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@  ermac666 : (10 March 2017 - 10:46 PM) Haha, anyway I highly recommend Horizon Zero Dawn. A very well made game and guerrilla games actually created a character and storyline that is compelling.
@  ermac666 : (10 March 2017 - 10:47 PM) Unlike killzone where it could get bland, horizon is interesting on so many levels
@  Goldenheart : (11 March 2017 - 08:07 PM) colonel, congrats on the new monitor. I looked into gsync back when I was monitor shopping. Too pricey for me. I honestly don't know why synch isn't a standard feature these days, especially with LCD displays. All it needs is to use a frame refresh trigger from the graphics card instead of from a timer. Right? Why a whole circuit board is needed is beyond me.
@  colonel_j2020 : (11 March 2017 - 09:56 PM) @Golden, yeah its a mess in regards to freesync and gsync.  This Dell went on sale for a great price so I bit the bullet.  Most of the Asus' and Acer's have questionable quality control.
@  colonel_j2020 : (11 March 2017 - 09:58 PM) Since now I can disable V-Sync and use less anti-aliasing in games I am getting higher framerates at 1440p vs what I got at 1080p before.
@  HDTVadmin : (21 March 2017 - 03:05 PM) Think I got rid of all that dumb porn.
@  TonyDP : (21 March 2017 - 06:42 PM) Thanks a lot Admin
@  TonyDP : (21 March 2017 - 06:43 PM) Anybody heard from D2?
@  Brandino : (21 March 2017 - 09:33 PM) nopers
@  colonel_j2020 : (22 March 2017 - 06:40 PM) D2 was last on steam 286 days ago.  I haven't heard from him either.
@  d2_s : (24 March 2017 - 03:48 AM) Been a while. I'm still around. Sorry for not taking care of the spam, last time i tried the mod functions weren't working and i couldnt get rid of them. Hope eveeyone is well.
@  d2_s : (24 March 2017 - 03:49 AM) @Colonel I have my my old rig in pieces and all the components for a new one, just havent got around to sorting it out. It has  been a while since ive gamed on PC.
@  d2_s : (24 March 2017 - 04:14 AM) @Tony now good does the new Destiny update look?  I'm almost excited to play again!
@  SpaceInsomniac : (24 March 2017 - 04:37 AM) Admin!  Thank you for clearing up the spam.  d2, good to hear from you again.  Everyone, Titanfall 2 is getting another free weekend starting on the 30th.  New map, and a campaign trial, too.  I've been playing it for months, and I still really enjoy the game.  If you ever had an interest in COD or even older shooters like Unreal Tournament or Quake, I highly recommend checking it out.  Other than that, I've been playing the new Mass Effect.  People are making way too big a deal about that game's issues.  I'm having fun with it, but it's too early to judge overall.
@  TonyDP : (24 March 2017 - 06:25 PM) D2, good to see you around; glad to hear everything is OK.
@  TonyDP : (24 March 2017 - 06:26 PM) D2, Destiny's Age of Triumph looks pretty good but it is pretty raid-intensive. Still getting LL400 versions of Mythoclast, Necrochasm and the classic raid weapons will be fun, if a bit grindy. I'll be online for sure.
@  ermac666 : (25 March 2017 - 06:07 AM) Nioh and horizon zero dawn has given me so much entertainment and playtime, and we are only 3 months into 2017. Hopefully more games like these 2 comes out.
@  SpaceInsomniac : (26 March 2017 - 01:03 AM) I saw a woman who had to be in her late 40s to early 50s today, and she was wearing a Nine Inch Nails / The Downward Spiral t-shirt.  Wow, did that ever make me feel old.
@  d2_s : (26 March 2017 - 02:42 AM) 2017 has one heck of a release schedule. I haven't been this excited about gaming in some time.
@  d2_s : (26 March 2017 - 02:44 AM) @Space I hear you on the old thing /)

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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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