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5941  The Rest / General Discussions / Stupid Customer stories...care to share? on: February 02, 2007, 10:19:33 PM
I don't have any (despite having worked many jobby jobs where I would encounter morons) but my friend who used to work as a security guard to pay for college has some doozies.  These are true stories, because you cannot make this stuff up and my friend has no reason to lie to me.  

On his first night on the job, a phone conversation went a little something like this.

"Security, how may I help you?"
"I need talk to security."
"Sir, this is security, how may I help you?"
"I need talk to security."
"Sir, you are talking to security.  How may I help you?"
"I need talk to security."
"Sir, I AM security.  How may I help you?"
"I need talk to security."
(an hour passes and this charade continues)
"Sir, you're a fucking idiot!" *click*

A couple of years later, while he was working at another site, a gentleman walked in...

"Welcome sir, how may I help you?"
"I need to speak to security."
"I am security.  How may I help you?"
"I need to speak to security."
"Sir, what does this badge say?"
"And what am I wearing?"
"A security guard uniform."
"So how may I help you?"
"I need to speak to security."
"Sir.  You're speaking to security.  I AM security.  How may I help you?"
"Nah, forget it.  You probably can't help me.  I need directions."
"Try me" (bear in mind, my friend reads road maps for fun.)
"Okay... how do I get to the George Washington Bridge?"
"Sir, look out the window.  See that bridge over there?  That's the George Washington bridge."
"Oh, uhhh... where am I?"
"Fort Lee, New Jersey, sir."
"Whoa, really?  I thought I was in Maryland."

My friend is no longer a security guard, obviously.  He works as a band director at a special ed school during the day and gives instrument lessons at a music store during the evenings.  I'll make the tasteless joke before anyone else.  Yes, the people my friend encountered as a security guard are 999,999,999 times more retarded than the kids at his school.
5942  Media / Miscellaneous Games / KID never even had a chance to pass puberty yet... on: February 02, 2007, 06:41:21 PM
Yay!  KID's back!  12Riven!!!!!!

I wonder if Hirameki can or even will work out a contract with Cyberfront to redistribute Ever17 and Ai Yori Aoshi in the US and/or possibly localize more KID games.
5943  The Rest / General Discussions / Boston bomb scare meets Aqua Teen Hunger Force on: February 02, 2007, 04:49:18 PM
I just love how folks throw around words like "responsibility" and "accountability" yet completely miss the boat.
5944  Media / The Soundroom / Final Harry Potter book release date announced on: February 02, 2007, 02:46:19 PM
I liked the 5th book.  Sure it was grating in the beginning when Harry was lashing out at everyone in Grimmaud and acting like a disillusioned and angsty teenager... but he WAS a disillusioned and angsty teenager.  He couldn't be a fresh-faced, wide-eyed, cute kid forever.  He had to grow up.  And, yeah, Umbitch had zero redeeming qualities and was a horribly loathsome character, but that really immersed me into the tale, allowed me to empathize with the kids more, and brought back feelings of the horrible teachers I had in school.  

The only Potter book I was "meh" about was the 2nd one.  The rest were really good.  My favorites were 3 and 4.  

My mom, on the other hand, liked them all except the 4th book because she wasn't into the whole "teen beat" stuff like the school dance and all, whereas I thought that kind of stuff was the best part.
5945  The Rest / General Discussions / interesting article on american vs japanese games. on: February 01, 2007, 11:07:27 PM
With this and other topics probing the whole idea of RPG conventions in US games (i.e. Elder Scrolls) , now I've gotten to thinking about some of the US game developers who attempt a more Japanese style with RPGs.  

Who remembers the PC RPGs Septerra Core or Anachronox?  (I've played Septerra Core but not Anachronox.)  

And there's always games like Aveyond (http://www.amaranthia.com), developed by indie developer Amaranth.  That game strikes a balance between linear and nonlinear that most console gamers can dig.  You have your main objectives for the main quest, but the meat of the story and the coolest aspects of the game's world are all in the other quests, which require tons of exploration.  

And obviously we see Japanese developers adopting more western style gameplay conventions.  For example, a game like Touch Detective utilizes the western gameplay mechanic of graphic adventures (i.e. interactive environments, logic puzzles involving item manipulation) rather than the more Japanese gameplay mechanic (which is the choose-your-own-adventure visual novel.)  

Lines are obviously blurring.  

But still, as I mentioned elsewhere on the forums, even among "western" RPGs, play mechanics differ wildly.  I mean, Neverwinter Nights is a completely different animal from System Shock 2.  Even though I don't enjoy clicky-clicky-clickfest combat like in Diablo, I love the FPS-oriented gameplay in System Shock 2.  

By the same token, Final Fantasy 4 is a completely different animal from Shin Megami Tensei.  That first-person perspective in SMT can be really disorienting.
5946  Media / The Soundroom / Song of the Moment on: February 01, 2007, 09:56:11 PM
I decided to listen to Sun Caged (prog metal band from Holland) last night as my bedtime music and one of their songs just absolutely soared and made me go "whoa!" as I lay in my bed.  Granted, I think the band and their music are awesome (oftentimes like a more accessible Dysrhythmia but with keys and vocals) but this song just tickled my mojo.  

So my song of the moment is "Sedated" by Sun Caged

Space and time all fall behind
Strange machines to soothe my mind

Resting this sensory sleep keeps me confined
Recalling a memory undefined

Repressive sedative restraint
The image of myself erased

Distant voices redicate
Colored screenshots will sedate

Into this spiral descent, it is pulling me in
Lies on the other side
Whispering unfocused unaware memories
Stays with me
Singing its powerful sedative song to me

Silent witness set aside
Let all beauty pass me by

This solid liquid-live display
Surrounds me everywhere
Sedation keeping me at bay
Keeping me unaware...

Into this spiral descent, it is pulling me in
Lies on the other side
Whispering unfocused unaware memories
Stays with me
Singing its powerful sedative song to me

Space and time all fall behind
Strange machines to soothe my mind
5947  Media / The Soundroom / Final Harry Potter book release date announced on: February 01, 2007, 09:49:14 PM
5948  The Rest / General Discussions / Reggie Fils-Aime needs his Coffee. on: February 01, 2007, 07:17:07 PM
Being a personal assistant to a high-power executive, a celeb, high-profile talking head, or anyone in a high position has easily got to be the most stressful, demanding, and often demeaning job on the planet.  I mean, you have to be at that person's beck-&-call and mercy 24-7-365 and you're basically shit on by everyone and their great aunt Ida Mae who's even remotely involved with the person you're assisting.  

I don't know about anyone else, but I'd prefer a job where I can actually, you know, sleep at least 5 hours a night and get some vacation time.  Even when the person you're assisting takes a vacation, you're still working at LEAST 29 hours a day.  (that wasn't a typo.)    

I don't know how Hollywood personal assistants do it.  You have to be superhuman, an android, or Waylon Smithers to do the job of running a successful person's charmed life.  

If anything, I think the job description is surprisingly lenient for a personal assistant.

Anyone who thinks this will be a glamour gig is delusional.  Almost how everyone things the rock-&-roll lifestyle is all gigs, parties, groupies, trashing hotel rooms, glamour, fortune, and fame.  The music biz is filthy, dirty, ruthless, uncaring, duplicitous, sleazy, and just simply downright evil, and dealing with the kind of difficult personalities you need to deal with 24-7-365 is enough to make the average human suicidal.
5949  Media / The Soundroom / Final Harry Potter book release date announced on: February 01, 2007, 01:23:23 PM
Whoa, the publishing date's sooner than expected.  But, man, will this really be the final book.  I mean, in book 6
Harry said he'd take a year off from Hogwarts to track down and bring down Voldemort, so after that's done, wouldn't he still have to finish school?  Maybe it's just me, but I'm more interested in the school-ties aspects of the Potter series than the good vs. evil stuff, so the saga won't feel complete to me until Harry finishes school.
5950  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Which monsters do you enjoy to see the most in a RPG? on: January 31, 2007, 12:11:06 PM
Quote from: "Tridius"
Didn't the japanese version of persona for the PS1 have a giant chariot demon cock in it?

Not quite, although in the Snow Queen Quest
there is a fixed part of the game where a gigantic penis demon as big as a tree explodes forth from Toro/Chunky's umm, nether regions, in response to his having a ginormous crush on Ayase/Alana and she constantly ignoring/belittling him.
5951  The Rest / General Discussions / 4# lanruoJ emaG on: January 30, 2007, 10:33:44 PM
Just been playing Hotel Dusk whenever I get the chance.  I'm somewhere in Chapter 2.
5952  The Rest / General Discussions / Retro Gamer Issue 34 on: January 30, 2007, 11:16:36 AM
We have two distinct definitions for spam here:

1. Making a topic that exists only to advertise something.
2. Making a post that has absolutely nothing to do with the topic at hand.

I personally find this to be the most annoying thing done on the internet. Hope and pray I'm not the one who catches you if you do this.

I'm sure your magazine is wonderful and everything, but according to our forum rules, a topic that exists only to advertise something is spam, and thus I will have to lock this topic.  

There is a "board information and rules" thread prominently highlighted on the forum index, where I took that quote from.
5953  The Rest / General Discussions / RPGFan Community Photo Thread: 2007 Edition on: January 27, 2007, 11:24:53 AM

I'm "Neal Nerdypants."  This was back in December at a Rutgers Musicians' Guild show.  

OMG Orange Pants!!!!!!!
5954  The Rest / General Discussions / Old School Avatar Month on: January 26, 2007, 07:45:05 AM
Quote from: "Alisha"
i was just floored by the revalation that Dincrest is Dezo. ZOMG!

I still found it hysterical that even though I was clear about that whole thing (my sig and title even said "formerly Blademaster Dezo") people were still shellshocked.  I even mention "Blademaster Dezo" on my staff profile.  

Losfer and others still call me Dezo, which is fine.  

And yes Angelo, I too remember Keith's Macross sigs and the "sig test" posts.  I forgot what sigs I used to use.
5955  Media / Miscellaneous Games / Hotel Dusk: Room 215 on: January 26, 2007, 07:33:53 AM
I only got to play about 45 minutes or so last night and so far the game is terrific.  I like that there's a greater emphasis on saying the right things to people to get information over twiddly, illogical puzzles.  

The pencil drawings of characters look so much better in motion than in still shots.
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