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Audition Online
Audition Online also known as X-BEAT in Japan, is a downloadable multiplayer online casual rhythm game produced by T3 Entertainment. It was originally released in South Korea in 2004, but it has been localized by various publishers around the world. Audition Online is free to play but it earns its revenue by selling virtual items such as clothes for the player's avatar. It currently has over 300 million players worldwide. On June 12, 2008, Season 2 was first officially released in Korea. Currently, Korean Audition, China Audition, Thailand Audition, Indonesian Audition, AuditionSEA, AuditionEu, Vietnam Audition, Philippines Audition, North American Audition, Brazil Audition, X-BEAT have updated to Season 2. Audition Season 2 features a new interface, sound system, expressions, and many new features. A. Popularity Audition's popularity began in South Korean and global versions of the game. Due to hacking in the global server, Bugs Corporation discontinued the server. Noticing the increasing popularity of the game, T3 Entertainment and Yedang Online began localizing it in other regions including China, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Japan, Philippines, North America, Thailand, Taiwan, South East Asia, Vietnam, Brazil, United Kingdom, and Remaining European Countries. The Asian and North American versions remain the most popular, with millions of members registered. B. Game play Features A player is allowed to create a room or join a room. The 'DJ' (the player who creates the room) is given power to choose songs and settings for the room. The DJ also has the power to kick people out of the room and close the dance floor off. The song's BPM (beats per minute) usually will determine the song's difficulty and speed(with certain exceptions e.g. beat up mode). The basic game is played by pressing the arrows displayed on the screen (with the exception of red Chance arrows, which the player must do the opposite of) and pressing spacebar or the control key on every 4th beat of the song. The more accurately the spacebar or control key is pressed, the higher the score, "PERFECT" being the best, "GREAT" and "COOL" still counted as good enough, "BAD" you will get very little score, and for "MISS" as the worst one, no score. If you get a "MISS" you will not get the chance to play for the next move. The player currently with the most points during the game will have their character in front and the most visible part of the stage. A special move during most gameplay modes is the "Finish Move", can be said the hardest move. If a person does not miss the move before it, they have the option to do the "Finish Move". Finish moves issue a lot of points and can often be the key to success. When a player does 2 or more PERFECTs consecutively, he will get bonus points for doing so. These PERFECT combos (or "Perfect chains") enable players to interfere with the

opposition. A blue circle indicates that you made a PERFECT in your move, and acts as a shield. When a player performs a PERFECT X1 (or perfect X2 in some cases) they will make either the player ahead or behind them receive a yellow circle. While under the yellow circle, points will not be given if that person does not achieve a PERFECT (in a finish move it reduces a percentage rather than the whole move). In addition, players can increase their points by playing 'chance'. This can be activated by pressing the delete key or the . key on the number pad whereby red keys appear and players have to press in the opposite direction of the red keys. At the end of the dance battle, the person with the most points is the winner. Each player will receive experience points and Den/BEATS according to what position they finished in. If a single/group game (not including NPC, One-Two Party and Beat Up modes) is full, while also having the music set to random, a random event (also called a mission) will occur. This is where bonuses are given if you accomplish a certain challenge. Examples are not getting a specific beat judgment (e.g. no COOLs or no BADs), getting perfect combos (e.g. PERFECT X3), or getting a standing (e.g. getting number 1). The music can be random, random(new), or random from any range of tempos. C. Shopping Mall Like many microtransaction-based online games, Audition features a shopping mall in which players can customize the look of their character. Players may choose from a variety of hairstyles, shirts, pants, shoes, faces, and miscellaneous items. The game use s an in-game currency called Den or Beats, depending on the version. In addition to Den and Beats, players can use the Cash system by purchasing it through the publisher's website. Different forms of payment are used to obtain cash, including PayPal, M-Payment, and various prepaid cards. Cash can be used to purchase a wider variety of items from the mall, such as pets, DJ stands, guitars, emoticons, fonts, accessories, and far more clothing. D. Fam Office A fam is a function brought along with the Fam Office. It works very similarly to guilds in other games. In order to create a fam, the creator must meet the requirements of Lv. 21 or greater, and 1,000,000 DEN. The leader may then purchase a variety of Fam Officebased items including a home, clock, notice sign, and a forum ranging in price from 100,000 DEN/Beats to 2,000,000,000 DEN/Beats. If the leader wishes, he or she may add members to the fam that would then be permitted to donate DEN/Beats, and assist in earning Fam Points.

E. Play modes 1. The Fiery Concert A new challenge is about to unravel on the dance floor! Introducing The Fiery Concert, it is the latest guitar mode in AuditionSEA. Tips on choosing the right mode of play: EASY: For starters and novice players. Only 3 keys on the keyboard lines are active and without the 8 key mode
y NORMAL: For intermediate players. Normal play without the 8 key mode y HARD: For clubbers who can play the guitar y CRAZY: For clubbers who can play the guitar very well 2. One, Two Party

Team up with your friends and/or fellow dancers in One-Two Party and square off with the NPC! Simply follow the rhythm and beat of the NPC to win the game! Directional Keys: 2, 4, 6, 8 Input Keys: Space-bar (Go!), 5 (Yeah!)

3. Beat Up Introducing the new Beat Up Mode with a refreshing gameplay! Challenge those flexifingers while you try to catch the beat without missing an arrow! Available in different levels of difficulty, directional arrows also increase with intensity. Keep up your combo score without a single Miss to charge up your Beat Up bar to gain bonus scores! Indulge in some rhythmic fun now! Available in 4 and 6 key game mode. 4. Club Dance II A new and improved version of Club Dance! Create a room with 3 males and 3 females. Players will take turns depending on their gender. You can choose your desired partner with F1, F2 or F3 buttons similar to Club Dance. Now in Club Dance II, you can rate the opposite gender's performance with F1 being the best (gives 2 Hearts) and F3 being the worst (gives 0 Hearts). You can only choose your partner when you are rating them, if you have been picked, you will be proposed or get proposed! Hit F1, F2 or F3 to accept the proposal and start achieving Heart Points by synchronizing Perfect or Great with your partner. You do not need a couple or be married to try this mode. Available in 4 and 8 key game mode.