Startup companies these days entice investors using numbers, in the case of online service and app startups, high user subscription/followers is what brings value and visibility. Word on the street was that Twitch was once a tiny and highly unsecure office back in its early days, with such a strong lack of security that someone even got away with stealing complete PC setups there without any delays.

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Ubisoft’s The Division “Biggest first week ever for a new franchise game.”

were the headlines for the first few days of The Division’s launch, soon then followed by articles and articles of exploits, tips, reviews, videos, you name it and it’s been uploaded, published and/or made. So far The Division has had a non stop hurricane of an active community being driven by one of the craziest hype trains that the gaming world has ever seen and is still being fueled every second of every minute of every day and it has only been two weeks. A new franchise that has been killing it and living up to it’s hype, yet at the same time not coming through with it. A game so good that it deserves a 10, but at the same time deserves a 7 for not living up to what it had promised. It’s a confusing game to review, dull and lacking, yet one of the most fun I’ve had in a long time. It’s perfect, yet oh so not? It’s really hard to pin point where The Division went right, but so easy to see where it went wrong, but in the end this is a video game. So if it game can be satisfying enough to feel like a 10, while being a 7, then….. The game has done it’s job right? It’s lived up to what it’s meant to be? Probably to the point that it would deserve a 10?

The Division is a game with so much promise and a bright future ahead of it

If Ubisoft isn’t dumb enough to not let it slip through there fingers, The Division is a game that can be the backbone that Ubisoft has been looking for since the launch and milking of the Assassins Creed and Far Cry franchise. It’s what Ubisoft needed, it’s what a few of the AAA studios wished they came up with, but didn’t. It’s what Bungie wished they had in their hands, but don’t. A orgasmic open world of life, that never takes you out of the game with horrible load screens and match making menus, unless you are setting up a team for challenges and allow it to. It is probably the first game to organically fuse single player and multiplayer together without making them feel separate or torn apart from the world. One of the best shooters in decades, that will suck you into it’s world, without it ever coming to an end or have you walking a linear line of story telling.

The Division is driven by exploration and curiosity

But when the exploration and curiosity comes to the end, you are driven by possession and the possessing, the game of building and becoming feared and or respected. Not by the game or the story, but those who dare confront you or stray by you in the Dark Zone. Yes, The Dark Zone. A Martial Law section of New York City, that was lost due to the infestation of rioters, gangs and cleaners and now…… Agents and Rogues. You roam around this section of the game, also known as the multiplayer section of the game as you fight off mobs of enemies to get loot to suit up your character and equip him with the tools he needs to survive the new world around him. But before you can own those tools, weapons and gear, you must extract it out for it to be cleansed of the virus before it comes in contact with your hands. That’s if your hands ever come in contact with them at all, for you will either fight to keep a hold of them or at least be paranoid enough in a circle of other agents ready to drop to the savagery levels of your most worthless victims, that you have brought justice too. This is a world, where you might want to be the good guy, you might of brought down mobs of enemies and even brought Rogues down and made your agency proud, but no matter how many good deeds you have in your resume, you are going to be the bad guy no matter what. Doesn’t matter if you have standards, you will be brought to the level of survival, that’s if you want to keep what is yours, Your guns, your gear, YOUR LIFE. When time for action comes, if it ever comes to that, which trust me, it will, you will be the bad guy, Rogue or Not.

But for some, the line between bad and good is easily swept up under the rug

And kept simple and more linear. Taking all the complex things out of morality, simplifying it and titling it Rogue, well it’s at least what this game did with the rules of what makes a bad guy. Because in this world you can be a Rogue, while at the same time not being so, you can trick others into becoming what is considered in this in game world as the bad guy, by taking advantage of the good guy when you get him to accidentally become bad.  A good guy can be persuaded into dropping to your level by being tricked into becoming Rogue with simple tactics, such as letting your Rogue timer run out and then being shot, which would turn the agent into a Rogue himself or by walking into another agents line of fire, while he is fighting off mobs. Which throws off the whole I’m an Agent/Rogue ordeal. The rules of this post apocalyptic world isn’t really catered to the good or those looking for justice. You even get experience points for shooting dogs, which never seem to attack anyone, just bark at people for being hungry or territorial. You are never really good, you are more just surviving, the only time you are ever considered a good or bad guy in this game, is when someone goes rogue and is being hunted down, by the “good guy” agents. Who are only considered good guys at that moment of time in my honest opinion. Because being a Rogue aka bad guy is only defined by shooting another agent, not if you pick up and steal their loot or corner someone into falling for your evil plans in getting them to turn Rogue. There is no bad or good in this game, just wanted or un-wanted. Which makes the whole agent thing pretty worthless and kind of a lame experience, especially when you don’t even have to kill someone to becoming rogue. The whole experience of bad and good is a little too simple for a game so massive and complex, that it kind of kills off what the story has set in motion, but luckily the game play lives up, where the story does not.

Then again it is easily to bypass the story

When there is basically no story to be found other than, Bad men created a virus, set it off onto New York during Black Friday using money, everyone is dead, evacuated or in the process of being killed and you are out to find a cure before everything gets worst. Luckily for the games story, if you have done the 10 missions or so of story it has, you find out, that it is all basically an origin story, leading to scenarios and future possibilities of what The Division can become or what our agents can face, depending of what is planned for the expansions to come. There might have not been much to the campaign, but the little there was I found pretty enjoyable and the bad guys they put me up against, where pretty disturbing to the point, that I wanted to be an agent and push forward so I could hurt them or at least bring them to justice. Other than the campaign missions, the side quests became exaggeratedly repetitive to the point, that I just wanted to be done with them, but the game makes up for it with content, content that many will end up passing up. Yes, you may have collected the collectibles or maybe you are just not a fan of them in games, but have you looked into them? They are filled with content and the details of the lives of the victims of the virus. We get so see mini flashback scenes and listen to the last breaths of the people of the city living out there lives, some more tragic than others. From homeless singing Christmas Carols in the alleys to men hungry enough to feed off of the soon to be extinct dog. It’s a dynamic world with gorgeous scenery, parts of it may even come and pull at your hear strings. You can be roaming around in a blizzard or a trash infested street and find your self all of a sudden looking around and seeing that the place you decided to catch your breath at, is lifeless, grey, ash, burned out of it’s life by cleaners, it was un-real, scary, that is what this game can do to you, if you get lost in it’s amazing world, because where the game fails, the world makes up for it, I couldn’t see The Division being pulled off without it, because without it, it would of just been another Destiny.

But no matter how gorgeous and amazing the game might be, it has its faults.

In the end, we all end up looking at the same vendor up stairs in the tech wing, buying the same gold blue prints, trying to mod out the same gold guns, while roaming around in the same gold gear. Honestly the only things that stands out, the only thing that keeps the gamer from feeling like everyone else, after getting to the point of fully experiencing the game, is the clothing we all wear. We all farm the same routes, there really isn’t much to do that keeps us all from doing the same thing in the game and that is where the game comes short. The Dark Zone is too small, too lacking of experience, The Rogues get tiring, the few who are around at least, because it is un-rewarding in the end to become a Rogue, but then again, it should be un-rewarding to be a bad guy, well at least it should be, if the game didn’t hype it up as being another side to be on, other than the “good” side, The Agent side. The game also becomes really aggravating when it comes to coming up with your own weapon, will at least one that suits you, you may be one or two skills off from getting the perfect Vector or AK47, which will lead you to wasting more resources on creating more Vectors you don’t need, when there should of been an option of rolling skills on your weapon. In the end, it may feel like there are so many options to choose from, but there really isn’t, after a while you start seeing how everything is just to similar, from the gear, weapons and side missions, to the enemies we face. There is not enough variation in this game, but somehow it doesn’t matter for the time being, unless you are completely addicted to it like I am and a few others. But hopefully Ubisoft comes out with more content before the casual gamers start catching on to how empty this game really is, because when it is all said and done, it should be more then just shoot yourself from point a to point b, extract, rinse and repeat. This game should be more than that, it is more than that, We just have to hope Ubisoft makes it more than that, because oh man, this game is oh so good and I want it to be what it deserves to be.

The Division is a game that is something that must be experienced at least once.

You can not judge it by watching a stream or a YouTube video, you can’t judge it by an article or a review, give it a chance and then make up your mind for yourself, because whether this review makes it sound like it’s the worst game or the best game ever, I can promise you it is not, is it average or in between? No, it is not. Then what is it? I honestly can not tell you, I have never played a game like this before, It feels lacking and repetitive, but at the same time perfectly enjoyable with an abundance to do. But then again, you will start seeing the short comings of any game once you hit the 100 hour mark.

When it comes down to it, The Division will be put you into a world as large as GTA, Witcher, Elder Scrolls and Fallout

Without all the detailed content within the world and missions. It is a world with a few variation of enemies and few variations of game play and styles of play. Unless you decide to collect all the collectibles, the game lacks even more content, because you will end up missing out on so much story and leave you with an even more lacking experience. Either way It’s just a whole world of mobs ready for the killing and there is nothing much else to it, but why is it so good? You will have to decide that for yourself. Ubisoft has laid down a foundation for greatness, not only for The Division, but for new Twitch streamers and content creators as well, from the few days the game has been out, I can honestly tell you, we can expect nothing more then greatness in the future thanks to The Division. Lets just hope it doesn’t die down before we get a chance to see what it started, grow.

Jon Carnage sxsw greasy

As the title suggests, SXSW 2016 Gaming starts today! Back in 2012 SXSW decided to start a gaming portion of the multifaceted event. I was there for it, and man it was a rough week!

GDC has always been around the same time as SXSW making it a difficult juggle for businesses such as mine at the time, Tap.Me, to hit GDC and SXSW for coveted meetings with potential partners. It’s still a pain in the butt in 2016! Many people I know are leaving GDC to head to SXSW Gaming today, because the gaming portion of SXSW continues to grow and become more important.

One large thing that separates SXSW Gaming from most game events is after the dismal turnout for their inaugural year in 2012, the event has been open to the public since. It is one of the only truly free portions of SXSW. I recall paying about $1200 to go to the 2012 SXSW gaming event because it required an Interactive ticket. What a rip off :(, but I am happy to see it is available for everyone now.

Since my recent move to Texas, 3 weeks ago, I decided to skip my streak of GDC events and stay in Texas for SXSW. This would have been my 9th GDC in a row! Crazy.

I will be covering SXSW Gaming starting today. Please let me know if there is anything you’d like to see in depth.

Here is an animated gif of my week at SXSW thus far. Features @joncarnage , Flor (band), Break Science (band), Lucky Chops (band and pink hair dude is the sax player), Mr. Robot (TV), Keys and Krates (band), Samsung Gear VR and 360 camera, lines and lines and lines, weird people, fun people, 3 drinks (for Jason Epicpower), that kid from Billy Madison as an adult (Eddie), and swass.

btw: all these pics were taken with my new Samsung Galaxy S7. Getting a full day of battery even during SXSW!

Jared Epicpower's week at SXSW Interactive and Music

Jared Epicpower’s week at SXSW Interactive and Music

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Welcome to this weeks edition of Back At It

With your host, the one with the most, the most of what I don’t know, It just rhymed so I gave it a go, Cathew Murlock. And this week I dwelled into that horrifying thing we like to call a backlog to see what Indie gems and AAA power mongers we could find and with just a few steps we ran into one of the most elite franchises in gaming history, yes, I am talking about, GTA. And it may surprise you, that until recently I had still yet to play Grand Theft Auto V, a game I’ve wanted to play since launch, what kept me from playing it? Who knows, but luckily it was there waiting for me when I was ready to play.2016-02-26_00022

 To start off I wanted this experience to feel new

Like a GTA I never played before, so I decided to play my first play through in the stunningly marvelous feature we call FPS mode. And oh what a dynamic experience that was. I know there was backlash from the community when the feature was first announced, but trust me, it was worth implementing and worth giving a go, it was just wow. I felt immersed and right in the game, the car flips, the rolling down hills are just a few things that must be experienced first hand, even getting hit by a car. It was like VR, but without the VR, so entertaining and fun and felt new every time it happened. The fighting, the walking down streets, falling, crashing, bikes, motorcycles, you name the experience it was perfected from head to toe to fit perfectly with the First Person mode. Rockstar honestly didn’t slouch on this feature, you could just feel that they made sure it was more then a mode, that it was basically the game when you played it, not just some added broken feature that the company could brag about, no, it was an ADVENTURE and EXPERIENCE.2016-02-26_00013

But with good came the bad

Because as much as I loved the world around me, as much as I felt mind blown by every single detail they added in this game, it felt a little short and dull. This GTA was probably the first GTA since GTA 2, where I did not get sucked into the characters. I was left feeling eh, like there should of been more to it, like the game should of been longer and the only reason it wasn’t was because they decided to go a little too big and do too much with the 3 character at once feature. I love the characters, but never through out the game did I become attached to them. It was a weird feeling for a Grand Theft Auto game really. We have all fell attached to the silent protagonist in GTA 3 and even his enemies, along with the characters in Vice City, San Andrea’s and GTA IV, but for some reason I really couldn’t get into these new faces or lives. The majority of the time I just wanted Michael’s whole family just to burn in a horribly caused accident, because they really didn’t bring anything to the table, other than annoyance. I know GTA is meant to be a parody of films or at least a homage, but this whole game actually felt like a long drawn joke. Where by the end, your just like, well that happened, it’s over. The game wasn’t bad by any means, it just wasn’t GTA and by that I mean, it just wasn’t special. The story was too short for there own good and the characters felt expendable, Uh, I don’t know how to explain it other that this campaign might be the first underwhelming GTA campaign that I have ever played.

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It is understandable why they have basically skipped bringing out any DLC

Being basic clothing items to an actual new story missions to the GTA V campaign. Since with this GTA, so far it has felt like it was molded and created for this new generation of gamers, as in Rockstar has focused on the money maker, the main selling point this day in age for the franchise, GTA Online. Yes, sadly Rockstar has joined the rest of the triple A studios in abandoning the campaign and focusing all there time on the multiplayer aspect. The story felt short and dull for the campaign, but everything about online has felt bright and vivid so far and is basically all you see gamers play on Twitch or on there spare time when it comes to GTA V, It is also the only one out of the two, Online and Campaign, that is getting any support at all. It was even announced, that it’s the reason they have delayed/not coming out with any campaign DLC as well, basically, it’s not worth there time and effort, since it’s no longer what this gen wants to see, which in the back of my head is pretty crippling, because it’s my favorite experience in this franchise, the Campaign, but hey, we old farts, we are the past, guess we just have to say goodbye, because I doubt GTA 6 will cater to us next time around at all.

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In the end, I kind of wish that I hadn’t played GTA V

I enjoyed the world in it’s glorious FPSness, Thought the story was decent enough, glad to have played and watched the characters go through there dramas, but to see that my favorite genre was falling to the new age kind of hurt. Sure GTA Online is popular and great, but from seeing how much support it gets compared to the campaign, I just have a gut feeling that the future holds nothing positive for us old GTA story mode loving fans.2016-02-26_00028

BAI is my backlog segment Back At It

Where I play one of the hundred of games shoved away in one of my many love dungeons (Steam, Origin, Uplay etc.) and describe my experience, thoughts and/or feelings about what I have played, I don’t like to keep it suit and tie, basically loose and random, not so professional, I don’t want my articles to be This is a review, blah blah blah these are the rules, this is the format, no, because this isn’t a review, It’s just a tool to open a discussion with you guys and get you to tell me your experience with the game currently being talked about or played. And also have it as a gateway to getting me to play many more games that I have left abandoned for far too long in may backlog.

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So please, let me know your experience of GTA V

Does it feel like the campaign will be abandoned completely in the future? What are your opinions on Rockstar not having any plans for any campaign DLC? Let me know in the comments below.

My road to the Oculus began a late stormy night, a strange man knocked on my door, he said “Ay mang, you wanna buy some snicker doodles” and I was all like ” Yes sir, I would love some snicker doodles.” so I bought some snicker doodles, but anyways. I went back to my super epic command center, which is where I do my super awesome Epicpowergaming.com reading ( All The Adverts! all up in ya! ) When Oculus twittered tweeted “Bruh, we started from the bottom and now we will be here in 2 days.” so I made sure to get on that. So after doing the time glitch like in Animal Crossing the Oculus was finally upon me! 3,2,1 …… Wait what! The site won’t load, $600! $680 with tax and shipping! What is all this nonsense! It was a  raging shit storm of angry rakins t bagging confused Sony fans at a no online service contest.

I started to question my self and also questioning if I really wanted the Oculus after all, two different subjects I know, but why not throw it in anyways, but that is besides the point. The point is as much as the future of gaming is VR, as much as I have wanted this gaming experience in my life since Disney’s Blank check and The First Kid, not to be forgotten the marvelous show VR Troopers. Did I really want it that much? Did I want it enough that I would drop $700 in a seconds notice, even though the library of games announced are trash and that there are rumors of the Vive being 10x more powerful? Well, of course, duh. But then again all it really was, was a pre order, no reason in beating myself up over the decision, I have a month and a half to cancel if I decide to change my mind. But I promise you this, I will be keeping my eyes peeled throughout the next few weeks and making my decision with which VR headset I decide to go with, because no matter what, VR gaming will be in my future, whether it’s the Vive or Oculus. Though the time is upon us to head to the other side, Hello….. can you here me…. I’m in California dreaming of what VR can finally be…

There is still time to decide and see, do you want the hype of the future to fall flat with the decision you make or do you watch carefully and make sure it’s everything you dreamt of it being. Because the last thing you want is to power a fail machine and turn a company into an un-reliable hardware distributor that everyone throws there money at, at the launch of every new device, that is just an updated broken piece of garbage as the last version they put out. Wow, where is that anger coming from? Oh it’s nothing, it’s not like the majority of us haven’t been screwed over time and time again by Microsoft, RRod Xbox 360, Broken sound in the headset Jack problem in there Surface tablets and not to mention there very very sorry excuse of an app store that has nothing in it. How can you even call it a tablet when you can’t even support Pandora or Spotify, along with a number of many other basic services we get from our android/ios counterparts. Yes, yes, I know off topic, but is it really? We are venturing into a company, a brand new company, that is just now starting there app service, that has a dashboard in the rift or that will be available for it, that has no support and even if there is, we have no clue whether they will actually support it. Although my mind is still set as of now in getting the Oculus, After setting up my mothers Surface tablet and being a early Xbox 360 adapter, I see and know of the roads that the Oculus can lead. There are many what if cons that come along with it, but what about the what ifs, from the pro side?

Well lets talk about the pros then my friend. It’s owned by Facebook, it has been in development for years so there is no way it can be lacking that much power compared to the Vive, even though it wont have the apps or same Steam software compared to HTC’s product, it is looking into venturing in the cinematic universe as well, so why do all these things make it superior compared to the Vive? Because the Oculus has more then just video games in mind, it has the same dream and idealism that Facebook and Twitter had when they where both let loose upon us. They are going beyond the blue print of Virtual Gaming and trying to bring us into the world of Virtual Reality. What does that mean you may ask? Well as of now, Twitch is already working on becoming VR/Oculus compatible, Facebook will most likely become VR compatible and I have no doubt in my mind, that many are following suit and I honestly hope they do. Because Virtual Reality should go far beyond gaming. Because whether you disagree or not, it’s not really a Virtual Reality if it’s over at Game Over.

We can go beyond gaming, we can take Virtual Reality to new heights, to a marvelous new form of education and a new way of interaction and showing affection. Soldiers being able to physically interact with there children, Teachers being able to reach out to children all across the world and be there in person through virtual reality, though for now the Oculus is too expensive to do such things, it will become accessible to all at one point, but I agree it can’t come soon enough.

Reality is upon us my friends, Embrace it.

The big N might of been in a rut these last two gens, but Nintendo is looking to strike back, but not with one of it’s old franchise alumni, no, not this time. For the last few years, Yo Kai Watch has been the hit series in Japan, Big enough to take over a McDonalds menu with toys and themed designed restaurants, the whole Shamwow! So big, that it has even left Pokemon in a dust of smoke, whimpering for someone to come back and hug it and tell it they love em……. But, I’m sorry to tell you ash, we have moved on.

Toys, gizmo’s, apps, games, games, games, Tv Show, horrible weekly televised intro theme music! it’s coming and it’s coming hard, no wait! It’s already hear! It’s just been hibernating in Japan for the last few years, but has just now started it’s migration as it teams up with Hasbro and Disney to hit you hard with merchandising and a brand new Television series for your children to fall in love with and throw your hard earned money away at brand new plush toys and collectible card building decks, that will one day be as worthless as a 1st edition holographic Charizard! Yeah, I said it! You got to catch them all and you have to sell off your kidneys to afford it all! Life is joyous! Yaaaaaaaay!

It all seems a little to familiar right? I remember the hype, I remember the advertising, I remember the dual launch game releases, but where from? Oh that’s right, POKEMON! Come on, can we really blame Nintendo for taking such a franchise and forcing it to go head on, in an all out ultimate boss battle against your already bleeding wallets? It’s the grand money maker of all money makers,It’s Pokemone for this generation! but even though Yo Kai has the idealism’s of a tired franchise behind them, will it really last? Pokemon did something no franchise has ever been able to do, to an extent that it will most likely never be replicated, no matter how hard Yo Kai tries. Pokemon had the chemistry of the character designs, character names, games, shows, all being one and perfect as a whole, While Yo Kai has a dull feeling of try hardness and dull looking rushed money making character designs, that are either generic or bleh, why.

But most likely we are not the target audience or else…. would this franchise really have been able to grow as big as it has? Or are we the targets? This is the Pokemon hype nostalgia we had grown up with and spent all our spare time on with our friends, the same nostalgia that had us going to Toys R’ Us all these years for limited in game sprites, that where only there to lure us into a store to buy more of it’s merchandising.

So be prepared, the storm is coming, with a franchise that is already on it’s 2nd installment in Japan, with the 3rd already have been announced, with spin off games that have two colored versions, Red Cat Troupe and White Dog to choose from, The spin-off game also pays homage to the ghost busters franchise with it’s very own Marshmallow Man boss and lets not forget the title of the game (Yo Kai Watch Busters) and the cat character dressed in the Ghost Busters Uniform with it’s very own Proton Gun. And to make things that much sweeter and it has the implemented feature of getting hype, the most important feature, Multiplayer! because without it, how else would you be able to be stuck in a loop of hypnotism, as you and your friends convince each other that you really need that brand new Yo Kai Watch Amiibo Watch OctoDadness Hoverboard Rocket Launcher? Spend all the moneys!!!!!! Yo Kai Watch is available now for the 3Ds, along with it’s 3rd episode of it’s first season which are watchable every Thursday on YouTube for free, so get hyped, buy the things and get your collectible watch near you! Keep it ham sandwich and have a good day!

This is Audrey, the only living dweller in my build, she always greets me by name, the only name I live by. #Fear The Beast #SplashScreen #CustomSplashScreen #BlackAndOrange #PcBuild #EpicpowerGaming

This baby come straight from the mind of Johnny Thizzlam or as he is better known in the Epicpower fungeon dungeons as Cathew Murlock. We take a closer look at the parts he chose for his specific ITX build and why he chose them.

One more thing before we go on forward on this wonderful venture of MURDER! I mean, super pleasant awesome things…. This is not, I repeat myself not, a How To Build Guide, this is more along the lines of a show and tell, so to my Epicpowernauts, I say, ENJOY.

P.S. Click The pictures for the individual articles.

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Chassis : Bitfenix Prodigy Orange

(The love of choosing a case and honoring the craftsmanship behind it)

GPU & Cooling : Sapphire Dual-X Radeon R9 280X

(How I solved my GPU’s over heating problems)

Motherboard & Peripherals : Gigabyte GA-B85N Pheonix Wifi

( When future proofing, think of the boards compatible with your case )

Os & The Art Of Drives : Windows 10

( Your PC keeps crashing? try letting your HDD breath and use multiple )

PERSONALIZING IT

At the end of the day, I did spend a little more on places where I could of saved, but after all is said and done, I don’t stress it, especially since, I still saved more then the average PC builder, especially since everyone usually buys new parts to begin with, but, yes, I could of saved, could of build me a beast under $600, while this one just cost me a little under $700. Will I continue to upgrade it? Of course, but for now it will all be exterior and for show.

Now let me show you some of the little things that I did to help the whole themed experience come together and flow not only from the physicality of my PC. but into the dashboard of it as well.

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