There are plenty of plausible reasons to criticise Audiosurf. Unfortunately I’m almost entirely oblivious to them, as it’s doing such a wonderful job of fulfilling a very important purpose in my life – giving me a reason to do nothing other than listen to music while still feeling like I’m achieving something. I suspect I’d still be spending too long staring vacantly at iTunes visualisations if I didn’t own Audiosurf. It’s made me a better man.
Part of its charm is the never-know-what-you’re-gonna-get-next element. You’ll pick a song with a fair idea of whether it’s suitable, but often enough it’ll surprise- presenting a track that’s more elegantly undulated than expected, or instead a jerky, sick-making mess (I’d strongly advise against trying The Specials). Evan Merz, though, has gone beyond the guesstimation the rest of us use, paintstakingly creating midi music designed to specifically provoke certain track shapes and effects in the game.
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