This is Hiiro Prince (Starter of DDRV) and also the owner of True Identity Project.
DDR has been around since the late 90s in Asia and North America and is THE ORIGINAL arcade and home console foot-based rhythm-based Video Game Experience.
DDR HISTORY AND ARCHIVE INFORMATION:
2) A hardcore DDR Asian Player showing his moves: Japanese DDR Player – YouTube
As other recent adaptations for home consoles have dawned (Guitar Hero, Rock Band, DDR On all major Sony/Nintendo/Xbox systems) it slowly has declined and been watered down for mass appeal.
The first exposure I ever had to a DDR experience took place in 2000 at 8 years of age. I have been gaming my whole life since 2 and varied from MMORPGs, Puzzles, platforms, and especially MUSIC AND RHYTHM BASED. I’m talking Parappa the Rappa, DDR, In the Groove, Taiko Drum Master, Para Para Paradise and everything related.
DDR was an evolution for me both physically (lost 40 pounds via daily home based and arcade DDR sessions in 7 months), emotionally and mentally (a meditation and yoga practice I realize now… Plus sheer athletic empowerment being able to progress and ‘perform’ for an audience that ‘like a viral video’ swarmed spectators to see what 4 panels could be used for!).
Once I hit about Grade 10, I found my life consumed by my other equal passions of art/design and fashion and now yoga/health/wellness.
I lost a part of myself, a big part which I realize was my sense of (non-yogic) physical cardio outlet and also video games. Just a couple weeks ago while in NYC I was admiring Toys R Us in Times Square where I reunited unexpectedly with a DDR Supanova machine.
My mother was with me and I told her- “hold on, my stage has been waiting for me for 7 years… This is a sign that it’s calling me back to my roots of TRUE IDENTITY.)
I played several rounds and unfortunately the panels were busted and I was not able to fully immerse into my retro DDR tracks and difficulty levels.
I’ve been home a week from NYC and been to Aberdeen and Tinseltown to get back to “Showing My Moves” (DDR slogan) and its as if I never even left my MAT.
See the correlation? From ONE MAT to ANOTHER MAT I have now crossed my childhood and adulthood lifestyles.
DDR Vancouver IS THE REAL INFUSION OF CHILD AND ADULT INTO ONE SUPREME FORCE!
Now, lets get together. Play. Sweat. Move. Dance. Compete. Ally. BRING DDR BACK to 2014!
DDRV: Show Your Moves, Again!
I will be posting periodical blog posts via Www.TrueIdentityProject.Com AND the YouTube channel (Hiiro Prince) talking about all things DDR and Vancouver and begin establishing a niche yet potentially mainstream new community of active nerds and freaks like me!
Stay tuned and GAME ON!