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HORDE COMBAT: 3D fighting game for Japanese learning
Languages: English
Tags: Education
Jan 13, 2016 @ 3:24am
Jan 27, 2016 @ 8:11am
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Hi guys, I'm indie game developer, I'm creating a free open resource 3D fighting game, there are some Youtube clips about the demo as you can see above.
The main purpose when I started this project, is not just for entertainment, but also for education. In particular, it's a language learning system for hardcore gamers.
The are many language learning games, but most of them are for kid and girl. With true gamers, those simply games are so boring.
In my dream, this game could teach people how to write Kanji of Japanese.I know it will be very risky, but these are what gamers need from indie game developers (implementing crazy ideas is my duty).
And I want to ask you guys a question: DO YOU NEED A FIGHTING GAME FOR LEARNING JAPANESE?
I really want to hear your opinions, listen what you want.
And of course , there will be another languages like Chinese, Spanish...
May be, you just need a game for fun, so I will continue make a normal fighting game. But if you say YES, I will create a fighting game for language learning.

Why do I choose Fighting Game
Because we cram a lot of information into our heads as fighting game players. I just assume that all hardcore gamers could play fighting game. If you are good at fighting game, there is no doubt that you have a great mind. So, the learning curve could be more suitable.
Gamers we spend a lot of time in playing game, just want to beat any challenge while gaming. Society says it's a waste of time (nerds or morons). So why we shouldn't learn a foreign language at the same time? It will help us get a better life.

There will be two separate games. The first game's just a normal fighting game, nothing to discuss here. The second game is a learning game, where we should master Japanese to defeat opponent (your win depends on your playing skills like combo committing, strategy... and your Japanese vocabulary, grammar... the ratio is 50:50).
Because this game is designed for hardcore gamer, so the system will be quite complicated, then it isn't suitable for popular audience. It will also help gamer could learn Japanese for playing Japanese fantasy video games, so the vocabulary will start with epic words like: dragon, sword, magic... Modern words like airport, car... will appear later.

There are many quizzes inside a battle. Player choose his choice by attacking opponent with rule: first choice is high parts like head, chest... second choice is middle parts like lower torso, hands... third choice is low parts like thighs and foot. I removed this game mechanic idea, because it's not implementable
Before each round, gamer has to answer several quizzes .The quiz has form: What does X mean? and four choices.
If a player answer right first, he will get bonuses like HP, DEF, ATK, GAUGE, MOVEMENT, special effect, extra skill... in the next round . If the answer is wrong, he will be punished.
You could imagine, it's similar to Test Your Luck in Mortal Kombat 9, but instead of using slot machine, we use quizzes to test your might and mind.

There are also RPG elements here. Guardian Card ( just like Guardian Force in Final Fantasy 8) will boost your character's status a little. Here are some examples (you can see them in screenshot section)
  • The Wild Orc (+ 10 ATK in the last strike of combo)
  • The Last Angel (+ 2 HP per 10 second)
  • The Dark Elf (+ 20 MAX GAUGE)
  • The Young Mermaid (+ 5 HP when you Parry)
  • The Minotaur (Special skill Stomp the Earth)
Player could equip several GCs (maximum is 5). Each GC has 10 words. If player answers right a word of a GC in battle, the GC will gain EXPs. The GC could level up, then unlock the new word and increase the status. Maximum of level is 10. If player answers wrong, the GC will lost EXPs, and the level of GC may be decreased (so player has to remember words). When a GC achieves lv 10, player will gain its passive effect permanently, so player would unequip it and learn another GC.
For GC collecting, he will have to defeat insane bosses, with high HP, DEF and badass skills. The boss could equip GCs too. The bosses will appear follow the storyline and player's learning progress.
When fighting with bosses, it will be very hard to defeat them, if you don't remember words. So you can not unlock more Guardian Cards, characters... unless you actually study the language by mastering Guardian Cards.

This game even has a real plot for the reason why you have to learn a foreign language:

Humans are haughty
They conquered Myth-earth
The other races
Allied together
Defeated human
After ten decades
The peace is over
New war has begun
Forever again

An Elf scholar discovered an ancient language (it's the language you want to learn: Japanese, English, Spanish...). It has extreme power, called Rune Force . Everyone who understands it, could gain an unbelievable strength. But Rune Force is very hard to learn. So The Humans invented a device called Guardian Card, for storing Rune Force in creature's form. The Humans could build great armies because they would control Rune Force more efficiently than the other races. The Humans were so ambitious, they wanted to become the Kings of Myth-Earth. They conquered anywhere, and no race could stop them. The other races allied together to stop The Humans. The Humans were defeated, and the other races drove them away from Myth-Earth.. Guardian Cards were banned in Myth-earth. After 100 years, these dangerous weapons have appeared again. Every race fights each other for possession of the Guardian Cards. Meanwhile, The Humans are planning for their revenge...

So you have to learn Rune Force(Japanese) for mastering Guardian Cards.
You could imagine the Rune Force here is something like spell in Harry Potter or Force in Star Wars.

In PvP mode, you can challenge other friend, for proving that you learned more than them. Your friend could choose a different language from you. For example, you are studying Japanese, but your friend just only knew Spanish as second language, so there will be two quizzes in both two languages at the same time, you and your friend will have separate objectives to target.

In each round, there will be about 5 quizzes (15 seconds per quiz).
When a quiz appears, not simply that you just attack to choose the answer immediately. Each choice has a progress bar, when a damage was caused in particular body part, this bar will increase (blocking does not matter, just damage). When the bar would achieve 100 %, the last player caused damage will be counted as answered.
For example:
You know the right answer is 1, you should attack to opponent head, then the first progress will increase. If your head gets hit, the first progress bar will increase too. If opponent does the last hit, he will answer the question.
When a new quiz appears again, all progress bar will reset.
I removed this game mechanic idea, because it's not implementable

I started this project from 2014, and I will continue develop it (I know it would cost several years of my life, but it's worth it).
I'm working hard on the first playable demo, and I will post it here when I finish.
Thank you so much.
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Izzy ITA Jan 21, 2016 @ 5:06am 
This game is Awesome and this characters is Awesome :steamhappy:
eddyfosman  [author] Jan 19, 2016 @ 11:32pm 
Thank you so much, I choose hardcore gamers because almost of them have a good memory, I think they won't have any troubles. I do not dare to target kids and girls, because I don't know their ability clearly.
Sohei Jan 19, 2016 @ 11:09pm 
As a game purely for entertainment this format may be fine but I have doubts about the effectiveness for learning. I have studied educational psychology and I have taught languages to students of all ages. Multiple choice style is used in some language instruction software but studies have shown that it is not particulary effective. Forcing students to abosrb and then recall some things later (at least 30 seconds later) is more effective. This has to do with the way that new memories are formed. Combining multiple different skills and challenging different things such as listening or reading is also somewhat more effective than just a single challenge format.
eddyfosman  [author] Jan 19, 2016 @ 10:38pm 
Before each round, gamer has to answer several quizzes .The quiz has form: What does X mean? and four choices.
If a player answer right first, he will get bonuses like HP, DEF, ATK, GAUGE, MOVEMENT, special effect, extra skill... in the next round . If the answer is wrong, he will be punished.
You could imagine, it's similar to Test Your Luck in Mortal Kombat 9, but instead of using slot machine, we use quizzes to test your might and mind.

So we don't need to concern about the confliction of turn based quizz and realtime fighting actions.
Sohei Jan 19, 2016 @ 10:23pm 
I played the original Typing of the Dead in an arcade in both English and Japanese. I thought at the time that it or some similar game would have the potential to be a useful tool for learning another language. To be honest, I don't think a mulitple choice format would be nearly as useful.
UncleBibby Jan 19, 2016 @ 12:58pm 
i wanna play this! im probably gonna use whoever is big or has a command grab as my main character. good luck with this project man!!
eddyfosman  [author] Jan 18, 2016 @ 6:09pm 
I'm considering about drawing kanji to create special move (fatality), but I'm still not sure about this idea
The player could also combine words to create a new word or phrase, it's just like forging to create new item (not inside combat).
Black Jesus Jan 18, 2016 @ 12:07pm 
To be honest as long as I can learn at least a little Japanese that is safe to use in the real world. I'd have no problem if it's just boobs and ass. But there are soooo many puritanicals out there that need more.
eddyfosman  [author] Jan 18, 2016 @ 10:51am 
Don't worry, this game is still in a very early state, that's why it was posted in game concept section. I will update more clips soon :steammocking:
McGarnagle Jan 18, 2016 @ 10:35am 
BEEEEEEEWWWWBS! lol is that all this game has for appeal? because i don't see the appeal with this game at all :maple2::nukethem: