Odd Pairings

Tuesday, December 2, 2008
There is an adage that states, "Don't judge a book by its cover", but because the message it conveys is so universal, it could really just be reduced to "Don't judge x by y".

For the purposes of this article, we'll call x a "a game" and we'll call y "the fact that they've combined DC comic book characters with Mortal Kombat, one of if not the most disparate and random combinations of intellectual properties in the history of video games".

You know. For the sake of example.

And I'm not judging! I've learned my lesson when it comes to this sort of thing. I remember the first time I heard that Squaresoft and--get this--Disney--were making a video game together. Yeah! Final Fantasy characters and Disney characters, together at last! I remember shaking my head in disbelief. I remember crying silently in the cold moonlight.

Well, not that last part.

I also remember the first time I saw the trailer for "Kingdom Hearts". (You can still see that trailer HERE. Click on the icon for the first KH game) and thinking


Or something equally enthused. I was sold.

I've yet to play Mortal Kombat vs. DC Universe, but reviewers so far have found the title lacking in some areas. While Kingdom Hearts has been wildly successful (we're about to see the release of the fourth and fifth games), this is due in large part to the mastermind writers and programmers at Square(Enix) and the huge amount of obsessive fans of both Final Fantasy and Disney. Mortal Kombat and DC comics have the same, but substantially less so.

What I want to know is:

How in the hell did they come up with putting these two things together? Did they put random IP's into a big black top hat and draw? Did they write it on the wall and throw darts?

I mean, obviously the Squaresoft and Disney guys all got drunk together and said "Hey, you know how we could make a fuckload--and I mean a fuckload of money?" I'm thinking the drinking thing must have happened with the Midway and DC guys but...the dialogue was probably more along the lines of "Hey, you know what would confuse the fuck out of people?"

I think we need to see more of this kind of thing.

Disney vs. DC!
Squaresoft vs. Mortal Kombat!
Marvel vs. Cap--oh wait.

Just sayin'. Where do they come up with this stuff?