That's right. Just about all of last Saturday was spent in the arcade with Noah and I just going at it in ye arcade.
We did many, many songs. I pretty much did all the hard stuff that I can do at least once- So Deep, Cartoon Heroes, Sakura (twice), Drop Out (twice), Dead End (twice), Paranoia Rebirth, Kakumei, Irresistiblement, Colors Oni, A Oni, V Oni, Rhythm and Police (many times- it's like Noah's favorite song), Frozen Ray, End of the Century, Dance Dance Revolution (Oni), Can't Stop Falling in Love Speed Mix- but not HVAM and Orion.78 -Civ Mix- as I wanted to spread out my pain across multiple songs. And I think I did just that. Even though we spread this across the whole day, by the end of it I was exhausted.
Even so, I did quite well. I A'd just about all those, except for Can't Stop Falling in Love SM because it was pretty much the last thing I did that day.
But more importantly, I got my first AA's at the arcade that day. My absolute first AA was B4U heavy, followed later by Sexy Planet -From Nonstop Megamix- Oni. I was impressed with both of these- B4U because it was the first and since there were no freeze arrows that's pretty difficult to do, and Sexy Planet because by AAing that I had unlocked Extra Stage for that round.
Of course, I still can't do Extra Stage- especially when the guy demands that we do So Deep as Extra Stage. I can A it regularly, but 1.5x Reverse No Recover seems to just kill me. That and it was well over the 30th song I played that day. But oh well, I was most impressed with my performance, and both Noah and I returned from all that very satisfied with ourselves.
As for Noah, he started to try Standard at the arcade, and was passing some of the more intermediate stuff. He's doing 5 and 6 footers now, so hopefully he'll start playing at the Japanese Club DDR fests- assuming you'll still be hosting them.
Ugh. So, so very sore. About every muscle in my legs, my feet, and my back are all so sore- even today. But I'm glad I'm sore like this. It's been too long since I last blew myself up.
I've switched to the side of evil in Stepmania- two-handed style. But, like all else, I choose my own particular brand of evil, using what I like to call: DOUBLE INPUTS. Basically, it means that I have two hands over two sets of inputs for the same Player, or in other words, I can press either the up key OR the w key for up, the left key OR the a key for left, down OR s for down, and right OR d for right. So, with the left hand working aswd keys and the right hand working the ldur arrow keys, I can alternate between them to move a lot faster than I used to with just hand. Also, since I've got my hands spread over the inputs, I can move either (or both) of them easily without other fingers getting in the way.
It's crazy. It's evil. And it works.
Seeing as how I used to just be proud of barely getting an A on this, yes, it does help. Oh, and this was on the default difficulty of 4 btw.