Teach your fingers to dance.
Demo video of Tut Tut Revolution in action. Make sure to turn your volume up!
Muscle Memory Over Recall
If you are on computers as a part of your daily work, you've probably realized that your fingers 'learn' how to interact with the software you use. A user does not think “Alright, now I need to hit b+a then right trigger”, they think, “I need to punch”! Actions are mentally tied to their resulting action, not the combination of keys to make that action occur.
Gamification of Learning
One of the most important concepts in gamification of learning is that a users learning must transfer outside of the game to be successful, and in this regard Tut Tut revolution is a huge success. Even during our short time playtesting the game our team was able to learn and remember keyboard shortcuts quickly and easily. The game mechanics of Dance Dance Revolution were chosen to help people learn because it requires accuracy, with an emphasis on timing. While timing isn’t crucial for most software, it is great for drilling actions to the point where a user thinks “I want the cursor back” instead of “I want the cursor back so I need to hit ‘v’”.
Tut Tut Revolution is a fully functioning prototype which was created in 24 hours for the CMUHacks hackathon hosted by Carnegie Mellon University and received honors, winning first place in the category of "Most Useful App".