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@  SpaceInsomniac : (05 November 2016 - 02:37 PM) Titanfall campaign is only about 5 hours if you breeze through on normal difficulty, but it's one of the best FPS campaigns I've played in years.
@  SpaceInsomniac : (05 November 2016 - 02:40 PM) It's best that you don't have anything about the Titanfall 2 campaign spoiled for you, as there are some really great moments in there.
@  d2_s : (06 November 2016 - 12:48 AM) Have to agree with how awesome Titanfall 2 is. Best shooter this year IMO. Wonder how its sales are doing? Would be a shame to se it get overlooked in favoir of BF1 and CoD. Have to say, the Modern Warfare remaster is rather brilliant and I can see alot of people getting CoD just for that - I'm one od them.
@  d2_s : (06 November 2016 - 01:08 AM) Also really wish they would took that pilot training tutorial thing, give it glibal leaderboards and a whole bunch of different courses to compete on.
@  Brandino : (06 November 2016 - 03:47 AM) Forza Horizon 3 is sooooo good....  I have put in 30 hours into that game and only 1 hour into Gears 4....
@  d2_s : (06 November 2016 - 05:26 AM) The Horizon games are always super impressive. Only shortfall is the tiny map - 3 x bigger than FH2's tiny map is still small - I'm spoiled by The Crew's map though. Gears 4 is also super impressive, one of the most polished X1 games I've seen.
@  ermac666 : (06 November 2016 - 06:40 AM) COD infinite warfare's campaign is pretty damn impressive as well. The graphics are insane with improved lighting effects and the space combat/environments are very well done. I went in with a super low expectation, and I was very impressed. I heard that the multiplayer is not much better than the last game, but the campaign is way better. Black ops 3's campaign was an incoherent mess. This one is amazing in my eyes.
@  ermac666 : (06 November 2016 - 06:41 AM) This year, these devs are stepping it up with FPS campaigns it seems. A lot of work went in with all 3 game's campaigns - BF1, Titanfall 2 & infinite warfare
@  d2_s : (07 November 2016 - 05:51 AM) Nice, good thing I have all 3...now to play them :)
@  Brandino : (10 November 2016 - 07:08 PM) Is anyone getting the mini nes?
@  d2_s : (10 November 2016 - 09:22 PM) Note to Bravia SUHD Display owners:  Make sure to enable the 'enhanced' option on your hdmi inputs to enable hdmi 2.0 features. Was banging my head against the wall trying to figure out why my PS4 Pro wouldn't do 4K@60hz + HDR and this was my problem.
@  Goldenheart : (12 November 2016 - 03:49 PM) Brandino, I'm passing on the mini. I think it's a great idea, but it'd just look good on a shelf for me.
@  TonyDP : (12 November 2016 - 08:24 PM) I was at Gamestop and Best Buy today picking up my PS4 Pro and PS VR; it was amazing how many people were asking for the NES Mini (it was completely sold out).
@  d2_s : (14 November 2016 - 12:27 AM) That mini NES sure is cool, but would just be another dust collector for me. Can't play alot of those old NES games, most of them don't hold up anymore IMO.
@  TonyDP : (14 November 2016 - 09:30 PM) Same here. I only have a couple of hours a day at most to devote to gaming; I'd rather spend them on new experiences rather than something like this.
@  Goldenheart : (15 November 2016 - 12:41 PM) Strange. I just saw new PC Doom requires 8GB of RAM, but mine only has 6GB & runs the demo fine. I wonder if that's due to having a SSD?
@  Brandino : (24 November 2016 - 01:42 AM) So the new Final Fantasy game leaked before release... some of the clips I've seen have been really nice... some others look really last gen
@  Goldenheart : (25 November 2016 - 01:49 AM) I hope everyone had a happy Thanksgiving!
@  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.

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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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