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#271 dirtyvu

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Posted 31 October 2012 - 11:06 PM

As someone who has been listening to Japanese music since 1999 I have no idea how gangam style made it big in the USA. It's definitely the first Asian song to make it big here. I also listen to Korean music but personally I find it quite difficult to listen to. It's much easier to hear the lyrics in Japanese music so one would think that it would have been some Japanese pop song to first make it big in the USA. There are enough good and catchy Japanese songs out there that one would think one of them would make it to the USA, trust me I know hundreds of catchy Japanese songs.


I used to be huge into Japanese music because of anime. Where they lost me was the explosion of jrock. I was into jpop. So when artists like Ayumi Hamasaki started doing jrock, I kind of left the scene.

Gangnam Style caught on because it's funny with a nice beat. None of the other Korean or Japanese or Chinese stars caught on because they're all trying to be cool. Gangnam Style is this generation's Macarena. If you're foreign, to catch on here, you have to be a novelty.

#272 SaraAB

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Posted 01 November 2012 - 01:04 AM

I used to be huge into Japanese music because of anime. Where they lost me was the explosion of jrock. I was into jpop. So when artists like Ayumi Hamasaki started doing jrock, I kind of left the scene.

Gangnam Style caught on because it's funny with a nice beat. None of the other Korean or Japanese or Chinese stars caught on because they're all trying to be cool. Gangnam Style is this generation's Macarena. If you're foreign, to catch on here, you have to be a novelty.


Girl groups like akb48 is what is massively popular, which is happy girl pop music. I don't think that stuff would catch on in the US on a massive level, morning musume tried but didn't make it, though they do release digitally in the US market which is kind of rare for a Japanese artist. I also believe Tsunku once said Morning musume would never come to the USA and they did! Korean music is interjecting itself into J-pop as well. I mostly listen to my favorites these days but I still explore the top 40 once in a while. The long hair on men was really tough to get used to, while it still exists its not as rampant as it was a few years ago. A lot of the male styles are much shorter than they once were so I think it would be a bit easier to tolerate.

Another problem is that A lot of Japanese agencies won't go digital and get their content out there In a legal manner. Most Korean bands have official YouTube channels and you can buy their music on Amazon or ITunes. I just bought a few Korean songs from a popular band on Amazon today! I would have purchased J-pop music in a heartbeat if it was there but it was not so they lost a sale to the Koreans. I don't see this happening for most Japanese artists, or at least the ones I like. Digital is everything when trying to reach foreign fans, we aren't going to pay $70 for a CD of 13 songs, especially when there are 5 different versions of each cd each with exclusive songs.

#273 lordopus99

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Posted 01 November 2012 - 01:23 AM

The production value and humor of the video are a big part, with the distinctive dance being the other key element. I think a lot of modern Japanese stuff is too weird and foreign to appeal to western audiences - most Japanese live-action movies these days are just plain horrible, for instance. And the skinny guys who look like women thing, that's not a big mainstream hit over here either. Gangnam Style is funny and a little weird, but it's not too hard to get thanks to the great visuals, dancing, and sound.

Distinictive dance? When I saw the dance originally, all I thought was Apache. I agree with the first part though... The humor is what set it apart from the rest.

#274 Crunchewy

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Posted 01 November 2012 - 01:38 AM

I have to admit that my favorite new feature in DC3 is beginner difficulty. :) It makes the songs much less daunting to jump into, especially the harder ones. And it's awesome that we get beginner level with imported songs too.

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#275 bardockkun

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Posted 02 November 2012 - 07:24 AM

I Still miss Emilia's DC1 voice.
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#276 Crunchewy

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Posted 02 November 2012 - 04:14 PM

I wish they'd get rid of all the old characters and make all new ones. I'm a little tired of having the same characters on screen as always.

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#277 bardockkun

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Posted 02 November 2012 - 07:33 PM

I'm fine with the characters. There's enough variety and personality in each one and outfits as well.
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#278 Crunchewy

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Posted 05 November 2012 - 05:16 PM

I wish they'd at least add a bunch of new characters to mix things up. But this is a pretty minor thing. I am really loving this iteration of the game.

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#279 DQT

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Posted 06 November 2012 - 05:58 AM

Then again I think unless you're having a "Dance Party" every week I doubt people are going to really complain. Me and NONE of my friends know nothing of Dougie before this. Though whenever every few months my friends do have a get together with Dance Central, majority are too drunk after awhile to ask "why isn't this on there?" is what I've noticed.


Oh absolutely. People will pick what they like, and Harmonix does succeed in giving everybody something.

#280 Cephiros

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Posted 09 November 2012 - 06:09 AM

So far, my feelings on DC3 are mixed.

I'm having trouble gold starring songs that I was able to do every time in DC2, specifically, Scenario.

In addition, almost every session, my game will freeze at the black screen where it states music downloads are not rated by the ESRB. Usually I have to clear the system cache to resolve the issue which is quite annoying.

When I am rehearsing a song, the game will pause as if the Kinect lost me but I'm right in front of it. It happens more often when I have a move slowed down. It will pause like the Kinect doesn't see me, I'll unpause and work on the move, and it will pause again.

I update the tracking and calibration quite often. I have good lighting in my play space and it is clear.

By the way, I can pop in Dance Central 2 and have no issues in Break It Down mode with the same exact setup.

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#281 Crunchewy

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Posted 09 November 2012 - 02:18 PM

That is strange. I'm not having any of those issues (well, I can't gold star songs, but that isn't anything new. LOL)! Is there a way to clear the title update? Then it would redownload it. Maybe that got messed up somehow?

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#282 blitz6speed

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Posted 09 November 2012 - 03:05 PM

I just played some DC3 and very happy songs like Stereo Love made it in, finally good music. Hope the trend continues. When does the first of the new DLC hit?

#283 bardockkun

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Posted 12 November 2012 - 11:16 PM

Gangnam Style's been dated. November 27th.
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#284 eastx

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Posted 13 November 2012 - 09:24 AM

Gangnam Style's been dated. November 27th.


Source? Can't find the info anywhere online.

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#285 bardockkun

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Posted 13 November 2012 - 09:53 AM

Source? Can't find the info anywhere online.

It's from Microsoft retail Expertzone site. Basically they're doing a promo where you get 400 points for posting a pic. of doing that dumb dance pose all the way from now until the DLC is released.

The post is as follows if you want to be first to break the news.

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#286 eastx

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Posted 13 November 2012 - 10:20 AM

Thanks man! I'm all over that.

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Posted 13 November 2012 - 10:26 AM

Thanks man! I'm all over that.

Their Facebook page also alludes to "Gangnam Style Day" on the 27th, but doesn't have the full blog post like on the site.

https://www.facebook.com/EZXboxVIP

Though I figure we may get possibly further confirmation with Major Nelson announcement for coming weeks.
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#288 eastx

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Posted 13 November 2012 - 03:30 PM

Their Facebook page also alludes to "Gangnam Style Day" on the 27th, but doesn't have the full blog post like on the site.

https://www.facebook.com/EZXboxVIP

Though I figure we may get possibly further confirmation with Major Nelson announcement for coming weeks.


And here we go:

Breaking: 'Gangnam Style' Dance Central 3 DLC Official Release Date

I very much appreciate the heads up. :)

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#289 Crunchewy

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Posted 13 November 2012 - 04:24 PM

Yeah! I'm looking forward to downloading that one. Should be fun.

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#290 bardockkun

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Posted 13 November 2012 - 06:06 PM

And here we go:

Breaking: 'Gangnam Style' Dance Central 3 DLC Official Release Date

I very much appreciate the heads up. :)

Now I'm paranoid for "breaking the news" on this and been rereading it repeatedly just to be sure that I didn't misinterpret or misread anything. Though it comes out on a Tuesday, which is usual Dance Central DLC day and it makes sense for them to release this ASAP, while that dance and song are still relevant. So, so far everything seems to check out.
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#291 Crunchewy

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Posted 26 November 2012 - 05:16 PM

Gangnam Style tomorrow! :)

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Posted 27 November 2012 - 05:59 AM

So with dc3 being $15 I bit. Do they let you export dc2 like they did with dc1. If so is it 800 points again?

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#293 eastx

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Posted 27 November 2012 - 06:52 AM

Bardok-kun was definitely right about the release date. BTW, if you write for a gaming site, Harmonix is providing DLC codes for 'Gangnam Style.'

Red Worm, yes, DC 2 songs export. I think it's 800 again too. You have to do it through the store menu in DC3.

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#294 bardockkun

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Posted 27 November 2012 - 07:10 AM

Bardok-kun was definitely right about the release date. BTW, if you write for a gaming site, Harmonix is providing DLC codes for 'Gangnam Style.'

Red Worm, yes, DC 2 songs export. I think it's 800 again too. You have to do it through the store menu in DC3.

Hooray! I Did something good!

Also I dread purchasing that song tomorrow, but goddamn the completionist in me.
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#295 Crunchewy

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Posted 27 November 2012 - 03:55 PM

I've already queued it up. I'm looking forward to trying it out tonight. :) Also wasn't the export 400 points? I can't remember now, though. Maybe it was 800. In any case I did it and it worked fine. I have DC1, DC2 and DC3 songs plus some downloads in one game. Also, you get beginner level added to all the old songs.

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Posted 27 November 2012 - 05:32 PM


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#297 Crunchewy

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Posted 28 November 2012 - 01:20 AM

Gangnam Style is great! It's not too hard, but is quite a workout. Mind you I'm only playing on Easy so far. I started on Beginner, which may actually be more of a workout than Easy as you do fewer moves, but each for longer stretches. It's a lot of fun. I could only do it 4 times before I was ready for something much less of a workout so went back to DC1's Poker Face. LOL. Yeah, I'm not in the best shape. Yet. :) I'm looking forward to trying it more.

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#298 DQT

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Posted 29 November 2012 - 08:08 AM

I've already queued it up. I'm looking forward to trying it out tonight. :) Also wasn't the export 400 points? I can't remember now, though. Maybe it was 800. In any case I did it and it worked fine. I have DC1, DC2 and DC3 songs plus some downloads in one game. Also, you get beginner level added to all the old songs.


Did not know that. That kinda justifies the cost in my opinion. Still, I have a ton of achievements on DC2 unfulfilled though...

Haven't had the chance to open the game I got from black friday yet. I'll get to Gangam style eventually.

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Posted 29 November 2012 - 09:12 AM

So with dc3 being $15 I bit. Do they let you export dc2 like they did with dc1. If so is it 800 points again?


only 400 points

#300 eastx

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Posted 29 November 2012 - 02:28 PM

Crunchewy wasn't kidding - 'Gangnam Style' is quite a workout, even on easy. It's super fast paced. I did beat his score though, mwa ha ha! Love the song and the game. :)

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