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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