Meet SonicFox, The Queer Furry Who’s Destroying Everyone Else At Fighting Games

Dominique “SonicFox” McLean competed in his first Mortal Kombat tournament in 2011 at age 13. Back then, his opponents didn’t know what they were up against. But SonicFox knew his own truth: he was queer, he was a furry, and he rocked at fighting games. Seven years later, the four-time Evo champion has shown the rest of the world his truth, too.

“I was a furry before I started playing fighting games,” he told Kotaku when he visited our offices in Manhattan this month. He described the experience of discovering his blue fox fursona at age 10 or 11, buying his first pair of fox ears around age 16, and wearing them to boost his confidence whenever he competed. Over the years, as he racked up tournament wins in Mortal Kombat, Skullgirls, Injustice and Dragon Ball FighterZ, he has become the highest-paid fighting game player in the world. Thanks to all of that prize money, he can afford his custom-made fur suit, something he’s wanted to wear to tournaments since he was a kid.

SonicFox is also a full-time student at New York Institute of Technology, trying to fit homework and exams between his video game practice schedule and jet-setting around the world to tournaments. You’d think the crown (if not the fox mask) would weigh heavy on his brow, but SonicFox seems to enjoy humbling himself by switching from familiar games to new and unusual ones. Recently, he’s dipped a toe into Super Smash Brothers, thanks to a challenge from Smash pro ZeRo. He has a whole new uphill climb ahead, and we can tell, because Kotaku senior reporter and Smash afficionado Cecilia D’Anastasio beat him twice before he got a win of his own. He was missing his secret weapon, though—his fur suit, he said, was in the shop for repairs.

Behind The Scenes Filming A Mortal Kombat Game In 1995

Series co-creator Ed Boon shared a very cool video earlier today, showing some behind the scenes action from Mortal Kombat 3’s motion capture filming.

Bit and pieces of this kind of stuff tend to pop up every now and again (like the MK1 photos we posted in 2014), but this is particularly great, because it doesn’t just show the filming itself, but loads of make-up and costume work as well.

Ed Boon Teases New Mortal Kombat With Playful Tweet

An Injustice 2 fan may have inadvertently gotten more than he expected by tweeting out a wish to Netherrealm’s Ed Boon.

Boon replied to the fan’s thinly veiled request for more Injustice 2 content in 2018 with a thinly veiled response.

Our Take
It would be easy to brush this off as a simple typo, but considering Mortal Kombat’s longstanding obsession with the letter “k,” it seems unlikely. Hopefully, we’ll see if this means more info about the next Mortal Kombat game as we head into E3.

This Incredible Shao Kahn Statue Is Ready To Konquer Your Shelf

Mortal Kombat big bad Shao Kahn has been a major presence in the series since his debut in Mortal Kombat II. Now, the main antagonist is being immortalized outside of the series through a massive statue of him sitting atop his throne.

This 1:3 statue from PCS Collectibles was sculpted by Jerry Macaluso and stands tall at 35″ high. It’s also going to be hard to get your hands on, as the statue will be limited to 300 units (200 standard editions, 100 PCS-exclusive units with swappable heads, hands, and LED effects). To make matters worse, the statue will set you back $1,500, so even if you’re lucky enough to snatch a preorder, you better have some money to spend.

Preorders on the statue begin April 30 on PopCultureShockToys.com. You can see the statue (including the exclusive version) below.

[Source: Pop Culture Shock Toys]