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@  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

@  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.


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#1 Kalidor



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Posted 21 February 2008 - 12:41 AM

Well, its official -- in 2009, the team that brought you City of Heroes will bringing a new super hero MMO to the table for the XBox360 and PC, but it isn't the anticipated Marvel MMO that was in production.

According to the latest issue of Game Informer magazine, Microsoft and Marvel had a bit of a falling out, and the Marvel MMO is no longer being produced. You may remember the lawsuit that was filed against Cryptic by Marvel in 2005 that cited copyright and trademark infringement due to the CoH character generator's ability to create characters that looked similar to Marvel characters. The suit was settled and part of that settlement was that Cryptic was going to produce Marvel's MMO. Cryptic has since sold City of Heroes to its publisher, NCSoft, and has taken on to publishing themselves.

Essentially, what we have now is a brand new game, using the assets from the Marvel game, only now its set in the Hero System gameworld of Champions. I've never played that game myself, but its been around since the 80s and has gone through many revisions. This will give Cryptic the freedom to indulge a lot more than they could have with the Marvel title.

Some of their plans include a more fluid combat system that's mapped to the controller rather than the traditional MMO HuD layout that you find in PC games. A costumer generator that takes what we got in City of Heroes "To the next level" and the option for any character class to buy any super power they want, but some powers cost more for certain classes. The graphics are going to be vividly colored cel shaded style 3D and the game will include loot and equipment that you can find and use with your character. Each weapon you use can be toggled on and off graphically (The way World of Warcraft lets you toggle capes and helmets) so that if you do find a nice drop and it doesn't go with your costume you don't have to display it.

2009 can't get here soon enough.

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Posted 21 February 2008 - 01:14 AM

Can't wait. I loved CoH until it got too repetitive for me and it should be fun to re-create Ezenek the Claksrakoran asteroid prospector with the new system.

You forgot the link, btw... http://www.champions-online.com/

Apparently in addition to creating your hero, you also create his arch-nemesis, so Ezenek can be pursued by the Claksrakoran bounty hunter hired to kill him by the mining cartels.

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Posted 21 February 2008 - 01:17 AM

Sweet, I didn't even know that site was there -- looks like it went live today.

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Posted 21 February 2008 - 01:19 AM

heh, I wonder if allying themselves with Champions was also intended as a direct snipe against Marvel after the whole Champio... Order debacle

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Posted 21 February 2008 - 01:45 AM

Judging by the small sample of screenshots on the site, I can probably get ol' Ezenek closer to my original vision for him... Looks like there might be a larger variety of robot-style pieces to choose from.

Now only if they'll allow different sizes for an out-of-costume mode(Ezenek piloting his mech is around 9' tall, outside of his mech, he's only about 1.5' tall). In CoH I had to compromise by using a 'holographic overlay' of what Eze looked like out of the armor.

Heh, I'll have to modify his backstory in order to explain how he ended up on Earth, since there will be no strange energy signatures caused by the Rikti invasion that he mistakes for rare ZPE tapping crystals.

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Posted 21 February 2008 - 08:47 AM

Wow, this looks really good. I'm really liking the cell shading. I'll definitely have to give this a try when it comes out.

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Posted 21 February 2008 - 12:51 PM

It's like City of Heroes without the suck.

Consider me very interested.
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Posted 21 February 2008 - 01:24 PM

QUOTE(Exit Wound @ Feb 21 2008, 01:51 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
It's like City of Heroes without the suck.

Consider me very interested.

Little to early to say that, but it does seem promising at this point. I do look forward to trying it out, that's for sure.

I DO hope they KEEP the any player can get any power aspect. City of Heroes was ORIGINALLY supposed to work that way but they changed it before the final stages of Beta. I'm also not seeing anything yet that makes me think they've increased the variety of gameplay options over CoH. One of my major complaints with CoH was that it was TOO combat heavy and didn't have much to do outside of taking on hordes of enemies(actually, that's a common complaint I have with MOST MMO's , comes from the fact that my first MMO was Ultima Online, I think)

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Posted 21 February 2008 - 03:13 PM

ooo, nice.

I'll be picking this up for sure.
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Posted 21 February 2008 - 04:41 PM

I'll try the Open Beta, if possible and maybe a free trial if one comes my way. I'll probably give it the "el paso" if it's to similar to CoH/V.

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Posted 22 February 2008 - 08:28 AM

Did I hear Cryptic and new game in the same sentence?
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Posted 22 February 2008 - 08:47 AM

On a related note, here is an article where Jack Emmert talks about City of Heroes and what he felt its failings were.

Also, this new game won't be coming from the same team that made CoH, for the most part, since a lot of the current developers came over to NCSoft following the acquisition. But it will have Emmert.

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Posted 22 February 2008 - 12:49 PM

Seems from that article that he has learned that content variety is good for business. Hopefully that means more social zones and missions that DON'T require you to kill 50 Tsu or run through a sewer killing off various types of reanimated corpses.

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Posted 23 February 2008 - 10:52 PM

Looks like the first trailer has been released icon-hotrod.gif

Quite the variety of environments there. Looks like it has some decent facial animation as well. Both appear to be major improvements over what they did with CoX.

Edited by Zedoben, 23 February 2008 - 10:52 PM.

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Posted 24 February 2008 - 01:13 AM

This will be worth watching. I love City of Heroes and I'll have to see how this game measures up to it. It certainly has the potential to be better but only time will tell if that actually happens.
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Posted 24 February 2008 - 03:59 PM

I'm guardedly optimistic.

Though Cryptic is remaining, well, cryptic about the details of character creation, a few details have been revealed. Champions Online's motto is "total customization." Along with fully customizable costumes, you'll also be able to put your own creative stamp on your characters' powers. This includes selecting the appearance of your powers. Want the Crimson Commando to have a red force field and an energy blast that's a jet of hot flames? You can do so with Champions Online. If the character creation system is anything like the tabletop game, you will also be able to select specific advantages and limitations for your powers to turn a set of common base powers into something unique to your character.

Champions Online takes the character creation a step farther by having you also design your hero's arch nemesis. You choose your adversary's name, powers and costume. Remember, a foil is often the reflection of his or her darker half. Whoever you create will torment you throughout your superhero career.

Cryptic promises thousands of heroes will be online at one time, each with their own arch nemesis (along with many other enemies and threats). Those thousands of PCs and NPCs won't be crowded into a single city. Instead, Cryptic is tapping into the vast Champions universe for its MMO. You may live in futuristic Millennium City, but you'll travel to Canada, the moon, the underwater city of Lemuria, and the mystical dimension Qliphotic. Make sure your passport is up to date.

The Champions universe aged and evolved over its 27-year history. Cities have been destroyed. Organizations have come and gone. Villains and heroes have died (and stayed dead). That's certainly an element Cryptic Studios plans to exploit in Champions Online. While classic villains such as Doctor Destroyer, Mechanon and the evil organization VIPER will likely remain constants in the universe, major events will occur that will have a lasting effect on the online community. The game world you enter in 2009 won't be the same one you're playing in come 2012.

That sounds like pretty cool stuff. I played City of Heroes for several months and had fun but found it too repetetive. I'll play a free trial period of this for sure, but whether I stick around depends on how they address that. Personally I'd rather have seen Crpytic make a CoH 2 or some such instead adapting an RPG I don't care about, but oh well.

In 2005, City of Heroes saw its European launch, soon followed by City of Villains. But, Emmert said, "What I really delivered was a City of Heroes experience with a slightly evil twist." He neglected to connect to what players might want from being a villain. "If they didn't like City of Heroes, there was nothing here for them... I can't even tell you the disappointment I have. It hurts."

*glares at his dust-gathering copy of City of Villains*

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Posted 24 February 2008 - 04:41 PM

i'll give it a go

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Posted 25 February 2008 - 02:19 AM

Also, continueing to speak as a City of Heroes fan, this game can not be a bad thing. Worst case scenario, it's a bad game and I just ignore and keep on CoHing. Best case scenario, it's a good game and I either switch to it from CoH or it at least provides competition to CoH that could drive it to be a better game. Either way, I can't lose.
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Posted 25 February 2008 - 02:45 AM

main thing for me: no restricted character stuff. i hated the fact that i couldent have skyknight, who has a jetpack, have the jetpack until a certain level.

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Posted 25 February 2008 - 02:58 AM

Dibs on the name "GenericChampion001"