#18: Dance Dance Revolution Platform: Arcade Year: 1998
Original review score: Not Reviewed
Dance Dance Revolution was (and is) a massive hit in its own right. But the real innovation in DDR lies in one simple fact: it paved the way for the entire music game genre and, by extension, the world domination of Guitar Hero.
Why It Was Innovative:
Before Dance Dance Revolution, music-based video games were a virtually unknown niche genre. But DDR changed all of that with its patented "dance platform" that enabled players to bust a move instead of busting their thumbs on a typical game pad. Part jukebox, part karaoke machine, DDR's gameplay consisted entirely of bouncing and stomping to a musical rhythm. Because the game didn't rely on twitchy gaming skills, DDR quietly opened videogames to an entirely new demographic: everyone. This approach was later refined and mastered by the Guitar Hero franchise, but Konami deserves the nod for originally pioneering and popularizing the concept.