6.01.2015

The Bar Pops Pink Champagne for Netherrealm Studios #MKX

See Also

Tanya brings the pain in new Mortal Kombat X trailer
Mortal Kombat X Trailer Shows Tanya's Disregard For Bone Integrity
Tanya in Mortal Kombat X has my favorite Fatality yet
Tanya returns to Mortal Kombat X tomorrow; necks will be broken
Mortal Kombat X Gives Tanya a Heartwarming Welcome
Tanya Brutalizes Mortal Kombat X
Mortal Kombat X’ Tanya Making A Huge Entrance With Her Extremely Ruthless Fatality

No, you're not seeing things.

Meet the black female video game character who's been dominating the gaming sites' headlines for weeks.  Her repeated delays and guarded release date wound up making her one of the most anticipated characters of April's best-selling game. Tanya, Mortal Kombat's infamous Edenian Betrayer, is not only back, but viciously and deliciously badder than ever.



*shivers*

Ladies and gentlemen of the Bar, I need you to (briefly) put down your drinks and give a standing ovation to Netherrealm Studios, the people who brought a day I never thought I'd live to see.

First, they brought back this neglected and underappreciated fan favorite. Initially, she was whitewashed, but after fan uproar the creators actually listened, and then not only took their time to darken her properly, give her an awesome appearance, flesh out her characterization, and develop a jaw-dropping moves set, but they also unveiled her in one hell of a trailer.

You all remember how upset I was back in 2011 with Mortal Kombat; I was ready to give up on this franchise once and for all.  When I first started playing Tanya in the arcades as a kid, I never thought she'd ever get her day in the spotlight.  I never believed she would ever get what she was rightly due.  She was an outcast black girl - just like me - and such was merely our lot in life. 

But now...over a decade later, I have this fabulous, dark-skinned goddess - in an Egyptian-inspired outfit, no less - kicking everybody's ass and not even bothering to take their names.  It's like Christmas, New Year's, and my birthday week all rolled into one.

You know how some people don't like to say "I told you so"?  Not Tanya fans.  I have never seen so many naysayers, trolls, and smack-talkers eat their own words.  Talk about doing a complete one-eighty.  So many of them were whining about the fact she was a character this year; others complained about her being darkened, yet more still were lukewarm and cynical about what her abilities would, yet now there are all these gaming vloggers who've been rendered speechless - literally speechless - by her grand return to the game.

And Tanya fans were right there on seemingly every video to basically say, "I told you so."  Talk about the whipped chocolate icing on the cheesecake, y'all.

While some folks don't like that the actress voicing her is white, I could care less; it's Jennifer Hale who was in Planescape: Torment, the greatest computer game of all time.  Hale is gaming royalty, as far as I'm concerned, and Tanya is most assuredly deserving of royalty.

Netherrealm Studios has shown that they can grown, that they can listen, and that they can finally do what's right by their biggest and oldest fans.  Shout out to Ed Boon and mad props to all of his associates; loving all the Blasian romance in the new game.

Final verdict?  Fully redeemed according to Moi.  *pops pink champagne*





3 comments:

  1. While some folks don't like that the actress voicing her is white, I could care less; it's Jennifer Hale who was in Planescape: Torment, the greatest computer game of all time. Hale is gaming royalty, as far as I'm concerned, and Tanya is most assuredly deserving of royalty.

    There’s a trend amongst some white women - who either don blackface, or voice black characters- to speak in jive (or some Sassy- ‘forced’ black-speak) proportionate to their degree of bias. I’m glad this isn’t the case. Her brutality is tempered only by her beauty. Nubianesque, thick and athletic (I bet she didn’t even break a nail while sacking her opponents). If she was Green-skinned most white boys wouldn’t have a problem. Azure’d like the Na'vi, or even Carmel-skinned? Many would fantasize all night about demeaning her in bed. But a dark-skinned black woman seems to bring out the racist in them. It’s amazing.

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  2. But a dark-skinned black woman seems to bring out the racist in them. It’s amazing.

    You know...this blogger has a theory about that....

    Her brutality is tempered only by her beauty. Nubianesque, thick and athletic (I bet she didn’t even break a nail while sacking her opponents)

    Why, M....I think you're falling in love....

    Truth be told, you're not alone. New vids of her are steadily cropping up on YouTube and she's really got the gamers gushing. The creators really took their time with her and paid attention to so many details, like how her outfits needed to complement her skin tone, etc. And I'm with you on the actress; she just kept it real and didn't try to be something she wasn't.

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    1. I noticed how the author touched upon the fact that few white men consider black women pretty unless they have a bit of White/Asian in them, yet (aesthetically) this particular black woman meets with their approval. Maybe because she appears more Egyptian (Dark-skinned goddess - in an Egyptian-inspired outfit, no less…) than the stereotypical version of black femininity? You know, (Big lips, Thighs and Butt) which can be like kryptonite to young white men. Tanya seems more like a white woman dipped in chocolate.

      Which is just as much African in my opinion, but easier on white sensibilities for that reason. I'm wondering how many focus groups they convened (Snotty-nosed, greasy-haired- freckle-faced gamers living in their Mom’s basement) before she met with their approval (Ergo, how dark is too dark?) Because that's the crux of it. If whites boys aren't attracted to her in some way then the characters a no go. Course the only ones who'd truly be perturbed (black female gamers) don't matter anyway (in their eyes). Then again, what truly matters is the White Male Gaze. Hence the benefits of being the dominate group.

      "Why, M....I think you're falling in love...."

      As the Williams sisters (Including Alicia Black) have so eloquently demonstrated: One can be “thick and athletic” and still excel in ones skill-set. I’d much rather see Thick and Supple (meaning less musculatured- more ample, copious) but then Id simply be imposing my male views (much like white males) upon another black female’s person. Understanding first of all, that her physique is in keeping with the expertise she demonstrates and should therefor render her no less desirable or defining. Wanting to endow her with a bigger "This" or a thicker "That" is my hangup not hers. But yes, she’s growing on me.

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