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Long Live Play Toasts "Michael" And We're Blown Away

Sony says thank you...and we kinda got all teary-eyed.

Last week, Sony teased the world by giving us a peek at an upcoming announcement. Well, as it turns out, the announcement involved that very video...we were only seeing the first part of it.

The full unveiling is below and at the PlayStation Blog. Remember when Sony asked you to submit a gamer photo and they promised you a mystery reward? Well, it's right here. They made their selection and the lucky gamer, "Michael," has been toasted by most every major PlayStation character of the generation.

Michael is the first of "a dozen or so die-hard gamers" that will represent PlayStation Nation in a new Long Live Play campaign. That campaign will hit national TV on October 5; i.e., today. That's right, Michael and anyone else selected will see their picture "up in lights," so-to-speak; this video here makes everyone jealous. How awesome is that?

The casting is just fantastic in this video, don't you think? Also, they say they loaded it with PlayStation Easter Eggs, some of which aren't immediately obvious. So watch it a few times to catch 'em all. This has to be one of the coolest promotions we've seen.

Tags: playstation, long live play, sony, long live play video

10/5/2011 10:18:39 AM Ben Dutka

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Comments (63 posts)

Qwarktast1c
Wednesday, October 05, 2011 @ 10:50:13 AM
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awesome!! very well done indeed!

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Excelsior1
Wednesday, October 05, 2011 @ 11:01:53 AM
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what's up with solid snake? i don't think they got his look quite right.

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bigrailer19
Wednesday, October 05, 2011 @ 12:39:55 PM

Seriously...?

It's Old Snake! ;)

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Excelsior1
Wednesday, October 05, 2011 @ 1:14:36 PM

i know its old snake but he somehow looks different.

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Excelsior1
Wednesday, October 05, 2011 @ 2:22:43 PM

ah hah. i found an article on cvg saying this the best videogame commercial ever but they said old snake does not look right. so i'm not crazy after all. not that i would say cvg's word is gold, but i am glad i'm not the only one who thought old snake looks different somehow.;

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bigrailer19
Wednesday, October 05, 2011 @ 3:33:42 PM

The fact that you took the time to find someone that shares the same opinion with you on this subject, makes you crazy. ;)

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daus26
Wednesday, October 05, 2011 @ 5:00:42 PM

I thought Snake was fine. Infact, I think Snake was more closely represented than Lightning was in terms of appearance. Actually, I don't know. Bottom line, they're really good attempts imo.

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bigrailer19
Wednesday, October 05, 2011 @ 6:26:42 PM

I though Old Snake was represented very well also. They all looked really good, quite an impressive commercial if you ask me.

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Snorge
Wednesday, October 05, 2011 @ 11:03:53 AM
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That was probably one of the best ads I have ever seen. Lets see, how many characters can we spot? I'll start Lol. Nathan Drake, Lightning, Cole Mcgrath, Isaac Clark, Ghost, Agent 47, SweetTooth, Old Snake, Portal, Sackboy, Athena, Kratos, 3 random Helghast in background, Girl from Bioshck, Paul Phoenix, Enzio, Ratchet, NCAA player, Rico, and the Chimera. Let me know If I missed any.

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Qwarktast1c
Wednesday, October 05, 2011 @ 11:31:46 AM

where's ratchet at? i couldn't find him

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jimmyhandsome
Wednesday, October 05, 2011 @ 11:36:57 AM

You see him at the end when they're all saying "To Michael!"

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Snorge
Wednesday, October 05, 2011 @ 11:46:43 AM

Thanks Jimmy, replied before I got a chance, LoL!

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daus26
Wednesday, October 05, 2011 @ 4:55:50 PM

I think that's pretty much it, but I thought Sony should've had more easter egg of other exclusives that wasn't represented like Gran Turismo, Modnation Racers, Heavy Rain, WKC, Last Guardian, etc. While it may be hard to implement them, I can think of several miniscule detail they can do to represent them. Maybe I'm missing it, Idk.

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Nvm about Last Guardian. That game isn't even out yet.

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Nas Is Like
Wednesday, October 05, 2011 @ 11:27:36 PM

That's about everyone.

It took me a while to find Paul Phoenix. But I found him.

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newchef
Thursday, October 06, 2011 @ 8:50:52 AM

i think theres a big daddy in there too, the first time you see cole you can see his eyes and a large outline...of course it could be another helghast tho

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TrophyHunter
Wednesday, October 05, 2011 @ 11:07:49 AM
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I'm in the office right now so I can't see the video, will watch it later in my home :)

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jimmyhandsome
Wednesday, October 05, 2011 @ 11:36:19 AM
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That was pretty awesome.

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WorldEndsWithMe
Wednesday, October 05, 2011 @ 11:45:53 AM
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Wow epic, loved seein Cole so accurate.

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Snorge
Wednesday, October 05, 2011 @ 11:47:06 AM

Accurate is an understatement!

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Excelsior1
Wednesday, October 05, 2011 @ 11:53:08 AM

i agree it is epic. cole does look accurate. does anybody else agree the look of snake is a little off? maybe its the uncanny valley effect at a higher resolution but he looks different somehow.

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daus26
Wednesday, October 05, 2011 @ 1:01:14 PM

Seriously!! I thought that Jason Statham would be perfect for Cole. I'm not sure if this is him though. Regardless, it's so accurate.

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Nvm, I don't think it's Jason Statham.

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Excelsior1
Wednesday, October 05, 2011 @ 1:16:42 PM

i actually thought it was staham for a second. i think old snake may have had some work done since i last saw him mgs4.

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TheCanadianGuy
Wednesday, October 05, 2011 @ 12:00:24 PM
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this is the greatest thing i've seen in my life.

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dlte
Wednesday, October 05, 2011 @ 12:09:33 PM
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I wonder who won that game of chess? I'm thinking Sackboy.

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sirbob6
Wednesday, October 05, 2011 @ 12:34:30 PM
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That was a pretty epic piece of work there.

I also want a living sackboy now. Most adorable thing ever.

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bigrailer19
Wednesday, October 05, 2011 @ 12:41:23 PM

I just want one to play board games with!

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Cuetes
Wednesday, October 05, 2011 @ 12:36:20 PM
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I love it, it made me proud to be a gamer. To micheal, to me, to gamers everywhere, raise your controllers, you are saluted.

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Godslim
Wednesday, October 05, 2011 @ 12:37:36 PM
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brilliant!
those are the real voices too arent they

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bigrailer19
Wednesday, October 05, 2011 @ 12:43:32 PM
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That's a brilliant piece of work. One of the best ads I've ever seen! This type of advertising is what Sony needs!

I'm just saying maybe KB shoulda been in There to help chant lol. Although I understand he doesn't quite fit the plot.

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LimitedVertigo
Wednesday, October 05, 2011 @ 1:02:43 PM
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I'm wondering if Sony fired a ton of their marketing department a few years ago because everything I've seen since 2009 has been great. This is the best videogame commercial I've seen in the past decade.

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Fane1024
Thursday, October 06, 2011 @ 12:54:44 AM

They changed PR companies, but I think that happened before 2009.

IIRC the CG ads with the Saliva song ("Ladies and Gentlemen") were the first done by the new firm.


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daus26
Wednesday, October 05, 2011 @ 1:05:19 PM
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K, as a video enthusiasts, I really appreciate the production value in this thing. Everything is detailed in the setting, and the 3D animation characters are ever so real. And yes, Sackboy was awesome! Just look at him.

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Fabi
Wednesday, October 05, 2011 @ 2:16:24 PM
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I cannot put into words how awesome this is. Someone please help.

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maxpontiac
Wednesday, October 05, 2011 @ 2:38:06 PM
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That was excellent.

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Lotusflow3r
Wednesday, October 05, 2011 @ 2:53:22 PM
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That was phenomenal!!



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swapnilgyani
Wednesday, October 05, 2011 @ 3:12:06 PM
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Phenomenal....fantabulous....i don't have words for this.

Its good to see some multiplats in there as well...

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Reccaman18
Wednesday, October 05, 2011 @ 6:40:47 PM

Scrumtulecent!

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gangan19
Wednesday, October 05, 2011 @ 3:15:12 PM
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The games are finally saluting us, it feels great...

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SoulController
Wednesday, October 05, 2011 @ 3:50:22 PM
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amazing! that goosebump feeling never gets old

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The Real Deal
Wednesday, October 05, 2011 @ 4:59:36 PM
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Long Live Play! is now permanently etched into my brain. Sony sure has a winning campaign with this one. Especially with the previous campaign being a success. I would say this is the best commercial for a gaming console ever made. Especially with the fact they were giving a real gamer a nod of respect, just brilliant Sony!

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Crabba
Wednesday, October 05, 2011 @ 6:15:02 PM
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Very cool ad, and nice to see something other than Kevin Butler for a change (not that there's anything wrong with his ads). They obviously put quite a bit of money into this video, and I especially like Cole with lightning between his hands and sackboy playing chess.

Not quite sure about the ending with all this Michael stuff, I get it's supposed to represent the gamer, but IMO it could've been done better... Why would I care about Michael? I've also seen plenty of comments saying 'Who the h*ck is Michael", and I kind of agree...

Overall great video tho!

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bigrailer19
Wednesday, October 05, 2011 @ 6:30:39 PM

Ummm your Michael! Not literally, your the player as is Michael. When they put his picture up on the wall at the end, you see what signifies all the other gamers photos out there. The commercial is for us the gamers.

If people are seriously asking who Michael is, I fear they should invest more time in doing something different.

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Crabba
Thursday, October 06, 2011 @ 3:55:05 AM

I know that bigrailer, and I said so as well in my post that that wasn't my point...

What I was trying to say is more that there's a lot of talk of this specific person called 'Michael' which you only assume at the end is the guy in the picture, but why not just say 'here's to YOU [showing picture of 'Michael']' or 'Here's to The Gamer' or something, I don't know... but 'Here's to Michael' sounds wrong...

Still, all in all though, Great ad, and great atmosphere in the video. Definitely one of the coolest Sony ads I've seen.

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Snaaaake
Wednesday, October 05, 2011 @ 6:19:52 PM
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Come on guys, where's your salute?

LONG LIVE PLAY!!!!!

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Lairfan
Wednesday, October 05, 2011 @ 6:52:09 PM
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This is a cool commercial and all...but Sony billed this as a "major announcement."

Now, normally I'd be okay with this. However, M$ made an announcement today as well that has far more meaning than Sony's. They announced how they made a whole crap ton of deals with TV networks and all kinds of other companies to expand the media capabilities of Live. And I don't mean dinky little deals that don't mean anything, I mean exclusive content and apps and music-related content and a whole boatload of other stuff. Just search up "microsoft 360 announcement" on google and you'll see it all over the place.

Now, to a whole ton of people, those kind of enhancements are a BIG deal. And what does Sony do? Release a commercial that says how their thank their fans for supporting them and yadda yadda yadda.

Besides, even if it is a cool commercial, only non-casual gamers are gonna get it. It won't attract anyone new to Playstation unless they think its funny, and it'll just be weird to everyone else.

So really, what I'm saying here is that Sony dropped the ball with this one. I love ya Sony, but compared to M$, this was not a very substantial or wise business move.

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Ben Dutka PSXE [Administrator]
Wednesday, October 05, 2011 @ 9:36:03 PM

That's exactly the point. Sony is telling gamers they appreciate THEM, not the faceless masses that may or may not become gamers. It's the kind of appreciation that often resonates with the masses, too.

Essentially, it's about reaching the masses by saying, "this isn't FOR you...but it COULD be you."

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Underdog15
Thursday, October 06, 2011 @ 1:36:57 PM

I'm with Ben.

But hey, at least Xbox Live is finally offering better multimedia features like Sony does. They pay for it... they might as well try to be as awesome as PSN.

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Reccaman18
Wednesday, October 05, 2011 @ 7:00:19 PM
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Sony used a pic of me, but its too hard to locate. I know they used it cause I have the email and everything where Sony asked if I would allow them to use it after entering in the contest for "The Ultimate Gamer." Great commercial. I thought they did a brilliant job in production.

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djbool
Wednesday, October 05, 2011 @ 7:14:25 PM
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Kratos looked a little weird.

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Nas Is Like
Wednesday, October 05, 2011 @ 11:25:09 PM
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Excellent commercial. Sackboy is still such a lovable little character.

Am I the only one that thought Kratos looked really awkward? Not only did his body seem fake and glossy, but his head was huge and round.

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eLLeJuss
Thursday, October 06, 2011 @ 1:54:02 AM
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PAssion of gaming. Proud to be a gamer. Great job sony.

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___________
Thursday, October 06, 2011 @ 3:11:47 AM
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IS THAT ALL!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!??!?!?!?!?
your kidding me, they hype this to kingdom come, showing a mysterious trailer for a crappy new commercial group!?
sigh, this is exactly why i hate teases.
100% of the time they end up being for nothing!
yea, this is totally worth the massive hype they have been giving it!

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Crabba
Thursday, October 06, 2011 @ 3:57:49 AM

Massive hype? AFAIK they released a video, that's it? What gaming media makes of it isn't really Sony's fault, is it?

Besides, it's a pretty awesome video.

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___________
Thursday, October 06, 2011 @ 10:26:41 AM

but why make such a mysterious video to advertise a freaking advertisement!
i swear to god this announcements of announcements is driving me insane this gen!
everyone was thinking it would be a revamp of PSN or a XMB change or a release date for vita, something worth of making a video for.
might as well make a video for the next shipment of fruit coming in!

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Crabba
Thursday, October 06, 2011 @ 4:43:45 PM

'i swear to god this announcements of announcements is driving me insane this gen!' - Well I guess I can agree with that part...

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Omnipro
Thursday, October 06, 2011 @ 10:32:03 AM
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Cool commercial.
For finding actors that look like fictional characters they looks close enough to tell who they are portraying.

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xenris
Thursday, October 06, 2011 @ 11:13:55 AM
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Man, I submited my picture for this, and they said they wanted to use it. I guess its one of the pictures littering the roof or something. It would have been really sweet to get a better view of those pictures. Oh well, still awesome that I know my picture is somewhere up there.

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tazdood1199
Thursday, October 06, 2011 @ 3:46:59 PM
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Best. Commercial. Ever. 'Nuff said.

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FlyingKickPunch
Thursday, October 06, 2011 @ 5:37:34 PM
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I think THAT guy should play Drake in the movie.

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Beamboom
Saturday, October 08, 2011 @ 11:05:03 AM
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This is easily the best games related ad I've ever seen.

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Mr Wright
Saturday, October 08, 2011 @ 10:54:12 PM
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Wow, just watched that trailer and it was sooo epic! Excellent job Sony. To Michael!

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Spanky
Wednesday, October 12, 2011 @ 7:49:30 AM
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I'm a little dense ,but, who are the WWII guys? Epic commercial!

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BikerSaint
Thursday, October 13, 2011 @ 9:41:05 PM
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Well, since I'm about to turn over the last few final pages from my 8th year in this second 1/2 century of life on Planet Earth, I felt the need to tailor Sony's motto so it's a bit more accurately fitting to my greybeard way of life these days.

"LONGer LIVEd, stillPLAYing"!!!!!

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