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"This is not a Brutality, this is a Fatality."
Ed Boon as Jax in Mortal Kombat 4 (No seriously, that was him)

Edward John "Ed" Boon (born February 22, 1964) is an American video game programmer and game director. Along with designer and fellow Chicagoan John Tobias, Boon is arguably best known as the creator of the Mortal Kombat franchise from Midway Games and later NetherRealm Studios, published by Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment. At Netherrealm, he currently serves as the Creative Director for the current line of Mortal Kombat titles and the Injustice series from DC Comics.

A native of Chicago, Illinois, Boon holds a Bachelor of Science degree in mathematics and computer science from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. After graduation, Boon was employed at Williams Electronics in their pinball department where he got to know the pinball wizard himself Steve Ritchie. While working on a number of twenty pinball games for two years straight, he later transferred to Midway Games for a period of almost twenty years until Midway's bankruptcy issues.


In addition to creating Mortal Kombat as a whole, Boon himself provided the voice of the franchise's mascot, Scorpion. His signature attack cries is legendary and has been ingrained in video game culture because of Boon's energetic and brutal sound byte. In June 2010, he was awarded the Guinness Book of World Records Longest Serving Video Game Voice Actor for voicing Scorpion in a span of seventeen years and eight months.

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