Why do Mortal Kombat 3 players still insist on keyboard controls 27 years later?

David Craddock, producer on the FPS Documentary and the author of previous video game history books like Dungeon Hacks and the Stay a while and listen series on Blizzard, launched a Kickstarter for a new series of video game history books: Long Live Mortal Kombat.

Craddock compiles interviews with developers who worked on the classic fighting game, as well as fans and competitive players at various points in the series’ lifespan to create a three-part narrative story of Mortal Kombat. The first volume, The Fatalities and Fandom of the Arcade Era, is all about the games’ roots in the arcades, as well as the early efforts to bring Mortal Kombat to home consoles and PCs.

In the book material provided exclusively for PC Gamer, Craddock delves into the development of ports of Mortal Kombat 3, including the PC version, and the development difficulties for wild west gaming hardware of the 1990s.

Long Live Mortal Kombat

Mike “Metroid” Sharif-Riazy, one of the most diehard members of “klassic” MK games, has modified his battle stick to create a hybrid keyboard/stick peripheral. (Image credit: David Craddock)
Long Live Mortal Kombat

David Craddock is the author of Long Live Mortal Kombat, as well as books on Diablo, X-COM, and other classic games.