Morning Discussion

Start of a new week, start of a new chatty. Hope your weekend left you invigorated, or at the very least, uninjured. We had a little bit of contest past couple days in the comments, to show some of the best Shackers... well, being Shackers. We left it up to you guys to pick a fan favorite, and this video ShackerCast by Socksta and Fleabug won the vote, and winning a copy of Devil May Cry 4 (and art book) should compliment their... review of it well.

Audiosurf came out this weekend, giving people the ability to turn their music collection into an interactive game, so how about people who have spent some time with it chime in and give their song recommendations as what to play? I know this will break your heart but Paul McCartney - Nod Your Head was a pretty epic fail. :(

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    February 18, 2008 6:36 AM

    In this thread, we suggest the best (or otherwise notable) songs that you've played in Audiosurf.

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      February 18, 2008 6:43 AM

      it didnt seem to handle speed metal very well :(

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        February 18, 2008 6:49 AM

        Haha oh man, I can imagine.

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          February 18, 2008 6:55 AM

          it tries to dumb it down for easier difficulties with horrible results :(

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      February 18, 2008 6:44 AM

      Back in Black was pretty awesome. Huge bumps in the track for the beat.

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      February 18, 2008 6:50 AM

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      February 18, 2008 6:51 AM

      I think some songs depend on witch vehicle you chose. For faster stuff I think Mono works the best. I have a blast with Dragonforce and Mono Pro.

      For the slower stuff I find myself leaning toward Pointer or Vegas.

      Songs I had fun with:

      They Might Be Giants - Man, It's so Loud in Here
      Dragonforce - Through the Fire and Flames
      This Will Destroy You - Threads

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      February 18, 2008 6:51 AM

      My favorite so far is The Outsider - A Perfect Circle.

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      February 18, 2008 6:53 AM

      The first song in Daft Punk's Alive album is amazingly good. The track alternates between going fast and slow between the words Human and Robot. It's astounding.

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        February 18, 2008 6:56 AM

        Really that whole album is great.

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        February 18, 2008 7:56 AM

        I bought it friday night. Amazing. Makes me pissed that I missed that tour. :(

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      February 18, 2008 6:54 AM

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      February 18, 2008 7:03 AM

      I'll just link some videos so you can see for yourselves.

      Classical music and orchestral stuff in general works really well:
      http://www.stage6.com/user/HelterSkeltr/video/2241559/Audiosurf:-Vivaldi's-Four-Seasons---Summer-Concerto-pt3

      I really liked the last minute of this one:
      http://www.stage6.com/user/HelterSkeltr/video/2242416/Audiosurf:-The-Flaming-Lips---The-Yeah-Yeah-Yeah-Song

      Holy shit, even Mastodon is easier than this (I dare someone to attempt a stealth run):
      http://www.stage6.com/user/HelterSkeltr/video/2242668/Audiosurf:-Ott---Billy-The-Kid-Strikes-Back

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        February 18, 2008 7:20 AM

        Sort of a hijack, but what video settings are you using there? That looks really cool

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          February 18, 2008 7:45 AM

          I just run at Premium detail, 1600x1200 (I have Fraps records at half-size, 800x600). No AA for videos, but I usually roll 4xAA while playing normally. Nothing special, really.

          I run the videos through VirtualDub using DivX at a nice high bitrate (resizing down to 640x480 in the process). Took a little tweaking to find the right settings to keep things looking sharp.

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      February 18, 2008 7:07 AM

      LCD Soundsystem - All My Friends
      Maserati - The World Outside
      M83 - In Church

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      February 18, 2008 7:07 AM

      Oh shit! I've never played this since my PC bugs out on the demo, but I have a FUCKING RAD dream where there was like a multitouch version of this. So you had to avoid one type of block and touch another, and sometimes there were lots, and right at the end there was this insane riff where you had to hit four rows in a line together for maximum ownage.

      Fuck, someone make this game.

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      February 18, 2008 7:09 AM

      I've said it before but Chop Suey by System of a Down was awesome.

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        February 18, 2008 7:24 AM

        I liked this one too. Tried recording a few movies of it, but I kept screwing up. I did a perfect run on it with Mono Ninja (or whatever the elite mono one is called) scoring massive points before trying to record. :(

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      February 18, 2008 7:12 AM

      i always see people playing that game from my friends list. but i can't play it :( i always get some error about some plug in to be installed or something.

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        February 18, 2008 7:15 AM

        If you've installed some codec packs, that can severely screw up Audiosurf.

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          February 18, 2008 7:16 AM

          hm. i dont think i have any installed but i'll double check later. thankd

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            February 18, 2008 7:21 AM

            try restarting after installing the plugin. worked for me

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        February 18, 2008 7:20 AM

        Restart steam. I had that too.

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      February 18, 2008 7:19 AM

      first, i think the game should let last.fm scrobble the songs.

      I really liked navigating Beethoven's third symphony, its awesome how the game makes you fell IN the music, especially with such a carefully balanced music between fast and slow, and epic and brooding. when the tension mounts up and unleashes, you just feel so awesome and it starts falling down really fast.... loved it !

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      February 18, 2008 7:23 AM

      I've found that a lot of pop-punk songs generated some amazingly difficult tracks. Stuff like New Found Glory, Cobra Starship, Hit the Lights, etc.

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      February 18, 2008 7:45 AM

      Pendulum - Slam
      Justice - Stress

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      February 18, 2008 7:45 AM

      how is the demo limited?

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        February 18, 2008 7:47 AM

        I think you only get to play 3 or 4 tracks before it expires and you have to reinstall or buy it, plus I think the modes you can play in are limited

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      February 18, 2008 7:47 AM

      I'll tell you what doesn't work. Baroque Organ pieces. Guess tempo is pretty important to the game. To Bach? Not so much.

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        February 18, 2008 7:55 AM

        Update: For those of you looking to get your Bach fix, Brandenburg Concertos work really well.

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          February 18, 2008 8:05 AM

          i did the 4 seasons and Brandenburg myself i enjoyed them..

          Also: Block Party -Banquet remixes make me cry in this game so much shit happening.

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      February 18, 2008 8:05 AM

      Two songs that I had alot of fun doing were
      jay z - 99 problems and avenged sevenfold - beast and the harlot

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      February 18, 2008 8:06 AM

      NIN - In This Twilight was pretty sweet... And pretty much anything from the C&C: Red Alert 2 Soundtrack was amazing!

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      February 18, 2008 8:08 AM

      So far any Rage Against the Machine, Tool or Perfect Circle work really well.

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      February 18, 2008 8:10 AM

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      February 18, 2008 8:26 AM

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      February 18, 2008 8:46 AM

      Overseer - Supermoves
      Nothingface - Murder is Masturbation

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      February 18, 2008 8:49 AM

      Weezer - It is such a pity was pretty cool.

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      February 18, 2008 9:07 AM

      Brand New - Sowing Season, and Degausser were some good tracks to play with great tempo shifts.

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      February 18, 2008 9:12 AM

      Aphex Twin - Come to Daddy
      Orbital - Waving (not Drowning)
      have been my favorite so far. jazz hasn't worked so well, so far, unfortunately. random frenetic kronos quartet pieces have been fun too.

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      February 18, 2008 9:25 AM

      Propellerheads' On Her Majesty's Secret Service was a lot of fun, though it starts off a bit herky-jerky... The mellow part in the middle works great as a little build-up since the last 2 minutes or so are completely ridiculous.

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      February 18, 2008 9:33 AM

      marquee moon by television. play this immediately!

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      February 18, 2008 10:06 AM

      Dillinger Escape Plan - When Good Dogs Do Bad Things

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        February 18, 2008 11:11 AM

        I am going to load up calculating infinity when i get home.

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          February 18, 2008 11:33 AM

          DEP on Audiosurf is fucking insane

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      February 18, 2008 10:21 AM

      Cut Chemist - Butter

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      February 18, 2008 10:25 AM


      gah, I can't play this game, movement + colour blindness = Dizzy/vomit.

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      February 18, 2008 10:41 AM

      Dark Materia - The Picard Song

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      February 18, 2008 11:03 AM

      Fascination Street, The Cure is a fun ride

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      February 18, 2008 11:16 AM

      Lyrics Born - Change My Mind

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      February 18, 2008 11:29 AM

      I don't quite understand the block thing still. I have no idea what I'm doing in this game.

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        February 18, 2008 11:32 AM

        in it's basic form this is a puzzle game.. your suppose to match up blocks in pairs of 3 or more. Without filling up all your spaces.

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          February 18, 2008 11:37 AM

          like three blue vertically in one column, or across horizontally?

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            February 18, 2008 11:40 AM

            you can do either... you will also eliminate any matching blocks that touch the row or column of blocks.

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        February 18, 2008 1:07 PM

        after watching the videos i have no idea how it works. on the surface it looks like Frequency if Frequency were really easy and only had one track, but i still don't get the game mechanics.

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      February 18, 2008 11:39 AM

      Queen - March Of The Black Queen was lots of fun because of the timing changes.

      First couple tracks off the new Radiohead album worked well too.

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      February 18, 2008 12:14 PM

      Kaiser Cheifs - Na Na Na Na Na and Oh My God are really fun

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      February 18, 2008 1:06 PM

      Holy Fuck - Tonebank Computer

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      February 18, 2008 1:55 PM

      Some Eurotrancepopwhatever music right here:
      http://www.stage6.com/user/SilverSnaken/video/2245816/Audiosurf---Blumchen:-Ich-bin-Wieder-Hier

      Blümchen makes for some quite interesting tracks. attn: jrock

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      February 18, 2008 2:11 PM

      A Place To Bury Strangers - I Know I'll See You

      Video: http://www.stage6.com/user/mattjaybe/video/2240729/Audiosurf---A-Place-to-Bury-Strangers

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      February 18, 2008 2:16 PM

      Has anyone tried Merzbow yet?

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      February 18, 2008 2:19 PM

      Anybody tried Autechre?

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        February 18, 2008 2:24 PM

        I tried it on Gescom's 'Slow Acid'
        It works pretty well. The irregular beats make it interesting, lots of pauses and hesitations.

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      February 18, 2008 2:29 PM

      ive enjoyed most matt and kim songs the most.

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      February 18, 2008 3:52 PM

      not being fair play compatible sucks.

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      February 19, 2008 12:08 AM

      Let's Make Out by Does It Offend You Yeah?
      Flathead - Fratellis
      It's Just A Song About Ping Pong - Operator Please

      Some others that I can't really remember.

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