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Old Nov 1st, 2006, 01:03 AM       
Don't you have to work your way up to designer after years of QA and such?
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Old Nov 1st, 2006, 02:30 AM       
possibly, the book said that normally they hire you on as a designer, they never said how you can go about getting that job. One could be going through QA another one was trying to work at a game shop where local designers come through.

They also said, that while its rare, you can be hired as a designer with a high school education. But you better have some Good freaking ideas if you plan to stay on with the company. They say that a Degree in english and film studies will better your chances.

It sounds like a great job, im thinking about pursuing it.
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Old Nov 5th, 2006, 12:00 AM       
Due to a unanimous vote by Oklahoma legislature, mature rated games must have their 2/3rds of their cover covered by black tape, must not be sold to minors, must not be sold to adults for minors, and must not be found in the possession of minors, or else legal action will be taken. I was informed of this by an Azn dude at my Game King. Basically, Mature games, (rated for 17+ year olds), are being labeled as porn. Fuck. Once again, the rights of the majority are taken away by those sick kids with too much imagination. I hate those bastards. I'm going to run for governer one day. I swear it.

On a side note, a wierd old man walked in shortly after I did last night. He said he was friends with a millionaire who donates his Escalades to charity and has a $195,000 computer monitor about the size of a wall in his basement that he plays his games on. "Computer Monitor" was especially important, as it was said many times. The Azn guy, (and I) was frustrated because he tried, futilely, to tell the wierd dude that no matter how good the screen is, it's not going to make the system pump out better graphics.

Then a crackhead walked in, shaking his head back and forth in his hoodie and talking to himself. I decided to high-tail it outta there, but not before buying another copy of the Getaway and MDK2: Armageddon for $10. I'm still looking for a copy of Twisted Metal: Black because I refuse to go on eBay or Amazon to get a $5 game.

So yeah, you get a lot of strange characters out in Lawton at night and you learn something new every day. I'd love to work there, though. Maybe in a few years, if I'm still here, I'll see about getting work there. I guess I'll keep aiming for Carmike Cinemas for now.
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Old Nov 5th, 2006, 10:43 AM       
Making alot of mods and maps for games helps you on your way to becoming a designer, Hl2, Neverwinter nights, Warcraft 3, Hl1, are all exllent choices.
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Old Nov 5th, 2006, 02:59 PM       
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I would have thought that would happen in Alabama before Oklahoma. Right Wing pricks.
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Old Nov 5th, 2006, 04:23 PM       
Well, we wee the last state in the union to make tattoos legal, and that was just a few months ago. Oklahoma sucks, never come here.
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Old Nov 7th, 2006, 03:29 AM       
I almost got Twisted Metal: Black today. This kid came in and was gonna sell it, but he was only gonna get a buck so he decided to keep it.

more chronicals of the game store.

So i was playing Need for Speed Carbon (yeah, that "no game" rule lasted for about 16 hours before my boss broke down) when this kid who had to be like 8 came in. He walked up to me and offered his SP to me saying only, "fix it" I turned it on and across the screen was a huge crack with that weird black splotch that comes when you break LCDs. I told him that there was no way i could fix it and that he was gonna have to buy a new one. He took it and without a word left.

The next day he returned with his mom in tow. She began yelling saying that i was trying to rip off her son and that i didnt treat him with respect the other day. Aparently she bought a service contract with the system. I explained that the son said 2 words the entire time he was in the store and she started to lighten up. I told her that i needed the original recipt and all that jazz that comes with a return. It wasnt till after they left that i realized that kind of damage isnt covered in our warranty.

I was expecting her to have a fit when she came back. But before i could tell her what happened she told me that the kid had actually stepped on the SP and lied to his mom about it. She apologized about how she yelled at me and made her son apologize as well. So it ended pretty well.



also a kid traded in like 100 bucks in games towards a 360 and his dad called me up and yelled at me about it. He was really mad. and now we have to return all the games for cash. and now we have to get parent concent on all trade ins. OH BOY
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Old Nov 7th, 2006, 03:55 AM       


think we have a copy of twisted metal black and online in our back room. problem is that they are pal versions. and in scotland
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Old Nov 7th, 2006, 09:48 PM       


The PAL covers are wayyyy cooler than the U.S. ones.
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Old Nov 16th, 2006, 02:57 PM       
for a time, it was good.

sony dropped the bomb. 120,000 ps3 in america for 2006. which means we are getting 2. i easily get 30 times in a day where i have to tell people, no, they cant have one and good luck finding one. So some people are actually angry at us for not having them. Those people are forgetible, whatever, they can be mad that they cant blow 1000 bucks for there bratty kids. The real people who should be mad are the ones who pre-ordered it. Aparently the old manager decided that he didnt like to write things down and as a result we have about 30 ps3 reserves written down but in actuallty we have amost 100 in the system. People have been pre-ordering since before the ps3 was orignally announced and because of the shoddy paper work someone who preordered 4 months ago is gtting the first one. Many times people have come in asking about there preorder. I cant find them on the list, but they have down 50 bucks saying they are gonna get one. No fun

The wii is being handled the same way. first i was told we are gonna get 20 because nintedo loved us. Then we actually got our release and we were getting 9. now im finding out we are getting 4... i think. It doesnt matter anyways because according to a new company rule, i cant buy a wii or a ps3 on release from our store. Frustrating. the game store was wii plan 1, wii plan 2 was ruined as well by my current manager.

Wii plan 1 was the idea that on launch we were getting 9 wiis. 4 were going out for preorder and the 5 remaning were first come first serve. i was then informed if i wanted to get the wii tho i had to drop like an extra 200 bucks on accesories and games. If we sell the wiis for more, more will come our way on the next shipment. I have 300 bucks set aside for the wii. thats one game and the system. I dont want to spend 500 bucks, i would just buy a 360.

wii plan 2 was a bit more devious. Customers would come in asking about getting one and i would inform them that we are not gonna have enough. So i would tell them to check wal-mart, best buy, costco. I would tell them every store but k-mart. k-mart is gonna have them and if i didnt tell anyone i figured i was eleminating competers. No luck, my manager has been telling people to got o k-mart ONLY. so him, combined with me telling everyone else to go to the other stores pretty much screws me.

I want a Wii so bad. im gonna freeze my ass to a time where the wii isnt in such high demand and all the games are like 10 bucks.
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Old Nov 16th, 2006, 03:40 PM       
we got word from head office last week that we are getting 120 Wii consoles on launch day, with the remaining preorders being supplied in time for christmas

as of last week we got about 150 preorders, the midnight launch is going to be nuts (only 3 weeks left for us in the UK) :o
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Old Nov 16th, 2006, 04:44 PM       
My friend tells me that in Alberta alone theres gonna be something like 100 Wii's and at most 30-50PS3's

This rotation is playing out to be one huge stomach punch for Sony. They pretty much have to release this year or no one will bite. With two cheaper and frankly more fun and more friendly looking consoles on the market, the PS3 will die quickly this rotation, Just as the 3DO did before it.
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Old Nov 16th, 2006, 05:43 PM       
Everyone is always bitching at sony saying they're going to fail etc.
But I'll bet that in 1 years time the PS3 will be selling in huge numbers and Sony will be laughing their stinking rich arses off at all the nay-sayers.
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Old Nov 16th, 2006, 06:52 PM       
The reason people are speculating about a big failure for Sony is because it seems like everything that could go wrong for them is. The Blu-Ray fiasco, the systems breaking down quickly, the reduced shipments of the PS3s, and the overall cost of the system.

I'm not saying they couldn't turn things around for Sony, but it seems like they might have some trouble what with all that's happened.
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Old Nov 16th, 2006, 07:08 PM       
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Everyone is always bitching at sony saying they're going to fail etc.
But I'll bet that in 1 years time the PS3 will be selling in huge numbers and Sony will be laughing their stinking rich arses off at all the nay-sayers.
Sony is having financial troubles. As in, if the PS3 doesn't sell, their gaming department goes under. Couple that with the fact that the system costs twice as much as they are selling it for per unit, and you don't have a very good future in store.

Also, Blue Ray may be nice, but nobody needs it yet, and most people can't use it yet, anyway. It will be at least 5 years before Blue Ray becomes the standard , because you need more than just the player to experience it. You also need a friggin' expensive TV for it to make any real difference. 5 years is the basic life span of a gaming console. By the time Blue Ray is standard, people will be leaving PS3 for newer, greener pastures, and Sony will not have a backup plan, because they are banking on this machine to double the current console life (a rediculous idea to begin with).

So, you can have your PS3. While you're waiting for games and movies to come down from their initial 70-80 dollar price tag, the rest of us will be playing our games on the TV's we already have, and having a damn good time doing it.
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Old Nov 16th, 2006, 07:36 PM       
Don't get me wrong, I'm not buying a PS3 OR a 360 OR a Wii. I've got £1700 worth of PC sitting under my desk for all the gaming I could ever want.

The thing is, there is so much speculation on the net that it's easy to start believing it - but at the end of the day Sony arn't stupid. It's hard to maintain that point of view in light of recent shinanigans but I fully believe there are too many extremely clever people over at sony for this product to be a failure.

Think about all the average non-technical people out there. As far as they're concerned blue ray IS the next big thing and the PS3 IS the most powerful gaming system on the planet. They're going to lap it up.

And let's not forget that although Sony may be loosing money on the consoles, they are likely to be making a large amount of money on games, peripherals and I would think licencing.
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Old Nov 16th, 2006, 09:29 PM       
This is also what happened to Sega and the Dreamcast.

I'm basing my reasons for sony's failure this rotation based on the fact that not many people are willing to shell out $600 for a game machine. Sony hasn't publicly announce its a "HOME ENTERTAINMENT CENTER" to the masses, they just run commercials with Playstation 3 smeared everywhere in that Spiderman font. The average person's gonna think "$600 to play games!?" fuck that I'll buy the one thats 400 or 250.

If I recall isn't this the exact opposite conversation everyone had with the N64?
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Old Nov 16th, 2006, 09:33 PM       
The manager at an ebgames i know likes MLE and told her that they're getting a huge Wii surplus and that as long as we show up by noon on launch day that we can get one.

I'm thinking we'll each buy 2 if possible and scalp 3 on the internets. :3
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Old Nov 16th, 2006, 09:37 PM       
yeah eBay is nuts right now Some guy sold a pre-ordered PS3 for over 9K Hes probably not going to get it for months but hes got a phat bank account.
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Old Nov 16th, 2006, 10:12 PM       
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yeah eBay is nuts right now Some guy sold a pre-ordered PS3 for over 9K Hes probably not going to get it for months but hes got a phat bank account.
correction, he DID have a phat bank account
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Old Nov 17th, 2006, 12:36 PM       
I've been to that Toys R US in New York. I don't think those are video screens. They're just mosaic panals if I remember right.
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Old Nov 17th, 2006, 02:00 PM       
i got yelled at yesterday by a woman asking why she couldnt preorder a wii. i told her that we stop taking preorders a week before launch and that we will prolly have some extras 2 weeks after launch. she got mad and asked why she couldnt preorder one after launch.... seriously. then she tried to pull some crap about how she has a kid and he is gonna be really sad if he doesnt get a wii.

I was mad at her so i made up a huge bullshit story about how i was in the same boat because me and my kid wanted a wii but i cant get her one because my store isnt letting us buy one. so she hung up and me and another co worker played some excite truck.
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Old Nov 17th, 2006, 04:26 PM       
At least she was just on the phone... :/

I just don't get some people. A store is not going to have exactly who you want all the time, especially if what you want is one the hottest christmas items of the year. Get used to it. You should have told her that now would be good time for her little brat learn the value of some fucking patience.
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