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Cross-training works. 
2nd-May-2012 04:47 pm
slanty, martha
I used to do DDR 4-6 times a week. I've only played 2 or 3 times in the past year, and that was not on my home machine, so I couldn't track my progress. I played a bunch today, and despite being out of practice, set new records on 4 songs.

I don't think it's being in generally better physical shape, because I get winded just as fast or faster than I used to. My best guess is that ballroom dancing has improved my sense of balance, and that makes my accuracy in time better.

Anyway, it's nice to have a video game where being addicted to it is actually good for me!
2nd-May-2012 08:20 pm (UTC)
Indeed, it is:)
2nd-May-2012 10:44 pm (UTC)
That doesn't surprise me -- I've had the same experience with fine motor skills (my drawing skills improved during years when I did almost no drawing but a LOT of sewing).

I keep thinking I need to do more DDR. By which I mean, more than the total of five minutes' experience I've had with the game.
4th-May-2012 03:55 am (UTC)
You should both come over to my place and play DDR! :)

(by which I mean luckylefty and you, not you and Kyle, although Kyle is also invited! ;)

Edited at 2012-05-04 03:56 am (UTC)
3rd-May-2012 08:48 pm (UTC)
Have you played Dance Central?
3rd-May-2012 09:28 pm (UTC)
I tried Dance Central once. There's a learning curve of learning the names of all the moves. At the easy level where I was starting out, it was interesting, but not as fun as DDR, and not yet addictive. I could imagine liking it a lot once I got to a level where it was both challenging and a workout, the way DDR is. It's tempting me to buy an XBox just for that game, but I've resisted temptation so far....
3rd-May-2012 09:32 pm (UTC)
I find it to be incredibly addictive, except that I hate most of the music. I bought the XBox just for it.

There's a rumor that Ubisoft is doing Dance on Broadway for the Kinect. If so, I'll be the first one in line.
6th-May-2012 12:27 am (UTC)
Several of us at Tai Chi this morning were developing an idea to use the up & down arrows from a DDR mat as up and down arrows on a computer, or in general as a foot mouse. Would this be workable?
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