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Animal Crossing New Horizons update: April patch contents REVEALED for Nintendo Switch?

Animal Crossing New Horizon fans may have discovered what’s coming in the April update.

The upcoming Nintendo Switch update will pave the way for the Earth Day event, but will also introduce new items and features.

Judging by in-game hints and files, the April update could introduce two fan-favourite buildings to the game.

As pointed out by Eurogamer, in-game dialogue references Brewster’s coffee shop and Red’s art gallery.

References to these locations were also found within the in-game files, which suggests an update is imminent.

Indeed, the dialogue almost suggests that the locations are already in the game, so maybe the April update will come even sooner than fans think.

With Earth Day taking place on April 22, it’s likely the foundations will be laid a week ahead of time.

Fingers crossed it’s more successful than the Bunny Day event, which has really outstayed its welcome.

The new Animal Crossing whisks players off to a tropical island as part of the Nook Inc. Deserted Island Getaway Package.

“If the hustle and bustle of modern life’s got you down, Tom Nook has a business venture up his sleeve that he knows you’ll adore: his brand-new, ultra-exclusive Nook Inc. Deserted Island Getaway Package!” reads the official description.

“Sure, you’ve crossed paths with colourful characters near and far. Had a grand old time as one of the city folk.

“May’ve even turned over a new leaf and dedicated yourself to public service! But deep down, isn’t there a part of you that just longs for…freedom? A chance to do what you want, when you want? Then perhaps a long walk on the beach of a deserted island, where a rich wealth of untouched nature awaits, is just what the doctor ordered!

“Peaceful creativity and charm await as you roll up your sleeves and make your new life whatever you want it to be.”

Players can customise their homes by scavenging materials, crafting upgrades and purchasing items from the in-game shop.

That’s on top of all the usual activities like fishing, bug catching and growing plants and crops.

Like most live service games of today, Animal Crossing will also be updated with various in-game events.

This includes the divisive Bunny Day event, which didn’t eggs-actly go down well with fans.

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Fortnite update 12.30.1 patch notes: Maintenance server downtime, new event, items, more

Fortnite update 12.30.1 is about to be released on PS4, Xbox One, PC, iOS, Android and Nintendo Switch.

Maintenance update 12.30.1 is coming to Fortnite Battle Royale and Save the World on April 8.

Unusually, however, despite not being a full update, the patch will be released during server from maintenance from 7am UK time.

It’s unlikely to be a big update, so expect the game to be back online by 9am BST at the latest.

The news was announced by Epic Games on Twitter: “Hi, everyone. We have a maintenance patch requiring downtime scheduled to release on April 8.

“Downtime will begin at 2 AM ET (0600 UTC). We’ll provide updates both when downtime begins and ends.”

According to the early patch notes, the maintenance update will make a few minor fixes.

It’s possible that it will also lay the foundation for an end of season event in the coming weeks.

Likewise, Epic Games could potentially introduce a new in-game item to Battle Royale.

As you can see from the patch notes below, only three fixes are confirmed for update 12.30.1.

This includes a fix for a crash that occurs when changing cosmetic styles, as well as an issue with the Codaxe Pickaxe.

Finally, PS4 owners can expect to see an improvement in terrain textures, which suffered after the release of last week’s update 12.30.

Fortnite update 12.30.1 early patch notes – confirmed fixes…

• Crash when changing styles for cosmetics in the Locker.

– We’re investigating and working to resolve a crash that can occur when changing styles for cosmetics in the Locker.

• Codaxe Pickaxe Disabled

– Due to an issue, the Codaxe Pickaxe has been disabled.

• Low Quality PS4 Map Textures

– Some terrain textures on PS4 are visually degraded since 12.30.

Fortnite update 12.30.1 early patch notes – fixes in next update…

• Controllers may not vibrate when the player takes damage.

– Players using a controller may not experience any vibration feedback when taking damage.

• Grenade temporarily disabled.

 – Due to an issue, the Grenade has been temporarily disabled. We’ll provide an update when the Grenade has been re-enabled.

• “Pull a player or Henchman with a Harpoon Gun” Challenge not working with Henchmen.

 – Skye’s “Pull a player or Henchman with a Harpoon Gun” Challenge may not work with Henchmen.

• Visualized Audio pulses icons instead of being solid.

 – Visualize SFX Audio will pulse the direction of audio sources instead of showing them consistently. Audio appears from the correct direction and source.

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LEGO Super Mario release date and price revealed, pre-orders now open

LEGO Super Mario pre-orders have opened today with the beloved Danish toymaker revealing the release date and price for the upcoming set. The LEGO Super Mario toys are launching in 2020 – the same year that the iconic plumber celebrates his 35th birthday. The eagerly anticipated set utilises Bluetooth technology which means Mario can interact with different parts of a LEGO set’s layout.

When the Mario figurine does reach certain parts of the LEGO set his facial expression can change as does a display on his dungarees thanks to little LED displays.

The LEGO Mario toys have been four years in the making, and soon this inventive and delightful looking range of toys will be getting launched.

The LEGO Super Mario toys have a release date of August 1, which the starter set coming in at a recommended retail price £49.99.

The first LEGO Super Mario expansion sets have also been revealed – a piranha plant and a Bowser’s castle set.

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The Piranha Plant Power Slide expansion set has an RRP of £24.99 while the Bowser’s Castle Boss Battle expansion set has an £89.99 RRP.

Pre-orders for the LEGO Super Mario starter set have opened today, click here if you wish to place an order.

Takashi Tezuka, Executive Officer and Game Producer of Nintendo, said: “Super Mario has continued to appear, always in a form adapted to the current hardware of the time.

“I am thankful that in this project with the LEGO Group, Mario is jumping out of the digital world of game consoles and smart devices, and we are able to bring him into the world with a new, physical type of Mario play.

“It’s very exciting to think of LEGO Mario becoming a real friend to children and to picture them playing in their very own Mario world that they imagined themselves.”

While Jonathan Bennink, Digital Design Lead on LEGO Super Mario at the LEGO Group, said: “We were thrilled to see the global reaction to news of LEGO Super Mario.

“Fans have been keen to learn more, so I am pleased that today we were able to reveal more details about this exciting new collaboration that has led to a reimagination of the LEGO building experience and an entirely new way to play inspired by the beloved video game icon, Super Mario.

“We can’t wait to see fans get creative and challenge each other with this highly engaging and social play experience.”

The LEGO Super Mario set won’t be the only new release coming on the videogame icon’s 35th birthday year.

Nintendo are also rumoured to be planning on remastering classic Mario games for the Nintendo Switch to mark the landmark anniversary.

Super Mario 64, Super Mario Sunshine and Super Mario Galaxy are all rumoured to be coming to the Switch in remastered form this year.

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Apex Legends event COUNTDOWN: Old Ways date and time, Bloodhound’s Trials, PS4 Xbox latest

Apex Legends Bloodhound event release date and start time is fast approaching, with the Old Ways event dropping soon on PS4 and Xbox One. The latest Apex Legends event will add Duos and Trios to the hit Battle Royale shooter alongside a permanent map rotation. So Apex Legends fans will be able to team up in Duos or Trios on either the Kings Canyon or Worlds Edge maps.

The Apex Legends Old Ways event will also add the New Town Takeover, bringing with it the Bloodhound’s Trials which offers high-tier loot as a reward.

The upcoming Apex Legends event will also offer an exclusive event prize track as well as new skins that will be direct shop purchases.

The Apex Legends Old Ways event will launch on Tuesday April 7, with a start time for the event featuring Bloodhound’s Trials expected to be 6pm BST.

The Apex Legends event will then run for two weeks until Tuesday April 21.

The Apex Legends Old Ways event as well as Bloodhound’s Trials was detailed in a post on the official EA Apex Legends website.

Here are more details on the upcoming Apex Legends event…

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APEX LEGENDS OLD WAYS EVENT – SUMMARY

• New Town Takeover – Bloodhound’s Trials

• Exclusive Event Prize Track

• Direct Purchase Shop

– New Event Limited Cosmetics

– Return of Legendary Hunt Skins

New Town Takeover – Bloodhound’s Trials

When the Apex Games came to World’s Edge, large predators vacated the area, leading to an explosion in the prowler population.

Most were traced to a nest in the northwest portion of the arena, and here, Bloodhound saw an opportunity: maintain the ecosystem by pitting humans against beasts.

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Dive into Bloodhound’s Trials, where you and your squad battle against a hoard of prowlers and claim high-tier loot as your reward.

But beware the most dangerous game: fellow Legends who want to scavenge those goods for themselves. In moments of quiet, don’t forget to explore the enclosure, especially with a certain hunter at your side.

The Old Ways Exclusive Event Prize Track

As part of the Old Ways Event, you’ll have the chance to complete daily challenges and earn exclusive cosmetics inspired by the latest Stories from the Outlands: The Old Ways digital short.

We’ve been seeing a lot of positive feedback from players in regards to the prize track we introduced with Grand Soiree and continued with System Override, and with The Old Ways event we’re delivering an all-new prize track.

As with the System Override Event, you’ll be able to earn up to 1000 points per challenge set and the challenge set will refresh at a daily rate. Plus, you’ll still be able to complete your battle pass challenges at the same time too.

Direct Purchase Shop

We’re adding new, exclusive skins that tie-in to The Old Ways digital short, similar to the Wraith skin from last September’s Voidwalker event.

There’s also a mix of legendary and rare skins inspired by the aesthetics and themes of the short.

Finally, The Old Ways Event marks the return of the Legendary Hunt Skins. All 8 of the original Legendary Hunt Skins will be on offer for direct purchase in addition to 2 recolored variants of the Wraith and R-301 skins that were exclusive to battle pass owners.

As with before, these are still event exclusive so they won’t be available outside special occasions.

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PS Plus April 2020 vs Games with Gold: PS4 free games smash Xbox One… AGAIN

The PS Plus and Games with Gold free game releases are finally here for PS4 and Xbox One.

The April 2020 free PS4 games will be available to PlayStation Plus subscribers from midday on April 7.

And PS Plus members are in for a treat in April, because the new games include Uncharted 4 and Dirt Rally 2.0.

The new PlayStation Plus games will replace the existing line-up of Shadow of the Colossus and Sonic Forces.

The first wave of Xbox Games with Gold releases are already available, as Project Cars 2 joins Xbox One, and Fable Anniversary comes to Xbox 360.

Games with Gold subscribers will be able to download two more titles on April 16, when the Knights of Pen and Paper Bundle comes to Xbox One, and Toybox Turbos joins Xbox 360.

Now that the April 2020 free games have been announced and are ready to go, now seems like a good time to pit Xbox Games with Gold against PS Plus in a battle to death.

And spoiler alert, it’s already looking like another victory for Sony PlayStation Plus.

The PS Plus highlight is obviously Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End, which has a Metacritic score of 93%.

“Thrown back into the dangerous underworld he’d tried to leave behind, Nathan Drake must decide what he’s willing to sacrifice to save the ones he loves,” reads the official description.

“Join Drake, Sam, Elena and Sully on an epic adventure around the globe, through jungle isles, bustling cities and snow-capped peaks in search of a lost fortune.”

Dirt Rally 2.0 fares almost as well, scoring an impressive 84% on Metacritic.

“DiRT Rally 2.0 dares you to carve your way through a selection of iconic rally locations from across the globe, in the most powerful off-road vehicles ever made, knowing that the smallest mistake could end your stage,” reads the official description.

The Xbox Games with Gold releases aren’t quite as impressive, although it’s not a complete disaster.

Project Cars 2, for example, has a Metacritic score of 84%, which is the same as Dirt Rally 2.0.

“Over 180 elite vehicles are available for your choosing to compete on a variety of track surfaces including ice, dirt, and mud,” reads the Project Cars 2 description.

“Featuring dynamic weather physics on 140 tracks, true-to-life handling, and multiple game modes, the ultimate driver journey begins at the wave of the checkered flag.”

Containing the original game and its sequel, Knights of Pen and Paper Bundle is a little harder to judge.

“In this collection of the award-winning game and its sequel, inhabit a world of chivalry, class warfare, and semi-appropriate cultural references — while complaining loudly to the Game Master,” reads a Microsoft description. “It’s all the fun of pen and paper RPGs and none of the lost dice!”

On the one hand, the iOS version of the original game has a Metacritic score of 83%, while the PC sequel has a score of 67%.

However you choose to judge the Knights of Pen and Paper Bundle, it’s clear that it’s not up to the same standard as Uncharted 4.

Indeed, it would have to be a pretty special month for anything to beat Uncharted 4, which is one of the highest rated games ever on PlayStation Plus.

Dirt Rally 2.0 and Project Cars 2 are both excellent racing games, and Xbox One owners do have the advantage of being able to play Xbox 360 games via backwards compatibility.

So there you have it. In the battle between Xbox Games with Gold and PlayStation Plus, both services have stepped up their game for April 2020.

While there can only be one winner – which is PS Plus – it’s a good month for fans of both consoles.

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Nintendo Switch fans dealt good and bad news about 2020 games release list

Nintendo Switch games fans hoping for some big releases in 2020 have been dealt some good and bad news. There is plenty of mystery surrounding the Nintendo Switch games line-up for the year with large blanks in the second half of 2020. Rumours have been sparked that some of these release gaps could be filled with remasters of classic Super Mario titles.

Which would undoubtedly be a huge hit with Nintendo Switch gamers but there are still plenty of question marks surrounding other upcoming games.

One of the titles that Switch fans may have been hoping would get a release in 2020 is Bayonetta 3.

The latest entry in Platinum Games’ hit series was announced back in 2017 during the Switch’s first year on sale.

But since then we haven’t really heard a peep about Bayonetta 3, nor have we seen any in-game screenshots or footage of the game running.

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It had been hoped that Platinum Games were going to drop details on the new Bayonetta game soon.

The Osaka-based firm this year have been posting announcements on their Platinum 4 website, including news on a Wonderful 101 Switch port.

It had been thought that the final announcement for the Platinum 4 website would be news on Bayonetta 3.

However, the bad news for Switch fans is that this fourth announcement ended up being an April Fool’s gag – with the reveal of a fake arcade machine.

While this will come as a blow to Nintendo Switch gamers hoping for Bayonetta 3 news there is a silver lining.

Platinum Games has announced that there is one more ‘bonus stage’ reveal coming soon.

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The @PlatinumGames Twitter posted: “The #Platinum4 isn’t over! Bonus Stage coming soon”.

It remains to be seen when this announcement does drop, but Bayonetta fans will surely be hoping news on the third game could be coming soon.

If the bonus Platinum Games announcement isn’t about Bayonetta 3 then we may have to wait till the next Nintendo Direct.

It’s unclear when the next Direct could be, whether there will be one in April or if the next one will be the typical June broadcast.

That Direct airs around the time of E3, but even though the expo has been cancelled doesn’t mean there won’t be a June Direct.

Nintendo could use that Direct to announce more about their Q3 and Q4 release schedule for the Switch.

There has been plenty of speculation surrounding what could be the major Switch releases for the latter half of 2020.

Zelda Breath of the Wild 2 was initially pegged for a holiday 2020 release but now it is thought it will be coming out in 2021.

A new Mario Kart, Pikmin 4, Metroid Prime 4 or a new Paper Mario are rumoured contenders for Switch holiday releases.

While Mario is celebrating the 35th anniversary of Super Mario Bros first hitting the Famicom (the Japanese NES) this September.

Which could be when we see the rumoured Mario remasters launch.

It is believed remasters of Super Mario 64, Super Mario Sunshine and Super Mario Galaxy are coming to the Switch this year.

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Resident Evil 3 safe code: Every safe and locker code for the RE3 Remake

Resident Evil 3 is out now, with the PS1 classic getting a full-on HD remake for the PS4, Xbox One and PCs. Resident Evil 3 is set alongside the events of RE2 and sees Jill Valentine return to Raccoon City amid the T-Virus outbreak. The Umbrella disaster has caused zombies and mutated monstrosities to swarm through the city.

But Jill is aided in her fight for survival by safe and lockers spread throughout the game hiding crucial items.

These safe and lockers need to be unlocked using codes which can be a bit tricky to figure out.

But if you’re having trouble with the safe and code lockers in RE3 then don’t worry, you can find out all you need below.

In this article you will find details on all the safe and lockers codes you need in the Resident Evil 3 Remake.

The Resident Evil 3 safe and locker codes information come via a post from GameSpot.

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RESIDENT EVIL 3 SAFE AND LOCKER CODES

Downtown

Art storage room: Safe code: left 9, right 1, left 8. Reward: Handgun Red Dot Site upgrade.

Raccoon City Police Department

West Office: Safe code: left 9, right 15, left 7. Reward: Hip Pouch.

Spencer Memorial Hospital

Nurses’ Station: Safe code: left 9, right 3. Reward: Assault Rifle Dual Mag upgrade.

NOTE: This is above safe has to be opened as with Carlos, if you wait till you return as Jill the contents of the safe will have been emptied.

Raccoon City Police Department – Locker dial locks

• Third floor locker: Code: DCM. Reward: Assault Rifle ammo.

• Shower room locker: Code: CAP. Reward: Flash grenade.

The Resident Evil 3 Remake was released on Friday April 3 2020 on the PS4, Xbox One and PCs.

The PS4 version currently boasts an 80 per cent Metacritic rating and if you wanna try before you buy a free demo is available to download right now.

Here are more details on the Resident Evil 3 Remake taken from the game’s official blurb…

RESIDENT EVIL 3 REMAKE

Jill Valentine is one of the last remaining people in Raccoon City to witness the atrocities Umbrella performed.

To stop her, Umbrella unleashes their ultimate secret weapon;Nemesis!

Also includes Resident Evil Resistance, a new 1 vs 4 online multiplayer game set in the Resident Evil universe where four survivors face-off against a sinister Mastermind.

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Fortnite Deadpool week 7 challenges: Phone booth, portapotty map locations

Fortnite enter a phone booth or portapotty to become the super-est of superheroes is one of the week 7 Deadpool challenges. The Fortnite Deadpool week 7 challenges are unlocking this week, and with it the secret Deadpool skin will at last become available. Leaks have revealed Fortnite fans who have completed Deadpool challenges on a weekly basis will need to finish one of the week 7 tasks to get the skin.

One of the upcoming Fortnite Deadpool challenges tasks players with finding a Fortnite phone booth or portapotty and entering it.

And, seeing as the Fortnite Deadpool week 7 challenges leaked early, it gave fans plenty of time to figure out solutions.

One of those was YouTuber gattu who in a post online revealed how to solve the Fortnite Deadpool week 7 challenges.

Gattu explained that there is an easy way to complete the challenge in a step-by-step guide.

First off Fortnite players need to land near The Grotto which is on the east side of the Battle Royale map just north of Retail Row.

From there Fortnite players should be able to spot a dumpster next to a big metal communication tower.

This, in fact, is a secret passage which leads to an underground tunnel with a phone booth.

Simply head into the phone booth to change into a henchman disguise.

If you want to then head to a portapotty then jump back into the trash can you came out of and then jump into the big, circular vent in the ground.

This will send you flying up into the air, and while airborne you should be able to spot a nearby lake.

Jump into a boat there and simply head northbound where after not too long you will be able to land on a grassy area near the water’s edge.

Near some trees, which is not too far from the green bridge, you will find a portapotty.

If you’re still struggling then you can find in this article a map showing the exact location of the portapotty which gattu highlighted.

This portapotty is west of Dirty Docks and south east of Frenzy Farm.

While the Fortnite Deadpool skin is unlocking this week, that won’t be it for the Fortnite Deadpool challenges.

Leaks have revealed there will also be Fortnite Deadpool week 8 challenges.

The reward for completing one of these challenges next week is a new style for the Deadpool skin which shows Wade Wilson unmasked.

In case you’re wondering, then here are the leaked week 7 and week 8 challenges for the Fortnite Deadpool skin…

FORTNITE DEADPOOL CHALLENGES WEEK 7

• Find Deadpool’s 2 pistols

• Enter a Phone Booth or Portapotty to become the Super-est of Superheroes

FORTNITE DEADPOOL CHALLENGES WEEK 8

• Find Deadpool’s pool floaty

• Dance at Deadpool’s Yacht Party

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Xbox One games UPDATE: Microsoft has good news and bad news for fans

Xbox One fans have been treated to some good news and bad news this week, as Microsoft posts two new game updates.

The good news is that multiplayer pirate adventure game Sea of Thieves is coming to Steam.

“Anchor up, sails down and full @Steam ahead!” reads the official Microsoft announcement. “While we don’t have a date to share just yet, we’re thrilled to announce that Sea of Thieves is coming to Steam soon!

“You can wishlist it now so that you’re ready to add it to your hoard as soon as possible.”

There’s no word on the price or release date, but the fact that it’s already listed on Steam suggests that the launch isn’t far away.

Of course, it’s not all good news for Xbox One gaming fans, as Microsoft’s Phil Spencer gives an update on a previously cancelled game.

Sadly, despite recent rumours to the contrary, Platinum’s Scalebound has not been resurrected.

Indeed, according to Spencer, Microsoft has completely moved past the game.

“We’re not working on it,” Spencer told the Unlocked podcast. “I’m not at Platinum today, but I’m almost positive they’re not working on it. It’s something we all moved past.

“It’s not a moment that I see as a high point for me in my role, having to cancel a game that we had talked about for years.

“But yeah, for the people out there who are kind of thinking that maybe there’s something still in the works, there’s not.”

Before it was cancelled, Scalebound was shaping up to be one of the more interesting Xbox One exclusives.

As for Sea of Thieves, the shared world adventure game has become one of the most popular releases on Xbox One.

“Sea of Thieves offers the essential pirate experience, packed to the seams with sailing and exploring, fighting and plundering, riddle-solving and treasure-hunting – everything you need to live the pirate life you’ve always dreamed about,” Microsoft explains.

“With no set roles, you have complete freedom to approach the world, and other players, however you choose.

“This shared-world experience allows you to play solo or form a crew, meeting other players on the seas and choosing to be friends or foes.

“Will you form a grand alliance, or plunder treasure from the unwary? Play your own way and create a legend to be remembered.”

If you can’t wait for the Steam version, you can grab the Xbox One Anniversary Edition for £34.99 from the Xbox Store.

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Animal Crossing stock alert: New Horizons physical Switch stock at Amazon and Currys

Animal Crossing New Horizons has become available to buy once again, with physical copies of the Nintendo Switch hit at Amazon and Currys. At the time of writing, both Amazon and Currys have physical versions of Animal Crossing Switch for £44.99 with free shipping. Amazon also have a version of Animal Crossing New Horizons which is bundled with a themed AC New Horizons microfibre cloth.

This is priced at £44.99 also and is available to pre-order, with stock landing on Friday April 3.

Click here to go to the Currys listing for Animal Crossing New Horizons while clicking here will direct you to the Amazon page.

Animal Crossing New Horizons launched on Friday March 20 and has been selling like hot cakes.

Prior to today Animal Crossing New Horizons has been sold out at all UK retailers for quite awhile.

In Blighty Animal Crossing New Horizons enjoyed the second best Nintendo Switch launch ever.

While in Japan Animal Crossing New Horizons has been a huge hit, becoming the best Switch launch ever.

In the space of two weeks Animal Crossing New Horizons has sold around 2.6million physical units.

This is just 230,000 copies off the lifetime sales of Mario Kart 8 Deluxe in the Land of the Rising Sun.

More to follow…

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