Dance Dance Revolution © 1998 Konami Company, Limited.
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|Released in September 1998.|
Many players would tell you that playing at home is an excellent way to practice, and it saves money in the long run compared to playing in the arcade. However, many would also say that a large part of DDR is the experience of dancing in public, and becoming part of a local community. Two players can dance together side-by-side in friendship, the better player offering encouragement to the lesser, or in competition. Crowds may gather while the dance is in progress and become involved. Some players enjoy showing off by looking away from the screen, and dropping to the floor to press arrows with their hands, among other performance techniques.
DDR is a phenomenon around which subcultures of fans and enthusiasts have gathered. Tournaments are held worldwide, with participants usually competing for higher scores or number of Perfects (referred to as 'Perfect Attack' tournaments). Less common are 'freestyle' tournaments, where players develop actual dance routines to perform while following the steps in the game.
Many news outlets are beginning to report how playing DDR can be good aerobic exercise; some regular players have reported weight loss of 10-50 pounds (5-20 kg). One player reports that including DDR in her day-to-day life resulted in a loss of 95 pounds. It is argued however that the cases of significant weight loss have all been stories where a significantly overweight player loses a few pounds, and then becomes motivated to take action to lose weight, including dieting, and regular gym attendance. Although reports of weight loss have not been scientifically measured, a handful of schools use DDR as a physical education activity, and in Norway, DDR has even been registered as an official sport.
The main character the dancing girl 'Yuni Verse' appear, on the 2012 animation movie "Wreck-It Ralph" from Walt Disney Animation Studios.
Michael Jackson used to own this game (Serial number: 845202229). It was sold at the official Michael Jackson Auction on Apr. 24th, 2009.
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