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@  ermac666 : (03 December 2016 - 01:47 PM) I am watching the playstation experience event right now. Wow, A new marvel vs capcom game has been announced. Marvel vs capcom infinite is the name. Seems to be ps4 exclusive
@  ermac666 : (03 December 2016 - 01:48 PM) Oh wait, PC and XB1 will get get the new marvel vs capcom infinite too.
@  ermac666 : (07 December 2016 - 05:10 AM) Gran turismo sport on ps4 has undergone a lot of graphical upgrades since I last saw it. The new gameplay footage on GTPlanet youtube channel is looking spectacular! Go check them out.
@  ermac666 : (07 December 2016 - 05:11 AM) https://www.youtube....GTPlanet/videos
@  TonyDP : (07 December 2016 - 08:52 PM) I've never been able to get into the GT games. I know they're billed as a driving simulator but I've always found them too bland and clinical to hold my interest. GT3 on the PS3, the last one I played, also had one of the worst menu systems I've ever seen.
@  ermac666 : (07 December 2016 - 11:04 PM) The menu systems are much improved since GT6. GT6's menu was very accessible and stream-lined. I do like the GT games better than forza, but forza has been stepping it up for the past few games.  GT sports is looking great so far
@  d2_s : (08 December 2016 - 08:09 PM) GT3 is possibly my favourite racing game of all time. Can't remember much if its menu system, but it couldn't have been worse than GT5's at launch - that menu system was terrible. Turn 10 certainly know how to deliver quality games on time, but for my money GT games have always felt better on the track and looked better. GT Sport looks to be carrying on that tradition on the visual side, it has undergone an incredible transformation since the last time I saw it. It's gone from looking medicore to possibly the most gorgeous looking racer I have ever seen. Here's hoping by the the time GT7 comes out, Polyphony figure out how to put into a cohesive and compelling package.
@  Brandino : (10 December 2016 - 03:04 AM) I stopped playing Gran Turismo games because the AI ran the same lines and they seemed so lifeless.   For me Gran Turismo has been left in the dust since the PS2 days...
@  d2_s : (10 December 2016 - 06:17 AM) Well, the PS2 days were a long time ago and if you take a real look at present competing products, they really aren't that much better IMHO.
@  ermac666 : (10 December 2016 - 06:45 AM) I always thought that the gran turismo games especially GT5/6 presented the sense of speed a lot better than forza. When the car moves really fast, you can hear the  wind sound effects and the car shaking . It feels so good. Not saying that forza doesn't have a sense of speed, but I like it a lot better than forza. I have always liked that aspect from the recent games. I also liked the GT replays a lot better.
@  Goldenheart : (11 December 2016 - 12:33 AM) Just saw Transformers: 30th Anniv. is now available on Blu-Ray! Sweet!
@  Goldenheart : (27 December 2016 - 04:47 AM) I hope everyone had a merry Christmas!  8)
@  Brandino : (28 December 2016 - 11:51 AM) Did anyone get any good games for x-mas?
@  TonyDP : (28 December 2016 - 09:37 PM) I got Recore ($20), Forza Horizon 3 ($30) and Star Wars Battlefront Ultimate Edition ($30).
@  TonyDP : (01 January 2017 - 05:00 PM) Dear God, the load times on Battlefront are interminable; and when you get into a match you get thrown against players who kill you with one shot before you even see them! Either that or you just time out and get booted from the game. I will never again criticize Destiny's matchmaking; it's a masterpiece compared to Star Wars Battlefront's frustration-fest.
@  SpaceInsomniac : (01 January 2017 - 07:43 PM) Happy New Year, everyone.  And yes, Battlefront is awful.  Play Titanfall 2, instead.  It's the best multiplayer game in years, IMO.  As far as Christmas goes, Santa brought me the 20th anniversary Tomb Raider game.  Not as good as Uncharted 4, but still quite good.
@  Goldenheart : (02 January 2017 - 04:11 AM) Happy New Year Space! & Everyone else! No, no good games for me. Investing in the wife's career has gotten super expensive lately, (doctor) so no gifts. :( We did splurge on a trip to see her brother in NY for New Year's tho. We avoided Times Square tho.
@  colonel_j2020 : (02 January 2017 - 08:27 AM) Happy New Year all! Somehow I am still playing Rocket League and I'm not quite sure why.
@  kyle_5_16 : (03 January 2017 - 12:12 AM) Happy New Year! Rocket League is still pretty much all I play haha. It's so easy to pick up and quit quickly if necessary, and is fun and competitive. I dunno. Here's a recent vid (shameless self promotion lol) https://www.youtube....h?v=gFffvgwPRDM
@  d2_s : (22 January 2017 - 01:42 PM) Just a heads up, seems the moderator functions aren't working as expected and I cant get rid of the current round of spammers.

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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.

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