Best Free Cross-Cultural Entertainment (2008)


In a city as allegedly diverse as our own, it's still a challenge to locate truly multicultural social events (pace certain baseball games, the Thanksgiving Day parade, and raucous subway rides). So it's a delight to watch at NYC arcades as teens of every ethnic persuasion attempt to outboogie each other on DANCE DANCE REVOLUTION consoles. After selecting a song, they stamp furiously as the monitor on the screen tells them, at seizure-inducing speeds, where to place their feet. But for return favorites and crowd players, the screen is lagniappe—they have the Byzantine routines down so well that they perform them with their eyes shut or their backs to the game. Various arcades.


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