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First Mortal Kombat DLC trailer

By: grey walrus May 27, 2011 | 9 Comments

Remember all those pre-order bonus Klassic Kostumes? Now's your chance to get them. If you're willing to pay.

 

The DLC comes out on June 7th for 400 MS points and $4.99 on the PSN It includes Klassic Kostumes for Ermac, Scorpion, Sub-Zero, Reptile, Mileena, Jade, and Kitana. The DLC also includes the Klassic Fatalitites for Sub-Zero, Scorpion, and Reptile. 

If you're a huge MK fan then I'd say go ahead and get it it's a good price for all the stuff you get, but if you can live without it try to stay away from supporting this on disc DLC. Plus it comes out on the same day as SSFIV AE so... who's even gonna notice?

 

What do you guys think? Is it a good price? Are any of you going to get it? Leave your thoughts in the comments, and don't be a Jimmy.

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Cave Johnson's Combustible Lemons

By: grey walrus May 27, 2011 | 6 Comments

Keeping with the theme of showing off all awesome portal 2 replicas, here are cave johnson's exploding lemons.

They're made from fake lemons from a craft store, but still look really freakin cool if you ask me.

The guy who made them said he rigged it so that Cave johnson's exploding lemon rant goes off after you pull the pin, and that's pretty awesome. 

source: http://www.flickr.com/photos/ammnra/5759465821/

 

Cave Johnson's lemon rant. 

Like the music in portal 2? Like free stuff? Come on in.

According to Valve the portal 2 soundtrack is going to be released in three installments. The first one is here, and they're letting you download if for free. It's six  twenty two amazing songs you'll recognize from the game. That's right 22! That's more than I was expecting on the whole soundtrack. I can't wait for the rest. If you like the sciencey feel of the portal 2 music, and want to re-create the atmosphere of aperture science labs wherever you go, now's your chance. 

I'll be sure to keep an eye out for when volume 2 shows up and let you guys know. 

 

Source:http://www.thinkwithportals.com/music.php

 

 

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L.A. Noire 2 announced

By: grey walrus May 24, 2011 | 8 Comments

The first L.A. Noire took five years to come out. This one shouldn't take as long.

Nothing really said as to how the sequel will improve on the first one or really any details on it yet. They just said that all of the ground work has been laid and the technology is more readily available to work with in the sequel. 

 

Not really much else to say about this. Hit the link for the full article. 

 

http://www.strategyinformer.com/news/12522/team-bondi-la-noire-2-wont-take-5-years-to-make

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Master Quest mode shown for OoT on the 3DS

By: grey walrus May 12, 2011 | 8 Comments

Love OoT, but think it's too easy? Well not anymore.

If you're really looking forward to Ocarina of Time, but can blow through the game super easily, get ready for a new challenge. Not only is this new mode mirrored to the original Ocarina of time, there are more enemies, harder enemies, and even slight level design changes to make the game as challenging as it was the first time you played. Or maybe even harder. 

Are any of you guys planning on taking on this challenge? I might try it out after I've beaten the normal quest, but honestly I'm not sure if I could do it without getting super frustrated. 

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New Diablo III Followers Trailer

By: grey walrus May 12, 2011 | 7 Comments

Diablo III has a new trailer out showing a little bit of what your followers can do/equip

I've never been a huge Diablo fan, but have always thought that the games were fun. If nothing else it looks like they're stepping this one up quite a bit graphically, and it looks pretty good. 

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BBCS2 Tournament Xbox 360

By: grey walrus May 11, 2011 | 8 Comments

Like Blazblue? Like Microsoft points? Have a 360? Check this out

On May 14th an XBL friend of mine is hosting his own BBCS2 tournament for the 360. If you're interested shoot him a message to his gamertag. It's  Scrimgore. First place prize is 2800 MS points. 

You will need to have all the DLC required to play CS2, but he'd love it if you'd join so drop him a line, and win some points. 

 

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$100 off of a PS3 courtesy of Power Up Rewards. Or not....WTF!

By: grey walrus May 11, 2011 | 14 Comments

Normally I have no problem with Gamestop, but their power up rewards program is really starting to get on my nerves.

Alright, I'm a member of the Power Up Rewards PRO program, and I think it's pretty nifty. I've redeemed my points for some things in the past and everything worked out fine. Until more recently. I redeemed a 11,500 for a LOZ shirt which is no laughing matter and the one they sent me wasn't the one pictured it was slightly different, but just enough so to be irritating, and they wouldn't issue me  refund without returning the shirt. Okay, no big deal it's still a cool shirt so I just kept it. But what I've found out in the last couple of days is really sort of pissing me off.

If you guys didn't know the guys at PUR sent out coupons for the PS3 to get you $100 off. And they're completely legit. I work at GameStop and we've had a couple come in they work all fine and dandy, and they come straight from the PUR website so there's no problem there, but I DIDN'T GET ONE! I want a PS3 and this would be the best way to get it. 

So being a little aggravated I sent PUR an email asking why I didn't get one, and this is word for word exactly what went down in my email inbox.

ME:

I heard you guys were giving away $100 off of PS3 coupons, and I didn't get one. You guys gave a bunch of them to people who probably won't even use them, but I would can I please get one. My account number is.**** **** **** **** ***.

THEM:

Hello,  Be advised that there are certain criteria the card holder must have met:  *You must be a PRO card holder.  *Must have PS3 preferences listed in their PowerUp profile.  *Must have transaction information detailing PS3 related purchases.  *Must have listed you own a PS3 in your profile.  If you have met these requirements for the coupon please reply to this e-mail stating that you have met the requirements for the coupon.  Best Regards,  Alvina  GameStop Customer Service  PowerUp Rewards  www.poweruprewards.com

ME:

Why would you be only giving away PS3 coupons to people that already have them?! that makes no sense. People that already have them are not going to want to buy a new one. Your system is completely stupid. If you're trying to move stock for the new line of PS3 's coming in this is NOT the way to do it.

THEM:

Hello,  The $100.00 Playstation promotion was only sent out to a targeted group of people who DO NOT have Playstation games or Playstation console in their profile. This was only for a marketing trial. There is currently no way for us to regenerate the coupon. If you have any further concerns on this situation please contact customer support.  Best Regards,  Alvina  GameStop Customer Service  PowerUp Rewards  www.poweruprewards.com

ME:

You just completely contradicted yourself

  Be advised that there are certain criteria the card holder must have met:  *You must be a PRO card holder.  *Must have PS3 preferences listed in their PowerUp profile.  *Must have transaction information detailing PS3 related purchases.  *Must have listed you own a PS3 in your profile.  If you have met these requirements for the coupon please reply to this e-mail stating that you have met the requirements for the coupon.   And you ARE customer support. That's why I contacted you in the first place. Please get your story straight and tell me why I didn't get one. According to your first email I don't meet the requirements, but according to your second one I do. So which is it?  

Just to make the point that they contradicted themselves it was the same person that sent all the emails.  I haven't gotten a reply to this last one yet, and if my experience with my shirt told me anything it's that I won't get one.  What do you guys think? Should I keep pressing the matter and call customer service on the phone? keep sending tons of pissed of emails? Or just drop the matter entirely. 

  /rant

UPDATE

So, much to my surprise they have replied to my last email, although it was a different person this time. 

Dear Valued Customer,  Thank you for contacting us.  I am very sorry for the confusion and any trouble this may have caused.  Unfortunately the $100 Sony PS3 coupon was only sent to a target group of customers who met the following criteria:  ? Indicated not owning a PS3 in their ?Gamer Preferences? on their online Power Up Rewards account  ? Did not have any transactions or purchases of PS3 consoles, accessories or games in any GameStop store or GameStop.com  ? Did not indicate a PS3 item in the Game Library under ?I Want, I Have, or I Had?  Please note that meeting the criteria did not guarantee a coupon.  We cannot resend this coupon but we do encourage you to be sure you have accurately answered all the questions on your ?Gamer Preferences? as we do base our Marketing targets on this information.  Best Regards,  Rachel  GameStop Customer Service  PowerUp Rewards  www.poweruprewards.com

So.. either the first person to email me was a complete idiot, or they're just trying to cover themselves by making it seem that way. 

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Review: Gears of War 3 Beta

By: grey walrus May 9, 2011 | 10 Comments

Theres only a week left in the Gears of War 3 Beta, and now that there's a bunch of extra codes flying around, I'll tell you why you should try to snag one up. Maybe you'll even have a chance in this story. Wink Wink.

The Gears of War franchise has been a pretty big one ever since it was first released, and now the beta is out for the final chapter in the Gears story. 

STORY: This is a beta, so sorry guys no story here. It's all online multiplayer, but it sure is fun.

SOUND: The sounds in GOW haven't changed much from the second game. The screams, rolls, bullet noises, grenades, and music all sound about how they did before. Music isn't really a key factor considering that this is a multiplayer beta though, and that will most definitely be something to look forward to more in the full release. 

GAMEPLAY: Get ready to see a LOT of the above pictured weapons. They are you're best friends. Just like the other Gears of War games you will be using your shotgun a good majority of the time. Unless you're more of a long distance fighter. 

The basic gameplay remains un altered. You hide behind cover, roll, and run your way across maps to defeat the enemies that spawn on the other side. Weapons such as the Torque bow, the mulcher, the mortar, the longshot, and and the new Oneshot all spawn on the map. As do other grenades, the ink, incediary, and the frag. Sometimes picking up these weapons and using them (well) is the key between victory and defeat. 

If you haven't played a gears of war game before let me tell you right now that the multiplayer is ruthless. You will be killed without mercy at every turn, and a lot of the time you don't even see it coming. Keep an eye out everywhere and at all times. You are NEVER safe. This adds to the fun of the game though. 

One of the new gameplay features that is fun to use is the ability to leap over cover and kick your enemy in the face. If an enemy is hiding on the other side of the same piece of cover as you and you leap over it you'll kick them and they'll be stunned just long enough for you to line up your Gnasher and take them down with a single shot. That being said if you haven't played a gears game before, or haven't played it in a long time, the cover system can take a bit to get used to. You'll get frustrated when you press A  a little too soon, and wind up rolling into the wall instead of taking cover behind it, but you'll get it eventually. After a while it becomes second nature, and you're hiding and rolling, and running, and dodging like none other. 

GRAPHICS:

Checkout and Thrashball are two of the new maps that you'll be playing on in the beta, and they look fantastic. Personally the graphics don't seem to have changed much from 2, and in my opinion  they didn't really need to. That being said I haven't played 2 in quite some time, and my perspective might be out of wack. Even if I didn't notice a change in how realistic the game looks, it does seem a lot more vibrant and bright. Colors seem to stick out more in this game than they did in 2 where everything felt grey and washed out. The grass on thrashball really pops out against the grey cover. Especially when splattered with the blood satisfyingly spilt from your enemies lifeless corpses.

NEW WEAPONS!: Gears of War 3 has added a few new weapons to the fray, and they all take a little getting used to.

The sawed off shotgun. Like the gnasher this is obviously a shot gun. The differences between this and the gnasher are significant though. You only get one shot before you need to re-load, and you only get 5 shots before you need to go and find more ammo for it. The range of the sawed off is laughable, but it's horizontal spray, and massive close range damage are anything but. When you aim with the sawed off the cross hairs take up a good majority of the width of your t.v. so aiming left and right is pretty much un-needed. You need to be pretty close to your opponent, but if they're standing next to eachother you can take out 2 or 3 with a single shot. 

The incidiary grenade. This new grenade type is pretty nifty when trying to hold back opponents. As soon as it hits the ground it makes a decent sized fiery square around the point of impact. You get two as soon as you pick them up, so if you're backed against a wall and don't want your enemy to advance on you, you can use these as a temporary barrier to keep them right where you want them. As a bonus, if you score a direct hit with one of your opponents it will kill them instantly, and you can watch them smolder before your feet. It's super satisfying. 

The Digger Launcher. This new weapon is a campers worst nightmare. Once fired it burrows through the ground and under any cover in it's way making a terrifying and almost monster like snarling noise as it rockets towards your opponents. Once it hits a wall or reaches your enemy it will detonate, explode, and kill anybody unlucky enough to be caught in the blast radius. You have to reload after every shot, and you only get 3 of them. So make 'em count. 

The One Shot. As it's name implies it only takes one shot with this monster behemoth to kill anything in it's path. It's a heavy weapon like the mulcher or the grinder, so if you pick it up be prepared to move slowly, and be super vulnerable. When taking aim with the one shot you zoom in pretty far so it's kind of hard to get used to the orientation, but as soon as you line up with an enemy and pull the trigger they are dead. No questions asked. It doesn't matter if you hit them in the foot or in the head. D-E-A-D dead. It does emit a highly pitched screeching tone to alert the person on the recieving end. So unless they're t.v. is muted they are going to start rolling around and hiding. They will do anything to avoid this weapon. 

The Retro Lancer. Last, but not least comes this beauty. The retro lancer is a machine gun, and has some heavy duty fire power. This is by far the strongest machine gun you can use (other than the Mulcher) That being said it's accuracy at a range is terrible. The recoil from the retro lancer makes your crosshairs constantly move upward, so fire in bursts, and takes a long time to get used to. And of course they couldn't call it a lancer unless there was something scary and deadly hanging out by the barrel. That monsterous shank you see at the end of the retro is nothing to laugh at. If you hold the B button you will charge at the enemy screaming with the bloodlust of a thousand men. And if there's a poor son of a bitch on the recieving end. Will.... things aren't looking pretty for them. 

FINAL VERDICT: If you want to get into gears, already love gears, and have a chance to find a beta code. PLAY IT! It's good and is definitely worth a shot. There's only a week left though so start bugging your friends. And for sticking it out until the end. One lucky person will have the chance to win my extra code. 

I'm going to be doing this on the honor system, so if you already have a code, or don't like GOW don't steal this from somebody truly looking forward to the beta. DON'T BE A JIMMY!

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My Top 5 Most anticipated 3DS games

By: grey walrus Apr 24, 2011 | 5 Comments

With all of the great games announced for the 3DS it was hard to narrow the list down to the top five, but here they are.

The Nintendo 3DS is a phenomanal system that has the capacity to be the best handheld made so far. Then only thing it's lacking from lauch is a set of really great games, but don't worry about that. They're on their way. 

 

NUMBER 5:

BlazBlue: Continuum Shift II

When I first got Blazblue for my 360 I couldn't get enough of it. I 1000/100- the achievements in about a week and a half and kept playing pretty regularly until about September of 2010. I got tired of waiting for the new character Valkenhayn to come out, and you may have seen my stories posted about him if you've been around Gouki.com for long enough. The game is fantastic and I'd probably still pick it up and play the console version from time to time if they weren't going to completely alter my mains playstyle when Continuum Shift 2 comes out. If I don't play the console version anymore the least I can do is pick up the portable verstion and support AKSYS. 

With the 3DS's graphical capabilities I'm sure the sprites will look fantastic. Much better than that piece of garbage port they put on the PSP of the first one. 

 

NUMBER 4:

StarFox 64 3D

Having grown up without a Nintendo 64 I missed out on a lot of its gems the first time around, and this was one of them. I did get to play this game eventually and it's fantastic. With the 3DS version I'm sure they'll add in a save function though and I won't have to beat the entire game in one sitting. With the upgraded visuals and the 3D effects making me feel like I'm actually in an interstellar dog fight, this game should be one of the great titles of the console. Just as long as they don't change the cheesy voice acting. It's part of what made this game great in the first place.

 

NUMBER 3:

Metal Gear Solid 3D: Snake Eater

Hideo Kojima is a freaking genius. He can come up with the best and most convaluted storylines you've ever heard, but damn does he make it awesome. I love the MGS franchise, and if I had to pick one for them to put on the 3DS it would probably be Twin Snakes. But I'm not going to complain if what I get is Snake Eater. Since chronologically Snake Eater comes before Twin Snakes maybe we'll see a 3D remake of all three original games. The comparison screenshots between the 3DS and the ps2 version are astounding. The ps2 version looks like they took the 3DS version, ate it, and crapped it out the other end before selling it. If you're a fan of MGS this is going to be a must buy.

 

NUMBER 2:

Tales of the Abyss

Tales of the Abyss is a ps2 game that I never got the chance to play, but being a huge fan of the Tales series it's one I really wanna check out. They're not doing anything fancy with this game though. It's more of a port than a remake with the same graphics as the ps2 version, but I'll take it. Tales of Vesperia has been my favorite tales game so far, but I've heard that this one is even better. I'll have to wait and see for myself, but it hasn't even been confirmed to be comig statestide yet. I guess we'll have to wait and see, but if it does make it over here you can bet I'll be getting it day  one. 

And the moment you read all this way for...........

 

 

NUMBER 1:

The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time 3D

I've always been a huge fan of The Legend of Zelda even since I was a wee lad. I used to play A Link to the Past every day after school on my SNES. But as I stated before I never had a Nintendo 64 growing up and I missed out on this game for a long time. It was only about 5 years or so ago that I actually got to play Ocarina of Time, and it was instantly turned into my favorite Zelda game of all time. It's a got a charm about it. All of the characters, environments, and sounds come together to make an unforgettable moment in time. You've got the Goro's and the Zoras. You've got the frustating water temple. You've got Navi's annoying as voice yelling at you every 5 seconds. You've got amazing bosses and a great story. At least in my opinion. It may be a "remake" of a Link to the Past, but you know what? A link to the past was good, but Ocarina of Time made it better. When this game comes out it will be getting a TON of playtime. Not to mention it comes out on my birthday, June 19th. Which just makes this releast all the more better.

 

Even though everygame on my list is a remake or a port of some other game I am still excited for some of the original games coming out for the 3DS. They just didn't make the top 5 list. Paper mario, Mario Kart 3D, Super mario 3D, Kid Icarus: uprising, and Kirby 3D are all going to be great. And that's just what's been announced so far. If support for the 3DS stays this good I'm not going to have to worry about having a good portable game until the new handhelds come out in 2018. Give or take. 

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Review: Nintendo 3DS & SSFIV 3D edition

By: grey walrus Apr 1, 2011 | 10 Comments

I bought mine on launch day, and here's what I think.

Nintendo's new 3DS. We've all been wondering and speculating as to how this was going to turn out, but now it's here and I've got mine. As you all know by now the 3DS is essentially a DS with a 3D top screen. It's graphics have been upddated, and the control layout has been changed slightly. We've now got an analog thumbstick and a "home" button. 

Much like the Wii the 3DS has a home menu with different "channels" as pictured above. You've got a 3 built in cameras. Two on the outside, and one on the inside that can be used to take pictures in either 2D or 3D. The 3D slider on the top screen of the console can be used to adjust the 3D effect from only slightly 3D to "WHOAH HOLY CRAP THIS IS BUGGING OUT MY EYES!" 3D, or if you don't like it all, it can be turned off entirely. 

 

Enough with all of the boring specs. You wanna know what you get with this thing. As pictured above you can see the 6 altered reality cards that you get with your console. The five character cards all pretty much do the same thing. The character depicted on the card will pop out of it and you can then move them around in your house or wherever you are, and it looks like the charcters chillin with you. It's really cool. You can change their size and poze with a few pre rendered selections. It's fun taking pictures of you and your friends hanging out with Link or Kirby. The "?" block card is a little different though. You place it on your table or whatever and it actually starts up a target shooting minigame that takes place wherever you are. 

 

The 3DS also comes built in with a sound studio where you can record your voice and edit it. Doing things like making it play backwards, putting filters on it, messing with the speed, and altering the pitch. It's a cool thing to mess with. You also get the game called face raiders. In face raiders you take a picture of either your face, or a picture of somebodies face around you and shoot it. You look through your 3DS screen into your house or room and attack little flying faces. Also a lot more fun that it sounds. 

 

Also much like the wii you can make Mii's on your 3DS. They haven't changed much if at all from the wii versions, but you can take a picture of yourself and have the 3DS fill in the facial features for you if you want. While this sounds cool I haven't had much luck with it. It's hard to get it to read your face at times, and the times I got it to work it wound up looking nothing like me or my friends, but that's just me I guess. Other's have had more luck with it. 

There's also the new street pass feature which is cool to use with your friends, but i haven't had any luck running into a random stranger with my 3DS yet so... maybe that one will come into play more as more consoles sell. And one final feature of the 3DS is the friend codes. They're back, but wih the 3DS you can actually see when your friends are online... not that that really does anything for you. You can't message them or anything, but that might show up later as well. 

 

Overall I'm very satisfied with my 3DS the $250.00 price tag is a bit out of range for a lot of people considering it's only a handheld, but that's the same price the wii when it was launched, but I think the 3DS has much more potential.  The graphics are phenomanal, the games announced for it are amazing, and everything I've heard about it so far has been good news. 

VERDICT: BUY IT!

 

On to bigger and better things though. 

 

I've played a few of the launch titles for the 3DS, but this is definitely the one to own. We've all seen countless reviews on SSFIV and honestly not much has changed, and that's.... a good thing.

 

I was a bit weary about buying SSFIV 3D edition considering that I already own the better version on the console, but it's awesome. Almost nothing has been left out of this port. The only thing that has been forgotten was the Japanese voice option, but honestly that's understandable. Trial mode, online, bonus stages, arcade, and even the first 2 alts for all of the vanilla charcters are there, and the first alt for each super character are there. This game has it all.

GRAPHICS: SSFIV 3D editon looks great. It might not be quite as good looking as the console versions, but for a handheld it looks fantastic. It's definitely one of the best looking handheld ports I've ever seen. The only draw back is the static backgrounds, but even that isn't really too big of a deal. The 3D really makes the characters pop out, and it makes the menus look awesome. Everything kind of layers out and stands on top of eachother and that's cool

SOUND: It's the same. it's all here. There's a glitch at the drive-in at night where it'll only loop through a 16 second sound clip, and that can get annoying, but just turn your sound off for the fight and enjoy the game.

I'm not really going to go through any more of the specifics because honestly. This is the console version portable. There's really not much more to say about it. If you like the console version and you buy a 3DS, you're going to like this game. The online is good. I've played about 50 matches and only a couple of them have lagged so far. The control stick takes some getting used to, but it works out in the end. 

 

The new over the shoulder view is cool to mess around with, but if you're a hardcore player you're not going to like it at all. It's too hard to tell where your spacing is, and it makes pokes almost impossible. If you're a hardcore player I'd say try it out,but don't try any serious training with it or you'll just get frustrated. 

 

Even the achievements are back. Do they do anything? no, but they're there. The new street pass figurine fighting mode is something I can't really comment on at this time because I haven't gotten to fight anybody that way yet. On the upside the figures are kind of cool to look at, and If you don't wanna mess with it you don't have to. 

VERDICT: BUY IT!

It's the same game only portable, and while that might not sound very cool to some, it actually is. 

 

Jimmy Notes, and a few extra tidbits:

3DS Pros:

  • Good graphics
  • Good sound/speakers
  • Altered reality games are fun and innovative
  • Cons:
  • Not many good launch titles
  • Internet browser/Netflix not yet usable

SSFIV 3D edition Pro's:

  • Good graphics
  • It's SSFIV
  • Good sound
  • It's SSFIV
  • everything's still there
  • IT'S SSFIV!!!!!

Con's:

  • Not really anything new
  • static backgrounds
  • Music Glitch

 

The 3DS and SSFIV 3D edition are both fantastic. If you have the extra money and you're thinking of picking them up then do it. You won't be disapointed. 

BUY IT! BUY IT! BUY IT!\

There's a lot to cover when talking about a brand new console so I probably missed some stuff. If you have any questions just ask in the comments and I'll get back to you. 

Let us know what you think. Don't be a Jimmy!

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Hulk's standing fierce hit box

By: grey walrus Mar 15, 2011 | 13 Comments

If you still don't think this game is broken take a look at this.

 

Not only is this a massive hit box. But this move has armor. WTF?!?!??!

Let us know what you think in the comments. Don't be a Jimmy. 

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