Virtual Reality: Changing the Game

Virtual Reality: Changing the Game

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Gaming has always been like peering through
a window to get a glimpse of another world. Sure, you’re pressing buttons that make
things happen on screen, great. If you do it for long enough, your brain might
just zone out and become immersed, and you’ll forget you have peripheral vision. But you can’t go there. You can’t really interact. It’s a dissonant experience, frankly, but
we don’t think about it so much because it’s what we’re used to. It’s all we’ve had, but not anymore. If you’re like me you probably suffer the
lingering effects of a traumatic childhood. Not that kind of traumatic childhood. A childhood of goofy motion control wands
and hal-9000 crossover dancing games that tore the still-beating heart straight from
the chest of so many beloved franchises before our young, innocent eyes. [indi] Yes, you could say I’ve developed trust
issues when it comes to promises of “revolutionary hardware.” So when I first saw the oculus rift making
its way between the many clammy hands of the industry, I was once again skeptical. Not about the whole taking the window and
strapping it to your face part, that makes complete sense. Problem solved. In fact, the problem was solved about 60 years
ago, even that whole two-lenses per eye thing that’s in the valve index’s logo, but
that’s a topic for another day. The devil’s in the details. The issue is in the interface between the
virtual world strapped to your face, and your meaty sausage fingers. VR has always represented the far-off next
generation of games, if not entertainment as a whole if Elon has his way (more on that
later), but I struggled to see how a technology that fills the entirety of your field of vision
with game wouldn’t be severely hindered by the fact that you aren’t using your hands
to interact with the world, but some wacky wand nonsense that doesn’t reflect what
you’re actually doing with your hands. Then, I tried the game Stormland on the Oculus
at Pax East and I thought hey, that’s pretty good. I was surprised at how easily my brain just
bought it, even with the wands and less than ideal native resolution. By far the standout moment of the demo was
when I had to rip my own robot arm off in order to upgrade it, and then I looked down
at myself, saw the missing arm and my brain just went “Yup, no, your arm… it’s gone
dude.” A very convincing sensory illusion, considering
my arm was still very much attached to my body, nor am I a robot – I think. File that one away for later, I thought. I said “Yeah that was cool and all, but
not exactly worth the price tag.” But after a few months, the urge to immerse
returned, and I ended up renting an hour at a VR arcade for my girlfriend, myself and
a friend, this time with the HTC Vive. This was where I played a game called Stand
Out: Battle Royale. It looked like ass. It felt like ass. But then something happened that sold me on
the entire concept immediately. I dropped in to a melty, unreal store asset-flip
looking island landscape, snagged a P90 from an utterly featureless building, and was promptly
beset by a shifty 12 year old of approximately 7 ft in height. “We’re cool, man. We’re cool.” The snake beckoned. Years of betrayal in games like DayZ prepared
me for what was coming next. With viper-like sleight of hand, the zealous
zoomer snatched the magazine from my weapon with a smug chuckle, and raised his hands
in some sort of mock Bruce Lee Kung fu pose, ready to unleash a flurry of open-handed slaps
that would send me to the shadow realm. But I was ready. In an instant, I pressed the barrel of my
5.7mm armor piercing submachine gun against his chuckling face and smote the snake with
my sole chambered round. Point blank. He flew into the air spasmodically, as I heard
his anguished cry of “NOOOOOOO” fade into the distance. I then proceeded to cackle maniacally in a
room full of families and children playing beat saber. Contrary to what reddit would have you believe,
nobody clapped. That didn’t matter, though, cause I was
hooked. In the following weeks, I binged VR videos
like a FIEND. And then I stumbled upon Stress Level Zero’s
Boneworks, the Valve Index headset, and Knuckles controllers. To my surprise and elation, my prayers had
been answered. A controller that tracks your fingers AND
allows you to relax your grip? Holy shit. They even feature haptic feedback to give
the impression of recoil. Now THAT’s Immersive. If my brain could be so easily tricked into
accepting the wee-wands [wee/wii], I couldn’t wait to see what the next gen could accomplish. I reserved an index, and when the time ultimately
came to place my order I looked at the thousand dollar price tag, then at my bank account,
then at Gabe Newell’s smiling eyes. Enraptured in his benevolent gaze, Gaben’s
reassuring countenance appeared almost to wink at me. The decision had been made for me. Looking back at my bank account, I defiantly
proclaimed “business expense” and flushed a grand down the virtual toilet. Then I moved to California, which kind of
contributed to me not uploading yeah sorry about that. Anyway, a few months later, my index came,
and then I spent 3 days in VR like an absolute layabout. But I was having the time. of my. Life. Even at this relatively early stage, there’s
something for everybody. This may sound strange when I’m talking
about something that looks so ridiculous on quite literally anybody, but I think this
new form of gaming has the potential to attract the interest of a lot of people who may not
have been interested up to this point, because it is no longer an abstraction. And for those people looking to ease into
Virtual Reality, there is a wide variety of casual social experiences that make full use
of the technology in a unique way that isn’t exactly possible with anything that’s existed
before, but do not demand the hand-eye coordination of others. One of VR’s strongest selling points is
body language. So much of communication is non-verbal, and
canned emotes simply don’t cut it. But in VR, you can gesture however you like,
which makes the social dynamic and subtle communication of many games impossible to
replicate outside of VR. Games like recroom and VRChat are a perfect
place for even the most casual player to experience this for the first time, but as with most
games that allow players to do whatever they want, prepare yourself. If you want to feel like a badass there’s
SuperHot, which you may remember from the desktop version that I will now never want
to play again, because the tension you experience when bullets are physically RIGHT IN YOUR
FACE makes the desktop version just feel… boring. Sidestepping an attack by pressing the D key
is nothing compared to physically diving face first onto the floor to get out of the line
of fire. If you want a more authentic shooter experience
there are games like Contractors and Onward that apply the more tactical design philosophy
of games like insurgency or even ArmA to either PvE or PvP game modes. It’s in these games that a critical, but
often overlooked, component of virtual reality really shines: sound. The Index’s headphones don’t actually
touch your ears, but instead are offset a little bit so they function like two tiny
speakers, which gives the impression of being surrounded by a much larger space than you
actually are. Sounds like footsteps, reloads, and all can
appear very lifelike in their positioning and volume, which really helps to set the
mood. Creeping around a building with night vision
on, clearing each room and intently listening for anything that could tip you off to the
enemy’s location, only to have it all pay off when you get the drop on somebody is,
once again, so much more adrenaline pumping than sitting in front of a screen and holding
shift w to slow walk while waiting to hear somebody else press R. If you’d like to go even further in the
‘realistic’ direction, there’s Hot Dogs, Horseshoes, and Hand Grenades for those of
you who are interested in a game where loading your weapon can sometimes be the biggest hurdle. Jokes aside, Hot Dogs, Horseshoes, and Hand
Grenades has the best feeling weapons of any game I’ve tried so far, and plenty of minigames
to try them out. The coup de grace of first person shooters
in VR, though, is Pavlov. It’s like what I imagined Counter-Strike
to be when I was a child. The game gives players plenty of leeway with
things like reloading, letting magazines just snap into weapon so that you can focus on
the gameplay. This isn’t a sim. This is meant to PLAY well. This is what a next generation FPS feels like. There’s all the stuff you’d normally expect
from Counter-Strike gamemode wise, but the absolute standout to me so far has been TTT. If you don’t know what that is, well, basically
it’s a murder mystery game where a couple players are traitors and the rest are innocents
that have to survive and find out who dunnit. It was great fun in Gmod, but this is something…
else. There is, however, one VR experience that
I would recommend to anybody, and that is Minecraft. It’s obvious when you think about it. Exploration game. Scale. Caves. Getting blown up in first person is scary. Building is so much more rewarding. Really, every aspect of this game is made
better by VR, and it’s a classic, I mean really. It’s really amazing that it all works so
well, despite the fact that it’s not an official port, and like one or two dudes seem
to have made just for funsies. I played on the SMP Live server in VR and
it was chaotic to say the least. Now don’t get me wrong, VR is definitely
still in the “early adoption” phase. And by that I mean, about half of the games
I’ve tried either made me want to scoop out my eyeballs with a rusty spoon, or suffered
catastrophic failure. Case in point: Skyrim VR. I have mixed opinions on Skyrim. The environments are super nice and I love
the game’s dungeon delving, but its combat and occasionally its npcs have a tangible
shallowness that turned me off of really loving the game the way others have. Blah blah blah you’ve heard that from a
million people before. Having said that, I thought that VR had the
potential to remedy some of those issues. Or at least overshadow the game’s shortcomings
with awe-inspiring scale and the intensity that a sword slashing right near your eye
has over one on a screen. Unfortunately, Todd had other plans. I suppose you could say, I was taken for a
ride. Yes, technical difficulties are the norm. But, I’ve saved the best for last. A game I’ve had no trouble with whatsoever. A complete product. That’s the game In Death. It’s a roguelike, which means when you die
you lose your progress and equipment, if you didn’t know. It’s got some clear dark souls influence
and it really shines when you’re fighting for your life on a long run and physically
hiding behind cover. You can choose between the crossbow or longbow,
and find a variety of special ammo like explosives or lightning arrows, and this has become kind
of a mainstay for me. I can play this game over and over again,
and I have. The satisfaction of pulling off a long range
headshot is something that you don’t get outside of VR where you actually lead the
target and aim the shot. Definitely check this one out. You won’t be disappointed. So that’s all fine and good, right? That’s where we are. You get it. VR’s great, it’s suffering some growing
pains, but probably going to be a major force in the industry. But let’s talk about the exciting part. Let’s talk about where this is going. Let’s talk about neuralink. So what is Neuralink? Neuralink is a brain computer interface. Which basically means take your phone and
plug your brain into it, but then plug your phone into a crazy fast internet connection,
except it doesn’t have to be plugged in because it’s 5g which means the internet
is EVERYWHERE. That’s neuralink. Confused? Don’t worry. Let Elon help. So what does that mean? It means that everything you experience is
the culmination of electrical signals passing between neurons in the brain, therefore it
is possible to provide electrical signals to these neurons via a man-made source, your
brain phone-aka neuralink, in order to create the impression of stimuli. Basically think about unplugging your eyes,
and plugging the computer in. Okay? Okay. Obviously this has all kinds of applications
including but not limited to Telepathic communication
Giving yourself a HUD Aiding in the treatment of paralysis
Developing a better understanding of mental illness
Installing a soulless technological demon-creature into your brain
Brain Porn Digital Dopamine Drip
Immortality But I’m going to talk about the one you
came to this video for, and the most important one, which is gaming. Piping the game directly into your brain so
that you may sensorially experience as though it were reality is undoubtedly the final step
on the road that is gaming’s future until it becomes something else entirely different. And the fact that Google figured out a way
to take the computer out of your computer and put it in a warehouse someplace else means
that this all might be possible sooner than you or I would think. It may sound as though I’m being tongue
in cheek, mainly because I have been for the past couple of minutes. But it’s serious time. This actually may be the culmination of Human
expression. No joke. Expression, culture, art, whatever you want
to call it, is at its core about sharing feelings, experiences, knowledge, lessons learned, the
highs and lows. Sharing the human experience. A brief encapsulation of what it is like to
live. Does neuralink and a brain-computer interface
not sound like the pinnacle of that? Wanna talk about walking a mile in another
person’s shoes? Well, hypothetically you could. Think about the value this could have in education. Wanna learn about history? Well here’s a sensory reconstruction of
what it would feel like to walk around Rome in 350 B.C. to the best of our knowledge. That’s the kind of thing possible with this
technology. Hypothetically. So next time somebody tells you that videogames
are a waste of time, scoff at them and tell them that it’s merely the infantile state
of Humanity’s greatest cultural legacy and that you pity them. Oh also, follow me on Twitch. I’ll be streaming VR there.

100 thoughts on “Virtual Reality: Changing the Game

  • Hugbox Post author

    Oh yea face reveal

  • Coldcojones Post author

    This is actually a masterpiece, Noah. Awesome video bro

  • Evil Subhuman White Heterosexual Cis-Gendered Male Who Should Check His Privilege And Live In Shame Post author

    Meanwhile those of us who are less optimistic realize that all of mankind's progress boils down to new and better ways for the elite few to control the masses. This technology will make us slaves in a dystopian technocratic future where the globalist Big Brother surveillance state is wired directly into our brains and controlling our very perceptions.

  • ThirstySnows Post author


  • Moon Face Post author

    Interesting new style, I think the addition of your physical appearance can greatly add on to the already fantastic writing. VR is not only gamings future but probably our future. Entertainment. A whole new way to experience life. To create worlds to be explored through only the person's intelligence and willingness. This is not going to be a "Game" Changer, But rather a "World" changer

    I sound very pretentious but I am almost certain it is the future.

    Fantastic as always Noah, You came home with the milk.

  • dogtot Post author

    yo dis a video

  • Seb Macca Post author


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  • BLKENWITE Post author

    Great video, 1/10

  • FanskapsJägar'n Post author

    Vr is nice, but we're all probably doing to die of cancer from all the wireless shit all around us these days before we can enjoy the cyber future.

  • Aidan Graf Post author


  • Bell a Post author

    I’ve personally never felt dream to VR, as a person who’s pessimistically paranoid about technology in relation to our future. But this video definitely caused me to crave the valve index. It definitely seems like cool and a unique experience that I wanna jump in on, but the concern is how far is it gonna go? And on that, how far is too far?

  • HelloOnepiece Post author

    I cant wait to be trapped in a virtual world without realizing and with the risk of frying my brian

  • TangibleNothings Post author


  • Sean H Post author

    Goddamnit you are the 1st person to completely sell me on VR. I guess I'm gonna have to buy a Valve Index and then save up another 5gs for a stupidly high end gaming rig. I'm serious, I have a nice gaming PC now but you've really inspired me to take it to the next level.

  • Zander Garrant Post author

    Minecraft vr while drunk is the most terrifying expierience,

  • Quetzalcoatl - the Serpent God Post author

    Have you tried Zero Caliber VR?

  • Darren Kelly Post author

    10:34 – The only part of this video that truly matters

  • Flyingclam Post author

    As a PSVR user, VR is one if the most amazing things I've ever used my life. It's definitely not perfect and has serious flaws that prevented it from being mass concerned in the market. But the possibilities for this technology even outside of Gaming, see what the airforce is doing, is going to change the face of mass media for years to come

  • Coolius Jeezer Post author

    I’m still not onboard with Neuralink. With read and write memory stimulation in your brain, everything sounds cool until you try to delete a corrupted game save and accidentally forget your childhood.

  • Doctor infinite Post author

    Yeah ,uh,that sounds nice and all but i dont think I wanna get
    BRAIN HACKED by some guy in Europe. I'm Keeping technology out of my brain thank you.

  • KeepingMyPeace Post author

    Fuck, don’t scare me like that. Also I’ve had Onward for a year on my Vive and have never played it once because the times I tried it just didn’t work

  • Skeet Skeet Post author

    I'M SOLO

  • Sarel Post author

    This makes me wish I lived in the first world.

    This and old community-based multiplayer games

  • Hopford Ropford Post author

    the fuck… who are u?

  • Push To Pull Post author

    People in the comments watched too much SAO and worried about VR taking over your life

  • Gameboygamer64 Post author

    Sounds like an easy way for people to extract things from my brain

  • LondonLock Post author

    Honestly with beat saber, blade and sorcery and pavlov seems modding is what makes the best vr games the best
    I mean now blade and sorcery has custom maps its nice to see its climbing system being fully used

  • VictorKane115 Post author

    Brain computer interlinks are an awful idea, and making them wireless in any way is an even worse idea. Nobody should trust any of these companies enough to let them install a wireless transceiver in your grey matter.

  • Eirikur Post author

    If you're interested in it, you should def make a video about the neuron thing

  • Nateson Post author

    face reveal!!

  • Francisco Macêdo Post author


  • Mauro Post author

    Neuralink is both amazing and scary as fuck

  • Fluber Chuber ayy Post author

    No way i am plugging 5g cancer rays into my brain dude

  • PixStiXx Post author

    Hugbox uploaded aaae

  • Mohamed Farouk Elewa Post author

    something that I wish people who talk about VR say
    VR will always remain good as "Virtual" , very bad as "Reality"
    not just "graphic" wise … but also Psychological wise too

  • Azzalack Post author

    Pavlov VR

  • SunbroPrime Post author

    Yeah, no thanks to the brain control, and VR is too expensive and janky. I'll just wait for the holodecks please and thanks.

  • Sam Colvett Post author

    In all honesty, Neurolink sounds dystopian as fuck.

  • moscow vicent Post author

    Everything on video I love and is cool assembly part about putting a chip in my brain no way big brother

  • mariokarter13 Post author

    VR always will be a niche product, the only effect of marketing it to the masses is the knowledge it will be perceived as a failure.

  • 00x000 Post author

    Oh dear this got dark real quick. I draw the line at plugging anything into my brain or having peripherals access it without my consciousness acting as a medium. Also, Elon looks like he's seen some shit.

  • Danny Sullivan Post author

    It's been so long I'd forgotten who HugBox was.

  • Tanna Tea Post author

    I have no interest in the current VR stuff. I haven't even tried it, and I'm going to save my virginity in that aspect. But fuck sake it's exciting thinking about when the technology becomes actually good. We're going to have government initiatives to deal with VR addiction. Tragic stories in the news about people found dead after not eating with their headset on. VR will be our crack if it gets as good as our lad Elon is talking about. I mean personally me, the guy typing this, I'm going to be a degenerate fucking junkie in a few decades if I can get this. Affordable near reality level virtual reality. Take me away from this shit world to a magical realm. Give me those cat girls

  • Ogdred Weary Post author

    Ah yes surrender your mind to the swarm so you can play more bing bing wahoo.

  • Glitch Post author

    Good video 👍

  • delve Post author

    Nigga, where you been?

  • Ano Muumit Post author

    Good video on the topic, but the sound levels need a bit more attention. It was kinda hard to watch the video with your voice being so much lower in level than the other footage. In a comedic sense the louder parts can be funny when done with care, but now it felt just a bit rushed in presentation.

  • Aemon Post author

    What im afraid of the most is people's paranoia not letting technology like this become reality.

  • Nikola Pavkovic Post author

    Except… in one other place…

  • Comrade Matt Post author

    Mom said u could hurt your eyes sitting to close to the TV i wonder what she would have to say about this.

  • Uriah Siner Post author

    Did you really make your own stock footage for this? lol

  • maka Post author

    Truly an amazing insight into VR and the future of gaming

  • Applied Atoms Post author

    You tried to slip that mvm music past me but I caught it.

  • D6 Post author

    Glad to have you back.

  • Charlie99993 Post author

    I like that I immediately recognized that the move Han Solo was doing was the trash compactor

  • Rainer Mist Post author

    Man, it's a great day if Hugbox uploads. Thanks for this video!

    That being said, I'd never trust Elon Musk with anything, especially with plugging my brain. He's just a deceptive businessman who has built a meme and hype train around him by appearing as a dorky nerd.
    But to be fair, I wouldn't trust anybody to plug my brain.

  • Sol Goodguy Post author

    your wall has infiltration, you should check that out before it ruins the wall further

  • Hybrid Post author

    Very surprised you didn't show what most call the pinnacle of vr… beat saber

  • dnuke Post author

    The headset itself is fine, but the minimal,muscle memory of controllers and keyboards is way more immersive because after a while you become unaware of it. With the hand motion controllers you will be constantly aware you're playing a game.

  • Eon Post author

    They're gonna make SAO like games true
    I don't feel well Mr.Stark

  • Huw Guyver Post author

    I've had my PSVR headset for almost three years now, and even using aging tech of the PS4 (although I now use a Pro) I'm still completely hooked. I'll still play flat games occasionally when there is no VR equivalent, or when I just want to do something low-key, but 90% of my gaming is VR now. Anyone who doubts VR should play Wipeout Omega Collection on flatscreen then in VR mode and feel the difference.

    That neuralink stuff sounds like some super intrusive sci-fi dystopian sh*t to me though. That will be a hard pass from me.

  • I'm watching you sleep Post author

    Neurolink porn, well that's a great reason to stay alive.

  • Liiincoln Post author

    How can I become a beta tester?

  • SteveyG Post author

    Minecraft vr exists officialy, though only on the microsoft store, but its made perfectly.

  • King Post author

    fuck dude i hate you for this video, i have the money for a rift s right now after deciding I'd be good with that, but now I'm caught up between it and the index again

  • kwazhims3lf Post author

    ur back

  • Colin O'Briant Post author

    That straight up turned into an Exurb1a video in the last two minutes.

  • David Yeakle Post author

    Virtual reality is a crappy trend that's going to die quickly like it has the last dozen times the tech necromancers reanimated its rotting corpse. Most people can't even walk around in a VR game without projectile vomiting.

  • Adam S Post author


    you know what is going to happen?????

    if it shorts out it might give you the worst pain in the world or kill your memories or make you a vegetable. connected to the internet, this can be done as a terrorist attack.

    advertising to you, ads you cant escape, that can play with you on such a deeper level

    mind control

    i mean god bless, but not for me. ill stick with the bulky goggles

  • Franz Pattison Post author

    Holy fuck neural link that's some sci-fi dystopic shit. That's creepy as fuck

  • Celery Man Post author

    So it's a two thousand dollar meme with pretty dogshit experiences. Mfw people are fine with staring at a screen and not having to wag their head and arms for hours.

  • PineappleDude Post author

    Please, be better about mixing audio. I can't imagine how painful this video would have been with headphones on.

  • john ga Post author

    the screaming in the clips is 8 to 12,000 times louder than normal volume of the video

  • Guy from 20XX Post author

    VR Chat always sounded good
    Then the Anime, I’m sorry, Heresy was introduced to me

  • Internet Boy Post author

    I recently refunded my VR headset after having 2 major complaints with it. The first one is the complete lack of killer apps. The vast majority of VR games are like Job Simulator that might be fun for an hour or two but won't keep your attention for long and certainly aren't worth the money. My second problem is that I never got immersed like everyone told me I would. Maybe my expectations were too high, but in the back of my brain a voice would keep telling me ''dude you're looking at a screen, you're not really in this world''. I found the whole experience to be very disappointing and have little faith in VR as it is now.

  • Fredrik Nygren Post author

    holy shit you uploade yes!

  • The Kingdom Key Post author

    So this entire video just culminated in Neurolink shilling? That's…unfortunate.

  • GamerRoman Post author

    RIP Stalker lore

  • ArlusFinch Post author

    Can't wait for Elon Musk to electrocute my brain, making me feel like a tree with tiny birds in it

  • Mossy Ashromancer Post author

    I ordered a valve index a week ago and i’m still waiting

  • Fredrik Nygren Post author

    you're handsome

  • Epoch Pilot Post author

    Just don't fall for the inevitable "recall" on your Neurolink.

  • Mirmisian Post author

    Couldn’t someone like hack into the thing blow up your brain with the touch of a button

  • Ethan The Keed Post author

    Well now I don’t want to play any normal game every again, and I’m too broke to buy a vr headset

  • Ikelos Post author

    7:40 Gamer abused by years of $10 Headsets priced at $300 with scams like "7.1 surround" discovers the magic of "soundstage" that any $40 open-ear headphone of decent quality can produce.

  • Ikelos Post author

    Please don't shill Neurolink.
    People already put their complete trust in corporations thinking that they have too much at stake to betray their customers as it is, they don't need encouragement.
    Watch them meekly accept 5G after it has been scientifically demonstrated beyond the shadow of a doubt that even 4G causes cancer at an alarming rate.

  • Maminyam Post author

    aw bit handsome young man

  • Courier Six Post author

    Came for the Stalker Lore. Stayed for the video essays fantastic job here man

  • Adrian Fabbri Post author

    VR gaming is still at its early development, it needs that killer application which destroy the competition and make this technology appealing for veterans and newbies.

  • Waffle6 Post author

    WoW, i forgot to comment yesterday, but i commented on this post on twitter, and finally! content, WOOHOO.
    and funny and info vid too , i like please more

  • Andrew Harper Post author

    dude what's your twitch you forgot to add it

  • bob Post author

    VR lol

  • Zoe Moonlight Post author

    Look… Vr is cool and all… But I'm not plugging something into my body.

  • eddebrock Post author

    I don't think VR is going to really take off unless they can fix the nausea issue.

    and since that is a biological issue not a technical one, I think they will struggle.

  • Isaax Post author

    Neurolink sounds fucking terrifying

  • Evert-Jan Goeree Post author

    Try subnautica VR that shit is scary

  • Shannax Post author

    I have never seen WHAT'S GOOD memed until this video

  • Cut To David Post author

    interesting one …

  • Moses Earl Post author

    Damn, man. Did not expect you to be a decent lookin' guy

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