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@  AKA Superman : (14 October 2014 - 12:19 PM) So, The Evil Within has been getting some good reviews...anyone pick it up? I'll likely get it when the price drops, but having it compared to RE4 has really got my attention.
@  d2_s : (19 October 2014 - 01:30 AM) @Supes I picked up the Evil Within. It is alot like RE4. It has some technical issues on all formats (including PC), but they don't bother me. I recommended chacking it out on Twitch, there are plenty of streams going and you can get a feel for the game and if the issues such as the camera view, borders and frame drops bother you.
@  d2_s : (19 October 2014 - 01:30 AM) Ignoring all of that, the game is excellent.
@  KaliniuS : (26 October 2014 - 10:17 AM) Been loving Killer Instinct season 2. TJ Combo and Maya play really well. Not to mention the revamped UI and resolution increase. It's still my #1 game, 11 months since it came out and it just keeps getting better.
@  SpaceInsomniac : (26 October 2014 - 02:35 PM) I know you pretty much bought an Xbox one for KI, so I'm really happy to hear that the change in developers hasn't lowered the quality. :)
@  KaliniuS : (26 October 2014 - 02:41 PM) Indeed. Iron Galaxy has done a great job with season 2 so far. The game is in very capable hands. :)
@  KaliniuS : (26 October 2014 - 02:47 PM) On another note, I finally have a reason to buy a Wii U. Smash Bros looks like it's everything I had hoped for in a SB game, like 8 players! Too bad I'm broke at the moment and have another kid on the way lol
@  SpaceInsomniac : (26 October 2014 - 05:12 PM) Would Bayonetta 2 also be contributing to you wanting to pick up a Wii U?
@  d2_s : (26 October 2014 - 07:07 PM) Plenty of Solid reasons to own Wii-U. Mario 3d world, Mario Kart 8, Smash Bros and Bayonetta 1/2 are just a few. Other titles like Lego City, Hyrule Wariors, Pikmin 3, Donkey Kong yadda yadda yadda are just icing on the cake. I have more games on Wii-U than I do X1.
@  d2_s : (26 October 2014 - 07:08 PM) @Kal congrats on the news of your new little ones on the way :)
@  Goldenheart : (26 October 2014 - 07:19 PM) Congrats Kal!
@  KaliniuS : (27 October 2014 - 09:11 AM) Thanks, guys. That's 4 kids so far lol. I think it's about time to wrap it up though... my sanity can't handle more kids!
@  KaliniuS : (27 October 2014 - 09:11 AM) But they are a lot of fun though so it works out.
@  SpaceInsomniac : (27 October 2014 - 11:04 AM) 4+1 or 4 including the one on the way?  And how old is your oldest, if you don't mind me asking?
@  KaliniuS : (28 October 2014 - 06:17 PM) 4 including the one on the way. Oldest is 6 (girl), then there's two boys, aged 4 and 1. The newest addition is a girl.
@  KaliniuS : (28 October 2014 - 06:25 PM) Titanfall season pass is on sale right now for Xbox One for gold members. It's only $8.25 instead of the usual $24.99. It's the price drop I've been waiting for!
@  SpaceInsomniac : (29 October 2014 - 04:09 AM) That's is pretty sweet price.  As for the kids, it sounds like you have a nice balance, there. Congratulations on the new addition. :)
@  colonel_j2020 : (29 October 2014 - 06:20 AM) I like being an uncle.  I can let out my inner kid every once in while.  Some day I hope to find a wife and have kids of my own.
@  KaliniuS : (30 October 2014 - 08:39 AM) Kids can be a lot of fun, even if they cut into your game time ;)
@  KaliniuS : (30 October 2014 - 08:39 AM) Oh and I just found out that Red Barrels is working on Outlast 2. Yay!

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#1 SpaceInsomniac

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Posted 16 June 2012 - 04:12 AM

Not too long ago, there was a time when not everyone had high speed internet.  I still remember going to IGN and waiting 30 minutes to an hour for a gameplay video that lasted only a few minutes, and played in a window that was perhaps a tenth the size of the screen.  And early streaming video technology was horrible at best.

Like this, only smaller:


Now days, I just hop over to Giant Bomb and I'm streaming an hour of gameplay that looks better than an SD television.  Ain't technology grand?

But just as home consoles killed arcades, and MP3s killed record stores, high-quality streaming video killed the demand for another type of business.  There was a time when people who wanted to watch pornography had to leave their house and actually make contact with other human beings at a rental store.  There's a disturbing thought.  And just as people bitch about their retail job, and the customers they have to deal with, you just know that the people who worked at these places must have had some very interesting stories to tell.

That brings me to this blog, which I first read before I was even aware of the word "blog," and which has now been removed from its original URL.  You have to use the internet wayback machine to read it at this point, but I've already done that work for you.  Here's a quick excerpt:

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Lots of people are hung up on a particular race, or a particular racial combination, and many straight men are pretty specific about breast size (The Nice Rack series and theItty Bitty Titty series seem to rent fairly evenly). The most common fetish, if you can call something so common a fetish, is for borderline jailbait. This is true of both straight and gay porn. The gay series to watch are Eighteen Today, Just 18 and Gay and First Time Tryers. The straight series are Bring 'Em Young, Barely Legal, and, horrifyingly,Faces with Braces. We actually have a guy who vets all our videos and makes sure that nobody is under 18, but still, guys who bring a stack of those up to the counter make me want to hiss and warn them away from my little sisters. And it's never the 21-year-olds who rent Barely Legal, it's always the 45-and-ups. Gah. The 21-year-olds do occasionally rent the one Older Women, Hotter Sex video we have. I approve of this, in a shocking display of my own personal prejudices.

And as one more example:

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Several of our straight porn boxes have a cheerful little blue circle on the front. It's designed to look like a sticker and it says "Gaping Asshole Inside!" in the same sort of cheerful font one might use for "Now with more fiber!" or "New fresh scent!"

It is clearly meant to be a feature, a sort of guarantee of quality: whatever else may or may not happen in this film, you are guaranteed at least one gaping asshole. Frequently there is also a gaping asshole holding the box, but that issue is not addressed.


It's even more specific, detailed, humorous, and disturbing from there, and it's an absolutely fascinating read.  Check it out:
http://web.archive.o...om/mb/tpcs.html


Lastly, BE HAPPY!


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Posted 17 June 2012 - 05:45 AM

So I started reading this again, and found one section that I can absolutely relate to:

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A man came in today and a note popped up on his file: "This charmer shoved his tapes on the counter in front of the disabled guy who wasn't getting out of his way fast enough."

The man is screwed for life at our store and he doesn't even know it. No, we won't be deliberately mean to him or short change him or anything like that. But we also won't cut him a break on late fees or give him the benefit of the doubt on damage claims or go out of our way to help him out, which we frequently do.

Clerk Karma happens more for our customers than people think, and it's odd how far-reaching, if minor, the effects can be. Even the highest management will take a note into an account. A fee on an account with a note that says "This guy admits it was his fault but he was really cool about it." usually gets reduced by the Powers that Be. "This guy screamed at me for 20 minutes." is unlikely to get the same friendly reprieve.

I like it. We're not penalizing the jerks so much as rewarding the good, and it's comforting to know that life sometimes works that way, even if it's on a small scale. And of course, many small scales I don't know about may be adding up all over town.

I really liked reading this, because I feel the exact same way.  I work in retail, and rude or pushy customers basically have to pry customer service out of me.  I do the very minimum required, unless they specifically request that I take a particular action.  Polite and thankful customers end up learning about all sorts of things I can do to acquire the item they're looking for, or help them with whatever problem they might have.

Whenever I notice mean, rude or unthankful people throughout life, I have to wonder just how much more difficult they're making their lives.
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Posted 21 June 2012 - 05:59 AM

I started reading this in bed the other day, and read most of it until later than I should have. Strangely entertaining.

No thumb print on my iPad...sorry to disappoint.
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