Mortal Kombat creator Ed Boon has revealed that he sympathised with much of the outrage that surrounded the release of the first game in his ultra-violent fighting franchise.

Speaking with Xbox World magazine about the original game, as reported by CVG, Boon admitted "I wouldn't want my ten-year-old kid playing a game like that."

The release of Mortal Kombat in arcades way back in 1992 shocked many with its outrageous 'fatalities' that saw heads lopped off, spines torn out and pulsating hearts gleefully torn from rib cages.

"I always though that they had a point you know," said Boon. "There was no ratings system when the first one came out, and to me it makes sense - I wouldn't want my ten-year-old kid playing a game like that.

"And our intention was not to make this game thinking 'oh, a ten-year-old's going to love this, ripping people's head off!'"

"The reality of games is that the average player is about 28, 29, the same guys who watch Goodfellas, Scarface, all these movies that have that kind of content, and that's what they were looking for in certain games."

The average age of a gamer in 1992 was 29? Really Ed?

The next Mortal Kombat title, due next year for PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 sees the franchise returning to its 2D roots. Check out a few of those mainstream-bating fatalities in the launch trailer below.

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