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Friday, March 7, 2014

03/07/2014 - Indie Puzzle RPG Spandex Force Champion Rising Video Released
Indie Puzzle RPG Spandex Force: Champion Rising Video Released


March 7, 2014 - Independent game developer KarjaSoft releases a video of the upcoming superhero puzzle RPG Spandex Force: Champion Rising.

Spandex Force: Champion Rising is a tongue-in-cheek superhero game with adventure and RPG elements, featuring hex-based match-3 puzzle battles against villains and crooks threatening the peaceful city of Vigilance Valley. The player has one month to transform an everyday citizen into a superhero, aided by the Blizzard Wizard's dubious tutoring.

The game is filled with minigames that let the player rescue old ladies in distress, raise the hero's reputation or train to enhance his or her physical, elemental and mental powers. The cast includes colorful opponents such as the Heavy Mob, Countess Conundrum, Professor Aphasia, evil robots, corrupt government officials, heroes in need of anger management training - and many more.

Spandex Force: Champion Rising will be available for Windows and Android devices on April 11, followed by Mac OS X and iOS devices at a later date.

Video link:

http://youtu.be/L_dxOMJgmE8

Spandex Force: Champion Rising is the spiritual sequel to casual puzzle RPGs Spandex Force: Superhero U and Spandex Force, released in 2011 and 2008 respectively.

More information and screenshots can be found on the official webpage:

http://www.spandexforce.com

About KarjaSoft:

KarjaSoft is a one-man game company owned by Miro Karjalainen that started developing casual computer games in 2006. The first release was the fluffy arcade game Sheeplings in 2007, followed by Spandex Force in 2008, the adventure/pet raising game Wildhollow in 2009 and Spandex Force: Superhero U in 2011.

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04/07/2014 - Soul Calibur II HD Online Gets New Update
SOULCALIBUR II HD ONLINE GETS A NEW UPDATE!


Released on September 2003, SoulCalibur II has been celebrated over the years as one of the best fighting-games ever! On November 2013, 10 years later, NAMCO BANDAI Games Europe launched an enhanced version in order to celebrate this piece of art: SoulCalibur II HD Online!

Taking advantage of all the current generation consoles capacities, this game has been offering to all its fans hours of online gameplay with high definition graphics! As a company close to its consumers, NAMCO BANDAI Games Europe decided to release a new patch in order to make the Online gaming experience even better:

·         Online Matching Service Improvements
o   Improved Matching Filters (Search an opponent by region)
o   Online matching search settings are now saved until the console is rebooted
o   Rematch option can now be chosen during Online Free Match Mode
o   Communication quality meter is now displayed next to opponent’s ID
·         Bug fixes
o   Cervantes crash bug has been fixed
o   Fixed bugs on several characters

SoulCalibur II HD Online is available for PlayStation®3 via PlayStation®Network and on XBOX 360 via Xbox Marketplace in Europe and Australasia. For the latest news and updates, join the SoulCalibur family at
www.facebook.com/SoulCalibur. For more information about NAMCO BANDAI Games’ entire line up, go to www.NamcoBandaiGames.eu.

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03/07/3014 - Race to Mars Available Today on Steam Early Access
"Race To Mars" Available Today on Steam Early Access


If you’ve ever dreamed about making it to our nearest planetary neighbor, Intermarum is going to help make those dreams come true with Race to Mars, a new PC game which is now available on Steam Early Access. The game is ready for players to get their first taste today for $19.99. The full game is slated to go live in June / July 2014.

Race To Mars is a turn-based, space company simulation game where players become the head of the newly established company with the goal of establishing a colony on Mars. You begin as a startup – develop cutting edge aerospace technologies and use them to achieve orbit and fly beyond Earth vicinity, blazing the trail of a space pioneer and leaving the competition far behind on your way to victory.

While the game is still currently in development and the Early Access build is not the final version of the game, players who jump into Race to Mars now can expect the following features:

• System of gaining Prestige points, which show how your company evolves and
will enable it to develop further
• Almost all features in Administration building: manage staff and buildings, use the bank (take loans or deposit money), view reports, answer first questions from journalists and build your reputation
• Answer questions from the journalists and build your reputation
• Build Satellite Program which unlocks development of crucial technologies at Research & Development
• Access to the Market which allows players to buy items like a rocket which will launch your satellite to the orbit
• Access to the first Full Space Mission
• Random events which will affect your company’s evolvement

Of course Intermarum is continuing to add new features which will be available when the full game is ready, including new research projects, new contracts, more market options (including selling services or asking for funding), achievements and more.

You can check out the teaser trailer for Race to Mars here: 
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C_1KFQItJTI

Additionally you can stay up to date on the latest game developments at the following:
FACEBOOK: 
http://www.facebook.com/RaceToMars
TWITTER:  http://www.twitter.com/RaceToMars
RACE TO MARS HOMEPAGE:  http://www.racetomars.pl

BLAST OFF!!! 

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Thursday, March 6, 2014

03/06/2014 - Square Enix Announces Mobile Sale
SQUARE ENIX ANNOUNCES MOBILE SALE
Select games available at $0.99 for a limited time only
LOS ANGELES (March 6, 2014) Square Enix Inc. today announced that Deus Ex: The Fall on  iOS and Android, Tomb Raider 1 on iOS, and Lara Croft and the Guardian of Light on iOS (including the HD version) are now available on iTunes and GooglePlay Store for $0.99 each.

The sale will start on Thursday, March 6th and will end on Monday, March 10th.
  • Deus Ex: The Fall, a story driven action-RPG, is the first Deus Ex in the award winning series to be released on mobile and tablet devices.  The game includes never before seen characters from the novel published by Random House, Deus Ex: The Icarus Effect, picking up directly where the book finishes.
  • Tomb Raider 1 features Lara Croft in her very first adventure to recover the pieces of an ancient artefact known as the Scion. The game includes two extra chapters that were included in the game’s 1998 re-release, giving you a total play time of around 15 hours.
  • Lara Croft and the Guardian of Light is an action/adventure game which combines all the hallmarks of the Tomb Raider franchise with character progression, fun fast-paced combat, and elements of human cooperation and competition for your mobile gaming pleasure.

About Square Enix, Inc.
Square Enix, Inc. develops, publishes, distributes and licenses SQUARE ENIX, EIDOS® and TAITO® branded entertainment content throughout the Americas as part of the Square Enix Group. The Square Enix Group operates a global network of leading development studios and boasts a valuable portfolio of intellectual property, including: FINAL FANTASY, which has sold over 100 million units worldwide; DRAGON QUEST®, which has sold over 62 million units worldwide; TOMB RAIDER®, which has sold over 35 million units worldwide; and the legendary SPACE INVADERS®. Square Enix, Inc. is a U.S.-based, wholly owned subsidiary of Square Enix Holdings Co., Ltd.

More information on Square Enix, Inc. can be found at
http://www.na.square-enix.com/.

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03/06/2014 - Hideo Kojima Visits Paris to Celebrate Release of MGS V Ground Zeroes
Hideo Kojima Visits Paris to Celebrate Release of METAL GEAR SOLID V: GROUND ZEROES
Hideo Kojima hosts Parisian signing sessions and cinema event as METAL GEAR SOLID V: GROUND ZEROES hits retail
Konami Digital Entertainment B.V. has announced that Hideo Kojima, the world famous creator of the METAL GEAR saga, will be in Paris for the promotion of METAL GEAR SOLID V: GROUND ZEROES on March 18th.

Mr. Kojima will be visiting Paris, France to promote METAL GEAR SOLID V: GROUND ZEROES during its launch week. His Parisian tour starts with a private signing session at a select Micromania Store, where he will act as an honorary General Manager for the morning. 150 guests will be selected through an online contest on the Micromania website and will have the opportunity to be the first to get their hands on a copy of METAL GEAR SOLID V: GROUND ZEROES. Entrants must hold a Micromania card,
have pre-ordered METAL GEAR SOLID V: GROUND ZEROES and answer a round of questions about the game. Promotional items will also be offered aside to the signature session for the lucky few.

In order to meet the incredible demand to see Mr. Kojima, in the late afternoon, the MK2 quai de Loire will host an open signing session for an hour. Mr. Kojima will be available to sign copies of the game that will be sold in advance for the duration of the event.

To conclude his visit, Mr. Kojima – a well-known lover of cinema – has selected a movie that inspired his work that will be displayed in the MK2 quai de Loire cinema. He will attend its screening and host a short Q&A session with those who will have booked their tickets.

For more information on the Micromania contest, please go under this link starting Friday the 7th of March :
http://www.micromania.fr/mgs_kojima

If you want to book your seat for the movie selected by Mr Kojima at the MK2 quai de Loire, please click here: http://www.mk2.com/evenements/carte-blanche-hideo-kojima

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Wednesday, March 5, 2014

03/05/2014 - Call of Duty Ghosts Free Multiplayer Demo Friday March 7th
Call of Duty®: Ghosts Multiplayer Demo Kicks-Off Friday, March 7th on Xbox LIVE

For the first time in Call of Duty® history, Activision and Infinity Ward, in partnership with Xbox, will be hosting a free Call of Duty®: Ghosts multiplayer demo on Xbox Live this coming weekend.

Starting Friday, 7th March at 6:00 p.m. (GMT) and going through to Monday, 10th March, gamers on Xbox One and Xbox 360 will be able to jump on Xbox Live and try out Call of Duty: Ghosts multiplayer at no cost. The demo will include three multiplayer maps – Strikezone, Warhawk, and Prison break; three multiplayer modes – Search & Rescue, Domination and Team Deathmatch; and the original Extinction game mode – Point of Contact.

Come Friday, gamers will just need to sign-in to Xbox Live, download the Call of Duty: Ghosts multiplayer demo, and get right into a match against friends, family, and anyone else enjoying the free demo weekend.

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03/05/2014 - Peggle 2 is Coming to Xbox 360 on May 7th
PEGGLE MASTERS GET READY – PEGGLE 2 IS COMING TO XBOX 360 ON MAY 7
Peggle 2 Multiplayer Duel Mode Launching Today for Xbox One Players for Free
SEATTLE, Washington — March 4, 2014 — PopCap Games, creator of some of the world’s most beloved video game franchises and a division of Electronic Arts Inc. (NASDAQ: EA), today announced that PeggleTM 2 is coming for the Xbox 360, videogame and entertainment system on May 7 worldwide. Not only will the game include the lovable Peggle Masters that players have gotten a chance to work alongside, but the Xbox 360 version will have multiplayer Duel Mode so players can challenge their friends on the couch or online.

Peggle 2 has become more magical with the first installment of downloadable content available today for Xbox One, the all-in-one games entertainment system from Microsoft, which features the awesome multiplayer Duel Mode – a profound new experience that’s completely and utterly free. In a smart match, a private match or just relaxing on the couch, players can now compete against each other on the same board and take turns shooting pegs and demolishing bricks in an ultimate test of Peggle skill. Which mighty Peggle Master will you pick? And who will reach the heights of Extreme Fever first? You’ll have to play Duel Mode to find out!

“With all the excitement from our fans in December at launch we knew we wanted to continue growing the Peggle universe starting with more content and then expand onto the Xbox 360,” said John Vechey, General Manager at PopCap Games. “By offering the addition of Duel Mode, our fans will be able to challenge their friends continuously to find out who is ultimate ‘Peggle Master’.”

Just as in the classic original, Peggle 2 combines elements of pinball, pachinko and billiards and adds liberal doses of whimsy, fun, excitement and challenge – not to mention rainbows and a fifth of Beethoven.

Peggle 2 will be available for Xbox 360 starting on May 7 in North America and in Europe. For more information on the game and how to pre-order, please visit 
www.popcap.com. Join the conversation on Twitter® at  https://twitter.com/popcap and #Peggle, or on Facebook® at  www.facebook.com/peggle.
About PopCap
PopCap Games is the leading global developer, publisher and operator of casual video games: fun, easy-to-learn, captivating games that appeal to all ages across PC, mobile, social and other platforms. Based in Seattle, Washington, PopCap was founded in 2000, was acquired by Electronic Arts in 2011, and has studios in Seattle, San Francisco, and Shanghai.

About Electronic Arts
Electronic Arts (NASDAQ: EA) is a global leader in digital interactive entertainment. The Company delivers games, content and online services for Internet-connected consoles, personal computers, mobile phones and tablets. EA has more than 300 million registered players in over 200 countries.

In fiscal year 2013, EA posted GAAP net revenue of $3.8 billion. Headquartered in Redwood City, California, EA is recognized for a portfolio of critically acclaimed, high-quality blockbuster brands such as The SimsTM, Madden NFL, FIFA, Need for SpeedTM, BattlefieldTM and Mass EffectTM. More information about EA is available at
www.ea.com/news.

Peggle, The Sims, Need for Speed, Mass Effect and Battlefield are trademarks of Electronic Arts Inc. and its subsidiaries. John Madden, NFL and FIFA are the property of their respective owners and used with permission. Xbox 360 is a registered trademark of the Microsoft Corporation.
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Tuesday, March 4, 2014

03/04/2014 - The Walking Dead Season New New Episode This Week
Critically-Acclaimed The Walking Dead: Season Two Continues

Episode Two, ‘A House Divided’ available for download on Consoles, PC/Mac, and the iOS App Store this week

SAN RAFAEL, Calif., Mar. 4th, 2014 - Leading publisher of digital entertainment Telltale Games and Robert Kirkman, the Eisner Award-winning creator and writer of The Walking Dead for his Skybound imprint at Image Comics, today announced the release of A House Divided, the second of five episodes of The Walking Dead: Season Two – A Telltale Games Series.

The episode is available now on the PlayStation®Network in North America* for PlayStation 3, PC and Mac from the Telltale Online Store, and other digital outlets, including Steam. The episode will be available Wednesday, March 5th on Xbox Games Store for Xbox 360® video game and entertainment system from Microsoft, and on the App Store for compatible iOS devices Thursday March 6th.

The Walking Dead: Season Two – A Telltale Games Series continues the story of Clementine, a young girl orphaned at the outset of the undead apocalypse, left to survive in a world gone mad.  Players will struggle to outwit both the dead and the living in situations that will test their morals and control the flow of the story through the choices that they make.

“With the premiere of The Walking Dead’s second season, players quickly learned the unique challenges of surviving in the zombie apocalypse as our 11 year old heroine thrust back into Robert Kirkman’s relentlessly unforgiving world ravaged by the undead,” said Dan Connors, Co-Founder and CEO of Telltale Games. “Clem’s journey continues as even more problems arise, quickly reminding the player that safety is only temporary, and the bonds of trust may not always be as strong as they seem. This episode also introduces our first true villain for the series, the mysterious ‘Carver,’ who’s bent on tracking down her new group of survivors at all costs.”

The premiere of Season Two, All That Remains has received critical praise with The New York Times calling it, “Excellent,” and Buzzfeed saying, “It’s a masterstroke by Telltale,” adding, “This is the real deal; a game for adults, not gamers, a game to share, a game to evangelize about, a game to cherish.” GameTrailers.com awarded the premiere with an Editor’s Choice 9 out of 10 rating, saying that the episode, “…doesn’t waste a single minute. Telltale will make you feel scared, hopeful, shocked, and repulsed, only to have the next several scenes do the exact same thing,” with Nerdist.com saying, “…it’s a home-run. Lighting, meet bottle – again.”

To date, The Walking Dead: A Telltale Games Series has sold more than 24 million episodes worldwide, earning more than 90  Game of the Year awards from outlets including Metacritic, USA Today, Wired, Spike TV VGAs, Yahoo!, The Telegraph, Mashable, Polygon, Destructoid and GamesRadar, and was also the recipient of two BAFTA Video Games Awards for  Best Story and  Best Mobile Game.

The Walking Dead is set in the world of Robert Kirkman's award-winning comic book series and offers an emotionally-charged, tailored game experience where a player's actions and choices affect how their story plays out across the entire series.

The Walking Dead: Season Two - A Telltale Games Series - Episode Two: A House Divided is rated 'M' (Mature) for Violence, Blood, and Strong Language by the ESRB. Content for future episodes in  The Walking Dead: Season Two has not yet been rated by the ESRB. 

For more information on the game, visit 
the official websiteFacebook, and follow Telltale Games on  Twitter. For more information on The Walking Dead, Robert Kirkman, and all of his titles, visit  www.Skybound.com  and www.TheWalkingDead.com.

* = A release date for PlayStation 3 in European territories is to be confirmed shortly. Please stay tuned to @telltalegames on twitter for updates as soon as possible.

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03/04/2013 - 2Dawn Games Announces New Ravaged SDK
2DAWN GAMES OPENS FLOOD GATES FOR MODDERS WITH NEW RAVAGED SDK


2Dawn Games’ Free, Downloadable Software Development Kit Provides Tools for Community to Create Their Ultimate Maps, Modes and More

Twain Harte, CA – March 4, 2013 – Indie developer 2Dawn Games and Reverb Publishing opened the doors for enthusiastic modders today by creating a free, downloadable RDK (Ravaged Development Kit) for
Ravaged to develop their own maps, levels, and more. The new RDK opens up the Ravaged engine by providing avid modders with the tools to import static meshes, skeletal meshes, textures, animations, make maps, assets, and general game content for Ravaged.

The RDK is a standalone development kit for the base game Ravaged and for the expansion Ravaged Zombie Apocalypse that does not require prior ownership of the Unreal Engine. It is available now and can be downloaded
HERE


The RDK Q&A can be read HERE


“Having come from the modding community ourselves, we feel passionate about giving the same opportunity to future Ravaged developers,” said Ken Payne, Lead Engineer at 2Dawn Games. “These fundamental tools will provide a platform for our community to build, share, and play in maps that we could never have imagined.”
Built by 2Dawn Games, the same great developers that created the mod Battlefield: Desert Combat and full-fledged games HomeFront and Frontlines, the new RDK is open and free. The tools remain the same, but there are some game mode actors and components specific to Ravaged. For instance, there is one working example available for each game mode. And users will need to submit/relinquish all maps/mods to 2Dawn Games for potential inclusion into Ravaged. Because 2Dawn Games is eager to support and develop a growing Steam/Ravaged modding community, it has created these forums to discuss all future related modding:
https://www.2dawn.com/forums/forumdisplay.php/54-Ravaged-Dev-Kit

A fast-paced, open world, vehicular and weapon-based first-person shooter like none other, Ravaged (available on Steam for PC at $14.99) is set in a post-apocalypse world ripped apart by natural disasters. Filled with different map sizes, team-based modes, and a variety of vehicles from ATVs, buggies, tanks, and moving fortresses, Ravaged can be played using classic modes or the recently created Zombie Apocalypse modes. Chronicling the struggle between the “Resistance” and the “Scavengers” as they fight for vanishing resources and territory, Ravaged asks players to join the fight for survival.

Ravaged Zombie Apocalypse is available now on
Steam for $14.99; it is rated M for mature due to the violent subject matter, and is not intended for younger audiences. For more information on Ravaged, please visit: www.2dawn.com/. Be sure to follow 2 Dawn Games on Twitter and Facebook.

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03/04/2013 - 2Dawn Games Announces New Ravaged SDK
2DAWN GAMES OPENS FLOOD GATES FOR MODDERS WITH NEW RAVAGED SDK


2Dawn Games’ Free, Downloadable Software Development Kit Provides Tools for Community to Create Their Ultimate Maps, Modes and More

Twain Harte, CA – March 4, 2013 – Indie developer 2Dawn Games and Reverb Publishing opened the doors for enthusiastic modders today by creating a free, downloadable RDK (Ravaged Development Kit) for
Ravaged to develop their own maps, levels, and more. The new RDK opens up the Ravaged engine by providing avid modders with the tools to import static meshes, skeletal meshes, textures, animations, make maps, assets, and general game content for Ravaged.

The RDK is a standalone development kit for the base game Ravaged and for the expansion Ravaged Zombie Apocalypse that does not require prior ownership of the Unreal Engine. It is available now and can be downloaded
HERE


The RDK Q&A can be read HERE


“Having come from the modding community ourselves, we feel passionate about giving the same opportunity to future Ravaged developers,” said Ken Payne, Lead Engineer at 2Dawn Games. “These fundamental tools will provide a platform for our community to build, share, and play in maps that we could never have imagined.”
Built by 2Dawn Games, the same great developers that created the mod Battlefield: Desert Combat and full-fledged games HomeFront and Frontlines, the new RDK is open and free. The tools remain the same, but there are some game mode actors and components specific to Ravaged. For instance, there is one working example available for each game mode. And users will need to submit/relinquish all maps/mods to 2Dawn Games for potential inclusion into Ravaged. Because 2Dawn Games is eager to support and develop a growing Steam/Ravaged modding community, it has created these forums to discuss all future related modding:
https://www.2dawn.com/forums/forumdisplay.php/54-Ravaged-Dev-Kit

A fast-paced, open world, vehicular and weapon-based first-person shooter like none other, Ravaged (available on Steam for PC at $14.99) is set in a post-apocalypse world ripped apart by natural disasters. Filled with different map sizes, team-based modes, and a variety of vehicles from ATVs, buggies, tanks, and moving fortresses, Ravaged can be played using classic modes or the recently created Zombie Apocalypse modes. Chronicling the struggle between the “Resistance” and the “Scavengers” as they fight for vanishing resources and territory, Ravaged asks players to join the fight for survival.

Ravaged Zombie Apocalypse is available now on
Steam for $14.99; it is rated M for mature due to the violent subject matter, and is not intended for younger audiences. For more information on Ravaged, please visit: www.2dawn.com/. Be sure to follow 2 Dawn Games on Twitter and Facebook.

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Monday, March 3, 2014

03/03/2014 - Plants vs Zombies Pinball Coming to Steam and App Store
Plants vs. ZombiesTM Pinball Coming this week to Steam and Mac App Store


Plants vs. Zombies Pinball will release Thursday, March 6th as downloadable content for Pinball FX2™ on Steam, and Zen Pinball 2™ on the Mac App Store for $2.99.
Sewn together from the meaty bits of PopCap's hit title, Plants vs. Zombies Pinball brings the zombie invasion to the pinball playfield. It's time to grow your plants, collect sunlight, plan your defenses, and repel the Zombie Invasion!

A
Plants vs. Zombies Pinball trailer is available from the Zen Studios YouTube Channel.

Plants vs. Zombies Pinball is also available on PlayStation 4, PlayStation 3, PS Vita, Xbox LIVE™ Arcade and the Nintendo Wii U eShop.

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03/03/2014 - Legendary Games New Strategy Game Called Year 0
Legendary Games launches new multiplayer strategy game: Year 0


Today Legendary Games will officially launch their latest title Year 0, a multiplayer strategy game that uses the latest HTML5 technology to allow use on any internet browser equipped device, be it PC or Kindle. You can play the game on the company website portal or on facebook.

Year 0 will see in-game opponents looking for the exact same things as you – resources and territories! You’ll need to manage those resources, plan out a strategy and recruit friends to be able to survive and the action isn’t just restricted to the battleground. Set in a post-apocalyptic warzone where the world is in ruin and only a few survivors remain, the game will let players create and control their own armies, units and territories as well as capture and defend them. Using analysis and research, armies and weapons can be upgraded making your stock that much more important and valuable to defend.

Year 0 is the first of a series of next generation web games using Goo Technologies, a browser based application designed around simplicity and creativity that provides tools for making HTML5 and WebGL rich content, which gives players two separate experiences depending on their preference of play.

See release from Goo technologies 
HERE


Ewan Lamont CEO said

Using Goo has also given us access to their full screen effects and excellent online editor that makes it possible for our artists to test and export scenes without needing coder involvement. We have received excellent support from the Goo team and are excited about the many genuine opportunities this engine will bring in the future."

Year 0 can be played here:  yearzero.legendary-games.com

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