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Dr Watson
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Okay, my friends and I are dangerously addicted to DDR, (Stepmania for computer) Anyone else into that? Is anyone else afraid to play in the arcade? <-- I get made fun of by the little kids that are always standing by the machine if I miss an arrow, which happens alot [blush]

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I am a DDR master. I love playing in arcades, getting all the chicks around you staring in odd because they know they'd never be able to do. Or when you play some guy who doesn't know what he's doing. You come out a God

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quote:
Originally posted by Dr Watson:
Anyone else into that? Is anyone else afraid to play in the arcade?

I play occasionally...all the cycling I do improved my lower-body coordination, so I got really good at it, really quickly.

Unfortunately, I also think it's a stupid, stupid game. It was entertaining at first, but after a few games, I got thoroughly tired of the epilepsy-inducing displays and crappy J-pop. I don't really understand why it was so hugely popular a few years ago...people would wait in line at arcades for an hour just to get a game in.

(Get me drunk and put me in front of a machine, though, and you're in for a show. Somehow I get better and faster at it with more whiskey.)

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I thought it was stupid when it was at it's pinnacle of popularity... I found stepmania for the pc, and a friend torrented something like 1,500 songs for it. It's fun at home becuase of the comfort of being there and the fact that we have 1,500 songs. If one song is annoying, it's time to go to the next one... we still havent gotten through all of the songs yet lol.

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I love DDR! I have Stepmania, and I'm getting into SMOnline (here are my stats).

If anyone wants to play SMO, I'll be up for it (but time difference might be a problem). Disclaimer: I use the keyboard, not a dance pad. Whenever I try to play in the arcade, I always end up embarassing myself.

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I play too. And DDR (on playstation 2, with dance mat), not Stepmania. Although I can impress beginners, I can't get through a "heavy" dance pattern (but I usually succeed at almost all at the "standard" level, and I'm not the kind to practice for hours in order to master a tough one, so I just end up playing my favorite at a level just challenging enough to keep me interested.

So, Alfrin, quick question for you: does a DDR master can really get a AA rating or more at the heavy level?

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I like DDR also: I have the first one, and I recently picked up DDR Extreme 2 but I haven't played it yet. DDR and Eye Toy: Play are usually hits at parties since the controls are so easy to understand.

I'm not quite brave enough to play in an arcade, though. The players I've seen go at it with a vengeance. I watched one kid who'd memorized the patterns so well he could turn around and face the audience!

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So am I the only one who's confused at all the people playing DDR?

If you went 1 year before the existence of DDR into the past, and told all these people who play this damned game that they'd be playing a game that was called "Dance Dance Revolution" they'd probably make some comment questioning your sexual alignment, and tell you to fsck off.

Those are the kids playing it now!

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I have DDR Ultramix 2 for Xbox, with the dance pad. It's a shame I haven't really been able to play it since my knee injury nearly a year ago.

I was never very good at it even before the knee injury, but I was trying, at least.

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Maybe it's just me, but I don't see anything godlike about some dude stomping around like he got a bad seizure.
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quote:
Originally posted by zesovietrussian:
Maybe it's just me, but I don't see anything godlike about some dude stomping around like he got a bad seizure.

Yeah, but you're a metalhead. You think stuff like this is bitchin':
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Headbanging isn't exactly dancing, if you ask me. But then again, neither is DDR-induced epilepsy [Smile] If I'm ever in the mood to bust my knees, I grab my skis and spend some quality time on double black runs (or hit a nice bumpy trail on my bike if there's no snow in sight,) not hop around on a platform with a bunch of blinking lights.
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Another reason that I play is that it's a video game that keeps me in shape. I've lost weight since starting haha

-Stepmania seems to have a glitch or something, I'm pretty terrible at 'heavy' mode, but I hit mostly only the up arrows in one song and cleared. How the heck...

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quote:
Originally posted by Dr Watson:
Another reason that I play is that it's a video game that keeps me in shape. I've lost weight since starting haha

Dude, GET A BIKE!
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Double blacks, huh? I'm only impressed if they aren't like the double blacks at Bristol. [Razz]

When are you going to come out west and try skiing on good snow? We've got chest deep powder in CO...

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quote:
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Double blacks, huh? I'm only impressed if they aren't like the double blacks at Bristol. [Razz]

When are you going to come out west and try skiing on good snow? We've got chest deep powder in CO...

Somewhat harder than the ones in Bristol, but still pretty lame, especially by West Coast standards - i.e. one wouldn't need to look for bits and pieces of his helmet, skull and brain all over the trail after a bad wipeout [Smile]

PS: Speaking of Bristol, at least I wasn't the one who got stuck in the middle of a mogul field [Razz]

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quote:
Originally posted by zesovietrussian:
quote:
Originally posted by Dr Watson:
Another reason that I play is that it's a video game that keeps me in shape. I've lost weight since starting haha

Dude, GET A BIKE!
Dude, not to get off on the worng foot here, but I didn't say that DDR was the only physical thing I do. BTW: I remember the name of the forum being called Geek Culture, Being cool isn't my primary concern, not here ^_^ Should I ride my bike because it's the "in thing to do?" that would be a little hypocritical IMHO.
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quote:
Originally posted by Dr Watson:
quote:
Originally posted by zesovietrussian:
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Originally posted by Dr Watson:
Another reason that I play is that it's a video game that keeps me in shape. I've lost weight since starting haha

Dude, GET A BIKE!
Dude, not to get off on the worng foot here, but I didn't say that DDR was the only physical thing I do. BTW: I remember the name of the forum being called Geek Culture, Being cool isn't my primary concern, not here ^_^ Should I ride my bike because it's the "in thing to do?" that would be a little hypocritical IMHO.
Oh Demos, where art thou? You need to educate that poor, misguided soul and set him on the right path. You can always call on Brother Kudgel (sp?) to assist you with this difficult task.
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quote:
Originally posted by Dr Watson:
quote:
Originally posted by zesovietrussian:
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Originally posted by Dr Watson:
Another reason that I play is that it's a video game that keeps me in shape. I've lost weight since starting haha

Dude, GET A BIKE!
Dude, not to get off on the worng foot here, but I didn't say that DDR was the only physical thing I do. BTW: I remember the name of the forum being called Geek Culture, Being cool isn't my primary concern, not here ^_^ Should I ride my bike because it's the "in thing to do?" that would be a little hypocritical IMHO.
Well said.

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Dr Watson, I'm not sure if biking is so much the "in" thing to do as there're a couple evangelical fanatic cyclists on this board who will take you to task if you dare suggest that there's another way to get fit. I disagree, even though I bike daily. I feel free to disagree mainly because I'm not afraid of cudgels. [Razz]

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PS: Speaking of Bristol, at least I wasn't the one who got stuck in the middle of a mogul field [Razz]

Hasn't been a day for me if I haven't made the witnesses say ouch or gotten stuck in the bumps.

The funny thing is I never seek either of the two out. THey just happen. On one memorable day last season, I first escaped an oncoming grooming machine by diving into a bunch of bumps and then later somehow did a handless cartwheel while trying to make a sharp turn off a cat-track and onto a run. Unfortunately, I was about halfway through the cartwheel when I remembered I really don't know how to do a handless cartwheel and promptly landed on my neck and shoulders so hard that the two people cruising by said ouch. I'm very grateful for that. It saved me the trouble.

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quote:
Originally posted by Xanthine:
I feel free to disagree mainly because I'm not afraid of cudgels. [Razz]

Bet she also got brother morgenstern handy, specifically for those who aren't afraid of brother cudgel. Luckily, I was never properly introduced to either one of them, and I would prefer to keep it that way [Smile]
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quote:
Originally posted by Demosthenes:
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Originally posted by zesovietrussian:
Maybe it's just me, but I don't see anything godlike about some dude stomping around like he got a bad seizure.

Yeah, but you're a metalhead. You think stuff like this is bitchin':
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quote:
Originally posted by drunkennewfiemidget:
quote:
Originally posted by Demosthenes:
quote:
Originally posted by zesovietrussian:
Maybe it's just me, but I don't see anything godlike about some dude stomping around like he got a bad seizure.

Yeah, but you're a metalhead. You think stuff like this is bitchin':
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quote:
Originally posted by Dr Watson:
Should I ride my bike because it's the "in thing to do?" that would be a little hypocritical IMHO.

Cycling isn't trendy or "in," cycling is a fantastic way to build up coordination, lower body muscles, and cardiovascular health. On a fixed-gear bike, you get a constant, easy-to-monitor workout, and if you're dragging a full courier pack around on your shoulders, you get strong there, too.

It gets you out of the house for some sun, which, coming from someone in the goth/industrial scene, should make you go [Eek!] , but with a healthy application of sunscreen, you get the benefits of vitamin D and stave off seasonal depression.

Biking in a large city or traffic in general hones your reflexes, makes you unafraid of risks. It gives you a confident swagger. (Or is that just because your gluteal muscles are sore from the century you rode yesterday? Either way, it oozes sex appeal.) You can't get lost in TV, music, or other distractions if you don't want a pavement sandwich, so it gets very meditative; riding clears your head and leaves you alone with your body.

Riding regularly and pushing your body harder and harder whips your body and mind into shape faster than you could ever imagine. You're not using crude oil, so you're doing your part to reduce the power that Exxon/Mobil has over our lives...cycling is fast, fun, and free transportation. THAT is why you should get a bike.

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quote:
Originally posted by Xanthine:
I feel free to disagree mainly because I'm not afraid of cudgels.

I could change that but fast. [Big Grin]

Also, "Did he just say 'making fuck?'"

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