The Fourth Player video game podcast

This episode Paul, Ben, Nathan and Max explore the world of sports videogames and the flip-side of that coin – eSports. With the release of MLB 14 The Show and EA Sports’ hotly anticipated UFC, the team thought it high time to reflect on the sporting game genre and some of our old favourites. We also jump into the subject of eSports thanks to the recent DOTA 2 International and Evo competitions doing their best to throttle our download speeds with excessive streaming. As always we have reader emails and updates of upcoming events hosted by our proud sponsor Games Laboratory. No John Williamsons were harmed in the production of this podcast.

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Paul, Ben, Nathan and Max (dshban) talk comfort gaming during the colder months, and why Steam sales have changed the way we consume games. Nathan raises a glass and sheds a tear for the gorgeous Valiant Hearts: The Great War. Paul questions bunny rabbit and cockroach genocide in Pixel’s Cave Story. We have news from the Netrunner regionals, and also announce the winner of our Android: Netrunner twitter competition. Thanks to our sponsors Games Laboratory and to our fantastic community for continuing to send in great listener email. Send your questions to mail@thefourthplayer.com and reach us on twitter at @playerfourth or twitter.com/playerfourth

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Paul, Ben, Nathan and Moi sit down to discuss E3 announcements of interest including Evolve, FarCry4, Destiny, Amiibos and Bloodborne. We talk about how co-operative mechanics influence the games we choose and how we play them, and in doing so we lovingly lurch all over superb co-op tabletop survival game Zombicide. As Mario Kart drives Nintendo back into the black, we discuss whether heralding an iterative sequel is setting the bar too low for the Big N. We have updates on upcoming events at Games Laboratory and announce a new twitter competition to win the core starter set for Android: Netrunner with thanks to Games Laboratory. Thanks to our sponsors Games Laboratory and Razer, and to our fantastic community for continuing to send in fantastic listener email.

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While the captain Paul is away, Ben, Nathan, Max (dshban) and special guest Joab Gilroy (@Joabyjojo) from Ausgamers, try and steer the merry ship that is The Fourth Player podcast! In this episode we get an in depth look at the upcoming BattleField: Hardlines from a man who has had hands on with it, the soon to be released EA’s UFC and Nathan’s favourite Nazi shooter; Wolfenstein: The New Order. The guys also wax intellectual about the new generation of consoles and whether they have yet come of age.

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Paul, Ben, Nathan and Max (dshban) return to The Fourth Player Studio B to talk multiplayer experiences and whether you need to be in the same room as your opponent to bluff and instil fear. Max displaces time, space and bullets in puzzler-FPS Superhot. Ben shares new tales of his Crusader Randy McVoltron in Diablo III. Nathan crafts towns in TownCraft, and Paul digs SteamWorld Dig. We have updates on upcoming events at Games Laboratory and announce the winner of our Razer BlackShark Twitter competition. Thanks to our sponsors Games Laboratory and Razer, and to our fantastic community for amusing listener mail.

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Paul, Ben, Nathan and Max (dshban) recorded this episode at Battle Arena Melbourne 6 as guests of Melbourne fighting game community Couch Warriors. We forced kids to play Def Jam Fight For NY, and they loved it. Guests include key organiser for the event, Daniel Chlebowczyk from Couch Warriors, Weird and Retro's Stacey Borg, Udon comics artist Jeffrey “Chamba” Cruz, documentary maker Pabz discussing Final Knockout, a look into the Melbourne Fighting game community, Shadowlogic co-founder and fierce fighting game talent Ali "X" Abdo, and leading player in the fighting game community Xavier "DB_Somniac" Nardella. Thanks to our sponsors Games Laboratory and Razer, and our wonderful hosts, Couch Warriors. Don't forget to rate us on iTunes.

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Paul, Ben, Nathan and Max (dshban) reunite in our new recording studio to discuss Max's random encounter with a Level 4 Diabetes in the wilds of Japan, Nathan manages his Pawn collection in Dragon's Dogma, Paul falls for Metal Gear Solid, and Ben struggles with medication while playing a losing game of memory. We discuss upcoming events Battle Arena Melbourne 6, and some wonderful tabletop events at Games Laboratory. Thanks to our sponsors Games Laboratory and Razer, and to our fantastic community for fun reader mail. Don't forget to rate us on iTunes and Lab us on Raze games.

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Paul, Ben, Nathan and special guest Daniel Chlebowczyk from Madman and fighting game community Couch Warriors talk about upcoming event Battle Arena Melbourne 6, reimagining Randy McVoltron as the new Crusader class in Diablo III: Reaper of Souls, a sidescrolling shooter with a touch of Rougelike-like in Mercenary Kings, linearity in an open world with Metal Gear Solid V: Ground Zeroes, storytelling through flavour and consequence in The Wolf Among Us, and answer some offensive and inoffensive reader mail. Thanks again to Razer for the great prizes for email of the episode. This episode is dedicated to a bowl of petunias and Norway.

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Paul, Ben, Nathan and special guest Jamie Galea from New Game Plus talk about cyberpunk Living Card Game Netrunner, Ben's obsession with Patrick Ewing, discuss InFAMOUS: Second Son, Fall for Titanfall, lust for Dark Souls, fail to split-jump in Splinter Cell: Blacklist, and answer some wonderful reader mail. Thanks again to Razer for the great prizes for email of the episode.

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Paul, Ben, Nathan and Max (dshban) hang out to discuss South Park: The Stick of Truth, strategy boardgame turned videogame Lords of Waterdeep, and get fresh with Dark Souls II and the Dark Souls series. We have some excellent reader email, award another email of the episode thanks to the good folks at Razer and discuss future plans for The Fourth Player.

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Paul, Ben, Nathan and Max (dshban) return to chat about vulnerability in videogame protagonists and length in The Last of Us DLC and Tomb Raider: Definitive Edition, build a better community in Banished, tempt fear with Outlast and drink our own blood in Castlevania: Lord of Shadows 2. Thanks to our listeners for some excellent reader mail, and we award our first ever email of the episode. Wet and or Wild.

Direct download: Episode39.mp3
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Paul, Nathan and Max (dshban) fuse to fuss over fictional deities, form like Voltron and rock em' sock em' with the Titanfall Beta, wax litigious in Castle Doctrine, Punk Jazz in JazzPunk and mine Quarries of Scred. Thanks to our amazing listeners for great reader mail.

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Paul, Ben and Nathan are joined by special guest and resident Fourth Player Science Officer Stacey "@DrCurlytek" Borg to sing shanties and ponder Gilligan's meaty balls in Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag, do fully sick tricks in Roll7's OlliOlli, heave cleavage and lust after beat 'em ups with Dragon's Crown, and achieve summoning sickness while tapping that in Blizzard's Hearthstone. This episode is brought to you by the raw power of science, food porn, 8-bit Spice Girls, Maximum Carnage and Digimon.

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Paul, Ben, Nathan and Max (dshban) return in 2014 to talk piracy in Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag, point-and-click adventures in Broken Age, sweet backforming action with Gucameelee and murdering bunnies in Don't Starve. Also some boardgaming banter and we respond to some wonderful reader mail.

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Paul, Nathan, Moi, and Max (dshban) talk THE FUTURE, Max channels Paul Walker in Need For Speed Rivals, Paul walks a line in The Walking Dead, Moi experiences weightlessness in Gravity Rush, and Nathan Whoopis his proverbial Goldberg in Ghost Trick. Props to the crazy kids for some great reader mail. Email us at mail@thefourthplayer.com.

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Paul, Ben, Moi and Max (dshban) discuss the end of a long year in video games, Paul paddle-saws through Dead Rising 3, Ben wants to collect more bits in Marvel Lego Super Heroes, Moi slides into Vanquish, and Max discovers indie board game brilliance at a recent community meet up. Also some great emails from our even more great community.

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Paul, Ben, Nathan and Max (dshban) discuss the launch of the new PlayStation 4, Nathan loves him some Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds, Max suits up to choose-his-own-adventure with NBA 2K14, Paul goes back to the well in DC Universe Online and grits his teeth for Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag, and Ben dabbles in Lego Marvel Super Heroes. We have some rather good reader mail and plug the upcoming boardgames playdate at Games Laboratory. Thanks to Stacy Keibler.

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Paul, Ben, Nathan and Max (dshban) talk about the newest toy on Paul's shelf: The Xbox One. Nathan loves Path of Exile but regrets time spent with X Rebirth, Max isn't sure he likes dark stories and calls time on Football Manager, and Ben loathes Batman Arkham: Origins. Max and Nathan go to war on the chicken and egg relationship between PC and Consoles. Also some great reader mail.

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Paul, Ben, Nathan and Max (dshban) discuss the launch of the new consoles, Mary-Kate and Ashley Riding School, Nathan's final frontier in Kerbals Space Program, Max admits to actually being 11 with Skylanders Swap Force, Paul declares his love for Deus Ex Human Revolution, Ben is Batman in Arkham Orgins. Shout outs to Bob Saget.

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Paul, Ben, Nathan and Max (dshban) recorded this episode following a weekend of frivolity for Paul's Bucks party. We discussed real world and video game sports, gamesmanship on the court and field, why drunken Pathfinder isn't a good idea, Nathan Chocs his Bo in Final Fantasy XXIV: A Realm Reborn, Max gets on board with Paul's hit of Skylanders Swap Force, and some awesome reader mail. Danger zone.

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Paul, Nathan and Max (dshban) are joined by guest Moi to discuss the launch of Pokemon X & Y and going back to the pokewell, annualised sports games and why we keep going back to the, well, well. Nathan Hacks 90s net humour with Soul Hackers, and Max finished GTA V. We also talk about online. We also have some rather "special" reader emails. Apologies to Tony Danza.

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In a special bonus episode, Paul is joined by James O'Connor and David Wildgoose to talk about the Freeplay independent games festival, James' thesis on GTA IV, education through video games and opinions on GTA V, as well as some radical reader mail and twitter questions. Thanks to Danimal Cannon for his fantastic tunes for the email segment. Top Gun isn't a real movie.

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Paul, Ben, Nathan and Max (dshban) talk tone and playing dress ups in GTA V, and the hits and misses of Saints Row IV. Thanks to Danimal Cannon for his fantastic tunes for the email segment. Hot tag to Rowdy Roddy Piper

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Paul, Ben, Nathan and Max (dshban) discuss fungal pandemics in The Last of Us, open world fun with Saints Row IV and the impending release of GTA V, the turn-based adventures of Shadowrun Returns and Nathan's nostalgic bump with Might & Magic X: Legacy. Also some amusing reader mail. Thanks to Danimal Cannon for his fantastic track Polywrath for the email segment. Props to Stand Bush, Carlos Valderrama and David Wildgoose.

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Paul, Ben, Nathan and Max (dshban) discuss heist hijinks in Payday 2, all of the sports and annualised franchises with NCAA Football, and the benefits of collecting them all and missing pieces in Disney Infinity. Also some rather good reader mail. The feelings of Paul's Disney Infinity figures were hurt in the making of this episode. Thanks to Danimal Cannon for his fantastic track Forest Gnome Shindig for the email segment.

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Paul, Ben, Max (dshban) and our clerical friend of the podcast Moi join like Voltron to discuss our experiences in Dota2, insatiable lust for Saints Row IV and our experiences as novice RPG gamers in Pathfinder. Also reader emails. Twelve d8s and a gnome were stewed in the making of this episode, which is also dedicated to Craig McLachlan, Jason Donovan, and Nathan Cock's Space Dragons. Thanks to Danimal Cannon for providing the amazing tunes in the email segment. Check out his album Roots.

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Paul, Ben, Nathan and Max (dshban) return to The Fourth Player bunker from PAX Australia to talk about their highlights from the event and most importantly introduce our youngest member to the majesty of the Def Jam series. Max sows the seeds for a cult of Dota2. This episode is dedicated to fallen homie ODB (not the wrestler) and Anders Russell.

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In this PAX Australia special, Paul appears on a gaming themed quiz show alongside developer Matt Kelly and The Age's James Dominquez to do battle with Mindscape's James Kozanecki, Alanah 'Charalanahzard' Pearce and Rebecca Fernandez. Thanks to New Game Plus for putting the event together and to the audience for being smarter than both panels combined.

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In this PAX Australia special, Paul hosts a panel titled Crafting a game series for the otaku crowd - a Dynasty of gaming Warriors. Guests include Director for studio Omega Force and 15 year industry veteran Atsushi Miyauchi, anime expert Brad "Yoshi" Jolly and Madman's Dan Chlebowczyk. The panel covers a range of topics including how Japanese developers approach design, what's changed and what the future may hold for Japanese game design.

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Paul, Ben, Nathan and Max (dshban) attend Penny Arcade Expo Australia for the full three days, catching up with amazing folks from GameArena, Kotaku, rawDLC, Mindscape, Ubisoft Toronto, Omega Force, Halfbrick and playing great games including Black Annex, Freedom Fall, Armello, Saints Row IV and checking out the Oculus Rift. Audio has been repaired since original posting and plays correctly.

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Paul, Ben, Nathan and Max (dshban) talk again about the upcoming PAX Australia convention, house pride in Animal Crossing, stealth and player choice in Hitman (not the future Hall of Famer), browser-based warfare and diplomacy in Neptune's Pride II, pick between Dota2 and League of Legends, and discuss what the future holds for digital games when the current generation ends. We have some fantastic reader mail and pay tribute to the awesomeness gifted to the video game community by Ryan Davis of Giant Bomb.

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Paul, Ben and Max (dshban) talk about the upcoming PAX Australia convention and lament our distinct lack of Nathan for the episode. The boys discuss sameness in Modern Warfare 3, spectating in Dota2 and an exercise in taking a deep breath and enjoying the little things in The Last of Us. Also reader mail from MML and discussion about when is the right time to buy into a new platform. At least three attempts to recall Kathleen Turner's name were botched during this recording.

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Paul, Ben, Nathan and Max (dshban) discuss the highlights of E3 2013, mashing the A button, gleeful weed extraction with Animal Crossing: New Leaf, the joy of stand-up arcade cabinets and the death of mid-tier publishers with Epic Mickey 2. Reader mail is dedicated to the ghosts of Chevy Chase and John Stamos. There's also some Pathfinder talk. Make a perception check against Ben's lack of initiative.

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Paul, Ben, Nathan and Max (dshban) discuss Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance and confusing fiction, revisit Year 8 economics in Boom/Fortune Street, get a fix of John Carpenter and David Lynch with Alan Wake and Ben finally plays StarCraft II. Ben also trots out lame excuses for why he got smoked at Injustice: Gods Among Us at BAM5. There's also some Pathfinder talk as the first session commenced after the episode was recorded. Nathan's monk has fists of iron. IRON.
 

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Paul, Ben, Nathan and Max (dshban) are guests of Battle Arena Melbourne 5. Joined by guests Dan (BAM and CouchWarriors), Brad (New Game Plus) they talk MMO fremium models and the price of bacon with Neverwinter, PC title Eador Masters of the Broken World (not Eeyore from Winnie the Pooh - sorry Nathan), ponder audiences for Blood Dragon, count bit coins in Fortune/Boom Street, and of course bang on about Injustice. This episode was recorded in front of a live studio audience and Paul performed surgery on the file to bring it back to life. Seven pigs and three shards were sacrificed to give it life.

Direct download: Episode15.mp3
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Paul, Ben, Nathan and Max (dshban) discuss Nadeo's ShootMania Storm, Ben cheats on Paul with Army of Two: The Devil's Cartel, Max embraces his lust for middle management with Papers, Please and Paul digs deeper into RPG land with Crimson Shroud and Pathfinder. Six David Carradines and two Michael Hutchences were found in the making of this episode.

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Paul, Ben, Nathan and Max (dshban) discuss Injustice: Gods Among Us and how it compares (fairly or unfairly) to Mortal Kombat 9. Nathan and Paul attempt to educate the boys on all things Monster Hunter and Max revisits casual racism with Just Cause 2. This episode also includes some fantastic reader mail. Apologies to Imelda Marcos, Ed Boon and the entire population of Malaysia.

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Paul, Ben, Nathan and Max (dshban) discuss facing fears in FarCry3, characterisation in Tomb Raider, open world madness and sexy bass riffs in Lego City Undercover, critical receptions and expectations of big games in Bioshock Infinite and same sex dalliances in Dragon Age. Three Kirk Cameron's and two sharks wearing eye patches were slaughtered to create this podcast.

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Paul, Ben, Nathan and Max (dshban) discuss the major baseballs (yes, both of them), PS One piracy and the Wu-Tang clan, Rushes of Zerg, and confronting a fear of sharks with a silenced sniper rifle. Also reader mail about Krazzie Kows.

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Paul, Ben, Nathan and Max (dshban) discuss Paul's love of DS adventure RPG The World Ends With You, Ben rues the narrow path taken by Crysis 2, Nathan remembers fondly his time as a meat salesman in Ultima VII and Max gets the inside jokes with Mass Effect 3 DLC The Citadel. Also reader mail.

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Paul, Ben, Nathan and Max (dshban) answer some radical reader mail, compare Pokemon to STDs, ponder the next generation of consoles, endure Paul's love of open world kids games no-one else likes, embrace Ben's lust for Injustice: Gods Among Us and get spiritual with MOBA Smite. Two Dennis Hopper and three Heuy Lewis were slain in the making of this episode. Also, you should totally buy the Japan issue of HYPER magazine.

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Paul, Ben, Nathan and Max (dshban) connect power rings to form The Fourth Player and discuss indie thriller Miasmata, question the future of toy-based video games with Skylanders, revisit the bar set by Mortal Kombat 9 for single-player story-telling and summon interest in Ni No Kuni. We answer the insane ramblings of reader mail and Max gets a sweet birthday present that is older than him.

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Paul, Ben, Nathan and Max (dshban) are back together for the first time in 2013 to discuss the end of publisher THQ, the value of kids games with Lego Batman 2, indie gems from Global Game Jam 2013, the brilliance of Persona 4 The Golden, and rolling a phat nat d20 in dungeon crawler Castle Ravenloft from Wizards of the Coast. Three wolves, two zombies and a handful of pesky gargoyles were thwarted in the making of this episode.

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Paul, Ben and the returning Lord Nathan of Cocks discuss dynasty simulator Crusader Kings II and the importance of family planning, why B-grade games done well can be great with open-world game Sleeping Dogs and our perspective on the pacing of Assassin's Creed 3. Max (dshban) is out this week with wellness policy.

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Paul, Ben and Max (dshban) discuss Nintendo's newest console the Wii U, playing first-person-bludgeoner ZombiU, proof-of-concept Nintendo Land and open old wounds with New Super Mario Bros. U. We also chat about the function of DLC and how it can change player experiences with a series, focusing on our time with the Mass Effect universe. Nathan is still away but will return for the first episode of next year.
 

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Paul, Ben and Max (dshban) talk apocalypse survival tactics and team dynamics in IRL shooter's LARP Patient 0, turn based strategy made better for Person 4 The Golden, and learning to get past slow starts with Assassin's Creed 3. Nathan is off sick this week, so we close with a track from The Flaming Lips in tribute.

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Paul, Ben, Nathan and Max (dshban) talk nefarious ranged attacks in Disney MMOs, stealth attacks with fire axes in Hitman Absolution, the art of punching sharks and wallet craft in Far Cry 3, and the use of space in open world games with Red Dead Redemption. The memory of the artists formerly know as Bros, four nuns and nine cream pies were splattered in the making of this episode.

Direct download: Episode03.mp3
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Paul, Ben, Nathan and Max (dshban) discuss the merits of user generated content with WWE '13, how Ninja Theory raised the bar with their futuristic take on Monkey Magic, why it's okay to be a Brony, and a little game called Halo 4 that signposts the end of this console generation. Seventeen ponies and twelve Buddhist monks were harmed in the making of this episode.

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The Fourth Player - Ep.1

Welcome to the first episode of The Fourth Player, a video game podcast from the mouths and minds of people from the land of the video game. Developers, marketers, journalists and players talk about our experiences with the games we love and loathe. Contents include Paul, Ben, Nathan and Max (dshban). We discuss Borderlands 2, Hotline Miami, Dishonored and SimGolf. No Bulbasaurs or Skylanders were compromised in the making of this episode.

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