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8/23/13 6:38:20 AM#41

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  evianwater

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8/23/13 6:45:24 AM#42
Originally posted by kDeviL

  I really don't want to slam ARR here because I've always liked FF games and I really want it to do well but let's be honest here, it doesn't seem to bring alot of new to the table.

  It seems to have very pretty graphics but so do plenty of MMOs i.e. Tera.  And sure it's detailed but so are plenty of games i.e GW2.  Maybe a good story but that didn't do much for TOR.  I know it isn't the combat... I see absolutely no difference from that and a game from 2005.  Yet, Everyone that  plays it seems to really like and enjoy the game.  What's more strange is that ARR doesn't seem to have a hate following like many of it's competitors do for whatever reason.  From never playing ARR on the outside looking in I can't see what the big draw to the game is and I hope someone can explain it to me.

 

  tldr:

  What is the major draw in ARR that pulls you back enough to make it your favorite new MMO?    Is the story really that good?  Is the world really immersive?  That would make sense combined with the music I'm sure square put into the game. Maybe it just gets alot more fun later on?  What is about the game that makes it so good for you?

Again with this "We need new stuff!" crap. Why ?  Just because the MMO community since WoW has the attention span of a flew doesn't mean every game that is released from now on has to be gimmicky as hell. (Tera's combat, AoC's combat, SWTOR's story, Neverwinter's Foundry, GW2s "dynamic events"/combat)

 

FFXIV offers a few things others don't :

- FF Universe

- Innovative Class(job) system (which will be in EQN)

-Everything from other familiar mmos (Public Quests, dungeon finder..etc etc )

-Yes, breathtaking Graphics (That don't require a godly computer anymore like they did with 1.0)

 

 

Basically...FFXIV is the older-style MMO done WELL. It doesn't have to be new to be good. 

  elocke

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8/23/13 6:48:07 AM#43
Originally posted by aesperus
Originally posted by elocke
Originally posted by aesperus
Originally posted by elocke
**snipped for length**

This is not the first time I've seen this explanation presented, but it honestly doesn't make any sense. And I've been playing FFXIV since closed beta, and played the original launch as well.

- Multiple content paths that aren't just about lvling & gear. Like what? There are multiple content paths, but this entire game is oriented around lvls & gear. It's your typical vertically progressing gear-grinder.

- Old school feel. Really? Because as someone who started on MMOs like UO and EQ, I don't see much oldschool at all in FFXIV. It's not 'oldschool' enough to be considered new or refreshing. It's about oldschool as SWTOR is, tbh. It has very few features one would recognize from an older game, it has modernized combat (if still tab-target based), dynamic events, dungeon lobbying, etc. None of those things are old school. Polished? Definitely, but not old school.

Perhaps the most believable explanation I've heard for this game, so far, is that people enjoy it's simplicity, and it's aesthetics. There's no denying that FF tends to not disappoint when it comes to graphics. Something most people tend to jump on, when it comes to new games. It's new, it's shiny, people want it.

Essentially, it's the only game right now that isn't really trying to do anything different. It's perfectly status-quo when it comes to themepark MMOs. And I suppose, in a way, that makes sense to get excited about.

Ok, perhaps I hyperbolized the leveling and gear part, as that is very much a part of the game.  But it's not the ONLY thing.  You have so much gated content, which I like, behind the leveling instead of just getting gear to fight the big bad boss.  From the chocobo mount to getting one as a companion later, to housing and all that entail to the guild hests and guild leves as well as side quests and various mobs.  I can level to 50 and not feel wierd switching to a new class and leveling that up for a different experience to cap.  Let's see, after playing FFXI I'm sure this game will add similar or newer game systems like  Behest and those other odd named events I can't remember where you had to escort an npc as a raid through a monster filled dungeon for various rewards.  Those have nothing to do with "leveling" and are side activities that are different and fun.  And that's just one or 2 examples from a game that is 11 years old and has a ton more things to do along the same lines of that side activity.

Now, you are complaining about Old school, to you it's not, but to me it is.  I started playing with SWG and then FFXI and it feels like FFXI to me, just with today's modern conviences and more intuitive and flowing combat and movement.  It doesn't need to look 8 bit or play like UO/EQ(games I can't stand control/graphic wise by the way) to feel oldschool.

Aye, but outside housing (of which we know almost nothing about), it's still all level-based. Even your chocobo. (Which has it's strength tied to your character's level. And it's cosmetics (barding) tied to your Grand Company's lvl). Crafting is especially level AND gear based, as you need to lvl up to craft better things & be able to wear better armor (which is required to create some of the more difficult items, espcially if u want the High Quality result).

Not saying there isn't stuff to do besides killing things & dungeon crawling, but that is the bulk of the game as we know it, and it's all lvl / gear based. (except for housing, which we know practically nothing about, other than it's supposed to be in the game at launch)

I don't see leveling in this manner as a negative.  I think it's the way it should be.  As opposed to Rift, Lotro, WoW where the leveling process is pretty much pointless until the last 5 to 10 levels.  Think about it, everytime an expansion releases they should just make you auto level to the level of the expansion starting areas because it immediately makes the rest of the game pointless.  Not so with FFXIV:ARR or FFXI thanks to the recycling aspect of starting new classes as well as there being tons of crap to do/level for that aren't necessarily just for gear or new zones. 

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  evianwater

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8/23/13 6:48:10 AM#44
Originally posted by Draemos
Originally posted by kDeviL

  I really don't want to slam ARR here because I've always liked FF games and I really want it to do well but let's be honest here, it doesn't seem to bring alot of new to the table.

  It seems to have very pretty graphics but so do plenty of MMOs i.e. Tera.  And sure it's detailed but so are plenty of games i.e GW2.  Maybe a good story but that didn't do much for TOR.  I know it isn't the combat... I see absolutely no difference from that and a game from 2005.  Yet, Everyone that  plays it seems to really like and enjoy the game.  What's more strange is that ARR doesn't seem to have a hate following like many of it's competitors do for whatever reason.  From never playing ARR on the outside looking in I can't see what the big draw to the game is and I hope someone can explain it to me.

 

  tldr:

  What is the major draw in ARR that pulls you back enough to make it your favorite new MMO?    Is the story really that good?  Is the world really immersive?  That would make sense combined with the music I'm sure square put into the game. Maybe it just gets alot more fun later on?  What is about the game that makes it so good for you?

It's a total package game that seems to emphasize group PvE and solid party mechanics.  It's greatest weakness is probably it's combat, but even that's not bad... it just has pacing issues.  For me it's kinda like Rift in that respect, it just covers all the bases; but unlike Rift the world/graphics/lore are not dull.

It's also the only new kid on the block for probably 6+ months down the road.  Even a plain Jane MMO starts to look pretty good when there are no other girls around for miles.

This just opened my eyes to why I stopped playing Rift! Rift was great as far as gameplay meant, I loved the class system, and I liked rifts. But it was soooo damn dull! The races were dull, the world was dull, the lore was dull, the "baddies" were dull. 

  Kajidourden

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Joined: 2/20/13
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8/23/13 6:50:40 AM#45
Originally posted by aesperus
Originally posted by elocke
Originally posted by aesperus
Originally posted by elocke
**snipped for length**

This is not the first time I've seen this explanation presented, but it honestly doesn't make any sense. And I've been playing FFXIV since closed beta, and played the original launch as well.

- Multiple content paths that aren't just about lvling & gear. Like what? There are multiple content paths, but this entire game is oriented around lvls & gear. It's your typical vertically progressing gear-grinder.

- Old school feel. Really? Because as someone who started on MMOs like UO and EQ, I don't see much oldschool at all in FFXIV. It's not 'oldschool' enough to be considered new or refreshing. It's about oldschool as SWTOR is, tbh. It has very few features one would recognize from an older game, it has modernized combat (if still tab-target based), dynamic events, dungeon lobbying, etc. None of those things are old school. Polished? Definitely, but not old school.

Perhaps the most believable explanation I've heard for this game, so far, is that people enjoy it's simplicity, and it's aesthetics. There's no denying that FF tends to not disappoint when it comes to graphics. Something most people tend to jump on, when it comes to new games. It's new, it's shiny, people want it.

Essentially, it's the only game right now that isn't really trying to do anything different. It's perfectly status-quo when it comes to themepark MMOs. And I suppose, in a way, that makes sense to get excited about.

Ok, perhaps I hyperbolized the leveling and gear part, as that is very much a part of the game.  But it's not the ONLY thing.  You have so much gated content, which I like, behind the leveling instead of just getting gear to fight the big bad boss.  From the chocobo mount to getting one as a companion later, to housing and all that entail to the guild hests and guild leves as well as side quests and various mobs.  I can level to 50 and not feel wierd switching to a new class and leveling that up for a different experience to cap.  Let's see, after playing FFXI I'm sure this game will add similar or newer game systems like  Behest and those other odd named events I can't remember where you had to escort an npc as a raid through a monster filled dungeon for various rewards.  Those have nothing to do with "leveling" and are side activities that are different and fun.  And that's just one or 2 examples from a game that is 11 years old and has a ton more things to do along the same lines of that side activity.

Now, you are complaining about Old school, to you it's not, but to me it is.  I started playing with SWG and then FFXI and it feels like FFXI to me, just with today's modern conviences and more intuitive and flowing combat and movement.  It doesn't need to look 8 bit or play like UO/EQ(games I can't stand control/graphic wise by the way) to feel oldschool.

Aye, but outside housing (of which we know almost nothing about), it's still all level-based. Even your chocobo. (Which has it's strength tied to your character's level. And it's cosmetics (barding) tied to your Grand Company's lvl). Crafting is especially level AND gear based, as you need to lvl up to craft better things & be able to wear better armor (which is required to create some of the more difficult items, espcially if u want the High Quality result).

Not saying there isn't stuff to do besides killing things & dungeon crawling, but that is the bulk of the game as we know it, and it's all lvl / gear based. (except for housing, which we know practically nothing about, other than it's supposed to be in the game at launch)

This.  Don't get me wrong, I love the game and im going to play the ever loving hell out of it...but aespurus is right.  I suppose for me, i'm hoping to see more content down the road.  Aside from the materia system, it is %100 vertical progression.  I think of it this way though.  The materia system was added late into 1.0's lifespan, and I expect to see more things like this as the game goes on.  Perhaps im wrong, but there's enough elsewhere to keep me playing.

Edit: There's also cross-classing, but even that is regulated, thus vertical imo.

  AlBQuirky

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8/23/13 6:58:49 AM#46


Originally posted by Gravarg
One Word: Yoshi

I've never played a game he was in on that I didn't like :)



I apologize for the following and hope I do not offend the fans of Yoshi, but every time I read or hear his name, I cannot help but think of...

OT:
If you read these boards very often, there is a large contingent that misses "old school" MMORPGs where the last three letters (RPG) are important in the gameplay. FFXIV:ARR has built itself around these the "old concepts." I do not find it odd that it is getting a lot of hype.

- Al

Personally the only modern MMORPG trend that annoys me is the idea that MMOs need to be designed in a way to attract people who don't actually like MMOs. Which to me makes about as much sense as someone trying to figure out a way to get vegetarians to eat at their steakhouse.
- FARGIN_WAR

  Siveria

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8/23/13 7:03:36 AM#47
Originally posted by Datastar

I am giving this game a chance for 2 reasons:

1: FFXI was and is a very fun game and doesn't hold your hand. Same can be said about all previous non mmo ff titles.  FF titles are in my eyes just as much a game as it is art and a story.

2: Square Enix admitted it made a mistake and corrected it in my opinion, unlike other publishers weve seen that will go unnamed that don't care about the customers and will release an awful title take your money and be done with it.  If im going to pledge a monthly sub to a company id rather pledge it to one that makes quality games.

Well.. Quality wise, squares games have been sucking lately (the ones actually made by them, not the ones they published like Tomb Raider), with the exception of FF14. In FF14ARR the first 15 levels on your first class are bascally a long tutorial, it actully annoyed the hell out of me as a older player. You can just stick to the main quest and your class quest, if you want and ignore the side quests as well, however the side quests sometimes give you some useful gear.

Combat wise... FF14ARR did not impress me, its just another generic no need to look at screen press 1-2-3 combat system. Though TP management will be a thing later on, In some of the Fates my Marauder actually ran out of TP at times, and I don't even have half my attacks yet.

Music wise.. I love the music, some great stuff in it, the voice acting least in english is terribly bad for the most part to the point I changed audio language to japanese.

What attracts me to the game is the class change system how you can change on the fly, and the fact I liked Ver 1.0 (I played closer to the end) That and the Arcanist is actually what summoner in ff11 should have been, a real pet class, no MP upkeep to keep the pet out least as an Arcanist.

What is going to suck for me is if I get into early access I am probally going to start all over on a diffrent server because I am worried Faerie will end up being low pop since its a brand new server.

Being a pessimist is a win-win pattern of thinking. If you're a pessimist (I'll admit that I am!) you're either:

A. Proven right (if something bad happens)

or

B. Pleasantly surprised (if something good happens)

Either way, you can't lose! Try it out sometime!

  Shauneepeak

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8/23/13 7:06:15 AM#48
Originally posted by kDeviL

  I really don't want to slam ARR here because I've always liked FF games and I really want it to do well but let's be honest here, it doesn't seem to bring alot of new to the table.

  It seems to have very pretty graphics but so do plenty of MMOs i.e. TeraAnd sure it's detailed but so are plenty of games i.e GW2.  Maybe a good story but that didn't do much for TOR.  I know it isn't the combat... I see absolutely no difference from that and a game from 2005.  Yet, Everyone that  plays it seems to really like and enjoy the game.  What's more strange is that ARR doesn't seem to have a hate following like many of it's competitors do for whatever reason.  From never playing ARR on the outside looking in I can't see what the big draw to the game is and I hope someone can explain it to me.

 

  tldr:

  What is the major draw in ARR that pulls you back enough to make it your favorite new MMO?    Is the story really that good?  Is the world really immersive?  That would make sense combined with the music I'm sure square put into the game. Maybe it just gets alot more fun later on?  What is about the game that makes it so good for you?

Everything you said it has gorgeous graphics, is very detailed, and many people are viewing the "dated" combat as you would most likely call it as a major positive.

 

More and more MMO gamers seem to be getting turned off by action combat systems. Also it is not a F2P game with a cash shop like Tera. It is not simply being milked like TOR was because that already happened with 1.0 which quickly went the same way as TOR but Square actually put in the time and money to fix all their mistakes. Also the last part of that, this is now Square's baby they put in millions of dollars to fix their mistake and they have even stated they would rather see the game fail then turn it into a F2P game and tarnish the Final Fantasy name even more they truly want this game to succeed.

Also the biggest fact of all it's FINAL FANTASY which means a lot to many gamers.

 

I won't say this is the greatest MMO in recent memory or that it is a WoW killer but I can safely say Final Fantasy XIV ARR is a damn fine well balanced MMO with very few faults.

 

Now for me personally I would say it is the story, coupled with the fact that I can easily lay back on my bed with a controller in my hand and play on my flat screen this game has very, very nice controller controls and if you want mouse and keyboard you get regular mouse and keyboard controls. I would also say the immersion I am not sure exactly why but I do get immersed into the game maybe it is nostalgia from the older Final Fantasy games IDK but I will say I love hearing the sound of the rain pattering on the roof of a building when I am inside that is a simple touch that adds so much more to the game than most probably consciously realise.

  kitarad

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8/23/13 7:09:43 AM#49
It is something intangible. It is a feeling when you play a game and the game grabs you and holds you and prevents you from logging off. It is not just one thing it is a package the whole thing works to come together. I cannot explain it to you because it is not just one thing like graphics or atmosphere or nostalgia for FF or the world or the game or the way the game progresses. Sorry that is all I have.

  vtravi

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8/23/13 7:16:39 AM#50
P2p with no cash and a history of not going f2p. That's all I need, I am in.
  TwoThreeFour

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8/23/13 7:18:01 AM#51
Originally posted by Sajman01
MMOs are always awesome the first 2/3 months before the min-max crowd takes over.

To get that experience with the very high quality polish I saw during beta leads me to believe this might be the best 2 months Ive had in gaming.

Focusing on min-maxing in FFXIV is stupid as hell. If you want a min-max game go to Path of Exile, lol. FFXIV doesn't have that many options in comparison and is thus a bad game for "min-maxers".

I will play FFXIV for the atmosphere, interdependant crafting, music, living breathing world, community and because it is FF! If I want to focus on min-maxing, I always got Path of Exile. 

  Alberel

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8/23/13 12:43:31 PM#52
Originally posted by kitarad
It is something intangible. It is a feeling when you play a game and the game grabs you and holds you and prevents you from logging off. It is not just one thing it is a package the whole thing works to come together. I cannot explain it to you because it is not just one thing like graphics or atmosphere or nostalgia for FF or the world or the game or the way the game progresses. Sorry that is all I have.

The word you're looking for is 'soul' I think. I know exactly what you're trying to describe. Some games just have a life of their own that really draws you in and FFXIV is one of them.

A lot of MMOs are developed with a 'by numbers' attitude, or the game focuses so much on one gimmicky selling point that everything else falls by the wayside. ARR has every feature up to a very high quality level. Nothing feels tacked on and everything has clearly had a lot of love put into it. That's what gives a game its soul and it's what makes ARR so special IMO.

  Agrias34

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8/23/13 12:50:50 PM#53

Even if you claim that it is a cover up of other similar MMO's out there, it doesn't matter.

 

It's set in the Final Fantasy Universe which I grew up playing all my life and couldn't be more excited for a fresh and polished MMO to play.

What sets it apart as well is the whole class/job system so you don't have to make 10 alts in order to play each class.  It's all on one character which is something I have always wanted in MMOs.

  LrdEtrius

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8/23/13 8:54:01 PM#54

I don't really know what to say... I just feel happy to just log-in and think: "I'm here once again!"

  SgtPepperUK

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8/24/13 1:25:18 AM#55

What I've said to people is, yes, this game doesn't aim to reinvent the wheel, just itself, but it is a robust and solid MMO that's fun to play. It has a wonderful world and cool storylines with great cutscenes. It has soul and charm in spades.

I also don't think I'm alone in wanting a good, solid sub-based game either. After FFXI I went to LOTRO and ever since they went f2p with that I've been searching for something just like FFXIV:ARR. I subbed to LOTRO but never felt my sub fee was truly appreciated, every new feature has been, somehow, tied into the store and I feel like there is a constant attempt to make me spend more.

ARR. on the other hand, says to me "Thanks for subbing" - Just look at the veteran rewards! LOTRO and other games with a cash shop would expect you to buy those things in addition to the sub, SE is giving them to people for simply subbing. It's just so refreshing.

As for progression, yes, it is vertical at the moment, I wouldn't expect it not to be initially but more horizontal progression will probably get added later (I seem to recall it being a good year or two after the EU launch of FFXI that merit points were added for instance).

Think about it, nobody wants to die, there's rules to this game son, I'm justified.

  Voqar

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8/24/13 2:33:53 AM#56

New.  Shiny.  Nothing else has released recently.  Nothing else (worth mentioning) will be releasing in the near future.

 

I'm interested in it because it's new, and because it's not F2P.  The only good MMORPGs that aren't F2P dog poop are WoW (played 6.5 years, feel like it's been flushed by GC and stooges starting with cata, done with it) or incredibly old games that'd cause my beefy PC to cry in insult.

 

Unless SQEN has something amazing up their sleeves (doubtful) I don't see this game being worth a sub either but it'll be a few months of fun to hold one over til the next edition of MMORPG roulette, which could be a while since the only upcoming premium MMORPGs (TESO, WildStar, EQN) all look lame (GW2 style solo gameplay for TESO - not really an MMORPG, CREDD is facilitated cheating in WildStar - no sale, EQN - too unknown and seemingly not really an MMORPG either).

 

 

Premium MMORPGs do not feature built-in cheating via cash for gold pay 2 win. PLAY to win or don't play.

  Syno23

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8/24/13 2:42:41 AM#57
Originally posted by TwoThreeFour
Originally posted by Sajman01
MMOs are always awesome the first 2/3 months before the min-max crowd takes over.

To get that experience with the very high quality polish I saw during beta leads me to believe this might be the best 2 months Ive had in gaming.

Focusing on min-maxing in FFXIV is stupid as hell. If you want a min-max game go to Path of Exile, lol. FFXIV doesn't have that many options in comparison and is thus a bad game for "min-maxers".

I will play FFXIV for the atmosphere, interdependant crafting, music, living breathing world, community and because it is FF! If I want to focus on min-maxing, I always got Path of Exile. 

Took me 3 yrs to min-max in FFXI, probably the same goes with this game too.

  eddieg50

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8/25/13 1:03:42 AM#58
Originally posted by elocke
Originally posted by kDeviL

  I really don't want to slam ARR here because I've always liked FF games and I really want it to do well but let's be honest here, it doesn't seem to bring alot of new to the table.

  It seems to have very pretty graphics but so do plenty of MMOs i.e. Tera.  And sure it's detailed but so are plenty of games i.e GW2.  Maybe a good story but that didn't do much for TOR.  I know it isn't the combat... I see absolutely no difference from that and a game from 2005.  Yet, Everyone that  plays it seems to really like and enjoy the game.  What's more strange is that ARR doesn't seem to have a hate following like many of it's competitors do for whatever reason.  From never playing ARR on the outside looking in I can't see what the big draw to the game is and I hope someone can explain it to me.

 

  tldr:

  What is the major draw in ARR that pulls you back enough to make it your favorite new MMO?    Is the story really that good?  Is the world really immersive?  That would make sense combined with the music I'm sure square put into the game. Maybe it just gets alot more fun later on?  What is about the game that makes it so good for you?

Because it brings all those old aspects of traditional MMOs and puts it in a Final Fantasy skin and then polishes it to the extreme.  Not only that, but it offers what I haven't seen in an MMORPG since FFXI.  Multiple content paths that aren't always about just leveling and then raiding/grinding for gear.  There is so much "extra" and it's all done along the journey, with multitudes of goals to strive for as well as being fun and immersive.  The music, sound and graphics are top notch as is the "world" feeling.  The storyline is just awesome and paced well, much better than SWTOR with it's really odd pacing that would put me off of the story altogether.

Then you have the roles being nice and solid and every class having it's own story and feel and place in the world and this includes crafting and gathering, all on ONE character which in turn creates a better community in my opinion because people are now actually held a bit more accountable for their actions. 

So yeah, that's basically it in a nutshell.  Obviously not everyone is going to enjoy an MMORPG that doesn't innovate(although I think it does in ways that have yet to be echoed through out the genre, like the one character any class/job any time aspect and the progression systems that peel back like an onion showing multiple layers of them) but there is quite a following of those like myself itching for this type of game just brought to the modern era with all the new bells and whistles of today's computers.

     You do a very good job of making a case for FF, but then you say that it has a better story than SWTOR, I really had to face palm to that-like most mmo's TOR needs to improve themselves (space game I am looking at you) but to say that FF has a better story is the height of folly.

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