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@  Goldenheart : (09 April 2016 - 07:35 PM) Which begs an interesting question: What will the next Xbox be called??? It certainly won't be Xbox Two.
@  ermac666 : (09 April 2016 - 11:52 PM) I have not heard official confirmation from sony that ps4k is real, only rumors and leaks. If it's real, i just hope that the standard ps4 games don't suffer because of it. There is always a chance of devs not optimizing games for the weaker hardware once a new one comes out.
@  ermac666 : (09 April 2016 - 11:54 PM) ps4 is starting to look really phenomenal. You guys saw the latest madagascar uncharted 4 trailer? It looks breathtaking. I want more games like that on the standard ps4 even if ps4k turns out to be real.
@  d2_s : (13 April 2016 - 01:34 AM) @GH Phil Spencer was only backpedalling on what he originally put out there after it was panned by devs. He is the one who originally threw the idea out there a oit upgradable xboxes.
@  d2_s : (13 April 2016 - 01:34 AM) about not a oit :/
@  d2_s : (13 April 2016 - 01:40 AM) @ermac There are working prototypes of PS4K or whatever it's going to be called. I personally hope it materialises if only for how much it would benefit PSVR. My money would be on with what Kyle stated above where the games will work on both systems with one being able to run at higher settings. Interesting times.
@  TheSerpentMage : (13 April 2016 - 07:09 PM) I'm more excited about the new video cards that will be out soon. I've been holding tight with my GTX 980 for almost 2 years now.
@  d2_s : (14 April 2016 - 03:02 AM) I've also put off upgrading for a while waiting on Pascal.
@  ermac666 : (19 April 2016 - 04:39 AM) More rumors showing the specs of the upgraded PS4 Neo(new name)
@  ermac666 : (19 April 2016 - 04:39 AM) http://www.giantbomb...d-ne/1100-5437/
@  Goldenheart : (19 April 2016 - 08:16 AM) Yep, and in the comments I already see ppl saying "If you don't have a 4k TV, you probably won't see much difference." Sony really has to NOT let the final name be the PS4K!
@  Goldenheart : (19 April 2016 - 08:24 AM) Oh, and "Neo" is the codename, not the final name of the improved PS4
@  d2_s : (20 April 2016 - 02:04 AM) People will notice higher framerates and other enhancements for "Neo" games without the need of a 4k display. I don't see any issue. They can call it whatever they want for all i care.
@  Goldenheart : (20 April 2016 - 07:38 AM) I know, and that's my point. People would see a difference even in 1080p, but if the name is PS4K, people will think you need a 4K TV to see any benefit, just like people think the WiiU is just an add-on for the Wii cuz of the name.
@  kyle_5_16 : (20 April 2016 - 10:04 AM) I haven't seen any reason to believe the actual name is PS4k. I can't believe how much outrage over a moderately improved console I have seen online, calling their current PS4 "obsolete" now and whatnot.
@  karmaslave : (21 April 2016 - 12:24 PM) Sorry I'm resurrecting so many threads but hadn't been on the site in a while. In other news, I decided to install Winlaunch, a desktop app launcher, for our media/gaming PC. Highly recommended if your computer is hooked up to a big screen.
@  d2_s : (22 April 2016 - 01:21 AM) Necro-bump away my friend. This forum needs a resurrection :)
@  ermac666 : (22 April 2016 - 06:21 AM) Dark souls 3 is out for those who are interested. I heard that it borrows from bloodborne in some ways.
@  d2_s : (22 April 2016 - 06:43 AM) Hey ermac, I have been enjoying DS3 since release. The game is very much Dark Souls with some elements of Bloodborne added. Not only is it one of the best games I've played in the last several years, but it's amongst the most impressive games I've seen this genaeration. The art and level design is in a class of its own, FROM really outdid themselves. The game is a sight to behold on PC running at 60fps.
@  Goldenheart : (29 April 2016 - 05:58 PM) d2, your DS3 post made me realize something. If it's popular enough to make it to DS9, that sequel could bring in a lot of Star Trek fans.  :blum:  hehehe

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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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