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Ben's Week In Review: January 30

I think we're all a little NGP'd out, so I'll bypass that for this Week in Review.

We don't always have to be so serious

There's nothing wrong with taking your hobby seriously, but we often have to remind ourselves that a "hobby" - almost by definition - should be a satisfying, relaxing distraction. If we take things to seriously and get too competitive and too emotional, we inevitably lose a hefty chunk of that all-important "fun factor." This is why I have no problem indulging in something silly and over-the-top, like the upcoming Duke Nukem Forever. Game of the Year? Unlikely. But so what? It's The Duke! That professional fan-made movie really did remind me of a simpler time, and the awesome Return of the King trailer got me all pumped up. Kill stuff. Be a bad-ass. Chase the hotties. Come on; it's the classic old-school video game hero! We don't always need to be so darn serious; guilty pleasures have their places, too.

By the way, same goes for Bulletstorm. Better than KZ3? Nah. A stress-reliever that puts a sadistic little smile on my face? Yep. The latter will likely grow tiresome faster than a masterpiece like Killzone 3 but simple stress-relievers aren't supposed to be 10 hours in length. For just a few hours, you occasionally need to vent. So enter DNF and Bulletstorm, and don't apologize for it. Admit your indulgence!

Looks like Dragon Age II is my next RPG

We've learned that the Dragon Age sequel will feature 103 minutes of cut-scenes, which obviously means there's a fantastic emphasis on story. That shouldn't come as any real surprise if you're familiar with BioWare; Mass Effect 2 wasn't really my thing, but it's clear this particular developer enjoys creating complex, fulfilling storylines. And in the Dragon Age setting, I should really be able to appreciate it more. I've been moving along in Hyperdimension Neptunia (review coming soon) and while I won't give anything away just yet, I will say it's not really doing it for me. And I really loved Origins; the only reason I never finished it was because I got sidetracked, and I hate it when that happens.

And you know, it's so odd that cut-scene length has plummeted over the years. When CGI/FMV was all the rage in the original PlayStation and PS2 eras, it was all about story-telling through that amazing new medium; I think we all remember some of the FFs and oh yes, Xenosaga. But these days, with technology the way it is, we can have something like God of War III and Uncharted 2: Among Thieves, where the non-interactive sequences look basically the same as the interactive parts. ...never though we'd see the day, huh?

Personal gaming update

Well, for now, it's all about GT5 and Dead Space 2, which is really great. I still don't like the plot as much as I did in the original title (more mysterious in the latter), but the atmosphere and action is always, always intense. Visceral knows how to keep you on your toes; they never let the game get too predictable, and the scariest part is the fact that you have no idea what's coming next. As for GT5, I got to see the credits just because I won the Gran Turismo World Championship but obviously, there's a ton left to do. I'll play it on and off in between other games, certainly. By the way, I used my favorite car, the Lexus LF-A; after doing everything to it, it's a 700HP, 225 m.p.h. beast with ridiculous acceleration. Of course, winning that event nets you the Bugatti Veyron that, after upgrading, sports like 1200HP, but I just love the look of the LF-A. If I was rich, that's the car I'd have. :)

Attention PSXE readers- As a side note, we're going to try starting up something new for the site, and as part of it, we're going to be answering reader questions. So, if you have something you want me to answer, you can either post your question below in the Comments (don't worry, I'll see it), or you can send it to me via e-mail. I can't talk about this new endeavor just yet, but we'll be starting it this week and hopefully, you'll see it all come to fruition soon. Thanks. :)

1/29/2011 Ben Dutka

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Comments (96 posts)

frylock25
Saturday, January 29, 2011 @ 9:59:48 PM
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my question is how interested in the new psp phone apps and ngp are you guys here at psx? will this make you want a new phone Ben?

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PasteNuggs
Saturday, January 29, 2011 @ 10:04:51 PM
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I have a question. I'm usually on the site on my blackberry and was wondering if comments would ever be available on the mobile site so I don't have to load the full site?

PGU: Finished Bioshock 2 tonight. It was awesome. I really think they stepped the storytelling up in 2.

Also, I think I broke my son of his COD addiction because he been playing Bioshock 1 which I hope will continue to push him to branch out and play other games/genres.

Next, I think I will finally continue on with Castlevania and then finish Split Second. By that time it should be about KZ3 time so it looks like GT5 and AC:B will be pushed backed a little farther.

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WorldEndsWithMe
Saturday, January 29, 2011 @ 10:28:58 PM

Castlevania= so worth it. And stick around after the credits for the shocking twist!

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PasteNuggs
Saturday, January 29, 2011 @ 10:35:56 PM

Ya it is. I only stopped playing because I got Bioshock and wanted "to check it out" but then I couldn't get enough of my time in Rapture.

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WorldEndsWithMe
Saturday, January 29, 2011 @ 11:15:04 PM

Can't blame you, I could wander Rapture for days. An open world adventure through Rapture a-la Fallout 3 would be sick.

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PasteNuggs
Saturday, January 29, 2011 @ 11:29:41 PM

My favorite part in 2 was when your were out in the water. I just sat and jumped around all over.

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aaronisbla
Sunday, January 30, 2011 @ 12:36:57 AM

That ending to Castlevania was probably one of the best endings to a game this gen

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SvenMD
Sunday, January 30, 2011 @ 10:32:33 AM

I played Bioshock and liked it, but I haven't bought Bioshock 2 yet. It sounds like you guys really dig it. So you think it's better than the first one... It's only like $15 or $20 around town, so I guess I don't have much excuse not to buy it. Maybe I'll give it a try once I catch up on everything else.

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PasteNuggs
Sunday, January 30, 2011 @ 11:38:25 AM

@Sven

To me Bioshock 2 took everything great 1 did and expanded on it.

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WorldEndsWithMe
Sunday, January 30, 2011 @ 12:21:44 PM

"A man chooses, a slave obeys." Choose to get Bioshock 2 or I'll make you obey.

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Scarecrow
Sunday, January 30, 2011 @ 1:56:07 PM

I keep telling people to play Castlevania Lord of Shadows for themselves instead of listening to reviews.

Play the damn game and you'll realize how great it truly is.

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Wrote
Saturday, January 29, 2011 @ 10:15:31 PM
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I have a question about da2. I never could get into dragon age origins(probably cuz I watched my friend play it on xbox and heard the ps3 one was gimped), but I love rpgs and want a good one to play on my ps3. should I get the 1st one or just skip to the 2nd? and since you didn't finish the 1st you'd be the guy to ask.

pgu: I've been playing infamous a lot lately, I just got it and uncharted 2 around Xmas and I can honestly say I have more fun wit infamous then u2. u2 is great but its short compared to infamous. I cant wait for infamous 2 tho, and uncharted 3. bother d1p for me. when I finish infamous on good I gotta finish kz2 before kz3 comes out and my friend gets it(im borrowing kz2 and he'll let me borrow kz3 when he's done, also ds2 (: )

peace

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Lawless SXE
Saturday, January 29, 2011 @ 10:18:05 PM
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Good to see that you're giving the NGP a rest for now. Can't wait to see more official information, including a launch line-up and official price later on in the year though. Do you think we'll start seeing that kind of stuff at E3, or perhaps a bit later down the track?

I like that there are still games like DNF and Bulletstorm coming out that hark back to the early days of the industry when it was about amusement over immersion. I think that DNF at least will hit my want list, but Bullsetstorm thus far has not shown me anything overly impressive. I do still like a focus on story in my games, and it looks as though Duke will have at least some vestige of a plot that will make me want to keep playing, other than the insanity. And it should after thirteen years in development.

I still have to get around to putting time into Dragon Age: Origins: Ultimate Edition. I'm sure that I'll enjoy it, but with the announcement of DLC set to release on release day, I feel cheated. So, I'll wait until the Ultimate Edition of it comes out as well. Although, it is strange that there are so few story-progressive cutscenes in most games. With the greater focus on immersion, and a clear desire to bring games to the same sized audience as films, you'd think that devs would want to put in a story that really makes you care about the characters, but alas, no. Too bad really.

Personal Update:
Finished my first playthrough of Demon's Souls yesterday. I liked it, but found that it was becoming trying towards the end. I posted my review of it, so... yeah. Now I'm playing Dead Space to get amped for DS2. I'm only playing it after dark to get the most out of it, which means that any daytime playtime (that's... not right) is going to GT5.
Also playing a wee bit of VC2 now and again. I should be able to get more into it again now that it's the only RPG I'm focussing on.
Still reading Middlemarch, and that's pretty much it, except for this girl at work who's sending me mixed messages. 'Tis doing my head in, but you don't need to know about that.
Peace.

P.S. It would probably be a bit more helpful to give us some idea of this new 'endeavour' so that we would have an idea of what questions to ask... But I've got one anyway: Where's the Insomniac interview???

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GuernicaReborn
Saturday, January 29, 2011 @ 10:18:07 PM
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I've spent the past few days playing DS2. Even the multiplayer is growing on me. I'm not as far into the campaign as I expected to be by now, but I'll put some hours in tonight.

This is probably gonna sound stupid, but you're looking for game-related questions, right? No personal questions.

The only thing I've been curious about is Twisted Metal. Do you have new updates or info? How far along is Jaffe in the development process?

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GuernicaReborn
Sunday, January 30, 2011 @ 12:00:43 PM

I know, I know. I'm replying to myself. Down vote me if you must :)

Hey PSXE staff, what I have is not really a question, it's more like a suggestion. There are very many people who post on the main site that don't post in the forums. I like a lot of them, after all, we all have at least one similar interest. Would it be possible to add to the User CP so that we could send messages to users, much like the CP in the forums? I don't know if this is possible with the software you use for Comments, but I think it would strengthen the PSXE community.

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Nickjcal
Saturday, January 29, 2011 @ 10:25:25 PM
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Dead Space 2's amazing. It's got everything i've been looking for in a game from storytelling to actually feeling emotion for a character. The new Issac is easily going to be one of this years best characters.

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WorldEndsWithMe
Saturday, January 29, 2011 @ 10:36:47 PM
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The best guilty pleasure last year was Splatterhouse, don't let the bad reviews fool ya. I hope Duke is the best one this year as I couldn't possibly be less interested in PoopStorm.

Playing Mass Effect 2 when I can, but I'm not as into it as I thought I would be. I hope it grabs me eventually. Maybe it's just the poor acting by Mr. Shephard, maybe this sci fi environment isn't for me, it's hard to say. I'll still be pushing onward though. My gaming time has been cut tenfold so maybe it's just that I can't sink much time in each time I play.

My questions are simple, when will PSXE readers march on Hollywood to stop the blatant exploitation of our entertainment venue? Also, can you mention me in your video game book? And when will you pay me to write game fanfics n'stuff?

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Nickjcal
Saturday, January 29, 2011 @ 11:26:12 PM

I wanted to like splatterhouse but the combat was just sooo off.

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WorldEndsWithMe
Saturday, January 29, 2011 @ 11:30:51 PM

I rocked it like a casbah, but it was all about the gore and the old schoolness of it. Besides, where else can you rip a critter's guts out through his ass hole?

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oldmike
Sunday, January 30, 2011 @ 12:40:39 AM

ME2 is a lot better if you played the 1st
if not you miss the little stuff of the story

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Beamboom
Sunday, January 30, 2011 @ 3:13:14 AM

I never played the first ME and I still think ME2 is absolutely fantastic, the hands down best experience I've had on the ps3 thus far, no other title being even close. So I guess the setting is a major issue to some. Luckily sci-fi has always been a favourite genre to me.
So my PGU would be still enjoying every bit of ME2 and trying to delay the inevitable end for as long as possible. Seeing now how much I really love rpg's compared to other genres it makes me seriously ask myself why I bother buying other genre games at all. They are all just thrown away as soon as I'm past the initial curiosity.

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SvenMD
Sunday, January 30, 2011 @ 10:21:01 AM

@Beamboom - "no other title even being close"....REALLY?? I mean, not to beat a dead horse, but did you play Uncharted 2???

I don't think I can agree that ME2 is the best PS3 experience ever...

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WorldEndsWithMe
Sunday, January 30, 2011 @ 12:24:42 PM

I like sci fi too, just hoping this grabs me a little more as I get further. It's giving me a Galactica vibe. I can tell I missed something without ME1. That intro comic helped but it didn't have enough cool choices to make, I think there was only like 3.

I do like my Dragon Age blood armor, but I wish I could remove the helmet.

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Beamboom
Sunday, January 30, 2011 @ 1:07:14 PM

Ah you don't like battlestar galactica either? Oh man you're one tough sci-fi nut to crack then! Battlestar Galactica is like the tv-series of the DECADE for me...!

Sven: Don't get me started on Uncharted... I've received my punishment for not liking that title around here, I've done my time :D
But yeah I'm serious, ME2 has been more than a game for me, it's been a state of mind for the last couple of weeks.

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PS3_Mom
Sunday, January 30, 2011 @ 10:18:09 PM

If you don't like Mr. Shepard, you can play as Ms. Shepard. ;)

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LittleBigMidget
Saturday, January 29, 2011 @ 10:37:29 PM
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Just DC Universe and LBP2 for me. Still enjoying my precious 250GB HDD, and I look forward to seeing Booker T return tomorrow ^^.

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Temjin001
Saturday, January 29, 2011 @ 10:51:56 PM
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I'm also already tired of reading about the NGP.
Though, I'm already convinced it's something I want. I just don't know exactly when that'll be and it won't be during it's launch window.

I enjoyed the Bulletstorm demo. It reminded me a lot of older gen PC FPS games like Serious Sam. It's just straight up intense crazy shooting fun.

And what's with the Ninja Gaiden 3 news? "Old and outdated" gameplay?
By erasing it's important identity, being a hardcore action gamer's game, it'll lose the very thing that has made the series so outstanding in my mind and I'd imagine also by those who know what makes games of this nature so incredibly satisfying.

PGU: I'm upset that my ME2 save files got entirely deleted when I restarted my game by importing my character into a new play session--couldn't they have given me a prompt? I wanted to start ME3 off with that file instead of the one where I'm this ruthless self centered renegade. argh! Maybe there's a way to retrieve it.....

Anyway, I'm enjoying playing T6 online and running various races on GT5 and, when I have the tolerance, I'm playing NGS2 on Master Ninja. That Armadillo was a complete nightmare... why do I do this to myself?


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WorldEndsWithMe
Saturday, January 29, 2011 @ 11:18:00 PM

I expect better from developers than to call that system "old and outdated" but sadly most sites seem to agree. Apparently, not unlike that "stubborn turn based mechanic" (source: IGN) all play systems that aren't easy, accessible, and able to be picked up and played by the average caveman is old and outdated.

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Shams
Sunday, January 30, 2011 @ 1:50:31 PM

Sensei Temjin, Hayashi-san knows that Tecmo depends on the fans of NG to sell NG, because despite being the better "game", it isn't GOW, and certainly isn't COD. And unlike FF, he knows he can't release a travesty, and still sell millions on the name alone.

So i think his comments have been just made to incite attention. Sure, Team Ninja is not going to let the series stagnate, but I don't think he's willing to throw away the brand name, either.

Especially with Itagaki releasing the Devil's Third (or Itagaki's "Third" as it were not counting DOA's), Hayashi knows that although Tecmo retains the name of the franchise, Itagaki's going to do everything to take everything else back including the formula, and the fans.

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Shams
Sunday, January 30, 2011 @ 2:46:47 PM

Oh, man. I just read some more of Hayashi-san's online commentary on the matter, and yes, I'm a lil worried now, too. Really, this is his first NG, from a creative/design POV, so, um, my fingers are crossed.

What is reassuring though is when asked if NG3 will be "easy", he replied, "No it won't be easy, but more accessible".


As for my PGU: Playing through DS2, and ME2. I have been procrastinating getting a wheel for GT5, so I have to do that. ME2 is still fun, even though it's my 3rd time, through. Still a lot of stuff I haven't seen. DS2 is the first piece of entertainment media, out of both games and movies, that has made me jump in years. And I say that as a 32 year old.

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Temjin001
Sunday, January 30, 2011 @ 6:21:40 PM

Well said, World.

Master Shams, I wish I had your optimism for NG3. There's a number of comments he's made that suggests he's uprooting and rebooting the game play in a way that cares little for the sensitivities of the hardcore. If he was interested in preserving the hardcore fans he would've formed his statements more carefully. Instead, he's flat out saying that the NG you know is old and I'm going to bring you the new more accessible version. Possibly it's just bad translation but it's not re-assuring.

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Highlander
Sunday, January 30, 2011 @ 6:23:51 PM

What worries me about NG being made intentionally more bloody and realistic (or whatever) is that the stylized NGS2 we got on the PlayStation was to my mind the way to go. I know that a lot of people like the blood and gore, but to me that's just un-necessary to the game or gameplay. If indeed the game primarily sells to NG fans, then why make major changes to it?

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Temjin001
Sunday, January 30, 2011 @ 9:37:29 PM

Highlander, I guess they're wanting to change it so it's more appealing to those who have been turned off by the hardcore difficult image NG has had and become even more appealing to the GoW, Gears and MK fans who really like brutal content. I see it very similarly to Splinter Cell's direction. Scrap the slower methodical gameplay and go for quick thrills and kills with plenty of emotion.
Really, if the majority of premium gaming culminates into being all show and semi-deep play going forward, I see myself playing less popular games because of skepticism.
Maybe someday I'd have the time and resources to make a game site that focused purely on the dedicated gamer's games that valued depth and complexity over presentational flair.

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Snaaaake
Saturday, January 29, 2011 @ 11:13:44 PM
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Bulletstorm looks fun but doesn't look everlasting, maybe other weapons and environment can change that.

PGU:
Back to LBP2 and another game I'm having a blast with after GT5.

Now I wanna ask, is there anyway I can download the user-created levels?
Or do you have to be online just to play them?

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kevinater321
Saturday, January 29, 2011 @ 11:18:10 PM

I'm pretty sure you have to be online to play them. I'm not 100% because i have had my hands full atm with the story mode.

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Ludicrous_Liam
Sunday, January 30, 2011 @ 7:31:43 AM

You can que them at LBP.me, which is where you have a list of levels that will be ready to play on LBP2 when you fire it up.

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kevinater321
Saturday, January 29, 2011 @ 11:16:55 PM
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I've got a question. If you didn't work for the site and didn't have to get the psp2, would you?

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WorldEndsWithMe
Saturday, January 29, 2011 @ 11:32:43 PM
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Oh I know, have you ever met Arnold in person?

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kraygen
Saturday, January 29, 2011 @ 11:40:10 PM
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The one thing I am most interested in knowing is, are you reviewing two worlds II and if yes, how soon can we expect that review, especially since you said your next rpg will probably be dragon age II and it's not even out yet.

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DazeOfWar
Saturday, January 29, 2011 @ 11:48:09 PM
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I was wondering if you guys would ever implement a feature to let us know when people reply to our comments?

Besides that my gaming this week has been LBP2, Transformers: WFC, and some MAG. I picked up DS2 but haven't popped it in yet.

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bloody_rootz
Sunday, January 30, 2011 @ 12:06:23 AM
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I finished Uncharted 2 this week on hard, and man was that HARD! died so many times.

Been playing through AC: brotherhood alot on and off. I like it but i think i was having more fun with AC2. It could be just me but im finding alot of the CORE memories in AC: brotherhood annoying and always getting desynchronized, i do think the mission could have been structured a little better for the player. Still enjoying it and having fun in any case.

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Highlander
Sunday, January 30, 2011 @ 6:21:15 PM

Now you've doe it on hard, try Crushing. You know the game pretty well now, so the difficult bit is adjusting to the slightly more difficult combat and the increased number of goons (well it *seems* like an increase).

Anyway, Crushing isn't much harder than Hard, and you get closer to a Platinum. Besides, it's a lot of fun.

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JDC80
Sunday, January 30, 2011 @ 12:12:28 AM
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Question: I'm not sure if this question has been asked but have you guys ever thought about an Youtube channel where you guys can give your thoughts about what's going on in gaming?

Personal gaming update: Took advantage of rent one and get another free deal at my local video store so I rented "Star Wars: The Force Unleashed 2" and "Castlevania: Lord of Shadows" but still playing through "Mass Effect 2" and "RDR: Undead nightmare."

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Ben Dutka PSXE [Administrator]
Sunday, January 30, 2011 @ 12:25:12 AM

"I'm not sure if this question has been asked but have you guys ever thought about an Youtube channel where you guys can give your thoughts about what's going on in gaming?"

That's probably going to happen.

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PasteNuggs
Sunday, January 30, 2011 @ 12:27:36 AM

@Ben
You guys should make a tab here on psx so we can access directly from here.

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kellett007
Sunday, January 30, 2011 @ 5:45:43 AM

how is RDR: undead nightmare?

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Oxvial
Sunday, January 30, 2011 @ 12:58:14 AM
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Are we going to have a new female reviewer?

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Fane1024
Sunday, January 30, 2011 @ 2:36:35 AM
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What is the real story regarding "John Shepard"?

Nom de plume? Alias? Alternate account? Actual person? Character from Lost?


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Highlander
Sunday, January 30, 2011 @ 2:57:44 AM

Isn't he the Colonel on Stargate Atlantis? He must be taking writing gigs on the side when he has downtime between missions.

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PorkChopGamer
Sunday, January 30, 2011 @ 4:01:07 AM

lol. Great one, Highlander.

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Highlander
Sunday, January 30, 2011 @ 2:56:51 AM
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Well, personally, I can't get enough information on the NGP/PSP2/whatever they call the thing. I want one now, I want one on day one. It is the one and only absolute D1P of the year. Guaranteed purchase with pre-order once dates are confirmed. I want this thing from the very beginning. So if you want to run a story a day on it, I won't complain too loudly.

;)

Regarding Duke and other retro-games, or games that rely more on slick gameplay and fun than on impressive graphics and multi-player addiction. I agree, we do need the kind of unashamed fun, politically incorrect humor and mayhem that games like Duke Nukem can bring.

PGU
White
Kinght
Chronicles
Guild
Rank
Grinding

ARGH! I thought I had this figured out, all I had to do was hit Guild Rank 7 and I would have access to some cool armor and be able to max out my GeoRama stats and get the special armor sets. Re-birthing my character is a perk along the way. HA! The GeoRama itself has to be level 7 which will take about a quarter of a million gold to achieve. I don't want to think about how long it will take me to get to that amount of gold. I really don't. This game has me hooked on getting to the needed Georama level, but my god, it's ridiculously difficult because of the time required.

Oh, and a question, what kinds of question do you mean? Questions about upcoming games or games already here? Questions about the site? Questions about life the universe and everything?

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Lawless SXE
Sunday, January 30, 2011 @ 5:01:24 AM

Forty-Two?

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Highlander
Sunday, January 30, 2011 @ 6:10:50 PM

42!

42!?

That is the answer. What is the question?

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Lawless SXE
Monday, January 31, 2011 @ 1:13:39 AM

How many roads must a man walk down?

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Fane1024
Monday, January 31, 2011 @ 1:48:59 AM

What is six times nine?

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___________
Sunday, January 30, 2011 @ 3:36:45 AM
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im really enjoying dead space so far, around chapter 7 and very happy with it.
only thing thats disappointed me is wheres all the boss battles?
i was expecting some huge grotesque monsters to kill, but so far ive only seen one which has shown up a few times.
the game needs way more bosses!
ive had this niggling feeling throughout the whole game that they have held back a little just to keep it a little less hardcore.
i knew that was going to happen, because in every interview they kept mentioning that they did so much research and allot of people said they did not finish the original because it was too scary or too hard.
disappointing, i just cant help but feel the game has been held back to cater to the casual.
like the battles, theres never really a massive ambush you get a few enemies chasing you, but its never really oh sh*t im really overrun here!
they just needed to get it that bit further, add heaps more enemies and add in heaps more bosses and it would of been the perfect game!
i get that nagging feeling too in the horror aspect of the game.
the Nichole visions are such a missed opportunity, they could of made those really mind bending and scary, but all she does is just stare at you!
its a shame, i just cant help but feel they could of taken it so much further!
still a fantastic game, but just fell slightly short of its potential because of a fear of alienating their market.
come on visceral, for DS3 please go all out this time!!!!!!!!!
seriously, screw dantes inferno 2, i want that as much if not more than the next guy.
but seriously screw that, just get onto making DS3!

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PorkChopGamer
Sunday, January 30, 2011 @ 3:54:35 AM
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Weren't the majority of Xenosaga's cutscenes done using the in-game engine?

PGU-
PS3: Blazblue: Continuum Shift
Wii: Sakura Wars- So Long, My Love (2nd playthru)
DS : 9 Hours, 9 Persons, 9 Doors (4th playthru)
360: Record of Agarest War

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nogoat23
Sunday, January 30, 2011 @ 4:58:49 AM
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Question:
Tastes change as we grow. For instance, I don't dig holes in the back yard and play in the dirt as often as when I was younger. I'm noticing that video games are becoming less and less a part of my life. Do any of you ever think that there will come a day when you don't play them anymore?

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Lawless SXE
Sunday, January 30, 2011 @ 5:07:21 AM

Considering that it seemed like an open question, I'll post my thoughts, even if it was directed towards the Arnold, Ben and John. Sorry to waste your time if the case is so.

I think... Yes, there will come a day. Or maybe not it being cut out of my life entirely, I'm far too invested in the hobby for that, but I am most certainly expecting a drop-off in my interest over time. I already find my time playing being reduced significantly. I used to play three or four hours a day, but now, I can't usually play past two, three at the most. As in every other facet of life, things change, interests change and fade. Ask again in another five years, and I'll tell you if anything has changed.
Peace.

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bloody_rootz
Sunday, January 30, 2011 @ 5:10:56 AM

NEVER!! or only maybe if it all became online games only and single player campaigns became extinct.

I know that was probably directed at Ben,John and Arnold but I thought I would chuck my two bob in...

Oh yeah and Ben I got to say mate you have pinned the tail on the donkey with your comment regarding not taking our hobby TOO seriously. There is nothing worse then when something that is meant to be fun becomes a chore, defeats the purpose doesn't it.

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GuernicaReborn
Sunday, January 30, 2011 @ 11:55:52 AM

I play in the dirt more now than when I was younger. Of course, the 'toy' I use is my Xterra :)

Video games were non-existent for me for a while. My PS2 died in 2004, and I never bought a new console. I still had a PS1 hooked up in the basement, and I played through Dino Crisis once, but I never felt like I had to get a new PS2, or any other console for that matter.
However, I still kept up with gaming news(thanks to PSXE) and once PS3 came out, I went to my local gamestop almost every day for two weeks until they got their second shipment after launch day. I got a PS3 in December 2006, and I play just as much as I used to. I expect that will change as my responsibilities and obligations increase, but I will never lose the interest I have in gaming.

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BikerSaint
Wednesday, February 02, 2011 @ 12:38:19 PM

nogoat23,

Well I'm not sure what others may experience, but for me being 58, I say "OH HELL NO" my gaming will never die.

(But seeing that I'm also a gaming collector, I may be a bit biased) LMAO

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RadioHeader
Sunday, January 30, 2011 @ 5:13:35 AM
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GT5 GT5, GT5; GT5......LBP2 GT5.

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Bugzbunny109
Sunday, January 30, 2011 @ 8:11:01 AM

Lol, let me guess; you have been playing GT5 and LBP.

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RadioHeader
Sunday, January 30, 2011 @ 8:36:31 AM

How did you crack my code???

lol yeah, and I've just been racing rodents in LBP2! ...Here's hoping we get them as DLC in GT5 :)

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Bugzbunny109
Sunday, January 30, 2011 @ 10:15:35 AM

It was tough cracking it, but I was presistent... :D

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RadioHeader
Sunday, January 30, 2011 @ 11:31:04 AM

Indeed you were Bugz, indeed you were!

*carrots*

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kellett007
Sunday, January 30, 2011 @ 5:53:31 AM
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I know this has been said but a feature to let us know when someone has replied to one of our post (maybe an e-mail notification or something) would be nice as well as maybe an app for mobile phones or being able to comment on the site when on the mobile version of the site.I really enjoy this site and think it is awesome that you guys are asking for feedback.

PGU: Still playing GT5 and will be for quite some time. Also just picked up Dead Space 2 Limited Edition and can not wait to get started with it and will start playing Red Dead Redemption as soon Gamefly shows up in my mailbox


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Ludicrous_Liam
Sunday, January 30, 2011 @ 7:33:24 AM
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We really need an instant messaging on the side of the page as a fellow member suggested. People could create rooms & stuff to stop everyone shouting at once.

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SvenMD
Sunday, January 30, 2011 @ 10:41:29 AM
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In regards to "fun factor" - I don't find these arcadey or over-the-top games to be "fun". I have no interest in Bulletstorm, and definitely don't care about Duke and his crude humor.....watching a guy pee in a urinal in a game isn't my idea of a game.....but to each his own.

But "stress relief" is why I play games. And I think that I get a great amount of stress relief playing games like Dead Space or Uncharted....even though they are very serious.

I guess when I want to waste time playing games, I turn to the free flash games on the internet....that is some mindless downtime right there.

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Superman915
Sunday, January 30, 2011 @ 10:44:53 AM
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I used up a $5 certificate I got in Toys R Us when I bought my sister a Wii this weekend on a game I talked so much shit about, and swore to never get: Bayonetta.

It was $9.99 minus 30% off. With the $5 off, I paid like $2.50 for it. The only games I saw for that price were Bayonetta, Brutal Legend, or Dark Void.

Did I make the right choice?

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Ludicrous_Liam
Sunday, January 30, 2011 @ 3:27:44 PM

For that price, you should got all three!

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WorldEndsWithMe
Sunday, January 30, 2011 @ 5:40:01 PM

Dark Void is better :)

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JDC80
Sunday, January 30, 2011 @ 11:33:35 AM
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@kellett007

"RDR Undead nightmare" it's pretty fun and it has some of that Romero vibe going for it. Feels like an different game rather than a thing they just threw in. In the missions you gotta clear out zombies in towns you better keep that horse moving or find a safe place to pick off zombies because you can get overrun fast.

Another thing do your self a favor and find of one of those four horses(mythical creature) or have a zombie horse because those S.O.B don't get tired and other zombie animals can't kill it. Down size of the zombie horse is they run like they're drunk and you can run into things you don't want to run into.

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booze925
Sunday, January 30, 2011 @ 11:35:22 AM
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i have a question. its been bugging me for a while.
do you know if killzone 3 will have custom soundtracks like killzone 2 did?
to me it helped give an edge over other MP games. i would be shocked to find out if its been removed

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Gone
Sunday, January 30, 2011 @ 12:26:10 PM
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I have question. When are we going to see a picture of you and Arnold? It would be nice to put a face to all the great articles that we have read on this site.

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SolidFantasy
Sunday, January 30, 2011 @ 12:36:23 PM
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My personal gaming update:
Met someone else who seemed to be as interested in VGs as much I am... I don't know very many others in my social network. Turns out he's a full throttle Xbot or Micro$oft drone to be more precise. I just can't deal with fan boys in any form. He still thinks the Xbox has better hardware. oh well.
Other than that I can't wait for the KZ3 multiplayer demo to hit and once again i find myself playing through MGS4 again.

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Dukemz_UK
Sunday, January 30, 2011 @ 2:33:34 PM
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It's tax return weekend here in the UK with deadline 31st Jan so no games for me :-( Been an avid fan of this site and its contributors for years, but sadly haven't made more than 1 comment. Please keep up the great work everyone! Ben, if u get a YouTube channel or a PShome place or so on, please strive to always keep the core values of psxextreme.com! Write a constitution or something so if u ever move on in the future, the essence if this great site is preserved. :-) Cheers all !!

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GuernicaReborn
Sunday, January 30, 2011 @ 5:40:07 PM

I got $2K back for my returns this year. Past two years I've gotten 1600. It should be posted to my account some time next week.

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Highlander
Sunday, January 30, 2011 @ 6:02:30 PM
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Ben,

I don't know what you guys have done to the site, but there appears to be a script running on it that is *killing* performance in Firefox.

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Highlander
Sunday, January 30, 2011 @ 6:11:39 PM

I noscripted everything by PSXExtreme, and it's OK now. I'm gonna try re-enabling things until it breaks again.

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Highlander
Sunday, January 30, 2011 @ 6:18:48 PM

OK, Ben, something from googlespis.com is destroying performance on the site. I don't run a fast system, but when I enable googleapis<dot>com scripts to run, Firefox pegs a processor core at 100% and it stays there for a while. When I click into the window and simply try to scroll, the page updates with the speed of a glacier, and the CPU use skyrockets. I'm not sure if you guys changed anything, or if it's a change made by Google, but whatever it is, it's killing the performance of the site.

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Ben Dutka PSXE [Administrator]
Sunday, January 30, 2011 @ 7:34:33 PM

Dan updated the site for PSP2 stuff today, so maybe it was a result of that.

Is it still happening? Things seem the same on my end.

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Highlander
Sunday, January 30, 2011 @ 9:15:04 PM

Yeah, I just re-enabled googleapis for scripting and every mouse click on the page pegs an entire processor core to 100%, it takes a few seconds to clear and the page updates at a snail's pace while it's happening.

When I am typing in the post editor, everything is fine, but any time I try to scroll the page, the CPU use spikes and everything slows down. When I check my computer's task manager, it's the browser that's taking the processor, not an anti-virus tool.

When I disable googleapis scripts, everything returns to normal.

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Lotusflow3r
Sunday, January 30, 2011 @ 6:32:06 PM
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Completely agree with the 1st bit.

Every once in awhile, you need some ol' school company.

That Duke Trailer was absolutely fantastic. Completely lived up to it's name....and i am appalled at the lack of talk it's getting around here! Respect the elders!

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Ben Dutka PSXE [Administrator]
Sunday, January 30, 2011 @ 7:36:34 PM
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Thanks for the questions, everyone.

I've already picked one out to use and I'll address a few others (very briefly) in our upcoming segment.

For the record - and for future reference - it really can be just about any question; it doesn't have to be restricted to gaming.

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WorldEndsWithMe
Sunday, January 30, 2011 @ 7:57:53 PM

Can Sony make a system so powerful, that even Sony can't develop for it?

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GuernicaReborn
Sunday, January 30, 2011 @ 9:18:09 PM

LMAO world. Sounds like a philosophy question.

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Highlander
Sunday, January 30, 2011 @ 9:19:04 PM

Is the video game market really one homogeneous mass market, or is it segmented by demographic and genre?

Are video game publishers right or wrong to ignore smaller genre and markets?

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Lawless SXE
Monday, January 31, 2011 @ 1:16:38 AM

Oh, cool. So it's like an AskPSXE type feature... I like it.

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BikerSaint
Wednesday, February 02, 2011 @ 12:53:55 PM

OK Ben,

I want to know why we park in a drive-way, but we drive on a park-way? What's up with that?

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Dukemz_UK
Sunday, January 30, 2011 @ 8:06:02 PM
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What is the meaning of liiiife? lol.

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Drake_RB3
Monday, January 31, 2011 @ 12:01:38 AM
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I just finished the 3rd disc of Lost Odyssey. I really picked up the game because of all the praise from Ben and others on this site. So maybe you guys can help me.

(Stop me if you've heard this one.)

I just put in disc 4 only to have the system tell me it can't read it. Looking online, its a common problem due to the white sleave it comes in.

Any solutions? As I do not want to miss the ending of a sure to be classic RPG.(not sure if I really want to put it in boiling water.)

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Drake_RB3
Monday, January 31, 2011 @ 12:12:21 PM

Well it seems putting the disc in boiling water does actually work. I was able to install it.

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MadPowerBomber
Monday, January 31, 2011 @ 6:10:09 AM
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I want the NGP. I've owned two PSPs and never regretted it -- though I've still not finished Final Fantasy Dissidia nor Peace Walker and my Street Fighter Alpha 3 disc got broke. :( Since it's announcement I've been contemplating ditching my disc based library and going DL only from the PSN, but I dunno. I may be the only person in the world that liked UMDs.

Definitely getting Dragon Age II, though I've still yet to finish the first one at all. I'll get there eventually. I still need to finish FFXIII, too. Bleh.

Personal Gaming Update:

Still on my third play through of Dead Space 2, took a break for a while to refamiliarize myself with Super Street Fighter IV. I really hate Seth. Actually, I'm kinda hating the fact that the two big fighting games this generation (SFIV/SSFIV and Tekken 6) have SNK Boss Syndrome up the wahzoo. Azazel's worse than Seth, but I haven't played Tekken in forever.

Will be picking up Mass Effect 2 soon, and maybe Little Big Planet 2, I'm not sure about that one. Really, really, REALLY looking forward to Marvel vs. Capcom 3.

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Pandacastro
Monday, January 31, 2011 @ 3:50:36 PM
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When is psx going to home?
What's the deal with the points in our profile?
How to we get those names next to our names?I remember I saw someone who didn't have administrator.
When will shenmue 3 come out?

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