Dance, I say!

So I gained about ten pounds over the winter, and since it’s too cold to do my favorite exercise (walking), and there’s nowhere to walk around here anyway, I did what any self-respecting nerd would do.  I bought a version of Dance Dance Revolution for my Playstation.

I’m not sure how I feel about it, though.  I mean, the pad is like trying to shuffle around on a garbage bag, and makes more noise than the game.  It’s filled with songs I don’t really like much (they have yet to make a punk version, but if they did, it’d have one button right in the middle of the pad that you jumped up and down on).  And there are so many blinking things and moving things on the screen I’m not actually completely sure what I’m doing.  I mean, I get the basic concept: match the arrows.  But the “game” apparently consists of doing this with three songs.  Why three?  After that, you get a grade, evidently based on your accuracy.  But . . . why?  Is there some sort of advancement based on grades?  Do I somehow unlock songs that don’t suck?  I’m largely baffled, but that’s okay.  I spend a lot of time baffled these days.

I tried the workout mode, which seemed like a lot of fun until the warm up ended and the arrows started flying in all directions much faster than I can move my eyes, let alone my feet.  I’m also a bit nervous about annoying my downstairs neighbors by jumping up and down, but I suppose that’s something one must get over, if one is to have the attractive body sported by so many gaming enthusiasts.

The biggest value so far is the realization of how silly I must look doing this absurd little game.  One of my friends suggested I tape it and put it on Youtube.  Actually, the suggestion was couched in terms of a moral imperative.

That’s not going to happen.


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