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Rob
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My wife and I are thinking of buying into the Dance Dance Revolution craze (along with our kids), and I was wondering if anyone here had experience with it.

Currently, we have a GameCube, but were thinking of buying a PS/2 off of eBay to get the better versions of DDR (or so we've read).

Related note: I heard that West Virginia was putting DDR in the gym classes of every junior high school to promote physical fitness.
 
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Sure, I enjoyed it. Have a couple of dance pads, the original PSX release, and Konamix. It's fun. Guitar Hero is what I'd rather play these days for a rhythm game fix, but DDR is a great source of exercise.

Warning: You'll get these songs stuck in your head for days!

I only wish some of the superior 2nd and 3rd mix songs ever made it stateside. I stopped keeping up with the releases, but there were lots of stuff I don't think had made it to the US by that time--"Butterfly" was a favorite, and I always liked most of the Captain Jack catalog.
 
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We have DDR for our PS2 and X-box. We used the cheapo pads, moved up to the slightly more expensive ones (which didn't work well for us; on a carpetted floor, they slid around too much and also the plastic cover cracked) and finally bought the Cobalt Flux metal pads, which are great. I haven't tried Guitar Hero, but DDR is a lot of fun. My wife uses it regularly as part or her workout routine. There are several (3 or 4, I think) games you can get with a nice mix of songs on them.
 
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About the metal pads: can they be easily put away? or slid under a couch?
 
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We have the original PS1 DDR, we purchased the second to the cheapest pads thinking that they'd be better. Then we used a friend's DDR with the very cheapest pads and thought there was no difference.

It is great exercise, my kids will do it a long time.
 
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Not since they re-unified with the west.

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skelebone wrote:
Not since they re-unified with the west.

/har dee har har


I was going with Direct Debit Request, until I read the first post.
 
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Anyone with a HDTV should take note that the PS2 generates interlaced video, and as such there will be a mild delay in the upconverting of the video signal that can make the audio out of sync with the video.

The the best cases, this is mild. However learning to compensate for it means your DDR skills are nontransferable and you will find DDR on a synced set extremely difficult.

In the worst cases, it makes the game utterly unplayable.

Actual results depend on the make/model/year of your set.

All games will experience this, however only Bemani type games like DDR and Guitar Freak will really be affected.
 
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Try StepMania...the DDR-ish freeware PC game.
 
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apotheos wrote:
Anyone with a HDTV should take note that the PS2 generates interlaced video, and as such there will be a mild delay in the upconverting of the video signal that can make the audio out of sync with the video.

The the best cases, this is mild. However learning to compensate for it means your DDR skills are nontransferable and you will find DDR on a synced set extremely difficult.

In the worst cases, it makes the game utterly unplayable.

Actual results depend on the make/model/year of your set.

All games will experience this, however only Bemani type games like DDR and Guitar Freak will really be affected.


First, this doesn't take into account CRT HDTVs. Those don't have to upconvert anything, and suffer no delays.

There are many other HDTV setups that have a 'game' mode. In this mode, they simplify or bypass all the upconverting algorithms, depending on the HDTV tech, and concentrate on displaying the image as quickly as possible. If your TV has that mode, all you have to do is set it up, and you shouldn't have any problems.
 
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I don't have HDTV, so that issue won't affect me. Thanks everyone for your input so far!
 
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Sinister Dexter wrote:
About the metal pads: can they be easily put away? or slid under a couch?


No, not at all: they're kind of heavy, and I doubt they'd slide easily. At least, they don't slide on carpet - I think there are stoppers or something on the bottom so they may not slide well on a hard floor, either. We have them in our game room, out all the time. When not in use, there are 2 overstuffed bean-bag-like chairs (filled with styrofoam, I think?) that sit on them.
 
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snoozefest wrote:
Sinister Dexter wrote:
About the metal pads: can they be easily put away? or slid under a couch?


No, not at all: they're kind of heavy, and I doubt they'd slide easily. At least, they don't slide on carpet - I think there are stoppers or something on the bottom so they may not slide well on a hard floor, either. We have them in our game room, out all the time. When not in use, there are 2 overstuffed bean-bag-like chairs (filled with styrofoam, I think?) that sit on them.


I would caution that sitting on your pads will only wear out the button contacts sooner. Leaving them under compression is perhaps the worst thing you could do for them.

The metal pads are much much much much much more durable than the soft pads, but they are not indestructable and should be handled with care.


And while designed to not slide on carpet (so you don't have one fly out from under you while attempting a 9 foot Paranoia) they can be stored fairly easily.
 
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I take it you don't think Dance Dance Revolution Mario Mix is good enough? It's true that it doesn't get as hard as the other versions, but unless you have the 'gift' for Dance Dance Revolution and/or spend hours upon hours playing then it will be hard enough. The song selection isn't too bad either, with Mario/Donkey Kong mixes, Underground Mozart, Old Folks at Home, Twinkle Twinkle Little Star (actually pretty fun) and others. I even prefer the Nintendo pads to other ones that I've tried. They seem more responsive.

For the PS2, Taiko Drum Master has awesome co-op, but they don't sell the drums separately (as far as I know) and you won't get an excercise like you would with DDR.
 
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AnakinOU wrote:
Try StepMania...the DDR-ish freeware PC game.


Might make a good addition to my media PC set up.
If I were to take the plunge, what pads should I look into?
 
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