If you’re convinced that playing video games won’t help your kids achieve anything, ask Ted Wada for his opinion and I bet he’ll tell you differently – his 10-year-old son Ryota is a Guinness World Record holder for video gaming. Ryota, a prodigy of sorts at Sony PlayStation’s popular Dance Dance Revolution game holds the title of "Youngest Gamer to Achieve a Perfect Score on Dance Dance Revolution,” one that he proudly accomplished at the ripe age of nine.
In order to achieve a perfect score, he had to masterfully dance all 223 steps and 16 combinations on the expert setting of the particular song he chose called “Heavy Eurobeat” without any missteps.
Ryota is quoted as saying, "Other kids say DDR is an adult game and it's very hard," he said. "I can do it very well. Why, I don't know. I think maybe because I can catch rhythm easily."
According to the Associated Press, Ryota began practicing at the age of three and quickly picked up on the techniques of the game. He often played it with his father who was trying to lose weight after coming to the United States and “eating too much McDonald’s.” His father was also a video game developer for the company that created Dance Dance Revolution, so Ryota’s exposure to the game was twofold.
It’s likely that very few parents would condone the countless hours this kid spent playing the game, but at the very least, it is a game that encourages movement and activity. Here’s a clip of Ryota in action: