The Mortal Kombat video game franchise has come a long way since it’s creation 1992. The series is known for its high levels of bloody violence, including, most notably, its Fatalities (finishing moves, requiring a sequence of buttons to perform).
Now with the release of Mortal Kombat X, NetherRealm Studios includes the franchises first gay character Kung Jin.
And its done subtly.
Kung Jin’s place in Mortal Kombat X’s plot isn’t as the “gay character,” he’s a character that just happens to be gay
Jin’s sexuality isn’t a major part of his story; in fact, it’s only alluded to twice. The first time, thunder god Raiden briefly tells Kung Jin, “Self-loathing has always been an unfortunate part of your make-up.” Later, when Kung Jin says that he can’t join the Shaolin monks because “they won’t accept” him, Raiden answers, “They care about only what is in your heart; not whom your heart desires.”
Jin’s character is a reformed thief, an archer, a monk, and a member of the Special Forces Unit.
With LGBT representation so lacking in the gamer world I applaud NetherRealm for the inclusion and the fact that his sexual preference is a part of his character and not the only thing that defines him.
Mortal Kombat X is the sequel to Mortal Kombat’s 2011 release and takes place two years after the defeat of Shao Kahn.