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Commander Keen was the defining game of my childhood.  As it is now, so it was as a kid that I didn't play that many different games, but played the shit out of the ones I did.


Others include:

  • Spooky Castle/Dr. Lunatic (Windows)
  • Sonic Adventure 1/2 (Dreamcast)
  • Toy Commander (Dreamcast)
  • Turok: Dinosaur Hunter (Windows)
  • Rogue
  • Nethack

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The very first game I played was the original Castlevania on the NES. Believe it or not, I beat it in one sitting without dying. You can call BS but my mom has video proof of it! Besides that, the one childhood game that always standed out to me is Redfaction 2. 

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Nice idea for a topic. Best I can from memory;


I'll start with a note I think Super Mario Bros 3 was the first game I ever played, in someone else's house.


Mega Drive:

  • Sonic the Hedgehog
  • Streets of Rage 2
  • Streetfighter II
  • Rollo to the Rescue
  • Mortal Kombat
  • Sonic & Knuckles
  • Vectorman
  • Super Thunder Blade
  • Return of Shinobi
  • Tiny Toons: Acme All Stars


  • Killer Instinct
  • Super Mario Allstars
  • Legend of Zelda: Link to the Past
  • Mortal Kombat II
  • Streetfighter II
  • Secret of Mana
  • Super Metroid
  • Donkey Kong Country II
  • Super Mario Kart
  • Super Double Dragon
  • Starwing/Starfox
  • Vortex
  • Kirby's Ghost Trap
  • Joe & Mac Caveman Ninjas


  • Goldeneye
  • Killer Instinct Gold
  • Super Mario 64
  • Rogue Squadron
  • Turok
  • Turok 2
  • Duke Nukem 64
  • Perfect Dark
  • Castlevania 64
  • Forsaken
  • The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time
  • All the AKI WWF/WCW wrestling games
  • Mario Tennis
  • Blast Corps
  • Quake
  • Lylat Wars/Starfox 64
  • F-Zero X
  • 1080 Snowboarding
  • Mario Tennis


  • Metal Gear Solid
  • Final Fantasy VII
  • Legacy of Kain: Blood Omen
  • Legacy of Kain: Soul Reaver
  • Resident Evil 1-3
  • Suikoden II
  • Silent Hill
  • Theme Hospital
  • Soul Blade
  • Dino Crisis 2
  • Parasite Eve 2
  • MediEvil



Broken Sword (I will cut off before getting to when I actually owned a PC myself, but I feel it's worth mentioning that I played Broken Sword quite a bit on my sister's PC when I visited her over the period I am covering)


I'll stop there because this list would just explode getting to the PS2, Gamecube and Xbox, which for me was the golden age of console gaming. 


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My childhood was PC, GCN, and GBA only as far as I know.


Lode Runner The Legend Returns
Wolfenstein 3D
Rampage World Tour (PC port of arcade game)

3d Ultra Pinball, Creep Night, and The Lost Continent

Some shovelware Atari disc that had over 80 games

All of the Super Mario Advance titles
Gen-3 Pokemon games/remakes

Mario & Luigi Superstar Saga

The Legend of Zelda ALTTP remake

Metroid: Zero Mission
Wolfenstein 3D (GBA port)

Smash Melee
Super Monkey Ball 1+2

THPS 3 and 4, THUG2

Mario Kart: Double Dash


The funny thing is I still own the CDs/cartridges to all of these games.

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I grew up with an older brother who had NES and Genesis, and later many other consoles.  The games were ok, but I honestly never was all that impressed with the cutesy style of Mario/Zelda/etc.  I thought Sonic was wayyy better, but still, I was never really moved until I saw Wolfenstein 3D running on my brother's 386SX 20MHz computer around 1992.  I was only seven years old, and had seen many video games by that point, and I just knew no other game looks like that!


Amidst my long obsession with Wolf3D, my friend's dad had installed shareware Doom on his 486 PC around 1994.  I had the same moment all over again:  "Holy Shit... every other game is garbage compared to this!"  Somehow I still channel this feeling when I play doom to this day.  I believe the colormap-based shading is much of what does this for me.  Doom was also the first game I ever felt scared to play, something I've only ever relived on my first run of Half-Life, and then recently on Half-Life: Alyx.  


Over the next few years my obsessions expanded to...


  • Duke Nukem
  • Commander Keen
  • Duke Nukem 2
  • Duke Nukem 3D
  • Rise of the Triad
  • Dark Forces
  • X-Wing
  • Tie Fighter
  • Space Quest
  • Leisure Suit Larry


...and many more.  I was stuck with a 386 until 1998 which was pretty rough!  Once I got a Pentium, I started playing Quake, my school grades tanked, and that brings us to the present day...


As for consoles... I would sometimes rent a Playstation from Blockbuster to play Doom.  😆

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Grew up on NES mainly, but had a few PC games too:



CS 1.6 & CS:S.

Doom 2.


Downtown Nekketsu Koshinkyoku Soreyuke Daiundokai.

Lupin Sansei III - Pandora no Isan.

Doom 2.

GTA Vice City & San Andreas.

NFS III, Hot Pursuit 2, Porche Unleashed, Underground-Undercover.

Guilty Gear X2.

Chip & Dales.


Battle City.

Contra Force.

Mortal Kombat 4.

Super Mario Bros.

Yie Ar Kung Fu.


Total Immersion Racing.

Colin McRae 2.0.

NASCAR Racers.

Ford Racing 2 & 3.

Jazz Jackrabbit II.

Duck Hunt.



Death Rally.

Street Fighter 2.


Q-RAC Rally Championship.


DOS Prince of Persia.

Diablo 2.

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Of course I had experienced many other games, but these are the ones I spent the most time with, or at least remember spending the most time with.


(Young Child) Magnavox Odyssey 2:




  • Pickaxe Pete
  • Attack of the Timelord!
  • Out of This World!/Helicopter Rescue
  • Speedway!/Spin-Out!/Crypto-Logic
  • Quest for the Rings
  • K.C.'s Krazy Chase!


(Child/Preteen) Super Nintendo:




  • Super Mario World 1 and 2
  • Super Mario Kart
  • Mario Paint
  • The Legend of the Mystical Ninja
  • The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past
  • Donkey Kong Country 1 and 2
  • Super Castlevania 4
  • Turtles in Time
  • Battletoads in Battlemaniacs
  • Killer Instinct
  • Mortal Kombat 1 and 2
  • F-Zero
  • Super Off Road: The Baja
  • Top Gear




Doom (Uncle had a pc and I was there a lot)


(Preteen/Teen) N64:




  • Donkey Kong 64 (regrettably)
  • F-Zero X
  • Perfect Dark
  • Turok
  • Mortal Kombat Trilogy






  • Final Fantasy 7/8/9
  • Tony Hawk's Pro Skater
  • Driver
  • Silent Hill
  • Symphony of the Night






  • Doom 2 (Doom95)
  • Oregon Trail 3rd Edition
  • Pac Pack (and a bunch of other very strange and cheap games for people who didn't know any better)


(Teen) Playstation 2:




  • GTA 3/Vice City
  • Max Payne
  • Ico


Then I graduated high school and my childhood was over, the end.

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(edit: The defining games are in italic.)


Master System:

Sonic 2

The Ninja

Alex Kidd in Miracle World

Altered Beast

Teddy Boy


Mega Drive:

Sonic the Hedgehog

Altered Beast

Streets of Rage 1, 2 and especially 3

Golden Axe 1, 2 and especially 3 again

Sonic 3&Knuckles

Sonic 2

Sonic Spinball


Shinobi 3

Sunset Riders


Dragon Ball Z L'Appel du Destin


Game Boy

Pokemon Blue/Yellow

Pokemon Gold

Pokemon TGC


GBA (emulation)

Yggdra Union

Yu-Gi-Oh Worldwide Edition

Sonic Advance

Sonic Advance 2

Sonic Battle



Sonic CD (favorite game of all time)

Ecco the Dolphin


Baku Baku Animal

Jazz Jackrabbit 2 (and its awesome custom level designer)


Deus Ex


SNES (emulator)

Bomberman 2

Bomberman 5

Dragon Ball Z Super Butouden 3

Dragon Ball Z Hyper Dimension


tl;dr: I like Dragon Ball, SEGA and games with Id influence

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The Game Boy Advance was pretty much the defining console of my childhood. I have some pretty fond memories of these games:

  • WarioWare: Mega Microgames
  • Super Mario Advance 4: Super Mario Bros 3
  • Crash Bandicoot: The Huge Adventure
  • Mario Kart: Super Circuit

The GBA is still my favorite console and I have a decently large collection of games for it, including some Game Boy/Color games. Not Doom at the moment, because I wouldn't enjoy it nearly as much as the PC version. I do own the Wolfenstein 3D port and it doesn't inspire confidence.

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I played way too much Tony Hawk Pro Skater and Runescape. Also rhythm games - stuff like Guitar Hero, Dance Dance Revolution, etc.

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I started off with a ZX Spectrum and originally got addicted to Disco Dan and Oh Mummy as they were the games that it originally came with, though in hindsight I don't think they were really anything special.  When I got a wider range of ZX Spectrum games (I accumulated at least 50) some of my favourites were:

Much of the Dizzy series

The New Zealand Story

Trap Door

Manic Miner

Mined Out

Bubble Bobble

Super Hang-On

Super Robin Hood


In my early days of PC gaming, the main ones that I got into in my childhood were:

Prince of Persia

Jimmy White's Whirlwind Snooker

Commander Keen (mainly Keen 4)

Links 386 Golf

Wolfenstein 3D

Geoff Crammond's Formula One Grand Prix 1 and 2



US Navy Fighters

Battle Arena Toshinden

Quake 1

TOCA Touring Car

Duke Nukem 3D




I think Doom was the defining game of my childhood, but many of the others listed also had a strong influence.

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Even though i am 15.. i feel nostalgic for the SNES because it was my first console....

some games i had were..

  • All of the marios...
  • The Legend of Zelda: Link to the Past
  • some X-Men game i forgot the name of
  • a power rangers game i forgot the name of.....x2

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NES and DOS were my stomping grounds as a single-digit youngster. Until I got the n64 which absolutely blew me away.. I also got an SNES a bit later which I also loved despite already having a 64. Great consoles if you have a brother and friends to play with!


Mainstays were:

Super Mario 1, 2, 3, World and 64

Doom and Doom 2 (duh, plus lots of wads)

Street Fighter 2 Turbo


Wolfenstein 3-D

Duke Nukem 3-D

Mario Kart 64

Super Smash Bros. 64

Mario Party (to a lesser extent)


When I think of childhood gaming, especially with friends, this is what I think of. There are loads of other classics myself and family enjoyed - my dad has always been a big Tetris fan and still plays regularly even today, but this is good enough to get the gist.

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  • Super Mario Bros
  • Contra
  • Donkey Kong
  • Duck Hunt
  • Battle City


  • Counter-Strike 1.5
  • Half-Life 1 & 2
  • GTA Vice City
  • Max Payne 1 & 2
  • Neighbours from Hell 2
  • Zuma & Bejeweled 2

On PS2

  • GTA San Andreas
  • Tomb Raider Legend
  • Sonic Herooooooes
  • God of War 2
  • Downhill Domination
  • Castlevania Lament of Innocence & Curse of Darkness

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During the first half of my youth my first console was the PS1 and I would play the following games during weekends with a bunch of pals (all had gone their seperate ways unfortunately):


Final Fantasy Tactics

Medal of Honor (and Underground)



Crash Bandicoot

Gran Turismo


During the late 00's I finally got access to a personal pc and played flash games and there I discovered the Flash port of DOOM's shareware version, I had little knowledge of the game back then but I was fascinated by it's atmosphere and gameplay, some time later I decided to dig dipper and found out about source ports and the hundreds of wads available, my interest peaked immensely and the rest is history.


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Among the earliest console and computer games I remember playing are:


Various iterations of Golf


Super Mario Bros

Duck Hunt

Wolfenstein 3D


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Soul calibur 2

Fatal frame 2: crimson butterfly director's cut (the only horror game I played as a kid)

Final fight 1,2,3

Snes doom

Snes wolf 3D

Super mario world (and yoshi's island)

Ninja Gaiden Black 

X-men: mutant apocalypse

Aaaaaah! Real monsters snes game

Teenage mutant ninja turtles: Turtles in Time Snes game

A dragon ball game for the snes (I can't remember the name)


I played all of these games in a classic xbox that my dad bought when I was like 6, I remember he sold a lot of his dvd movies to buy it

I still own it till this day, though it doesn't work

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  • Rayman 2: The Great Escape (First game i ever played, i think)
  • Resident Evil 2 (I remember being scared of that game, i was like 4 yrs old)
  • Xena: Warrior Princess


  • Halo: Combat Evolved
  • Sniper Elite 1 (2005)
  • Hitman 2: Silent Assasin (my love for stealth games comes from that game)
  • Call Of Duty 1 (2003)
  • Counter-Strike 1.6
  • GTA San Andreas
  • Sega Master System emulator with +200 games (it has an interesting story, i should make a post about it)


  • God Of War 1/2
  • Mortal Kombat Shaolin Monks
  • Resident Evil 4 (i still have nightmares about that chainsaw guy)
  • Black (2006)
  • Dragon Ball Budokai Tenkaichi 3

PS3 (my favorite console ever):

  • Sports Champions
  • Batman: Arkham Asylum (first game i actually finished by myself)
  • God Of War 3
  • InFamous 2
  • Skyrim
  • Metal Gear Rising: Revengance (RULES OF NATURE)
  • Assasin's Creed: Brotherhood
  • L.A Noire
  • Red Dead Redemption
  • The Last Of Us
  • Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain (i played it in that late childhood stage at 12/13 years old, maybe it's the last game of my childhood)




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Tombstone City
A bunch of educational games I actually enjoyed


Atari 7800:
Robotron (this or the next game was probably my first game ever)
Pole Position 2
Barn Storming
Mouse Trap
Food Fight

Sega Genesis:
Sega Channel

Chakan: The Foreverman
Herzog Zwei

Splatterhouse 3


Zero Tolerance


Rocket Knight Adventures


DOS/Windows 3.1 PC:
Rise of The Triad
Doom 1 and 2

Wolfenstein 3d
Sim City 1 and 2000
Sim Farm
Descent 1 and 2

Sega Saturn:
Space Hulk: Vengeance of The Blood Angels
Christmas Nights

After that it kinda moves away from childhood nostalgia into teenage memories that are less nostalgic and more just fun to remember.

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Tower Toppler

CD-Man 2

Dangerous Dave in Haunted Mansion


Captain Comic



Battle City

Magic Jewelry

Mario Bros


Adventure Island 3

Chase HQ

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My first gaming experience was a bunch of DOS and Windows 3.1 games. Black and white monitor and PC Speaker only sounds. All that beeping must've been really annoying to my parents.




Crystal Caves

Out Run

Bubble Bobble (this one felt loud as hell)

Commander Keen 4

Another World

Wolf 3D (Mostly watched my mom play it. I was way too little to control it properly.)

California Games


Operation Wolf


I few others I barely remember, like some weird Beetlejuice game.


On Windows 3.1 we had mini-games like Dots, Jacks, etc. I later found out it was called the Symantec Game Pack.

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New Super Mario Bros Wii

A bunch of arcade games like Mario Kart Arcade GP or whatever you call it and Time Crisis.


Rayman 3

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I've been playing games ever since I was 2 years old (I'm now 17) and I have a lot of childhood memories. Here's the list (it's a bit long):



-DX-BALL (I believe this was my first game. For a Breakout clone, it has some really nice music.)

-Call of Duty 2 (I remember Dad playing this game a lot back then

-NBA Live 2004

-Command & Conquer: Generals and Zero Hour (I remember Dad buying playing a pirated copy of this that he bought in the street, my favorite RTS game)

-Counter-Strike 1.6 and Source (my Grade 6 classmates introduced me into this game, used to play this game a lot with my friends on computer shop/cafe)

-House of the Dead 2 (I remember seeing my cousin play a lot on his computer, very fun game and has of the bezt voice acting I've heard)

-Super Smash Bros. 64 (I played this through an emulator, got obsessed with it for a few years that my mom bought a Wii U and SSB for Wii U. I kind of regret it, I really want to sell the console away but she refuses)

-Twisted Metal 2, 3, 4 (Just like SSB64, I emulated these games. I'd say my favorite is 2 and 4, 3 was just much worse for me)


PS3 (my very first home console and the one that I had the most fond memories of):


-Ratchet & Clank: Tools of Destruction (I "borrowed" this from my cousin, my biggest memory is me ragequitting because I got into a walljumping section early in the game and I couldn't figure what to do and I stopped until a few years later where I actually beat it. Man when I realized how easy it is to walljump, I was like "I was so fucking dumb back then.")

-Ratchet & Clank: A Crack In Time (Another game I "borrowed", this was the very first Ratchet & Clank game I've actually finished. My favorite game in the franchise, I finished it multiple times with a 100% completion)

-Fallout 3: Game of the Year Edition (Good game but I hate how this game is prone to crashing a lot, many memories I had with this game was just it crashing.)

-Fallout New Vegas (One of my favorite games of all time, I played the hell out of this game all the time and had 11-12 playthroughs with it until I lost it.)

-Call of Duty: World at War (Another one of my all time favorites, my most fond memory of this game was Zombies mode. One of my cousins "borrowed" it and never gave it back, I wonder if that's revenge for those R&C games I took.)

-Assassin's Creed: Brotherhood (Before I got this game, most of the games I had at the time were child-friendly so I when I played this game, I was like "This is scari gaem :((((". I remember a friend of mine killing civilians and my reaction was "No don kil them daz bad!!!! >:(((((")

-Need for Speed: Hot Pursuit (My favorite racing game, this was really fun. I had a lot of good memories for this game. For some reason, my copy started glitching a lot. It might be the disc itself.)

Since there's too many for this, I'm going to stop here.


Playstation Portable (the very console I've ever had):


-Medievil Resurrection (My only physical PSP game, very fun game.)

-WipEout Pure (Came with Medievil as a demo, got me in the WipEout series.)

-Fired Up (Another game that came with Medievil, again it was a demo. Don't remember too much about it)

-LocoRoco (Came with my PSP as a demo. Later on, I got the full game. Loved it.)

-Gurumin A Monstrous Journey (Another demo that came with my PSP. I don't remember much about it but I did like the visuals.)

-Exit (Another demo, a puzzle game with some neat comic book visuals. Pretty cool game.)

-LocoRoco 2 (Since I loved the first game, I got this game. Loved it just like the previous game.)

-Space Invaders Extreme (Just like some of the rest here, its a demo that came with my PSP, bit of a difficult game but I liked it.)

-N+ (A good platformer game, messed the hell out of the level editor a lot back then. A lot of the levels I made were death traps for the character.)


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24 minutes ago, dmslr said:

How could I forget these two?



I almost forgot about this! Chicken Invaders was the shit back then! Neutron Gun was my favorite weapon because of how OP it is especially when upgraded.

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Some C64 Games i can't remember the Name.

One is Le Mans from Hal (Smash Bros^^), one Donald Duck Game were you have to earn Money to construct your Playground.
Also Ninja Turtles (what a bad Game, started it up every Time to be Disapointed^^).

My Father had many Games, think Choplifter is one i can remember good, some Space Simulation were you are in the cockpit and many many more.

Later when i was in Kindergarden we got a Super Nintendo, so Super Mario World, Super Probotector, Aladdin, Turtles in Time, Mystic Quest et cetera saved my interest in Gaming.

Also played DOS Games on the PC from my Uncle when we visited him.
But i was to small to know what i am doing in Command and Conquer :P

But loved Monkey Island and later Day of the Tentacle.

When we had our first 486 PC he gave us a CD with like 40 Games on it, also Doom (and the Simpsons Mod lol), thats how i got also into Doom.

Spend also endless hours into the Level Editor of Starcraft.















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I was shooting chickens (and playing Final Doom on PDA) in 2004. My mother's favorite game back in the days (moorhuhn 2 winter iirc)


Then my uncle came from army and bought a lot of games for himself:

Flatout, Flatout 2,  Half Life 2, Far Cry, Stalker SoC and CoP, CSS

Quake 1,3; Trackmania 2003 and United; Minecraft; Terraria; Trackmania Sunrise

shit can't remember more


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I played so many games in my childhood that listing all of them would be impractical. I'll just include the ones that stand out in my memory.


First PC (Windows XP)

  • Worms 2 & Worms Armageddon (first video games)
  • Empire Earth I & II
  • World of Goo
  • Rome: Total War
  • Space Empires V
  • Star Wars: Empire at War
  • Empire: Total War

PlayStation 2 (first and only console)

  • Spyro: Dawn of the Dragon
  • Ratchet and Clank 3
  • Jak 3
  • Sonic Mega Collection Plus
  • Jak 2
  • Ratchet and Clank 2
  • Ratchet: Gladiator
  • Sonic Riders

Second PC (Windows 7)

  • Age of Empires III
  • StarCraft II
  • Warcraft III
  • Sins of a Solar Empire
  • Endless Space
  • Minecraft
  • C&C 3: Tiberium Wars
  • Red Alert 3
  • Age of Empires II

Third PC (Windows 7)

  • Medieval 2: Total War
  • Distant Worlds: Universe
  • Victoria 2
  • Call of Duty 2
  • Call of Duty MW 1 & 2
  • Stellaris
  • STALKER: Call of Pripyat

First laptop (Windows 7 Pro)

  • Ultimate Doom
  • Doom II
  • Final Doom

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  • - Demonstar
  • - Asteroids (1998, successor of Comet Busters)
  • - Comet Busters!
  • - Astro Fire (DOS)
  • - Traffic Department 2192
  • - Tyrian
  • - DX-Ball/DX-Ball 2
  • - Skyroads
  • - Battle Painters
  • - Breakquest
  • - Savage Warriors/Warriors
  • - Gearheads
  • - Excessive Speed
  • - Biomenace
  • - Jazz Jackrabbit 2
  • - Unreal Tournament
  • - Atomic Bomberman
  • - Flux (1999 Masterworks Software) - http://www.planetflux.com/ + Archive.org: https://archive.org/details/com.planetflux.flux + Flux Remastered: http://flux.samspel.io/

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