A video game that promotes fitness

The video game Dance Dance Revolution is being used to encourage children to exercise.

Players stand on a 3-foot-square metal mat with an arrow on each side pointing up, down, left and right. Arrows scroll up the television screen to the beat of more than 100 tunes chosen by the player. As an arrow moves across the screen, the player steps on the corresponding arrow on the platform. Hidden songs are uncovered as players improve their speed and scores.

Sounds easy enough, but throw in combinations of multiple arrows, add the quick speed at which veterans play, and the game is as challenging as an aerobics class.

A West Virginia study will monitor children’s use to see if they lose weight.

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  1. My daughters have several of the DDR games. I’ve tried them. Even at the slowest setting, it’s difficult to keep up (but I’m a terrible dancer). It definitely burns calories.

    BTW, from what I’ve seen, the wired mat is significantly more robust than the wireless one.

  2. My daughters have several of the DDR games. I’ve tried them. Even at the slowest setting, it’s difficult to keep up (but I’m a terrible dancer). It definitely burns calories.

    BTW, from what I’ve seen, the wired mat is significantly more robust than the wireless one.

  3. carpeicthus says:

    Is *is* exercise. ATP is expended. Most of the kids who spent God-knows-how-much money at the arcade on their DDR addictions are in extremely good physical shape now. If it wouldn’t really annoy my roommates, I’d get a set-up myself.

  4. My kids have the GameCube version. They play every day and I consider it a form of exercise.

    I tried it, but was winded and sore after two songs.

  5. Boing Boing has written about the video arcade version:

    http://boingboing.net/2004_01_01_archive.html#107550483904821384

    Which I wrote about

    http://lizditz.typepad.com/i_speak_of_dreams/2004/01/ddr_weight_loss.html

    And a young woman chronicled her weightloss and self image change

    http://www.getupmove.com/

    A young woman called Tanya Jessen changed her life.

    http://getupmove.proboards26.com/

    And there aer some lively discussion boards about using DDR to change your life.

  6. I’m a freshman in college this year, and one fellow in the dorm brought his DDR. Due to a combination of DDR and living on the fifth floor of an elevator-less dorm, I managed not only to avoid the freshman fifteen, but to lose fifteen pounds.

    Plus it helps your mental acuity. You really have to think quickly when you’re playing Max on Heavy.