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121  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / [PC/X360/PS3/VITA] MXGP - The Official Motocross Videogame on: March 29, 2014, 04:29:33 AM
I picked up the Steam version of this game tonight. The last time I was on a motorcycle was about forty years ago eek, but I like racing games and I'm fond of motorbikes; I was thrilled when they were introduced into the GTA universe in Vice City. I played around with the demo and I liked it. The Steam forums were of mixed opinions, mostly how it wasn't as realistic as it should be. Since I have nothing to compare it to, I just have to say for a video game about motocross, it feels good to me.

It's on a 15% off Steam sale till April 4th, and as I said there's a demo you can check out.
122  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / Re: Free Arma 2, Alpha Prime, UFO: Afterlight Steam codes on: March 28, 2014, 04:22:20 PM
the email is correct. Or you can just send a PM. Thanks!
123  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: New gaming computer? Where to buy? on: March 27, 2014, 06:23:47 PM

Quote from: Lee on March 27, 2014, 05:51:33 PM

Great info, especially the pictures, thanks guys. That sounds like exactly the kind of experience I want when buying a PC. I believe they also come with the windows disk, correct? I got in a Dell support chat last night asking about recovery options. They will mail you a recovery disk anytime you ask. "But one doesn't come with the computer, nor does a Windows disk?" I asked? "No". I know this isn't a big deal, you can make your own recovery USB/disk pretty easily, but just the fact they don't include it turns me off. It sounds like Falcon NW goes above and beyond. Have always wanted one since Rich of Gone Gold got one.

The hard drive seems to have died in my Alienware. I shouldn't be surprised, that thing has always seemed like it had to write to the drive often. The drive would never go in to sleep mode because the thing would write to it every 10 seconds even when sitting idle.

Edit: never mind about the included windows disk, I see it in the picture above.

Yup, the original OEM Windows DVD in it's case is included. And I also remember when Rich got his. I can't remember if it was before or after I got mine.

About the only complaint I have about that leather (I guess it's faux leather) binder is that it's not deep enough, they had to kind of jam everything in there. I mentioned that in an email to them they requested in lieu of the buyer's survey they used to do. My only other complaint was that there could be more USB ports on the front, as right now there are only two. It's not a big deal to me as I already have an external powered USB hub, but some folks might prefer more.
124  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / Re: Free Arma 2, Alpha Prime, UFO: Afterlight Steam codes on: March 27, 2014, 05:57:03 PM
If UFO: Afterlight is still available I would like to get it, I'm on a bit of a Mars kick right now  icon_smile
125  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: New gaming computer? Where to buy? on: March 27, 2014, 12:18:59 PM
I just got my new Talon from Falcon Northwest about a month ago and I'm very happy with it. It's my second Falcon NW computer, I got my first one, a Mach V, in early 2003 and used it till 2011, although I did have to add more RAM and upgrade the video card. It ran without a problem, I just had to finally replace it because the processor just wasn't able to handle anything modern. After that I got a Hewlett Packard office computer with a entry level video card, but that was a mistake, so that's why I got the Talon.

Yup, it's expensive, but then I figure I'm worth it icon_biggrin. The nice thing about Falcon NW, the computers come with NO crapware, they are tested before they are shipped and the quality, at least in the two I've owned, is top notch. They come with a leather binder thing with all the the extra cables, manuals and disks that came with the individual components:




That little red thing on the right in the last photo is the recovery USB. Just before it's shipped, they image the OS drive and put it on a thumb drive, so if you need or just want to get things back to the original state they came in, just plug her in and follow the directions.

The computer itself it pretty modest, I don't go for painted cases and the like:



I haven't had to use Falcon NW support so far, but on my first computer I did have some questions. They have their own support guys, right at their location, and what's nice when I called was I got a machine, left my number and question, and they called me back pretty quickly on their own dime and the guy I talked to actually knew his stuff. That was in 2003 but they say they still supply support that way.

Let me know if you have any other questions about Falcon or my Talon.


126  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (03/24) on: March 24, 2014, 04:33:08 AM
I guess Bioshock Infinite: Burial at Sea pt. 2 at some point, but I'm just a few hours into the original game, which I got a couple of weeks ago on a Steam sale.
127  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Qvadriga - Roman Chariot Racer Simulator on: March 23, 2014, 10:00:31 PM
Yeah, I won my first campaign!


128  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Qvadriga - Roman Chariot Racer Simulator on: March 23, 2014, 09:16:41 PM
I'm posting the following tips I picked up from the Matrix Games Qvadriga forum, where the developer Daniel was answers some questions posted by myself and others:

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- Q. Does using Avoid, Stability or the Attacks orders decrease your potential speed? I was wondering if there was a trade off- for instance using the Avoid Attack order but at the cost of speed.

A. No they don't reduce speed, current speed will always be maintained unless you brake, collide with another team, suffer an injury to the horse team or other team brakes you due to a laceration attack.

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- Q After making a lacerating attack I was unable to whip my horses or make anymore attacks. I think I saw a red X appear over my driver for a second. Whip loss? or something else.

A. Opponent grabbed your whip. This usually happens if you try to lacerate an opponent with higher skill than you, even if you have the same skill level there is also a small chance of this happening. Watch tunic's brightness!

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Q. It seems to me that the max speed of the quadriga is limited to the slowest horse. Have other folks found this to be true?

A. I have to correct this in the ingame manual, it should say: "The sum of horse bar's lengths is a measure of current speed".

All four bars lengths (less if horses are killed) are summed up to calculate current maximum speed

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Q. Why am I not getting certain upgrades?

A. It depends on your chosen faction. If you are playing a faction with no starting chariot upgrades (like the Russata) it will be almost impossible to find a full developed chariot.

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Q. I had previous asked about the relationship between the length of the horse bars and the max speed and Daniel the developer replied that it was the sum of the length of the horses' bars that reflected the max speed. After some more races I have another question; does the color have any affect on the speed? I'm thinking no, it just reflects the decrease in endurance, but I'll throw the question out here just to see peoples' opinions.

A. The color is representing the percentage of the bar that you have lost by damage, for example if you lost half, the bar will have an orange tone, becoming more reddish as damage increases

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129  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Qvadriga - Roman Chariot Racer Simulator on: March 22, 2014, 09:49:50 PM
I just thought it was coincidental, but it appears to me that when someone is stunned and has stars circling their head, there are also birds chirping, just like in the old cartoons  icon_biggrin
130  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Running With Rifles (top-down tactical shooter w/ open-world RPG elements) on: March 22, 2014, 09:07:19 PM

Quote from: Blackjack on March 22, 2014, 08:21:45 PM

Learned a lot today while playing....

I've gotten several Early Access games lately so I'm trying to cut back and just wait till release, but what you've been posting may change my mind.  Thanks for posting all this info, I know it takes some time and effort to enter all the text and collect and process the screenshots, so I just want you to know that it's appreciated.
131  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Qvadriga - Roman Chariot Racer Simulator on: March 22, 2014, 07:44:32 PM
Sadly, things did not work out for our early leader who ran on the inside lane. On the next corner he again ran inside but slid out one lane, while the second place auriga caught up:


Then, as you can see at the far right of the image below, the second place auriga started to lacerate the first place guy, who died, leaving a red splotch... and a lesson: Sic transit gloria mundi

132  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Qvadriga - Roman Chariot Racer Simulator on: March 22, 2014, 07:30:11 PM
Here's another thing I like about the game... it's unpredictability. The image below is from Constantinople, about three-quarters through the first lap. All but the lead chariot are bunched up, but that first place quadriga has a decent lead. And take a good look at the tracks of that lead chariot. He stayed on the inside lane, what I like to refer to as "lane one", counting lanes from inside to outside. And he was there all the way from the start of the race. I've done dozens of races on these big tracks, and I don't remember hardly a handful where someone stuck to that inside lane the whole way and made it work so successfully. Very cool.



133  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PS4/XB1/PC] Assassin's Creed V: Unity - rumors, early pics on: March 22, 2014, 12:16:50 AM

Quote from: leo8877 on March 21, 2014, 04:21:34 PM

French Revolution does not seem as interesting as pirate Caribbean.

Ubisoft being a French company, it seems more likely than not. Besides, we can have a plot twist where it turns out that the Scarlet Pimpernel was an Assassin and Robespierre the Head Templar icon_biggrin
134  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [360/XB1/PS3/PS4/Wii U/PC]Assassin's Creed IV:Black Flag on: March 22, 2014, 12:08:03 AM
I finished the main campaign today. Pretty enjoyable except for the platforming puzzles at the Observatory. And I have to confess that I'm not the type of person who normally plays to the very end of a campaign, but the missions were different and interesting enough that I was motivated to keep going. I did burn out on gathering up the collectibles.

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Assassin's Creed III is kind of like Black Flag except with less refined graphics, much worse combat mechanics, a tutorial section that lasts for several hours before you're let off the leash, missions designed so poorly that you will question the moral compass of the people who designed them, and a main character with the charisma of a wooden block so boring that all the other wooden blocks kicked him out of the wooden block box.

I don't tend to get really invested in the characters of a computer game; frankly I lost track of which bad pirate was which. I enjoyed Kenway but the rest of the main characters didn't do anything for me. I'm thinking that perhaps I'm the kind of person who might be more likely to enjoy AC3 because I don't really care about the designers' moral compasses or how boring the main character is, so long as there is some variety in the missions. In any case, I'll still wait for it to go on deep discount.
135  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Qvadriga - Roman Chariot Racer Simulator on: March 21, 2014, 06:41:17 PM
There was a posting over on the Matrix Games Qvadriga forum, An article on the life of Gaius Appuleius Diocles, the best-documented charioteer of the Roman Empire.

Direct Link to download PDF article (only four pages).
136  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Qvadriga - Roman Chariot Racer Simulator on: March 21, 2014, 04:24:31 AM
Nicopolis... tiny track, nasty turns, and crappy janitorial services:


Approaching the first corner of the first lap. There are, count them, four busted up chariots sitting on the track. And there's now a fifth one, as one of my opponents crashed over another old wreck (off screen to the left).


Later in the race. One auriga dead, two more body surfing behind their rigs. My win is in the bag!
137  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Qvadriga - Roman Chariot Racer Simulator on: March 18, 2014, 10:06:59 PM
Ok, I've done over eighty races, but this is the first time I've seen this. I'm actually lapping these two guys as I do the final turn before the ultimate run down the back straight. And yes, I've sure I was in the lead the whole time:




Now what makes this interesting (OK, interesting to me Roll Eyes) is that as you can see, Jeriah's horses are beaten all to crap, while Joash's horses are fine. As I passed them, Joash was beating on Jerish's horses. Now what I think happened is that Joash has been stuck there because he's been beating on Jeriah so much that Jerish's horses are all used up. Certainly it isn't from Jeriah pushing his horses that much since I've got a lap on him as we enter the last turn before the finish straight. Which means that it is apparently possible for an AI auriga to get so focused on beating up an opponent that he lets the race go by him just so he can beat on this one poor guy.

Or maybe I'm crazy  Roll Eyes
138  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Qvadriga - Roman Chariot Racer Simulator on: March 18, 2014, 09:42:39 PM
You want to know what a really bad wheel on a chariot looks like? It looks like this:


And it drives like this:
139  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Qvadriga - Roman Chariot Racer Simulator on: March 18, 2014, 09:09:59 PM

Quote from: wonderpug on March 18, 2014, 08:58:02 PM

Historically, why would the best horse be the innermost one?  Shouldn't it be the outer one since he has to travel farther in the turns?  Wikipedia and the rest of the internet are falling disappointingly short in the quadriga knowledge department.

It seems logical to me if you consider that the inner horse has to sort of tug the other three into the turn. Being individual beasts, one of more of them might not want to change direction, so the inner horse has to pull them, via the harnesses, into the turn. It would also make sense that the innermost one would also be the most responsive of the four.
140  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Qvadriga - Roman Chariot Racer Simulator on: March 18, 2014, 08:55:10 PM
Some FYI for folks. I posted a question regarding horse speed versus the length of their health bars over on the Matrix forum and was a bit surprised at the answer from the developer Turnopia, as quoted below:
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From the manual:

       Horse bar lenght[sic] is a measure of current speed.

OK, this seems simple enough, longer bar, faster horse. However, it seems to me that the max speed of the quadriga is limited to the slowest horse. Have other folks found this to be true?

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Thanks for reporting the typo, I have to correct this in the ingame manual, it should say:

"The sum of horse bar's lengths is a measure of current speed".

All four bars lengths (less if horses are killed) are summed up to calculate current maximum speed
141  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Qvadriga - Roman Chariot Racer Simulator on: March 18, 2014, 01:41:38 PM

Quote from: wonderpug on March 18, 2014, 12:54:40 PM

In the middle barrier on the track, I get that the yellow doohickeys on the left are showing the lap counts, but do the doohickeys on the rightmost edge mean anything?  I'm currently seeing a column of 5 circles, with the middle three lit in yellow.

They just record when the chariots round that corner. You'll notice the three yellow circles in the middle become smaller one by one as the laps go by.

The yellow doohickeys on the left are dolphins, by the way.
142  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Qvadriga - Roman Chariot Racer Simulator on: March 13, 2014, 09:03:05 PM
Rock, Paper, Shotgun review of the game.

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Qvadriga is a fine game and a strong proof of Turnopia’s approach. Built on easily understood mechanics, the game involves a dissection of a complex activity and then reconstruction as a process of distinct phases and actions. A few decisions and interlocked mechanics become a convincing recreation.
143  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Qvadriga - Roman Chariot Racer Simulator on: March 13, 2014, 06:31:09 PM
One problem noted with new patch:
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oooops yes, the light grey/dark grey horse stats are swapped

No word on fix yet, just FYI.
144  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: Steam Deals Thread: Daily, Weekly, Midweek, Weekend and all other sales! on: March 13, 2014, 06:10:09 PM
Good timing to cut the price on F1 2013 as the new season starts! Looks like a must get  nod

And I'll have to pick up a few of the Rockstar ones, now that I'm going to PC only gaming.
145  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Qvadriga - Roman Chariot Racer Simulator on: March 13, 2014, 04:43:49 PM
New patch has been released:

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Hello Everyone,

Available through your updater or through our FTP is the Qvadriga 1.10 Update. Below is a list of changes.

v1.10 March 11, 2014
NEW FEATURES
- Every team's upgrades are shown when the status info is activated.
- Leaders' names are faction-coloured.
PERFORMANCE IMPROVEMENT
- All debug traces removed avoiding disk usage while racing.

BUGS FIXED
- A non faction-leader auriga could win the epic campaign after winning the third race in the Circus Maximus.
- Injured player-owned aurigas that become leaders now show "injured" status at the local leader chart.
- Normalized acceleration levels for light chariots.
- Campaign race events cease their effect after leaving the campaign.
- Solved balancing bug that could give rival leaders less upgrades during a race.
- Prevented being able to get heal services without enought money after a purchase.
GRAPHICAL GLITCHES SOLVED
- Control/escape orders were not properly positioned if player crashes at the first three seconds of the turn while playing in dynamic mode.
- If auriga manages to escape, textures could be incorrectly drawn at the first turn after ending the race while playing in dynamic mode.
- Crowd restored to some empty spots in the stands at Camulodunum
- Prevented danger line getting too dark at the highest levels.

TYPOS
- Car-Quadriga references renamed to just "chariot" avoiding confusion.
- Text cuts prevented at the results screen
- A number of misspelled words corrected
146  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: Steam Deals Thread: Daily, Weekly, Midweek, Weekend and all other sales! on: March 12, 2014, 09:14:28 PM

Quote from: EddieA on March 12, 2014, 08:07:44 PM

They're also having a sale on games nominated for British gaming awards, with some good deals - Bioshock Infinite is $7.50, XCOM : Enemy Within is $7.50, LEGO Marvel Superheroes is $10, plus more.
Thanks for the head's up, I might have missed this.
147  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Qvadriga - Roman Chariot Racer Simulator on: March 12, 2014, 06:32:28 PM
Games coming out on Matrix usually don't get any early price drops, so you'll just have to envy us for awhile icon_biggrin

Just FYI, over on the Matrix forums the developer said, in response to someone pointing out an issue with mythic Auriga status, that it was a bug that will be fixed in a patch that should be released soon. Having not gotten there myself, I don't know what they are referring to, but it's good news that the developer is getting a patch out relatively quickly.
148  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Qvadriga - Roman Chariot Racer Simulator on: March 12, 2014, 06:19:12 PM
The following question was posted over on the Matrix Qvadriga forum, with the developer giving the following answer:
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Q. Does using Avoid, Stability or the Attacks orders decrease your potential speed? I was wondering if there was a trade off- for instance using the Avoid Attack order but at the cost of speed.

A. No they don't reduce speed, current speed will always be maintained unless you brake, collide with another team, suffer an injury to the horse team or other team brakes you due to a laceration attack.
149  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Qvadriga - Roman Chariot Racer Simulator on: March 12, 2014, 05:07:24 AM
It certainly doesn't hurt when, at the start of a race, old crashed chariots left over from the previous race block part of the track...

...except for your lane:
150  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Qvadriga - Roman Chariot Racer Simulator on: March 12, 2014, 03:03:13 AM
You think you're having a bad day?
151  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [360/XB1/PS3/PS4/Wii U/PC]Assassin's Creed IV:Black Flag on: March 11, 2014, 08:51:52 PM
Thanks for the info on frame rate and the warning about AC3. If it goes on deep sale I might get it, but otherwise I've got a lot of other playing to do.
152  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [360/XB1/PS3/PS4/Wii U/PC]Assassin's Creed IV:Black Flag on: March 11, 2014, 08:08:36 PM
I having lots of fun with this game, especially the open world aspect. I've got about twenty five hours of playtime and I'm only a third of the way through the campaign. As I mentioned, this came free with my Nvidia card, otherwise I don't know that I would have even given it a try. And it's very more fun because of the awesome graphics, which thanks to the new card I can run fully cranked up.


According to FRAPS I'm getting a solid 60 fps at most times, even in storms. Oddly, at times it drops to a solid 30 fps when I'm ashore in a tropical setting, maybe it's that PhysX stuff.

So, is AC4BF better than AC3? I haven't played an AC game since AC2 and I'm thinking of getting some of the others in the series.
153  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Qvadriga - Roman Chariot Racer Simulator on: March 11, 2014, 06:05:12 PM
Won my first race of the campaign, at Aquileia. It wasn't an easy one; for instance, the start. We aren't all going to fit in there:


And it got pretty nasty:


Ultimately I was in third and the two guys ahead of me rammed each other and then crashed going over debris. It's an ugly win, but still a win. Look at the dead leaders!
154  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Qvadriga - Roman Chariot Racer Simulator on: March 11, 2014, 05:07:19 AM
I was just in a race with sixteen chariots, starting in two rows. Oh, and it had been shortened to only two laps. And I was starting in the second row icon_confused. I finished back in the order, with my Auriga injured, my chariot damaged, one horse dead and the other three injured. On the plus side, I did manage to whip an opposing Auriga to dead eek.

A game like this really succeeds or fails based on the AI. And so far, the AI looks pretty good. It's not invincible, but it is smart. I do not know if different opposing Auriga have different tendencies other than what might be expected from their attributes.

If this game could be upgraded with multiplayer, it would be awesome.
155  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Qvadriga - Roman Chariot Racer Simulator on: March 11, 2014, 04:21:03 AM
I tend to be conservative, not whipping, crashing or lacerating. Turns out while that's fine in the demo, it's not going to get you wins in the campaign. To get on the top step of the podium, you've got to race nasty ninja. I'll try posting some screen shots, but there's no built in tool and my Snapper screen grab program just returns black images.
156  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Qvadriga - Roman Chariot Racer Simulator on: March 11, 2014, 03:45:24 AM
Picked this up and have been playing around with single races in dynamic mode. I'm not 100% sure what I'm doing, but it's fun. I seem to be winning more often than I think I should, but maybe that's because it's not in the campaign. I'll give that a try next.
157  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Qvadriga - Roman Chariot Racer Simulator on: March 10, 2014, 05:48:37 AM
I gave the demo a try; it's a fun little game. Maybe even not so little. Very cleverly done.

You can get the manual when you download the demo; there's also a quick start guide available from the game's forum; download link.
158  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Qvadriga - Roman Chariot Racer Simulator on: March 10, 2014, 05:27:40 AM
Linky link to the product page, which has the link to the demo.
159  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC/360/XB1]Respawn's Titanfall on: March 10, 2014, 01:35:46 AM

Quote from: YellowKing on March 10, 2014, 12:59:37 AM

It's "leave me alone, bitch, my Titan is ready," time.

Send me $50 via PayPal or the wife sees the post  ninja icon_biggrin
160  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: Should my GTX 780 be running at 80 degC? on: March 05, 2014, 06:01:12 PM

Quote from: MonkeyFinger on March 05, 2014, 02:24:44 PM

I'd be curious... it got that hot doing what? Playing a particular game? Any game? Posting on GT?  icon_wink

I've been using MSI's Afterburner to monitor / control my Nvidia cards for quite some time, including my current GTX780. I set up a custom fan profile to control fan speed v. temperature. Guess I need to read your linked article to see if somehow what I'm doing is... counter-productive. icon_neutral

I was playing Shift 2 Unleashed for awhile with all graphics settings tweaked to the max.

The article at Geforce.com is interesting regarding GPU temp. Basically it says that the card gradually adjusts the fan speed to maintain the temp at 80C for max performance. It wants the card to run hot, just not too hot. It's a fascinating article, well worth the time to read even if you don't have or aren't planning on getting a GTX 780. I learned a lot from it.


I hadn't looked at Afterburner yet because the article pointed me to EVGA® Precision X, which is also available here (the first site requires you to establish an account). I haven't done anything with EVGA® Precision X yet, I'm still gathering data. And since I've got a three year warranty, if <sigh> if the worst comes to the worst and the card goes belly up, I'll get it replaced, so I'm not really motivated to play around with the card settings unless I really know what I'm doing, which might be, err, never nod
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