Beedoo! has been using this game for quite a while as a way to excercise. Since I am very slowly getting more flabby, one night I decided to play it with her. Now, while it can be a two player game, we only had one mat (the above image is creative with the truth in that regard), I would be playing by myself. And you know what? It's harder than it looks! In a small way, it's like a game of Twister for the legs if you fail to plan ahead:
After a while I sort of got the hang of it, even if I did stomp loudly with every arrow (why? I DON'T KNOW!), which was fine until the next door neighbours politely requested that we stop playing cause they were going to bed. We danced like nobody was watching, but they sure could hear us! Fortunately we do them big favours taking care of their cat in their absence, so relationships are good, but obviously this would not do. And so we brought in pieces of carpet as dampeners, hoping to let me play badly more quietly. The pieces were to small, so duct tape was involved, and then the door mat...
And then tragedy struck: the mat, after many, many years of faithful service and surviving even a trip accross the ocean stuffed in a suitcase, finally gave out. And there ends my amazing adventure in disbalance and neighbour aggravation. We need to buy second hand mats from somewhere. Why haven't we? Because I'm too wussy to contact people about it, is why. But one day we must get another mat. My dignity isn't going to destroy itself!
(In my defence: I have a crooked foot, and a 'hollow' back. It's hard to hit the right places on the mat when you're not actually symmetrical. ;) )
Okay, confession: The mat did not "give out." The mat was murdered. By me. It's been a long time coming. I get mad at my equipment when it doesn't function right. This mat, having been folded up and stored in a box, had a lot of creases in it, which eventually began interfering with the gameplay: causing an arrow not to register, or be held down when it shouldn't have been. Now, I mostly solved this problem by taking a slice of the folded foam off the bottom of the mat. This worked, for the most part, for years. Now and then, it would act up again, and I would have to shake the mat around until it behaved. Recently, I was having particular trouble with it, and reached a hand through the split to see if I could clear any sand or what have you that was impeding my game, and I was a bit too rough with it. Apparently electricity still reaches the pad now, but none of the arrows respond. It's dead. I have another mat back home which I plan on importing when we get to AZ in July, and we've kind of looked on Maarkplaats.nl for a replacement, but haven't actually gotten around to ordering anything, as Arno mentioned. In the meantime, I've switched to doing yoga/pilates and doing curls and lifts with some 2kg weights. So far, though, I think I'm just gaining weight back, as the routines aren't challenging enough.
I may have mentioned a while back (and certainly did on FB)that I tried to purchase a hard mat for DDR. Well, I DID purchase one, only to find out that it would cost over $400 to transport it to the Netherlands, and before even undertaking that, we would have to figure out what kind of cord it took... it was certainly not something for the PS2 as advertised. (So if anyone's looking for a DDR hard deck... we've got one to sell!)
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