Being a kid in grade school, when Mortal Kombat was new, was awesome. It was this thing everyone knew about to some degree, but the varity in experiences with it was all over the place. Kids who had access to Mortal Kombat in some form were akin to royalty to the more sheltered kids at school. Some kids even had the action figures and would bring them in, showing them off like they scored something on the contraband list. It was the first time controversial video game violence was accessible on that level, with something making headlines playable on a Super Nintendo or Sega Genesis.