Playing DDR again (Part 2)

       When I saw a girl standing near the machine I thought, “Crap! Her boyfriend’s playing the machine and she’s waiting for him.” I’ve seen it before. And sometimes I don’t end up playing because I don’t want to keep my partner waiting. When I got close enough to get a clear line of sight on the machine I realized I was completely wrong. There was 5 or 6 guys standing around the machine and one guy playing. She wasn’t with any of them. He was pretty good. He used the bar but he didn’t stick to it. I felt awkward waiting for a turn after him. I didn’t think I was good enough.

       Then, when he was done, he and his buddies walked away from the machine. I hesitated for a second to make sure no one was in line and I stepped on the pad and put in my 75 cents. Then they came back before I choose my song.

       I didn’t want to fail on a song like I did last time and end up wasting my turn so I decided to play without a bar and do songs that I know I can beat. I took my 3 songs and then stepped off the machine for a short breather. I was walking around the area near the machine for a minute when the kid approached me. “That was crazy. How did you do that without the Bar?” he asked.

       “I never learned to use the bar,” I answered.

       He said a few other things then took his turn. Afterward, he and his friends left so I took another turn but decided it was a good time to use the bar. I played a song and did decent but failed. I feel like I was using the bar wrong but I’ll do better next time. Then he came back while I was resting and he did another turn. During it my Partner showed up and wanted to leave so I bailed.

       It was weird to play like that again. But I found that I had forgotten the benefit of watching someone play. I feel like I was getting better at reading the arrows just by watching. Hopefully, I will be even better tomorrow.

Playing DDR again

      I’ve started playing DDR again. Mostly to get in shape but also because I miss it and because I want to be more like one of my friends who also plays dance games. I miss the days when I could spend all day at the arcade playing DDR. There was a lot of us back then. I didn’t know all of them but I did talk to a few of them including the girl who worked there.

      When my friend talks about dance games and the community she was a part of, it makes me wish I had been more social when there was more people around. Playing the game again makes me feel connected to a community that isn’t there anymore and that I never really knew.

      I played for years without using the bar but that same friend asked me to learn. It’s supposed to be more efficient or something. And even though it kind of defeats the purpose of tiring myself out and despite the fact that getting good again won’t matter because there is no one around to play against, I still want to do what she asked of me and I want to be good again. Maybe just good enough to beat Max 300.

      It’s been almost a decade now and I don’t know why I stopped. I never quit, it just got harder and harder to get to the arcade.

Copied/Edited from a conversation:

      Recently, I played a song and sucked bad, but only because I could feel a couple watching me. It turned out not to be a couple, just 2 guys that didn’t seem romantic at all. I stepped off the machine. “What song was that?” one said.

      “A,” I responded.

      “What song??” he asked again.

      “A,” I said again.

      “Like the letter,” He asked.


      After that, I knew I had to tire myself out but didn’t have much money left so I did the songs I knew. I passed 2 songs then almost passed Des Row. I was disappointed how close I got only to fail.