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Reminder that this is the peak of DDR playstyle

I'm thinking of trying to learn his routine
 
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Are we getting that AAA by halloween? :EZY:
we did not get that AAA :binTot: I must perform ritual suicide to restore my honor tomorrow
Though I got a 815k on this chart today which was pretty gnarly. My new goal is to get a clear on this before the end of the year, and assuming it doesn't change in the meantime, get the Australian high score for it sometime in March, cos the current score seems like something I could get higher than if I really put myself to it. I feel like that after that I could finally call myself a 'good DDR player'
 
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we did not get that AAA :binTot: I must perform ritual suicide to restore my honor tomorrow
Death by slipping on bootleg dancemat
Though I got a 815k on this chart today which was pretty gnarly. My new goal is to get a clear on this before the end of the year, and assuming it doesn't change in the meantime, get the Australian high score for it sometime in March, cos the current score seems like something I could get higher than if I really put myself to it. I feel like that after that I could finally call myself a 'good DDR player'
Get them Cycle, those charts look insane and the end is quite deceitful with the "thank you very much for your best dance!" before hitting you with a final quick barrage of steps!
Looking forward to you claiming the kingdom of Australia
 
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we did not get that AAA :binTot: I must perform ritual suicide to restore my honor tomorrow
Though I got a 815k on this chart today which was pretty gnarly. My new goal is to get a clear on this before the end of the year, and assuming it doesn't change in the meantime, get the Australian high score for it sometime in March, cos the current score seems like something I could get higher than if I really put myself to it. I feel like that after that I could finally call myself a 'good DDR player'
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Most i can do is B on 5 feet songs and the few times i ventured to the 6 and above realms i have gotten me ass, lungs and feet kicked. So i consider meself a really average to below-average dancer despite loving the classic DDR games. I think its a mixture of lack of practice and dancemat set up. Case in point, since there are some insane dancers on this thread. What are your tips and pointers to improve alongside practice?
 
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So do u guys still go to the arcade? Or got a dancepad yourself now? I'm thinking of buying one, just duno which one. I keep hearing bad stuff about ps2 to usb converter with the ps2 dancepad. I also dont have alot of money to buy that expensive stuff
 
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So do u guys still go to the arcade? Or got a dancepad yourself now? I'm thinking of buying one, just duno which one. I keep hearing bad stuff about ps2 to usb converter with the ps2 dancepad. I also dont have alot of money to buy that expensive stuff
I go to a barcade here in New Orleans that has damn near EVERYTHING but DDR. All the capcom stuff, Neo Geo, all the 80's cabs, Dreamcasts and Playstations plugged up to CRTs, Steam setups for the more modern stuff...but no DDR. Might have to convince/bribe/threaten/cajole them to get a DDR machine...they already have tournaments for everything else weekly so I feel like it would definitely be a perfect fit. I'm in the same boat as you - trying to figure out a way to play at home that doesn't involve spending a ton of $$$
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I go to a barcade here in New Orleans that has damn near EVERYTHING but DDR. All the capcom stuff, Neo Geo, all the 80's cabs, Dreamcasts and Playstations plugged up to CRTs, Steam setups for the more modern stuff...but no DDR. Might have to convince/bribe/threaten/cajole them to get a DDR machine...they already have tournaments for everything else weekly so I feel like it would definitely be a perfect fit. I'm in the same boat as you - trying to figure out a way to play at home that doesn't involve spending a ton of $$$
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How much does it cost to get in? An arcade close by me is 1 hour. Then I have to pay 15 euro entry fee. The other one I have to pay with credits. I wonder how much u pay. Sad it doesn't have DDR though, thats sad. My arcade uses the machine but with stepmania 5 and a really glitchy DDR theme.
 
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How much does it cost to get in? An arcade close by me is 1 hour. Then I have to pay 15 euro entry fee. The other one I have to pay with credits. I wonder how much u pay. Sad it doesn't have DDR though, thats sad. My arcade uses the machine but with stepmania 5 and a really glitchy DDR theme.
It's like five bucks to get in, or 8 for the entire weekend. You can also get a yearly membership for like 125 bucks and go whenever you want. None of the games require quarters at all so you can just post up and play until you are blue in the face. I can ride my bike there in about 20 min if it's not 105 degrees out and I'm motivated. Never had it this good, ever. I spent endless amounts of money in the 90's/2000's at the arcade dumping quarters in the machine. Now i just spend it on beer/food instead. I don't know of anywhere else like this in the USA. I'm sure there are places out there but I've sure as hell never seen it.
 
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So do u guys still go to the arcade? Or got a dancepad yourself now? I'm thinking of buying one, just duno which one. I keep hearing bad stuff about ps2 to usb converter with the ps2 dancepad. I also dont have alot of money to buy that expensive stuff
I referenced that exactly in the thread earlier but basically:
All gear i have now a days are two of those original shitty dance mats and a PS2 to PC adapter, with Konamix and 5th mix on the Duckstation emulator, it is not the best set up because Windows recognizes them as generic controllers and their Xbox controller driver is unable to recognize opposite direction presses at once. So <- -> and ^ v are impossible without basically cheating.
It is the most economic way to get set up however, i havent tested with direct USB dancemats. But it gets the job done at the casual level. Where i live there are no DDR machines nearby, there is 1 arcade but its always stepmania, i want to play DDR god damn it!
 
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What are your tips and pointers to improve alongside practice?
Play more and have fun:ffzYou3: the two most important thing
But for real..
  • If stamina is your bottleneck, all you can do is play more.
  • If its reading, you can try watching Yuisin's youtube vids and mimicking the patterns with feet or even your two index fingers. What I do is I have Stepmania with all DDR tracks up to A20+ and controls mapped out on my numpad. It's like a tiny dancepad. I use it for studying particularly difficult charts that I want to do, because I only have so much money and don't want to waste that on instant-failing a chart to be honest.. especially gimmicky charts.
  • As for accuracy, I tried many different things but really the only thing that worked well is actively thinking about your accuracy while playing. Playing comfortable charts as well, some techniques you come across like ghost-stepping (keep stepping to stay in time during sparse sections) but those are just accuracy aids, they won't do so much for you as you expect.
  • Gravitate between playing songs that you are very comfortable playing, to songs that you are barely able to do. Playing for accuracy versus playing to clear, are often two different approaches.
 
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I referenced that exactly in the thread earlier but basically:

It is the most economic way to get set up however, i havent tested with direct USB dancemats. But it gets the job done at the casual level. Where i live there are no DDR machines nearby, there is 1 arcade but its always stepmania, i want to play DDR god damn it!
Hey, I didn't reply but after looking furthur I found someone selling a USB only mat for quite a nice price. 30 euro, the reason I got that instead of the ps2 one is because the ones I've been looking for looked really bad, this looks pretty decent.

Next to that; what is everyone's favorite DDR song? Mine is 20, November; someone made a medley:
View: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NreF3ulpnAs

I also really like Stay With Me:
View: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FL8zB_bb5mc

Edit: I also really like this song:
View: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=um8zEf1Ek6M

Let's just put 3 of your favorite songs, not the ones you like to dance on the most, but the one u like to listen to the most.
DJ Nagureo got some GOOD shit
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So I've been playing this nonstop for 3 days now, and I just wanna know how people really progress? I am defintely better than the first day, but my max is a 6 footer (On stepmania 5). Never got an AAA though, my highest is an AA in All I want for Christmas LOL.

My mat has been doing me solid lately, it's a DDR pad with foam insertion, it works like a charm but occasionely doesn't do what I want. For now, it's perfect
 
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So who still plays DDR over here? I still do, but less because of work. Sadly, I'm still at the same level....
I have been on a hiatus for about two months or something now. In that time I played like two or three times for short sessions. I decided to get back in today and get back my skill, thinking I'd be rusty. I wasn't though, I actually did well. Got a machine score I've been going for for ages, 15 doubles Paranoia kcet clean mix, scored 953k. And I managed to finally clear 17 singles Egoism 440 even though I was super tired by that point. It was overall a good session.
Do you guys do the afronova when you play afronova? Even though it's only a 13, it's tough, but super fun when you nail the afronovas. I still get my feet mixed up playing it, but whenever I manage to keep combo regardless, it makes me feel like a wizard.
 
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I have been on a hiatus for about two months or something now. In that time I played like two or three times for short sessions. I decided to get back in today and get back my skill, thinking I'd be rusty. I wasn't though, I actually did well. Got a machine score I've been going for for ages, 15 doubles Paranoia kcet clean mix, scored 953k. And I managed to finally clear 17 singles Egoism 440 even though I was super tired by that point. It was overall a good session.
Good to hear! Muscle memory is a really interesting thing specially when mixed with music, glad to ya kept your groove intact and congrats on the score!
I havent played since last time i posted on the thread, hope to get back to it soon

Do you guys do the afronova when you play afronova? Even though it's only a 13, it's tough, but super fun when you nail the afronovas. I still get my feet mixed up playing it, but whenever I manage to keep combo regardless, it makes me feel like a wizard.
What is the afronova? I am familiar with the song but not THE MOVE
 
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What is the afronova? I am familiar with the song but not THE MOVE
An afronova is this pattern, with your feet alternating.
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So you are hitting the first left arrow with your left foot, but the second left arrow with your right foot. It's a bit like you're walking over the pads repeatedly
 
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An afronova is this pattern, with your feet alternating.
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So you are hitting the first left arrow with your left foot, but the second left arrow with your right foot. It's a bit like you're walking over the pads repeatedly
See now thats something that gnaws at me head when i play DDR, i never got experience the arcade ecosystem of it just a contained PS1 and dancemat bubble. For the longest time i thought something like pretty much walking over the pad would be cheating, same vein of getting on your knees and hitting the pads with your hands! Thought to meself you should always return to the center but that seems to never have been the case.

Is there something you lads personally or the broader DDR community considers cheating?
 
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