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@  AKA Superman : (18 July 2014 - 06:15 PM) Anyone been playing the Destiny beta? I've downloaded/installed it, but haven't had a chance to play it yet...hopefully I'll get to this weekend.
@  KaliniuS : (18 July 2014 - 06:16 PM) If anyone cares, Microsoft makes you supply the box/ packing materials needed to ship a defective Xbox One console back to them. This is of course after you pay $500 for the console itself.
@  KaliniuS : (18 July 2014 - 06:16 PM) Hey Supes lol
@  KaliniuS : (18 July 2014 - 06:17 PM) I haven't played it. I'll wait for the final product.
@  ermac666 : (19 July 2014 - 01:35 AM) I am glad that MS is focusing on games. In a way, it will also force sony to step up. It seems like sony is kind of losing a bit of focus at E3 2014. In the end, they will both try to one-up each other and we, the consumers will benefit the most.
@  TonyDP : (19 July 2014 - 04:03 PM) MS just announced that the Xbox One August update will, among other things, support 3D BluRay playback. Really ironic that they got there before Sony, who really hasn't done much on the PS4 front lately and seems instead happy to let 3rd party developers and games like Destiny take the lead.
@  d2_s : (21 July 2014 - 05:09 AM) Thanks for the heads up regarding the august update for x1 very interesting to know.
@  d2_s : (21 July 2014 - 05:10 AM) @Kal Don't tell me you have a dead xbox one? Or is this just something you heard on the grape vine?
@  KaliniuS : (22 July 2014 - 04:42 PM) I thought my Xbox One was faulty because the Blu-ray app and Killer Instinct completely froze often. Now I understand that there was a problem with the July update and the problem should fix itself.
@  KaliniuS : (22 July 2014 - 04:42 PM) So, console repair has been averted
@  HumpYourWayT... : (22 July 2014 - 05:04 PM) "dead xbox one"  now that sounds ambiguous... lol  Greetings
@  d2_s : (23 July 2014 - 08:40 AM) Xbox (D)One :D
@  d2_s : (23 July 2014 - 08:40 AM) Good news your Xbox is good Kal :)
@  KaliniuS : (24 July 2014 - 09:08 AM) Yeah, I was almost freaking out so it was good news to hear other people were having the same issue.
@  KaliniuS : (24 July 2014 - 09:31 AM) I still play Killer Instinct religiously, every day. It's been my #1 game since it came out in November. I love it, and it's about to get way better.
@  KaliniuS : (24 July 2014 - 09:44 AM) I played against GutterMagic (the Thunder player who came in 4th at EVO) and I won a match against him. He beat me the other 4 times lol. Video of my one victory is here: https://onedrive.liv...339366DB96B!348
@  SpaceInsomniac : (24 July 2014 - 04:37 PM) Neat. :)  btw, let me know if anyone here wants a PS4 beta code for Destiny.  There's only about three days left to play.
@  d2_s : (24 July 2014 - 07:06 PM) @Kal awesome comeback in that video and good news a out ur xbox.
@  SpaceInsomniac : (25 July 2014 - 01:23 AM) The Destiny beta is now free for EVERYONE, no pre-order required.  I'm downloading the 360 version now, so I can compare it to the PS4.
@  d2_s : (25 July 2014 - 07:54 PM) @Anyone who cares.  If you see my PSN account online and noone is responding it may be my cousin playing.  Just an FYI.

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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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