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Lightning

Watch Lightning try to lifelessly sell a Louis Vuitton handbag


Haha what
Dec 26
// Chris Carter
Square Enix has partnered with French fashion house Louis Vuitton to sell...outfits and handbags, apparently. This new video was created by Visual Works, and shows Lightning in a variety of Vuitton merch. Lest you believe this is fake, multiple signs point to this being actually real. This is the best/worst Christmas gift of all. Lightning can never truly die. Nicolas Ghesquiere [Twitter]
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Humble Bundle

Square Enix's newest Humble Bundle is worth a look


That $1 tier!
Dec 22
// Jordan Devore
Square Enix is back for yet another Humble Bundle. You probably own at least some of these by now, but if not, your patience has paid off. Pay $1 or more: The Last Remnant Life is Strange Episode 1 Tomb Raider I, II, and III...

Here are some of the best in-game winter events running right now

Dec 21 // Joe Parlock
Neverwinter: The Winter Festival The Dungeons & Dragons MMO for PC and Xbox One has already launched its winter event on December 17. This year sees the return of the Winter Festival of Simril, a lovely little snowy fair full of mini-games and prizes. Claiming a present each day from the Giftmaster in Twilight Tor will nab you a whole load of free stuff, including new mounts and clothing, without having to do much work. While this event also ran last year, some new quests and areas have been added to celebrate the recent-ish release of the Underdark expansion, so there’s more to check out if you thought you’d done everything last year. The Winter Festival will run until January 7. World of Warcraft: Feast of Winter Veil Feast of the Winter Veil is a long-standing tradition in World of Warcraft, and once again the event brings with it new quests and loot up for grabs. If you’re Alliance head to Ironforge, and if you’re Horde head to Orgrimmar. There, you’ll find a whole load of characters needing help setting up the festivities. Greatfather Winter needs help doing his totally-not-Santa thing, and the Jinglepocket Goblins want you to go and save Metzen the Reindeer. But best of all is some dungeon bosses will be wearing little hats which you can take for yourself. Little. Freaking. Hats. Some of the others rewards you can get include new pets, such the Clockwork Rocket Bot and the Tiny Snowman, as well as new toys like the Train Set. The Feast of Winter Veil started on December 16, and will be running through to January 2. Hearthstone: Winter Veil World of Warcraft isn’t the only one who gets the Winter Veil festival, as it’s also come to everybody’s favourite collectible card time-sink, Hearthstone. The boards have been all decked up with snow, fireplaces and fancy lights, and even the heroes are getting a bit festive with their new holiday greetings emotes.  However, the big thing is the Gift Exchange Tavern Brawl mode. Greatfather Winter drops presents and crates onto the board, and whichever player manages to destroy them will get a new 1-mana card that will grant them a card either for their own or for their opponents' class. Winning a game of Gift Exchange will net you a very festive Winter Veil Wreath card back. Unfortunately, you don’t have much longer left with the Gift Exchange, as it ends on December 21, which at the time of writing is tomorrow. If you’ve missed that though, don’t worry. The wintery boards and a holiday sale offering 50 classic packs for $50 will be running until January 6. Rift: Fae Yule Rift’s winter event is probably one of the longest ones this year. It started on December 10, and will be running all the way through to January 6. The Fae Yule event returns once again with everything players are used to from previous years, with quests being found in Sanctum, Meridian, Iron Pine Peak, and Draumheim. However, this year there’s some pretty big changes to the proceedings. There’s a new instant adventure in the Iron Pike Peaks, a new questline for the Minions, as well as a reworking of the Sparkle Quest. There’s also a sale running on the in-game store, featuring weapon and item skins, mounts, and backpacks. Depending on how much in-game credit you buy, you can also nab either a Jolly Hellbug Pet or an adorable Jolly Hellbug Mount. RiftGrate has a great (heh) guide on getting the most out of the event too, for those who don’t want to miss anything. Final Fantasy XIV: The Starlight Celebration If you head to the upper deck of Limsa Lominsa and talk to Collys before December 31, you’ll be roped into a fairly long questline to help her set right the celebration plans for the Starlight festival. If helping save Starlight out of the goodness of your heart wasn’t enough, you can also nab some goodies too: Christmas trees and glowing wall decorations, as well as costume pieces to make you look like Santa or his Reindeer. This isn’t the biggest or longest event running, but it’s definitely one of the most adorable that I’ve seen. Rocket League: Snow Day Probably one of the best multiplayer games to come out this year, Rocket League introduced a hockey mode to its roster. It comes as part of a mutator called Snow Day that replaces the usual ball with a huge puck, which changes the game almost completely. As well as the new mode, a variety of cosmetic drops are available until January 4, including the ‘Xmas’ rocket trail, various toppers, and two new antennae. Azure Striker GUNVOLT: Christmas in Gunvolt Land Indie platformer Azure Striker GUNVOLT went full-out this year and added in a whole new mode for its winter event. Christmas Mode gives the game a wintery makeover, and tasks players with collective as many presents as they can on the slippery ice. The mode also has its own leaderboards too, for those who want to prove they’re officially the best at Christmas. Christmas NiGHTS Okay, this isn’t technically an event in the same way the other games are because it’s been available for almost 20 years now, but it’s still totally worth checking out. If you have a copy of either the PC or PS2 rereleases of NiGHTS into Dreams, you’ll currently find the menus have taken a much more festive tone. NiGHTS is decked out in red, there’s an awesome version of Joy to the World blaring, and even Dream Dreams, the game’s main theme, has a lovely a capella cover. It’s all one big reference to one of the coolest demos ever released for a game, Christmas NiGHTS.  Christmas NiGHTS was a demo released NiGHTS back in 1996 on the Sega Saturn. If you played for nine months of the year, it was just a standard preview of the game, showing off Spring Valley and the boss Gillwing pretty much exactly how you’d find them in the full game. However, if you played it from November to January, the entire thing took on a festive vibe. Spring Valley is covered in snow, NiGHT’s podium turns into a giant cake, and the Ideya containers are transformed into Christmas trees. Even Gillwing changes, turning his lair into a glittery Santa’s grotto around a huge Christmas tree. The whole thing was really cool. I always play whatever version I can find at this time of year, and so should you. That should be more than enough gaming to tide you over the next couple of weeks. However, remember that this week sees the start of Christmas sales on Origin, Green Man Gaming and Steam, as well as basically every console’s digital store too! Neverwinter: The Winter Festival The Dungeons & Dragons MMO for PC and Xbox One has already launched their winter event on December 17. This year sees the return of the Winter Festival of Simril, a lovely little snowy fair full of minigames and prizes. Claiming a present each day from the Giftmaster in Twilight Tor will nab you a whole load of free stuff, including new mounts and clothing, without having to do much work. While this event also ran last year, some new quests and areas have been added to celebrate the recent-ish release of the Underdark expansion, so there’s more to check out if you thought you’d done everything last year. The Winter Festival will run until January 7. World of Warcraft: Feast of Winter Veil Feast of the Winter Veil is a long-standing tradition in World of Warcraft, and once again the event brings with it new quests and loot up for grabs. If you’re Alliance head to Ironforge, and if you’re Horde head to Orgrimmar. There, you’ll find a whole load of characters needing help setting up the festivities. Greatfather Winter needs help doing his totally-not-Santa thing, and the Jinglepocket Goblins want you to go and save Metzen the Reindeer. But best of all is some dungeon bosses will be wearing little hats which you can take for yourself. Little. Freaking. Hats. Some of the others rewards you can get include new pets, such the Clockwork Rocket Bot and the Tiny Snowman, as well as new toys like the Train Set. The Feast of Winter Veil started on December 16, and will be running through to January 2. Hearthstone: Winter Veil World of Warcraft isn’t the only one who gets the Winter Veil festival, as it’s also come to everybody’s favourite collectible card time-sink, Hearthstone. The boards have been all decked up with snow, fireplaces and fancy lights, and even the heroes are getting a bit festive with their new holiday greetings emotes.  However, the big thing is the Gift Exchange Tavern Brawl mode. Greatfather Winter drops presents and crates onto the board, and whichever player manages to destroy them will get a new 1-mana card to work with. Winning a game of Gift Exchange will net you a very festive Winter Veil Wreath card back. Unfortunately, you don’t have much longer left with the Gift Exchange, as it ends on December 21, which at the time of writing is tomorrow. If you’ve missed that though, don’t worry. The wintery boards and a holiday sale offering 50 classic packs for $50 will be running until January 6. Rift: Fae Yule Rift’s winter event is probably one of the longest ones this year. It started on December 10, and will be running all the way through to January 6. The Fae Yule event returns once again with everything players are used to from previous years, with quests being found in Sanctum, Meridian, Iron Pine Peak and Draumheim. However, this year there’s some pretty big changes to the proceedings. There’s a new instant adventure in the Iron Pike Peaks, a new questline for the Minions, as well as a reworking of the Sparkle Quest. There’s also a sale running on the in-game store, featuring weapon and item skins, mounts, and backpacks. Depending on how much in-game credit you buy, you can also nab either a Jolly Hellbug Pet or an adorable Jolly Hellbug Mount. RiftGrate has a great (heh) guide on getting the most out of the event too, for those who don’t want to miss anything. Final Fantasy XIV: The Starlight Celebration If you head to the upper deck of Limsa Lominsa and talk to Collys before December 31, you’ll be roped into a fairly long questline to help her set right the celebration plans for the Starlight festival. If helping save Starlight out of the goodness of your heart wasn’t enough, you can also nab some goodies too: Christmas trees and glowing wall decorations, as well as costume pieces to make you look like Santa or his Reindeer. This isn’t the biggest or longest event running, but it’s definitely one of the most adorable that I’ve seen. Rocket League: Snow Day Probably one of the best multiplayer games to come out this year, Rocket Leagueintroduced a hockey mode to its roster. It comes as part of a mutator called Snow Day that replaces the usual ball with a huge puck, which changes the game almost completely. As well as the new mode, a variety of cosmetic drops are available until January 4, including the ‘Xmas’ rocket trail, various toppers, and two new antennae. Azure Striker GUNVOLT: Christmas Mode Indie platformer Azure Striker GUNVOLT went full-out this year and added in a whole new mode for their winter event. Christmas Mode gives the game a wintery makeover, and tasks players with collective as many presents as they can on the slippery ice. The mode also has its own leaderboards too, for those who want to prove they’re officially the best at Christmas. Christmas NiGHTS Okay, this isn’t technically an event in the same way the other games are because it’s been available for almost 20 years now, but it’s still totally worth checking out. If you have a copy of either the PC or PS2 rereleases of NiGHTS into Dreams, you’ll currently find the menus have taken a much more festive tone. NiGHTS is decked out in red, there’s an awesome version of Joy to the World blaring, and even Dream Dreams, the game’s main theme, has a lovely a capella cover. It’s all one big reference to one of the coolest demos ever released for a game, Christmas NiGHTS.  Christmas NiGHTS was a demo released NiGHTS back in 1996 on the Sega Saturn. If you played for nine months of the year, it was just a standard preview of the game, showing off Spring Valley and the boss Gillwing pretty much exactly how you’d find them in the full game. However, if you played it from November to January, the entire thing took on a festive vibe. Spring Valley is covered in snow, NiGHT’s podium turns into a giant cake, and the Ideyacontainers are transformed into Christmas trees. Even Gillwing changes, turning his lair into a glittery Santa’s grotto around a huge Christmas tree. The whole thing was really cool. I always play whatever version I can find at this time of year, and so should you. -- That should be more than enough gaming to tide you over the next couple of weeks. However, remember that this week sees the start of Christmas sales on Origin, Green Man Gaming and Steam, as well as basically every console’s digital store too!   What other events do you think are worth checking out? 
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No Scrooges are allowed to take part
It’s the most wonderful time of the year! Mince pies, gingerbread men, last-minute panic buying of presents, and, of course, shutting yourself away from your family for the entire time to take part in some of the many i...

Final Fantasy VI photo
Final Fantasy VI

That ugly Final Fantasy VI port is out now on PC


Dec 19
// Kyle MacGregor
I have good news and bad news. The good news is Final Fantasy VI, otherwise known as the best Final Fantasy, is now available on Steam. The bad news is it's a port of the hideous mobile version. As for while the mobile versio...
Final Fantasy XV photo
Final Fantasy XV

Final Fantasy XV might be out by summer 2016, next major update in January


Following this game is a part time job
Dec 18
// Chris Carter
It's been a tough month, year, decade for core Final Fantasy entry fans. XIII in most ways was a disappointment, XIV, while great, is still an MMO that many people aren't going to buy into, and can you believe that ...
Smash art photo
Smash art

Here are those great pieces of art from the Super Smash Bros. Direct


Three new challengers
Dec 16
// Darren Nakamura
When Ryu released for Super Smash Bros. earlier this year, he brought with him a cool piece of art (though Wii Fit Trainer looks more like a bodybuilder than a yoga instructor in it). Thankfully, it was a tradition continued ...
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Final Fantasy VII

Final Fantasy VII Remake devs are getting help from the Kingdom Hearts team


The first part is basically done
Dec 15
// Chris Carter
A new issue of Famitsu has spilled the beans on a ton of new Final Fantasy VII Remake details, and they're pretty juicy. In addition to focusing more on Biggs, Wedge, and Jesse, Square notes that you'll be able to f...
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Final Fantasy Explorers

Final Fantasy Explorers will have two new summons


And 10 classic ones
Dec 14
// Chris Carter
Final Fantasy Explorers, when it's released next month overseas on 3DS, will simultaneously revere its classic roots and look to the future. There will be 12 summons (Eidolons) to fight, including fan favorites like Diabolos,...
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save data

How does save data loss affect your enjoyment of a game?


Loss.jpg
Dec 11
// Myles Cox
Ever since the invention of save games, losing your progress has always been a major issue. Way back then, it wasn't as much of a problem, simply because it was inevitable -- the battery in your cartridge is dead. Easy fix: r...
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Final Fantasy VII Remake

Kitase speaks about Final Fantasy VII Remake's 'multi-part' format


In the vaguest terms possible
Dec 10
// Zack Furniss
Last weekend, at PlayStation Experience, Square Enix showed the first gameplay for the Final Fantasy VII Remake, and (according to our comments) people either shat their pants in gleeful excitement or disappointed rage. ...
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Deals

Lightning Returns PC port up to 28% off at launch


Mmm... smell that digital sale
Dec 10
// Dealzon
Update 12/14: New 23% off coupon code makes an even better deal. See code below. Today, Square Enix's PC port of Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII-3 finally arrived. The game was basically unavailable for pre-order (which...
FFVI PC photo
FFVI PC

Gross mobile Final Fantasy VI port hits Steam next week


Likely another $16
Dec 08
// Steven Hansen
Final Fantasy VI is coming to PC, but it's the mobile port with the new art I hate (and some people don't! That's fine!) so Final Fantasy VI GBA port it remains, for me. The latest port was telegraphed last month and support...

Final Fantasy VII Remake 'would not fit into a single release,' includes cross-dressing and new ATB combat

Dec 07 // Steven Hansen
[embed]324562:61408:0[/embed] Final Fantasy VII Remake also aims for, "a seamless active battle." Again with the lengthier answer, Nomura says, "Regarding the battle speed and tempo, for the sake of a stress-free battle, we want to do something on the level of Dissidia Final Fantasy. As far as the degree of action goes, it’s Dissidia Final Fantasy, then Kingdom Hearts, then Final Fantasy VII Remake. There won’t be any actions that require a technique. By using the new system, we want to do action battles while also being able to fight while thinking strategically."  The ATB gauge (and Limit Breaks) still exists despite this, but "with new ways to be used." You can see the gauge in the video and should pay attention to when it fills and turns red (Barret's attack at 1:22 in the trailer). There will still be three party members, but you can switch freely between them (or just play as one of them, which means AI will handle the others and you can do a Final Fantasy VII run through as just Yuffie). Cloud still cross-dresses for Don Corneo, too. Though there will be other story changes, according to Kitase, "I don’t want the remake to end as something nostalgic. I want to get the fans of the original version excited.We’ll be making adjustments to the story with this feeling in mind." Other tidbits: there are other external collaborators besides just CyberConnect2, "Final Fantasy VII Remake" is the full title (if you couldn't tell), and Advent Children's character models are too old and "deformed" (the bodies are too unrealistic) to be used. From the Famitsu interview, it's noted that, " CyberConnect2’s production tastes differ from that of Square Enix" and that, "Director Tetsuya Nomura was annoyed by the direction of the latest trailer, so Square Enix changed it to be closer to its own style," which I guess implies CyberConnect2 produced it first? Also, I'm starting a tech sex startup called Cyber2Connect. ファイナルファンタジーVII リメイク』北瀬佳範氏&野村哲也氏に訊く分作の意図――バトルはATBありのアクションに!? [Famitsu]『FFVII リメイク』のバトルにはお馴染みのリミットブレイクも搭載。分作にした経緯にも迫る[Dengeki]Final Fantasy VII Remake details: reason for multi-part release, CyberConnect2 collaboration, more [Gematsu]
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Three person party with free switching
Now that we have the first in-game (Unreal Engine 4) trailer for Final Fantasy VII Remake, people are facing the tangible result of months-long concern over Square's previously discussed decision to change the battle system. ...

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FFVII Remake is Unreal

Final Fantasy VII Remake is Unreal


Life is strange
Dec 07
// Steven Hansen
Square Enix is known for using its own, internally developed tech for Final Fantasy games. The White Engine, later known as Crystal Tools, seems to be one of the reasons Final Fantasy XIII was delayed for so long and Final F...
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FFVII remake

The Final Fantasy VII Remake will be crossing over with Mobius Final Fantasy


New style, same mobile game
Dec 07
// Chris Carter
Mobius Final Fantasy was released in Japan earlier this year. It's a mobile game developed by Square Enix featuring a new story and a protagonist named Wol, with classic Final Fantasy gameplay elements. From what I...
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Final Fantasy VII

Are you okay with the Final Fantasy VII remake taking a 'multi-part' approach?


Haha, wow
Dec 07
// Chris Carter
Well, here we are. We've reached the point where AAA games are starting to include more microtransactions, and now, an "episodic" approach used by many indie devs to deliver adventure games. It's not just a niche strategy any...
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FF7 Remake

Final Fantasy VII Remake is partially developed by CyberConnect2


Yep, the Naruto fighting game people
Dec 07
// Laura Kate Dale
Hey, you've seen those Naruto fighting games right? Two ninjas run around in a circle, throw stuff at each other, charge up, then do some kind of over-the-top dramatic super move. Well, the studio behind the Naruto fighting g...
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Final Fantasy VII

Final Fantasy VII Remake will be broken up into episodes


This guy is episodic
Dec 06
// Zack Furniss
After a divisive gameplay reveal at PlayStation Experience (looks cool, I'll play it), we're getting word from the Square Enix that the Final Fantasy VII Remake will be "told across a multi-part series." We don't know ho...
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Steam

Lots of games may have just had their Steam releases leaked


Half-Life 3, Final Fantasy X, Sonic Boom
Dec 06
// Joe Parlock
NeoGAF has caught wind of a whole load of leaked games potentially coming to Steam. Some of the games were added as potential topics in Steam’s Help Desk support system, while others have been mentioned in changes to St...
Final Fantasy VII Remake photo
'You're doing this for the planet'
[extremely nerds voice] "You're doing this for the planet, same as us!" There's a bit of actual, early gameplay from the Final Fantasy VII PS4 remake announced at E3 this year. You can see a bit of the, "more realistic gamep...

Final Fantasy VII photo
Final Fantasy VII

The original Final Fantasy VII is now available on PS4


Scratch the itch before the remake's out
Dec 05
// Zack Furniss
Just after showing some actual gameplay of the Final Fantasy VII remake at PlayStation Experience, Yoshinori Kitase and Tetsuya Nomura came to the stage to announce that the original game is now available on the PS4 for $10.87. How 'bout that remake footage, though?
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World of Warcraft

World of Warcraft's latest alpha build adds Cloud NPC, next to Aeris


Aerith*
Dec 04
// Chris Carter
The Aerith NPC has been located in the Dalaran area in World of Warcraft for some time, but based on the latest Legion expansion alpha build, she now has a little buddy to accompany her. The Blizzard team has tons of nod...
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Final Fantasy XV

Final Fantasy XV is now playable from 'start to finish'


And the first half is polished
Dec 02
// Chris Carter
It's kind of absurd to be getting up-to-the-minute updates on the development of a game, I know, but this is Final Fantasy XV -- a game that was announced in 2006, and had rumors of cancellation for years on end. Ac...
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Final Fantasy XIV

Play Final Fantasy XIV for free for four days


96 wonderful hours of big burly pirates
Dec 02
// Joe Parlock
Are you a lapsed Final Fantasy XIV player? Did you try it out, only to find it didn’t quite click with you, or maybe you clocked hundreds of hours and, unfortunately, have been unable to renew your subscription? Well, t...
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Final Fantasy VI

Final Fantasy VI rated for PC


Probably the ugly mobile port
Nov 28
// Kyle MacGregor
Final Fantasy VI is on its way to PC, a new PEGI rating suggests. While Square Enix has not made any official announcements regarding the matter, the publisher has re-released a number of classic Final Fantasy games on the pl...
Ramza photo
Ramza

Square Enix teases Ramza Beoulve's appearance in Dissidia Final Fantasy


Great to see Tactics represented
Nov 25
// Chris Carter
Square Enix is set to launch Dissidia Final Fantasy in arcades this week, and they've gone over the initial fourteen characters at launch, representing each main series game. Well, they're also doing an Apple-esque...
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Dissidia

Y'shtola rounds out Dissidia Final Fantasy's cast as a representative of XIV


Only Ramza is left
Nov 25
// Chris Carter
She might not be well known at all in most Final Fantasy circles, but XIV fans will recognize Y’shtola the Conjurer. She was featured in the original build of XIV, before moving into the reworked A Realm...
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Dissidia

Lightning appears in yet another Final Fantasy game


Dissidia Arcade
Nov 24
// Chris Carter
Have you had enough Lightning yet? No one can, according to Square Enix, and she'll be representing Final Fantasy XIII in the arcade version of Dissidia, set to debut this week in Japan. As a note, she was already in Di...
FFXII photo
FFXII

Final Fantasy's Vaan isn't a street rat: I don't buy that


'I'm gonna be a sky pirate'
Nov 23
// Chris Carter
I've always had a lukewarm relationship with Final Fantasy XII, and its protagonist, Vaan. The only thing it really did for me was ape Final Fantasy XI's combat and add in gambits. Post-game content was pretty cool comp...
Final Fantasy photo
Final Fantasy

Hahahaha: Tidus shows his stuff in Dissidia Final Fantasy arcade


Sorry, 'Tee-dus'
Nov 21
// Chris Carter
Tidus (Teedus) is kind of an awkward protagonist. X was the first fully-voiced Final Fantasy game, and Square really tried to force in some strange subplots and scenes meant to evoke emotion -- instead, they ended ...

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