- Half a pack of gum
- A dollar
- The assurance that I could continue to use the machine
I’ll discuss the last one first. You may be asking “Why would you think that you couldn’t use the machine? Did you perform some criminal act while at the mall or something?”, and the answer is “No.” But here’s the thing. You’ll note that I wrote “…to play on the DDR machine of the Regal Cinemas…” Apparently (This was being explained to someone behind me–while I was playing a song..I think it was Keep On Movin’, and I got 5/1/1 on it if you fellow dance gamers reading this are curious–so I just picked up bits and pieces of it), though the Brass Mill Center houses the cinemas who currently own the machine, Regal Cinemas are a separate entity from the mall. Further, cinemas in general don’t like being treated like arcades–the machines, including this particular DDR, are supposed to be there as something you do for a game or two while you wait for your movie to start–not, as I was doing, for one person to play continually without ever going near the theater proper. I didn’t know the second part of this at the time, although in the end it wouldn’t matter. I finished my song, and as the theater guy, I think his name was Mike, finishes his explanation about how he doesn’t like people treating the cinema area like an arcade, he tells me “Well, I’ll let you do it, because I like watching people do really well on this game” or something to that effect. So yeah.
I got the dollar from some kid after doing (Relatively speaking) really well on some songs on my last set of the day. He just gave it to me and actually said something like “Here you go, thank you.” and I just said “Wow, thanks.” I don’t actually know if getting the gum was directly related to my skill or not, but it makes the whole story somehow better if it was, so…
By the way, pictures of my three best scores of the day are behind the cut below. They’re my first three arcade SDGs, or “Single-Digit Greats”–in other words, getting under 10 Greats on a song and nothing below that.
*I’m still not that good compared to top-tier players, and would get destroyed at almost any tournament on the game (Fourth-place finish in a tournament in Trumbull notwithstanding).