Injustice: The Merging of Realms

by Luke Wongsuwan
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The merging of realms is a concept that appears within the Mortal Kombat video game series, but can also be applied to factors other than inter-dimensional clashes between Outworld and Earthrealm.  In fact, YouTube user “The Jovenshire” has created a video in which Injustice: Gods Among Us video game footage is edited together with audio from Mortal Kombat 3.  Specifically, the video showcases a concept called a “mash-up,” which is a piece of media that combines two or more elements from two separate, but possibly related, media products (i.e. a mash-up music album, featuring samples of Linkin Park instrumentals topped with Jay-Z vocals).  Essentially, The Jovenshire has created a mash-up that features video footage of Batman versus a character called Cyborg, and audio data of Scorpion-utterances and Scorpion-sound effects that perfectly synchronize with the onscreen actions.

The Escapist claims that, within this mash-up, Injustice: Gods Among Us “finds its aural roots,” and one might be hard-pressed to disagree with such a statement, particularly because of this simple idea: whether or not they are gamers, fans of DC Comics and the DC Universe might have had great difficulty finding Injustice in stores without the foundation of NetherRealm studios and their predecessors, Midway Games, Inc.; rather, this is to say that Injustice does not merely find its aural roots in Mortal Kombat, but it finds its existential roots in the MK series as a fighting game.  However, whether or not Injustice can hold its own alongside games in the Mortal Kombat series is a separate issue to be determined by the fans and gamers.

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Source: The Escapist

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