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@  d2_s : (12 September 2014 - 08:43 PM) @Hump I would personally add Clarkson to the list of negatives. Guy is a tosser :P
@  TonyDP : (13 September 2014 - 10:22 AM) Never liked Clarkson; he really comes across as being condescending and way too into himself. Forza 4 did have everything including the kitchen sink; I still play it as well. But Forza 5 is a lot of fun. Forza Vista for every car is cool and I'm pretty sure St. Petersburg was never in Forza before (or not for a long time anyway).
@  KaliniuS : (14 September 2014 - 03:32 PM) Well, Forza 5 was only free for the wee end. Now if you want to continue playing, you have to pay up and buy the game. I wasn't aware of that until the final day. I wasn't impressed enough with it to pay full price for it.
@  KaliniuS : (14 September 2014 - 03:32 PM) weekend*
@  ermac666 : (15 September 2014 - 05:59 AM) http://www.eurogamer...ith-bayonetta-2
@  ermac666 : (15 September 2014 - 05:59 AM) Bayonetta 2 has performance issues on the wii u. Ouch..
@  TonyDP : (15 September 2014 - 04:15 PM) Disappointing to read but not really surprising. The Wii U is one of the few consoles I passed over without so much as a backward glance. Usually a new piece of gaming hardware has me foaming at the mouth but I could not muster any interest in that console.
@  d2_s : (15 September 2014 - 08:30 PM) @ermac. not such a big deal. The 360 had big frame drops and it was fine. The Wii U version looks fantastic and though frame drops suck I don't think its a deal breaker. I mean look at Ryse on X1 it can barely stay above 25 frames at 900p most of the time and I barely see that mentioned anywhere.
@  d2_s : (15 September 2014 - 08:33 PM) I like the Wii U-it has some great games-but Nintendo did royally screw up. They tried to plesse eveyone, but instead made a system that could really satisfy anyone other than the hardcore Nintendo faithful.
@  d2_s : (16 September 2014 - 09:57 PM) Guess who received an email from Sony today about the Bloodborne Alpha? Really hope I get in its my most anticipated game on any platform.
@  Brandino : (29 September 2014 - 04:32 PM) I just a video of Ocarina of Time being redone in 2d by some fans... looked awesome
@  SpaceInsomniac : (01 October 2014 - 02:40 AM) You should post that video in a thread.  Sounds cool.
@  colonel_j2020 : (01 October 2014 - 06:29 AM) Here is an article with the video I assume Brandino was talking about.    http://www.pcgamer.c...carina-of-time/
@  Goldenheart : (05 October 2014 - 12:20 AM) Just read an article on Kim Komando's site saying October is actually the best time of the year to get a deal on tech stuff. fyi. http://www.komando.c...tech-bargains/2
@  Goldenheart : (13 October 2014 - 05:25 PM) This is really getting annoying. I'm trying to find a replacement fan for my wife's Sony laptop, but all the fans w/matching numbers are a mirror image of what I need! Kudos to Sony for making their laptop easy to take apart though. Much better than HP laptops.
@  Goldenheart : (13 October 2014 - 05:26 PM) And I know the photo's not flipped cuz the letters look fine.
@  Goldenheart : (14 October 2014 - 07:54 AM) I take that back. Now, I'm  thinking the fans are fine, they're just pictured w/o the metal cover which is what made them look like I was looking at the bottom instead of their top.
@  AKA Superman : (14 October 2014 - 12:19 PM) So, The Evil Within has been getting some good reviews...anyone pick it up? I'll likely get it when the price drops, but having it compared to RE4 has really got my attention.
@  d2_s : (19 October 2014 - 01:30 AM) @Supes I picked up the Evil Within. It is alot like RE4. It has some technical issues on all formats (including PC), but they don't bother me. I recommended chacking it out on Twitch, there are plenty of streams going and you can get a feel for the game and if the issues such as the camera view, borders and frame drops bother you.
@  d2_s : (19 October 2014 - 01:30 AM) Ignoring all of that, the game is excellent.

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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


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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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