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Ed Boon, one half of the co-creators of the Mortal Kombat franchise.

Edward J. Boon (born February 22, 1964 in Chicago, Illinois) is a video game programmer. Boon, along with John Tobias, is a co-creator of the Mortal Kombat series. Boon and Tobias also worked with each other in making the original Mortal Kombat.

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  • One of the characters in Boon's Mortal Kombat video games is named Noob Saibot (Boon and John Tobias' last names spelled backwards).
  • His favorite Mortal Kombat character since the beginning of the
    Goro Boon Tobias

    Ed Boon posing with John Tobias and Goro.

    franchise has been Scorpion, to whom he also lends his voice until Patrick Seitz began voicing Scorpion starting in MK2011.
  • He named the character Tanya after his own sister, Tania. Boon also named Sonya Blade after his other sister, Sonya.
  • Boon is a longtime fan of singer/songwriter Prince; this has long been attributed to the selection of ninja Rain's purple palette swap since the character's debut appearance in Ultimate Mortal Kombat 3 (1995).
  • As a nod to another one of his favorite bands, Genesis, a code for the original MK game, accessible only for the Sega Genesis version, consists of pressing the buttons A, B, A, C, A, B, B in this order, spelling the name of their album Abacab (though with an extra "B"). As for the code, it enables a debug menu which can be used to allow gore in the game.
  • He has faced the winner of GameSpot's Scream It! contest in an MK battle. Users had to show that they were the biggest fans of the series by putting together a video and uploading it to the site.[3]
  • Mortal Kombat Interview Ed Boon (PS3, Xbox 360)05:34

    Mortal Kombat Interview Ed Boon (PS3, Xbox 360)

    Ed Boon's Interview about Mortal Kombat (2011)

    Boon has stated that he would like to see a Mortal Kombat vs. Street Fighter video game.[4]
  • Has stated in the past that his all-time favorite fighting game series is Tekken, and that he likes playing it in his spare time.
  • His name is seen in the Subway stage of Mortal Kombat 3. Also, John Tobias's name is seen too.
  • Ed Boon currently holds the Guinness World Record for the longest running voice actor in video games, having been the voice of Scorpion since the series began in 1992.
  • According to the E3 All Access interview with Ed Boon, his favorite video game company, and its consoles are Nintendo.

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