A New Dance Craze....
In the age of video games, TV's, and
computers most parents are concerned that their children are not getting
proper exercise. Well, believe it or not there is a video
game that can help keep your children active. It's name is Dance
Dance Revolution (DDR) and it is the latest dance craze.
In fact, Dance
Dance Revolution is a video game like no other! This game is so
much fun that people tend to play for hours without getting bored.
My kids just love it and I find them
playing it for extended periods of time just to improve their skills.
What do I need to play
DDR has been released for a number of
video game consoles including PlayStation, PlayStation 2, Game Cube and
Xbox. Home versions require a soft plastic dance pad to be
purchased in addition to the video game. If you have more than one
child you may want to purchase two dance pads so that they can play at
the same time.
How does it work?
In Dance Dance Revolution, a player
first selects one of their favorite songs, then they must move
their feet to a set pattern, stepping in time to the general rhythm or
beat of the song. During normal game play, arrows scroll upwards
designating the direction that the player should move their feet. When
the scrolling arrows overlap the stationary ones, he or she must step on
the corresponding arrows on the dance pad.
There are many
levels from beginner to advanced so even your young children can play
this game. In normal play, the players
performance is rated with a letter grade and a numerical score.
As your child
gets more practice, they will move to higher levels which will increase
the workout that they get while playing.
The players forget that they are
actually doing exercise when they are playing DDR games.
The best feature of this game is that
it can be a good aerobic exercise and in some cases can cause weight
loss. In fact, the game has a function to estimate calories burned
if given a player's weight.
Dance Dance Revolution games
offer a specific "Workout Mode" in which players can choose a song, and
play accordingly using either the normal step routine, or a routine
designed to provide a workout. The workout mode also allows players to
track their progress by calories burned, minutes played, and distance
Family Fun ....
This game is a fun for your
kids and it is a great way for you to get them up to exercise.
In fact you can bring your whole
family together for a DDR competition night. What better way to have fun
and get healthier at the same time?
Dance Dance Revolution is a hit in my house so why not give it a try in