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@  Goldenheart : (29 July 2016 - 09:38 AM) I passed a big box truck today. (Like a big Uhaul but with a semi cab/engine on the front.) It was jet black with the Destiny logo on it and the words "Next Year" on it and all kinds of panels. Looked like the kind that open up all over to reveal big monitors for a publicity tour. I couldn't get a pic of it though. Traffic was too hairy at that moment & my phone wasn't handy.
@  d2_s : (02 August 2016 - 07:21 AM) Destiny 2 promotion?
@  Goldenheart : (03 August 2016 - 06:50 AM) I rather expected someone to have heard something about something. Since they want Destiny to be a 10yr thing, I'd assume it's a BIG DLC event coming. Wouldn't Destiny 2 just split the user base?
@  Goldenheart : (03 August 2016 - 06:52 AM) Not Destiny related, but how do I post a pic from my hard drive? I want to contribute to the Stupid Video thread but can't figure out how to post this amusing pic I took.
@  d2_s : (05 August 2016 - 12:05 AM) If you took the pic you'll need to upload it to a hosting site and link to it there. As for Destiny 2, it's out next year I think. Maybe its a promotion for the Rise of Iron dlc coming September?
@  Brandino : (12 August 2016 - 12:03 AM) Anyone pre ordering Gears of War 4?
@  TonyDP : (12 August 2016 - 04:15 PM) I never cared much for the Gear franchise; I was mainly into single player games and they had low longevity in that regard. I'm waiting to see more of the game before I commit.
@  TonyDP : (12 August 2016 - 04:16 PM) Been playing No Man's Sky on the PS4. Not everyone's cup of tea but the mostly relaxed, laid back pace of the game really agrees with me. Always wanted a game where I could explore the universe and this one fills that niche for now.
@  Goldenheart : (13 August 2016 - 01:00 AM) I'm still working on my 360 backlog. Just discovered how awesome Saints Row IV is! I haven't been online in a long time, are any patches worth installing? I hate it when they add glowy points to draw me in just to find out it's a marker to let me know DLC would be here IF I had bought it. It's awesome as it is though. :D
@  Goldenheart : (13 August 2016 - 01:22 AM) I see MS is has a Dead Rising Triple pack for pre-order for XB1. 1,2, & 2 Off the Record. I was excited to see them getting some attention... then I saw the graphics are unchanged. Just the 3 360 games for $60!!! Totally lame MS! Why bother to bundle at that price? They aren't backwards compatible either.
@  d2_s : (16 August 2016 - 10:29 PM) @B I'm burnt out on Gears. I know it's supposed to be one of the most technically accomplished games on the bone, but I don't know too much else about it and am not too interested. I may oick it up cheap at a later date.
@  d2_s : (16 August 2016 - 10:33 PM) @Tony Agree with you about NoMan's Sky. The sense of scale and seemless way one is able to traverse through a vast universe is like nothing else on PS4. That accomplishment trumps all the game's shortfalls for me and it will be interesting to see how the developers expand the gameplay side of things.
@  TonyDP : (24 August 2016 - 08:19 PM) Yeah D2, I'm a bit taken aback by all the anger directed at the game. Now I didn't follow it too closely during development, only watching the occasional movie and reading the occasional preview. Maybe they did promise a lot of stuff that didn't make it in but the final product also does have a lot to see and do. I have 30 hours into it so even if I don't ever pick it up again I still feel I got my money's worth. Also curious to see what improvements we get once they iron out the major bugs.
@  TonyDP : (24 August 2016 - 08:21 PM) Anybody try Deus Ex: Mankind Divided? I really enjoyed the last Deus Ex game so I'll be picking this one up at some point. Probably going to get the PS4 version as it is supposed to look and perform slightly better. I read the PC version supports steroscopic 3D; wish I had a rig that could run it but I've been away from PC gaming so long I'd have no idea where to begin to put together a PC that could run it in 3D with respectable performance.
@  d2_s : (25 August 2016 - 02:41 AM) I picked it up on PS4, but I'm still waiting on it. Reviews seem mostly postive, but there's been a bit of controversy over the game's micro transaction system. Not sure it really affects gameplay too much if at all though.
@  ermac666 : (26 August 2016 - 09:25 PM) I picked up The king of fighters xiv on the ps4. It's an exclusive, and it plays great like most kof games, and has like 50 characters. Love the game!
@  ermac666 : (27 August 2016 - 10:00 PM) KOF XIV is such a joy to play. The graphics will not blow you away, although there are some nice looking backgrounds, but the gameplay is awesome. Unlike some games, you get all the characters at launch. *hint**hint*
@  d2_s : (27 August 2016 - 10:04 PM) Nice one ermac. KOF XIV looks really good. I will get it for sure when either I see a discounted physcial copy or if there's a digital sale. It's $100 in my territory, which is more than I am prepared to pay on principal. Please feel free to share impressions and tell us about what single play modes/content it has :)
@  ermac666 : (28 August 2016 - 01:27 AM) $100.
@  ermac666 : (28 August 2016 - 01:27 AM) For physical copy? If that is the case, go digital.

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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


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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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