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@  Brandino : (13 July 2015 - 12:07 AM) RIP Iwata!
@  SpaceInsomniac : (13 July 2015 - 05:27 AM) Indeed. :(
@  colonel_j2020 : (13 July 2015 - 04:43 PM) His creativity will most certainly be missed.
@  TonyDP : (14 July 2015 - 07:31 PM) I was never much of a Nintendo fan but there was no denying his business saavy and commitment to Nintendo's core ideals. RIP indeed.
@  SpaceInsomniac : (15 July 2015 - 04:53 AM) I start getting into the Witcher again, the developer announces an amazing new feature loaded update, I stop playing the game while I wait for the update.  Lather, rinse, repeat.  I really want to go back to the Witcher.
@  ermac666 : (17 July 2015 - 03:39 AM) Batman arkham knight is a good game. Just beat it, and loved it. People were saying that the batmobile was forced into the game, but i think it's about time i use it. There are lots of creative ways to use it.
@  ermac666 : (17 July 2015 - 03:40 AM) PS4 version is apparently the most polished version
@  SpaceInsomniac : (17 July 2015 - 02:52 PM) The Witcher update is finally out on consoles.  I've heard good things.
@  TonyDP : (17 July 2015 - 04:40 PM) I got Arkham Knight for the Xbox One; looked and played great and unless you stand right in front of the TV the different between 1080p and 900p is negligible. I didn't mind the Batmobile (1st person mode was the way to go though) but that final Batmobile level got really tedious.
@  ermac666 : (17 July 2015 - 08:16 PM) The unfortunate thing about the witcher 3 update was that it came out when most of us have beaten the game. I wish I could experience a the game the 1st time with these frame rate improvements. I still loved the game. Right now, I am all over batman arkham knight, another awesome game.
@  ermac666 : (17 July 2015 - 08:18 PM) I will revisit the witcher 3 at some point to finish some of the secondary missions and other side quests that I have skipped.
@  SpaceInsomniac : (18 July 2015 - 02:34 PM) If you don't already know, The Witcher 3 is getting some paid DLC that is supposed to be just a little smaller than The Witcher 2
@  Goldenheart : (19 July 2015 - 01:13 PM) so, Bootable thumb drives. Is it possible to run a PC with one, or are they strictly for starting the install process for the OS? Saw a tech video that mentioned running a PC w/1 for security purposes, but all the info I find is just for installing an OS.
@  Brandino : (20 July 2015 - 10:03 PM) Definitely can run OS's off of a thumb drive.  I've done it with linux and "other" non Windows stuff before
@  Brandino : (20 July 2015 - 10:04 PM) I'm pretty darn sure you can run win 7 off a thumb drive , i remember it was one of the "features" when I went to a windows 7 seminar like 5 years ago
@  Goldenheart : (21 July 2015 - 11:32 AM) Thanks Branding. I'll keep at it then.
@  Goldenheart : (21 July 2015 - 11:34 AM) I see wal-mart has a handful of 360 games for only $15 now including Halo Anniv. Ed.
@  SpaceInsomniac : (21 July 2015 - 09:55 PM) Bastion is currently on sale for $3.45 on PSN.  Well worth that price, if you haven't played it yet.
@  Brandino : (29 July 2015 - 10:14 PM) I have lots of games in my steam library... so what have I played in the last few weeks.... Unreal Tournament 1999 lol
@  Brandino : (29 July 2015 - 10:15 PM) That game for the most part blows away still most multiplayer FPS from the last 10 years!

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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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