Saturday, February 28, 2009

DDR Incentives

Every so often, I decide that I should really exercise more, and I dust off the old PS2 to fire up some Dance Dance Revolution. I'm sure I look like an idiot doing it, but it's vaguely fun in a way that "go run around the neighborhood for no real reason" isn't.

Anyway, DDR games have a relatively straightforward incentive structure. They come with a large number of unlockable perks, but almost all of them are unlocked by simply playing the game, which you were probably going to do anyway. I started playing the most recent edition of DDR that I own (Supernova 1) but decided that I really missed some of the songs from the older version (DDR Max 2). I spent a lot of time with the old version back in the day, and all of my old records were still up on the scoreboard waiting to be challenged. However, there was something missing.... I'd already unlocked all of the things that could be unlocked in the game.

The old familiar songs are fun, perhaps even moreso than the more recent edition, but I do like unlocking things for no particular reason. I guess you can take the MMORPG incentive blogger out of the MMORPG, but you can't stop me from trying to minmax incentives....

4 comments:

Kiryn said...

DDR on playstation is great for the "I can look like an idiot where nobody can see me" effect. You can always just delete your saved profile and start unlocking them over again :)

Syrana said...

Hehe. I have it for the 360, but rarely play it because of the 'looking like an idiot factor.' I had good intentions and was really interested in it... then discovered that the actual game itself was much more difficult than the tutorial.

Or maybe I just need to l2play? :P

Klepsacovic said...

The trick to running is not do it alone. Running alone is a miserable and lonely experience which seems to never end. Go with a friend. Talk as you run, keep each other going.

Xtian said...

Heh, similarly, the trick to the DDR "I look like an idiot" phenomenon is to do it with a friend. You both look like idiots, which for me always made it better. Plus a dance-off is always a good way settle a PvP dispute.