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@  KaliniuS : (09 December 2014 - 10:21 AM) FFVI had it all: great music, great graphics (for the time), 5 player parties, ability customization, secrets, incredible story, amazing and interesting characters
@  KaliniuS : (09 December 2014 - 10:22 AM) FFVII was great too but having only 3 people in your party at once felt like a big step backwards.
@  KaliniuS : (09 December 2014 - 10:22 AM) And I didn't care for the store as much. I enjoyed both North American FF titles more than VII.
@  KaliniuS : (09 December 2014 - 10:23 AM) SNES titles that is*
@  KaliniuS : (09 December 2014 - 11:44 AM) On a separate note, I'm ranked #97 in the world for ranked wins with Spinal in Killer Instinct lol. It's nearly 1100 wins!
@  Foe-hammer : (09 December 2014 - 06:43 PM) Got the XboxOne Halo Master Chief Collection deal at walmart for $330. The only reason I went with the xbox over the ps4 was Halo MC Collections and it was a heck of a deal... I know once the new Red Dead comes out with considerably better graphics on the PS4 I'll be pissed though.
@  KaliniuS : (09 December 2014 - 07:56 PM) That's a good deal for sure. The PS4 versions of third party games typically have slightly higher resolutions and better framerate but I haven't seen one that is really a night and day difference between the two consoles.
@  TonyDP : (09 December 2014 - 09:56 PM) Anybody else watching The Flash? Pretty cool mid-season finale tonight featuring The Reverse Flash.
@  Foe-hammer : (09 December 2014 - 11:08 PM) I guess saying it would have "considerably" better graphics was a bit of an exaggeration, but an noticeable difference will disappoint me; I've always been very particular about graphics. It kills me MS put all that money into the kinect RD, instead of beefing up the systems specs.
@  d2_s : (09 December 2014 - 11:52 PM) @Kal II have seen at least two: CoD Ghosts (1080p vs 720p) and Tomb Raider Definitive edition with 2x the frame rate being considerable enough for me, but yeah generally the differences are minor and I'll put alot of it down to lowest common denominator development and parity being more fruitful than investing extra time into the ps4 version for little return. It will be interesting to see how things pan out when real next gen games start to come out that push gpupu. The potential is there for PS4 to really pull away, but chances are it wont for various reasons. I suspect it will end up like last gen with PS4 major 3rd party titles having a slight edge and with 1st paerty titles being a technical cut above the best of x1, pretty much like how the best stuff on ps3 is beyond the best on 360. IMHO
@  d2_s : (09 December 2014 - 11:53 PM) excuse all the typos, tablet shits itself when i type too fast
@  d2_s : (09 December 2014 - 11:58 PM) @Foe Enjoy Mastercheif collection. I agree the focus on Kinect is what lead to x1 not having as much grunt as ee hoped. I suspect alot was to do with saving money on ddr3 and having to include esram, which ate up die space that could have been used for gpu. And those savings were due to the added cost of the kinect - my educated guess.
@  KaliniuS : (10 December 2014 - 10:53 AM) You're probably right d2. Microsoft put way too many eggs in the Kinect/ TV basket. Not enough focus on raw power and improving the gaming experience.
@  d2_s : (10 December 2014 - 04:48 PM) Don't get me wrong (as we've seen already) the x1 is capable of some excellent stuff, I just think Sony focussed their hardware budget where it mattered more. That being said I am underwhelmed by the hardware in both systems - I was expecting more.
@  KaliniuS : (11 December 2014 - 01:25 PM) Yeah, it's not quite the same jump in quality that the Xbox was to Xbox 360/ PS2 to PS3 in my opinion.
@  ermac666 : (13 December 2014 - 02:19 AM) I do feel that both sony and MS should have made their consoles up to snuff to able to handle 1080p at 60 fps without any problems or sacrifices. Aside from that, I still enjoy games like infamous second son and far cry 4.
@  TonyDP : (13 December 2014 - 10:33 PM) Agreed; I'm having fun with both consoles but it is disappointing to see both systems struggling so much to maintain 1080p/60fps, especially when just about everyone assumed that this generation of consoles would be able to support that with no problem.
@  KaliniuS : (15 December 2014 - 11:22 AM) So, Sony is donating half a million dollars to the pot for the Capcom Cup 2015. Probably to build hype for Street Fighter V.
@  KaliniuS : (15 December 2014 - 11:23 AM) This might force Microsoft to start throwing more money at Killer Instinct. They've basically done nothing to promote the game since it's release. It's being kept alive on a tournament level by diehard fans.
@  KaliniuS : (19 December 2014 - 08:53 PM) My sister brought over some jalapeņo-flavored beer... it's fucking disgusting.

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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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