What is Bemani?
Bemani is a video game. It is a dance. It is an individual competitive
In a Bemani game, players stand on a special dance pad
on the floor. The pad has arrows on it, and it can detect when players step
on the arrows.
The pad is connected to a video game console, usually a PlayStation, the
same way a gamepad or joystick would be. The game uses the console to play
music, to which players must dance.
The game displays arrows on the screen, which scroll upwards. When
the moving arrows hit the silver (unmoving) arrows, the player is
supposed to step on the appropriate arrow on the dance pad. The game
measures the player's accuracy and timing, and rates the dancing based
The most famous Bemani game is Dance Dance Revolution from Konami.
This is the game we play at BBR meetings. For more information on Bemani, we
recommend the web site www.ddrfreak.com.