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Justin Wong. The name is synonymous with super hyped up comebacks, tales of underdog victories and some of the most intense moments the fighting game community has ever seen from the e-sports tournament scene. Well, Wong took his pro-skills to the online gaming space in Mortal Kombat X and schooled a little eight-year-old in what it means to do battle in the real world. Check out the video below.
The video was captured from over on Justin Wong's Twitch TV stream, where he spent the whole fight spamming Jax's rocket attacks to keep the little kid cornered and mentally defeated. No matter what the kid did he just couldn't get out. Wong yelled to his opponent “Welcome to the real world, son!”
For the uninitiated, they call it zoning. You can pressure an opponent by keeping them at a safe distance using spam attacks like that, and if they attempt to get close you can use a counter-move to keep them away. Professional tournament players know the ins and outs to prevent from being cornered or pocketed like that, but the average little kid only knows how to lose... and that's exactly what happened to the eight-year-old in the video above.
The comment section on the video exploded, but in all the right ways. While a lot of people laughed at the instance of Justin trolling the kid, the most appropriate responses centered around why someone so young would be allowed to play Mortal Kombat X in the first place. Even more than that, they ask why the parents would get a game like that for their kid?
There are a few people who actually defend the kid, but the law is set in place to prohibit kids under the age of 18 from purchasing 'Mature' rated games. This little kid has no business whatsoever playing a game as gruesome, gory and violent as Mortal Kombat X.
For those unfamiliar with the game or why a little kid shouldn't have access to it, the ESRB describes precisely why they rated it 'M' for Mature, stating...
Battles are accompanied by screams of pain, realistic gunfire, and exaggerated impact sounds; large blood-splatter effects occur during fights, staining characters' bodies and the ground. Some additional attacks include X-ray views of opponents' bones, ligaments, and organs shattering/bursting apart. After an opponent is defeated at the end of a match, players perform finishing moves called 'Fatalities' that can result in characters' impalement, dismemberment, or decapitation. Many of these finishing moves depict over-the-top instances of violence: a character ripped in half; a character's face sliced off with a sword; a character mauled in half, leaving entrails exposed. The words 'f**k,' “sh*t,” and “a*shole” can be heard in the dialogue.” This type of content contributed to the Rating Category and Content Descriptors ultimately assigned to this game.
Even more than that, the collage of Fatalities for Mortal Kombat X are a gruesome display of brutality. Some of the finishing moves were so gruesome that it even had NFL superstar Marshawn Lynch getting up and leaving the room when he was playing the game on the Conan O'Brien show.
There's really no debating that the game is extremely intense and that even people over the age of 18 have a difficult time stomaching the title. It's quite shocking that someone would allow their young child to play the game unsupervised, or allow them to play it at all. Some of the imagery could be traumatizing for a kid. Heck, some of the imagery in Mortal Kombat X can be traumatizing for an adult.
Nevertheless, EVO veteran and FGC legend Justin Wong may have helped the parents out if he beat the kid bad enough that the kid decided to stay offline and stay off the game. However, Wong himself mocked the situation by exclaiming “I'm going to hell guys!” after trolling the kid into submission.