Inside Tokyo's Long Love Affair with 'Dance Dance Revolution'

In this VICE Gaming documentary, host Nick Norton examines Tokyo's loyal 'DDR' scene, meeting key members of its fan base, the creators behind the game, and its new generation of players.

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Aug 17 2016, 5:46pm

In 1998, the release of Dance Dance Revolution resuscitated Japan's dying arcade industry by challenging introverted gamers to compete in dance competitions in front of a live audience. The game quickly took the country by storm with DDR fanatics lining up for the chance to compete.

Today DDR continues to evolve. Its newest iteration, Dance Dance Revolution A, features moves that cater to a whole new generation of players and music lovers, offering dance hits recorded especially for the game by popular hardcore house and rave musicians. The game has become such a cultural mainstay that every year at the Konami Arcade Championships the best DDR players from around Asia compete in front of huge crowds for their shot at the top honor.

In this VICE Gaming documentary, host Nick Norton examines Tokyo's loyal 'DDR' scene, meeting key members of its fan base, the creators behind the game, and its new generation of players.