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Dance Dance Revolution Spawns TV Show 47

lfescalante writes to mention a unique synergistic melding of television and gaming: A Dance Dance Revolution TV show. From the article: "Dance Revolution, said all parties involved, is a live-action television series based on Konami's extremely popular video game franchise Dance Dance Revolution. Notes published by DIC and Konami describe this series as one in which 'tweens' and teens bring their freshest moves to this sensational new dance competition where teams of dancers display their innovative routines."
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Dance Dance Revolution Spawns TV Show

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  • by Metaphorically ( 841874 ) * on Friday May 12, 2006 @08:31PM (#15322688) Homepage
    The audience can watch and jump around too, that's a nice first step. The really cool part would be to get some feedback (via Eyetoy and an internet connection). Then the viewers can judge player's performances or the judges on the show could judge players at home... or something like that. The technology's all there, just waiting for the ideas to catch up.
    • I like your thinking. Of late there seems to be more and more attempts at bringing gaming to tv. To me, this is the wrong approach. Why broadcast an interactive game on a non-interacive broadcast medium. Why cripple one medium and try to fit it in a lesser medium. Instead there should be a focus on bringing TV to gaming not the other way around. In other words, turn gaming networks into interactive broadcast networks. For example, there are millions of players on XBox live every night. If you think about
    • is what you are looking for. Get to compete/play against other people from all around the world to the same song. It doesnt have web-cam integration (yet, maybe oneday?) and most people use ventrillo (or some such) to chat whilest playing or between games. The game moderates each players scores and gives a ranking at the end.
  • Morning?? Now I KNOW I'm not going to watch it. Who gets up in the morning?
  • Bad Idea (Score:2, Informative)

    TV shows need a certain amount of plot. This has none. Same goes for American Idol and other scum.

    Of course, this may be "sour grapes" because I suck at DDR.
    • Re:Bad Idea (Score:3, Insightful)

      by 4D6963 ( 933028 )
      TV shows need a certain amount of plot. This has none. Same goes for American Idol and other scum.

      Didn't your last statement demonstrate that you don't need a certain amount of plot for a TV show to be successful? (because American Idol is successful, you can't say it's not)

      • American Idol has the oldest plot in the book: X defeats Y.

        In fact there have been a lot of otherwise plotless shows lately that take the "audience votes someone off every week" or "remaining players vote someone off every week" approach to manufactoring tension. It can be very powerful; shows otherwise completely uninteresting can at least borrow some sort of tension from it, like those "Who Will Be The Next Host Of Show X?" contests.
    • TV shows need a certain amount of plot. This has none. Same goes for American Idol and other scum.
      I guess you are too young to remember prime time game and variety shows. (Or 'American Bandstand' or 'Soul Train'.)

      All sucesses, none having a plot.

  • Sounds like a cross between Dance Fever and Big Top Talent. I hope it's not limited to just teens and 'tweens though. I like watching the old people play. They're funny.
  • Tweens (Score:1, Offtopic)

    by Trouvist ( 958280 )
    What the hell are "'tweens"?
    • Re:Tweens (Score:2, Informative)

      Ages 10-12.
      • Re:Tweens (Score:2, Insightful)

        by 16punches ( 974601 )
        tweens = in between being a little kid and a teenager, i.e. big enough to not hold hands crossing the road, but too little to go anywhere anyway. This leaves lots of time to creat cool DDR routines with your friends for television shows.
  • They're getting desperate, reality TV shows, but this takes the biscuit. Still, DDR is vaguely cool.

    ((I feel like such a hypocrit, I own a damn metal Dance Pad and almost all the games >_>))
    • Still, DDR is vaguely cool.

      what? are you kidding me? i play DDR, but i have no misconceptions about it being cool at all. is it hella fun? you better believe it! DDR very rarely translates to a good watching experience.

  • by jkeyes ( 243984 ) on Friday May 12, 2006 @08:58PM (#15322798) Journal
    I thought DDR was about getting up, moving and maybe getting some exercise and not sit around watching TV. So by making a TV show about getting up and moving isn't that somewhat counterproductive to DDR's intent? I mean I know it's only 1 30 minute show and they're probably watching TV anyway but still it's like those informericials (which is what I'm expecting this to be) for exercise equipment I mean if you're up at 2 AM watching it I really really doubt that $250 ab sharpener, butt tightener and tanner in 1 is going to help.
  • by springbox ( 853816 ) on Friday May 12, 2006 @09:10PM (#15322852)
  • Aren't they stretching their luck just a bit too far ?

    Honestly, don't kid have enough "needs" already ?
  • Caution = success (Score:2, Insightful)

    by Travelsonic ( 870859 )
    I love DDR, and In the Groove (*pulls gun away from Konami exec*), butthink that a TV show has to be done just right. If it promotes playing the game then the serries could make the game a lot more popular, but overkill and it will not be allowed to grow into a genre and die like Pokemon did, with every other spawn just as bad as the next (unlike DDR spawning RoXor's AWSOME In the Groove 1/2/upcoming 3). I look foward to watching this, but hope they do it right.
    • Pokémon died? True, it might not be as popular as before, but I hardly call it's fandom and popularity dead. :/

      Unless your defination of die is "getting less popular after being very popular" which is... kind of true for most things out there.
  • As I always say... (Score:4, Insightful)

    by Stormwatch ( 703920 ) <<moc.liamtoh> <ta> <oarigogirdor>> on Friday May 12, 2006 @11:00PM (#15323237) Homepage
    Tee vee? What's that? Oh, you mean the screen to which we plug the game consoles?
  • DDR...Line Dancing for the Rave Generation!

  • 10K Commotion (Score:4, Interesting)

    by Fex303 ( 557896 ) on Friday May 12, 2006 @11:25PM (#15323304)
    While a lot of people (myself included) think that this will have no storyline and be essentially a giant ad for merchandise, there a webcomic series based on DDR which is actually pretty good: The 10K Commotion []

    Even if you don't like DDR (like me) I suggest checking it out briefly, if only for the distinctive artwork.

    PS. I am not affiliated with the comic, DDR, or the secret service. Especially not DDR.

  • by sumbry ( 644145 ) on Friday May 12, 2006 @11:55PM (#15323393) Homepage
    if this guy [] is on it, i'll watch.

    (anyone that can do DDR on one leg deserves my 30 mins)
  • I think Konami is desperately trying to save the franchise they've been ignoring for too long. It all ended back in 2002, when KCEJ made the last DDR mix - DDR Extreme. After that, there wouldn't be any mixes anymore - DDR was quite effectively dead in Japan. Konami of America has been churning out some (rather mediocre) home versions of DDR. Of course, you can't really target the hardcore players at home - but when you have more machines upgraded with bootlegs to DDR Extreme than there are tru DDR US-mixes
    • I agree, Konami has fallen way behind and ITG is the premier game these days, but Konami has released SuperNova to Europe. Yes, it's already out. And yes, it really does have 300+ songs. (301 on the default songlist from what I hear.)
    • Of course - Konami is thinking of releasing DDR SuperNova to Europe, which they've hinted that they'll put some 300+ songs into, but I think it's too late for them now. They screwed up pretty big, which made a lot of people move to ITG.

      Thinking? Well, now it is a U.S, and Europe release, so there is no need to fret. The short songlist means that odds are, btw, you played a BETA version. Don't worry, the full version will be as spectacular as they say. ^_^

  • Anyone heard of UPN's Dance 360? I bring it up because it would be this show's competition, except it was cancelled. Will this show suffer the same fate?
    Too bad... Dance 360 was absolutely hilarious.
    "tag your man, tag your man, tag your man!"
  • It could work .. (Score:2, Interesting)

    by Brigade ( 974884 )
    Think about it .. it's a win/win situation.

    It IS entertaining. I've been the Head of Electronic Gaming for a local fan-run Anime convention [] for the last 10 years, and the DDRcade has been a part of it for the last 6. Kids will spend literally HOURS on the machines playing and practicing, and we've had tournaments for both technical skill (perfect attack, i.e. 'dancing' the songs with the fewest mistakes on the highest difficulty) and creative ability (freestyle, basically 'showing

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