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DDR

At anime conventions, in Toronto, I could spend hours watching people play DDR, their precise, considered movements guided by the expert-level stream of arrows flowing across the screens in front of them. Anime North hired commerical units, with hard buttons, durable. It was a place to show off, not practice. It was astonishingly elegant, bodies smoothly, relaxedly hitting the buttons with their feet at a madly-fast pace.

This year's gift-giving season brought me a DDR mat of my own. It's a soft one, home edition, but I've never played any other kind. I feel like a beginner who took up a sport because she saw the Olympic-level beauty which it can achieve by exhaustively well-practiced teenagers. Fortunately, the game is already more satisfying than that. My first session was halting and confused. It took us a while to locate the training modes, because they weren't in the section labeled "Training Mode". Three sessions and several days later, and already I am heading toward competent on the relatively low levels of difficulty with which I began.

I won't ever be up to the mid-air flips of two-player mode shown in the loving parody of the extremes of the game in the Scott Pilgrim movie, but at this rate, I may yet be trying out the modes above "Medium" before the month is out.

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marzapane
Jan. 4th, 2011 12:47 am (UTC)
Ooh, fun! I'm jealous cause I think that's the only video game that sounds like I might enjoy. If you're playing in the loft, careful of your head ;)
owlfish
Jan. 4th, 2011 12:57 pm (UTC)
Then you will have to come play eventually!

Happily, my head has been fine. The only thing I have bashed against the ceiling so far while playing was a hand.
heleninwales
Jan. 4th, 2011 01:24 pm (UTC)
I had to google to find out what it was, but that looks so much fun!
owlfish
Jan. 4th, 2011 09:35 pm (UTC)
It is!
genibane
Jan. 4th, 2011 09:24 pm (UTC)
what play system do you use? I've always wanted to get a DDR mat!
owlfish
Jan. 4th, 2011 09:34 pm (UTC)
We have a Wii.

I've been wanting one for years too, so it's particularly exciting to finally have it!
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