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Game of The Year 2018: What Could It Be?

Game of The Year 2018: What Could It Be?

The Games Awards takes place on December 6th and Game of The Year 2018 will be announced. Any gamer keeping up with the latest titles knows the race for Game of The Year 2018 will be a tight one. It seemed every month brought with it at least one highly-anticipated hit. Gamers were on the edge of their seats, itching to play the next big thing. People didn’t even have time to beat the games they just bought before jumping back on their favorite online retailer to pick up the next one.

Below is a list of the top picks for Game of The Year 2018. Each one caused waves throughout the gaming community. Some are still waiting to be released. All are facing some incredibly stiff competition.

Don't forget to vote for your choice at the bottom of this article. 

Monster Hunter: World



Release Date:
January 26, 2018
Developer: Capcom
Platforms: PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Microsoft Windows

Monster Hunter has been around as a series since 2004. Gamers are tasked with, well, hunting monsters. This grind is incredibly addicting and Monster Hunter: World took the game to an entirely new level. Gaining global attention, this niche franchise attracted gamers of all kinds. Taking out some of the more tedious mechanics, Monster Hunter: World appealed to a mass market.

Far Cry 5



Release Date:
March 27, 2018
Developers: Ubisoft Montreal, Ubisoft Shanghai, Ubisoft Reflections, Ubisoft Ukraine, Ubisoft Toronto, Red Storm
Platforms: PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Microsoft Windows

Far Cry 5 brought with it a beautiful open world based in Montana. Absolutely stunning, it gave gamers a story that pushed boundaries and made people think. Long-time fans weren’t all happy about the new title as the “wow” factor continued to fade after so many iterations. However, the developers were willing to make a statement and create an entertaining experience from start to finish. Only time will tell if Far Cry 5 can take home the Game of The Year title.

God of War

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Release Date: April 20, 2018
Developers: SIE Santa Monica Studio
Platform: PlayStation 4

The first PlayStation exclusive to make it to this list is also in high contention for Game of The Year 2018. God of War made those without a PlayStation 4 jealous to the point of running out and buying the console for nothing else but a chance to play. A completely new take of Kratos, long-time fans loved seeing this historically brutal non-hero in a new light. Kratos with a heart and the all-important 'Boy'might just take home this year's Game of The Year 2018.

Spider-Man

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Release Date: September 7, 2018
Developer: Insomniac Games
Platform: PlayStation 4

Addicting, emotional, and an absolutely spectacular take on Spider-Man, the PlayStation 4 exclusive Spider-Man captured the imaginations and hearts of gamers worldwide. Swinging through an incredibly accurate New York City never felt better. The developers did an amazing job staying in-line with the light-heartedness the Spider-Man series is known for. It was difficult to put this game down. With its addicting nature and entrancing story, Spider-Man is high up on this list.

Assassin’s Creed Odyssey

Release Date: October 5, 2018
Developers: Ubisoft Quebec, Ubisoft Montreal
Platforms: PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch (Japan), Microsoft Windows

Assassin’s Creed Odyssey will be the last Assassin’s Creed the world will see for quite some time. The developers seem confident this game will be enough to hold fans over. Its massive world and RPG elements make a perfect mix for a game that is expected to continue expanding. Fans were a little confused about its story. It is unclear which side the main character, either Alexios or Kassandra was supposed to be fighting for, however, the game is absolutely a fun ride. Even with its drawbacks, Assassin’s Creed has a chance to take that all important title as Game of The Year.

Red Dead Redemption 2



Release Date: October 26, 2018
Developer: Rockstar Games
Platforms: PlayStation 4, Xbox One

The incredibly detailed and unbelievably hyped Red Dead Redemption 2 made its way to consoles close to the end of the year and made a massive impact. It was well reviewed and yet still faced criticism by gamers. The ultra-realistic direction Rockstar Games took made the game both immersive and frustrating for some. With all the excitement, with all the detail, and all the hard work that went into Red Dead Redemption 2, the question remains if it will be enough to let this game achieve the honor of being titled Game of The Year.

Fallout 76



Release Date: November 14, 2018
Developers: Bethesda Game Studios, Bethesda Game Studios Austin
Platforms: PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Microsoft Windows

Fallout 76 is Bethesda's experimental take on a multiplayer RPG. Never before has Fallout given gamers the opportunity to play with their friends, in the same world, at the same time. Fans were shocked when they heard the news. Some were even enraged that Bethesda would force its single-player loving fan base to play with others. However, the developer thought about this and made some interesting additions to protect those that enjoy playing solo. Making its appearance close to the end of the year, it only has a couple months to have an impact on the industry.

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate

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Release Date: December 7, 2018
Developers: Nintendo, BANDAI NAMCO Entertainment, Sora Ltd., Bandai Namco Studios
Platforms: Nintendo Switch

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate is cutting it close. Releasing a day after The Game Awards, fans don't even have a chance to play before a Game of The Year is announced. Nintendo has done a spectacular job getting fans excited about the new Super Smash Bros. game for the Nintendo Switch. Without getting hands-on with Ultimate, it’s too early to tell if it has what it takes to beat out all the unbelievable competition it will face.

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Top 5 Reveals from Nintendo’s November Super Smash Direct

Top 5 Reveals from Nintendo's November Super Smash Direct

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate is a little over a month away and Nintendo finally pulled back the curtain on the final details regarding their plans for the immensely popular fighter. For this special Nintendo Direct the creator of the Super Smash series, Masahiro Sakurai, revealed a ton of details ranging from new fighters to intricate new systems meant to shake up the game.

Below we'll be listing our top 5 big reveals, but for a more detailed look, you can watch the full Direct below!

Ken & Incineroar Join the Fight

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To round out the humongous roster of 74 characters, Nintendo revealed that Ken from Street Fighter and Incineroar from Pokemon Sun/Moon will be making their way to Super Smash Bros. Ultimate. Ken is going to be an Echo Fighter to Ryu, mimicking most of his moves with slight differences and increased run speed. Incineroar on the other hand is a completely new fighter and the latest Pokemon to join the battlefield utilizing a number of moves fans will recognize from the series.

Brand New Spirit System

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Instead of the long-running trophy system the series is known for, Nintendo is trying something different for Ultimate. Spirits are supporting characters that didn't quite make the cut for the final roster and can power up fighters with a variety of abilities and bonuses. Spirits can counter each other and they all have unique artwork that makes them fun to collect!

Online Mode is Getting an Overhaul

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Super Smash 4 on the Wii U was the first game to introduce online matchmaking but separated it into two modes known as For Fun and For Glory. Ultimate is getting rid of this system and implementing a new one that will allow players to choose their own rules and find those looking for a similar experience. Those looking for a more competitive system can look forward to the Global Smash Power Ranking System where fighters are ranked based on skill. Gamers that are ranked high enough, a new special mode is unlocked.

Paid DLC Makes a Return

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Along with the 74 characters featured in the base game, five more fighters are also making their way into Super Smash Bros. Ultimate post-launch. Each character comes with a new stage and song. Each character cost $5.99 or $24.99 for the season pass bundle. On top of the five DLC characters, those that purchase the game before January 31st, 2019 will get Piranha Plant as a fighter for free a few months after the game comes out.

A New Story Mode Named "The World of Light"

For the story mode in Ultimate, Nintendo is looking back at how all of the characters got turned into the toys that have to fight their way back into the real world. This new adventure features an ongoing battle to free the fighters from the clutches of the Master Hands that are cloning evil versions of the popular heroes. The adventure starts with Kirby, the lone hero to make it away from the nasty beams, but will eventually involve the entire roster attempting to thwart evil.

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Iron Danger Alpha Test Registration Now Available

Gamers looking for a chance to play the indie game Iron Danger early and participate in the closed alpha test can now register for the opportunity. Action Squad Studios announced yesterday October 16th, 2018, they are now taking applications for the tactical RPG. Those that want to participate in the alpha can find detailed instructions on how to apply on Iron Danger’s Discord server, here.

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In celebration of Iron Danger reaching the alpha phase of development, Action Squad Studios released a brand new alpha trailer.

Indie Game Iron Danger Alpha Trailer [Action Squad Studios]

This story-driven tactical RPG is based in a Steampunk world and includes time manipulation mechanics. From the gameplay, it looks as though there’s a lot going on all at once. Its world is visually impressive and the unique combat system combines to create a unique top-down story-driven RPG.

A specific Iron Danger feature that Action Squad Studios is heavily focusing on is the time manipulation mechanics. Anyone that played Superhot might have an idea of how this system works. For those that haven't, gamers can pause combat to give them time to think about their next move. However, the addition of this mechanic in a tactical, top-down RPG is an original take on the genre. The combat system and more specifically the time manipulation mechanics are clearly showcased in Iron Dangers first combat gameplay trailer that Action Squad Studios shared in August of 2018. The version of the game showcased below was playable at Gamescom 2018.

Iron Danger First Combat Gameplay

Iron Danger is going to be available on PC, PS4, and Xbox One.

Action Squad Studios is an indie game studio founded only two years ago in 2016. The team is made up of gaming and entertainment industry professionals from companies like Supercell, Remedy, Redlynx, Rovio, and Bugbear.

The Gigamax Games crew signed up for the Iron Danger alpha test. If the application is approved, there will be a preview article and gameplay footage available as soon as possible. Be sure to follow Gigamax Games on Twitter and Facebook to keep up with the latest videos and articles from the Gigamax crew!

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Shadow of the Tomb Raider Playlist Page

Shadow of the Tomb Raider is the last part of the Tomb Raider trilogy. The story follows Lara Croft’s life from the beginning of her Tomb Raiding ways. Now, with Lara Croft grown and battle-hardened, the violence gets turned up and the epic story can evolve. Come find the latest gameplay right here in the Shadow of the Tomb Raider Playlist.

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Even though the game looks gorgeous and is exhilarating at parts, Shadow of the Tomb Raider is lacking on that “wow” factor. The game feels a little worn out and a little too similar to the first two. The puzzles are fun but the action has a tendency to die down, leaving the gamer facing a string of slow-paced sections of the story. In a Tomb Raider where Lara Croft is supposed to be at her most fierce, the game includes a little too much hand holding.

Shadow of the Tomb Raider might have some drawbacks but one aspect of the game that can’t be faulted is its graphics. From the very beginning, it becomes clear that this game is going to be a knockout. Its rich jungle environment allows for plenty of incredible encounters and offers stunning natural formations to admire. Each cutscene is memorable, crafted beautifully to leave a powerful impression. Still, with all these visual achievements, the game itself hasn’t impressed the Gigamax Games crew like the first two.

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Super Mario Party on Nintendo Switch Playlist

Super Mario Party is finally available for the Nintendo Switch. The Gigamax Games crew takes a brief look at what makes the Switch version unique and worth a gamers time. Besides its endearing, lovable board game like gameplay, Super Mario Party is one of the most frustrating Mario Party games to ever release.

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Sticking with the spirit of the game, anything can happen after rolling the dice. Super Mario Party on the Switch is where minigames are played and friendships come to die. There’s no telling how a round will turn out. With so many new, unique items like the Alley Phone, even Bots on Normal can put a seasoned gamer in their place.


Is Super Mario Party worth the money? Before you buy, take a look at the Super Mario Party – Playlist with Gigamax Games and you decide. This beautiful take on Mario Party might not be for everyone. However, any old fans of the franchise will more than likely feel right at home in this world occupied by colorful maps and utter randomness.

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It means the world to everyone here at Gigamax Games that you took the time to watch. This will be the place to keep up with all the latest Super Mario Party videos. If you have a request, feel free to leave a comment on the video or at the bottom of this page and the Gigamax Games crew will add a new video to their list!

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Festival of the Lost Brings Tons of New Content to Destiny 2

October is here and Halloween is right around the corner. Bungie is celebrating with their annual Festival of the Lost event. The company teased this year's festivities last week and has recently pulled back the curtain on what new activities and gear fans will be able to take part in and earn while the Halloween themed event is taking place.

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Festival of the Lost Details 

The biggest addition to Destiny 2 is that the Festival of the Lost brings a new PVE zone named "The Haunted Forest" which can either be tackled solo or with a fire team. Players will be able to take on what Bungie calls "Ghouls and Demons, who are spooking up a storm." When Guardians jump into the area they will have 15 minutes to make it as far as they can with the difficulty ramping up the further they get.

On the tail end of Festival of the Lost players, will be able to complete a quest that has Guardians investigating the murder of the old Vestian Outpost Cryptarch, Master Ives. This new mission will net fans a Powerful piece of gear, but this quest won't be available until the weekly reset on the October 30th.

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This year's festivities have been put in the hands of the very capable Amanda Holiday, the Tower's shipwright. She's taken her time to decorate the Tower with a ton of Halloween themed flair and most importantly, she'll hand out bounties which Guardians can complete to earn a new item called, Fragmented Souls. Players will be able to turn in these items for a variety of Festival of the Lost masks and a new Auto Rifle named, Horror Story. There will also be a number of new Triumphs to complete which are all related to the new activities.

Much like the Solstice of Heroes event that took place back in August, players will still be able to earn Steadfast Engrams by filling up their XP Bars, but during the event, they'll also earn Ephemeral Engrams which give out themed rewards. These new items include sparrows, ships, ghost shells, and emotes. Ephemeral Engrams will also be sold by Tess but require Destiny 2's paid currency, Silver. Holiday will also have a collection of goodies that players can purchase with Bright Dust.

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Guardians will be able to start their haunted adventure when Festival of the Lost kicks off on Tuesday, October 16th. The event will run until November 6th and even those without the Forsaken DLC will be able to participate in the celebration!

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Borderlands 2 VR: Pandora Is Back in a Big Way!

Coming December 14th, 2018, PlayStation VR owners can pick up a copy of Borderlands 2 VR. 2K and Gearbox Software announced that Borderlands 2 VR will bring the beloved game to the revolutionary virtual reality platform for the very first time. The critically-acclaimed shooter-looter on PlayStation VR will bring this lively world even closer to gamers hearts.

Borderlands 2 VR Makes an Old Game Feel Fresh

The news broke yesterday, 10/9/18, that Borderlands 2 would be getting yet another release. Except, this time it is going to be just a bit more exciting. Borderlands 2 gave gamers endless hours of enjoyment and bringing it into VR has the potential to refresh Pandora and make this 6-year-old game feel exciting all over again.

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Well, this is exciting!

Experience the Borderlands universe like never before. Players can open life-size chests filled with treasure, guns, and have the chance to inspect the world from every angle. The real-world aiming system will completely immerse anyone wearing that PlayStation VR headset in Borderlands 2. There’s no telling how intense the action will get when the world on the screen comes to life all around you.

New Perspective and Features

Borderlands 2 VR includes additional features not found in the original. One that has the potential to transform how players experience Borderlands 2 VR, besides the game actually being in VR, is the new “Bad Ass Mega Fun Time” (BAMF Time) ability. Gamers will be able to slow down time in order to give them the opportunity to set up their next attack. Players will also have access to a Teleport option, allowing them to transport themselves across Pandora with ease. However, even with the Teleport option being included, it doesn’t seem as though the world is going to be any less extraordinary to explore on foot or in a vehicle.

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Claptrap... in VR!

2K and Gearbox Software enhanced the Borderlands 2 VR experience as well, adding a first-person perspective when driving vehicles. Players will be able to navigate the landscape, accelerate and steer with the joystick and use their headset to aim the vehicles weapons. Furthermore, if players use motion controllers, they can interact with the menu systems in an entirely new way. Point, click, drag and drop, seamlessly flow through the menu system to save time so more can be spent playing Borderlands 2 VR.

Virtual Reality Gaming - The Future?

There are high hopes for the future of Virtual Reality in gaming and the technology is still only in its infancy when it comes to consumer headsets like the PlayStation VR. However, the headset is still capable of delivering a thrilling experience. Borderlands 2 is a massively popular title and bringing it to the PlayStation VR seems like it’s going to be a perfect match.

Stop by GigamaxGames.com in December to find Borderlands 2 VR gameplay. Find out how it performs on Sony’s consumer VR headset. Let's hope it lives up to expectations or at least comes close. 

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HITMAN 2 – How to Hitman: Tools of the Trade

Fans of the Hitman series will be excited to see some of the imaginative gadgets available to Agent 47 in HITMAN 2. Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment and IO Interactive added a new video to their How to Hitman series called, Tools of the Trade. These How to Hitman videos show off what gamers can expect to see from HITMAN 2.

The new game releases November 13th, 2018 and will be available on PlayStation 4, PlayStation 4 Pro, Xbox One, Xbox One X, and PC.

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A hitman is nothing without the right tools. Agent 47 is proficient with many of the classics, guns, hands, explosives, however, to be a great hitman, he needs to continue getting creative. Tools of the Trade highlights an assortment of tools, weapons, disguises, stealth techniques and unique ways to eliminate any target. The entire Tools of the Trade video is available below.

Official HITMAN 2 - How to Hitman: Tools of the Trade

Whether its a rubber ducky distraction, or falling coconuts, there’s no limit to how creative gamers can get. A hitman's job depends on eliminating their targets and getting the task done as efficiently as possible. It seems as though HITMAN 2 will include the tools and environments necessary to accomplish these two goals in a variety of ways.

Even More HITMAN Gameplay

Tools of the Trade is the third video in the How to Hitman series. The first, Immersion, showed off some of the unique environments players can expect to experience when they pick up the game in November and showcased how each choice a gamer makes can influence the outcome of a scenario. The second video, Assassins Mindset, explored some of the unique disguises Agent 47 uses and the distraction options available to throw off the targets.

New Environments and Game Modes

HITMAN 2 will include 6 sandbox locations where Agent 47 will work. The two that are available to the public as of now are Miami and Colombia. The developer and publisher expressed that all of these new areas will be hyper-detailed. Gamers can expect to experience a living world to keep every contract feeling fresh and exciting.

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Along with the new tools and locations coming to HITMAN 2, it also introduces Sniper Assassin mode. This is a standalone mode that brings a co-op experience to Hitman. It will be the first time a Hitman game allows two gamers to play together online to complete contracts. Sniper Assassin mode is available now for those that pre-order HITMAN 2. For people looking to make a name for themselves in the HITMAN universe, they can enter the HITMAN: Sniper Assassin Competition. Gamers that take part in the Sniper Assassin Competition compete for a chance to get their name and likeness included in future HITMAN 2 content.

With all the unique environments to experience and assassination tools to use, HITMAN 2 looks like it’ll be a refreshing take on the strategic stealth game.

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Destiny 2’s Masterwork Cores Getting Reworked

Bungie finally confirmed that they are solving issues many fans are having with Destiny 2. Just before the Forsaken Expansion, a patch was implemented that increased the importance of the "Masterwork Cores" resource. The company acknowledged that the system is currently flawed and reassured fans that a fix was on the way.

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Masterwork Core Rework on the Horizon

Before the patch was made live, Masterwork Cores were solely used for upgrading a weapon into their Masterwork version. These weapons have increased stats and add a variety of perks to the gun, but obtaining the resource necessary to make this transformation isn't a simple task.

Now that Forsaken is out, Masterwork Cores are an essential ingredient for Destiny 2's Infusion system, which allows players to boost their Light Level by deconstructing weapons. This was initially intended to make the choice of Infusion more difficult so Guardians would have to utilize a wider variety of weapons. Now that this resource is needed in two separate but important systems, fans believe the drop rate is too low.

This was one of the talking points for Bungie's most recent blog post which acknowledged the player feedback and promised to fix it. The post detailed the two main problems: "Masterwork Cores have a misleading name. When they were created, the definition of a pinnacle item put the emphasis almost entirely on Masterworking. We expanded that definition in Forsaken, but didn't update the currency. [Also], there are not enough reliable sources to earn Masterwork Cores, which can make deciding what to spend them on too difficult." (https://bit.ly/2Ioi8PR)

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Destiny 2 currently only offers a few ways to obtain Masterwork Cores: breaking down Legendary gear, purchasing them from the vendor on the Tangled Shore, or using a Consumable that causes bosses to drop them. On top of the update to cores, Bungie is modifying Exotic drop rates so that players are less likely to earn weapons or armor they've already received.

This certainly wouldn't be the first time Bungie changed a system that fans had complaints about. It's reassuring to see their open-mindedness when it comes to taking advice from fan feedback. Make sure you keep track of all Destiny 2's changes by checking back here with us here at GigamaxGames.com.

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Valve Opens In House Steam Comment Moderation

Valve announced their plan to officially start moderating comments on individual game discussions on their popular gaming platform, Steam. Before today's development, Valve was only moderating Steam's screenshots, artwork, guides, user profiles, community groups, and user reviews.

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Valve Sick of Toxic Comments

The company made the statement via a Steam blog post which read: "In the past, we've been hesitant to get involved in the moderation of individual game discussions, as we didn't want to step on the toes of game developers that want to have their own style of communication with players and their own set of guidelines for behavior. But over time, we've been hearing from more and more game developers that would actually prefer for us to take a more active role in discussion boards, at least to the extent of handling posts that are reported by other players."

This does not mean Valve will be actively scanning forums and various comment threads for comments that break their terms of service and community guidelines. The company will rely on reports from users on the platform in order to ensure all of their rules are being followed. This is to make sure developers that joke around with their community and are rude on purpose don't get taken down by an automated system. Valve will only target comments that have been reported.

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Actual picture of a Steam troll

All of this news follows a year of numerous changes to Steam's policies on censorship, which have been met with backlash by users. Earlier in the year, Valve announced that everything and anything could go up on Steam as long as it wasn't illegal or a blatant attempt to troll potential buyers. It will be interesting to see how long this new system performs considering the company's nature of going back and forth on decisions, but Gigamax Games will be sure to keep every gamer updated on the latest changes and Steam updates!

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