Kick Ass Kung-Fu at WIRED NextFest, LA
Experience the future of gaming at WIRED NextFest, Convention Center, Los Angeles. Opening hours Thursday 13th to Sunday 16th of September 9am to 6pm. Meet the design team daily from 9am to 11am, or contact us via mail or phone.
Kick Ass Kung-Fu is an immersive game installation that transforms computer gaming into a visual, physical performance like dance or sports. You can fight and defy gravity like kung-fu movie actors - only there's no wires or post-production needed, thanks to the real-time embodied interaction and virtual set technology.
The game takes place on a 5 meter cushioned playfield suitable for martial arts and acrobatics training. Using custom computer vision technology, you are taken inside an artificial reality where the normal laws of physics no longer apply. Your movements are exaggerated so that you can easily dodge your opponent's bullets by jumping five meters in the air and landing behind his back. Using the dual projected screens, one at each end of the playfield, you can also continue by counter-attacking your stupefied enemy from the behind.
Kick Ass Kung-Fu is a herald of a new era of computer games as spectator sports, a new rise of the arcade after the past years of yielding to home entertainment.