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Noun. A kick-ass computer version of the kick-ass arcade game known as Dance Dance Revolution, or DDR by some of the better players. Especially popular with those who can't--through some reason or another--play DDR but enjoy the game nonetheless. The arrow keys of the keyboard replace the pad, unless one owns a pad which they can plug into their CPU's.
Ex. 1:
A: "Dude, let's go to the arcade and play some DDR!"
B: "Can't, man. I'm broke. Wanna go play some Stepmaina at my house instead?"

Ex. 2:
A girl who cannot play DDR because she is wheelchair-bound will often own a copy of Stepmania on her computer to get in on the action.
by SaturnAngel November 14, 2003
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A Dance Dance Revolution (aka DDR, a four-panel dance game) emulator game that has been ported onto several computer platforms, including Windows, Linux, Macintosh and the Apple iPod (via iPod Linux). Gameplay is similar to DDR, where colored arros scroll up from the bottom of the screen and the player must press the corresponding arrow key (or number pad key) when it reaches gray, static arrows called the Step Zone.
Files for the game (called stepfiles) are user-made, and include a .sm (StepMania's native file format) or .dwi (Dance With Intensity's native file format), a sound file (usually mp3 or ogg) and usually a set of graphics for the background and select screen banner. Some programs, including Dancing Monkeys, have been made in a attempt to make stepfile creation automatic, but files created by these programs are universally accepted as CF (or crap file, a reference to what began as a inside joke about Cobalt Flux metal pads, which are known by their high quality).
StepMania can also emulate Pump It Up (PiU, five panels arranged in a cross-shaped pattern) and ParaParaParadise (PPP, five arrows arranged in the forward, left, right, up-left and up-right positions). The StepMania codebase was used as the source for In The Groove (ITG), a four-panel dance game infamous for its competition with DDR. ITG is now owned by Konami, the producer of DDR, due to a recent lawsuit against Roxor, the producer of ITG.
Hey, I just finished my stepfile for StepMania!
by Mr. Finnigan November 23, 2006
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A way to distract oneself from otherwise haunting, real-life tasks.
I have a ten-page paper due tomorrow, and I haven't even started. Ahh, fuck. *opens up StepMania*
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A video game that emulates the DDR series that is imported on a computer system. It's a rhythm game that has arrows that scroll up the screen in which you must hit the corresponding arrows on your keypad at the right time. Difficulties can range from easy to insane and there will always be somebody better than you at it. (in exception of one person) It takes up very little space but increases exponentially according to the number of song files you download and implement. A fun game that will become boring with extended play and skill. Best played in full screen and with a good keyboard. Stepmania can only be retrieved at the official Stepmania website. Google is your friend.
Dude! I pwn a Stepmania!

Not as much as I do. SM is The Roxxorz.
by Cody C January 25, 2006
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The best fucking game EVER! its ddr, only you use your fingers as feet or you can play with your feet if you have a pad.
Holy shit i cant believe i AAed an 11 step song on stepmania! i'm gonna go out to the bar to celebrate!
by Theamazingbender October 19, 2006
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A Game in which you move your feet as the arrows scroll up on screen :-D

Also known as "The Dance Dance Revolution Emulator"
Hey I spend my evenings playing StepMania
by Matthew1471 September 13, 2003
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A kick-ass DDR simulator that unfortunately requires a powerful computer.
My comp froze playing StepMania.
by dj gs68 October 22, 2003
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