Last Thursday was the first time in a few years that my feet graced a Dance Dance Revolution machine.
What’s DDR, you ask?
Dance Dance Revolution, abbreviated DDR, and previously known as Dancing Stage in Europe and Australasia, is a music video game series produced byKonami. Introduced in Japan in 1998 as part of the Bemani series, and released in North America and Europe in 1999, Dance Dance Revolution is the pioneering series of the rhythm and dance genre in video games. Players stand on a “dance platform” or stage and hit colored arrows laid out in a cross with their feet to musical and visual cues. Players are judged by how well they time their dance to the patterns presented to them and are allowed to choose more music to play to if they receive a passing score.
Dance Dance Revolution has been given much critical acclaim for its originality and stamina in the video game market. There have been dozens of arcade-based releases across several countries and hundreds of home video game console releases, promoting a music library of original songs produced by Konami’s in-house artists and an eclectic set of licensed music from many different genres. The DDR series was followed by games such as Pump It Up by Andamiro andIn the Groove by Roxor. DDR celebrated its 10th anniversary on November 21, 2008. via wikipedia.
DDR has been a part of my life since High School. The initial introduction for me was listening to Shooting Star by BANG! following that, I asked for DDR MAX 2 for Christmas, and played the absolute heck out of it.
A few months later my friends and I started going to the local arcade to play on an actual arcade machine because my parents were getting irritated by us jumping around on the second floor. This was also a time of hoarding lunch money to pay for the machine, but it wasn’t a problem because I secretly wasn’t eating lunch anyway.
I remember playing non-stop. Once I played for five hours because I was angry at a boyfriend,. My anger got taken out on a poor metal dance pad, but damn, did all that stomping feel good afterwards.
I would get Double A scores and felt really proud of myself. Eventually, I got brave and ventured off to Standard/Medium mode on certain songs.
High School eventually went g-bye, and so did my DDR interest. Sometimes I’d take my pad out of the corner for a quick play session, but it wasn’t the same.
Last Thursday reunited that spark. I said “Ooh! DDR machine!”
I kept weighing the options, I had a overflowing change purse of quarters from years of playing.
Eventually I said, “I WANT TO PLAY!”
And Sarah and I? We played.
I had a blast. Even if that particular machine’s P1 Up Arrow barely worked.
And today, I broke out the pad once again…
I played 15 minutes and felt awesome.
Who said exercise had to be un-fun?
It’s a lot more fun playing with others, but I’ll deal with playing alone for now!