Dingy, Dark Reality

David Wilson, Ben Richardson


From identifying a few of the sound clips, as well as flavortext clues (and the title's logical abbreviation), one can determine fairly easily that the puzzle relates to Dance Dance Revolution, specifically DDR Extreme. It just so happens that there is a DDR Extreme machine in the Student Center game room...further flavortext clues indicate "Light Mode" for the difficulty.

Start at the star. The sound clip there is from "Synchronized Love." The arrows one must step on during the specified clip in Light difficulty mode go:
R, D, U, L, L, R, U, D, L
Following the arrows as directions in the grid, starting from the central star, leaves you at the letter N at (4, 3).

The clip at that location is from "Memories," and the arrows during the clip indicate the directions
LR, L L, D, R, R, D, U, U, L, U, U, R
Following these directions in the grid, starting at the N you were previously at, leaves you two squares above where you were, at the letter O at (2, 3).

Similarly, the clip at that location (from "Irresistiblement") gives:
L, L, R, R, U, D, L, L, R, R, D, U, R, R, L, L, R, R
leaving you two squares to the right at the letter V at (2, 5).

Continuing, the clip from "Heaven is a '57 Metallic Gray" gives:
R, D, R, R, R, U, U, U, L, D, L, D, U, D, U, D, L, D
leaving you down one and right one, at the letter A at (3, 6).

That clip, from "Drop the Bomb," gives:
R, D, L, D, R, L
leaving you two squares down at the letter R at (5, 6).

The clip there--from "Burnin' the Floor"--gives:
L, D, U, R, L, D, L, D, U, L, D, U, R, D, U, L, D
leaving you down two squares and left three, at the letter A at (7, 3).

That clip, from "Butterfly," gives:
U, R, U, L, U, R
moving you three squares up and one right--back at the center star. This indicates that you are done; the letters on the path spell the answer NOVARA.

Answer: NOVARA