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@  TonyDP : (19 August 2014 - 07:55 PM) Started playing Thief on the Xbox One; got to the Clocktower and really enjoying it so far. Character models a bit coarse but nice music, control and general atmosphere. Also like being able to play at my own pace. Definitely better than the reviews suggest so far. Will be curious to see how games holds up as I go along.
@  SpaceInsomniac : (20 August 2014 - 05:50 AM) First time Diablo player here.  Wow that game is fun. :)
@  d2_s : (20 August 2014 - 11:29 AM) @Kal I was of the same opinion until i played arcade.
@  d2_s : (20 August 2014 - 11:30 AM) @Tony glad you're enjoying Thief, I did.
@  d2_s : (20 August 2014 - 11:30 AM) @Space Glad you're enjoying Dia
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@  Brandino : (21 August 2014 - 01:33 AM) Like you never played Diablo 1 or 2?
@  SpaceInsomniac : (21 August 2014 - 03:39 AM) Nope.  I was a PC gamer when those were popular as well, but never picked them up for whatever reason.
@  colonel_j2020 : (21 August 2014 - 06:25 AM) Another one has joined the Diablo family :)  Glad to hear you are enjoying it.
@  Shimshuta : (21 August 2014 - 01:56 PM) What class are you playing Space?
@  SpaceInsomniac : (21 August 2014 - 02:36 PM) Demon Hunter. I'm about 21 as far as level goes, and I'm really enjoying the class.
@  Shimshuta : (21 August 2014 - 02:41 PM) Demon Hunter is prolly the class that benefits the most from the console control scheme, being able to dodge with a flick of the stick. If you have any questions let me know, especially about a Wiz.
@  SpaceInsomniac : (21 August 2014 - 02:53 PM) I assume you're not on PS4 yet, right?
@  Shimshuta : (21 August 2014 - 03:26 PM) I am not, PC only. :( someday we might get crossplay, but not yet.
@  Shimshuta : (21 August 2014 - 03:28 PM) At this point, I am not sure I could start over. I have over 1000 hours on my Wiz, doing Torment 6.
@  TonyDP : (30 August 2014 - 07:05 PM) Beat Thief on the Xbox One; fun game but the ending was really disappointing (typical of most games these days). On to Metro Redux PS4....
@  colonel_j2020 : (31 August 2014 - 10:19 AM) I couldn't get into the new Thief at all.  Same goes for the most recent Tomb Raider game.  Maybe I'm turning into a crabby old man of a gamer and don't like changes to things I already like.
@  AKA Superman : (31 August 2014 - 12:34 PM) How is Metro Redux? I played 2033 on PC and thought it was pretty good...never played Last Light, though. I'll likely pick it up eventually.
@  TonyDP : (31 August 2014 - 03:03 PM) I only put Metro 2033 briefly in the console to make sure it worked. Initial impressions were that the graphics were really nice (1080p/60fps) and you can choose which control method and difficulty (2033 or Last Light) to use for either game. I'll be sure to post some more specific impressions once I've had a chance to get into the game.
@  TonyDP : (01 September 2014 - 07:47 PM) I just reached Cursed station in Metro 2033. Game controls well, has nice graphics, well detailed models and excellent lighting effects. Aiming can be a bit tricky based on the weapon but this is deliberate given the world you're playing in. Checkpoints could be closer together (no save anywhere available). Game is very bleak and depressing and probably not a keeper once I beat the games. I've read that Last Light looks even better but I haven't looked at that yet.

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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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