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OUYA micro-console is £79.99 at Amazon & GAME, save £20 (or don't)

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Jonathan Lester
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OUYA micro-console is £79.99 at Amazon & GAME, save £20 (or don't)

OUYA console | Amazon & GAME | £79.99 (save £20)
OUYA Review |  Three months on, still a £100 punt

Cards on the table: I'm ready to call 'time' on the OUYA as a home console. The thrill of backing the device has worn off, leaving us with an underpowered if gorgeous Android-powered cube with an anaemic games library and dwindling support, not helped by some atrocious management decisions and PR over the last few months. Be sure to read our extensive reviews and retrospectives to find out why (links above).

However, for £79.99, you might find that the OUYA becomes a neat little box for XBMC, media streaming (nothing too intensive, though) and emulation. Not that any of you fine upstanding people have a bunch of ROMs just sitting around, of course. Thanks to cooliusxp @ HUKD!

UPDATE: It's also £79.99 from GAME. Thanks to Chris Vint for the heads-up!

OUYA darling Towerfall jumps ship for PS4 & PC next month

Author:
Jonathan Lester
Category:
News
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Local multiplayer, Matt Makes Games, multiplayer games, Ouya, OUYA games, PC, PC games, PS4, PS4 games

OUYA darling Towerfall jumps ship for PS4 & PC next month

The OUYA's selection of true exclusives is thin on the ground, but Towerfall is easily the jewel in its crown (alongside a superb redux version of MirrorMoon EP). This superb local multiplayer experience toes the line between brawlers and artillery games, throwing you and three friends into nuanced arenas armed with a fistful of arrows and unique character classes.

It's fantastic, hectic old-school fun... and is about to massively expand its audience by jumping to PS4 and PC as an enhanced version with new cooperative shenanigans, powerups and arenas.

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Pay what you want for Rose & Time on PC & OUYA

Author:
Jonathan Lester
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Deals
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Indie Games, Ouya, OUYA games, PC, PC games, Puzzle games

Pay what you want for Rose & Time on PC & OUYA

Rose & Time | Official Site | Pay what you want

Rose & Time is one of the OUYA's most impressive exclusives: a cerebral time-manipulating puzzler that encourages you to think in four dimensions as you avoid running into paradoxical alternate versions of yourself  with stealth and brainpower. Oh, and like most of OUYA's exclusives, it's also now available on Windows PC, Mac and Linux. You can now pay any amount of money for every version of the game on Sophie Holden's website, down to an optional £0.00. Remember that a real person worked hard on making it before choosing a price, though.

Soul Fjord Review | Has OUYA Got Its Groove Back?

Author:
Jonathan Lester
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Reviews
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Airtight Games, Free to play, Ouya, OUYA games, Rhythm games, Roguelike, RPG

Soul Fjord Review | Has OUYA Got Its Groove Back?

Platform: OUYA

Developer: Airtight Games

OUYA needs exclusives like Toejam needs Earl. Following months of what can charitably be described as plucky fumbling, the Kickstarted cube is struggling to find its calling as more than an XBMC box, emulation station or novelty paperweight. For those of us who backed the console, there's been precious little to get fired up about beyond a few cracking titles that are readily available on other platforms. Those groovy crowd funding days are just a distant memory now.

So when the creator of Portal announced an OUYA exclusive action RPG... featuring funky Vikings... and rhythm-based combat... and sweet fresh jams scored by Journey's Austin Wintory... you'd better believe we scampered straight into the office cupboard to locate where we'd stashed the power cable. We eventually found it wedged between our dusty Leap Motion unit and my personal bag of John Carmack's hair clippings [I'm not actually sure if he's joking - Ed].

Soul Fjord Review | Has OUYA Got Its Groove Back?

Soul Fjord is a funky take on Norse Mythology, an epic saga directed like a cheesy 70s Blaxploitation flick. After legendary warrior Magnus Jones dies and finds himself barred from the disco at the top of the World Tree by a chump bouncer, he embarks on an quest throughout a selection of procedurally generated dungeons, matching the rhythm of his attacks to the beat of the funkified soundtrack; with the ultimate goal of ascending back to the top and funk eternal. It's a little like a blend between Dungeon Hunters, Patapon and the original Toejam & Earl, perhaps, only Toejam is now a fly Viking sporting a massive axe and afro to match.

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Game Buzz | Episode 57 - PS4 vs. Xbox One: The Ultimate Showdown

Author:
Matt Gardner
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News
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Game Buzz, Ouya, Podcast, PS4, PWNCAST, Xbox One

Game Buzz | Episode 57 - PS4 vs. Xbox One: The Ultimate Showdown

This week on Game Buzz we take a look at the first wave of record-breaking next-gen sales reports, we ponder OUYA's plucky new initiative, and we work out a definitive answer to the most pressing question of the hour: Which is better -- PS4 or Xbox One?

Game Buzz | Episode 57 - PS4 vs. Xbox One: The Ultimate Showdown. Recorded 6th December, 2013.

Parental Advisory: We've tried to keep it as conversational and informal as possible, and you should be warned that there may be some instances of strong language.

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There Are Now 500 Games On OUYA (And Some Of Them Are Decent!)

Author:
Jonathan Lester
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News
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Ouya

OUYA has proudly announced that more than 500 games are now available to download on their proprietary marketplace. Spanning a few interesting exclusives, a whole heap of shonky Android ports and some cross-platform gems like MirrorMoon EP, it's a rather odd lineup that reminds me very strongly of Xbox Live Indie Games. Which I actually like, by the way.

However, we're still not convinced that the OUYA is a wise investment right now. You can read our massive hardware review and follow-up opinion piece to find out why.

Biscuit Buzz | Episode 52 - PS4 = Xbox One

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Matt Gardner
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News
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Biscuits, Call Of Duty, Devil May Cry 5, DLC, Dragon's Dogma 2?, Game Buzz, Mark Rubin, Next-gen, Ouya, Podcast, Pokémon, PS4, PWNCAST, Xbox One

Biscuit Buzz | Episode 52 - PS4 = Xbox One

Oh man, this week on Game Buzz it all kicks off as we debate the hottest discussion topic of the year: which is the best gaming biscuit.

Elsewhere, we chat about Shinji Mikami's comments regarding the differences between the PS4 and Xbox One, and how there aren't any; we lament the "young" and "scrappy" OUYA's misfortunes and ask if there's actually a market out there for microconsoles; we discuss Pokemon and how wonderful it is that Game Freak have nixed the notion of DLC; and in light of Mark Rubin's remarks about some COD players not identifying themselves as gamers, we question why that should provoke any reaction whatsoever.

We also profess our love for everything that's in Hideaki Itsuno's head.

Biscuit Buzz | Episode 52 - PS4 = Xbox One. Recorded 25th October, 2013.

Parental Advisory: We've tried to keep it as conversational and informal as possible, and you should be warned that there may be some instances of strong language.

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OUYA: "We Made A Lot Of Mistakes"...

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Jonathan Lester
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News
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Julie Uhrman, Ouya

OUYA: "We Made A Lot Of Mistakes"...

...And "We're Gonna Continue To Make Them"

OUYA boss Julie Uhrman has 'fessed up to making "a ton of mistakes" during the Kickstarted console's launch and the months thereafter, but is convinced that the "young" and "scrappy" company will make good on the silver cube's potential by sticking to their guns.

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Game Buzz | Episode 50 - Uncharted: Better With Kinect

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Matt Gardner
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News
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Console Exclusives, Game Buzz, GTA Online, Kinect, Microsoft, Nintendo, Ouya, PlayStation Camera, Podcast, PS4, PWNCAST, Sony, Wii U, Xbox One

Game Buzz | Episode 50 - Uncharted: Better With Kinect

This week on Game Buzz we shamelessly plug our recent GTA Online shenanigans; we chat about Phil Spencer's tantalising tease of the possibility of Xbox-PC crossover gaming as well as the planned implementation of mouse/keyboard functionality for the Xbone; we also take a look at Sony's approach to their console camera and Adam Boyes' bizarre statement about console exclusives; and we laugh at the Mad Catz MOJO's outlandish price point, which somehow manages to make the Nvidia Shield look like a good value proposition.

And we cheer the fact that Sleeping Dogs is getting a sequel! Wooooooo!

Game Buzz | Episode 50 - Uncharted: Better With Kinect. Recorded 11th October, 2013.

Parental Advisory: We've tried to keep it as conversational and informal as possible, and you should be warned that there may be some instances of strong language.

NB. Due to recent server migration, we still currently don't have access to the FTP so the YouTube embed is the only source for this week's podcast. We will, however be attempting to rectify this as soon as possible.

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Dev Session Videos From Eurogamer Expo - Day 4

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Brendan Griffiths
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News
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Eurogamer Expo 2013, Murdered: Soul Suspect, Ouya, Project GODUS, Thief, Wasteland Kings

Dev Session Videos From Eurogamer Expo - Day 4

Here's my final roundup of the Developer Session videos from this year's Eurogamer Expo. Don't forget to check out the coverage from Day 1, Day 2 and Day 3 too. As I mentioned earlier, you can watch them through your PS3 or 360 on your TV by clicking the 'Watch Later' icon (the little clock in the lower right corner). Trust me , it's much easier than using the terrible search option on the consoles. Here's a list of the final sessions:

  • Project Godus (Peter Molyneux)
  • Thief (Eidos Montreal)
  • Murdered: Soul Suspect (Airtight Games)
  • The Future of Ouya (Julie Uhrman)
  • PS4 Indie: Wasteland Kings (Vlambeer)
  • Eurogamer Indie Podcast (various devs and EG writers)
Click here to see the videos.

COMMENT | OUYA: Three Months On, Still A £100 Punt

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Jonathan Lester
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Features
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COMMENT | OUYA: Three Months On, Still A £100 Punt

I described the OUYA as a "punt" in our exhaustive launch review. It's an ugly and unsubtle word, but the slipper fits Boxer8's cubic console like a... glove? No, that doesn't work. A sock, perhaps. Regardless, the OUYA simply didn't justify its admittedly affordable expense at launch, instead learning on its potential for Android homebrew applications and the promise of incoming software as its sole selling point. Indeed, drawing on the great Eric Clapton, I suggested it was "running on faith" ever since those heady Kickstarter days.

Three months on, and I'm disappointed to report that this faith hasn't yet been justified. Indeed, what was hailed as an indie revolution is actually more difficult to recommend now.

That's not to say nothing has changed. Far from it, since some new software, more games and UI updates have made their way to the OUYA over the last few weeks. It's therefore time to take an in-depth look at some of the new features and stand-out applications... and why, sadly, you probably shouldn't buy one. At least, not yet.

COMMENT | OUYA: Three Months On, Still A £100 Punt

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OUYA Under Fire Over Free The Games Fund Controversy

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Jonathan Lester
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News
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Controversy, Free The Games Fund, Indie Games, Kickstarter, Ouya

OUYA Under Fire Over Free The Games Fund Controversy

Development Community Up In Arms

The OUYA desperately needs more exclusives, so what better way to secure some than promising to match Kickstarter pledges for OUYA exclusives that attracted $50,000? Right?

Wrong. Unfortunately the Free The Games Fund scheme is taking flack from all sides now that its fundamental flaws are exposed: namely that unscrupulous studios can just set up numerous alternate Kickstarter accounts for themselves, friends and families, back their near-complete game and let OUYA automatically double their funding. More to the point, numerous more deserving projects are still flying under the radar. The development community is not best pleased, to the point of removing their games from the marketplace.

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XBMC Launches On OUYA

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Jonathan Lester
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News
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Entertainment, Media, Ouya, XBMC

XBMC Launches On OUYA

Just a quickie: I know that many of you were excited about the OUYA's potential for becoming an inexpensive media hub, so you should know that the official free XBMC app is now available on the marketplace. Good news for those of us who haven't already side-loaded the APK, and remember that the cubic console actually still exists.

OUYA launched to muted reception back in July, its thunder somewhat stolen by the next console generation. I'll be revisiting it soon, since a number of UI update have taken place since release. More details in our exhaustive OUYA review.

OUYA: 27% Of Buyers Have Spent Money On Games

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Jonathan Lester
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News
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Free to play, Ouya

OUYA: 27% Of Buyers Have Spent Money On Games

Every OUYA game is free to play in some capacity, and it's clearly resonating with the user base - just over a quarter of whom have actually spent money to buy or unlock a game on the marketplace.

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OUYA Pledges To Match Kickstarter Successes In Exclusive Drive

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Jonathan Lester
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News
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Kickstarter, Ouya

OUYA Pledges To Match Kickstarter Successes In Exclusive Drive

The OUYA desperately needs more compelling exclusives, and it needs them yesterday. To this end, the company has promised to match any game's Kickstarter total if it becomes a 6-month timed exclusive.

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OUYA Review | Running On Faith

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Jonathan Lester
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Reviews
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Android, Boxer8, console, EVAC, Final Fantasy III, Hardware review, Kickstarter, Knightmare Tower, Ouya, Shadowgun, TowerFall

OUYA Review | Running On Faith

The OUYA released worldwide last week, and that fact alone is worth raising a glass to. Flying in the face of conventional wisdom, Julie Uhrman and company proved that you can create, manufacture and launch a console on the kindness of strangers; promising to disrupt the staid conventions with affordable hardware, free-to-try games and an open approach to ownership. Having backed the campaign myself, I'm genuinely proud to have been a part of this grand endeavour.

Now, however, we have to evaluate the OUYA as a viable console rather than a lovely idea.

Turning up is only half the battle. The Kickstarted cube now faces several tough challenges to cement its place in the living room, and to prove its worth as a £99 investment in gaming pleasure rather than a niche curio. Over what we hope will be an exhaustive review, we're going to look at the OUYA hardware, software and even dismantle the whole thing to come to a final verdict.

Please note that the 'Build Quality & Specifications' section has been transplanted from our OUYA pre-launch review because its still relevant (and I don't bill by wordcount).

Build Quality & Specifications

OUYA Review | Running On Faith

In terms of initial impressions, OUYA plays an absolute blinder. It's a devastatingly elegant machine; a simple yet complex minimalist shape that leads the eye with subtle rounded curves thanks to input from veteran designer Yves Behar. Sure, the OUYA is essentially a cube, but somehow manages to look utterly gorgeous when you're able to appreciate it first-hand.

Once emancipated from the box, the stunning good looks are accompanied by solid, rattle-free build quality and a pleasing sense of weight and heft (admittedly due to some metal plates screwed to the interior of the case as ballast, which I discovered when I disassembled the unit - more on that later).

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Game Buzz | Episode 37 - Hyper Controversy Super Remix Gaiden HD

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Matt Gardner
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News
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Atlus, Game Buzz, Headset, Indie Games, Microsoft, Ouya, Podcast, PS4, PWNCAST, Sony, Xbox One

Game Buzz | Episode 37 - Hyper Controversy Super Remix Gaiden HD

It's been a slow news week, but we still find time on Game Buzz to chat about the headset controversy over the Xbox One peripheral, Microsoft's quiet change in policies regarding game patching, Sony's ditching of the PS4 camera to produce a price cut, Atlus' parent company's woes, and the launch of the OUYA.

Game Buzz | Episode 37 - Hyper Controversy Super Remix Gaiden HD. Recorded 28th June, 2013.

Parental Advisory: We've tried to keep it as conversational and informal as possible, and you should be warned that there may be some instances of strong language.

Click the banner or the title link above to play the podcast, or right click and select 'Save Link As' to download the file onto your hard drive.

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OUYA Officially Out Now

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Jonathan Lester
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News
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Ouya

OUYA Officially Out Now

The OUYA micro-console has enjoyed its official retail launch in the US and Europe today, available in the UK exclusively from GAME. The inexpensive silver cube brings Android gaming to your television, though still seriously needs to get its act together in terms of providing a strong games lineup.

OUYA's OS and marketplace have seriously improved since our cautiously optimistic pre-launch review via the magic of firmware updates. I'll endeavour to bring you our final verdict on the Kickstarted console soon.

Top Ten Tuesdays | Essential Free OUYA Apps

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Jonathan Lester
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Features
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Blue Board, EVAC, Free to play, Indie Games, Ouya, Sci-Fighters, Top Ten, Top Ten Tuesdays, TuneIn, Vector

Top Ten Tuesdays | Essential Free OUYA Apps

OUYA is set to hit retail at the end of this month, and as a backer, I've already had an extensive look at the Kickstarted cube both inside and out. This cut-price alternative promises to distrupt traditional consoles with an inclusive take on homebrew and free-to-play development, with every title available to download for free and playable in some form (whether a timed trial, or via microtransactions). Though the pre-launch software lineup is a little on the anaemic side, there's still a number of completely free applications on the marketplace, both in terms of games and handy applications that allow you to make the most of the little cubic contender.

So, to get you started, here are ten fantastic free OUYA games and applications that should net you hours of fun without having to pay a single penny (though a donation to the hard-working developers probably isn't too much to ask...).

Whether you're a Kickstarter backer or are thinking of hopping on the bandwagon at launch, hopefully you'll be able to hit the ground running.

10: Vector

Top Ten Tuesdays | Essential Free OUYA Apps

If Vector looks great on Android phones, its big-screen debut is something else. Sporting gorgeous visuals and plenty of unlocks, this Canabalt-inspired parkour platformer packs fluid animations, detailed backdrops, involving gameplay and loads of content for absolutely free.

Hardware optimisation needs work, though, as evidenced by a stuttering frame rate.

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OUYA Pre-Launch Review & Impressions | Beautiful Inside & Out... But Will It Be Ready?

Author:
Jonathan Lester
Category:
Features
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Android, Boxer8, Crowd Funding, Games consoles, Kickstarter, Ouya

OUYA Pre-Launch Review & Impressions | Beautiful Inside & Out... But Will It Be Ready?

What a ride. The OUYA leapt onto the public stage thanks to one of the most successful crowd funding campaigns of all time, raising an extraordinary amount of money for an extraordinary device. Following months of development, several weeks of frenzied manufacturing and worldwide shipping, all backer units have now been dispatched, and our adorable little cube has finally arrived.

But now the dust has settled and we're able to get to grips with the shiny new hardware. We've exhaustively tested the OUYA to the point of disassembling it; keen to explore its interface, marketplace and potential as a disruptive game-changing platform. A thorn in the side of the big boys, perhaps.

Before we begin, we need to make one thing very clear. Not only are these backer units potentially different from the retail model in hardware terms, but the firmware and game selection will also be radically improving in the month before launch. As such, this is an in-depth look at the OUYA in its current state, features, hardware, interface, games and perhaps what to expect come the end of June. Not a value judgement or final verdict.

Which is a good thing too, because while the foundations are present and correct, Boxer8 have their work cut out over the next few weeks.

OUYA Pre-Launch Review & Impressions | Beautiful Inside & Out... But Will It Be Ready?

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