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  • 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/

    • by pjf (2464) on 2007.08.20 22:20 (#57111) Homepage Journal

      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 music I dance to in StepMania I'd never listen to for enjoyment; my StepMania song choices are usually influenced by things having a strong, fast beat with rhythmic movements rather than any sort of artistic merit.

      If you don't mind me asking, which city are you based in? I'd love to see some Perl Mongers games nights (boardgames, cardgames, dancing games, Wii games, whatever) and knowing I'd have someone to dance with makes it a more attractive option.

      I've not yet tried my own song editing, although that may change for social reasons.

      • 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 :-)