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@  ermac666 : (09 January 2015 - 08:55 PM) I bought drive club and I also downloaded that weather patch. I am stunned at how good it looks. It's a shame that the game was a mess at launch with that promised free-to-play PSN version that never made it. The gameplay is also pretty good. Underrated game, but damn, it looks so good!
@  KaliniuS : (12 January 2015 - 05:19 PM) Time to break out the microphone and plastic guitar. Harmonic is releasing 3 new DLC songs for Rock Band tomorrow lol: http://www.joystiq.c...s-foo-fighters/
@  KaliniuS : (12 January 2015 - 05:19 PM) Harmonix*
@  colonel_j2020 : (13 January 2015 - 05:48 PM) It was almost a weekly occurrence for me and my friends to jam out playing Rock Band.  There must be enough people still playing it to make it worthwhile otherwise they wouldn't.  Could also be to test the waters.
@  KaliniuS : (14 January 2015 - 08:28 PM) Yeah I was thinking that Harmonix may have done this to gauge current interest in Rock Band.
@  Brandino : (15 January 2015 - 12:05 AM) I read that they still have a few 100 000 people who play it....
@  Brandino : (15 January 2015 - 12:06 AM) I do miss Rock Band... though I can't imagine going out and rebuying all the equipment and keeping it around to collect dust
@  KaliniuS : (18 January 2015 - 05:39 PM) My biggest Killer Instinct combo yet: 141 hits!: https://onedrive.liv...thint=video,mp4
@  d2_s : (19 January 2015 - 02:02 AM) Sucks to be Yoshyman lol
@  KaliniuS : (19 January 2015 - 09:56 AM) haha
@  SpaceInsomniac : (19 January 2015 - 01:17 PM) Eh, at least it gives him time to get a sandwich or something between rounds. :)
@  KaliniuS : (21 January 2015 - 01:59 PM) So, you will be able to stream Xbox One games to any PC or tablet running Windows 10. Pretty cool!
@  KaliniuS : (21 January 2015 - 01:59 PM) Fable Legends has cross-platform play between XB1 and PC. I hope Killer Instinct follows suit!
@  TonyDP : (22 January 2015 - 04:20 PM) So a drunk driver hits my car while its parked right in front of my house. Rear wheel is bent in, axle might be damaged. Possibly totaled. I love living in the city.
@  KaliniuS : (22 January 2015 - 04:52 PM) Wow!
@  d2_s : (22 January 2015 - 04:57 PM) @Tony: Well that's a pain in the ass.
@  TonyDP : (22 January 2015 - 06:44 PM) At least I got home in time to see the police cuff him and take him away.
@  Brandino : (22 January 2015 - 11:31 PM) That sucks TonyDP... my sister in law once had her brand new SUV smashed in because a lady was distracted by applying her lipstick on the way to work... this on a quiet residential street
@  Brandino : (23 January 2015 - 01:00 AM) So both my Asus Transformer and now 5 week old Asus laptop both broke down in one day... note to self... avoid ASUS
@  TonyDP : (25 January 2015 - 09:10 PM) That is some bad luck Brandino; I have a Google Nexus 7 which was made by Asus and it is still working after over 2 years so I think you just had a little bit of bad luck.

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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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