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1UP's retro blog -- editors discuss classic games and classic systems, and how they relate to the current gaming scene. Reader participation via Skype is encouraged! Check out the site for information on upcoming podcasts.

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1UP's retro blog -- editors discuss classic games and classic systems, and how they relate to the current gaming scene. Reader participation via Skype is encouraged! Check out the site for information on upcoming podcasts.

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601 Ratings
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A must listen

By Mondeasy - Jan 28 2014
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Simply amazing podcast that should not be passed up.

Love it.

By Ro6ert "Row-six-ert" - Jul 29 2013
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Glad to see its still going. Good job guys.

iTunes Ratings

601 Ratings
Average Ratings
524
51
9
8
9

A must listen

By Mondeasy - Jan 28 2014
Read more
Simply amazing podcast that should not be passed up.

Love it.

By Ro6ert "Row-six-ert" - Jul 29 2013
Read more
Glad to see its still going. Good job guys.

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1UP.com - Retronauts

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1UP's retro blog -- editors discuss classic games and classic systems, and how they relate to the current gaming scene. Reader participation via Skype is encouraged! Check out the site for information on upcoming podcasts.

Retronauts Live Episode 55: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles

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Cowabunga! Radical! Et cetera! If you entered this world at some point in the '80s, you no doubt experienced the pizza-promoting phenomenon that taught children the names of four Renaissance artists. Join Retronauts host Bob Mackey, along with guests Kat Bailey, Ray Barnholt, and Marty Sliva as they thoroughly explore Konami?s many Ninja Turtles games, and perhaps learn the secret of the ooze?

Oct 12 2012

1hr 20mins

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Retronauts Live Episode 54: Double Dragon

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With the release of Double Dragon Neon making the series relevant once again, Retronauts host Bob Mackey sits down with Scroll's Ray Barnholt and IGN's Sam Claiborn in an attempt to sort out the million ports of the few games starring Billy and Jimmy Lee. If you have a conveyor belt phobia, we advise you skip this one.

Sep 21 2012

1hr 9mins

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Retronauts Live Episode 52

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The second installment of Retronauts Movie Month wraps up with a look at 1989's The Wizard, Universal's attempt to siphon even more money from the parents of Nintendo-obsessed children. Join Bob Mackey, Marty Sliva, Sam Claiborn, and Ray Barholt as they discuss the glaring video game inaccuracies contained within before collapsing in a fit of Christian Slater impressions.

Aug 17 2012

1hr 23mins

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Retronauts Live Episode 51

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In 2001, Final Fantasy made its journey to the silver screen, and the resulting disaster exiled movie director and series creator Hironobu Sakaguchi to the hellish shores of Hawaii. But was it really all that bad? Join host Bob Mackey and guests Chris Kohler, Ray Barnholt, and Marty Sliva as they summon their own spirits within for a lively discussion of this cinematic failure.

Aug 03 2012

1hr 11mins

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Retronauts Live Episode 44

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Retronauts returns to the age of dial-up and low poly counts with a grab bag of topics relating to the magical decade known as the 1990s. Boot up your favorite minidisc player, crack open a can of Surge, and unroll the nearest Fruit by the Root and prepare yourself for series of discussions about a time when we were all less surly.

Mar 30 2012

1hr 13mins

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Retronauts Live Episode 42

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A mere month after their last episode on the subject, the Retronauts once again tackle Resident Evil -- but this time, in movie form. On this third installment of Retronauts Movie Month, join Bob Mackey, Marty Sliva, and Jose Otero as they discuss Paul W.S. Anderson's successful 2002 attempt to make Milla Jovovich his b-movie bride.

Mar 01 2012

1hr 7mins

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Retronauts Live Episode 40

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19 years ago, Bob Hoskins, John Leguizamo, and Dennis Hopper did something shameful. On this first installment of Retronauts Movie Month, join Bob Mackey, Marty Sliva, and Ray Barnholt as they explore the public act of silver screen indecency otherwise known as Super Mario Bros.

Feb 16 2012

1hr 9mins

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Retronauts Live Episode 33

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For the sake of closure, Retronauts host Bob Mackey employs the help of Sam Claiborn, Scott Sharkey, and Marty Sliva to discuss two decades of Simpsons games. Will they be crantastic, cromulent, craptacular, or have us shouting boo-urns until our throats are sore? If you managed to decipher the previous sentence, this is the podcast for you.

Dec 15 2011

1hr 32mins

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Retronauts Live Episode 29

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Kirby's nearly 20, so we decided to jump the gun and celebrate two decades of cuddly, pink games full of fruit and candy. Join Retronauts host Bob Mackey, Wired's Chris Kohler, IGN's Audrey Drake, and freewheelin' freelancer Ray Barnholt for 90 minutes of discussion about one of Nintendo's most multifaceted characters.

Nov 18 2011

1hr 29mins

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Retronauts Live Episode 28

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It is the nineties and there is time for burgers. Join Bob Mackey, Ray Barnholt, Chris Kohler, and MonkeyPaw Games' Ray Almeda and John Greiner as they discuss the newly-released BurgerTime World Tour and run frantically from angry wieners.

Nov 02 2011

27mins

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Retronauts Live Episode 27

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'Tis the season... for scary games. (Hey, there can be two seasons.) Join Retronauts Bob Mackey, Jose Otero, and Scott Sharkey as they divulge secret fears and field calls on the subject of games likely to coax the tar out of your many orifices.

Oct 27 2011

1hr 25mins

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Retronauts Live Episode 26

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On this week's Retronauts, Bob Mackey, Jose Otero, and special guest VoidBurger tackle the foggy streets and shocking plot twists of the Silent Hill series. If you're fresh to the franchise, prepare to be spoiled like a year-old banana.

Oct 20 2011

2hr 12mins

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Retronauts Live Episode 20

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What's the deaaal with Star Fox? Over the next 87 minutes, Retronauts host Bob Mackey and co-pilots Kat Bailey (of GamePro), Sam Claiborn, and Brian Altano (both from IGN) attempt to figure out one of Nintendo's oddest franchises with more rowdiness than you would expect. Also, prepare yourself for bonus discussion of Nintendo's Urban Champion, making this podcast the most anyone has talked about that game in 25 years.

Sep 01 2011

1hr 27mins

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Retronauts Live Episode 17

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Jeremy Parish passes the Retronauts reins to Bob Mackey as guests Ray Barnholt and IGN's Sam Claiborn join in for a rousing discussion about the Super Nintendo on its 20th birthday. Note: this episode isn't live, but you can always talk into your iPod if it makes you feel better.

Aug 04 2011

1hr 23mins

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Retronauts Live Episode 16

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It's the most awkward episode of Retronauts ever as Jeremy Parish, Ryan Winterhalter, Ray Barnholt, and Sam Claiborn talk about Sonic the Hedgehog's anniversary with a bunch of people who are completely unfamiliar with Retronauts, and podcasts in general!

Jul 11 2011

52mins

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Retronauts Live Episode 14

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Jeremy Parish and Marty Sliva take to the phone lines to discuss the 25th anniversary of Dragon Quest. But alas! The phone lines don't work, meaning that this episode is but the first half of a larger, eventual Dragon Quest chat.

Jun 03 2011

44mins

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Retronauts Live Episode 6

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The Game Boy Advance's 10th anniversary is all the excuse we need to open the phone lines and force our GBA opinions down your throat. Live the adventure with Jeremy Parish, Frank Cifaldi, Chris Kohler, and Christian Nutt! Be sure to bring a light source!

Mar 28 2011

1hr

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Retronauts Live Episode 1: Zelda's 25 Birthday

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So maybe we can't do Retronauts on our own... but we can do it with your help! Jeremy Parish, Frank Cifaldi, and Shane Bettenhausen open the phone lines to take your calls on The Legend of Zelda's 25th anniversary, and a good time is had by all.

Feb 20 2011

43mins

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Retronauts Episode 98

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Retronauts' penultimate episode sees Parish, Cifaldi, Kohler, and Maragos chatting about the NES's silver anniversary at PAX. Then Sharkey and Barnholt join the lovefest in the studio. After 170 minutes of this nonsense, you'll be glad to see us go away!

Sep 10 2010

2hr 50mins

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Retronauts Episode 90

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Jeremy Parish, Shane Bettenhausen, Kurt Kalata, and Chris Kohler take to the mean streets of Boston's Hynes Center to explain the mysteries of game collecting to a capacity crowd!

Apr 01 2010

1hr 7mins

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Retronauts Prime Episode 59

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On this all-too-soon finale of 1UP's Retronauts, we forego the sappy goodbyes and instead concentrate on what we've done best in these past seven years: complain incessantly about Virtual Console. Join Bob Mackey, Jeremy Parish, Chris Kohler, and Ray Barnholt as they look back on the wonders and blunders this recent generation has brought to classic gaming, and mull over what the future will hold for retro games on shiny new consoles. Thanks for your support over the years!

Mar 15 2013

1hr 36mins

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Retronauts Prime Episode 58

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We're back with a marginally new title, and slightly older hosts! Join Bob Mackey, Jeremy Parish, Sam Claiborn, and Ray Barnholt as they adhere to Retronauts tradition for this first show of the new year by discussing 1973, 1978, 1983, 1988, and 1993. And if that's not enough for you, we talk about ALF a bunch for some reason. No problem!

Feb 08 2013

1hr 25mins

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Retronauts Live Episode 57: 2012 Holiday Extravaganza

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Your favorite classic gaming podcast is here to save Christmas -- and with an unprecedented lack of Ernest P. Worrell. Join Bob Mackey and the rest of the Retronauts crew for this extra-special holiday surprise, featuring traces of the wit and whimsy that made you love last year's celebration so much.

Nov 24 2012

1hr 30mins

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Retronauts Live Episode 56: Day of the Tentacle

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It's been almost 20 years since a purple tentacle sipped sewage and nearly took over the world, and since then, we've been left with nothing but questions. Thankfully, Day of the Tentacle project leads Tim Schafer and Dave Grossman decided to drop by the Retronauts studio for an entire hour of discussion about the classic adventure game they helmed two decades ago. Note: hamsters were frozen, microwaved, but ultimately not harmed in the making of this episode.

Nov 14 2012

1hr 15mins

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Retronauts Interview Minisode: Jordan Mechner and Karateka

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Nearly 30 years after its original release, Jordan Mechner's groundbreaking 1984 classic Karateka has returned for a brand new audience. Join Retronauts host Bob Mackey for a special interview with Mechner about the remake of the game that started his career. NOTE: This episode suffers from a bit of audio crackle due to faulty podcasting equipment. We're sorry!

Nov 08 2012

17mins

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Retronauts Live Episode 55: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles

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Cowabunga! Radical! Et cetera! If you entered this world at some point in the '80s, you no doubt experienced the pizza-promoting phenomenon that taught children the names of four Renaissance artists. Join Retronauts host Bob Mackey, along with guests Kat Bailey, Ray Barnholt, and Marty Sliva as they thoroughly explore Konami?s many Ninja Turtles games, and perhaps learn the secret of the ooze?

Oct 12 2012

1hr 20mins

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Retronauts Live Episode 54: Double Dragon

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With the release of Double Dragon Neon making the series relevant once again, Retronauts host Bob Mackey sits down with Scroll's Ray Barnholt and IGN's Sam Claiborn in an attempt to sort out the million ports of the few games starring Billy and Jimmy Lee. If you have a conveyor belt phobia, we advise you skip this one.

Sep 21 2012

1hr 9mins

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Retronauts Live Episode 53: PAX Prime 2012 and the Post-Apocalypse

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It's the end of the world as we know it, and the Retronauts feel fine. Well, maybe a little gassy. Join host Bob Mackey, along with guests Chris Kohler, Marty Sliva, and Jose Otero, as they depress a crowd of PAX Prime attendees with a discussion of video game portrayals of the post-apocalypse. Duck, cover, jam in your earbuds and laugh along with us for an hour as the world burns.

Sep 07 2012

1hr 1min

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Retronauts Live Episode 52

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The second installment of Retronauts Movie Month wraps up with a look at 1989's The Wizard, Universal's attempt to siphon even more money from the parents of Nintendo-obsessed children. Join Bob Mackey, Marty Sliva, Sam Claiborn, and Ray Barholt as they discuss the glaring video game inaccuracies contained within before collapsing in a fit of Christian Slater impressions.

Aug 17 2012

1hr 23mins

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Retronauts Classic Gaming Expo 2012 Minisode

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After an exciting and event-filled day of pawing over old video games and standing in the awe-inspiring presence of Howard Phillips (sans bowtie), Retronauts host Bob Mackey sits down with the gang from Retroware.tv to discuss the goings-on at Classic Gaming Expo 2012.

Aug 12 2012

43mins

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Retronauts Live Episode 51

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In 2001, Final Fantasy made its journey to the silver screen, and the resulting disaster exiled movie director and series creator Hironobu Sakaguchi to the hellish shores of Hawaii. But was it really all that bad? Join host Bob Mackey and guests Chris Kohler, Ray Barnholt, and Marty Sliva as they summon their own spirits within for a lively discussion of this cinematic failure.

Aug 03 2012

1hr 11mins

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Retronauts Live Episode 50

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We've done a lot of these, haven't we? In honor of Retronauts' 150-ish episode, join host Bob Mackey in this podcast retrospective as he presents some of the show's finest moments over the past six years, featuring the return of old friends, and a myriad of other surprises!

Jul 13 2012

1hr 25mins

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Retronauts Live Episode 49

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It's been a few months since our last laser-focused traditional episode, so this time around, we decided to set our sights on a beloved game that's near and dear to all of our hearts: Final Fantasy IV. Listen in as Retronauts host Bob Mackey employs the help of Jeremy Parish, Jose Otero, and Marty Sliva to talk about what makes this highly available 16-bit RPG so amazing. And we managed to get through this entire episode with only one mention of the word "spoony!"

Jun 28 2012

1hr 9mins

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Retronauts E3 2012 Minisode: MonkeyPaw Games' John Greiner

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Just because it's E3 doesn't mean we don't have time to podcast! Okay, that's not completely true, but we went ahead and did it anyway. Join Retronauts host Bob Mackey on this special episode featuring an interview with MonkeyPaw Games' John Greiner. Listen in and learn about the coming onslaught of Tomba-mania, and marvel at the impressive acoustics of an abandoned maintenance hallway.

Jun 06 2012

28mins

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Retronauts Interview Minisode: Chris Jones and the Return of Tex Murphy

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In this special interview minisode of Retronauts Live, Bob Mackey chats with veteran developer Chris Jones about the return of the classic Tex Murphy adventure series via his new Kickstarter titled "Project Fedora." Listen in and learn how this new age of philanthropy is giving us a classic adventure game Renaissance.

May 31 2012

20mins

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Retronauts Live Episode 48

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Keeping in line with our week of What If content, episode 48 of Retronauts Live features Bob Mackey, Jeremy Parish, and Jose Otero exploring the possibilities of alternate realities in audio form. Listen in and be amazed as the Retronauts crew summons the powers of conjecture to bring you an hour of split timelines and improvised histories.

May 25 2012

1hr 6mins

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Retronauts Live Episode 47

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Since we've been busy with events and special guests, our listener mail segment has suffered unduly. To remedy this issue, episode 47 of Retronauts Live is entirely devoted to questions from listeners like you. Jam in your earbuds and listen to the voices of Bob Mackey, Jeremy Parish, Marty Sliva, and Ray Barnholt as they soothe readers desperately in search of answers.

May 14 2012

1hr 8mins

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Retronauts Live Episode 46

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On this episode of Retronauts, former Working Designs head honcho Victor Ireland weaves grand tales of the '90s video game marketplace for a rapt audience consisting of Bob Mackey, Jeremy Parish, and Gamasutra's Christian Nutt. Slip on your Lunar punching puppets and pendant replicas, and get ready to fall headfirst into podcast that's real, unless you dream it's not.

Apr 25 2012

1hr

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Retronauts Live Episode 45

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In a complete reversal from last the negativity of their last PAX installment, the Retronauts are back to celebrate just what makes awesome games so awesome. Join Jeremy Parish, Chris Kohler, Kurt Kulata, and Seth Macy live from PAX East 2012 as they entertain a crowd of thousands by praising the favorite games of audience members brave enough to step up to the mic.

Apr 12 2012

1hr 8mins

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Retronauts Live Episode 44

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Retronauts returns to the age of dial-up and low poly counts with a grab bag of topics relating to the magical decade known as the 1990s. Boot up your favorite minidisc player, crack open a can of Surge, and unroll the nearest Fruit by the Root and prepare yourself for series of discussions about a time when we were all less surly.

Mar 30 2012

1hr 13mins

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