Rez in its full 1080p, 5.1 surround sound glory hit Xbox Live Arcade today. A measly $10 gets you one of the best sensory experiences you’ll ever have without resorting to recreational drugs. Combining the two may lead to the opening of an illusory phantom zone where colorful wireframes taste like candy and the blood in your arteries dance to the beat. Rez is one of my favorite games of all time and embodies the spirit of the Sega Dreamcast, which in its brief lifespan was lucky to showcase the creativity of the industry’s best at their best.
I never explained how I arrived at my new moniker “Protocol Snow”. For years, I was known online as “Snow Wolf”, a handle inspired by a historical fiction novel of the same title about a plot to assassinate Joseph Stalin during the Cold War. I first started using it around 1998 when I was a hardcore Team Fortress Classic player. Around last year, I started thinking of a new name since “Snow Wolf” is surprisingly common and I wanted something more original. It just so happened that I was blasting the soundtrack to Rez at the time, and the song playing was the Area 2 track. Its title: Protocol Rain.