Sound Byte: Dance Central Feature

Find out how a song like "Rump Shaker" made it into Dance Central in our exclusive feature.

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Dance Central is certainly one of my most anticipated games coming out for the Kinect because it's a dancing game that doesn't require you to hold a controller of some sort and wave it around. You can't get away with pretending to dance either because Microsoft's new motion-sensing camera will know if you're not getting those legs up high enough or moving your shoulders to the beat. With more than 600 actual dance moves, Dance Central is going to force you to get off that lazy butt of yours and teach you a thing or two about dancing. During our visit to Harmonix in Cambridge, Massachusetts, we met with project director Kasson Crooker and choreographer Marcos Aguirre to find out how the idea came about and how a song made it into a game. For more info on the game and how it plays, please read our latest preview here.

Sound Byte is GameSpot's game music blog, which covers every aspect of music in games, including interviews with top game music composers and discussions of new and classic game soundtracks. The blog is usually updated on Fridays, but things might happen midweek too. Have a question or suggestion? Leave us a comment below. For a list of previous Sound Byte features, click here.

Discussion

16 comments
akoymakoy
akoymakoy

Cant buy this even if it looks cool. I would need a really big space if you have 3 players jumping around. Remember nobody can be at the back of another. and I cant accommodate 3 people jumping around in my room :)

RealHarry
RealHarry

I prefer to look really cool, popping and locking, in my head, thank you. I'm afraid that watching myself miserably fail at a dance game will cripple me for life.

valent1n
valent1n

hmmm and if u get 1000 / 1024 Sound Bytes u can call them Sound KiloByte ?

nunchuckgun
nunchuckgun

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trekinjenn
trekinjenn

@ speedsimmons 3 players locally I was told.

Sophia
Sophia

@speedsimmons - there's a two player battle mode, where you take turns. The decision behind that was that they didn't want to make the moves simpler by making it able to register two people. There's a hands-on article if you want to know more.

liam72
liam72

Harmonix are such amazing developpers. If I get it right, this will actually look like dance. I'm not that much of a dancer, I'm kinda shy when it comes to it and have a hard time remembering moves, but I know I'd have fun just playing around with moves and stuff. You know... when nobody's watching... I can be as bad as I want lol.

speedsimmons
speedsimmons

anyone know if you can play 2 player at the same time?

nissanmaxima
nissanmaxima

i might buy this game. could be great for when i have friends or family over. plus dancing is good excercise.

Raxyman
Raxyman

Well, finally i can learn a new dance, the DDR was starting to get old in parties XD

Witchsight
Witchsight

Dancing is one of my phobias, while videogames are one of my favorite things... So this is like some kind of nightmare simulator to me :(

JuanJo_H
JuanJo_H

Looks good, dancing could really get you in good shape, and dancing is always fun!

rafaelburigo
rafaelburigo

Kinect is really trying to hold another slice of the market. Good market vision by Microsoft, not every game need to be regular or harcore.

Sophia
Sophia

@speedsimmons - there's a whole section of each song where you can goof off and "freestyle it" if you want the camera to take pictures of you.

speedsimmons
speedsimmons

something to watch out for... ... is if the dancing "approval" process the game needs to use in order to give you a score doesn't allow for someones extra "flare" they'd like to add. If it does, it might seem limiting... Think about playing rock band, and not being able to goof off with the guitar while you're playing....

speedsimmons
speedsimmons

... sure hope the lad doesn't destroy this game