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@  Nevermore : (14 November 2019 - 02:36 PM)

One thing to note about health insurance in Germany is that we have a two-class system: mandatory health insurance is basically the economy class, while private health insurance is the business class.

@  Nevermore : (14 November 2019 - 02:32 PM)

My local doctor is actually a shared office with several doctors where you will get randomly assigned to one of the doctors available that day.

@  Nevermore : (14 November 2019 - 02:30 PM)

Also, employers are required by law to cover part of their employees' health insurance fees, so I only have to pay my part.

@  Nevermore : (14 November 2019 - 02:28 PM)

Basic examinations and sick notes (known as "work-inability certificates" in Germany) for the employer are covered by our health insurances by default.

@  TheMightyMol... : (14 November 2019 - 12:02 PM)

Around here, we can go to a walk-in clinic whenever, but might have to wait in the queue until there's a doctor available, which can take hours on a busy day. And then hope our insurance will cover anything.

@  wonko the sane? : (14 November 2019 - 07:38 AM)

There actually are a good number of clinics around here: but the walk ins require an appointment (what?) and are only done once a week. IF you can get an appointment, you see a doctor usually within 40 minutes, but good luck getting the appointment.

@  Nevermore : (14 November 2019 - 03:35 AM)

Depending on the day.

@  Nevermore : (14 November 2019 - 03:35 AM)

We have family doctors (called "house doctors") with regular office hours where you may need an hour or two of waiting time.

@  TM2-Megatron : (14 November 2019 - 12:50 AM)

Two weeks? That seems a little long; are there not a lot of walk-in clinics around you?

@  wonko the sane? : (13 November 2019 - 07:01 PM)

Does germany make it quick and easy to see a doctor too? Cause an emergency doctor visit can take two weeks out here, and an emergency ROOM visit can take 18-24 hours.

@  Nevermore : (13 November 2019 - 06:43 PM)

(Good thing is, under German law, if you call in sick during your vacation and see a doctor immediately, you get to keep your vacation days.)

@  Nevermore : (13 November 2019 - 06:42 PM)

Too bad. My plans wee to do two more overtime hours before having my last day of vacation for the year on Friday. Oh well.

@  Nevermore : (13 November 2019 - 06:41 PM)

So I'm currently on medical leave for a particularly stupid reason: Burned my back with a hot-water bag while sleeping last night. Though the doctor said I'm hardly the first person to have this happen to them.

@  Patch : (13 November 2019 - 06:11 PM)

Just a particularly odious example of the 90s era of depicting transgender women as either the subject of crude humor, or "Jerry Springer" material.

@  Ashley : (13 November 2019 - 04:55 PM)

I think Ace Ventura legit contributed to me spending years in self denial. I will never be ok with Jim Carrey.

@  Benbot : (13 November 2019 - 01:22 PM)

I thought he since changed his tune.

@  Tm_Silverclaw : (13 November 2019 - 12:51 PM)

Jim Carry Paladin?

@  Maximus Ambus : (13 November 2019 - 12:22 PM)

Don't doubt what he can do. Sonic the Hedgehog!

@  Paladin : (13 November 2019 - 11:51 AM)

not giving a dime to a transphobic antivaxxer.

@  wonko the sane? : (13 November 2019 - 11:25 AM)

It'll be a terrible movie if jim carrey phones it in. Otherwise it should be decent.

@  Paladin : (13 November 2019 - 10:45 AM)

sonics' still gonna be a terrible movie but at least they whined loud enough to make him look passable for a 2-minute trailer. "yay."

@  ▲ndrusi : (13 November 2019 - 10:37 AM)

But of course to annoying people there's no such thing as different decisions made for different reasons, there is only "I like it so it's right" and "I don't like it so it's wrong."

@  ▲ndrusi : (13 November 2019 - 10:35 AM)

Even if we pretend it's objective truth that they were both bad, then they were bad in very different ways.

@  ▲ndrusi : (13 November 2019 - 10:33 AM)

Sonic's previous movie design looked genuinely bad. The Transformers '07 designs just looked insufficiently like what certain loud and obnoxious parts of the fandom think Transformers are required to always look like.

@  Otaku : (13 November 2019 - 08:50 AM)

Um... Purple Monkey Dishwasher?

@  TheMightyMol... : (13 November 2019 - 08:25 AM)

Do we really need to have Every Movie Transformer Thread Ever in the Squawkbox?

@  Bass X0 : (13 November 2019 - 08:13 AM)

Sure it made money but that doesn’t mean it has appealing character designs. Lot of god awful fugly faces in the Transformers movies.

@  Otaku : (12 November 2019 - 08:25 PM)

@Liege My issue with Transformers (2007) were elements I thought were unnecessary.  I know it was supposed to just be a joke, but I didn't ever need to hear about "Sam's Happy Time". >.> Which, being in awe of the first "live action" TF-film, didn't even register until I'd already purchased and watched it on DVD a few times (after seeing it in theaters 3 times).

@  Liege : (12 November 2019 - 08:22 PM)

For all the Bayisms in the 07 movie, it was tempered by Spielberg as producer. Designs aside it was an enjoyable popcorn blockbuster about a boy and his first car who happens to be an alien from another planet. They sequels are just Bay going unchecked after he proved how much bank he could bring in.

@  TM2-Megatron : (12 November 2019 - 07:12 PM)

I didn't find the designs in the '07 movie to be that bad, personally. What got really offputting was how Cybertronians in general become such huge a-holes in the later films; the designs were very much secondary to their horrible personalities

@  Sabrblade : (12 November 2019 - 06:59 PM)

And yet, Transformers still broke the bank at the box office, opened up the brand to a whole new generation of fans, shot the brand up to mainstream appeal, and enabled all kinds of new collector-oriented lines and other avenues to come about. Not saying Sonic's movie will do the same for his series, but the 2007 TF movie certainly did more good than harm.

@  Bass X0 : (12 November 2019 - 06:09 PM)

Paramount changed Sonic due to fan backlash but refused to redo Transformers 2007 with new cgi appearances based on their classic forms everyone’s knows and loves, and can relate to. Trailer 1 Sonic is as appealing a design as 2007 Bumblebee...

@  TheMightyMol... : (12 November 2019 - 02:14 PM)

I don't. They're a pain in the ass to repair.

@  Benbot : (12 November 2019 - 12:48 PM)

I wish car companies would bring back flip up headlights

@  TheMightyMol... : (12 November 2019 - 09:07 AM)

Wear a hazmat suit. It's Walmart, they're used to weird.

@  wonko the sane? : (12 November 2019 - 07:54 AM)

2 inches of snow on the side of the house, 2 feet of snow on the deck. I hate this winter already.

@  Tm_Silverclaw : (11 November 2019 - 11:33 PM)

But that requires actually going IN walmart. ;P

@  Liege : (11 November 2019 - 11:22 PM)

Pro tip for anyone hunting the for the Walmart 35th exclusives: try the seasonal aisles rather than the toy section. I found the display with all the exclusives and a bunch of the reflector wave practically untouched amongst those novelty arcade machines and a bunch of frozen merch.

@  SHIELD Agent 47 : (11 November 2019 - 09:45 PM)

Although that does spark an idea for me. In a new continuity, Censere the Necrobot could be the herald Cityspeaker for Quintessa the Necrotitan just to play on their monikers utilizing Greek for dead, nekrós.

@  SHIELD Agent 47 : (11 November 2019 - 09:26 PM)

I hate to burst your bubble, Maximus Ambus, but 90% of things said in IDW turned out to be amnesiac half-rememberings courtesy of Adaptus or outright lies courtesy of Shockwave.

@  Jenny : (11 November 2019 - 08:54 AM)

The toy's designed to look like Wipe-Out, anyway.

@  NotVeryKnightly : (11 November 2019 - 08:14 AM)

Didn't they try to retcon that into a figure of speech because that connection went against everybody else's long-term plans?

@  Maximus Ambus : (11 November 2019 - 03:53 AM)

There's still some connection given Trypticon was created by Mortilus.

@  NotVeryKnightly : (11 November 2019 - 12:12 AM)

Yeah that toy doesn't exactly look like Necrobot.

@  Sabrblade : (10 November 2019 - 08:24 PM)

But.... it's just "Necro" not "Necrobot".

@  TheMightyMol... : (10 November 2019 - 05:10 PM)

But why does the God of Death need a giant space kaiju? Wait, never mind, answered my own question.

@  Maximus Ambus : (10 November 2019 - 02:15 PM)

Yowza I just realised Titans Trypticon comes with Necro AKA Censere AKA Mortilus.

@  Nevermore : (10 November 2019 - 01:15 PM)

I... think the best equivalent would actually be the British "There is room for improvement".

@  Nevermore : (10 November 2019 - 01:15 PM)

There's always a sense of irony to it, but what the ratio between irony (you really failed) and straightworwardness (at least you achieved something) is depends on the situation and the speaker.

@  Nevermore : (10 November 2019 - 01:12 PM)

The meaning can be both literal (you succeed on one level but fail on another), or it can be utterly ironic (you fail in every regard but the most technical; or even worse, "you really gave your best"), and anything in between.


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Posted 24 May 2019 - 09:24 AM

I want that Garo horse darn it!



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Posted 26 May 2019 - 02:08 PM

I...really don't like open world games that much..

 

THey're so busy trying to wow you with the freedom you have, it feels pointless trying to get through the main quest


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Posted 26 May 2019 - 02:18 PM

Is that really an unpopular opinion?



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Posted 26 May 2019 - 05:38 PM

Meh: largely the gripe between open world and non-open world games is that the big dev houses either shoot for one extreme or the other. You've either got a ridiculous procedurally generated world that spans for hundreds of simulated miles, or you've got what amounts to the video game equivalent of room sweeping: perhaps beautiful set pieces in which there is only one entrance, and one exit at the far side and you need to make it through to the next hallway and march to the next set piece.


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Posted 27 May 2019 - 09:33 PM

Ok lets list some of our fave and least fav Open worlds

 

Best

BotW

Just Cause 2

GTA San Andreas

 

Worst

Just Cause 3

Far Cry 4 and 5

GTA 4 and 5


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Posted 27 May 2019 - 10:09 PM

I wanna list some of the things I don't like in open world games instead:
1/ Collectables. Start new game, ooh, there's a shiny thing hidden here. "1 of 9000 shiny things found" :|
2/ Treasure maps, or "Why does this location where the treasure is look nothing like the sketch on the treasure map?"

(Both of those things can and have been done well by games, but they keep being included and done poorly too)

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Posted 27 May 2019 - 10:50 PM

Open-world is great until you get lost in the middle of nowhere and have no other option but to spend 20 minutes slowly walking back towards civilization...



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Posted 28 May 2019 - 04:53 AM

Open-world is great until you get lost in the middle of nowhere and have no other option but to spend 20 minutes slowly walking back towards civilization...


Most open world games I've seen have fast travel systems.
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Posted 28 May 2019 - 07:07 AM

To counter: most open world games also have a survival mode which prevents fast travel...


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Posted 28 May 2019 - 03:08 PM

The SNES versions of Mortal Kombat and Final Fight are *snicker* the best *snort* possible...whoa! Could not follow through with that one. Whew!

But seriously though, I think some people forget just how crap-your-pants amazing it was back then to be getting games at home that were anything close to arcade quality.
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Posted 28 May 2019 - 03:15 PM

Building off that.. I thought the SNES Sub-Zero fatality made more sense than the arcade one.



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Posted 28 May 2019 - 03:40 PM

So much so, they made it official in MKII.
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Posted 28 May 2019 - 05:09 PM

I was to preoccupied with Street Fighter and SNK fighters to pay attention to MK especially back in the earlier days

 

And when Killer Instinct hit the arcade/Console I never gave MK 2 or 3 a second glance that continues to this day


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Posted 29 May 2019 - 11:18 AM

I love fighting games but can't stand any version of Smash Bros.


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Posted 29 May 2019 - 11:21 AM

I'm not fond of fighting games in general. The only one I really liked was Soul Calibur 2. It's just not my genre, I guess.

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Posted 29 May 2019 - 12:03 PM

I'm not fond of fighting games in general. The only one I really liked was Soul Calibur 2. It's just not my genre, I guess.

SoulCalibur is just so much fun even for those who aren't fans of the genre.


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Posted 29 May 2019 - 03:49 PM

 

I'm not fond of fighting games in general. The only one I really liked was Soul Calibur 2. It's just not my genre, I guess.

SoulCalibur is just so much fun even for those who aren't fans of the genre.

 

It's because Kilik wins with the fires of courage.



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Posted 29 May 2019 - 03:59 PM

 

 

I'm not fond of fighting games in general. The only one I really liked was Soul Calibur 2. It's just not my genre, I guess.

SoulCalibur is just so much fun even for those who aren't fans of the genre.

 

It's because Kilik wins with the fires of courage.

 

I thought it was because Voldo wins with pelvic thrusts and crab walks.


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Posted 30 May 2019 - 12:19 AM


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Posted 30 May 2019 - 06:14 PM

I play Soul Calibur more for the character creator than the fighting these days.



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