Man, everything at Ray's was crappy. My friend Jon used to complain all the time about how the owner kept talking and staring at him and his friends, and lying about how he ordered the latest DDR and IIDX stuff when he never did. I remember thinking it was cool that they had IIDX 7th, but that screen was impossible to read... I was so mad that I promised that everyone could punch me in the face if I ever went back, and so I never did.
Ray's Arcade was so packed during Dragz I, that shit was hot in there... and their Tekken Tag machine was gay... I'm happy I got to play with Dan for a bit though... lol.
Who's Dan? I think I know 2 Dans... is it that hiDDenRage guy?
I think I first met Orochi at Dragz, who 4-5 years later would get me into Tekken =P
As far as DDR (I was never into PIU or anything else), the closeness of the steps and the small stage make it pretty impossible to do anything else besides either hiphop or pop dance. Plus the tournaments are nowhere near as good, so the motivation to do it isn't even there anymore.
With FS itself I think degrading it to songs which solely encourage breaking it's a mistake, Pump comes to mind here. I think they should keep more stuff that encourages Classical dancing as well such as "Flamenco" and "Sad Salsa" as well as newer stuff. Doing that and seeing people integrating breaking into it well would be a great idea.
Hahah, you want good theatrics? I always liked this routine. Gotta love racial overtones.