Old 03-29-2018, 03:59 PM   #1
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Default Good programs / themes / packs for pad play only?

Now that I've got time again I want to make DDR a regular exercise activity.

That said, I still suck at pad play. Max 300 still winds me and I usually fail the song. So I have to work up to it still.

On my Mac, I made a new Stepmania folder (version 5.0.12) with pad-play only stuff, this is my current listing:



My questions:

1. Is Stepmania still the program of choice, or is there some alternative I should be using?

2. Any notable themes, noteskins I should check out? I was always partial to the old ITG metal noteskin but I don't know what people use nowadays, I've been out of the loop for years now.

3. Any good pad packs I should be including?

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Old 03-29-2018, 04:20 PM   #2
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Go on smo, the packs are labeled pad, download those.
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Old 03-29-2018, 06:00 PM   #3
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Default Re: Good programs / themes / packs for pad play only?

ITG 3+, ITG Rebirth, xoon pad packs, ddr f4ns packs, mungyodance packs have some good stuff, the later Talon Mixes, Trancemania is all fully charted marathon songs, foonmixes, etc should all be fully charted so you don't need to worry about the hard stuff. If you do start getting into harder stuff try the mute packs, the earlier Talon Mixes, and the tachyon stuff when you get really good.

Stepmania is still the best, imo. I just downloaded 5.1 and it looks pretty slick. oITG is okay from what I've seen but I've had enough bugs personally that I just went back to sm. I use the exactv2 noteskin because I really like the shape/colour scheme. Almost reminiscent of the cell skin.

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Old 03-29-2018, 06:01 PM   #4
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Not a pad expert here, but I can try and answer some of these:

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1. Is Stepmania still the program of choice, or is there some alternative I should be using?
Stepmania and its variants (OpenITG, SM5, Etterna) are still being used for all styles of play. OpenITG is geared a bit more toward pad play in my experience, while sm5 is a hybrid and Etterna is geared toward keyboard.

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I believe Simply Love is the preferred theme for OpenITG and has been for a good while. ITG's Metal is a dope noteskin, go for it.

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Not sure what your pad skill level is, but I'll just link this thread in case you forgot about it: http://www.flashflashrevolution.com/...d.php?t=133223
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Ayyyy sick list m80
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do gpop's packs have full chart sets? I dont remember
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I believe so! Third one does for sure
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Honestly man just get etterna, like.. People say it's not optimized for pad play (ratings), but theoretically speaking, if all you play is pad files, the ratings will probabaly be consistent

Plus etterna runs best, is the coolest, eats at all the chillest restaurants, wears the freshest clothes, and hangs out with all the hottest dudes

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Out of curiosity, what's your equipment Reincarnate?
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Obviously he means ur pad bro, what would anyone else be curious about "omggg do u run open itg or simply loveee xD"
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Honestly man just get etterna, like.. People say it's not optimized for pad play (ratings), but theoretically speaking, if all you play is pad files, the ratings will probabaly be consistent
Ok but chord cohesion
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Ok but chord cohesion
IIRC you can still enable chord cohesion in the later versions' preferences.ini, so that shouldn't be a problem
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People say it's not optimized for pad play (ratings), but theoretically speaking, if all you play is pad files, the ratings will probabaly be consistent
thats not how that works
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Vocaloid project pad packs are bomb if you are into that. Crapyard Scent is the ultimate pad meme pack, and Otaku's Dream is pretty good.

For pad play, I would personally recommend SM over Etterna mainly due to the larger variety of mods. Mods are funnnn.
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I believe Simply Love is the preferred theme for OpenITG and has been for a good while. ITG's Metal is a dope noteskin, go for it.
I'm not sure if the latest updates to Simply Love have an oITG version or not, the machine I play on runs SM5
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