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@  Brandino : (13 November 2014 - 06:30 PM) GOG is having a nice sell right now and they are giving away mount and blade for free
@  Brandino : (13 November 2014 - 06:31 PM) I'm currently playing FC3 on PC fully maxed out... runs great.... the uplay though has crashed multiple times... such garbage
@  KaliniuS : (14 November 2014 - 11:53 AM) Uplay is the liver cancer of the video game industry
@  Brandino : (14 November 2014 - 08:34 PM) Lol well this is my first experience with u play... today in my 2 hour game session it crashed 4 times..   once causing me to replay 10 mintues of a stealth mission...
@  KaliniuS : (14 November 2014 - 08:40 PM) "Back in my day, I played all games offline. There were no updates or DLC... now get off my lawn!"
@  SpaceInsomniac : (15 November 2014 - 05:22 AM) Mandatory stealth missions with instant fail states?  Well, thanks Ubisoft for helping me make up my mind.  I might have bought the game once it hit 20 dollars or whatever, but now I'll just be ignoring it altogether.
@  d2_s : (15 November 2014 - 11:35 PM) Those missions are archaic and tedious. Throw in mandatory chase missions with your character getting caught up on everything in the game  environment and you get a game with many frustrating moments
@  KaliniuS : (16 November 2014 - 03:11 PM) Finally got everything resolved with my ISP. Now I get 200 Mbps download and 20 Mbps upload speeds! I can stream on Twitch without it being super blocky.
@  SpaceInsomniac : (16 November 2014 - 06:10 PM) Glad to hear it, Kal.
@  d2_s : (16 November 2014 - 06:14 PM) Super jealous Kal. Your upload is faster than my download! I'd actually stream to Twitch alot if it weren't for my upload speeds being less tha 1mbps lol
@  KaliniuS : (16 November 2014 - 06:52 PM) I'm going to try to stream on Twitch when I get my Xbox One back form repair. I estimate it'll come back on Monday, the 24th which also happens to be the day the newest Killer Instinct character becomes available. Yay!
@  KaliniuS : (20 November 2014 - 11:38 AM) Because I like being different, I traded in my old iPhone 4 for a brand new Nokia Lumia Icon. Some things I love about it. Other things are super annoying. Still, it's cool to have my phone look like my Xbox One lol
@  AKA Superman : (20 November 2014 - 02:07 PM) I just bought myself a OnePlus One phone...I'm VERY impressed with it and, for $350, it surpasses the $800 Note 4 in several benchmarks and tests.
@  DEEZNUTZ : (20 November 2014 - 07:22 PM) Hey dropping in to say what's up to the remaining active forum members!!!
@  SpaceInsomniac : (20 November 2014 - 08:17 PM) I remember you!  Howdy, stranger. :)
@  DEEZNUTZ : (21 November 2014 - 11:12 AM) Hey. Nice to know there are still some of you on here. Always was my favorite forum!!!
@  AKA Superman : (21 November 2014 - 11:48 AM) There are only about 12-15 of us still active on here regularly, but still a good group. Be sure to stick around! :)
@  KaliniuS : (21 November 2014 - 11:50 AM) What's up, Mr Nutz? Nice to se you around.
@  colonel_j2020 : (21 November 2014 - 05:35 PM) DEEZ!  I remember you!  Hooray!
@  d2_s : (21 November 2014 - 07:56 PM) haha DEEZ, how could we forget you? I don't think there's a former regular I've forgotten :)

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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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