After arrogantly posting that my PS2 started working again, I have been slapped back by the hand of fate. My PS2 is festering again.
It's a bummer, too, because I wanted to go back into that Splashdown game I mentioned before and take a look at how they did their level design some more. I don't think we're going to be doing racing games in the pirate game we're building, but I still want to figure out some of the "design patterns" that lend themselves to fun environments like the ones in that game.
The good news is that the USB dance mats came in today. Tomorrow, I'm going to try to hook them up to the Mac and see if I can get Director to talk to them via the Enhancer Xtra. If I can, then we can start developing games that use the dance mat controller. Since we're trying to develop educational games and health and nutrition, games that get kids moving are ideal for this topic.