My Wife Will Cheer You Up When You’re Down

By Spencer . July 2, 2010 . 7:34pm

Idea Factory’s newlywed simulator attempts to emulate a supportive companion. In cheerleader mode, your digital wife hugs you from behind and asks if everything is OK. Keep your eye out for that scene in this trailer.

 

 

My Wife also has a bedtime mode where your wife asks to hold your warm hand and a mode where you dine together. Similar to LovePlus, My Wife has seasonal events. You can use the in-game calendar to skip to days like Christmas, for example, which have unique scenes to see.

 

Before getting married, players go through lovers mode. This takes place when you and your wife are still high school students. After you clear this you can get hitched and play wife mode. Completing wife mode leads to some kind of ending. Although, you can still live like a newlywed even after viewing it. Totally puzzling.


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  • Kris

    I… I don’t even know what to say about this.

  • corti

    I wonder if anyone is gonna get officially married to this one too…

    • Yuan

      Err… Kissing their HDTV monitor and hugging the console?

      • lostinblue

        Is this were the 3D image perception comes in?

        • Aoshi00

          3DS, Move, and Kinect all the way baby :) “I didn’t spend 3 grand on that 3DTV for nothing!” (I haven’t gotten one yet..) Yeah, who doesn’t want to touch the Princess Leia halogram :)

  • animedemon

    i kinda want to play it lol

  • https://twitter.com/#!/SplashdownTiger STiger

    8|

    Just…

    8|

  • http://www.siliconera.com Melinda

    Now, what could make this all the worse and awkward?

    … Anyone want to help a girl have a wife?

  • http://twitter.com/Yeoden Gordan Đapo

    My god…what new evil is this? o_o

    Edit: Whoops, sorry for double post haha.

  • http://twitter.com/Yeoden Gordan Đapo

    My god…what new evil is this o_o .

    Crazy Japanese game designers crazy xD !

  • bonafide

    Yeah, this is kinda sad…

    • Aoshi00

      Well, just remember non-gamers see people playing video games as childish and sad too… dating sim is just a genre that’s kind of fun, like girls like to watch chick flick for ideal romance. I don’t think many people would use this as a replacement for girlfriend or wife. Seeing all the negative comments feels like the US newspapers bashing TokiMemo in the 90′s all over again.. and this is the reason why Captain Tsubasa would never be brought over here, why would people want to play “fake” sports games, while there are “real” sports events to watch. Lebron James or Sakuragi Hanamichi, your pick.

      • gatotsu911

        What’s “sad” here has nothing to do with being a video game. These games are “sad” for the same reason that canoodling a sex doll is “sad”; it’s a pathetic fantasy replacement for a real-life need that those who seek it are presumably unable to fulfill. Also, it objectifies women horribly.

        • andref

          That’s is seriously uncalled for, many don’t see people playing minigames or the so called facebook games such as farmville, wrong in the head. I’ve played dating sims before and i thought that it was something refreshing to play every once in a while when i got bored playing mindless shooters or got tired of grinding in a rpg (i prefer turnbased rpgs most of the time) These type of games don’t stop you from having relationships it just allows people to explore their personal fantasies to date their ideal girl which is impossible in real life if you set the bar too high when video games don’t have such barriers.

          FYI dating sims don’t just cater to men they also have versions that appeal to women too

          • Aoshi00

            lol, I feel the same as you.. sometimes after playing so many intense shooting/RPG games, I just want to sit down and relax, read a book, play a visual novel/dating sim for a change.. I mean testing your reflex or being immersed in an epic RPG is good and all, but sometimes I want a change of pace.. just play some slower paced games that make you feel warm inside and have a couple of chuckles :)

            Most people see turn-based RPGs as the plague these days, I think for dating sims too :)

          • andref

            Thank you, it makes me feel better that someone can look at this from another angle instead of an angst filled viewpoint to all things that can be considered otaku and perverse.

          • Aoshi00

            Yea, I think many take this “dating sims are evil” to a little extreme. Hey, I bet if these games are in English (okay, maybe not My Wife which some consider “creepy”:P, but say Love Plus) were released fully translated in English, there would be a lot more playing (“aw, cute…”) instead of venting (“these games need to die! They drive our men to become otaku”) :) Well, I guess it’s like some complain magazines air brushing these perfect women and men aren’t interested in normal beauty anymore :) To me, this is just one kind of game among many types of video games, they’re fun.

          • gatotsu911

            I’m not saying all dating sims are inherently vile and twisted, merely those that so blatantly objectify women and cater so shamelessly to pure fantasy fulfillment. Apart from those, they’re really just another type of adventure game. But unfortunately, there are a LOT of them that fall into the above categories.

          • andref

            or maybe they are usually the ones that make into articles outside of japan. Sure there are a lot them but is the problem really as bad as what people who write degrading articles about them make it seem?

          • gatotsu911

            No. Believe me, I’ve both been to J-list ans seen some of the anime series based on dating sims. I think I’m reasonably familiar with them.

        • Hraesvelgr

          Real life women objectify themselves daily, oftentimes much, much worse than any video game ever has. Why call out a game on it? It’s just a game, and there is pretty much no chance of it achieving a mainstream level of success.

          Furthermore, if these people are “presumably unable to fulfill a real-life need”, what’s the harm in them playing these games? Are they instead supposed to give up on anime or video games for the sake of a woman because of a ridiculous prejudice Japan has against “otaku”? Yes, many of them can take their love of these things too far, but its their life and they should be able to live it however they please, so long as they aren’t interfering with the well-being of others.

          • gatotsu911

            Your argument makes no sense. What exactly are you referring to? Prostitutes? Frankly I would find someone seeing a prostitute less disturbing than getting sucked into this game; at least they’re living in the real world. Neither is particularly good regardless.

            1) You seem to think I’m declaring Holy War against this game. I’m not; I’m merely saying that while I acknowledge its right to exist in a free society, I believe it to be tasteless and counter-productive. And, I guess, I am implicitly challenging someone to prove me wrong.

            2) I like plenty of anime and manga, and I like plenty of Japanese video games. Why would I be coming to Siliconera if I didn’t like those things? Some are astonishingly misogynistic, but you know what? Many aren’t, and there’s no reason why every work shouldn’t be held up to the standards of the best ones. The notion that liking anime and manga in general means you have to accept their worst tendencies is all too common and entirely false.

          • M’iau M’iaut

            And it is not just real life women (i.e. ADULT women). Take a look at any show on Nick, or even Disney channel and realize the target audience of most of those shows are girls 12 years old at the OLDEST. Talk about your ‘pedobear approved’ entertainment; and there we are talking real life girls, not some make believe drawing or character.

            Little old Miley, like every other star before her — all she wants to be is an ‘adult’ — which of course means her handlers turn her into an AV star….

      • SeventhEvening

        You’re pretty much my favorite person right now.

        • Aoshi00

          You’re too kind sir. Just found it a little ironic is all.. “I’m not a loser, that guy is”, “that guy spent $2000 on high end audio equipment, get a life!” “My hobby is less sad than his”, “I don’t cosplay like that idiot”.. I don’t want to sound harsh, but I mean, come on.. we play freaking video games, which is considered equally “sad” or immature in the eyes of many non-gamers.. But hey, it’s a hobby I like among many things.. maybe I’ll grow out of it when I marry and have kids, who knows. I just don’t see this being sadder than anything else. If there’s no 2D, people might just go back to good ol’ porn or night clubs to pay for real sex, are those any less sad? This is not a perfect world you know..

  • gatotsu911

    I’m gonna go ahead and say this is one of the most disturbing ideas for a game I’ve ever heard of, barring perhaps a few hentai games.

    • http://www.siliconera.com Melinda

      … Really?

      Sorry, I’m just going through my head and going through the list of disturbing ideas…

      … And sadly, this is probably not that bad an idea. Given the dismal birth and marriage rates, it actually seems to be a last ditch attempt to make dating people and getting married.

      It could be worse actually. You could be playing a game where you run around as a psychopathical murderer, kill everyone that isn’t female and… you get the idea. It makes GTA look squeaky clean in comparison.

      Yes, the game in question exists, so be very, very worried.

      • gatotsu911

        Even the most mindlessly violent or graphically sexual games can’t hold a candle to the kind of psychosexual mind-screwery that this game and its ilk partake in. Ultra-violent games represent extreme situations that, in all likelihood, we will never do or see. Games of this kind indulge in a warped perversion of something that is very practical, relevant, and important to everyone – relationships. And yeah, Japan’s birth and marriage rates are WAY down. I highly doubt this game will encourage any hikikomori or whatnot to get married or try to form relationships with real women; if anything, it will simply provide yet another fantasy alternative.

        • http://www.siliconera.com Melinda

          I’d dispute that – Simply on the grounds you’re arguing you can’t grab a gun and go do what I described.

          In Australia, sure, finding a gun would be somewhat more difficult, but considering I live in a neighbourhood where gunfire is common in a country that firearms is HEAVILY RESTRICTED… I missed the bit about it being uncommon. Looking outside my window’s sometimes enough, sadly.

          In all cases you CAN – The likelyhood? Changes, depending where you are in the world.

          It’s no more mindscrewing than GTA is, because I see the results outside when I travel outside. And I mean quite literally – You haven’t seen crazy until you’ve been personally witness to a group of girls carjacking someone – GTA style.

          Even for me, I was standing there for a few moments going ‘Wait a second, did I just watch three girls just run up to a car and rip the driver out of the driver’s seat?’ until the reality of the car accelerating reminded me I was in the real world and reminded me to go to the ex-driver’s aid.

          In the game’s case, we’re somewhat fortunate that it isn’t likely due to the fact they have to go through Microsoft, that they permit any sort of violence against the character.

          It’s a fantasy, but all games are designed as one, but it won’t let us go into fantasies that would get people arrested for conducting in real life.

          When THAT happens, then I’ll be very, very worried…

          • gatotsu911

            Except that these games are used as an alternative to real-life action, not an instigant. Shooting a gun at someone or committing some other sort of violent crime involve decisive action, and as such requires a lot more will power (and, in the case of crime, means the person in question must be sufficiently desperate or deranged to do so).
            Meanwhile, NOT partaking in a practical thing such as looking for relationships is as simple as not getting out of your chair. It’s passivity vs. activity, and passivity is always easier.

          • http://www.siliconera.com Melinda

            Except of course, the US military wouldn’t use a first person shooter as an attempt to recruit people into joining the army, would they?

            … Oh wait, America’s Army. My apologies.

            The thing is, if the US army sees the game as an instigant to action (namely, signing up to do real life army stuff) and they’re the ones running with specialist divisions to figure this sort of stuff out, your argument falls apart.

            For most part, dating someone requires real work (Even if you’re the hottest object this side of nowhere, and no, just because you’re female and called ‘good looking’ by your friends doesn’t make it easier, I’ve been there), and in both cases yes, it’s a lot easier to NOT get out of your chair and subject yourself to failure. Thing is though, it’s not exclusive to either of our topics.

            In a dating sim – it’s the failure of rejection and being hooked up for life (or whatever).

            In a shooting game, it’s the failure of dying, or not killing as many people as you’d like.

            So I’m still trying to make your argument fly differently – The problem is the fact that from an objective level, BOTH are as bad as each other, in different ways.

            Essentially, ultra violence is a Westernised problem, and lack of socialising is the Eastern problem.

            One is directly damaging, the other damages the future (due to population concerns) but in the end both hurt as much as the other.

          • gatotsu911

            Do you honestly think that kids who play America’s Army are ready to become soldiers? To shoot an actual gun and kill actual people?? The purpose of the game is to make being a soldier look appealing and give potential recruits a rudimentary understanding of how combat works, without filling them in too much on the far less pleasant aspects. Also, you may have noticed that America’s Army is several years old, and there has not been a followup. I don’t have any numbers on how effective it was considered as a recruitment tool, but I’m guessing if they haven’t made another one the answer is “not very”. (Also also, at least being a soldier involves contributing to society in some form; being a recluse does not.)

            Violent games desensitize people to violence, but there’s no compelling argument that they can actually cause non-violent people to become violent. Extremely sadistic games like Manhunt and God of War are grotesque and disturbing in their own ways – I’m not denying that. Nor am I denying that it is possible to play a game like this without being a hikikomori (though my point is, if you are actually capable of finding a healthy relationship with an actual partner you should have no need to indulge in this kind of base fantasy). But there are more recluses than violent psychopaths in the world (though both occasionally come in the same package), and the former is probably far more vulnerable to suggestion than the latter, who is set in his ways.

          • http://www.siliconera.com Melinda

            Well, the US military were banking on it, consequently why they did it in the first place.

            And that’s precisely WHY they did it – to make combat look less scary, and more ‘Oh hey, I might want to give it a try’.

            That is, by any definition of the word an attempt to desensitize. And a clear example of how they believe how games can motivate people.

            From my understanding and contacts on the topic – They haven’t been planning to make another one because of the fact they’re moving onto the next phase – using video games as training simulation. One of the more realistic shooters (I’ll have to look it up later) used a GAME complete with fully realistic physics, to train Australian Military units, because it was cheaper than doing a full deployment, and from all reports, it worked.

            Now given stuff like that, I don’t question the fact it works, and the fact it’s also used as a combat edge refining tool.

            And that’s my final point – Considering I do work with various agencies, GOVERNMENTS don’t see violence as any less ‘evil’ than reclusion. It’s in our manuals, no less, when it comes to reports.

            Now, as much as I’d like to ridicule governments for taking that position, the fact they don’t see either as ‘more powerful’ than the other says a lot.

          • gatotsu911

            Do you honestly think that kids who play America’s Army are ready to become soldiers? To shoot an actual gun and kill actual people?? The purpose of the game is to make being a soldier look appealing and give potential recruits a rudimentary understanding of how combat works, without filling them in too much on the far less pleasant aspects. Also, you may have noticed that America’s Army is several years old, and there has not been a followup. I don’t have any numbers on how effective it was considered as a recruitment tool, but I’m guessing if they haven’t made another one the answer is “not very”. (Also also, at least being a soldier involves contributing to society in some form; being a recluse does not.)

            Violent games desensitize people to violence, but there’s no compelling argument that they can actually cause non-violent people to become violent. Extremely sadistic games like Manhunt and God of War are grotesque and disturbing in their own ways – I’m not denying that. Nor am I denying that it is possible to play a game like this without being a hikikomori (though my point is, if you are actually capable of finding a healthy relationship with an actual partner you should have no need to indulge in this kind of base fantasy). But there are more recluses than violent psychopaths in the world (though both occasionally come in the same package), and the former is probably far more vulnerable to suggestion than the latter, who is set in his ways.

          • gatotsu911

            Computerized simulations have been used as combat tools for years – well before the commercial success of military shooter games. Also, you have to keep in mind that the PEOPLE conducting the training are people who actually know what they’re doing; I highly doubt you could train a competent militia with nothing but Call of Duty. Also, why would the US military retire a recruitment tactic if it worked? They’re ALWAYS looking for new recruits, especially in this day and age.

            Anyway, I think this discussion has derailed significantly from its original point: this particular game is a pretty disturbing piece of work, for reasons I have specified elsewhere in this comment section.

    • Aoshi00

      Playing as a hume or a mage in a MMO role-playing game for days/months/years is pretty disturbing too if you ask some, there are a lot of disturbing things in the gaming world, at least this one you can finish rather quickly :), or some would consider cosplay as disturbing, etc… It’s ironic you have gamers who treat anime fans as losers and vice versa..

      • gatotsu911

        I find cosplay ridiculous and I wouldn’t be caught dead doing it, but I’d hardly say it’s disturbing (well, except for some of those rare cosplayers who get REALLY into their roles, that’s a little weird).

        I shouldn’t have to elaborate exactly what is disturbing about these types of games, but I guess I just did. Right there in the post below this one.

        • andref

          For me, the times when cosplaying is disturbing is when you see those rare cosplay photos of fat men dressing up as female video game or anime characters

        • Aoshi00

          You think that dating sims generate all the ills in the society. But what about in China, single men who have difficulties finding a significant other went on killing sprees in kindergarten. They didn’t get crazy by playing dating sims. If you think this specific kind of game is disturbing, some would argue all manga/anime/video games are equally disturbing too, taking away people’s precious time that could otherwise be spent in contributing to the society. I think you’re thinking into this too much. People who play RPGs don’t really think they’re dwarves..well, some do.. but yea Trekkies would be disturbing to you I guess right?

          To you something might be ridiculous or disturbing, but to some it’s just a hobby. It’s like a friend would ask me what I do for fun, and I say play video games, they’d be like “what, that’s messed up”. To them, clubbing, watching sports, and hitting on chicks is normal, while playing video games is “disturbing”. To each his own.

          • gatotsu911

            I find it extremely interesting that you know what I think, Aoshi. What am I thinking of right now?? What’s my favorite dinosaur?? What song is stuck in my head at THIS VERY MOMENT???

            Seriously though, I’m all for free speech and differing tastes, but at a certain point you have to cease the PC bullcrap, put your foot down and say “No, this isn’t just someone’s differing tastes, this is genuinely screwed up.” I think this game has every right to exist as a product of free speech, but that doesn’t mean I don’t consider it an egregious affront to good taste, just as I consider Manhunt, Saw and Family Guy to be egregious affronts to good taste. And the fact is that there are tons of guys in Japan who are quite seriously not talking to women, attempting to form relationships or doing anything meaningful whatsoever outside their fortress of personal fantasy. Do these fantasy-driven products cause that kind of social malfunction? No, they just enable it, but that’s sick enough. Wanting to escape from real life by pretending to be a dwarf or superhero or assassin is one thing; wanting to escape by creating an artificial woman to indulge all your desires and partaking in a ridiculously detailed (and absurdly inaccurate) simulation of the kind of life you want to have is very much another. Like I said below, these kinds of games, and the fantasies they indulge, are more akin to sex dolls than other video games.

          • Aoshi00

            And that is your “opinion” as well. Some wouldn’t stop at this kind of game, or violent games, some would say all video games are bad, because they are by definition “fake” and made up, not grounded in reality, and hence promote delusion as you say. Why are games like Mortal Kombat made? What is the point? To satsify our killing urge deep down inside us? Why do people ride roller coasters, why need the artificial excitement? I don’t see dating sims encouraging people to not marry. If they’re that twisted in the first place, they would vent and show their discontent in other ways, like suicide, or by killing innocents. You think that violent games are acceptable, some soccer moms/PTA don’t think so, just like how you don’t approve of this kind of game.

          • gatotsu911

            Dude. I JUST NOW SAID that I am in favor of this game’s RIGHT to exist, even though I find it grotesque, perverse and pathetic. You’re basically trying to argue that these games are not unhealthy or twisted, to which I have already presented my counter-argument multiple times in this comments section.

          • Aoshi00

            I find them cute and refreshing, and a nice change of pace from your regular RPGs/platformers/puzzle/shooters. Guess we just have to agree to disagree. Just like soccer moms would think violent games are not healthy while you don’t think they are.

    • lostinblue

      You can say that again, but now including those freaky first person rape simulators.

  • andref

    About the guy who married his DS girlfriend, i wonder now that he has heard about this, i wonder if he is considering a divorce or having a new mistress alongside his beloved wife

    • Aoshi00

      You know that the guy did the whole marrying thing as a spoof right? He said he was going to bring his girfriend to be approved by his parents. It was a publicity stunt.

      • andref

        well of course, how can you take someone marrying a video game seriously. The law is man and a woman, not marriage between a human and a video game, something like that can’t be considered legally binding

        • Aoshi00

          Exactly, and people are saying this is horrible, the downfall of human kind and would bring about the end of the world.. it’s harmless fun, just like when you play other games or watch soap opera/movies.. expereince things you don’t experience in the real world. Unless you become delusional by doing those activities, but I don’t think there are many of those.

      • lostinblue

        I didn’t knew. I’ve heard of japanese weirdo’s wanting to marry anime characters after all:

        -> http://www.inquisitr.com/6745/japanese-man-wants-to-marry-anime-character/

        Seemed like the same brand of crazyness.

        • Aoshi00

          There are 6 billion people in this world and they are bound to be individuals who are discontent w/ the society in general, some w/ a few screws loose… some choose suicide, some choose to use machine guns to kill innocents, these feelings get released in one way or another. By that logic, anime should be eliminated so that no one would every fall in love w/ a 2D character again you know.. but yea, there are always weirdos. But the one who specifically filmed the whole holy matrimony, that was a spoof..

          • lostinblue

            True, stuff like this exists in a free society for a reason and for a specific public, then again, seeing Loveplus flourishing kinda makes me wonder about Japan’s market, seeing it’s supposedly shrinking… If suddenly titles like these started to see growth going against the flow of the market… they could be the next brain training/party game sucessor in popularity in a really bad way.

            Not healthy.

          • Aoshi00

            Because Japanese like their anime/manga, or games revolving that style.. that’s why these things never really became mainstreamed in the US, because soccer moms think they’re evil and teach bad things to kids. It’s just a matter of taste I guess.. for some extreme individuals it’s unhealthy, but I only see that as the minority. Like I said, it’s like girls go crazy over chick flicks, to see the ideal romance (“sigh, I wish I would meet a man like that, I wish he would propose to me like that, I wish he would go thru hell for me like that, swoon”), the serendipity that hardly happens to us, the difference is they drag their boyfriends to watch it w/ them :) I suppose there’s a certain longing from men as well, like there is no Yamato Nadeshiko anymore, the model woman w/ grace. I always hear Jpn guys talk about how girls aren’t like they used to be anymore.. the older more pure, simple, and traditional girl, like the singer Yamaguchi Momoe you know.. but times have changed, so this kind of game satisfy a certain fantasy that is hard to attain..

    • gatotsu911

      There should be an easy loophole: the same damn characters are in every game.

  • http://thrust-the-sky.deviantart.com/ WildArms

    well, its pretty good you dont start married already, that’s good xD, too bad is just for xbox, i still cant see why xbox only though =I

    • lostinblue

      Thank god it’s only for X360. For starters do people in Japan actually own/purchase that?

      If it was on DS, PSP, Wii or PS3 this could turn out to be a disaster like Loveplus, just saying.

      • http://thrust-the-sky.deviantart.com/ WildArms

        own or purchase what? xbox? im sure they have some sold, if its the game… i guess thats a pretty dumb question, so im guessing you talking about xbox.And there has been a lot more games like LovePlus, is not the first time a dating sim is popular in japan, this one just had a good gameplay mainstream amount of dating sim for the best sold portable console.I still wanna try one of these games, since i like when there is romance in a story, like in rpgs, or in books, and this one picks my curiosity, but i dont ever plan to get a xbox so…

        • lostinblue

          I was poking fun and being serious at the same time, on the fact X360 userbase there is dim, otherwise this would have quite a userbase to drench itself on.

          I know loveplus wasn’t the first, but loveplus is high budget and high profile compared to the ones that came before it, and like you said it’s on a market leading system, and it sold well; it might start a trend. In fact I’ve noticed there has been a bloom in games like it announced lately, going against the same ethical barriers.

    • malek86

      The 360 seems to be the otaku’s platform of choice. Between shmups and visual novels, it’s getting pretty much all the niche games. So I’m not too surprised.

      • http://thrust-the-sky.deviantart.com/ WildArms

        I see =0, i guess thats a strategy microsoft is using on japan

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=2034389 Andrew Strozier

    The concept makes a chill run down my spine. I’m “guilty” of playing a dating sim or two, but this one and Love+ go to far in my opinion. I get the feel that there’s an attempt to offer an alternative to an actual relationship. The temptation is understandable, because these simulations are infinitely easier to deal with than real-life relations, but my fear is of those who would totally supplant their natural need for companionship with something like this.

    That being said, I’m gonna go pretend I’m the commander of a space armada.

  • http://www.myspace.com/effluentrainfall Effluent Rainfall

    Sometimes I honestly don’t think I’d be terribly devastated if Idea Factory went belly-up.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1472407455 Charles Lupula

    I’m sure I’ll be attacked by Otaku for saying this, but this game just makes me shake my head. Not saying it shouldn’t exist just that…well, it’s kinda sad to buy a relationship simulator. I mean, I guess in the context of a story, building relationships is one thing, but when the game is just about it, it is sad.

    Same way I felt about DOA: Xtreme Volleyball or whatever it was called.

  • Asura

    Jesus Christ, have people not realized that being human is as far as possible from the the seemingly collectivized hypocritical views of “society”.

    I don’t care how much one whines and bitches, but there is an eroge game out there that you would enjoy, no matter how much you deny it.

  • Asura

    Jesus Christ, have people not realized that being human is as far as possible from the the seemingly collectivized hypocritical views of “society”.

    I don’t care how much one whines and bitches, but there is an eroge game out there that you would enjoy, no matter how much you deny it.

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