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@  d2_s : (31 August 2016 - 12:59 AM) @Ermac Found someone selling KoF on Ebay for $60, just haggling with him to see how much lower he'll let it go for. Did the same thing with Dues Ex and ended uo getting it for $30 cheaper than RRP :)
@  colonel_j2020 : (05 September 2016 - 09:06 AM) I have finished Deus Ex Mankind Divided.  Overall it is an enjoyable game in regards to gameplay.  I do miss the multiple locations of Human Revolution.  Only other complaint would be the story end was super abrupt. I suspect the story might come to a conclusion in the DLC which is a bit of a dick move if you ask me.
@  colonel_j2020 : (05 September 2016 - 09:08 AM) It was still great to play but I would suggest human revolution if you haven't played a deus ex game yet.  Not saying Mankind Divided is bad but I feel it could have been better.
@  d2_s : (07 September 2016 - 05:37 PM) Have to say PS4 Pro and PS4 slim are seriously ugly pieces of hardware. On the plus side PS4 Pro is more than twice the power of PS4 for the price of an X1s and out this November. Can't argue with that :)
@  ermac666 : (07 September 2016 - 09:14 PM) HDR support will be patched into all ps4 consoles. I do agree that the design could have been better on the pro, but at least it looks symmetrical and even compared to the even uglier slim model
@  d2_s : (07 September 2016 - 09:50 PM) Oh I agree, the slim is horrendous. That being said i'll be grabbing a pro day one to go with my psvr. The price point of the pro is spot on if you ask me.
@  Brandino : (10 September 2016 - 12:16 AM) Check out the tv thread I just updated... i need some assistance!
@  TonyDP : (11 September 2016 - 07:08 PM) I sold off my Xbox 360 and PS3 today along with all my 360/PS3 games. The one exception was CoD: Black Ops for the 360, which I kept because it was backwardly compatible and supported 3D. I decided to try it out on the Xbox One and it looked absolutely amazing and the 3D seemed to my eyes to be even sharper than it was on the original 360 (maybe it's the Xbox One scaler). Really sad that 3D has been almost completely ignored by this generation's consoles as it really heightened the intestity of the firefights in Black Ops.
@  d2_s : (11 September 2016 - 08:00 PM) I did the same thing as you earlier this year. I got rid of Wii-U, PS3 and 360. I ended up giving most of them away to friends and family and selling the rest. I got rid of my retro stuff years ago so now I basically just have PC, xbone, ps4 & vita. I've gone from one extreme to the other over the years from 'must buy everything' in my younger days to just wanting games i consider essential. Fast Internet will actually be available in my area soon so now going. ost
@  d2_s : (11 September 2016 - 08:02 PM) mostly digital will be viable for me. And lets face it (despite the cheaper prices) it's very rare that a physical disk gives you a complete game anymore.
@  TonyDP : (13 September 2016 - 07:57 PM) I'm liking digital downloading more and more but my internet currently caps out at 25 megabits/second and upgrading to the next tier (75mbit/s) is still a little too expensive to justify for what is essentiall a "hobby". That's what has kept me from going 100% digital.
@  Brandino : (14 September 2016 - 08:55 PM) After moving to a new house... I appreciate the fact that I have mostly digital downloads... i have no place for movies/games on any shelves and they used to be a big pain to move around and keep
@  Brandino : (14 September 2016 - 08:56 PM) I preordered Gears of War 4... i am anxious to play it and I hope they are still giving away the other games as part of the pre order bonus
@  d2_s : (15 September 2016 - 01:20 AM) I'm finding it hard to get excited about Gears 4, maybe i'll change my tune as it gets closer. Horizon 3 on the otherhand - despite its tiny map - is my #1 most anticipated Xbone game this year.
@  d2_s : (15 September 2016 - 01:26 AM) Main things I am looking forward to this year: PSVR, PS4 Pro and an SUHD display.
@  d2_s : (20 September 2016 - 05:59 AM) Bungie seriously screwed  up the RoI launch. Under prepared for the load on their servers and hundreds of thousands of players cant get in.
@  TonyDP : (21 September 2016 - 08:26 PM) The servers were pretty much back to normal a few hours after the expansion dropped. I still play the game as I have a few friends who play all the time so it makes most of the content accessible. By the time I got home from work I was able to log in easily although I have been kicked out a few times over the past couple of days.
@  ermac666 : (23 September 2016 - 11:48 PM) I take back what I said about the ps4 slim. I saw it in person at a store, and I am surprised at how sleek and slim it looks. The early vids, pics didn't do it justice. I am sure the more symmetrical neo would look nice as well. Looking forward to it
@  ermac666 : (23 September 2016 - 11:49 PM) ps4 pro I meant
@  d2_s : (27 September 2016 - 11:53 PM) @Tony Late reply. I still play Destiny too. Couldn't get in on xbox or PSN until the next day.  Not a major hardship by any means, but I had never seen that before with Destiny even for the launch of TTK. I was 120k-160k in the queue on boty systems. I decided I could wait. Pretty bad big underestimation on their part i thought. 1st world problems :)

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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.

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