DANCE DANCE REVOLUTION

Ahhh the original DDR! Remember when it only cost $2 to play?

Dance Dance Revolution (abbreviated DDR) is a music video game series produced by Konami. Introduced in Japan in 1998 then released in North America and Europe in 1999,

DDR is the pioneering series of the rhythm and dance genre in video games. Players stand on a “dance platform” or stage and hit colored arrows laid out in a cross with their feet to musical and visual cues.

Players are judged by how well they time their dance to the patterns presented to them and are allowed to choose more music to play to if they receive a passing score.

Dance Dance Revolution has been given much critical acclaim for its originality and stamina in the video game market. There have been dozens of arcade-based releases across several countries and hundreds of home video game console releases.

The series has promoted a music library of original songs produced by Konami’s in-house artists and an eclectic set of licensed music from many different genres.

 

My favorite tracks were “Butterfly” and “Boom Boom Dollar” prolly because they were on basic mode and I can actually finish the whole song without failing.

One time I was at the arcades dancing to “Bumblebee” and it was too hardcore for me I fell off the platform. Soo embarassing especially when you have an audience.

I was smart enough to know that I don’t have the co-ordination to even attempt “Paranoia.”

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PLASMA GLOBE

Plasma Globes (plasma lamps, balls, domes, spheres, tubes or orbs depending on shape) are novelty items that were most popular in the late 80s/early 90s.

The lamp was invented by Nikola Tesla after his experimentation with high-frequency currents in an evacuated glass tube for the purpose of studying high voltage phenomena but the modern versions were first designed by Bill Parker

 

Most commonly, Plasma Globes are available in spheres or cylinders. Although many variations exist, a plasma lamp is usually a clear glass orb filled with a mixture of various gases (most commonly neon sometimes with other noble gases such as argon, xenon and krypton) at nearly atmospheric pressure.

Plasma Globes are mainly used as curiosities or toys for their unique lighting effects and the ‘tricks’ that can be performed on them by users moving their hands around them.

Yes, I was easily amused and enjoyed touching the globe with my fingertips and following the lightning-bolt looking lights.

JUMPERS TIED AROUND THE WAIST

D’oh! Another fashion faux pas that we’d rather bury in the back of our minds.

Tying your jumper around your waist was the in-thing but served no practical or functional purpose what-so-ever!

How did this even catch on? I mean you’d already be wearing a jacket and then you decide to tie a sweater around your waist anyway… err for what?

As a proxy belt or to color block? Us kids!

CD-ROM

How exciting was upgrading your computer to have a CD-ROM! 

A CD-ROM is a pre-pressed compact disc that contains data accessible to but not writable by a computer for data storage and music playback.

In the 90s CD-ROMs were popularly used to distribute computer software including video games and multimedia applications though any data can be stored (up to the capacity limit of a disc).

CD-ROM discs are read using CD-ROM drives. Virtually all modern CD-ROM drives can also play audio CDs (as well as Video CDs and other data standards) when used in conjunction with the right software.

My first ever VCD was “I Know What You Did Last Summer” and having a CD-ROM meant I could burn all my favorite Boyz II Men hits onto the one CD.

Whack!

G-SHOCK

G-Shock is a brand of watches manufactured by Casio, known for its resistance to shocks (eg. hard knocks and strong vibrations). They were, and continue to be, designed primarily for sports, military, and outdoor adventure oriented activity.

Practically all G-Shocks have some kind of stopwatch feature, countdown timer, light and water resistance. Recent models have become more luxury and design oriented as well as becoming very popular among youth.

The Baby-G models were released in 1991. The popularity of G-Shocks increased rapidly throughout the 1990s. By 1998, 19 million G-Shocks had been sold worldwide and there seemed to be a peak in demand as over 220 new models were released in that year alone.

Casio has collaborated with many designers including Dee and Ricky, musicians and other pop culture luminaries to release hundreds of limited edition G-Shocks with custom designs.

This long tradition of unique watches has helped build an avid following among collectors world-wide over the years.

I had a banana-yellow Baby-G and it was my world! Didn’t really know what all the buttons did but it looked PHAT.

THE CRAFT

“Light as feather, stiff as a board. Light as a feather, stiff as a board.”

The Craft is a 1996 American supernatural teen horror film starring Robin Tunney, Rachel True, Fairuza Balk and Neve Campbell.

The film’s plot centers on a group of four teenage girls who pursue witchcraft and use it for their own gain. They all soon conjure up various spells and curses against those who even slightly anger them.

The production was geared toward earning a PG-13 rating from the MPAA. They followed all of the guidelines to earn that rating but in the final outcome the film was rated R because the film dealt with teenage girls using witchcraft.

Neve Campbell & Skeet Ulrich were both cast in this film and would later work together Scream (the first installment of the teen slasher quadrilogy). 

So it’s not Hogwarts but there’s something about those school girl skirts with thigh highs that just trumps Harry Potter.

GLADIATORS

I wanted to be a contestant on this show. BAD! 

Prolly would’ve ended in a blood bath since I suck at sports.

American Gladiators is an American competition TV program that aired from September 1989 to May 1995.

The series matched a cast of amateur athletes against each other, as well as against the show’s own gladiators in contests of strength and agility.

The concept was created by Dan Carr and John C. Ferraro, who held the original competition at Erie Tech High School in Erie, Pennsylvania.  They sold the show to The Samuel Goldwyn Company/MGM where the concept was enhanced and became American Gladiators.

An effort in 2004 to launch a live American Gladiators show on the Las Vegas Strip became mired in a securities fraud prosecution. However, TV series was restarted in 2008. Episodes from the original series were played on ESPN Classic from 2007 to 2009. Several episodes are available for download on Apple’s iTunes Service.

 

Ever try to use the escalator at the shopping plaza as your very own Travelator? 

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