• Leisure Industry Week September 2008 - Birmingham, UK

    Me and NX we went to Leisure Industry Week 08 mainly to speak to Positive Gaming. We also had the chance to find out what is on market nowadays and in what we could invest our money in the future. Visiting LIW also had it's more fun part and that was trying out ZigZag's PIU Prox MP system and iDance MP System by PG.

    The first day we went to LIW for just a while and after the closing hours we decided to head to the center of the city. To our suprise the train heading in that direction was Pendolino. I always wanted to go by this kind of train somewhere (to Vienna most probably) but never expected to go by Pendolino from NEC to the center of Birmingham. And not to mention the price which was like 22CZK for the ride. The funny quote about Pendolino that day was. "We are already here? The pendolino did not even reach its full speed??? o_O".

    Next day, at LIW I had the chance to meet few people from DDRUK and for that I'm really grateful. Too bad that I couldn't meet Dancing Ninja though (also from DDRUK). We played iDance for most of the time and took videos of the game. Together we went than to PIU ProX stand where we found out that new songs were added. Songs by Alex Miller which were added so it would appeal to a wider audience. But I think it did not really helped much as the stand was dead for whole LIW.

    At the stand Ian took videos of all the new charts and when he was taking a vid of the last song some ZigZag person came to him asking him what he is doing. And you know what? The answer was "We are taking videos of the charts so we could remake them". After this we decided that it is better to leave and don't do anything more suspicious. I wonder what ZigZag was thinking about a group of people in Pulse Demo Team t-shirts (a company showing a rival MP system) taking videos of the PIU ProX charts^_~.

    At the very same stand someone also decided to play Dignity CZ (too bad I don't remember whom). We chose the song, set it so we could play on CZ and started playing. The Dignity chart on 1x was quite difficult to read but it wasn't that difficult to read as Esperanza or Handsome Character that pass. In about 1/3 of the song the person playing next to me called for a help with the song. Adam joined him and they finished the song together. I decided to try my best and finish the song as well. I think that the result screen was a surprise for both of us^_^. They got 58% on it and I alone got 55% on Dignity CZ. They were quite taken aback with my score "almost" beating theirs. ZigZag people were just staring at us ...

    After LIW we went to Kris's house to play a bit of DDR Extreme. On our way to Kris's we wanted to go eat at McDonlads near the highway (where Jboy might have worked?). On our way from the McDonalds we took wrong way. After about 15 minutes of driving Adam claimed: "Hey, I know this place". The rest of was like "We went by like 15 minutes ago."

    Another funny thing happened when Ian missed the left turn to Kris's house. We continued the road and someone said "Take the 360". And the rest of was like, hm shouldn't it be 180? Ahead of us was a roundabout and well we did the 360/180 turn and went back. I think that in the end both could be taken as correct. After the turn I told Ian to "Don't forget to turn right this time" and someone noted "hey, even S'Tsung knows where Kris lives".

    We arrived alright and went directly to the place the machine was held. The machine was really nice and I really enjoyed playing on it. We started with few songs on singles after that we also tried some doubles (I tried, they played^_~). Anyway as I haven't played much DDR doubles yet I asked for some songs I could try out. So they let me play Do you remember me - a most difficult 9 in their words. I just started playing the song and was doing well. One of the players in the room was like "Hey, she's going to full combo that. She's just walking without doing any effort...". Few notes after this being said I missed my first note as I did not expect the chart to go in the other direction so fast^_^. Also I played Rhythm and Police (a song I played about 3 times already) and Cartoon Heroes (my first try). That song did not feel that evil as on singles. I also failed TLOM at the end of the song because I did not expect the "triplets" (3 notes, 8th pause, 3 notes, 8th pause). Stream would be nicer to end this song I think.

    Anyway I enjoyed the stay there and I'm really grateful for being invited and for being let play Extreme. It was really nice

    On our way back I asked Adam why he asked me before "Do you like Chimera?". The answer was something like: "Well, you seem to me like that kind of person being able to pass it no bar (the annex to this sentence was "on NM")." I have no idea who meant what but imagining me playing Chimera on NM no bar was pretty funny. Especially with all these really good players around.