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@  AKA Superman : (21 November 2014 - 11:48 AM) There are only about 12-15 of us still active on here regularly, but still a good group. Be sure to stick around! :)
@  KaliniuS : (21 November 2014 - 11:50 AM) What's up, Mr Nutz? Nice to se you around.
@  colonel_j2020 : (21 November 2014 - 05:35 PM) DEEZ!  I remember you!  Hooray!
@  d2_s : (21 November 2014 - 07:56 PM) haha DEEZ, how could we forget you? I don't think there's a former regular I've forgotten :)
@  ermac666 : (22 November 2014 - 02:13 AM) Haha, late to the party, but I am finally a next gen or rather a current gen console owner. I got myself a white ps4.
@  ermac666 : (22 November 2014 - 02:15 AM) I only have infamous second son. I might get far cry 4 next week...
@  AKA Superman : (23 November 2014 - 10:08 AM) FC4 is definitely a game that should keep you busy for awhile...it has me. It is the closest thing to "Skyrim with Guns" that I've ever played. I've already played for over 10hrs and have only completed 2 story missions.
@  colonel_j2020 : (23 November 2014 - 07:40 PM) I want to play Far Cry 4 but I have WoW expansion(I usually play each xpac for a few months until I get bored and it turns into a grind fest), Valkyria Chronicles for PC, and Dragon Age.
@  AKA Superman : (24 November 2014 - 10:22 AM) I just realized there's a FC4 demo up for PS4...not sure about other platforms or what is in the demo, but I'm sure it will be enough to whet the appetite.
@  SpaceInsomniac : (24 November 2014 - 05:19 PM) That's great to hear!  I'm kind of on the fence about that game, since it seems like just more of the same.
@  SpaceInsomniac : (24 November 2014 - 07:36 PM) Well, nevermind that.  They want you to download the entire game for their "demo."
@  d2_s : (24 November 2014 - 08:08 PM) Well, it is more of the same, just shiner and smoother. If you're after something different, FC4 isn't for you.
@  AKA Superman : (25 November 2014 - 09:27 AM) d2 is right...it's pretty much FC3 in a different location. But, I enjoyed FC3 so much that I'm enjoying FC4 even more.
@  AKA Superman : (25 November 2014 - 09:30 AM) The demo was only 8-9GB, I thought. The full game was 22GB.
@  SpaceInsomniac : (26 November 2014 - 04:37 AM) When I started downloading it, it said 22GB when I checked the download.
@  d2_s : (26 November 2014 - 06:26 AM) That sucks. Speaking of sucking, I am going to install a 2TB HD in my PS4 now (have it already). I thought 1TB would see me through, but I was way wrong. What a piece of shit generation this is turning out to be.
@  d2_s : (26 November 2014 - 06:28 AM) First world problems :)
@  KaliniuS : (26 November 2014 - 05:40 PM) lol I've only filled about 30% of my Xbox One's 500 GB hard drive. D2 sounds like he's got more games than he can play :)
@  d2_s : (26 November 2014 - 06:43 PM) My X1 HD is at 28%...with an additional 2TB external HD attached :D
@  d2_s : (27 November 2014 - 12:26 AM) It really should just allow a back up of everything to save re-downloading your games, corresponding updates and dlcs. Going to be several days before I have the main set of games i want on the machine. You cant even download games saves from the cloud until the actual game they belong to is installed mama mia!

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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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