Dance Dance Revolution
Current Dance Dance Revolution logo
Dance Dance Revolution,
DanceDanceRevolution, abbreviated DDR,
and previously known as Dancing Stage in
PAL territories until the announcement of
Dance Dance Revolution X, is a long-standing
music video game series produced by Ko-
nami. Introduced in Japan in 1998 as part of
the Bemani series, and released in North
America and Europe in 1999, Dance Dance
Revolution is the pioneering series of the
rhythm and dance genre in video games.
Players stand on a "dance platform" or stage
and hit colored arrows laid out in a cross
with their feet to musical and visual cues.
Players are judged by how well they time
their dance to the patterns presented to them
and are allowed to choose more music to play
to if they receive a passing score.
Dance Dance Revolution has been given
much critical acclaim for its originality and
stamina in the video game market. There
have been dozens of arcade-based releases
across several countries and hundreds of
home video game console releases. The
series has promoted a unique music library of
original songs produced by Konami’s in-
house artists and an eclectic set of licensed
music from many different genres. DDR is
viewed as an exercise tool and is in use as
such in many gyms and schools. The series
has also inspired many clones of its gameplay
and a global fan base of millions that have
created simulators of the game to which they
contribute original music and "simfiles", col-
lections of dance patterns to a specific song.
DDR celebrated its 10th anniversary on
November 21, 2008.
The dance stage, divided into 9 sections, 4 of
them in the cardinal directions contain pres-
sure sensors for the detection of steps.
The core gameplay involves the player mov-
ing his or her feet to a set pattern, stepping
in time to the general rhythm or beat of a
song. Arrows are divided by 1/4 notes, 1/8
notes, and so on (with differing color
schemes for each), up to about 1/32 notes.
During normal gameplay, arrows scroll up-