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DDR Lexicon

This is a lexicon for people that have no idea what i'm talking about when i make DDR entries. For those that care. :p


ATAM - All That and More family Fun Center where there are two DDR machines, one owned by dyaus7.

EMU - Erb Memorial Union, the Student Union of the University of Oregon.


DDR - Dance Dance Revolution.

bemani - Konami's Music Video Game series.

iidx - Beatmania iidx. I don't actually talk about this much here, but it's a bemani game involving a DJ scratch pad and 7 keys that you play in time to the music. The level of complexity of the tunes gets high enough that you need both decent piano and drum chops to pull them off.

ITG - In the Groove. It's the next DDR, and it's freakin' cool. I might buy one for Eugene, but i'm still in negotiations.

Pop'n Music - It's like Beatmania, except instead of using a DJ scratch pad and 7 keys, you use 9 big round buttons. It reminds me a lot of marching tenors.

SM - Stepmania. It's a DDR simulator for the computer, and also a step editor (as in you can make your own step charts to any MP3 you want). I've made a bunch of step charts. It reminds me of battery percussion writing.

DDR Vocabulary

Double/Single - Single play is when one person plays with four arrows. Double play is when one person plays with all 8 arrows. I play more double than i play single.

Perfect/Great/Good/Boo/Miss - When you try to time an arrow, you get evaluated with one of these ratings. If you step exactly on the beat with a 35 ms window for error, you get a Perfect (arcade timing. Home pad timing is different). I'm not sure what the timing windows are after that.

PA - Perfect Attack. Trying to get all Perfects on a tune.

AAA/AA/A/B/C/D/E - Grades for the tunes. Getting an AAA means you got all Perfects. Getting an AA means that you were able to score 90% of all possible Dance Points. E is a failing grade.

Light/Standard/Heavy - Different modes of play depending on your skill level. Kind of like Beginner/Intermediate/Advanced.

9 footer - difficulty rating. a 9 foot song is more difficult than an 8 foot song, and less difficult than a 10 foot song.

SDG - single digit greats. Once you start to really work on your PA skills, you keep a "great" count and try to lower it. For instance, in a tune that has 137 steps, you ideally want to get 137 perfects, or a AAA. If instead you get 100 perfects and 37 greats, your great count is 37. The lower you can get your great count, the closer you are to an AAA. AAAing is difficult without a lot of practice, so SDGing is considered a decent achievement for a tune, kind of the step to reach before AAAing.

Black Flag - Getting all Perfects on a tune except for one Great.

DDRI - DDRInfinity, the Oregon DDR forums.

I think that's what i use the most.


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Jan. 27th, 2004 12:05 pm (UTC)
Oh, for the love of Mike, thank you! I felt like I was in WWII trying to decipher the Apache codetalkers. Hee hee.

Seriously, thanks. Now I don't have to ask dumb "what's that mean" questions any more.
Jan. 27th, 2004 12:28 pm (UTC)
excellent, mind if i use this as well? ^_^
Jan. 27th, 2004 12:32 pm (UTC)
nope. it's freeware. :)
Jan. 27th, 2004 01:35 pm (UTC)
teehee :) this was inspired by me. :D i'm so special. hehe
Jan. 27th, 2004 01:37 pm (UTC)
ps- thank you. :) ;)
Jan. 27th, 2004 01:55 pm (UTC)
to be fair, Dennis asked me about some of these acroynms in this entry, but it's true that you were the more immediate inspiration. ;)
Jan. 27th, 2004 02:02 pm (UTC)
me me me! it's all about me! hehe just kidding. ;)
Jan. 27th, 2004 06:37 pm (UTC)
You're too good for your friends! :b Actually I'd probably do the same xD Or tell them to go to ddrfreak or something :b
Jan. 27th, 2004 07:04 pm (UTC)
yeah, but ddrfreak's lexicon isn't as practical because it puts obscure terms and common terms in the same place. I'm never going to use the term "Absolute March" or "Bong Thomas" in any context, so i thought i'd make a more concise lexicon for what would be practical for people who read my journal.
Jan. 27th, 2004 07:00 pm (UTC)
Thank You
Now I have a thing that I can use to explain to people. :)
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