would be looking at pictures of murder victims,
someone else would be watching a video of a cow being slaughtered.
I’d have these extremely graphic dreams, very violent. I kind of just
stopped wanting to go to sleep, so I’d just keep myself awake for days
at a time, to avoid sleeping.
The anonymous developer also mentioned that the development process
involved seeing Youtube videos and pictures of murder victims or animals
being slaughtered. “The scary part was always the point at which new
people on the project got used to it. And I definitely hit that point.”
Afterward, the developer saw a therapist who diagnosed him with Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).
Did... Did they really need to watch all that stuff for the project? There's plenty of fake stuff out there and anatomy books if you need to know what someone's innards look like.
I don't think anyone would mind if the gore wasn't realistic.
Mortal Kombat 11 while sold like hot cakes, can easily be marked as most controversial game in Mortal Kombat series.
Weren't the original MK games extremely controversial
And the controversy continued when Nintendo took the blood out of the SNES version
Pretty much responsible for the rating system, so I think that one deserves the honour.
Wow this is bloody mental, huge massive props to the developers!
I accidentally saw part of a video of someone getting murdered in a really cruel way and it made me feel awful for a few days. I can understand how seeing that stuff all the time could mess you up.
No, the game responsible for the rating system is not Mortal Kombat, but rather a much earlier game, Super Contra, or Super C on the NES.
Being made to actual depictions of people dying is pretty fucked up.
While yeah for theses animations they probably did need a lot of gore reference, most anatomy books wouldnt be enough, it should be management/HR 101 to make sure the artists you ask to make gore art can stomach it and arent having psychological repercussions from it, not everyone can work on that kind of stuff.
Multible companies during that time period had gave their own ratings for their games, but the games responsible for starting the ESRB were Mortal Kombat, Doom and Night Trap.
I really don't know why they actually had to look over real gore/deaths. Upping the ante and realism is understandable, but not to the point of actually seeing something gruesome in reality. MK always did fine with cartoony and over the top gore, if anything it's the exaggerated and unrealistic gore that made it both a visual treat and also leveled it at just the right amount where the gore isn't truly disturbing. This is almost as bad as the creator of Brutal Doom who used to use real pictures of dead corpses for in-game assets.
didn't the developers of dead space do something similar?
Looking up real gore references is common for games or movies with violence. You need reference for everything if youre making something believable and high fidelity. Can't make realistic scars/wound movie makeup without knowing what real wounds look like.
Again as I said above you should make sure everyone on the team has the profile for that kind of work.
Yeah they also saw car accident victims, though I think the people looking it up did it voluntarily.
Other fun fact I remember from development on 2, when recording dry heaving sounds for The Puker, the person in the booth actually ended throwing up because of it, and they decided to including that in as well
Hopefully this doesn't take away the fact of NetherRealms fucked working conditions, which at the least must have exacerbated the PTSD, besides looking at graphic violence.
Articles pinning PTSD on graphic violence for a game that is notoriously hailed for it's violence seems to me like the perfect scapegoat and just more fuel to naive gamers and half-assed ignorant opinions like "if they're so sensitive then don't work at a mortal kombat studios lmao!!!!!!!!!!!!"
If they could only bleach their eyes with images of breasts during development instead of having them covered up in the latest iterations.
Sorry wait, having that would be much more traumatizing than extreme gore.
.....fake stuff is fake. You're making a video game designed to be gory and violent and you're going to use cartoon caricatures as your reference material? lol enjoy literally everyone shitting on your game
Guess I should've prefaced that with sarcasm but I'll take all the boxes for it.
Imagine the previous game you worked on was Injustice 2, a borderline bloodless and far more cartoony title, and then getting pushed into working on Mortal Kombat, suddenly instead of studying DC comics and cartoons, you now are having to put time into watching gore videos in order to animate fatalities
you're allowed to think before hitting "Post Reply", and you're also allowed to just delete the post and not post it
I'm genuinely confused on why the fuck they would use actual images of gore and death as inspiration. Like its not that hard to find inspiration for gore n shit without going into the "Fucked up" crap. I swear to fuck this probably started with some dumbass board member or lead developer going "We want the best possible, to the point its realistic"
It's been about a decade and I'm still occasionally haunted by the screams of Kyle Dinkheller
Man you're not joking. It's probably been over 10 years since I saw that video and I still struggle thinking about it.
I remember watching it, knowing what would happen and just begging for it to turn out differently.
Nah, I posted it as a tongue in cheek response about the Western game industry and I'll let people cast their opinions on it.
Yes it's ridiculous that the developers were made to (probably not forced, but as a byproduct of the crunch) watch gory videos as research, but quite frankly it's also ridiculous that the game industry believes this less harmful on peoples' minds and mental health than sexual content in games. That was the point I was trying to lightheartedly touch on, but it came on as more of a shitpost.
Off topic but MK has always been terrible at doing sexy so I'm honestly happy they covered up their amazonian monstrosities this time around.
Literally everyone can tell the sarcasm is there it’s just stupid as hell
It's not a name i've heard before but i don't really want to look it up, what happened?
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