Modding your DDR pad

Our man in Williamsburg, VA — the one what made the Linux port of DDR, aka PyDDR — pointed me towards his tips on modding your DDR mat for durability and stability. I can’t endorse it over other mods, since I haven’t tried any of them, but this seems to be pretty much the standard from what I’ve heard. DDR Freak has a much simpler plan, but it looks less durable and less ergonomically sensible, and it doesn’t involve any tinkering with the inner workings of the mat, so what fun is it? Brendan (the PyDDR developer) says you can even take an old fuX0red pad and rejuvenate it using this method. I’m going to give it a try.

Another development: 1.5″ thick metal pads for the home version are now available, sending the prices of hard plastic home pads into a tailspin. The latter still aren’t worth buying, though, according to Brendan, whom I trust, as they tend to break easily and are bad for eighth-note-heavy songs.

Comments 1

  1. yukino wrote:

    Jeremy (who JG knows from Seattle) has DDR Freak-style modified pads, and they’re actually great for playing. The problem is that the plywood tends to warp so that eventually you’re not playing on perfectly flat pads anymore (and let me tell you, that’s annoying).

    He’s just ordered the metal pads (for PS, alas, they don’t seem to be out for Dreamcast) so I’ll get back to you on that.

    Posted 07 Sep 2002 at 8:41 pm

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