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Counting Combos: A History of the Japanese DDR Community Paperback – June 17, 2012
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This book represents 14 years of research involving the Japanese community surrounding the popular music game series "Dance Dance Revolution". This book covers the trends and opinions of the "hardcore" and casual gamer groups with many interesting stories and takes a look into just why this community lives on to the present day.
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This book represents almost 14 years of relationships, experiences and observations involving the Japanese community surrounding the popular music game series "Dance Dance Revolution" as well as the general music game community and fan base. The book covers the trends, mindsets and opinions of both the "hardcore" and casual gamer groups over the years since 1998 both in Japan and the relationship with communities abroad at times.
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The book contains information solely about information that pertains to the ideologies, play-styles, tournaments, and famous Japanese DDR players through each passing year in great detail. The author (Aaron Chmielowiec) describes with incredible detail many tidbits of information alongside a general overview about that specific year(s) for which the game was made available to the public, which really makes the book even more interesting and fun to get to know these events/happenings that occured that not many people might have known about during that time. Carefully crafted insider knowledge really makes this book a one-of-a-kind for interested readers to the hardcore DDR-knowledge based consumers, this book is definitely a great buy and for the price? It's definitely a steal, I highly recommend it for anyone simply interested to know and learn about how DDR has impacted its own home country :)
He really shows his understanding, breaking down the "eras" you should say of the game. I wasn't even aware of how much the game and scene have really evolved.
Any beginning DDR player should really read this. Teaches how the game is supposed to be played and actually enjoyed (we could all do that once.)
And stop playing DDR Wii. Please. Go to an arcade or something. Save yourself.
But good show to Mr. Aaron. May he write more.