The (many) different ways these characters can hack, splice, and disembowel each other with a certain X, Y, left, left, down combination almost seem gratuitous; series connoisseurs also enjoy subhuman acts like shooting flames from eyeballs, spears from open hands, and a sno-cone machine from some dude’s breath.
However, with the recent patch — known as Patch 1.02 — for the game, it seems NetherRealm (the makers of Mortal Kombat) have added something a little different to the game. Sensitivity?
According to gaming blog Kotaku, one of Mortal Kombat X’s new characters is discernibly gay.
Meet Kung Jin.
He’s your regular Shaolin Monk with a certain panache for archery, brutality, and the occasional decapitation. However, among his quiver and armor in the closet, there’s something else in there for the gamer — his sexual orientation. And it’s all on display for the world to see in this cut scene with Raiden.
Evidently, Raiden is having a deep conversation with Kung-Jin while the gamer is swept away into story mode. He is trying to convince the troubled monk to honor his ancestors to become a warrior and then this happens:
“Self-loathing has always been an unfortunate part of your make-up,” observes Raiden.
Kung Jin replies, “I can’t… they won’t… accept…” Raiden interrupts him, saying “They care only about what is in your heart. Not whom your heart desires.”
Maybe because he’s a monk, the conversation is based on the fact that celibacy is a tough vow to honor and the dude has a thing for the ladies…or he has a thing for people that others may not accept.
Either way, who cares. The guy can shoot an arrow in your eyeballs and kick you in the mouth in a matter of seconds. I double-dog dare you to make fun of his boyfriend.