Judge Dredd arcade game - Title Screen

Did You Know About The Judge Dredd Arcade Game?

In October of 1992 Mortal Kombat was released by Midway Games. Did you know however that Midway Games was also working on another title well known for over the top violence? The Judge Dredd arcade game was developed around the same time as Mortal Kombat II. In fact as you can plainly see below, one could spot Goro on a leash. However the game while reaching the prototype stage was ultimately cancelled.
Judge Dredd arcade game - Goro on a leash

Using the same motion capture technology that would make Mortal Kombat stand out. The developers even used the same hardware from Mortal Kombat II. Also of interest is the Judge Dredd arcade game was intended to be a 3 player game. The team even used a control panel from 1988’s Narc when designing the prototype cabinets. Of which there were apparently four made before the game was axed due in part to low test numbers.
Judge Dredd arcade game - Control Panel

The title was obviously part of the beat ’em up genre. Similar in concept to games like Streets of Rage and it’s predecessor Final Fight. Although having said that the Judge Dredd arcade game appears to have had some interesting design choices. For example your attacks weren’t limited to just left and right, but up and down as well. Naturally it gives the brawler more of the feel of a 3D environment.
Judge Dredd arcade game - Block War

Then we have the fact the game captures a lot of what makes the comic book character so awesome. The digitized speech as well as the myriad background nods to the series are evident. In particular, I am rather fond of the ‘No Drowning’ proclamation in the sewer level.
Judge Dredd arcade game - No Drowning

Now when I first stumbled upon video of the gameplay I just assumed it was produced for the Judge Dredd film in ’95. It turns out that is partially true as the film had just been announced. But the fact of the matter is that Midway had struck gold with another film turned video game. That was of course 1991’s Terminator 2: Judgement Day!

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Friends, surprisingly enough the Judge Dredd arcade game was also inspired by the popularity of Konami’s TMNT game. While the game itself never made it to mass production, we have those geniuses at Chicago’s arcade mecca Galloping Ghost to thank for making an actual cabinet. In fact, in the 2015 video below you can hear owner and head guru Doc Mack talking about the game itself.

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You’ve heard a little about the Judge Dredd arcade game now. Ready to see it in action?

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Friends, I am certainly thinking about doing a special Diary podcast. Cherry-picking some of the games that were almost released like with Gremlins!

Mortal Kombat Live - Shang Tsung

Mortal Kombat Live Tour TV Interview (1996)

Yes, even in my youth when Dinosaurs ruled the Earth, Mortal Kombat was a pretty big thing. I became a fan of the game rather quickly. It wasn’t the violent martial arts aspect that drew me in. Although I totally did dig playing Johnny Cage, especially using his Shadow Kick move. For myself I was enamored with two elements above all. The mythology of the MK game as well as Goro, who was obviously stop motion animation. Of course this was all back in 1992, four years before the Mortal Kombat Live Tour would be unleashed.
Mortal Kombat Live - MK Live Tour Poster

Now in all honesty, it was 1993’s Mortal Kombat II that really got the ball rolling for Kombat fever. Ed Boon and John Tobias raised the bar on the amount of characters you could play. As well as seriously expanding the mythos of the game universe. Having said that however… the mythology of the game has always been fluid. Mortal Kombat II was a huge success for Midway Games and with it the merchandising began.
Mortal Kombat Live Tour - Mortal Kombat II Magazine

While I will certainly admit to being biased when it comes to characters in the game series. I believe that much of the success of Mortal Kombat II was due to Kung Lao. The former Order of Light warrior who chose to join the White Lotus Society. To better defend Earthrealm against the dark forces of Shao Khan. Of course, Kung Lao, is in fact my favorite Mortal Kombat character. Ever. It might have something to do with being a sharp dresser, not to mention that razor sharp hat he sports.
Mortal Kombat Live Tour - Kung Lao

After the releases of Mortal Kombat III as well as Ultimate MK3. It was time for the game series to step into a new direction. A live action film in 1995 starring the likes of Christopher Lambert and Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa. Helmed by the future Director of Event Horizon, Resident Evil and AVP: Alien vs. Predator, Paul W.S. Anderson.

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You might recall that in 1990, the popularity of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles led to a live tour. With comic books, music, toys, and of course video games being so popular. Is it any wonder that the Mortal Kombat Live Tour would come to be?
Mortal Kombat Live - Sonya Blade

To be honest, the show in fact debuted at the Radio Music City Hall in September of 1995. After that it went on a 200 city tour for 1996, featuring none other than Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa. No, not as Shang Tsung like he portrayed in the hit film, but as one of the fight coordinators!

[Via] Mortal Kombat Secrets

Obviously to drum up excitement for the Mortal Kombat Live Tour, the cast would appear on local television. Like in this 1996 segment from the KTLA 5 News in Los Angeles.

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Mortal Kombat Live - Scorpion

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Teenage Mutant Ninja Duvets

Being a parent is awesome, especially when your offspring like the same stuff that you enjoyed at their age. In this case, my seven year old LOVES the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles! Sadly this isn’t the 80’s animated version from my youth, but rather the 2012 update.

No matter though, his love for TMNT grants me a special connection that extends to everything – even to pillow cases and duvets! After upgrading the theme in my son’s room, we bought him lovely new bedding featuring his favourite half-shell heroes. He was happy, but I couldn’t help feel a little annoyed about the lack of choice we had.

Could we only purchase items depicting the modern interpretation of the characters? Thankfully not! Official channels are a little lacking in retro Turtle, but if you look further afield, you can find some totally bodacious fan-made and vintage bedding.

Here are a few items that I’d like to see in my room

Vintage Sheet, over on Etsy, hopefully not soiled in the 90’s

In the market for some vintage pillow cases? Etsy again has you (ahem) covered!

Need a cushion? Made from an old T-Shirt? or hand-made from vintage fabric?

There are hundreds of items like these on sites like Etsy, but in my opinion the really good stuff can be found with the Print-on-demand online retails like RedBubble and Society6.

How about some duvet covers from Society6?

And to finish off the room, why not grab a good looking clock from RedBubble?

I could easily add another 50 images, covering everything from curtains to canvas prints, floor rugs to lamp shades, and beyond. But the purpose of this post is to open your eyes to the possibilities!

And if you can’t find what you’re looking for? Go create your own designs, upload them and buy your own products! The duvet cover at the start of this post is one of mine. I didn’t create the pixel design, that one is from Konami’s arcade TMNT game, but I did a little processing work and added some colour, and now I can sleep in pixelated style!

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Mario Paint

Watch The TMNT Intro Via Mario Paint!

While it is certainly fair to say that the 1987 Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles cartoon series was aimed at children. It nevertheless helped make the previously underground comic book characters into media superstars. To say nothing of the merchandising empire it would create with toys, clothing, and a new comic series based on the animated series. Having said that though I don’t believe anyone ever expected to see the intro rendered by way of the Super Nintendo’s Mario Paint program!
Mario Paint - Mike Matei

This was done by Mike Matei of Cinemassacre. Furthermore it is not as if he digitized the opening intro of the animated show. He drew each frame by hand – starting in July of this year and just finishing in December. Each Mario Paint animation cell took him generally a half hour or more.
mike-matei-tmnt-mario-paint

What I’m saying is, Mike delivered something very special. In addition to his hard work, throw in the cover of the TMNT series song by James Ronald. You then have a bit of animation that reaches EPIC levels of awesomeness!

Enough of my jabbering. Sit down and watch how you use Mario Paint to bring the TMNT intro to life!

[Via] Cinemassacre

I really want to thank Daniel XIII for the heads up on this!
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