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|The Neon! The Neon!|
Nor does it. After all this is a casual game. Whats the point of being casual if not everyone can play? That's the design of casual games, to create a game where those experienced and new can sit down together and have fun together. Or so I thought before I actually stood up, controller in hand to play Just Dance.
I failed at it, abysmally. Now before you think this is another case of a fat, out-of-shape stereotype failing to move right, let me correct you. I'm quite active. Not only do I mountain bike and hike regularly, but I danced all through college (Latin to Aerobic), currently work out several times a week, and have a well used copy of Dance Central for Kinect, which of all things actually expects you to dance. But putting those well learned and oft practiced moves into Just Dance led to me failing quite horribly. Turns out, I'm not the only one with this problem, a friend of mine has a sister who is a professional dancer, and she had the same issue. Why? Because Just Dance is so casual, not only are you not required to dance, in order to succeed you cannot. The games single limited input is so geared towards casual gaming that the game actually requires a level of failure in order for you to succeed. Forget making those smooth moves you're seeing on the screen, if you want to succeed at Just Dance, you'd better make everything as choppy and flailing as possible, because that's all the game measures success by, and the only way the input will pick it up.
|Dance Central, unlike Just Dance, requires substantial effort|
|Are you doing it right? Sure, why not?|
Yes, it may be fun and easy, but is that all we should be advertising? In my experience that night, I realized that Just Dance 3 was causing people who might have been interested in games to turn away. They enjoyed the experience they had, but had no desire nor acknowledgement that other, even similar titles could be fun as well because they required effort that to their eyes was unneeded.
|Pictured: A much better game by the same publisher that deserves your love|