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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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#1921 RYNO

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Posted 10 July 2017 - 11:48 AM

So finally completed a long outstanding FFX milestone for me last night. I finally dodged 200 lightning bolts.

 

I remember trying to do this back on the PS2 and just gave up. This time I did it and it only took me about 30 minutes. All in all not that bad considering.

 

Now to go redo the horrible Butterfly one for Kimahri. - Completed!

 

So I'll I've got to do now is beat up on some Aeon's for Yuna... Then time to power level for Dark Aeons.... ugh....


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Posted 10 July 2017 - 11:51 AM

When I looked up how to power up the ultimate weapons, I just went "hug that" for most of them. In fact, I'd have to check again to see if I did any of them. I sure didn't do that 200 lightning bolts one. That's just madness! I don't know whether to congratulate you or ask what the hell is wrong with you.
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Posted 28 October 2017 - 02:59 PM

Given some of the stuff that's happening lately, I'm honestly surprised this topic's dropped to the second page. So here's a bump with some discussion points.

Final Fantasy IX port to PS4

Okay, I'm not quite sure when this happened. But I got this near the beginning of this month. 9 and 7 are still among the very top of my favorite FF games. So having both of them on the PS4 with cleaned up graphics and some cheats that basically might as well be a story mode, it was fun revisiting these.

Final Fantasy VI (or III depending on where you live) on the SNES Classic

So...my history with this. I hate Tower Defense games. Hate hate hate them. I tolerated it with Final Fantasy VII because it gave me the Phoenix summon and I had plenty of time to go back out and power level to just beat the snot out of it. But the Moogle defense game in this one...it was the brick wall that made me shelf it my first play through and I just haven't been able to touch it since.

But now that it's a part of the SNES classic, and Terra's theme is still awesome, I want to try to give this one another chance. So I started another game. I'll just have to be sure and power level as much as possible before I get there. Because unlike FF VII, I don't think you can go back and grind once you get there.

I want sooooooo much to like this game. The characters look really cool and I really want to get to the opera scene. I just reeeeeeally hate Tower Defense games. So I hope I can muscle my way through it this time and get 'er done.

Final Fantasy Dissidia NT coming out on PS4

I liked both of the previous Dissidia games. But...there's a problem with them. They're on the PSP. And where's my PSP? in a drawer collecting dust. Well, usually it's in a drawer collecting dust. Right now it's on the charger so I can break out the Dissidia again...but you get my point. It's a dead system and I can't even be bothered to keep it charged for those few and far between days where I actually want to bring it out.

So I'm really looking forward to this new Dissidia coming out. At first I was trying not to get hyped for it because I didn't want to shell out for another Dissidia game. But...well...I shelled out for it. It's already pre-ordered and paid off so all I have to do is go in and pick it up on release day.

So now I'm allowing myself to get hyped. I don't know who I'll main. Final Fantasy XV has endeared itself to me quite a bit for lots of reasons. It helped me maintain my sanity through a whole kidney stone ordeal. It reconnected me to a friend I'd been sadly drifting away from. Oh...and it's a kick ass game.

So...Noctis, Cloud and Zidane are all three pretty powerful contenders for who I might main. And if I can fully get into FF VI like I hope I can, I may have to give Terra a go at it.
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Posted 13 November 2017 - 11:09 PM

So, anyone know this was happening

 

 



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Posted 14 November 2017 - 01:00 AM

While I haven't gotten into FF in a long while it's always cool to see some crossovers. Though one would think they would be more suited to a new Soulcalibur than Tekken. But than again when is the next Soulcalibur even due to be announced? :(



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Posted 14 November 2017 - 01:50 AM

That, Irian, I have no idea.  And I agree Noctis is better for Soulcalibur.



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Posted 19 November 2017 - 09:31 AM

No offense to Tekke players. I'm sure it's a great game. I just could never get into it. I much rather have seen a Sou Calibur crossover.

For one thing, Soul Calibur with PS4 graphics? Woot!
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Posted 20 November 2017 - 04:54 AM

Agreed. It is strange to put a magic swordfighter in a game that is 99% hand-to-hand combat.

 

Having Noctis would’ve been a great announcement hook for a Soul Calibur VI. Ah well.

 

By the way, is it true that Square Enix are allegedly planning a second Season Pass to add rbrn more Story content to FFXV?


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Posted 20 November 2017 - 08:02 AM

If so, I'm game for it. I'm eagerly awaiting Episode Ignis to drop and would love even more content for FFXV. In fact, new content or not, I'm thinking I may want to make my way back to FFXV some time soon.
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Posted 20 December 2017 - 12:49 AM

I just beat the adamantoise in XV. Holy crap! I just beat the adamantoise in XV. I was fairly underleveled too. Noctis Lvl 90, Gladio Lvl 92, Ignis Lvl 92, Prompto Lvl 90…I hugging did it. The thing is, it wasn't even terribly difficult. 3 potions, couple elixers. It was just a moment of attrition...taking down its massive HP. I mean, it was a heck of a damage sponge. I new it was going to be a long fight when I summoned Titan and the adamantoise shrugged him off.

But I did it! This also makes my first platinum trophy.

I'm still all jittery. Way past bed time but I don't know if I can sleep!

Wow! Just...wow!
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Posted 20 December 2017 - 05:35 PM

Congrats on the victory Caldwin. I look forward to getting their eventually myself. Sometime. In the fiture.

I need to get back into FFXV. :)

Oh yeah, the Magitek armour they finally let you have. Honestly, as “Power Rangery” as they were. I uch preferred the original, far sleeker power armour designs for them.

Also, was Episode Ignis worth the wait?

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Posted 20 December 2017 - 05:41 PM

I only just started Episode Ignis last night. I'm kinda taking it slowly...mostly because I have a crap ton of stuff I'm doing. But so far it's pretty good. I like his control scheme. And so far the story's been good. But I only just started the second chapter. So far so good.

And yeah, I wasn't even expecting to beat the adamantiose. I just wanted something to go up against to where I could give the new feature of switching characters a try. And then after a while I realized I was actually whittling him down and it was like...holy crap! I could actually do this! And...yeah...it took a while, but I actually did it!

So, yeah, it was a heckuva night!
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Posted 29 January 2018 - 11:15 PM

I just got Dissidia NT at a 9:00 release. It's probably going to take a while to figure out some of the mechanics. Changing it from a 1 on 1 fighter to a 3 on 3 actually does change a lot. There's a lot to keep track of and I'm getting used to the controls.

I'm also not sure how to unlock things. I mean, I only played two matches, so it's not like I expected to have a ton of gil or anything. But I thought maybe at least something to show that I actually did play a couple matches.

I dunno. It's times like this I really miss the days when games came with manuals.
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Posted 30 January 2018 - 01:28 AM

I just got Dissidia NT at a 9:00 release. It's probably going to take a while to figure out some of the mechanics. Changing it from a 1 on 1 fighter to a 3 on 3 actually does change a lot. There's a lot to keep track of and I'm getting used to the controls.

I'm also not sure how to unlock things. I mean, I only played two matches, so it's not like I expected to have a ton of gil or anything. But I thought maybe at least something to show that I actually did play a couple matches.

I dunno. It's times like this I really miss the days when games came with manuals.

 

I just got it.

I think it's perfectly fine *though why so many games going to this format is boggling to me*. But is it just me or the actual HP attacks -very- slow to use? And the lock on system seems to need help.



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Posted 30 January 2018 - 03:33 AM

Unlike the first two, this Dissidia started out as an arcade machine, and IIRC it's developed by a different studio?


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Posted 30 January 2018 - 11:14 AM

Oh, don't get me wrong, I'm sure once I get used to it it'll be perfectly fine. Just that here at first they give you a brief tutorial before dropping you in the deep end. Plus three on three takes a completely different mindset and way of taking in the battle field. Also had a bit of camera screw. Also used to playing Stret Fighter.

I didn't really notice how fast or slow HP attacks were. But again, I was mostly just trying to get a grip on things in general. Maybe see if a different character works better for you?
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Posted 30 January 2018 - 05:24 PM

Okay, so it appears that in order to earn gil, story credit, experience, etc. on offline mode, you have to play Gauntlet Mode instead of Sparring Match. Good to know. This is what I meant when I said I miss the days when games had manuals. If all I ever did was play Sparring Match, I never would've earned anything and wondered what the hell was going on.

It also looks like it's going to take quite a bit of gil to get anything of worth.

Overall, it's fun. I noticed why I was getting the camera screw I mentioned before. It only seems to happen when a summon is on the field and it becomes your target...at which point you can't see your character on the screen.

It's fun, but I think a simple manual would've been nice to help tell some of these things.
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Posted 15 February 2018 - 03:02 AM

Someone might have posted this before but it's the first time I saw it and it made me laugh.


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Posted 02 March 2018 - 10:37 PM

I just finished story mode on Dissidia. And looking at my previous posts, I see the posts of someone trying to justify a purchase he regretted. I mean, story mode was about as decent as the other Dissidia's, I suppose. Personally it was easier to follow for me, though I have heard other people say the exact opposite.

But there were just too many things that killed it for me.

1. Now I understand this was a port of the arcade above all else. And I understand the arcade version was 3X3 fighting. So I don't particularly begrudge 3X3 fighting being in this...or even the main focus. But would it have been so hard to just cobble together some 1X1 action?

2. A higher level cap would have been nice. Again, I understand they were trying to keep the balance the arcade had. But at the same time, they were also making a game for a home console and trying to bring in the same people who played the PSP games who might never have played the Arcade game. At least, if they were smart, they should have been trying to. Maybe through those people a bone? I mean, sure, if you want to keep the Arcade balance for online play, you can make the level cap for arcade one thing while making the level cap for single play a bit higher.

3. Let us choose our moves. Again, I understand the whole thing of balancing things for online play like they had things balanced in the arcade. But part of any Final Fantasy game, including the previous Dissidia games, has been about leveling up and customizing your characters. I mean, sure, here you can choose your (on the PS4) triangle attacks. But in the old Dissidia games, you could choose all of your attacks. Here it just seems so random and forced upon you.

4. Seriously? No museum mode. Again, all the previous Dissidia games had a museum mode where you could listen to music, read bios of characters and collected summons...just...look at all your stuff. You don't really get that here.

Thing is, most of that stuff I can forgive. I can ignore the level cap and choosing our own moves, so long as the moves we have are decent. But for I'm sorry, 1X1 fighting is a very big thing for me. It just seems like such a radical departure from the previous games that I just couldn't get into. I mean, sure, I understand...port of the arcade...blah blah blah. But I just think they could've tacked on a 1X1 play mode. I can't see why that would've been so difficult just as a tack on. I think something to show they at least remembered there were some PSP players out there who'd never seen the Arcade game and were probably hoping for something more along the line of their cherished PSP memories.

And also the museum. I mean, this just feels very bare-bones for a full-priced release. A story mode, a gauntlet mode and online. The Shop is pretty useless. You get weapons and armor which are purely aesthetic only...no impact at all on fighting. You can buy icons which you get for free with earned treasure chests (and how many icons do you really need past the one you use for your avatar)? And you can buy music to play during matches. But you can only listen to maybe a minute or so in the store. So you can't just sit there and listen on a loop like you could in the old museums. So over all, the shop is pretty useless.

So yeah, I'm kinda going back to Injustice and Street Fighter V now.
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Posted 09 March 2018 - 11:40 PM

This is the first video I've made for Youtube in quite a while. It's the easiest way I know of to take down an Adamantoise.


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