Congratulations, Kevadu :)
I actually think corporation and big industry attitude really stifles the spirit of things.
I really, really get irritated when a giant company logo, well lit, seems to make its way into moves... where all the Coke labels on cans seem to be turned towards the camera. Where people on movies posters look more plastic than goddamn Barbie dolls or when you can hardly tell what actor/actress is on the cover of a magazine because she's been "adjusted" so much. Or even less digital example where they have plus sized celebrities shot from the chest up so you don't see the rest. Where even minor imperfections must always be done away with.
How many dark haired quirky girls with bangs are there right now? I lost count...
It's funny how real people are starting to look more like videogame characters instead of the other way around.
With respect to corporate culture, I notice that with every part-time job I basically had: They add more and more rules and guidelines for how to do our job than give us much agency over it. But like to the point you can't really fit all these tasks in. Well, you can, if you're a fucken robot. Upsell, promotions #1, promotion #2, recommend website, tell about survey, promotion #3, thank them for their business, come again!
I can only imagine how bad it is in retail... Wait, I might actually have a pretty good idea. There's this video game store I go to once in a while. It's part of a big corporation, but since a former classmate works there it feels a bit more personal than shopping online. The guy knows I work as a game journalist, but still points out new releases and asks if I'm interested in collector's editions and stuff. Kinda like they programmed him that way.
Still, the stories I hear about North American chain stores are worse than what I've ever encountered in Europe. Sounds like bad business to me, actually. Wouldn't that time be better spend helping customers find the things that may actually be looking for? That's true customer service. But I guess there isn't much you can do when corporate plans on selling several million copies of a certain title and you're the one who has to help make that happen.
And ugh, the whole pre-order thing! Through retail companies are teaching consumers that being first is more important than being sensible. Midnight launches, encouraging to pre-order hardware that won't be out for another six months... Have you seen that rush on PS4's in Germany?
That stuff is | | this close to being like a scene from Attack on Titan. Wall MediaMarkt has been breached, but the poor store clerks don't even get a cool themesong...
(When I'm in that store I sometimes help parents and/or their kids pick out games. It's fun. Too bad the actual job isn't anything like that...)