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@  d2_s : (09 June 2015 - 06:18 PM) P.S @Kyle Congrats on the ball and chain thing and great to see you back :)
@  SpaceInsomniac : (11 June 2015 - 05:36 AM) Street Fighter V is looking amazing: http://imgur.com/a/QYti4#0
@  kyle_5_16 : (11 June 2015 - 10:50 AM) Thanks d2! Haven't seen you online in a long time, you play mostly Xbox One?
@  d2_s : (11 June 2015 - 10:59 AM) Havent seen you in a while either... or your brother for that matter. Been on PS4 more than anything, but I tend to go through phases and rotate through various platforms. There was a point when I was spending most of my gaming time on x1.
@  kyle_5_16 : (11 June 2015 - 11:25 AM) We used to play PS4 very regularly, but we've been pretty much exclusively PC for awhile now.
@  SpaceInsomniac : (14 June 2015 - 07:09 PM) Bethesda E3 conference starts in less than two hours!  Get ready for Fallout 4.
@  Brandino : (15 June 2015 - 10:36 PM) lol a new South Park rpg is coming out
@  d2_s : (19 June 2015 - 07:18 AM) Destiny Taken King Special Digital deal for existing season pass owners in Asutralia...$70 lol
@  KaliniuS : (21 June 2015 - 11:09 AM) My kids used to get spaghetti on my TV screen when I had it on a stand. I've since mounted it high up on the wall and my son throws spaghetti at it now lol... *sigh*
@  SpaceInsomniac : (21 June 2015 - 06:18 PM) Sometimes you just can't win.  How old is your son now?
@  KaliniuS : (21 June 2015 - 06:35 PM) The oldest is 5 and his younger brother is 2. The 2 year old is a complete maniac. "Terrible twos" is what describes him perfectly.
@  ermac666 : (24 June 2015 - 11:40 AM) This came under the radar for me, but I just realized that planetside 2 has been released on the ps4, and drive club PS plus edition comes out tomorrow.
@  SpaceInsomniac : (01 July 2015 - 07:46 PM) Rocket League "car soccer/football" game coming to PS Plus.  Sounds like it might be pretty fun.
@  Brandino : (01 July 2015 - 10:12 PM) So no split screen happening in Halo 5....  almost shocking that this is happening
@  SpaceInsomniac : (03 July 2015 - 03:00 AM) And yet, somehow, the "soccer with cars" game that Sony is giving away has up to 4 player split screen, PC / console cross-play, dedicated servers, and runs at 60 fps.  I've read that Gears 4 co-op is going to be limited to 2 players, as well.  Sad.  :(
@  KaliniuS : (03 July 2015 - 10:12 AM) I think making Gears 4 as 2 player co-op was to make the campaign experience more like the first two games.
@  Goldenheart : (03 July 2015 - 10:29 AM) Brandino, "almost shocking"? I'd say totally shocking. I know the trend is to make it 1 player per screen/console/copy of game, but Halo has always been super friendly to multiplayer.
@  Goldenheart : (03 July 2015 - 10:30 AM) *by "it" I meant games in general.
@  Brandino : (03 July 2015 - 11:40 PM) It's just disappointing because every halo campaign game i've played with a buddy and now I won't be able to
@  ermac666 : (05 July 2015 - 12:27 AM) Link on an article showing a very old-school nintendo playstation. This was back when nintendo and sony worked together to come up with a disc-based console , but it did not come to fruition.
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http://www.eurogamer...potted-pictured

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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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