DDR Release Party at Royal/T Cafe

Well, I told you guys I would post about this as soon as I could 😀

The event was pretty snazzy, I mean, the location is trendy in itself so it wasn’t hard for Konami to just take it over. They had a DDR X2 machine set up in the front area, about 4 PS3s set up with the new pads, 2 Wiis with DDR Hottest Party, and 2 XBox360s with Dance Masters and the new Kinect.

First off, the most important thing, DDR for the PS3. It looked pretty ordinary, no flashy menus or anything. Very utilitarian. The Playstation Move integration was a bit dodgy to say the least. I played one of them and it just seemed to be a bit much to have to go back and forth between arms and legs. Plus, the arm part had four locations to go to, but only one circle each side of the four arrows to go along with it so it was confusing until you realize that each circle had two colors…then it was just a matter of which color went where. The song list they had was paltry, but it had a lot of famous pop songs by Lady Gaga and Kelly Clarkson…if you like that kinda thing. I personally prefer J-Pop on my Japanese dancing game, thank you very much! The song list wasn’t the full range though, so I am a little excited to see what Naoki et al. will come up with for us. They were saying that DLC is a definite at this point so I am also hoping that they will bring in all of our old favorites so we can play them on the PS3 with better graphics…at this point, DDR 3rd Mix looks pretty ugly on my pretty 40″ Sony Bravia. So sad.

Anyway, second, they had about a bazillion giveaways (though I somehow ended up with nothing). Everything from My First DDR to DDR Universe 2 for the XBox360 with a pad. So that was pretty cool of Konami.

Third, NAOKI WAS THERE, along with Jun and U1. I mean, how much more DDR can you get!!! They actually had three of the song contributors/game creators there!! So awesome. They each did a DJ set for us as well. I will have to post a video of it later. 😀

Fourth, AWE was there…Go James Games!!! None of you know who he is but when I used to play (oh so long ago) he was one of the people that we were competing against for high scores. He is a super nice guy and it was great seeing him there!

Fifth…I got to play Night of Fire on the Dance Masters game for the XBox360…it was really neat!! It actually puts your picture up on the screen so you can see how ridiculous you look, I guess. Anyway, it was a little rough making the correct movements to get the game started since you have to wave your arm a certain way to make the menus move and to select or go back. That was the roughest part. The game play was gorgeous though…it makes me want to get an XBox360……ARGH!!! For one game!!!!!

All in all, it was a great night for the fans. There were no hipsters in sight and all of the fans were super nice. It was great chatting with them about DDR and the state of the game in general!

Anyway, a great turnout, great company, and a great time had by all. Keep checking back for my videos from the show!!!  Check out my pics from the event on Flickr!!

Thanks for reading!

–Psykoneko NYU!!! =^..^=