Apr
17
  • DDR: Long Version Lu’au

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    At one of the places I frequent to play arcade DDR, The Geek Easy in Winter Park, the owner of the machine recently downgraded it from DDR Extreme to DDR 5th Mix for some retro gameplay. Dance Dance Revolution 5th Mix was released in March 2001, and introduced the long-lasting Song Wheel interface. It also increased the framerate for gameplay from 30fps to 60fps, making the gameplay smoother. The 3D backgrounds suffered, however, as the Konami 573 engine was based […]

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Apr
10
  • The Old(er than dirt) School Cadre

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    On November 20, 1998, Konami released the arcade game┬áDance Dance Revolution in Japan. It would be another five years before it began to really take America by storm, but it was an instant sensation in its native country. The release came a year after the first big rhythm game by Konami,┬áBeatmania. While that was popular in its own right, DDR became big because it combined video games with aggressive physical activity. In America, it became the holy grail: allow kids […]

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Apr
7
  • DDR: The ITG Missing Heart Combine

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    This is the post whose title is especially formulated to avoid unfortunate implications. If I had used the actual “artist” name, people who are not familiar with dance games or Europop music might be turned off. But this particular series of songs I did on DDR simulator Stepmania is an…interesting bit.

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Mar
27
  • DDR: Conquering the Grand Cross

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    Yesterday was my normal day for arcade play of Dance Dance Revolution. While I usually head to the local Dave & Buster’s on I-Drive to take advantage of their 1/2-price Wednesday, I still had some credit left over from when I practiced on the machine at NASCAR Sports Grille at Universal CityWalk in preparation for a recent tournament. With that in mind, and taking advantage of their free parking for Florida residents after 6pm, I headed over to CityWalk and […]

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Mar
25
  • Opening up…

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    So… Hello. My handle is Reeves. My real name is Jeff. I’ve always been terrible at about talking about myself. That’s part of why I re-oriented this blog. I want to share my experiences with how I am improving myself. And a large part of that has to do with getting myself in shape. Growing up, I had always been the “husky” type. It didn’t help that I wasn’t very active. It probably boiled down to being overly sensitive of […]

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Mar
24