Too Violent for Kids?

/ Johnny Cage kills his victims with a bloody, decapitating uppercut. Rayden favors electrocution. Kano will punch through his opponent's chest and rip out a still-beating heart. Sub-Zero likes to tear his foe's head off and hold it up in victory, spinal cord twitching as it dangles from the neck.

Renegades from the Late Late Movie? No, these are characters from Mortal Kombat, America's top-grossing arcade game last year and the focus of a growing debate about whether violence in video games has finally gone too far. The issue came home for millions of parents and kids last week when Acclaim...

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