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.