After picking up the PS/2 (that's Sony, not IBM) today, I decided that it would probably be best to pick up a cheaper soft pad that might die quickly rather than an expensive hard pad that would last longer. I have to make sure that I'll keep doing it first. I had to hit a few places but I finally found a place that had DDR Max, used. I bought a "Beat Pad" with it. For an extra three dollars, they gave me a guarantee to replace it if it breaks over the next year. Sounds good to me.
What I've determined is that it is amusing and interesting. And that Foot-Eye Coordination is not one of my strong suits. There is a reason that I generally don't move around when I'm dancing at the Grind. It took ten or twelve tries for me to succeed at the wrap up session at the end of Lesson One. Well, this is one of the reasons that I got it though. We'll see how it goes. With the games that came with it, I found that I do much better with Spy Hunter if I've got a steering wheel (iow, I sucked) and I was doing pretty decent at Gauntlet: Dark Legacy. I haven't tried SOCOM II.