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  • by rats (5689) on 2007.08.20 19:50 (#57107) Journal

    I'm pleased to see I'm not the only Stepmania geek in Australia. I realised a couple of months ago that I'm always jumping and bopping to the beat of songs so I thought I'd couple that with my need for exercise and my terminal geekiness.

    I downloaded the Mac OSX version of Stepmania, ordered a cheap (US$25+US$33postage) USB dance pad from Step-Asia and while waiting for delivery started adding step files to some of my golden oldie MP3s. (I don't understand most of the music that seems to be around for DDR/Stepmania, it doesn't seem to have any tune or words so how can you dance to it? (Where's my ear-trumpet?))

    Dance pad arrived a week after ordering, plugged it in, fired up SM, it works! Woohoo!

    Then I proceeded to discover how unfit I am. ("What do you mean there isn't a slower/lower level? I'm dying and it's still too fast.")

    The pad I bought was the "3in1 Deluxe Ignition Dance Pad". I'm not sure how good it is for really high-level dancing but I know I'll never get to that level so it's not important. This one is cheap and it works in my MacBook.

    I also highly recommend the Dancing Monkeys (definitely needs a CPAN version!) software (only runs on Win, Parallels to the rescue) to automate the creation of step files. I edit the result but it does the heavy-lifting.

    Any other Perl Stepmania geeks out there?

    • I don't understand most of the music that seems to be around for DDR/Stepmania, it doesn't seem to have any tune or words so how can you dance to it?

      Most of the music I listen to doesn't have words; it's there to keep half my brain amused while the other half is doing something important, like coding or writing or gaming. In the same way, I actually prefer my DDR/StepMania music to be lacking words; words are distracting, and if I listen to them I might make a mistake.

      Having said that, most of the m

      • I'm Sydney-based so maybe you could suggest to the SydPM people to organise a Stepmania comp to complement the Trivia quizzes: "Drink beer, answer questions, dance, pass out..." sort of thing :-)