Galloping Ghost Arcade in Brookfield IL held it’s 5th annual Shang Tsung Fight Night on April 18th, just days after Mortal Kombat X’s release here in the Chicago area where it all began. Check out the video above for a quick showcase!
Dock Mack, proprietor and organizer of the event, once again brought out many of the original cast members from the original Mortal Kombat series. For those of you too young to remember, these were the games that had actual real live action actors as their fighters. Yup. This is your daddy’s MK.
Aside from the actors being in attendance to meet and greet many of their fans, Galloping Ghost also held it’s annual Mortal Kombat tournament. Hence Shang Tsung’s Fight Night. This year, many popular pro members of the MK community received real life scrolls inviting them to come partake in the tournament. We had Elite Etc from Chile and Perfect Legend from what I saw, and a few others. But it wasn’t all about the pros, there were many tourneys for many of the MK games on the floor. Can’t play for squat in MK9 or X but used to wreck it with MK2? Then you would have signed up for that one. I myself chose to participate in the Ultimate Mortal Kombat 3 one as it was my most played game of back in the day. (Even though MK2 was my favorite).
This year saw a large attendance of actors and fans, as hundreds of people showed up at the arcade, right at opening.
Mortal Kombat Actors in attendance:
Sal Divita (Nightwolf, Sektor, Cyrax)
Kerri Hoskins (Sonya Blade)
Phillip Ahn M.D. (Shang Tsung)
Lia Montelongo (Sindel, Sarena)
Katalin Zamiar (Kitana)
Daniel Pesina ( Johnny Cage, Scorpion, Sub-Zero, Reptile, Noob)
Carlos Pesina (Raiden)
Robert Parrish (Jax)
Rich Divizio (Kano, Baraka, Kabal, Quan Chi)
Brian Glynn (Shao Kahn)
Many of the actors also had their families with them, as some were actually still from the Chicagoland area. While others like Kerri and Lia flew in from out of state just for the event.
Netherealm Studios had a few developers in attendance as well for this big event and to promote MKX. And comic book artists from the original comic series as well as John Vogel who worked on Motaro and other maquette production on the games.
Overall it was a fantastic gathering of fans young and old, with some of the sweetest and most humble actors around. Let it be known that you are not forgotten and given the chance, your fans will always come out to remind you how awesome you all are.
We’re already looking forward to next year’s!