The Secret To The Gruesome Sounds In Mortal Kombat Is Exploding Vegetables

  • Published on Aug 20, 2019
  • If you twist a bell pepper in just the right way, it sounds like someone’s chest cavity being ripped open.
    A lot of non-gamers may not be aware that Mortal Kombat is still being produced. In the early 90s, the game was at the bleeding edge of realistic digitized violence, and the franchise was so controversial that Congress held hearings about it.
    Believe it or not, the series has only gotten more violent since then. The most recent installment, Mortal Kombat 11, features zoomed-in sequences where characters can break spines, bite out chunks of brain, or gouge out eyes.
    But try playing it, and it’s not just the sights that will make you ill - it’s the sounds.
    Really, the unsung artists' heroes of Mortal Kombat might just be the sound designers who sit in a room for hours, trying to smash household objects, fruits, and vegetables together in a way that sounds like a convincing disembowelment.
    VICE News went to Nether Realms HQ in Chicago to see what it’s like to make the sounds that make gamers squirm in their chairs.
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Comments • 948

  • VICE News
    VICE News  Month ago +296

    We smashed bell peppers with Mortal Kombat’s sound designers to simulate the game's gore.
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    • Bobby
      Bobby Hour ago +1

      VICE News 2019 “Respect and dignity.” Furthermore: (Vice) (Truth) >-< (Vice) • “Respect and dignity, 2019?”

    • Tommy’s so funny
      Tommy’s so funny 24 days ago

      VICE News ok

    • Kurt R. O.
      Kurt R. O. 27 days ago

      Good one.

    • SixPack Shakur (Rep5281)
      SixPack Shakur (Rep5281) 28 days ago

      @Sevn Light That has nothing to do with the violence, you jackass.

    • DAVID 714 OC
      DAVID 714 OC Month ago


  • Dante Guerrero
    Dante Guerrero 5 hours ago

    They sound like trash. Other games got way better audio

  • Sebastiano Dal Sasso

    remember when vice used to sneak into North Korea

  • Spectre YT
    Spectre YT 3 days ago

    Me: ASMRs are gross *change my mind*
    Video: exists
    Me: ok

  • Tony 1991
    Tony 1991 3 days ago

    You are wasting food!(angry)

  • taylor brown
    taylor brown 3 days ago

    Roll your got damn sleeves up lol

  • RA A
    RA A 4 days ago

    Wtf im 35 now just find out veggies make those sounds 🤦

  • Ilan Benitah
    Ilan Benitah 4 days ago

    that was amazing

  • *Leroy Sucks*
    *Leroy Sucks* 5 days ago

    Global hunger when a mortal kombat game is released

  • J.J. Sinnz
    J.J. Sinnz 6 days ago

    Ahhh I remember playing Mortal Kombat at the laundromat on 88th and commercial in Chicago. I was about 7 or 8. Then a couple years later, it became available on Sega and Super Nintendo. Good times

  • jamaica
    jamaica 6 days ago

    the fact that he didn’t roll up his sleeves

  • wassuup
    wassuup 6 days ago

    Soooo mortal kombat is fake then

  • pluraltest
    pluraltest 7 days ago +1

    Now every time hear potato chip crunching I’ll think of bone breaking

  • Matthew Coronado
    Matthew Coronado 7 days ago

    Genial entretiene el mundo.

  • Ulysses
    Ulysses 7 days ago

    Hmmmm Mortal Kombat ASMR ....

  • Arpan Mishra
    Arpan Mishra 7 days ago +1

    Ozzy man brought me here!

  • Aridj
    Aridj 8 days ago

    I think I know what the mystery object is ...

  • Jager With acog
    Jager With acog 8 days ago

    This is so cool i had no idea they used that stuff to make the sounds

  • Crz Show
    Crz Show 8 days ago

    each year, million and millions of veggies and fruits are brutalized for sound effect.

  • KitCatGaming 06
    KitCatGaming 06 9 days ago +1

    Dude, I love how half of this guy's job is just fucking around with food 😂

  • Monkeeyzdream
    Monkeeyzdream 9 days ago


  • malinois Nieves
    malinois Nieves 9 days ago


  • Komplex Kontent
    Komplex Kontent 10 days ago

    😯 *ASMR* 😱

  • Komplex Kontent
    Komplex Kontent 10 days ago

    interesting, never would have guessed 😮 and Mortal Kombat will always be a legendary game (a favorite of mine) 👊💕💪

  • Momo Dek
    Momo Dek 10 days ago

    It's 4am and I'm watching this 😭

  • rsxe Roberta
    rsxe Roberta 11 days ago


  • michaelpalacio5
    michaelpalacio5 11 days ago

    This is the weirdest ASMR I’ve ever seen

  • Jacob Murray
    Jacob Murray 11 days ago +1

    I'm pretty sure the "mystery object" is an expansion valve from a car AC system

  • Michael Howe
    Michael Howe 12 days ago

    Of they could use real animal bones, and real meat to make the sounds.

  • Heysus Christo
    Heysus Christo 12 days ago

    In some ways this is weirdly erotic

  • Sultán DZ
    Sultán DZ 12 days ago

    The video begins in 1:53 thank me later... 😉


    This has been going on for so many years, how do people not know this

  • Dede Le Sage
    Dede Le Sage 13 days ago

    All this food for video game but nothing for homeless

  • lakernation211
    lakernation211 13 days ago


  • Uwil Win
    Uwil Win 13 days ago

    Can someone please identify the mystery object?

  • Sergio Hurtado
    Sergio Hurtado 13 days ago

    The sound board on the computer was called “ decapitator “

  • Ivana S
    Ivana S 14 days ago

    That black dude is pretty sensitive and soft.

  • Sarai A.
    Sarai A. 14 days ago

    It’s not work if he loves what he does!
    But loved the video! Lol

  • kylie Lax
    kylie Lax 14 days ago +1

    Wtf Vice?! This isn’t a good time to report on violent video games.

  • Haley Weinstein
    Haley Weinstein 14 days ago

    low-key got asmr tingles

  • Jack Robinson
    Jack Robinson 14 days ago

    The fact that he’s wincing just tells me he’s an advocate for the banning of video games as a whole.

  • MLS
    MLS 14 days ago


  • MLS
    MLS 14 days ago

    As someone who plays MK11 A LOT, I appreciate this video so much!

  • specter290
    specter290 15 days ago +3

    so i heard your in the music industry?? what instrument do you play?

    * its complicated*

  • Visionary
    Visionary 15 days ago

    Such a good video need more content like this

  • Synbad
    Synbad 15 days ago +1

    That guy's haircut tho

  • MGFB
    MGFB 15 days ago

    What mics were they using?

  • edwin macharia
    edwin macharia 15 days ago

    The rise of Jeffrey Dahmer

  • Yoga Mokalu
    Yoga Mokalu 15 days ago

    This guy really enjoying his work :D

  • Mr. Dionto Ahmed
    Mr. Dionto Ahmed 15 days ago

    People just keep complaining how horrible MK 11 was with this flaw and that issue. So, how does it become the best-selling game? One word: Hypocrisy. If you don't like it, don't buy it. Let the devs know that they need to up their game.

  • SCP-???
    SCP-??? 16 days ago +1

    Oyun VeganKombat oldu anasını satiyim 😂😂😂

  • Mr. Wow68
    Mr. Wow68 16 days ago

    *K O*

  • The Name Chris
    The Name Chris 16 days ago


  • James Stone
    James Stone 16 days ago

    The football game blitz had gruesome noises to

  • NPC #303
    NPC #303 16 days ago

    I wonder if they had to put quarters in to play the game.

  • L'Quik Shrtz
    L'Quik Shrtz 17 days ago

    If he didnt add too much process it would be awesome more raw sounds, also that nigga is weak af

    DVMIVN 17 days ago +1

    6:24 well if it isn't the famous decapitator plugin again lol

  • Moisés Torres
    Moisés Torres 17 days ago

    cool fucking job man!

  • Abdullah Qureshi
    Abdullah Qureshi 17 days ago

    Too many innocent veggies were harmed in making this video

  • Aditya Jagadeesan
    Aditya Jagadeesan 17 days ago

    So what did you do at work honey?
    Oh nothing just squash some brai... *ahem* fruits.