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Throwbacks, or sudden reminders of the past, can pop up anytime of the day. Anything can prompt these memories and usually they are positive, causing you to reflect with a smile and laugh.
Past memories were triggered at quite a random time today, during my spin class this morning! I am still trying to figure out how to deal with my dead legs, so for now I am taking a few more days off of running and will cross-train on the elliptical and bike. Hence why spinning was part of the schedule for today.
I was in the class and a particular song came on that I had not heard in quite some time and immediately brought me to think of this:
Yes, I used to play DDR religiously. It is also safe to say I was one of those people you used to see at random arcades furiously stomping away on a plastic mat while arrows quickly ascended on the screen. The song that came on during spinning was a particular favorite of mine and I imagined myself “playing” the game, aka dancing, to this techno, heavy beat song.
In case you do not know what DDR is- the game is played on a dance pad with four arrow panels: left, down, up, and right. These panels are pressed using the player’s feet, in response to arrows that appear on the screen in front of the player. The arrows are synchronized to the general rhythm or beat of a chosen song, and success is dependent on the player’s ability to time and position his or her steps accordingly.
It was created in Japan and quickly became popular in the United States, showing up everywhere in arcades and eventually gaining enough popularity to be formatted into a game you could play at home. Playstation was the first gaming base that DDR could work on and you better believe I bought the game and two mats as soon as it was available for the private home. I was completely terrible at first, initially believing it was easy- just step on the appropriate arrows when they hit the display across the top of the screen, done and done! HA, how silly of me.
Like anything really, this game required practice for you to improve. I realized that very quickly when I failed the first song I ever played in about 6 seconds. However, I quickly became obsessed with playing (what me, obsessive?!) and dedicated hours everyday to improve. I would sometimes leave my room a sweaty, tired mess because this game is hard. You could also find me at a random arcade with a DDR machine set up, using countless quarters while trying to improve my game I really is a legitimate workout, which is one of the reasons it gained so much popularity.
Adults were starting to play Dance Dance Revolution as a way to lose weight, and it definitely worked for some people! Although DDR has lost much of its fame, other products have come out with similar idea- get you movin! The WII is an example and there are tons of other similar video games for PlayStation, XBox, and other gaming systems. Of course it was not my intention to workout as a kid, I played the game because it was supa fun and challenged me each time I played. I have recorded videos of myself playing when I was probably 12, I am going to try resurfacing those and posting them for your enjoyment
Video and computer games have always been a very important part of my family, starting with the old-school version of Super Nintendo, followed by Sega, Nintendo 64 (remember Mario Kart?!) PlayStation 1, 2 and 3 and XBox.
Although my brothers and I did not spend our childhoods sitting in front of a tv screen, the times we were able to play were glorious! Having two older brothers certainly influenced me to become interested in video games and I can remember watching them for hours, completely entertained and awed. I would also play and enjoyed not only the games they liked, but tons of others as well!
You had better believe I played Barbie video games!
Phew and let’s not forget about computer games!
OH wait, I still play this game every time I go home! I have now upgraded to the Sims 3 (love) but my laptop cannot handle the intense graphics so I wait to play on our desktop computer at my house…aka I am flippen exited to play as soon as I am home from school!
This game also hold particular memories:
I don’t know if you can see it, but in the bottom left-hand corn it says “Windows 95.” Umm yeah, it’s that old. However, when I first bought this, our computer was so ancient that it could not even handle this game, and I was unable to install it. I was around 9 at the time and cried for far too long about the Barbie game I so longed to play. We did eventually purchase a new computer (no, not so I could play this haha) and I installed it the next day, and Barbie rode on her horse “Duchess” all day long
And we can’t forget about this wondrous game!
Roller Coaster Tycoon actually takes a lot of skill First you have to make sure you budget your money, hire enough people to run the park, build paths and roads that are easy to follow and so guests don’t get lost, and of course, create rides that your park guests love! This can be harder than you think though and I often made my roller coasters way too intense for those little characters. They would often get sick after the ride and throw up (this occurred quite regularly in the game).
Hmm so it might be safe to say that I was and honestly still am, a video game nerd. I love to watch people play, I obviously love playing myself, I like figuring out strategies to improve my performance and so on! Although my gaming has declined a bit these last few years, I can honestly say I still find myself booting up the old PlayStation when I’m in the mood, and of course I ALWAYS play the Sims!
Is anyone else a huge video game geek like I am, or should I be pretty dang embarrassed right now?!
What childhood memories bring a smile to your face?
Any Dance Dance Revolution Fans out there!?