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DOOM ETERNAL…paid skins?

6 May

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In a video game, nothing is free anymore. Nothing you ever pay for comes in the box with the CD or the digital copy you download. When game companies found out they could charge for more, it was an ever spending arcade that you didn’t have to leave your house for. It’s why people have been turned off of games entirely. If I’m going to have to grind endlessly and clear out camps or sneak through only to find out that I could spend more money to get a better gun, (which happened in Tom Clancy’s superb Wildlands open world action adventure game) it’s when the brain starts to ask very simple questions.

            The problem: Bethesda and Id studios are now selling the skins that players would have to grind constantly for. The skins, which you can put on the Doomslayer, It’s damn near three hundred dollars. They were selling the collectors edition bundle for that much, and people instantly sell them on ebay. So, again, it’s the question my inquiring mind has to ask.

example of skins (earned through campaign)

            “Why the fuck would they do this, brain?” 

            It’s simple as I mentioned before. It’s about money. It doesn’t matter if you are a great gamer or not, or even have the time to do it, paid DLC expansions are a way to keep people invested in games. I see this as nothing more than mocking the player for wanting to know the ending of a game that that the player will not be able to experience themselves. Again, it stands to reason why youtubers would support this. Midnight, a Doom Eternal youtuber, has close ties with the company and has interviewed Hugo Martin on his channel endlessly. 

            So, again, don’t believe your favorite youtuber when they support the company and keep making you pay for character skins that don’t matter either. And this isn’t about midnight at all. I guess when you get free things from the company you are going to support the company policy. I guess, to play devil’s advocate, they want to sell the skins. It’s greed,  but I understand it. You gotta make a profit. But if we can attack Naughty Dogg for there horrible business practices, you need to attack Bethesda as well. 

            I know I’m not going to be invited to Quakecon, because I’m not part of the inside crew. Fine, maybe that’s why it makes me laugh when people like midnight would support people paying nearly 300 dollars worth of skins that players would have to earn through playing, and wasting there time. I get it, Bethesda and Id want to make money. It’s not that hard. Money is good, but essentially, Id went back on their word after Doom Eternal would not be a pay to play system

            It’s the same when players play difficult modes, and you can press against a wall and slip through the game, and avoid having to play the game itself. Might as well just sell difficulty achievements so you don’t have to play it, too. 

            Again, it’s hard to pick on Naughty Dogg without picking on the rest of the gaming industry. At least with Naughty Dogg there product isn’t visually flawed or you can just push the character against the wall and then slip through the level, or pay your way to complete the game. 

            Otherwise, this is a bad move Bethesda and Id. But make your money, but don’t expect me or my readers to pay.

-Louis Bruno is the author of more than 15 books, including, The Michael Project, The Michael Project: Book 2: The Lost Children of Eve, Thy Kingdom Come, The Disintegrating Bloodline, Apocalypse Soldier, Hierarchy of Dwindling Sheep. His books can be found on Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and Lulu. He can be found on Gab, https://gab.com/thereallouistbruno, Minds https://www.minds.com/lbruno8063/, and Parler https://parler.com/profile/therealLouistbruno/posts. Instagram @lbrruno8063 and @louisbrunoofficialbook. He has written for the Intellectual Conservative and Ephemere. Also, he writes on https://louisbruno.substack.com, where you can support him directly, and where he will post one article a day (the bulk of his work will appear on substack officially). Also he can be found on Our Freedom Book https://www.ourfreedombook.com/thereallouistbruno17 His latest, Come Home, Young One, a dark fantasy novel is out now at Lulu.com. Link is here: https://www.lulu.com/en/us/shop/louis-bruno/come-home-young-one/hardcover/product-pw8q7z.html?page=1&pageSize=4.  His next series, City of Sand, will be available at the end of May 2021.

Also available on podcast too: 

www.breaker.audio/the-real-louis-t-brunos-blog

https://www.google.com/podcasts?feed=aHR0cHM6Ly9hbmNob3IuZm0vcy81MDA5ZDY3MC9wb2RjYXN0L3Jzcw==

https://pca.st/504t7jxr

https://radiopublic.com/the-real-louis-t-brunos-blog-We7LDvhttps://open.spotify.com/show/2spknKkC6Hi3YM5naV9cc9

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Doom Eternal’s Difficulty Controversy

31 Mar

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I know the Doom Eternal Community is talking about this, but the thing is, how can something be difficult without making someone quit gaming forever? I see that gamers need that Dark Souls type of thrill that would make me want to quit games forever. Yes, I do want to enjoy games. I get the idea of playing a game on a harder difficulty and getting cool skins, but players should want to play that harder difficulty when they are ready. I’m probably the only person who has legitimately sat down to try and play the Mein Leiber difficulty in Wolfenstein 2: The New Colossus. I have only gotten to Section F, and that’s not that far. So, I do understand that many gamers want a thrill when they play a game. They want to show that game who’s boss, but never walk outside and get some air, or try and socialize with people.

            Just kidding, gamers. I know you guys talk to your parents. But that’s not good enough. Again, I’m just yanking your junk here. Don’t get too comfortable with it, though. I’m not a gentle soul. 

Source: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gZ8fPeZiI9k

            So, you are probably wondering how that previous paragraph ties into this idea of wanting a harder game difficulty. Think of it this way. Some guys beat there dick raw. It’s a fun time, but you don’t do it all the time like that. So, you use lube, and lube is lowering the difficulty in your video game. 

            Hey, playing games should be fun, and we all understand what fun should be. I want to enjoy a game first before I try the harder difficulty. So, why would you torture yourself on the harder difficulty. Trust me, I played Uncharted 4 on the highest difficulty the first time, and I have never played it since. I do think it was challenging and fun, and not a bad send off, but Uncharted 4 should have been three. Just saying.

            So, the thing is, do we all have to play on a Seikero: Shadow dies twice level of painful torment or should Id have stuck to there guns and made it just as difficult as the base game? The Ancient Gods Part 1 is tough, and I see why the community was upset.  

            Not everyone can be From Software, and most game developers shouldn’t do it. Everyone should have fun when they play games, but also, don’t feel like you have to play things on a higher difficulty. 

            If you really like the game, then play it on a higher difficulty. We should all have a choice to play games on a higher difficulty. Serious gamers should go for that level. I’m not going to assume everyone plays on a higher difficulty. The problem is the defeat. Everyone sees that “you failed” or “You died” sign and it usually pushes people away from trying to play on a higher difficulty. 

            I think one bucket list game that I have to try and beat is Dark Souls, because the story and the dense horror atmosphere is worth it. Once you get over dying a lot, that’s not so bad. But then, I just might be denying how hard it is. Most likely, if you had to put a gun to my head, and say, “You have to play this or you will die,” and if I had enough time, I would probably play Wolfenstein 2’s New Colossus’s Mein Leiber difficulty. 

            To sum it all up, the higher difficulty should be an option for everyone, after you play the base game, but I wouldn’t want a hardcore gamer to not play it on the hardest difficulty, because it gives them meaning, and power. They used to give medals for playing on the higher difficulties. But if they don’t anymore, that’s probably why I don’t want to play higher difficulties. 

            But I guess that’s the completionist in me talking. I think I like the idea of taking a big risk for a reward, not just for the ideal of doing it. That’s just how I see risk. But to me, your game difficulty is what you want in video games. There are no rules to any form of art, and how you want to experience a piece of entertainment. You play as hard or you have as much fun as you want. It’s your life, King/Queen. 

-Louis Bruno is the author of more than 15 books, including, The Michael Project, The Michael Project: Book 2: The Lost Children of Eve, Thy Kingdom Come, The Disintegrating Bloodline, Apocalypse Soldier, Hierarchy of Dwindling Sheep. His books can be found on Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and Lulu. He can be found on Gab, https://gab.com/thereallouistbruno, Minds https://www.minds.com/lbruno8063/, and Parlerhttps://parler.com/profile/therealLouistbruno/posts. Instagram @lbrruno8063 and @louisbrunoofficialbook. He has written for the Intellectual Conservative and Ephemere. Also, he writes on https://louisbruno.substack.com, where you can support him directly. His latest, Come Home, Young One, a dark fantasy novel is out now at Lulu.com. Link is here: https://www.lulu.com/en/us/shop/louis-bruno/come-home-young-one/hardcover/product-pw8q7z.html?page=1&pageSize=4.  His next series, City of Sand, will be available sometime this year.

Also available on podcast too: 

www.breaker.audio/the-real-louis-t-brunos-blog

https://www.google.com/podcasts?feed=aHR0cHM6Ly9hbmNob3IuZm0vcy81MDA5ZDY3MC9wb2RjYXN0L3Jzcw==

https://pca.st/504t7jxr

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Ending of the Ancient Gods Part 2 Explained

25 Mar

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Doom Eternal Ancient Gods Pat 2 Ending

If the ending of Ancient Gods Part 2, and for those who haven’t yet played the game, the recap is that Flynn Taggert, our fellow Doom Slayer, has finally vanquished evil and with that, he goes to sleep with the world that he saves. But the ending where he is buried once again near the Blood Swamps, makes you think a little bit. It does make you consider that Id is following true to there form. If you think the Doom Slayer is dead, I think you might be overthinking it a little. I think if you allowed the Doom Slayer to live on, it might mean bad news for those who wanted to keep playing as Flynn. What I do think is clear. It was an inside job between God and the Devil to bring down the Doom Slayer.

It doesn’t seem as simple as a video game, like Mario chasing after Princess Peach. That’s kind of a simplistic way, but the deeper attitudes posed within Doom Eternal is that this isn’t the type of narrative that one reads when they are young. If the impossible defeat comes from looking at the souls the Doom Slayer vanquished, this does bring up an interesting question 

            Did the All Father and God work together to putting the Doom Slayer on ice? Did it mean that bringing back the All Father, the Dark Lord, lead the Doom Slayer into a trap? 

            This does mean that the Doom Slayer is a tool, a weapon for when the balance of light and dark are upset and the meaning of the Corax tablet does bring up a pretty good point. “May the blood on your sword never dry and may we never need you again.”

            It seems like we all want some magical happy ending for our characters and it seems like what the world wants is not what individual creators want. It does seem to fall in line with Doom 64’s ending and how the Slayer was reinvented by the Makyrs and Sentinels. To me, if there are no demons, then the Slayer can rest while the world is rebuilding again. Considering that you have to have a time of peace before another upset happens in the Doom Universe. When you remember the Doom Slayer’s journey began and how much he has lost, considering that we never get to see the background with his family, I don’t think that would make any difference. The Doom Slayer already lost that part of his life, and the Doom Slayer is corrupted by his rage and how he was betrayed by Vega and the UAC. Then it leads to his imprisonment. It seems like Id was doing something far more subtle with the narrative, and this is a first for Id. 

            I’m not going to make the claim that the Doom Slayer is dead, but this doesn’t mean the end for the Doom franchise. I do have one observation: I think maybe they should have saved the Ancient Gods for a third game. Also, they should have used the DLC for a Betrayer back story. I know this might not be original, but it makes the most sense. 

            I do think that the Doom Slayer has been through a lot. It seems like this might be a time when they do something experimental with the franchise. I do believe they did write themselves into a corner, but maybe they can work better with some time, but then, this is just the beginning. I do believe that Hayden still won after all this time. When he brought back the Dark Lord, it was the Doom Slayers fault that he was on ice, but in some cases, the Doom Slayer would have done it anyway. 

            Only here, is where the Doom Slayer knew he was bested by both god and the devil. If he is just another instrument, maybe it will be another game that lets us see where he faces off against the armies of heaven and hell again. But for now, I say that Flynn isn’t dead, and it brings us back to 2016, when we might just see the Doom Slayer’s coffin opening back up again.

What do you think about the ending of Ancient Gods and Doom Eternal. Let me know in a DM or comment below. (I don’t think you need my permission to comment or talk to me about what I say in the articles, so fire away.)

-Louis Bruno is the author of more than 15 books, including, The Michael Project, The Michael Project: Book 2: The Lost Children of Eve, Thy Kingdom Come, The Disintegrating Bloodline, Apocalypse Soldier, Hierarchy of Dwindling Sheep. His books can be found on Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and Lulu. He can be found on Gab, https://gab.com/thereallouistbruno, Minds https://www.minds.com/lbruno8063/, and Parlerhttps://parler.com/profile/therealLouistbruno/posts. Instagram @lbrruno8063 and @louisbrunoofficialbook. He has written for the Intellectual Conservative and Ephemere. Also, he writes on https://louisbruno.substack.com, where you can support him directly. His latest, Come Home, Young One, a dark fantasy novel is out now at Lulu.com. Link is here: https://www.lulu.com/en/us/shop/louis-bruno/come-home-young-one/hardcover/product-pw8q7z.html?page=1&pageSize=4.  His next series, City of Sand, will be available sometime this year.

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Doom Eternal: Ancient Gods Part 2: Review

18 Mar

-For the Uncensored!

I was trying to avoid the official trailer for the second part of the Ancient Gods DLC for Doom Eternal. I really couldn’t take it and I decided to watch it. When I saw it, my doubts were cleared away, as I knew the teaser trailer hinted at a war between the Doom Slayer and the Dark Lord. But man, I am not looking forward to people playing this game on Ultra Nightmare modes. I will enjoy there tears later on as I complete the review. Picking up right after the cliff hanger of Ancient Gods, Part 1, when the Doom Slayer, Flynn Taggert, resurrected the Dark Lord, which turned out to be a mirror image of the Doom Slayer. (Before we start, this is spoiler heavy, so if you haven’t played it, leave now. You have been warned).

            The night before the release, March 18th, 2021, XBOX, PlayStation, and PC fans would have to wait one more day, myself included. I wanted to stay up and play at midnight, but it wasn’t available, and I decided to just wait until the morning to see if it was available. It wasn’t. This did not really sit well with me. Even Black Ops Cold War was released at midnight, but th’t’s not really a problem. If the world we knew 

            Now this needs to be said: First of all, I thought, “how kind of unimaginative for Bethesda to do this.” I mean, they set it up that it would be the Doom Slayer, so you wouldn’t be surprised, and not like the surprise is still any better, one side says, “Yeah, but maybe Marty should have come up with a better idea of how to present the Dark Lord, and they put everyone through crunch to get this shit done,” and the other side says, “Shut up, it’s a Doom Game.”

            What happens is fairly simply put together. After the Dark Lord is resurrected…the first thing the Doom Slayer does is load his super shotgun and try to kill the Dark Lord, as it doesn’t affect him. “No blood can be spilled in this holy place.” Seeing the Dark Lord represented as the Doom Slayer creates a weird paradox for the player. If you think the Marauder is a match against the Doom Slayer, I can only wait to find out what the rest of the DLC entails. He warns the Doom Slayer “our time will come” and “if you survive this, I will be waiting in the city of Immora.”

            As you need to gain passage to Immora, you need to power the gate of Dummun. Already, the first level is gorgeous, giving you this ruined feel, but also, in this first part teaches you about the new meat hook component, which allows you to travel over huge gaps. Much as the original meat hook attachment allowed you to use enemies as a way to grapple towards them, and finish them off with a glory kill. But here, you can use it to travel.

            Also, A screecher demon is introduced in the level of Dummun, where if you kill it, it will buff the other demons, making it worse through your playthrough. You meet the Doom Pup on the way, and he helps you out.

as the Knight Sentinels, hear your call, as you send out a beacon, the Forge of Kings, to help in your cause to fight against the Dark Lord. Along the way, you encounter more buffed enemies, as much of this is now dependent on you using every tool in your arsenal to rip and tear, but also make calculated attacks against each demon. In the World Spear, you encountered a Armored Baron. You have to break his armor with a plasma rifle and then shoot off the cannon on his right arm, which regenerates the armor.

On the way through the Dummun, you also experience how sludge plays a role, as you have to fight off waves of demons while they are all influenced by the Screecher demon. On Hurt me plenty, it’s at medium difficulty, but on Ultra Nightmare, it will take some time to master.

In the opening level, the world spear, you also are given the Hell Breaker, by the betrayer, who says, “My son’s curse has been lifted and I have atoned for my sins.” It’s a sentinel war hammer, that is built on charge, where you press the right direction button, and you jump up in the air and you do a pounce where you knock the enemies into a slight stupor, where they look like a television cartoon when it’s confused, with a small halo around there head, and they stop confused for a moment. It’s a nice addition, but I think the Crucible had more power to it. But it’s a nice function when it charges back up. 

Another addition to the bestiary, is the stone imp, where it takes more time to damage the imps, as they are made of stone, but the only two weapons that damage them are the plasma rifle, and the sentinel hammer. The sentinel hammer is going to come in handy for the stone imps. Plus they roll toward and away from you, looking like sonic. Hugo Martin wasn’t kidding when he was going to make a gamer’s game.

When you reach the forge of kings, it helps grant you passage to the world spear. Next a dragon comes to greet you, and takes you off into the distance. You fly high as you see a large blue mountain, and as you settle, you get off like a fucking badass. If you complete the mission, any demon would be destroyed.

You climb up a ruined chasm where you face every demon that wants the Demon Slayers head. After you pass through the mountain, you reach the blue mountain, and the Father, who used to be Vega, says you are worthy, and across a blue ocean, a bridge appears. The slayer walks surround by green lights and you see the entrance with flying dragons around it. The camera pans up as you are a blip on the massive bridge. When you enter, the door opens, and you walk through the light to reach the heart of the mountain. “Not even Urdak gave off readings like this.” Doom Intern says. 

            When you enter, you scale the inside of the mountain, grabbing on ledges, and there’s a good deal of platforming inside the mountain. You find out the inside of the mountain is a ship. You get the crystal, and you finish the level.

            Then you arrive at the level, Reclaimed Earth, you are introduced to the cursed prowler. If he hits you have you to blood punch him in order to break his curse. Ruined Earth is beautiful as you cross across chasms of broken ledges and you have to find your way to the gates of Divvum. Even the loudspeaker fears you as she tells the UAC workers, of an abandoned building, to “leave your workspaces.”

            It’s humorous. Each encounter builds upon your knowledge of learning to move out of the way. To move through Ruined Earth you need to kickstart the power again in order to reach the human outpost on earth.  You need to take a train but then put it back into commission by you guessed it, punching it, after you restore the power. 

            You also face off against the Riot Soldier, which instead of a blue shield that with the plasma cannon can cause an explosion, killing everyone in sight, the yellow shields absorb projectile damage. So, just shoot around them to end their anger once and for all.

            Along the way you explore some bombed out areas that are quite dazzling, lots of foliage, as it looks like earth is starting to go back to nature. In a flooded out building you swim through it, passing by fire orbs, underwater. My brain knows that fire, not matter how powerful ca not work. So, that had me shaking my head a bit. But then, it’s a minor complaint.

            There’s a sign that says The Chairman’s Club, and its founder is Robert Altman. That’s the then President and co-founder of Zenimax. So it must have been a nice homage to the man who gave Doom another chance.

            Once you cross the gate to Divvum, it looks like three rings circling each other, and when you put the crystal in from the ship inside the mountain, you slip through the portal, and that so ends the second level.

            The final level is Immora. The sanctum of the Dark Lord. The cut scene covers the way the Dark Lord is covered head to toe in red armor, as the two armies of the Sentinels and the demons are about to face in a final battle for the ages. The Betrayer and the Doom Slayer stare at each other, as they gaze on, as the army of sentinel and demon face off. Even a Mech suit comes into the fray to help the Doom Slayer.

            The Betrayer says, “Come brothers, let hell tremble before our might.” When the cutscene ends, the Father tells the Doom Slayer that “if the dark lord is defeated all demons outside his realm will be destroyed.” It almost has that God of War feel. I’m not that hard on Doom because Doom 4 held id back a long time, and so they are just catching there footing. In the distance, the mech suits are stabbing the hundred foot demons to death, and all are buying the Doom Slayer time in order for him to defeat the Dark Lord. As a epic battle is taking place, he is flung through the wall of Immora with a catapult thanks to the Knight Sentinels. The city resembles the way Super Gore Nest would look. The origin of Innova seems far ancient, and far unlike the realms of Argent D’nur. 

            I did experience one crash, but this was near the end. Before you approach the Dark Lord, you see him leaving in a ship, and I’m like, “Where the fuck are you going?” After a pretty lengthy arcade style battle royale, you jump on a friendly ship, not even getting inside. The brass balls of the Doom Slayer knows no bounds. With your meat hook firmly planted into the ship, you take off. When you jump off the ship, the doom slayer jumps off into midair, meat hooks his way across the gap, landing onto a demon like a cushion, slicing him open. 

            After you destroy the stone imps protecting the Dark Lord, you jump into the portal, to go and finish the Dark Lord, once and for all. 

            The final level, The Dark Lord, says, “war is inevitable,” and the Doom Slayer just grips his fist, cause he’s so mad. He’s ready to fight. The Dark Lord says, “Stand and fight. Honor your true God. Fight and show me your true purpose.” If you don’t stop and think about what the Dark Lord said it might not mean anything. He thrives off anger and he wants to have a true match with the Doom Slayer. 

            So, we find out that the Dark Lord was betrayed by the All Father, and at the end, it’s almost like, “What?” He took off his helmet and when the Dark Lord asked him, “Will you say anything before you strike me down,” and he says, “No.” (Total Rorscach moment, by the way).

            We get a nice scene where all the demons are dead, but he falls into shock and the last scene is where the Makyrs bury him on the tomb where the first Dark Lord’s spirit was buries. So, this is quite hilarious. It’s almost like it sent him back to the beginning of Doom 2016. It’s quite an achievement when I said, “no fucking way.” 

            I went through quite a lot, and even then, I had to take it down to the easiest difficulty. So, yeah, with the story out of the way, the overall presentation, sound design (I could hear the grunting of the soldier demons with crisper sound quality), but I hope this isn’t the end of the Doom universe. It’s probably one hell of a way of saying, “Fuck you” but the Corrax phrase at the end says, “May your sword never dry, and may we never need you again” rings true. I guess it’s a nice way of letting the Doom Slayer rest.

            It’s kind of like how Link is always called back to save Hyrule when it’s in danger. It’s probably one of the funniest call back to video games you could imagine. 

            What a finale to Doom 2016, and Eternal, and I hope that id software always raises hell again to bring back Flynn Taggert, to kill demons, when we need him once again. 

            Plus wait for the end, it was a nice treat. 

            Final Analysis: 5/5

            Combined Score with the first DLC, Ancient Gods Part 1: 9.5.10

-Louis Bruno is the author of more than 20 books, including, The Michael Project, The Michael Project: Book 2: The Lost Children of Eve, Thy Kingdom Come, The Disintegrating Bloodline, Apocalypse Soldier, Hierarchy of Dwindling Sheep. His books can be found on Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and Lulu. He can be found on Gab, https://gab.com/thereallouistbruno, Minds https://www.minds.com/lbruno8063/, and Parlerhttps://parler.com/profile/therealLouistbruno/posts. Instagram @lbrruno8063 and @louisbrunoofficialbook. He has written for the Intellectual Conservative and Ephemere. His latest, Come Home, Young One, a dark fantasy novel is out now at Lulu.com. Link is here: https://www.lulu.com/en/us/shop/louis-bruno/come-home-young-one/hardcover/product-pw8q7z.html?page=1&pageSize=4.  His next series, City of Sand, will be available sometime this year.

Note from Louis: Thanks so much for reading my articles and being such a constant reader, and listening to my podcasts. I usually write two to three articles a day during the week, but one to two on the weekends. Also, if you haven’t already, please subscribe, donate, like my articles and comment, buy my books, leave a review. Sharing the articles and podcasts helps above all can help if you can’t donate, too. Thank you so much. 

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The Joy of Open World Games

4 Mar

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Before March 2020, when the world experienced a pandemic of epic scale, video games became a best seller during the last year. You couldn’t find an XBOX Series or PS5 to save your life, but today, all this time at home has let me appreciate open world games. Days Gone was a great example of how to take an open world game and blend Last of Us with Grand Theft Auto, as you rode on your motorcycle through the North West, trying to find your lost love two years after a zombie plague was unleashed on the world. If you are looking for a happier ending, Days Gone definitely had that, and packed a huge emotional punch along the way. It death with the unpleasantness of a plague, while understanding the emotional core of Ethan, who has to survive and is dealing with survivors guilt. He visits a grave where he thinks his wife died in a camp, talking to it, like he would anyone who visits a grave. 

            The first ten hours were really hard to play, but after that, it catches on like a lightning bolt. I think, like a novel, and how the first fifty pages are the buildup to a long complicated plot, is how Days Gone was for me. I think it works on the first play through, but even I played that and Last of Us 2, because I have written my own zombie story, and had to check in with it to see what both stories had to say.

            Ultimately, open world games do provide a calming relief. When I beat Final Fantasy 15 for the first time last year, it wasn’t so bad. I loved the way Noctis and his friends became monster hunters, worked for there meals, did favors for recipes, and how I avoided some monster fights in order to camp for the night. It was like playing a new game. I think if you are working full time you can’t play open world video games. But also, I think I had the time for the motonous nonsense of doing missions, because I wanted to give it a try, too.  

            But I do think open world video games can last you for an entire lifetime, and through the journey, can help you see things you haven’t before. Like how Noctis running away on an island ruined his world and how he didn’t face his fears head on. And Open World games are the best at providing challenges you haven’t seen before. And Open World games are the best at providing challenges you haven’t seen before. Like scaling mountains or traveling the high seas.

Don’t overlook the power of an open world game. 

-Louis Bruno is the author of more than 15 books, including, The Michael Project, The Michael Project: Book 2: The Lost Children of Eve, Thy Kingdom Come, The Disintegrating Bloodline, Apocalypse Soldier, Hierarchy of Dwindling Sheep. His books can be found on Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and Lulu. He can be found on Gab, https://gab.com/thereallouistbruno, Minds https://www.minds.com/lbruno8063/, and Parlerhttps://parler.com/profile/therealLouistbruno/posts. Instagram @lbrruno8063 and @louisbrunoofficialbook. He has written for the Intellectual Conservative and Ephemere. His latest, Come Home, Young One, a dark fantasy novel is out now at Lulu.com. Link is here: https://www.lulu.com/en/us/shop/louis-bruno/come-home-young-one/hardcover/product-pw8q7z.html?page=1&pageSize=4

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The Value and Devaluing of Medals for Video Games!

2 Mar

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In the notion of being a “completionist” and achieving all the medals a video game can offer, sometimes to me, it’s just not humanly possibly. There are a few examples of this. If you are the only person who has won the coveted Mein Leiber trophy on Wolfenstein 2: The New Colossus, I am envious. You have to play the game at one sitting and you can’t stop or save, which is absurd and the farthest I have reached in Wolfenstein 2 is near Section F, near the end, where I destroyed the radio communication, and I died when I peeked out for too long. Section F is only at level 2, of the whole campaign. But it seems absurd to just play a game and be a completionist, when you should be doing other things. I don’t blame people for wanting to get every possible trophy they can in games, but I think streamers can take that challenge more than regular gamers should. Games should be enjoyed, unless you really like the game enough to get all the medals.  

            Again, you can do that if you like, but if you don’t get the important things done in your life, being a completionist is no better than owning a stamp collection. It’s not bad, but if you can’t cook or clean up the house, that’s another thing you need to do. Also, having a life and getting a girlfriend is important, too. Having a family. At some point, having the medals in video games is not going to solve your emotional turmoil. Just because you played every side quest in Assassin’s Creed Odyssey, doesn’t mean you made any money from it, unless you stream. 

            So what if you got every medal in Seikiro: Shadows Die Twice, and you didn’t think Seikiro was hard, then go ahead. Just remember to make some money while you do it too. If you don’t do something else in your life, no trophy in a video game is going to matter when you have no life skills to live beyond a screen. If you don’t have a family, you might go bald and end up like Tim Pool. 

            Let’s all laugh at Tim Pool’s baldness, for a second. (Don’t worry Tim, bald guys need love too)

            But seriously, it doesn’t matter if you have every medal in a video game. Video games are not real life and having a real life means being interested in things outside your bubble. Exercising (not on the Wii U or the Switch). Reading a book printed on paper. Playing a sport (not on fifa). An instrument (not guitar or DJ hero). Shooting and training with a firearm (not in a First Person Shooter game, go ahead and take your pick). Lifting weights (not in GTA San Andreas either). 

            The digital world doesn’t amount to the substance and pain and beauty real life can offer. If you have no real world experience to back up your life behind a screen, it doesn’t matter how many video game trophies you have. It’s easier to hide behind a screen when you are unhappy about your weight, your lack of social skills, but dealing with it and realizing what you need to do to be happy is what will change your situation in life. A video game medal is a very small achievement compared to creating something that was created by you. 

            It’s hard, but I know you can do it.

-Louis Bruno is the author of more than 15 books, including, The Michael Project, The Michael Project: Book 2: The Lost Children of Eve, Thy Kingdom Come, The Disintegrating Bloodline, Apocalypse Soldier, Hierarchy of Dwindling Sheep. His books can be found on Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and Lulu. He can be found on Gab, https://gab.com/thereallouistbruno, Minds https://www.minds.com/lbruno8063/, and Parlerhttps://parler.com/profile/therealLouistbruno/posts. Instagram @lbrruno8063 and @louisbrunoofficialbook. He has written for the Intellectual Conservative and Ephemere. His latest, Come Home, Young One, a dark fantasy novel is out now at Lulu.com. Link is here: https://www.lulu.com/en/us/shop/louis-bruno/come-home-young-one/hardcover/product-pw8q7z.html?page=1&pageSize=4

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Art and Culture 16: Congress Wants to Ban GTA 5 to stop Real World Crimes!

26 Feb

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This is probably the news I didn’t think about covering yesterday, because every time I saw it, I just made an angry sigh. This is why Congress almost deserved what it got on Jan 6th. The problem is, if this is what Congress will do, and repeat the days Tipper Gore, this is why Congress deserves to be thrown out. You can’t pretend like history isn’t cyclical, because why do I need Congresses permission to think and feel what I want about my art. The deception is clear. Congress wants control of your thoughts. They have for a long time. I will not stand by while video games have to be censored by a bunch of asshole boomers and Gen-Exers that don’t understand the value of entertainment and what the people want. “Violence is exciting” Bret Easton Ellis said on the Commonwealth Interview. How can we exist if we can’t revel in violence and crime?

            It starts with censorship and then great countries turn into rotten shells and ultimately, why does Congress care? According to the APA, with Myths and facts, “Myth 4. Field experiments are irrelevant (aggression measures based either on direct imitation of video game behaviors (e.g., karate kicks) or are normal play behaviors. Facts: Some field experiments have used behaviors such as biting, pinching, hitting, pushing, and pulling hair, behaviors that were not modeled in the game. The fact that these aggressive behaviors occur in natural environments does not make them “normal” play behavior, but it does increase the face validity (and some would argue the external validity) of the measures.” (https://www.apa.org/science/about/psa/2003/10/anderson)

            Okay this seems good right, well not once does this mention whether this study is made between boys or girls. They are lumping the action with children regardless, because it wouldn’t help there argument if they only singled out boys or girls, but the problem is, this is total bullshit and if they did an individual case study, between both sexes, they might find that boys need to be aggressive anyway. You shouldn’t force your boy to be a girl with hormone therapy to calm his rage. You can’t stop people from being angry and then blame people for crimes, when it was going to happen anyway. Just watch Minority Report, based off the Philip K. Dick, short story, and you’ll see why predicting crimes on people who don’t do it won’t work in real life.  

            Maybe this should fall on parents and not congress. This is no different when they tried to ban rap music, too. Remember C. Delores Tucker, a Democrat, when she tried to get the NAACP award to ban 2PAC from receiving an Image award and filed 10 million dollars against the estate? Long after he was dead. It’s the same principle, and she tried to blame rap music for black men’s troubles. 

            Politicians, like C. Delores Tucker, or how those who would want to ban and blame violent art is the same conversation but through a different lens. The politicians who want to ban art because it’s either popular or there kids love it and they can’t understand it. 

            You can’t blame violent art for every little mistake in history or you are going to start sounding like a Nazi. I mean, Hitler, a socialist, banned art, too. The term Degenerate Art, was adopted by the Nazi Party in 1920? 

            You see a pattern? It all comes back to the notion that if you ban one piece of art, you must ban your own art too. I would love it if I didn’t have to hear about shitty Amy Schumer comedies ever again. You can’t pick and choose what you want to ban, so if you ban one piece of art, you must ban it all. 

            But commie Nazi leftists don’t understand that. Even with all the history I have unveiled in this article in the short amount of words, they will try and deflate it. But sit back and think about this, Congress, if anyone from there is reading this. If you ban art you don’t like, you can’t have the art the left like. Then art will die by necessary volition. 

You can’t blame GTA 5, 2PAC, or Marilyn Manson for your lack of parenting skills, and because something else excites your kids and they don’t want to be boring people banning dancing, like in Footloose. As Eminem said on Renegade, “I got nothing better to do than make you look stupid as parents, you fucking do-gooders too bad you couldn’t do good at marriage.” 

-Louis Bruno is the author of more than 15 books, including, The Michael Project, The Michael Project: Book 2: The Lost Children of Eve, Thy Kingdom Come, The Disintegrating Bloodline, Apocalypse Soldier, Hierarchy of Dwindling Sheep. His books can be found on Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and Lulu. He can be found on Gab, https://gab.com/thereallouistbruno, Minds https://www.minds.com/lbruno8063/, and Parlerhttps://parler.com/profile/therealLouistbruno/posts. Instagram @lbrruno8063 and @louisbrunoofficialbook. He has written for the Intellectual Conservative and Ephemere. His latest, Come Home, Young One, a dark fantasy novel is out now at Lulu.com. Link is here: https://www.lulu.com/en/us/shop/louis-bruno/come-home-young-one/hardcover/product-pw8q7z.html?page=1&pageSize=4

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Biden wants to Create More XBOX’s and PS5’s

25 Feb

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When Gamestop, a gaming publication, has to jump on the Biden train, I’m not surprised at the sheer stupidity of Gamestop actually believing this. What does this say about gaming journalism that hasn’t already been said. But the thing to think about with this tweet is very simple. Gamestop wants the Biden money, but then, why would Biden give anything to Playstation or XBOX when he wants to shut down businesses that can help sell them. Biden wants to create more chaos and make us forget about all the bad shit he has done in his first few months. And a system is going to bring our boys back from Syria, Biden? 

            I can’t pretend that Biden actually wants this. I think he forgets where to aim his piss in the morning let alone think about how to get a new system. Maybe open the economy back up Biden and let people go back to work and then solve the problem of the console drought. 

            If we really want systems, we will buy them when they are available. It’s no use going to Ebay to help pay for the scalpers college tuition for there kids. If white collar crime exists, scalpers are now rich than ever. But Biden wants us to forget about his idiotic moves. I don’t, and nobody here forgets about the 10,000 jobs gone from the Keystone Pipeline. I think the problem is two fold.

            A failing economy won’t matter when no one can buy new systems, and it’s no secret that Biden wants us to forget about his deceptive plays. Don’t worry, I and all my readers know. This is hilarious that he wants to help gamers when most game companies had to close in 2020. If there are no consoles, maybe that’s a good thing. Get out of gaming, all together. I would have nothing to review, but if Biden is going to keep the military in Syria, what good will a system do when your children have to fight a war started by Biden and all his establishment cronies? 

            I’m mortified, petrified, stupefied, by the way the Biden Administration pretends to give a shit when the Gamestop fiasco proving that no one trusts the old ways of doing things. If Biden does care, he would pull the troops out of Syria and give the Keystone Pipeline back to our workers. 

            Charge less for epipens, too. 

            But that falls on deaf ears for Biden supports. 

            But this question is for Biden supporters: Will a new video game system make up for the sheer loneliness of not having a companion make up for the time you spend online bashing others for difference of opinions, and getting some fake skin on Doom Eternal solve your weight problem, too. Because here, this is on the gaming community. 

            Tell Biden to shove it with his false promises, and tell him, from me, he never won Mario Kart, at all. From someone who was in a game competition back in the day with Blockbuster, I call BS on Biden’s gaming skills, and his administration too.

-Louis Bruno is the author of more than 15 books, including, The Michael Project, The Michael Project: Book 2: The Lost Children of Eve, Thy Kingdom Come, The Disintegrating Bloodline, Apocalypse Soldier, Hierarchy of Dwindling Sheep. His books can be found on Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and Lulu. He can be found on Gab, https://gab.com/thereallouistbruno, Minds https://www.minds.com/lbruno8063/, and Parlerhttps://parler.com/profile/therealLouistbruno/posts. Instagram @lbrruno8063 and @louisbrunoofficialbook. He has written for the Intellectual Conservative and Ephemere. His latest, Come Home, Young One, a dark fantasy novel is out now at Lulu.com. Link is here: https://www.lulu.com/en/us/shop/louis-bruno/come-home-young-one/hardcover/product-pw8q7z.html?page=1&pageSize=4.

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Nintendo Switch Pro Rumored with 4K graphics

23 Feb

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While I have been enjoying the console wars between Sony and XBOX, and in the console war, I do think that XBOX will take the long run over the Playstation 5. Reasons if you like your privacy, you will not want a Playstation 5. They do want to listen to your conversations and then block you if you say “naughty words.” 

            “Well-regarded Nintendo leaker Nate Drake took to the ResetEra forum (as spotted by Wccftech) to claim that the new Nintendo Switch will be “like a PS4 with DLSS and a more capable CPU”. While we can hardly expect the tiny Switch to compete with Sony’s enormous PlayStation 5 (here’s where to buy a PS5), a 4K handheld device as powerful as the PS4 sounds pretty incredible.” (Piper, Daniel. “The New Nintendo Switch Pro Sounds Absolutely Incredible”www.creativebloq.com. 02/23/21. https://www.creativebloq.com/news/switch-pro-rumours-2021. Found 02/23/21.) 

            Now, I’m excited by this news too, but sometimes, a rumor might be a rumor, but in some cases, I have to consider the following options: If Nintendo is going to beef up the Switch to handle 4K and all the graphics that come with owning a PS5 or XBOX Series system, this may make me reconsider having any other system. If all they needed was more storage, you can buy more SD storage, but I think the storage component may need to be solved in order for the 4K graphics to make the Nintendo Switch the one stop shop for all video game systems. 

            It’s beyond time for Nintendo to make there name in the game once again. To prove that they can romp with the big boys while providing family entertainment too. Nintendo made there stake with Bethesda, and I hope Bethesda still continues to give the Nintendo Switch a run for its money. 

            What is important is to wait and see what the facts may show. While my hat is in XBOX, Nintendo may now enter as the handheld choice if it does enhance the Switch with 4K graphics. But the key argument for me is that storage might just be the factor that dissuades people from buying the Switch, if they don’t push the storage system to meet maximum capacity. A XBOX One S has a 1 TB of memory, so the Switch can take a few lessons from the larger consoles if need be. 

            I am excited and waiting patiently, if Nintendo does release the new system in 2021. If not, I can wait a little longer, because with post COVID-19 rules, they may make very little systems in order to meet demand. If Nintendo can push out more systems, and not get bought up by bots, and provide console system performance within the Switch, they may just be the Kings of Consoles once again. 

            But like all rough diamonds, like rumors, need speculation and long thought. 

-Louis Bruno is the author of more than 15 books, including, The Michael Project, The Michael Project: Book 2: The Lost Children of Eve, Thy Kingdom Come, The Disintegrating Bloodline, Apocalypse Soldier, Hierarchy of Dwindling Sheep. His books can be found on Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and Lulu. He can be found on Gab, https://gab.com/thereallouistbruno, Minds https://www.minds.com/lbruno8063/, and Parlerhttps://parler.com/profile/therealLouistbruno/posts. Instagram @lbrruno8063 and @louisbrunoofficialbook. He has written for the Intellectual Conservative and Ephemere. His latest, Come Home, Young One, a dark fantasy novel is out now at Lulu.com. Link is here: https://www.lulu.com/en/us/shop/louis-bruno/come-home-young-one/hardcover/product-pw8q7z.html?page=1&pageSize=4

Note from Louis: Thanks so much for reading my articles and being such a constant reader. I usually write two to three articles a day during the week, but one to two on the weekends. Also, I hate asking for help. I really do. But I want to stress that to keep my content ad free, please subscribe, donate, like my articles and comment, buy my books, leave a review, let me know how I’m doing. If you have any tips for me, let knew too, as a contact form can let you write whatever you want to me, but nothing threatening. If you can only share the article too, all help is appreciated. If you do subscribe, you can have access to top tier articles and reviews, and also grow my page to help keep stay corporations mad all day. 

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Art and Culture # 9: Video Games and Narrative

12 Feb

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There are a few things that are interesting about video games and narrative. 

It has always been a discussion in the gaming community. Graphics, sound design, visuals, but Narrative has always been the last point to study when games are brought into the “are they art conversation.”

 Narrative, even posed to someone who doesn’t play games, *cough look at the Boomers in the room*, and they say, “What does that mean? Well written.”

Even an Atlantic article will say, “Why are video games obsessed with narrative?” and why they don’t need stories and “games’ obsession with story obscures more ambitious goals anyway.” (https://www.theatlantic.com/technology/archive/2017/04/video-games-stories/524148/). Let me tell you, Atlantic (the most insane publication on the planet). They are ambitious, and they do need stories to help create an affective world, not just through environment, or lore.

They don’t have to follow a three act structure, and they also can spend hours developing a story a television show can’t. What is important in your  It also can use cut scenes that are important to telling a story. There are camera angles that help tell a story too. First, and Third Person are the most popular versions of camera angles that help with telling the story too. But the real genius in games is that they have advanced that they could also allow multiplayer to add some arcade elements to the original campaign. 

            Video games and narrative have come a long way. Older readers will remember games like Pong, where a cursor moves up and down to pass a ball back and forth. There is no narrative structure. Just moving the blocks up and down, as it creates a soft but mesmerizing tactic. Just keep passing the ball back and forth to the computer and the other player. Now, this is just an example of how games did not have the capability to tell a story that movies were already ahead of the curb on. This was in the late 1970’s. 

            What proved faster than most filmmakers could expect is how technology advanced into fruition as computers came along, but the impossible definitions are unknowable at that point in time. People thought “this wouldn’t last” but they were so wrong. 

            The only thing that has lasted since its inception are books, and even when the Kindle came around to “threaten” books dominance, sales doubled as well as Kindle sales. Self publishing became a very real thing, and it wasn’t seen as vanity publishing anymore. 

            But with the birth of technology meant that franchises would come (DOOM, Call of Duty, Last of Us, Wolfenstein, Gears of War) go (ET, and some games get a ported edition to the Nintendo Switch to gain new life again), in production limbo, but narrative is important as video games are now a 6 billion dollar business. 

            If the narrative is important it must meet what the buttons and the actions are making the player do. So the player and the character are the same. That’s why first person is valued as a singular vision, and many characters in first person are usually silent protagonists (DOOM, Call of Duty, Wolfenstein), while third person view shows the character (The Last of Us, God of War, and Gears of War).

            Narrative, much like Borges Garden of Forking Paths, allows game writers to go wherever they think is necessary to tell there story. It’s when multiple narratives can take place, but also the ludonarrative dissonance conversation comes into play. If a game lets you experience extreme violence, and then has a message saying, “violence is bad” that’s when the ludonarrative form comes into question. (Such as Last of Us 2, which I think is a masterpiece of gaming sequels, and maybe should be the end of the story.) Polygon did cover this in there article, if you need more background. (https://www.polygon.com/2020/6/26/21304642/the-last-of-us-2-violence)

            It can be subtle dialogue (Raven’s Call of Duty Modern Warfare and Black Ops reboot, Last of Us, Fall Out,), over the top (Grand Theft Auto), much of dialogue must veer the player to perform a certain command. Certain dialogue helps to create a new stimulating conversation that is almost akin to a novelist changing the subject of a conversation. In Mass Effect, you can pick any line of dialogue and it opens up an answer for the computer character to respond to. Fallout has the same open ended conversation pattern that with a push of a button, you can have a longer in depth conversation. But also you can build your character with a system that allows you to favor strength, charisma, and any power that you want to use with your character. 

Fallout Conversation Charisma technique cheat: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CIMCMgnk4m8. Charisma is used in Fallout to help you gain advantage over your enemies or friends.

In scripted dialogue scenes, the player has to hear it delivered by a voice actor in motion capture technology, with a green screen behind them, with dots placed all over there body so the camera can pick them up.

Bill Safe House Scene:   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4Wb9qipBVc8
Source: https://www.youtube.com/watch?app=desktop&v=PshKSylg_UE. This whole segment in particular, while it is my favorite, is when the Last of Us introduces you to crafting new survival material, that the player must command inside the crafting system. It’s also where much of the friendship between Joel and Ellie is established in the Last of Us, and the overall level design is flawless. And it’s a great example of third person game play, where you are playing as Joel.

What the dishonest will say that there is no narrative in dialogue. In an open world game, like Grand Theft Auto, there are numerous storylines to fulfill as it will help the character grow a special ability or just be able to commit violence on a massive scale. With games, there is no end to narrative, which is why even John Milius, screenwriter for Apocalypse Now (1979), took his writing and visual skills to games like Medal of Honor. 

Medal of Honor, a first person shooter, helmed by John Milius, brought new life to the series with expert realism and attention to detail.

So, the whole “not being art” conversation is pretty fucking absurd, and anyone who doesn’t believe it, is born in another generation. I don’t hold anything agains them, but the weapon of ignorance is not knowing what trends are arising out of the culture. If books are merely words, video games are like novels with buttons. It’s about taking command of the screen and following either a scripted narrative with buttons or allowing yourself to let the conversation go beyond. 

            But some game companies don’t even write games, as Bethesda, the publisher behind DOOM and Wolfenstein reboots, let the levels tell the story and then they put dialogue and characters in. 

            When it comes to action scenes, some scenes require a button mashing scene, where the player, or character has to fight his way out of a scripted scene, by pushing the button repeatedly. All of this is required by the player in order to escape or they will die. A famous example of this is in Metal Gear Solid, where Snake is being tortured, and Revolver Ocelot tells him to “press the circle button repeatedly to regain strength.” It’s probably one of the most famous scenes in video game history, where the player must take part in saving Solid Snakes life (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zzBj5uozI7c).

The narrative calls on the player to save themselves, and continue the story. So, video games do push narrative as much as they can. What makes video games viable for being art is what the community thinks of it, too.

            Visual narration had to take this leap, and while many would credit the likes of Hideo Kojima, Neil Druckman, John Milius, all games have various degrees of visuals that compliment the story and the buttons used to make sense of the world created in game and the world we live in. The opportunities to make a narrative leap are endless, which is why movies will eventually die off, and games will supersede movies, as it offers all of movie entertainment at your home, and let you control what you want, or let you follow a character through a scripted scene. The possibilities and examples are endless in the conversation of how video games matter to the culture and becoming viable artistic expressions. 

-Louis Bruno is the author of more than 15 books, including, The Michael Project, Thy Kingdom Come, The Disintegrating Bloodline, Apocalypse Soldier, Hierarchy of Dwindling Sheep. His books can be found on Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and Lulu. He can be found on Gab, https://gab.com/thereallouistbruno, Minds https://www.minds.com/lbruno8063/. His latest novel, a work of fantasy, Come Home, Young One, is out now at Lulu.com. Here’s the link: https://www.lulu.com/en/us/shop/louis-bruno/come-home-young-one/hardcover/product-pw8q7z.html?page=1&pageSize=4.

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