I can’t say that I like sports. Sports was the subject that I avoid at school. Whatever the sport was, I didn’t like it, neither soccer nor basketball nor volleyball nor athletic. Swimming was the sport that I used to hate very much, because of a simple reason: I couldn’t swim. Even today, I can’t swim at all :haha.
But almost everyone had said that I was getting fatter and fatter, so I had to find a way to move my body, to get some sweat out of my metabolism and to make myself healthier. OK, I’d tried some sports. Badminton, nah. Soccer, no. Swimming, are you kidding? In short, none of the conventional sports had made me interested enough for joining it regularly.
At least that happened… until my friend asked me to join him to do some pump.
Pump is the dance game that used dance machine, like DDR or StepMania with their dance pad. Users have to step in corresponding arrows on the dance pad as shown on the screen at a exact time. But, different from DDR and StepMania that use cardinal direction as the base of the dance pad, PIU (the abbreviation of Pump It Up) uses the ordinal points, or the corner of the two directions, plus the center step (the two other games don’t use the center pad as a distinguished button).
The rest of them are the same. Just choose the song, get ready, and pump it up!
This game has different difficulties, indicated by number of steps, but I don’t really understand what are these numbers mean. For the meantime, I could only managed the game, at best, at the 7th or 8th level. Quite a novice, I say, because I’ve seen many players that played the game so well, their feet moved so fast that they couldn’t be seen, at 15th or 16th level, with the speed of the steps doubled or tripled. Doh, my feet myself are already heavy with those fats, how can I move them fast enough to keep up with the rhythm?
But don’t be over-thinking as I don’t think anyone would mind about it. They will be busy with their steps, I assure you.
You could find this dance machine at arcades on shopping malls, specifically in FunCity or Fun World (in case you are confused in find one, but I think every arcade put this machine on their must-have list). And I think that this is a kind of sport, too :hehe, because at the end of the song, the machine will also show how many calories had you burn besides the count of “perfect” steps and “poor” steps (steps that out of rhythm). There is also a letter score for your performance, and you sure don’t want to see a big D or F on the screen, right? :haha.
When playing, it’s wise to use sports shoes, because if you do this barefooted just like I do, there is a risk of slipping and hurting your feet’s skin. Not a serious wound, but it sure will disturb your playing experience with the pain on every step.
And for my favorite song, to date, are “Step” by Kara on PIU, “Ur Style” by Kagamine Rin and “Spice” by Kagamine Len, both of the latter songs are on Step Mania.
So, who wants to do some pump with me? :)).