I've seen Pulsen mentioned here and on other forums, and I'm kind of wondering why so many people are saying it's a bad idea. I think more dance games is always a good idea--surely there'll come a time when I'll become bored of rhythm games, but the more things there are out there in the genre, the longer that will take to happen. And in the worst case, if I really don't enjoy a game, I can just ignore it/not play it.
What I really don't understand though is why other dance games seem to get a pass, but not Pulsen. Could someone please clarify? I'd hate to see this game go away without getting a real chance. Like I said, I think more dance games being around is a good thing.
StepMania is good because...you can run it on your computer and add whatever songs you want to it? I agree with that. But isn't it basically DDR on your computer with the ability to add songs--is that only OK because the game and content is completely free of charge? Even if you use songs which the original artist never intended to be distributed for free? I realize that it's popular on the internet to obtain for free music that is supposed to cost money, but that doesn't make it "right".
Why is ITG acceptable, but not Pulsen? Aren't they both based on the StepMania engine and have different themes, noteskins, and song lists than StepMania has? Remember that everything in Pulsen except for (most of!) the songs/stepcharts is available for the low price of zero dollars. For ITG, you have to buy the entire game with the songs and charts--otherwise you have none of it. I've also seen people complain that Pulsen is "StepMania with a different theme" or something, but if that's what you think it is, then this "StepMania with a different theme" is free, just like the other ones!
I'd really like to see this game go somewhere...if it really deserves to be ridiculed then do it, but don't treat it unfairly if it doesn't deserve it. And from what I can tell, unless someone can clarify why it should be treated any differently from the other dance games, then it seems like it's getting a lot of bad attention that it doesn't deserve. I feel a little sad that the dance game community isn't as popular as it once was, and I'd hate for anyone else to avoid trying to do anything to help revitalize it in this way or others based on the responses they've seen about Pulsen so far.
Finally, a couple of quotes I saw along the way that I felt like I should comment on to show that I've read the thread:
"...what we consider, the best charts ever made..."
I fixed the quote for you to make it more in-context. Surely you have your favorite song(s) too, right? Everyone does. It's an opinion.
TYLR wrote:As long as DDR, ITG, PIU, SM5, FFR and Dance Central exist, there is no market for what you're trying to sell.
Several dance games exist, including some that cost money and have people buying them? Maybe I don't understand what you mean, but to me that sounds like there most certainly is a market for dance games.