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the tourney started around 11:00 and ended right about 22:00. eleven hours of DDR (no breaks) with about fifty other people. yummy.

There were supposed to be two machines, but one was out of order, so the Standard Tournament was reduced to single elimination best of 5, and the S4R was cancelled. I think Tyler was stressed out about this, but i thought the tournament went pretty smoothly, and everyone was pretty accomodating.

I'm nowhere near in the same class as the Heavy guys, so i entered Standard. In the qualifying round, i placed second overall out of twenty-seven or so. On the one hand, i'm pretty happy with that, but on the other hand, i got 22 greats on the qualifying song (Holic), and i've gotten less greats on it in heavy mode.

I only had about four hours of sleep from the night before, and the only thing i had to eat before playing was an apple. I still ended up holding my own, but there were a couple of times when the fatigue would take over and i'd lose my ability to comprehend the arrows. there was one interesting moment where i thought the arrows were slowing down, and that made me lose it for about four steps.

I got second place in the tournament overall, losing only to this girl named Felicia (i think). She didn't want to take the first place Prize, opting for the cash instead, so i took the soft pad home. i'm not sure if i'm going to use it or not... i'm planning on buying a new Expensive Pad when the new Max2 comes out, or when i finally get around to modding my PS2. i might sell it on eBay, but i'm more inclined to give it away to someone like Mel if she ever gets the game, or another one of my friends. We'll see.

A lot of people brought modded PS2s to be able to play Beatmania IIDX and Keyboard Mania, and it was this that made me firmly decide that i'm going to mod my PS2. They're both fantastic games. Keyboard Mania is less interesting to me than Beatmania for some reason - maybe because i'm a pianist, it's not that much of a new idea for my fingers. But Beatmania fascinates me. I think it would more practically help my sight-reading skills, until i start to memorize the tunes. I wonder if there's some sort of shuffle mode on it.

Anyway, meeting this community of DDR'ers was pretty awesome. I'd venture to say that i was the oldest one there - maybe one or two other people were older, but most of the players were teenagers. A while back I wrote an entry that touched upon age gaps, and i'm reminded again how nifty it is. I mean, i'm almost twice the age of Mer, Josh, and Angelo, and i'm about ten years older than Tyler, but i consider them all good friends.

The other thing that struck me is how i was acting at the tournament. I tend to be pretty shy around large groups of people, but not shy towards one or two. Plus i tend to like being approached as opposed to approaching people. I think that part of my personality came through in the tourney. I was pretty quiet and kept to myself for a lot of it, but when one or two people would approach me or talk to me, my aura would open up as the friendly kind of guy i am. Then my aura would contract a bit until the next person would interact with me.

I feel pretty comfortable with how i interact - not feeling the need to push my personality forward, but still enjoying interaction and crowds of people. Every now and again i wish i could be a more forward personality, but... *shrug*.

a handful of people commented on my homsar shirt, though. that was pretty cool.

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dyaus7
Aug. 11th, 2003 12:34 am (UTC)
Heya :) Forgive the long reply.

I read your other post that you linked to, it cracked me up. "I want to earn a lint brush by doing well at ddr!" Funny stuff :) Was I at that tournament? Just curious.

"there was one interesting moment where i thought the arrows were slowing down" -- I remember that perfectly. I got really confused when you did that heh.

By the way, about Beatmania: They have it out at Putters on Highway 99 if you're ever interested in playing. I also have it for PS1 (only 5 key... they only make IIDX [7 key (wow I feel like a math dork)] for PS2) and you're welcome to come try it out some time. And yes, there is shuffle mode.

You were probably the oldest player, but Stephen (Dancing Jedi) who took 2nd in Heavy is 25 I think. And Kevin (GPF Lith, he didn't come) is the best in the Northwest, and he's 30, so don't feel too old ;)

Glad to see you getting more into the community :) We should play some time soon.

-Tyler
lifeofmendel
Aug. 11th, 2003 12:50 am (UTC)
Forgive the long reply.

no issues. :)

"I want to earn a lint brush by doing well at ddr!" Funny stuff :) Was I at that tournament?

i honestly forget. that was before i knew any of those EMU people. if you were there, you weren't a participant.

"there was one interesting moment where i thought the arrows were slowing down" -- I remember that perfectly. I got really confused when you did that heh.

yeah... it was a bad time to break down too. but hey, lapses happen.

about Beatmania: They have it out at Putters on Highway 99

yeah, that's actually the first place i ever tried it, but i had forgotten about it. I want to get better at it, but it'd be nice to do it in the comfort of my own home. it's about time i modded my ps2 anyway. maybe i'll try that new slide card thing i saw.

Dancing Jedi is 25 I think. And Kevin is the best in the Northwest, and he's 30, so don't feel too old ;)

heh. i was talking to someone earlier about how i was going to be in my forties and still be playing DDR with a bunch of teenagers. :)

Glad to see you getting more into the community :) We should play some time soon.

*snort* gimme some time to get Good first. ;)

in reality, band camps are keeping me busy right now, but once that finishes... sure. i'm always up for a game. want to get back into playing it regularly, both on singles and doubles... try to get better, maybe be able to enter a heavy PA. we'll see.
boo1
Aug. 19th, 2003 09:27 am (UTC)
Ages
"but Stephen (Dancing Jedi) who took 2nd in Heavy is 25"

Actually, Stephen is 22. :)

By the way.... this is BOO!!!! from Infinity. :)

And, Darknote, you are acutally a year younger than I am - I'm 29, so don't feel badly about feeling "old" - you're not alone!
lifeofmendel
Aug. 19th, 2003 10:32 pm (UTC)
Re: Ages
noted and appreciated. :)

hi there.
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