Sports from the past week.
Past sports article for the week of 3/26/05
The Dance Dance Revolution Revolution
By Grey Sports
With the recent announcement that computerised chess and anything involving
a games console and volleyball qualifies as a sport arcade owners have
been quick to turn to their own resources in a continuing bid for social
The arcade game Dance Dance Revolution does not use familiar controls,
instead utilising a platform of buttons that are stomped on in a series
of modern dance steps.
Considering the athletic needs of this game arcade owners now claim that
this should be recognised as a sport, going as far as initiating plans
for a world wide Dance Dance Revolution tournament.
This is a long-term matter that hinges on several things, the first being
a crucial decision as to whether the competitors should be in teams or
individuals. Arguments for the former cite the potential artistry in synchronised
Dance Dance Revolution, similar to that of synchronised swimming.
Most argue that this is purely an artistic arrangement, and the nature
of sports is to be competitive, therefore it is the individual that should
compete. However this does not entirely rule out the possibility of teams
being formed of individual competitors, such as those in vehicular racing.
Naturally there is some concern that this is yet another step towards
diluting the true meaning of sport, and the once athletic concerns will
be replaced by far more sedate events, or simply something that pleases
the viewers eye.
Arcade owners are quick to point out that this is not a truly sedate event
and does have some links to existing sports. The game is after all Dance
Dance Revolution, and several dances have been elevated to the level of
sports. Additionally gymnastics also shares elements that allow supporters
to argue in favour of Dance Dance Revolution.
Furthermore no one is yet implying that Dance Dance Revolution should
be made into an Olympic sport. Such an event is years in the making by
the reckoning of even the most ambitious of fans.
Nevertheless the fear of sports being diluted further is a concern, with
ongoing attempts to codify or in some way limit what can be defined as
Arcade owners have so far stayed away from that argument, pouring their
strengths and resources into building up Dance Dance Revolution and the
next sporting craze, a distinct possibility since Extreme Sports have
lost popularity, due mostly to people not wanting to be that active.
Overlooked in this whole affair is one key element: Participants.
Audience, merchandising, venue, these are already set, however as yet
there has been no word yet as to how participants would be attracted to
compete should Dance Dance Revolution be made a sport.
Considering those who enjoy the game convincing them to be the centre
of attention in a stadium might not be all that hard.