Growing up there was always one machine in an arcade that I would pretty much run to as soon as I entered the room – that is how much I was obssessed with this game. It was one of my favourite parts of the whole trip and I absolutely adored it. Even in my teens when we used to go to bowling alleys etc with friends I would always make an excuse for them to go up against me on this machine. I adored the Arcade Dance Machines – I think particularly because I didn’t have a dance mat at home I appreciated them a lot more but it was the one thing I loved being a part of. There are many different brands available but the one I remember the most in arcades was owned by Dance Dance Revolution so we are going to focus on them.
Dance Dance Revolution was first released in 1998, it was developed by Konami and also published by them as well. The earlier versions of the game were actually known as Dancing Stage. The Dance Dance Revolution games are known as being one of the pioneers of this style of gaming. The basis of the game is that you stand on a platform that is known as the stage and there are arrows pointing in every direction and the aim is to hit them with your feet in time to the beat and when the arrows get to the arrow shapes at the top of the screen. The songs that you can choose from in each of the different versions of the game depend on which ones you play.
When I was a teen I remember you used to pay about a £1 per person in the arcade to have a go on this and for that price you would get three different songs you could play and you could also change the difficulty. The arcade game also had a handle behind where you stood – I think this was to hold onto ever so often but I learnt the trick that constantly putting your arms behind your back meant to could gain more height jumping as well as more of a stronger chance of hitting the square in time.
Writing this article makes me want to jump back on an arcade dance machine right this second.