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DDR Game Machines

IThere are over 1400 arcade style DDR machines in the USA. The game first caught the interest of players in Asian American communities in California, and even today more than 25% of DDR machines are in that state.

DDR can also be played at home using the Sega Dreamcast, Sony PlayStation, PlayStation 2 or Xbox, consoles. They use a dance mat, a novel input device that looks like the mat from the game Twister or the Power Pad from the Nintendo Entertainment System. Some dance pads connect directly to a television, and carry a limited number of songs in their internal memory. More durable metal dance platforms, such as those sold by Cobalt Flux (http://www.cobaltflux.com), are also available. Alternatively, several manufacturers such as RedOctane (http://www.redoctane.com) sell mats similar to the plastic mats but containing a foam rubber insert.

There are several clones of DDR available for personal computers. These games use their own music and step files, and a variety of both are widely available. Clones include Dance With Intensity for Microsoft Windows; StepMania for Windows, Linux, and Mac OS X; the Macromedia Flash-based Flash Flash Revolution; and the cross-platform pydance, which runs in a Python environment on Windows, Mac OS X, and Linux among others. A particularly novel DDR simulator called Text Text Revolution can be displayed on text-only terminals. An official, Konami-made version of DDR exists for the PC as well. It has the interface of DDR 4th Mix, and contains a comparatively small number of songs from 1st Mix through DDRMAX (6th Mix). Some feel, however, that it does not compare to the console editions. Although there are no PC Dance Mats as of the time of writing, most PlayStation and Xbox dance mats can be used via USB controller adapter; however, only some of the more expensive adapters are compatible with dance mats.

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