Audiosurf proves convincingly that some of the best ideas in gaming come out of the indie scene, and can only ever be made for PCs. Super Mario Galaxy, with equal panache, proves the exact opposite to be the case. Strap in for my lightning double review.
People who skip past the gaming entries on my blog such as Jim “The Paedo” O’Reilly (sorry, I needed his attention) should listen to this next bit anyway: Audiosurf is a cross between a juke box, a racing game, and tetris. Wipeout-style racecourses are made out of the soundwaves of music files you load in from your own mp3 collection, and you then race around them collecting coloured blocks. This game, if it becomes popular, will entirely remove the demand for acid from this country within five years. If that’s not enough for you, it has incredibly easy controls, will work on pretty much any PC or Laptop, and costs $11 (
1) Go to this webpage
2) Admire Virginia’s gorgeous photo (avoid the one where she looks like Macaulay Culkin)
3) Open the audio file to hear her speaking on the radio in 1937
4) Open iTunes (or equivalent); set its volume to 1/3rd
5) Put on “Guilty”, the 20s number from Yann Tiersen’s Am
And thanks to Sarah as well for this link, which you shouldn’t click in a public place if you’ve ever studied any kind of cultural theory because you’ll brick it and attract attention to yourself. Oh, and make sure your sound is on.
And that concludes today’s higher-than-average standard of linkfiesta. Enjoy them! Enjoy them.
This blog, as all regular readers cannot help but notice, is polemic rather than journalistic, conversational rather than scientific, and makes no pretense to either (a) approach its subjects with reasoned objectivity, or (b) have anything approaching the ability to unduly influence Circle of Seven’s market share, which I’m sure is excellent and will continue to grow. Anyone who hung out on this site for more than a few posts could hardly fail to notice that its vitriol is often more than a little tongue in cheek.
Which is not to say I secretly love Circle of Seven and what they stand for, but I do think the only way to get genuinely, deeply offended by what I said about them is to take my remarks wildly out of context. Oh, and I’m not “hiding behind this forum”, by the way – I’m Will Tattersdill, 6’3″, ginger, travelling musician, and, perhaps not insignificantly, graduate student at the university of oxford, with a current research interest in book design and marketing. Thanks for leaving your e-mail addresses, guys. Who are you again?
The Jones have been visiting – we have some tune ideas and a new hatred for Princess Peach’s swindlesome Mario Strikers tactics. We’ve also “done” some “work”. Ahaha.
Max: And red panties.