Do you think you could pull off a 360 Degree Disaster or a Matrix Walk? Rhianna Pratchett for The Guardian gets into the rhythm of the legions of dance gamers invading arcades all over the country.
'It's an addiction and I have to feed it. The first time I played, I was hooked," admits 19-year-old gamer Winson Ting. On reading that, you may be picturing the speaker as pallid and unhealthy, with poor hygiene and knotted muscles from too many days and nights spent hunched over his keyboard or gamepad. You probably won't be imagining Ting as a skilled athlete who trains regularly, wins tournaments and entertains crowds with a blend of break dancing and hip-hop moves. But that's exactly what he is, thanks to Konami's game Dance Dance Revolution and the European version, Dancing Stage. What has become a gaming phenomenon in Japan is now taking over arcades and homes in the UK, bringing dance to the people.
The premise of Dancing Stage is simple. The player stands on a metal or plastic platform with four sensors: up, down, left and right, and mimics scrolling arrows that appear on the screen with their feet in time with the music. click for more