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@  Brandino : (28 April 2015 - 10:13 PM) So Konami isn't doing so hot these days... I wonder if Capcom or Microsoft will buy them out
@  KaliniuS : (29 April 2015 - 11:35 AM) Capcom is also not doing so well financially
@  ermac666 : (30 April 2015 - 05:08 AM) MGS 5 the phantom pain will probably be my last konami game. I have read about how konami mismanaged their staff and how little they cared for their fans. They have let castlevania die without caring, they messed up the silent hill franchise, and now they canned silent hills.  Even MGS's future after mgs 5 is uncertain.
@  HumpYourWayT... : (30 April 2015 - 09:12 AM) I really would like to know what happened between Kojima and Konmai?!?
@  HumpYourWayT... : (30 April 2015 - 09:13 AM) Also I would like to know what happened between David Lynch and Showtime (Twin Peaks)?!?!?!
@  HumpYourWayT... : (30 April 2015 - 09:14 AM) And most of all I would like to know what happened between d2_s and Destiny? I kid, I kid :-D
@  SpaceInsomniac : (01 May 2015 - 08:10 PM) You Tube embed seems to not be working anymore.  I wonder if that means we can finally post a video link in the shoutbox without it posting the entire video...  https://youtu.be/5GBbmT06ttc
@  SpaceInsomniac : (01 May 2015 - 08:11 PM) Yep.  And yes, I'd like to know what happened with both of those things as well, Hump.
@  Sonikku : (06 May 2015 - 07:30 PM) Hey guys. I hope you're all still doing well these days. *pokes hump with a stick*
@  Goldenheart : (07 May 2015 - 08:25 PM) These days, do all PC games require online activation every time you want to play it? Just read GTA V does.
@  colonel_j2020 : (08 May 2015 - 06:49 AM) It's certainly a lot more common nowadays.  I know Steam has an offline mode but I have never tried it.  GOG.com is good website if online activation is a problem.  They never have activation codes or DRM of any kind.
@  Goldenheart : (08 May 2015 - 12:42 PM) Where does it say you're dependent on the company's permission/server every day? I looked at it on Amazon & saw no notice of such requirements.
@  d2_s : (10 May 2015 - 10:41 PM) Hump! Sonikku! Nice of you both to drop in. Reminds me of the old days. Hope you're both well :)
@  Goldenheart : (11 May 2015 - 07:52 PM) Colonel, a 1 time online activation to verify you bought a game isn't much of an issue for me, but they cross the line when they expect us to get their permission every single friggin' day!
@  Goldenheart : (12 May 2015 - 06:22 AM) Plus, I'd like to know I'll be able to play a game 10yrs or so down the line if I want. I recently loaded up Star Trek Armada. That game's 15yrs old. Still awesome.
@  SpaceInsomniac : (12 May 2015 - 08:26 PM) Hey you old people.  Good to see you online. :)
@  kyle_5_16 : (13 May 2015 - 09:09 AM) Hey people!
@  SpaceInsomniac : (15 May 2015 - 05:14 AM) Still playing Destiny?  Xur is selling Truth this week.  If you don't have it, go buy it. https://www.youtube....h?v=WxjTTCoSGHA
@  SpaceInsomniac : (16 May 2015 - 12:22 AM) Very nice flash sale up on PSN right now.  I just picked up the PS4 version of The Wolf Among Us for under five dollars.
@  AKA Superman : (18 May 2015 - 12:09 PM) The Witcher 3 unlocks in <5hrs! Pleasant surprise considering I thought I was going to have to wait until after midnite.

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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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