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Hey Kutaro, Don’t Be A Menace To The Moon Bear King, While Playing With Scissors, Or You Might Lose Your Head! 😨🙃😮

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Lion Heads, A Tiger, And A Moon Bear King…Oh My!

This is Puppeteer, a cute and zany PS3 exclusive (from three years ago) that wasn’t on my radar…until recently.

You’ll soon find that there are a plethora of games–from the early, and not-so early days–that I slept on because I was not as obsessed with the games industry like I am now. First-party exclusives, to second and third-party games; this was all a foreign language to me, up until a few short years ago.

Things are different now. I’ve picked up all of this lingo–not to mention jumping back down this never-ending rabbit hole of gaming gratification–and Puppeteer is now one, of the many, games that I need to cross off my bucket list.

Like the headline suggests, Puppeteer is super-fun to play and a game that I should not have overlooked…better late than never, right?

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Twenty-Seventeen: The Gaming Worker Rises (‘N’ Fixes To DualShock The World)! 🎮

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Frohes Neues Jahr Gaming Workers!

That’s Happy New Year in German. I was born in Montreal, but grew up in Kitchener – my southern city in Ontario (Canada), with oodles of German heritage. It was once the Town of Berlin (1854), then changed to the City of Berlin (1912), because of the major German immigration initiated back in the early 1800’s. The name was later changed to Kitchener, after Lord Horatio Herbert Kitchener, a British Army Field Marshall, in 1916 because of the German and British conflicts that arose during the First World War.

So, for this reason, from time to time, you may find snippets of German verbiage – and sometimes French, because, again, I was born in Montreal – because of my home town’s deep, Germanic, roots. But enough of the history lesson and on to the good stuff that gaming dreams are made of!

It’s a brand new year and I thought that I would share with you my plans for The Gaming Worker. I can’t believe that I’ve been doing this for two solid years already. Time certainly flies when your gaming, and working, and blogging! It seems just like yesterday when I decided that this was going to be my path, and let me tell you, this path hasn’t been easy. All of the technical difficulties of setting up equipment, all of the late nights and weekends recording (and editing), all of the late nights writing (and copy editing), and all of the other personal sacrifices (that I won’t get into) that I had to make to turn this idea of mine into a reality. Easy is definitely not the word I’d use to describe how I got from A, to B, and finally to C; but here I am, and there you are; waiting to hear what I have to tell you about my love affair with games. I sincerely thank you for coming along this journey with me. I hope and pray that this next year doesn’t disappoint (you and me both) – Now let’s get it started!

Greatness Awaits

This PlayStation ad campaign (Greatness Awaits) is much more than just over-the-top commercials for the, everyday, PlayStation enthusiast. It’s my mantra for 2017! This year is going to be special – I just know it! I have a shit-ton of new games – thanks to the abundance of PSN Flash Sales (in 2016), and the four week Holiday Sale that just took place in December – to bust wide open; all of my “inexpensively challenged” PlayStation subscriptions have been faithfully renewed (PlayStation Plus, and my newfound favourite, PlayStation Now); and I’m still buzzing from the excellent year end I just had! Even though I didn’t publish as many posts (like I did in the previous year), The Gaming Worker finished strong in 2016; thanks to my family, friends, and all of you, who supported my efforts in raising money for my local Sick Kids Hospital via my Extra Life 24 Hour Game-a-thon.

My good people of the internet, Greatness Awaits us in 2017 – just keep saying it, over and over! Let it sink in, whether you’re a gamer or not, this is your year (and mine too)! The evangelist in me is starting to come out – I am my father’s son. “Dagnabbit!” Now take heed for this is what I have in store for this year:

A Resurgence Of PlayStation 3

Remember that funny, old, console that launched a decade ago? The ridiculously priced one that had a lack of quality games, and developers hated programming for (in the beginning)? Yup – that’s the one! Well, I’m going to be putting more focus on my library of PS3 titles, as well as some other exclusives and classics via PlayStation Now.

This blog started because I wanted to finish (and showcase) my PS3 backlog, but the dangerously sweet seduction of it’s successor, the PS4, derailed my attention repeatedly, with its one-point-eight-something TFLOPS (teraflops) of pure processing power. It is the devil in the black dress!

I have been able to squeeze a few PS3 let’s plays in, but I have not even begun to showcase the last gen games that I deem truly special. So while other gaming websites and YouTubers – God bless ’em – put the focus on gaming’s future (namely PS4 Pro and PlayStation VR), I’m going to take you back in the other direction. “Now where did I put my DualShock3 controller”?

There’s Still Plenty More PS4

And rightfully so! If I’ve learned anything it’s that the games industry is still going to shit out games galore, year after year, after year! It doesn’t care if you can’t keep up, and it will bury you in a landslide of green (for Xbox) and blue (for PlayStation) plastic packaging if you’re not careful. I wish that I could play every game that comes out, but that’s just not the reality. So I have to pick and choose only a few new titles that speak to me every year, and let the rest fall to the wayside. A few of those titles are Horizon: Zero Dawn and Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon: Wildlands.

I would love to dip into Mass Effect: Andromeda as well, but, let’s face it, I doubt I’ll be able to dedicate the time needed to explore such a game. I may have to leave that to the rest of my YouTubing brothers and sisters out there.

What’s The Deal With PS4 Pro and PlayStation VR?

Well, it breaks my heart to tell you this, but unfortunately I will not be adopting any of this “latest and greatest” gaming technology. I’m a believer in PlayStation VR – especially after demoing it just before it launched back in October – but, I have to be stringent with my money, and as cool as VR may be, I have no pressing need to play games in this new way.

As for PS4 Pro, I’m still debating it’s need for existence. I just don’t know if console gaming needs to adopt this mid-cycle way of doing things (like mobile phones). Plus I’ve only had my PS4 for two and a half years, so I’m not ready to trade in just yet. There’s no 4K TV in my house; and I’m happy with the way games look and run on my PS4. I don’t need, or want, a simulated PC experience.

It’s much smarter for me to wait out the entire life cycle of the PS4 and then upgrade to the PS5, but if the unthinkable happens and my PS4 breaks, then I guess I’ll be forced to get the Pro. Then I’ll be able to live stream in 1080p, at 60fps, instead of just 720p…hmm, maybe I should rethink this 😶

Livin’ La “Vita” Loca!

Yes friends, I know that I’m a little bit behind, but I finally got a PS Vita! I can’t believe it took me this long – I haven’t retired my PSP just yet; I’m still playing around with Metal Gear Solid: Peace Walker and Ratchet & Clank: Size Matters – but I can now try to infiltrate Vita Island (I’ll explain this in a later post)!

Now, I have no ideal way of creating truly native PS Vita let’s plays. The only way is if the game is a PS4/PS Vita cross-buy game (meaning that when you purchase either version you get the other one for free). So I can definitely play the PS4 version of the game, but then that categorizes it as a PS4 let’s play, not a PS Vita let’s play…this is where it gets tricky, when it comes to categorizing for the blog. So I still need to figure this part out, but as it stands right now, PS Vita is now a part of my PlayStation ecosystem.

Annual Extra Life 24 Hour Live Stream

This is a no-brainer. My family, friends and I had so much fun doing this in December and, more importantly, it’s for a great cause. So every November or December, on YouTube or Twitch (stay tuned for where and when), Team Gaming Worker will be participating in this charitable event to raise money for Sick Kids. What’s also ideal is this is a great way to showcase the games that don’t make it onto the blog because, well, that’s just how it goes sometimes. Games that I originally plan to showcase don’t always make it on here. Extra life is my contingency plan for this. I now get one full day to cram in all of the games that get put on the back burner.

More Content

I don’t know how – it’s going to be a challenge – but I want to dish out much more content. I’m going to sound like a broken record here, but if I could do this full-time, I would…but I can’t so my promise is that I’ll do my very best to keep the posts and let’s plays coming.

I even have another side project that I’m working on which, if all goes well, could equate to even more fun content to add to the rest. But I’m going to keep this close to the vest for now until I gain some traction with it…so stay tuned!

The GW Buddy List!

Last, but not least, you can now subscribe to The Gaming Worker by opting to join, what I’m calling, The GW Buddy List! As a subscribed member you will receive an email informing you of my latest and greatest post. I know, it’s not earth shattering – I’m not trying to light the world on fire here – but at least you’ll be reminded to check back to see what shamrocks and shenanigans I’m up to next.

That’s all folks. Until next time!

So My Ratchet & Clank “Walkthrough” Continues (Finally), But What About My @#$%ing Game Backlog? 🤔

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No I’m Not Talking About The Ratchet & Clank Reboot

Ratchet & Clank (2016); the game, based on the movie, based on a game; unfortunately will not be seen today. For those of you who don’t know, I’m referring to the Ratchet & Clank game that was released back in April for PS4. It was marketed as a re-imaging of the original Ratchet & Clank game and garnered generally favourable reviews. As a fan of the series it immediately grabbed my attention, and I added it to my must-play list of games (in my mental rolodex), but I just don’t see myself playing it any time soon. Reason being I’m still having too much fun playing Into The Nexus via PlayStation Now, but more importantly I still have yet to finish it.

So here we go again…the bane of my existence: finishing video games. As time goes by – and it’s just going by faster and faster the older I get – my gaming backlog keeps becoming more and more daunting. Even if I leave Ratchet & Clank: Into The Nexus, and the 2016 reboot out of it – not to mention all of the other must-play PS4 titles – I’m still looking at (at least) 13 PS3 games that I have yet to finish. Ay caramba!

Blasphemy (It Looks Like I forgot About My PS3)

Now when I talk about my backlog I really need to point out that it’s made up from two categories. I’ve touched on this in the past, but I really want to make it clear (even to myself). I have my original PS3 backlog. Yes, as in the PlayStation 3. Believe it or not, the foundation of this blog is built upon my PS3. The point of all of this was to not only showcase PS4 games, but to showcase my last gen console games as well. It was (is) supposed to act as a journal for me to document and finish my old games. Well it looks like I lost my way because I’ve only published four posts about my PS3 games. The majority have been about PS4 which brings me to the next backlog category: my forever-expanding PS4 backlog.

The Power Of The PS4 Consumes Me

Gaming on my PS4 is just so damn satisfying. Clearly I favour it over playing PS3, wherein lies the problem. My PS3 sits right beside my PS4 so it’s within my sights, and yet I don’t ever fell compelled to turn it on. This brings me back to the original thought I had before buying my PS4: Don’t buy it until you finish all of your PS3 games first. But I didn’t listen to my instincts. I bought my PS4 one year after launch (2014) – and even though it was easier to balance my PS3/PS4 game time back then – it’s proving to be a lot more difficult nowadays.

Every year more games are released – whether they’re new IPs (Intellectual Properties) or sequels to previous games – these new PS4 games are trumping my old PS3 ones. It’s a vicious cycle – and it’s not like I play every new game that comes out either. How could I? I couldn’t do that even if I wanted to. I don’t have the time – nobody does! Like most adult gamers, I pick and choose the new games that I want to play and let the others fall to the wayside. I have to do this because there’s just too many to play. I do this every year with the hopes of, some day, getting back to the games that I’ve missed. But it’s really a fool’s errand because that magical day never really comes. Before I know it I’m smack dab in the middle of a new year, with an even newer line-up of games that now trump the ones that I’ve missed. Like I said, it’s a vicious cycle.

Is This My Final Answer?

So what’s the fix? How do I complete my task of getting to the closing credits of all of my 13, or so, PS3 games? Well, the only way out of this hot mess (that I can see) is to, begrudgingly, ignore all of the PS4 titles for (let’s say) one year and just focus on my PS3 backlog. That would definitely be the most efficient way of getting those PS3 games out of the way…or (at this point) I could just forget my PS3 backlog altogether and just focus on the PS4. Or I can play PS3 and PS4 games in tandem – which was my original intention – but I clearly dropped that ball. There’s no real easy answer here because no matter what I do I still miss out on games.

The first option has me ignoring PS4 games for one year, which would be very hard to do when you’re as dialled into the gaming industry as much as I am. I’m always watching and listening to podcasts, and gaming news, because that’s just what I enjoy. I have to be in the know about upcoming games. So when I see, and hear, about upcoming games I get very excited which makes the impulse to buy them very hard to ignore.

The second option has me letting go of my entire PS3 backlog, which might sound ideal, but has me missing out on finishing all of that last gen greatness. I have some incredible games on PS3 that I would love to not only showcase, but also get to the end of, like The Last Of Us for example. I still have no idea how this game ends, and it’s arguably the best game on PS3. How can I deny myself of playing that, not to mention all the other great oldies that I have?

So I might just have to crank up the discipline meter and become way more aggressive with my PS3 gaming, while I continue gaming on my PS4. Like Jay-Z’s and R. Kelly’s album back in 2002: it’s the best of both worlds, but enough about old school hip hop and the ridiculous gaming goals that I’ve put on myself. Go watch my latest Ratchet & Clank let’s play above, or (if you like) you can start by watching the first part of this “walkthrough” by clicking here, and then coming back to this video post to continue the story.

Quote Walkthrough Endquote

By now you’ve probably noticed the term walkthrough scattered about this video post. If you’ve been following my progress on this blog for more than a few posts then you’re pretty familiar with how I write, and know that I haven’t used this term, ever, in my previous posts. This is the first time and there’s a very good reason for that. I don’t do them. Not in the way that the majority of YouTubers do them at least. Allow me to explain.

A walkthrough is video game footage that a gamer publishes on YouTube. The idea is that the gamer uploads the entire game’s story, but by breaking it up into parts, from start to finish. Depending on the length of the game, a walkthrough could range range anywhere from 20-40 parts – sometimes more, sometimes less. They almost always have live commentary and the most popular YouTubers can have millions of subscribers who repeatedly watch their content.

YouTubers like The Rad Brad, and Tetra Ninja, have definitely had some influence on me, even though what I do with The Gaming Worker is quite different, I owe guys like them a great deal. I originally wanted to create walkthroughs just like they do, but it didn’t take me long to realize that creating walkthrough content is, arguably, a full-time job. Now, there’s nothing wrong with that – I’ve said time and time again that I’d love to do this, in a full-time capacity – but I already have a (paying) full-time job that takes up the majority of my time. All of the recording and editing that goes into doing an entire walkthrough, and the amount of time that it takes, is more than I can contribute.

The Rad Brad (and these other guys) clearly have that time. I don’t (unfortunately). I mean, you have to be able to play a game from start to finish rather quickly, record it all in as many parts as it takes, uploading it as you go for your audience. As you know by now (if you’re a regular that is), I don’t finish my games that fast. My life is not walkthrough-friendly so I’ve decided to go the let’s play route.

Let’s plays can be more off-the-cuff and more random. It doesn’t matter if I publish two let’s plays (from the same game) or 20, because there’s no pressure to finish the game. It’s brilliant and it fits in with my drawn out, takes-a-year-to-always-finish, play-style.

So the use of the term walkthrough in this post is just for shits and giggles. It’s an inside joke that only I know – but now you know too. Even though I now have a Part 1 and (finally) a Part 2 for this particular game – you might see this as the humble beginnings of a much larger walkthrough – but I assure you it is not. So please don’t be deceived by my use of the term. This is really just a let’s play, but I hope you enjoy it all the same.

If you are looking for a Ratchet & Clank walkthrough (or any other game for that matter), YouTube has plenty of those, all done by incredible YouTubers. I encourage you to go, consume their content, and subscribe to their channel if you like what you see. But don’t forget your boy!

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Playing Uncharted: Drake’s Fortune Via Broadband Connection

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Why So Serious?

One of the great things about doing a blog like this one is that I don’t have to take it too seriously. What I mean when I say this is that I can post a let’s play video (like this one), where I play like shit, and still be ok with it. I don’t work for any of the big dot coms, nor do I work for (or collaborate) with any popular Twitch and/or YouTube streamers, so I can afford to post a less-than-perfect let’s play once in a while. It doesn’t mean that I don’t take pride in what I do…I take the utmost pride in this – I wish this was my job – but I thought that I would experiment by showing my not-so-good gaming performance.

All gamers have their moment when they don’t shine. It becomes more frustrating when you’re recording because the pressure is on to create the perfect video, but you never know what can happen once that red record light is on. What if you have a terrible gaming session? For some reason it’s like you’re playing the game for the very first time and you feel like you have no idea what you’re doing. You’re aiming your gun like you’re Stevie Wonder playing paint ball, missing everything; making every mistake in the book, even though you’re 90 percent of the way to completion (and have been playing the game like a boss).

Or what if your wife comes home earlier than expected, which throws your game off even more because now you’re more distracted, on top of playing like a howler monkey? Again, anything can happen. Anything can go wrong (when you’re recording). That’s why God invented editing software: so that one can extract all of those unplanned moments and embarrassing deaths. But why should I be so serious? Why should I be so professional? I’m not a world renown YouTube personality. (Not yet). I’m the gamer that nobody knows: the underdog and this is my blog! The Gaming Worker is where you’re going to get the great let’s plays as well as the bloopers. Think of it like a special feature that you sometimes get on a DVD or Blu-ray. Content is king and I am here to serve you.

If you haven’t caught on by now, everything that I just mentioned (about shitty aiming and the old ball and chain coming home) happens to me in the video. So when I say that this video is less than perfect I only say that because of my poor performance and unexpected dialog with my wife at the end. Everything else in the video checks out fine. The video and audio is good, the internet connection (for streaming) was superb, and most importantly I still had the fun!

Forget Uncharted: The Nathan Drake Collection

Now I wouldn’t want to deter you from purchasing what is a very fine, remastered collection for the PS4 – I played the demo – but there is another way to enjoy the Uncharted series on PlayStation, if you have not done so already. PlayStation Now is the game streaming service that allows you to play a collection of Sony’s first, second, and third party games. Obviously this collection includes Naughty Dog’s Uncharted trilogy – three games that I have slept on for years for no other reason than not being a big gamer. I didn’t even own a PlayStation when Uncharted 1 and 2 came out. I suppose it’s PlayStation taboo: to now have a PlayStation blog (unofficially of course) and talking about the days gone when I didn’t own the console that featured two of the greatest games of last generation. But I intend to right these wrongs with the help of Sony’s, not-so-popular, answer to backwards compatibility: PlayStation Now.

PS Now Mang!

I did a PlayStation Now let’s play just over a year ago when I took the streaming service out for a little test drive. There was a seven day trial period (which is still being offered today) so I decided to play Ratchet & Clank: Into The Nexus, another Sony exclusive. In that post I wrote about how great the streaming experience was, but the pricing was just too steep. For your information the prices have not changed: it’s still $19.99 per month or $44.99 per three months. The latter is the better deal (obviously), but it’s still a whopping $180 per year. That’s nonsensical if you ask me when every other streaming service, like Netflix and Spotify, hovers in and around $10 per month ($120 per year). But what made me leap over the fence, and sign up for PlayStation Now, was the limited-time only deal that surfaced back in December. PlayStation was offering a 12 month subscription for $99.99, which works out to be less than nine dollars per month. It was exactly what I wanted to pay to stream video games so I jumped right on that shit. My only hope is that Sony decides to renew my subscription at the same price, but I’ll have to cross that bridge when I get there.

It’s 2007 And – Hey, There’s That Uncharted TV Ad Again

I have the worst memory in the world. The worst. My wife will tell me things that I need to remember like: upcoming plans with family and/or friends, important appointments, when to take my vitamins, you name it; but I almost always forget. This is the affliction that I was cursed with. Perpetual absentmindedness. But for some strange reason, deep within the confines of my cerebral cortex, is the hazy memory of the Uncharted: Drake’s Fortune TV spot that aired in 2007. Like I said, I didn’t even own a PlayStation at the time: I was an Xbox guy.

Yes, it’s true. Microsoft won my vote back in those days, but (if you ask me) I wasn’t even a true Xbox fan because I only played third party titles. I didn’t play any Xbox exclusives. So why did I even own an Xbox? But I digress. We can save that story for another post. My original point is that I remember the first TV ad for Uncharted from nine years ago because I never saw a game that looked, or played like that before. I never got into the early Tomb Raider games – just the reboot – but even if I did; this was clearly something different. I was introduced to a modern day, Indiana Jones type-of-dude – who I now know as Nathan Drake –  and he was on a wild and crazy adventure to find treasure. Danger lurked around every corner as he travelled to remote, exotic locations searching for his fortune. My eyes were glued every time this one-to-two minute ad was shown. I wanted – no, I needed to play this game. But I didn’t. Not back in those days. Stars had to align and a few more events had to take place in my life to get me to this point.

The Journey To A Thief’s End

So finally here I am…streaming Uncharted: Drake’s Fortune on Sony’s current console and loving every minute of it (except when I play like shit the odd time). I wish I didn’t wait so long to play all of the Uncharted games – seeing as how the forth and final chapter to the series (A Thief’s End) came out two and half months ago – but I guess it could not have happened any other way. My master plan is to play all of the Uncharted games via PlayStation Now before diving into the highly anticipated, and final game; which I’m dying to play. But I knew that I would be doing myself a disservice by immersing myself into the forth installment without having played the previous three. I’m not going to approach this series the same way I did the Batman colon Arkham series. No siree. I’m playing in order this time and I’m going to get Nate, Sully and Elena to El Dorado!

PlayStation Now (or Later)? The Hands On Review and Let’s Play


When it comes to streaming music, Spotify is where I play ($9.99/mo). When it comes to watching movies and binge watching my favourite television shows, Netflix is also my streaming playground ($7.99/mo). I’m not the biggest fan of acquiring additional monthly bills, but the subscription model does have it’s advantages. It’s the convenience and the selection from these online businesses and websites that we pay for. And I’m a sucker for all of them. Well almost all of them (Sorry Adobe. I love the idea behind Creative Cloud, but the price is just not right). Enter Sony’s PlayStation Now video game streaming service.

Brilliant idea? I think so. This is totally right up my alley and perfectly compliments my internet streaming lifestyle. I am a vicious streaming monster and as a PS fanboy it’s only natural that something like this would grab my attention. For a monthly, or trimonthly fee (I’ll come back to this) I am able to stream 100+ PS3 games at any time I want. As long as I have a steady broadband connection (greater than 5Mbps is highly recommended) I can game until my eyes, ears and thumbs fall off. So Sony has left me no other choice but to quit my job and play all of these games. Just kidding! I wish! Seriously though, this has the makings of a really terrific service, but for me there’s just the one thing holding me back. The price of admission.

Now if you’re not an old fuddy-duddy who likes to pinch their pennies, like myself, then you can enjoy this rich digital content for $19.99/month, or for a much better value, $44.99/three months. Now that’s not bad in my opinion. It’s not great, but it’s not bad. What I did fail to realize however, when I created the let’s play video above, was that there is a third “à la carte” option where you pay to just play individual games. Those prices vary depending on the duration of your rental period and how new or old the game is. Apparently most games could be played for one dollar a day. This could be a nice option if the the rental library is strong enough. For the free 7 day trial I was only presented with the monthly and trimonthly options. Also the trial only unlocked a fraction of the playable games from the entire library. All things considered I must say that my PlayStation Now experience was very pleasant. For my test I decided to play Ratchet & Clank: Into The Nexus. There were no network interruptions and everything ran like clockwork. All of the controls worked well and Ratchet was very responsive. The only thing I could not gauge was how much the graphics were scaled back. I know for a fact that there had to be some sacrifices made in order to maintain a smooth gaming experience. This meant that the visual and graphical quality had to be compromised. So you’re not going to get that full 720 high definition sharpness and detail as you would with the actual gaming disc. But for what it’s worth, what I experienced was not offensive by any means.

So PlayStation Now…or later? Once again, it just comes back to acquiring yet another bloody monthly bill. I already have enough bills as it is (PlayStation Plus subscription included). Perhaps if I had more time to actually play all of these games then maybe. It’s challenging enough just trying to get through my current backlog, which I haven’t really started to do yet. Yes, I know. Damn you accountability! The rental option is nice to have. I may consider that in the future, but for now it’s a soft pass. It’s a great offering by Sony though so if you haven’t checked it out then give the free trial a try. Enjoy the let’s play video.

What are your awesome thoughts and feelings on these matters. Are you for or against PlayStation Now? What has your experience been? To comment (if reading from the home page) please click on CONTINUE READING below.

 

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