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Post #21 · Posted at 2018-03-29 01:12:13pm 3.8 weeks ago

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This infuriating scenario:

Me and my friend played DDR Supernova. During the final stage, I was so exhausted and chose Break Down. However, my friend pressed the start button while they were still 60 seconds left in the song wheel... and didn't press it down firmly. Instead of going to the options menu, the song started. I failed since I was tired.

Unfortunately for me, a month later it happened again, this time with Dynamite Rave. He pressed the start button again but didn't press it down firmly again with 60 seconds on the song wheel. I shouted in the process. I stopped halfway through the song due to exhaustion. I was so frustrated that he did it again so I kicked his right leg due to his inconsideration.
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Post #22 · Posted at 2018-04-02 04:43:02am 3.3 weeks ago

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Last week I decided to head to the only arcade cabinet I can find in my whole city. It's a stock Extreme cabinet with all of the songs unlocked, so pretty basic stuff. It's located in a bowling alley's arcade, so from time to time I drive over there and play a few rounds. Nobody else is ever there. Last week, however, a child's birthday party was being held, and the cabinet is right next to the party room. There is virtually no distance separating the two. So, while a room full of people was singing Happy Birthday to one of the kids, I was in the middle of Healing Vision ~Angelic Mix~, and nobody in the other room had any thought to close the door. They started in the middle of the song and I was on my last quarters so I didn't want to fail out the round so the song wouldn't drown out their singing. Unfortunately, it did, and one of the parents came out after, asking me very politely to "turn it down." I shamefully left instead.

Post #23 · Posted at 2018-04-13 10:29:03pm 1.6 weeks ago

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one of the parents came out after, asking me very politely to "turn it down."

*facepalms hard*

Post #24 · Posted at 2018-04-14 04:59:06pm 1.5 weeks ago

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Someone in my group chat posted a video of a teenage girl getting dragged off the pad by her mom mid-song. Quality vid.

Post #25 · Posted at 2018-04-15 02:52:53pm 1.3 weeks ago

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It was about almost 3 years ago, it was my first time ever playing DDR on the arcade. My left leg was in the middle of a recovery but I said YOLO and went for it. That's how it all started, ahhh good times.

Post #26 · Posted at 2018-04-18 10:24:36pm 6.4 days ago

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This story is quite old now. It goes back to the golden years of DDR Extreme...I'd say it happened in 2004 or 2005.

I was playing at the mall in a DDR tournament hosted by the local arcade. It was a DDR Extreme tournament and I was in the final round after an entire day of playing this game against multiple participants. The song selected was Waka Laka, and for those of you who are unfamiliar with it, the song is known for a series of jump-step patterns that go on for multiple measures. It's tame by modern standards, but at the time (as a no bar player), it could be tricky and drain your stamina.

It was me up against another guy (who's tag was TIAS) in the final round. My competition (by his own admission) was nowhere near my skill level. I was the only one in the area who could AAA regularly while most of the other players struggled hard just to AA a song. It's also important to note that I am 6'-7" tall (200cm). It is possible that I'm the tallest DDR player in the world to ever (seriously) play this game. This info isn't meant to be a brag, but it's important to appreciate the story as it unfolds.

So there we are, we are playing Waka Laka and my score was on course for a AAA. We got to about the half-way point in the song and just finished the first section of jump-steps. I could feel the muscles above my knees start to ache and cramp, but I knew this was the last song, so I pressed on hoping to finish with a AAA (or close to it). When the next section of step-jumps came up, I began to push through it, despite the spasming I could feel coming from my muscles. Then it happened. About 4 measures into the series of step-jumps, the muscles in BOTH my legs seized on me at the same moment. This caused my legs to get locked in a completely straight position. No matter how hard I tried, I couldn't bend my leg(s) at all! I was completely immobilized like a pirate with two wooden peg legs.

So there I am, motionless on the machine because my legs can't move anymore. Needless to say, my combo was broken, my AAA was gone, and my life bar quickly depleted. I knew that I had just ceded 1st place in the tournament to TIAS. But then something I didn't expect happened... my opponent took off running from the DDR pads! I was already confused due to the pirate peg leg cramping situation, but seeing my opponent take off running just made this even more strange.

About 10 ft away, he turns around and looks at me cautiously and says "....You're not going to kill me!?". I try my hardest to turn towards him with my legs locked. I speak through gritted teeth as I inform him that my legs locked up and I literally can't move them anymore. And why does he think I would be mad at him? He replies with "Oh.....Man am I relieved! I thought you were pissed off because I messed up your AAA with my bad timing and I thought you were about to go berserk!". Despite the pain in my legs, hearing this made me laugh out loud. I explained to him what had happened to me and once he understood how ridiculous the whole situation is, we both thought it was funny as hell.

After about a minute I could move my legs again, but I knew I was done. The tournament organizer had no idea what to do. Technically I had won that round because my score was higher, but we both "failed" the stage. He asked if we wanted to do a rematch and I declined. With how my legs were, I knew I couldn't do anything more than walk like a grandpa. We both split the prize money and now have a story to share for years to come.

The lesson here is listen to your body. If you ever feel leg cramps coming on, you should stop before you have something ridiculous like this happen to you!
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Post #27 · Posted at 2018-04-20 12:58:11pm 4.8 days ago

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The year DDR SuperNOVA came out in the arcade, I was working at a computer camp. At the end of the summer, the staff went to an amusement park - and, as I found out, one that got a new SuperNOVA cab to boot, so I was like "I'm in."

We get there, I go to the arcade with the DDR machine, and start playing. The arcade was set up in an L shape - with part of it open to the outside walkways. The DDR machine was placed in that part of the arcade, which makes sense given the visibility of it. Before long, I had gained my footing - seeing the pads were quite slippery - and was adjusted to the pads. Soon after, one of my co-workers, who was at the crane machine next to the dedicab, turned to me and said "Dude, people are paying you to play more." I look down, there was $3.00 on the corner of the pad, next to the bar. Not too long later, I was taking a sip of water, and noticed that this one room had become absolutely PACKED. As I quickly realized, while some of the traffic was for playing the other games in the arcade, the majority of the crowd was from my DDR playing, as my co-workers quickly realized this too.

It was, honestly, an awesome feeling. Holy shit.
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