In case you haven’t been paying attention, or watching television, or looking at magazines, or listening to kids at all, there is a new craze sweeping the nation called Dance Dance Revolution. Basically it is a game where the player moves their feet in a particular pattern, tapping in time to the beat of a song by watching arrows on a computer and tapping the corresponding arrows on the Dance Dance Revolution dance mat.There are several different types of mats available, most are considered soft mats that usually consist of a few layers of cloth and the wiring is placed between padding. There are graphics that are printed at the top portion of the Dance Dance Revolution dance mat and a plug that gets plugged into the game itself. Most of the mats have four arrows, Up, Down, Right and Left and some also include a triangle, the 0 button and an X button for select. This would include the buttons that you would need to use to move through the game and menus without needing to use both the Dance Dance Revolution dance mat and an additional controller. You just hit the buttons that are on the pad and it will guide you through the menu. Of course, every company that makes a soft pad may make them slightly different so you would need to make sure you know what is where on each one.There is also what is called hard mats; they are made much like the regular arcade game version of Dance Dance Revolution. Normally they are made from wood, covered with some kind of sheet metal and then have these Plexiglas arrow buttons that will work just like the arcade version.Most people start out with the soft mats when they play the game at home and they are good for beginners; however, they do not last that long if you are into playing the game quite a bit. Also, some people have complained that the soft Dance Dance Revolution dance mat will slide around on the carpet; some will attach hard plastic to the bottom with a bit of sandpaper then glued to the bottom to help it grip the carpet better.The general consensus is that the soft mat is good for beginners or casual users of the game, however for the more serious player the hard arcade style Dance Dance Revolution dance mat is the best bet.