October 1999 – A newly christened DJ named DJ Eclipse walked into a mall arcade with his high school friends and surveyed what arcade games were on the floor that home consoles couldn’t easily replicate. There were plenty of light gun games littering the floor, along with several large racing game cabinets from Namco and Sega, but towards the back of the arcade,
something had its volume cranked up as high as it could go pumping out Japanese dance music. “That has to be Dance Dance Revolution.” the DJ thought to himself. As he walked towards the arcade’s back, he did indeed spot a DDR machine, but that wasn’t the machine that was pumping out the beats. Instead, a machine next to the DDR cabinet was the culprit playing the Japanese Dance music called Beatmania.

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Mike Mertes (75 Posts)

From the moment he touched an Intellivision controller in 1985, Mike knew that he had experienced something incredible in the world of video games that would shape him for the rest of his life. From that point forward, he would make it his mission to experience video games from every console generation going forward. Eventually, he would become obsessed with magazines that wrote about the games he loved, and it would inspire him to start writing about games himself in 1998 for various local media outlets. Always looking for an opportunity to branch out, Mike eventually coded the foundation of a website that would ultimately morph into Gamer Logic Dot Net, an independent video game site that continues to cover modern and classic video game today. Additional, Mike composes music for indie games under his other alias "Unleaded Logic"