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@  ermac666 : (13 June 2016 - 03:25 AM) Titanfall 2 comes to all platforms, including the ps4. It also has a full blown campaign unlike the previous game.
@  kyle_5_16 : (13 June 2016 - 10:46 AM) Very much looking forward to Titanfall 2. Loved the gameplay of the first one but it didn't keep my attention very long, so an expanded game is welcome. I liked the BF1 trailer too, but I'm really looking forward to seeing the multiplayer livestream moreso, see what it is like when actually being played instead of a well edited video.
@  kyle_5_16 : (13 June 2016 - 10:49 AM) or did I already miss the livestream?
@  kyle_5_16 : (13 June 2016 - 10:50 AM) yep, looks like it. :/
@  kyle_5_16 : (13 June 2016 - 01:23 PM) Interested to see if Sony says anything about the Neo considering MS just made the Scorpio official. I know they originally said no Neo at e3, but they are about to be pushed from the front runner of the updated console concept to trailing.
@  Brandino : (13 June 2016 - 03:42 PM) E3 press conference was good... all games no gimmicks
@  Brandino : (13 June 2016 - 03:43 PM) Microsoft E3 Press Conference that is
@  kyle_5_16 : (13 June 2016 - 04:00 PM) I liked that most of what they showed was PC as well as Xbox One.
@  ermac666 : (13 June 2016 - 07:43 PM) MS E3 was quite good. I like forza horizon 3. It looks to be a big leap from horizon 2 with some motorstorm vibe to it! Gears 4 is also looking very good with those graphics and lighting effects.
@  ermac666 : (14 June 2016 - 01:03 AM) Sony's one also had some surprises. New God of war and Resident Evil 7 were announced. RE7 supports VR, and will be in 1st person. Hideo Kojima also announced a new game called Death Stranding with a character that looks like norman reedus. Not much was made known about the game though.
@  ermac666 : (14 June 2016 - 01:06 AM) Forgot to mention the ps4 exclusive IP, Days gone also looked pretty god
@  TonyDP : (15 June 2016 - 07:17 PM) Sony had too much vaporware. They always do this - showing games "in development" that never see the light of day for years to come - to generate unrealistic interest. Their VR stuff is what interests me most as I do have their kit on pre-order.
@  ermac666 : (17 June 2016 - 04:55 AM) Well, the games that are exclusive on ps4 mostly stay exclusive, while you look at MS E3 conference, and you see the announcement that all of the exclusives are also coming out on PC. I am glad that the former vaporware known as the last guardian has a release date, and is coming this october.
@  Goldenheart : (24 June 2016 - 11:40 PM) No Doom thread? I just played Doom on a friend's PS4. I rather enjoyed it. I tried the classic Doom maps that use old-school, blocky map graphics with the brand new, HD, 3D graphics for the enemies & you. I LOVED that!!! That was just so brilliant & it worked surprisingly well.  8) I just wish you didn't move around so quickly. It's a bit nauseating for me.
@  ermac666 : (25 June 2016 - 11:16 PM) I have tried doom, but have not finished it yet. Got too caught up in uncharted 4 and the witcher 3's blood & wine expansion. The game uses some sort of motion blur to make things feel smoother, and when you combine it with the solid 60 fps, it feels like it moves faster than 60 fps which is impressive.
@  Goldenheart : (26 June 2016 - 03:43 PM) Ermac, that's interesting to know. 60fps on both consoles?
@  Goldenheart : (26 June 2016 - 03:44 PM) I saw an xbox 360 500Gb HDD clearanced for $25. Wonder if I should've bought it just for a cheap HDD for my future PC build?
@  ermac666 : (27 June 2016 - 10:49 AM) yes, doom is 60 fps on both consoles
@  Goldenheart : (27 June 2016 - 07:21 PM) Cool. I'm actually kind of annoyed at my friend because now I really want to play Doom, which would require me buying some hardware.  :roulette:  1st world problems.  :blum:
@  d2_s : (28 June 2016 - 03:00 AM) 1st world problems indeed. I played Doom on PS4 and to me it really felt like a game that needed a keyboard and mouse. It's really fast paced and asked alot of this old persons reflexes. Other than being technically solid, I didn't really find it that engaging nor did the theme do all that much for me.

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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.

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