Tai Chi Elements is an innovative new type of training game in development by Indie developers The Musket33rs. The game went on Kickstarter the crowd funding website on December 1st and received 100% funding in just over 24 hours.
The developers are looking for £5000 to fund the training part of the game, now they are asking for a further £5000 to achieve a stretch goal, a complete multiplayer online experience.
The game is for people who are interested in learning T'ai Chi the ancient Chinese martial art and who want to train at home. They can learn the moves by watching the 3d animations which can be viewed from different angles, played at different speeds and zoomed in to look at details like hand positions. There's an option to use a webcam or smartphone to film yourself and upload the video to an in game screen and look at this side by side with the in game models.
Once you are satisfied you can call in one of the in game guides to review your progress. These are real T'ai Chi teachers with their own classes and years of experience. They can give advice and point out improvements and if all goes well they can promote the player to the next level. A player can progress to become a fully qualified T'ai Chi Master and even open their own class or become an in-game guide.
Project manager Chris Simpson says:
Today we have set up base camp, now we need to start planning for the summit, which is to make a full on multiplayer game to help people discover the philosophy behind T'ai Chi training. T'ai Chi is not just about posing around in Yoga postures, it's the oldest and most potent form of martial arts training, and it's backed by a practical philosophy that's of great benefit to people of all ages and from all walks of life.