Aesop Rock: As The World Crumbles

In roughly a decade as one of the biggest names on the New York underground hip-hop label Definitive Jux, Aesop Rock developed a distinctive style, as well as a solid support base to back it up. But after operations at Definitive Jux were put on an “indefinite hiatus” in 2010, he hung his hat at Minneapolis’ Rhymesayers label. Putting together his forthcoming album Skelethon on a new label five years after its predecessor would have been a daunting enough task, but Aesop Rock also decided to forgo the assistance of his go-to producer, Blockhead, making this his first fully self-produced effort. In light of all of these changes, “Zero Dark Thirty” finds him wisely deciding to tread familiar territory: dense, buzzing beats peppered with snippets of live instruments, coupled with his usual verbose wordplay. Continue reading

The Illusion of Choice: An Alpha Protocol Retrospective

Before its release in June 2010, there was much hype around Alpha Protocol. It promised an espionage-themed, modern-day action RPG with the usual trifecta of engaging gameplay, exciting action and player-driven story. On release, however, it was hailed as something of a disappointment; there were control issues, graphical bugs, AI quirks, a few design problems and the PC version was a bit of a mess (or, more accurately, a lazy port) unless you were willing to put a fair amount of effort into fiddling with ini files. It ended up with scores of 72, 63 and 64 on Metacritic for the PC, 360 and PS3 versions respectively – hardly a ringing endorsement. All that being said, I have played Alpha Protocol through to completion on no less than ten occasions.

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Rogue Trooper Widescreen resolution

(Using a Hex Editor) Windows 10 Anniversary Update here. Compatibility wouldn’t work for me – game wouldn’t find Steam, so wouldn’t start. Can confirm that editing the hex in save0.rtp worked fine. For 1920 by 1080 (1080p) the values are 8007h at offset 17C and 3804h at offset 180 (1920 is 780h, 1080 is 438h but the file is “Little-Endian” – most significant byte is last, meaning you form the hex value for the decimal number you want, then reverse the order of the pairs: 1920 -> 780h -> 0780 -> 80 07, 1080 -> 438h -> 0438 -> 38 04)


American Theater (World War II)

America was bombed 1,000 times during World War II

Among the lesser known weapons used in World War II were airborne bombs, that drifted across the ocean like flying jellyfish. They were known as fugo, or fire balloons, and they were the only successful attack on the mainland United States. Continue reading