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@  Liege : (19 November 2019 - 07:42 AM)

That he is.

@  Benbot : (18 November 2019 - 04:01 PM)

And a good boy

@  Liege : (18 November 2019 - 09:19 AM)

Hound is at least a very good toy.

@  ThunderWear : (18 November 2019 - 09:11 AM)

Hound is the only other one that even comes close to Chromia in my area, and he ships in two separate waves.

@  Liege : (18 November 2019 - 08:58 AM)

This might be how they finally get rid of all the Chromias. I've not seen a shelfwarmer like that in ages.

@  RichardT1977 : (17 November 2019 - 08:26 PM)

It's a good deal if you want a full set of Refraktor (and if they have them at your location)

@  TheMightyMol... : (17 November 2019 - 04:43 PM)

Here we can buy two and get one free, but at least two of them are gonna be the same toy, because lol distribution.

@  Bass X0 : (17 November 2019 - 01:01 PM)

In the U.K., it’s more like you but two, you only get one given how expensive they are.

@  RichardT1977 : (17 November 2019 - 11:38 AM)

Transformers are Buy 2 Get 1 free at Target this week.

@  Bass X0 : (17 November 2019 - 04:29 AM)

2019 has been one long South Park episode.

@  Sjogre : (16 November 2019 - 10:46 PM)

Okay, that actually sounds pretty fun.

@  Maximus Ambus : (15 November 2019 - 12:49 PM)

It was set in the forties, featured Nazi's as the villains and had Kiko fight mostly Ice Age animals and a mythical dragon that now ruled the island guarding Kongs treasure.

@  Paladin : (15 November 2019 - 11:37 AM)

and it was ALSO eleven hours long.

@  Maximus Ambus : (15 November 2019 - 10:55 AM)

In a alternate reality Peter Jackson made Son of Kong.

@  wonko the sane? : (15 November 2019 - 09:30 AM)

To be fair to boba: everyone else to go into the sarlacc was a sacrifice. Stripped almost naked and tossed, and didn't have body armor, a jetpack and a weapon.

@  TheMightyMol... : (15 November 2019 - 06:54 AM)

Nah, he just has to keep up his plot insurance payments so he can shoot his way out of the Sarlacc again.

@  PlutoniumBoss : (15 November 2019 - 02:59 AM)

Funny, but everyone knows he bounty hunts for Jabba Hutt to finance his 'Vette.

@  Tm_Silverclaw : (15 November 2019 - 02:54 AM)

Okay.. Not sure why.. but streaming is harder than jsut playing the game.. even though that's pretty much what I was doing.

@  Xellos : (14 November 2019 - 06:47 PM)

What type of vehicle does Boba Fett use for time travel? A Man-DeLorean.

@  TM2-Megatron : (14 November 2019 - 03:55 PM)

Admittedly, it's been a long time since I've been to a walk-in clinic, as I tend not to get sick (and the one time I do every 4-5 years, I prefer just riding it out at home), but the last time I went I'm pretty sure you could just show up, no appointment. It may be different in Quebec,though

@  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


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#21 Exatron

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Posted 01 May 2019 - 12:58 PM

I rarely play single player games, and it is even rarer for me to replay single player games. Once the multi-player community for a game is dead, the game holds no value for me.

 

I hadn't really thought about it before, but this is something that might factor into some of the split in opinion. I'm just the opposite. I rarely play any multiplayer games, and I frequently replay single-player games, including some that are over 30 years old at this point. So I couldn't care less about whether the multiplayer community is alive or dead. I just expect my games to work for as long as the console is operational.

 

That's a big part of the reason I have a very strong preference for physical games. However, I also appreciate the convenience that digital has to offer. That's especially true now that I'll soon be having 4 people in my household all wanting to play different games. So these days, games fall into 3 groups for me.

 

  • Games that I just want to play, but have no deep connection to. I'm ok getting these digitally. I'll still often go physical anyway, but it doesn't take too much to tip me towards the digital purchase.
  • Games I really care about and want to have available indefinitely. Anything from my favorite series, games that really impress me, etc. These I get physical, period. Digital is insufficient here, and I'll be rather put out if/when physical is no longer an option for such games.
  • Games I love so much I want to have them ready to play at all times for eternity. For my all-time favorites, I'm willing to buy both. BotW is my main example here. I bought it as a physical copy first. In time, I went ahead and got the digital copy too. It's also the one game I have installed to my Switch's internal memory rather than the SD card. This can also apply to games I buy digitally, then decide it's good enough that I want to have the physical copy.

 

My outlook is similar for movies and TV. I have a Netflix subscription, and that's becoming my primary media source these days. It's usually the first option I'll pick for anything that's available on it. However, I'll still buy the blu-ray for anything I really care about. And when it's time to sit down and really watch one of my favorites or something I'm excited for, I'll be digging out the discs even if it is available on Netflix.



#22 Spark

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Posted 01 May 2019 - 03:32 PM

Depends on what it is, exactly.  For instance, I won't give money to any game streaming services because that's not actually owning anything.  BUT, I totally have a 4tb hard drive that's my entire PS4 library.  The difference is that I can play all that without paying again or needing an internet connection for any of it.  So, basically, that 4tb drive IS my physical medium.

 

For anything older, it's all physical.


Edited by Spark, 01 May 2019 - 03:32 PM.

Fall of Cybertron will blow your mind. That is all.

#23 Caldwin

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Posted 01 May 2019 - 05:34 PM

How many game cartridges do you have for your phone or tablet?

None? Well, that’s the future of gaming isn’t it? Kids don’t care about discs and carts and ownership when all they’ve known in their lives are digital games.

“You have to put in a cartridge!? That’s like a baby’s toy!”


I wouldn't use mobile games as a litmus test for how consoles should go. I don't play Angry Birds and Bejeweled with nearly the same ferver as Skyrim and Breath of the Wild.
 
  • Games that I just want to play, but have no deep connection to. I'm ok getting these digitally. I'll still often go physical anyway, but it doesn't take too much to tip me towards the digital purchase.
  • Games I really care about and want to have available indefinitely. Anything from my favorite series, games that really impress me, etc. These I get physical, period. Digital is insufficient here, and I'll be rather put out if/when physical is no longer an option for such games.
  • Games I love so much I want to have them ready to play at all times for eternity. For my all-time favorites, I'm willing to buy both. BotW is my main example here. I bought it as a physical copy first. In time, I went ahead and got the digital copy too. It's also the one game I have installed to my Switch's internal memory rather than the SD card. This can also apply to games I buy digitally, then decide it's good enough that I want to have the physical copy.

I actually really like this list. Like some retro games I can only get digitally (Donkey Kong, Excite Bike and such). But games like Snipper Clips are available physically, but I don't have that much of an investment in it, so I got it digitally. Zelda I will always get physically so long as I have a choice. Street Fighter II I have so many versions digital and physical I can't even count them all. And Breath of the Wild I have physically for Wii U, but I'm kinda considering a digital Switch version so I can use the VR.

So yeah, I think I like this list.
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#24 LBD "Nytetrayn"

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Posted 27 May 2019 - 04:41 AM

I prefer physical if it's a game I want to keep access to for all time. Otherwise, digital is fine.

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#25 K Gatzby

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Posted 06 June 2019 - 08:36 AM

I prefer physical if reasonably possible. In some cases, scarcity/unavailability or huge digital sales make it unreasonable to obtain a physical copy. That's when I go digital.


Edited by K Gatzby, 06 June 2019 - 08:36 AM.

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#26 ▲ndrusi

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Posted 06 June 2019 - 08:44 AM

In principle I feel like I should prefer physical, but in practice Nintendo gave me five minutes alone with the 3DS Virtual Console and that was all it took for the convenience of digital to win me over.



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