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LEGO The Hobbit Game Now Available In The US


LEGO fans that also enjoy playing the video games released by the company will be pleased to learn that LEGO has announced the launched of the new LEGO The Hobbit game in the US today, or the PS Vita, PS3, PS4, Xbox 360, Xbox One, PC, 3DS and Wii U.
The new LEGO The Hobbit video game will be launching slightly later within Europe and will be available on April 11th 2014. Check out the new trailer that has also been released to make the games launch.
“Join your favorite characters from The Hobbit in an amazing LEGO adventure through Middle-earth! Go on epic quests and a variety of adventures based on the first two films in the trilogy.
The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey and The Hobbit The Desolation of Smaug. And if you want more, additional adventures will be available in the future for The Hobbit: There and Back Again!”
Source: Destructoid
Wednesday, April 9, 2014
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Phonejoy Smartphone Controller


Backers of the Phonejoy smartphone games controller which made the jump from concept to manufacture after a successful Kickstarter crowd funding campaign, will be pleased to learn that Phonejoy has now finally started shipping controllers to the original Kickstarter backers.
If you missed out on the Kickstarter campaign and fancy purchasing a Phonejoy smartphone controller for yourself they are now available to preorder for £42.20 or $69.90.
The Phonejoy can be used to play games in either landscape or portrait orientation and has been designed to fit almost any smartphone currently on the market using its Easy Slider mechanism.

Unfortunately for the original Kickstarter backers, they have been waiting more than a year to receive their Phonejoy controller which is compatible with both Android and iOS devices and is capable of even accepting a Nexus 7 tablet in portrait orientation.
The Phonejoy has been designed to connect to your smartphone using Bluetooth connectivity and can be used up to a distance of 30 feet from your device, just in case you would like to mirror your smartphone screen onto your large screen HDTV. For more information on the new Phonejoy smartphone controller jump over to the Phonejoy website for details.
Thursday, March 27, 2014

Flappy Bird is returning to iOS



Flappy Bird left us as quickly as it came on the scene. A few months back it was all the rage. The objective of the game was simple. Clear obstacles by tapping the display. Actually doing it was not so simple and it could be a frustrating game. Developer Dong Nguyen removed the game, but has now confirmed that Flappy Bird for iOS will make a return.


The developer says that the reason he took down the game is because people were getting too hung up on it. Although, many believe that he may have been threatened with legal action by Nintendo. We may never know the truth, but we do know that this game’s popularity is crazy. Many people are waiting for its return.
Nguyen hinted that Flappy Bird could be coming back in an interview earlier this month. Yesterday, when he was asked on Twitter if he had any plans of putting the game back on the App Store, he replied yes, “but not soon.” It seems like he has finally made up his mind. I bet gamers can not wait to play it again.
Source Ubergizmo
Thursday, March 20, 2014

Xbox One Controller Supported On PCs (Unofficially)


Owners of Microsoft’s next-generation Xbox One games console that have been waiting for Microsoft to enable support for the new Xbox One controller to be used with PC systems.
Might be pleased to know that there is now a way to set this up, albeit unofficial. Lucas Assis has now developed a way to modify the ToCA Xbox 360 control pad emulator to work with the Xbox One controller. Check out the video after the jump.
Lucas Assis explains : “Warning again, this was developed on under a day, I’m releasing due to a high number of people asking for it. It works, and it works great, but it’s not really that easy to install (involves installing another 2 programs, both which are open-source and adware free).
I recomend XPadder for setting up the gamepad to keys, or x360ce for XInput games (but I WON’T give support for x360ce, DON’T EVEN ask me about it. I inserted a little about it on this video, but x360ce is actually the most buggy app I have ever tinkered with. I don’t want this problem in my life xD).”
Source: Kotaku
Thursday, March 13, 2014
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Gaming In Style: Gadgets That Impress




When a person, whether young or old, is into gaming, they need to have the best and newest gadgets on the market. There are plenty of companies that are creating new and improved ones to take a look at, and the person that likes to play games will really enjoy the time that they are spending on their gaming pleasures. 



Headsets Are Great Gaming Gadgets 


Using a headset works well for many gamers. They can play at any time of the day or night without disturbing someone else. Since good headsets are tremendously advanced, a person should look into the latest ones that are offered by various manufactures. They can do a comparison of the latest ones on the Internet. The Oculus Rift is the newest one in the market today. This is a virtual reality headset that is the smallest one of its kind. It has 1080p and 3D visuals for an exceptional gaming experience. 



Cool Monitors With Great Color  


Having a monitor that will give great color quality is important for people that are into gaming. They will find that the better the monitor is, the better they will be able to play. It is always advisable for a gamer to have the very best monitor that they can afford. Flat screen monitors also save a lot of space, and they are very popular with gamers. Project Christine is a Razor product that will be a dream for a gamer. It is a modular set up, and it can be set up the way that a person wants, and they won’t need much technical knowledge to do so. Mineral oil will keep the system running smoothly. 



All – In – One Gaming Devices 


These are the latest on the market, and they come with everything that a gamer will need to become an expert. Since a variety of manufacturers are providing these great gaming devices, a player should do their research and take advantage of saves and discounts that might be offered. The latest on the market will be the Project Discovery, and it is made by AMD. This is a tablet that is Windows 8 based. This great machine can be used alone, or it has a cradle with pads, sticks and controls that will allow a gamer to truly proceed with their talents. 



Keyboards And Controls 


There are a variety of keyboards on the market. A gamer should make sure that there are plenty of options on the one that they get when they want to be good at their gaming pleasures. When they look into different keyboards, they should make sure that it sits properly on a flat service, and that all the keys are working properly. The Stratus is made by SteelSeries, and it has a d-pad, shoulder buttons, analog stocks and face buttons that are sensitive to pressure. This will allow for extended periods of intense gaming. 



A Working Mouse Is A Necessity 


A mouse is a necessity when a person wants to perfect their gaming skills. It should work properly so they will be able to maneuver throughout the game in a free and easy fashion. The better the mouse, the easier it will move to create the best scores that they can achieve. 



Barely There Mouse Pads  


There are different mouse pads that are available on the market. The latest ones are thin so they provide a very easy and smooth movement of the mouse. This will give the gamer more control when they are accessing their favorite games on their computer. 


There are several gaming websites such as this that offer players wonderful ways to enjoy their particular interests. Sites offer many people a place to perfect their skills with hints and tricks. 
The gaming community will increasingly create new and different gadgets that will allow players to get more out of their experience. They should keep up to date with the latest developments by searching the Internet. When they have the right tools for their gaming pleasure, they will be able to gain expertise and enjoy their time in a much better way. They will enjoy the time that they spend on the games of their choosing. 



Author Bio:
Edward Smith is very interested in the gaming industry. He has written several articles on the subject, and his work can be found by doing a search on Google+. 
Monday, February 24, 2014

Flappy Bird And The Science Of Game Addiction




First it was BeJeweled, then Angry Birds, then Candy Crush, and now Flappy Bird. There always seems to be that one game, that fast paced, addictive, action packed game that you and all your friends play whether you're a hardcore gamer or you haven't bought a video game console for the home since the original Nintendo.


If you think back over the last few decades, video games have always had a weird relationship with mainstream success. In the 1970's, everyone played video games now and then at the arcade and on the Atari 2600. When the Nintendo Entertainment System rolled around, mom and dad might have enjoyed Mario and Zelda, but it was seen as a kid's hobby, and remained a niche market until the Internet, cell phones and tablets made it easy to play video games without the several-hundred dollar investment of a dedicated console.

However, some games still appeal to that niche market, while others, like Flappy Bird, have a broader appeal, bringing you back time and again to beat your high scores, whether you've owned every console since the Atari, or you barely touch games.
It doesn't happen by accident.




The formula has two major components:



The Math
Game developer Tim Rogers creates original titles as well as working out formulas to keep gamers hooked for other developers. A lengthy piece written by Rogers is posted at Insert Credit, but you can read a brief summary of it here. It may vary from game to game, but with thousands of games on the market and millions of players to draw data from, it's easy for a mathematically inclined person to look at the numbers and determine exactly when what needs to happen in order to keep players interested.



The Feel
You can create a game that hooks the right kind of person without worrying about how it feels, but you'll never create a Tetris, a Super Mario Brothers or an Angry Birds if you don't try to make the game fun just to pick up and play. Howard Phillips was an important figure at Nintendo during their 1980's-1990's glory days, and he has pointed out that when it came to quality control, without a doubt, the most important thing is that a game feels fun to just pick up and play around with. In Super Mario Brothers, you don't just stop when you land a jump, you skid to a stop, and you can turn around in mid-skid and watch Mario slide backwards for a fraction of a second. It's fun, there's a feeling of weight to it. Flappy Bird's answer to the Mario-skid is that heavy drop when you aren't tapping the screen. It feels very satisfying to catch him a split second before he hits a pipe or the ground and send him shooting into the sky once more.
A pleasing aesthetic can help, and some people make a comfortable living simply re-skinning addictive games with popular aesthetics, but...

"Without the right math,” said technology expert Jason Hope, “you won't have a game that hooks players, and without the right feel, you won't have a game that's any fun."

There are those in the game industry that hate the idea of designing their games by formula, using mathematic equations to figure out how best to keep gamers interested, but when you think about it, it's not much different from using structure when writing a screenplay. You know that we need to know who the characters are within the first ten minutes, we need the conflict to escalate for about an hour, and then we need the heroes to win, lose or draw so that we can all go home. Without screenplay structure, you might be sitting in the theater for six, seven hours wondering when it's going to get to the point.


True, some game developers use addictive formulas to get you to buy in-game items and drain your bank account on a game that isn't really all that much fun, but others only use it to make sure that you have a good time. Like any tool, it's only harmful if it's in the wrong hands.



Author Bio:
Amy Taylor is a technology and business writer. Amy began her career as a small business owner in Phoenix, Arizona. She has taken that knowledge and experience and brought that to her unique writing capabilities. She really enjoys new business related issues that are tied directly to technology.
Saturday, February 15, 2014
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The Top 5 Games That You Shouldn't Miss This 2014



I don’t know about you but I’m a HUGE FAN of the World of Warcraft! The gameplay, the effects, the skills of the characters (among many others) makes the whole game worth playing 10 times over again and again!

There’s just no getting over that game (at least for me)!

But with all the games and trailers being shown all over the web, you can’t help but think about what other games are out there that’s worth playing.

If you’re wondering what “other” amazing games are out there, allow me to share with you 5 of the games that you shouldn’t miss playing this 2014.




  • The Banner Saga

If there’s one thing that comes across my mind everytime I think about Banner Saga, that’d be their interesting combat system! It’s VERY HARD to master yet at the same time VERY EASY to learn.

Not to mention the decision making factor of the game. There are TONS of decision making that you need to do when playing Banner Saga! Once you’re done playing the game, you’ll feel like you can be the president of your own country!

Sounds interesting huh?



  • Age of Wonders

If you haven’t heard of the Age of Wonders, then you’re probably living under a rock. It’s one of THE MOST TALKED ABOUT GAMES there is and everyone loves it!

In this game, you are to take control of 1 of twelve races. The fun part comes in when you decide to ally or destroy all the other opposing races.

Did I also mention that their soundtrack is to die for?




  • Broken Age

Think Tim Schafer… Knowing that this game came from Tim should be more than enough reason for you to play the game.

Think about $3.3 million of game funding via Kickstarter… That’s another reason for you to check this game out.

Now the question is, even with the huge funding and the game coming from Tim Schafer, does the game in fact live up to everyone’s expectations?

My honest answer… A resounding yes!

I’m sure you’ll feel the same way to ONLY if you play with the expectation or knowledge that it is just half the game.



  • Bayonetta

I’d say Bayonetta is one of the best action games out there but after trying it in PS3, I can’t help but feel disappointed.

There are tons of problems there like slow loading time. The slowdown is also very apparent on action scenes.

BUT…

Aside from those two (which I can live with by the way ONLY because of how amazing Bayonetta is), I’d give Bayonetta a 100/100 score!

I kind of gives off a Devil May Cry feel to it seeing how there are angels, guns, and slashes.

The characters are also very stylish and they’ve got TONS of cool moves!



  • World of Cheese


I knew it! You’ve already heard of the World of Cheese! I mean who hasn’t?

This games is so easy yet very exciting to play. In this game, you’ll have to figure out the puzzles or the set of actions that you need to make so you’ll be able to find the cheese.


If you haven’t seen any of these games (which is VERY HIGHLY UNLIKELY), then you ought to check them out right now!

You’ll be amazed at how exciting these games are!


Its your turn!

If you have ideas, games, tips, or suggestions that you’d like to share, then the comments section below is ALL YOURS!

Be sure to share your thoughts at the bottom. Ciao!





Author Bio:
Jimmy R. is an avid writer who loves to write about anything and everything under the sun. May it be technology, health, or business, he surely has a thing or two to say about it.

Monday, January 27, 2014

The Most Impressive New Products At CES 2014




For tech enthusiasts, Christmas didn't come in December -- it arrived a couple of weeks later at CES 2014. This year's version of the much-loved consumer electronics show kicked off with a dazzling display of technology, thrilling the thousands of gadget geeks who made the trip to Las Vegas.

Although dozens of intriguing new products were announced or put on display, a few truly stood out from the rest. Let's look at five of the most impressive product showings at CES 2014.



Pebble Steel

The wearable tech trend began to gather steam in 2013, and if CES 2014 is any indication, the trend will continue. Among the best wearable products displayed was the Pebble Steel, a beautifully constructed smartwatch. While the smartwatch category has yet to really catch fire, one truly spectacular device could change the way consumers think. While it's too early to declare the Pebble Steel a game-changing device, it certainly has a number of eye-catching attributes, including clean, modern styling and excellent functionality. Technology Entrepreneur Jason Hope, views smartwatches and other wearable tech as a likely growth area in 2014. "As people become more comfortable with the idea of 'wrist computing,' smartwatches could make significant gains in the mobile market," he said. "Wearable tech in general seems poised for near-term growth, thanks to an array of exciting new products in the space."





PlayStation Now

Sony's announcement of its "console gaming without the console" app PlayStation Now generated palpable excitement at CES 2014. Why? Because it offers gamers a dream scenario -- the ability to play classic console games without hardware. The app will work on a subscription model and is expected to be released in the United States this summer. Looking at the wider picture, this announcement could be part of an overall shift in strategy away from traditional console gaming. Cloud services are expected to play a larger and larger role in the gaming industry. PlayStation Now has the potential to be at the forefront of that trend.





LG Life Band Touch

Continuing in the vein of wearable technology, the LG Life Band Touch is a fitness wristband that can sync with Android and iOS via Bluetooth. It can also track the nitty-gritty details of a workout, such as distance traveled, workout length and calories burned or consumed. The fitness band can work in tandem with LG's Heart Rate Earphones to track your heart rate during your workout. When not measuring heart rate, the ear buds serve as standard music headphones.





Ultra HD TVs

Great looking televisions are rarely in short supply at an electronics show. But this year's examples from Sony and Samsung took high-definition to another level -- namely, ultra high-definition. Sony introduced a new wedge-shaped design for its Bravia series, and Samsung introduced a curved-display Ultra HD television with four times the resolution of a standard HD television. Though the 3D television craze never seemed to take flight, expect Ultra HD to be a different story. Once content creators catch up to the technology, it's only a matter of time before Ultra HD becomes the standard. Downward pressure on high-end television prices will likely accelerate this process.





Roku TV

For years, Roku has sold boxes that allow Internet-to-television streaming. Now they're selling televisions, too. The company announced its new Roku TV smart television at CES 2014. The new device will play content from services such as Netflix without requiring a set top box. Roku aims to cut through the clutter and offer an easy-to-operate way to access entertainment content across multiple platforms. The company plans to sell Roku TVs at major retailers, while keeping the price point relatively low. That strategy could result in significant market share, making Roku a player in the smart television market.



Author Bio:
Amy Taylor is a technology and business writer. Amy began her career as a small business owner in Phoenix, Arizona. She has taken that knowledge and experience and brought that to her unique writing capabilities. She really enjoys new business related issues that are tied directly to technology.

INFOGRAPHIC: We’ve Got Different Tastes, but We’re All Still Hungry for Games






Everyone’s tastes are different, whether it’s your favourite food, the kind of hobbies you have, the football team you support, your idea of interior design or the clothes you buy – we’re all different and that’s what makes us who we are. Gaming is another industry in which people’s opinions differ, and this means that different games are popular at certain periods of time.


It’s not just the titles that swap places in terms of popularity, but also the genres. Sometimes it’s a role-playing game that tops the charts in terms of sales, next it might be a simulator – quite often it depends on the title being released, but many come out within weeks or months of each other in an attempt to top the charts on their own right, not just because there isn’t much competition.


Many games are released around certain times, such as Christmas, in order to sell by the million across the globe to people desperate for Santa to put a copy underneath their tree; while others are released in time for a new console – such as the recent release of the Xbox One and PlayStation 4. Others, however, seem to come out around the time that the title is popular elsewhere, such as the range of different online games featuring the X Factor which is on our screens in the UK at the moment.


Over the years, different titles have remained popular even when our tastes might be changing and the demographic are getting older. Way back in the early ‘90s, some games were particularly popular but even today they’re right up there in terms of sales figures each year as a newer, updated version is released to satisfy the public’s demand for a new game.



Over the years, these newer titles have taken on new forms. We’ve seen them released onto different platforms, new characters introduced and some amazing updates released that make us wonder how we ever managed to play them in their early days when the graphics were nothing compared to what they are now. It’s amazing to see the number of sales of each title, too, especially those that have been around for many years now.
 




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Wednesday, January 15, 2014

3 Types of Mobile Games that Are Best Played on a Computer

Have you encountered mobile gaming moments when you wished you were playing the game with a computer, with a full keyboard and larger display? Sure, mobile games are convenient as you can enjoy them everywhere but there are games that can be quite difficult to control. These games sacrifice the gaming experience for portability. Also, these games are not suitable for small displays.


The following are some of the reasons why you would want to play a game with a computer (desktop or laptop) instead of a mobile device like a smartphone or tablet. 




                   
Image courtesy of Stuart Miles / FreeDigitalPhotos.net

  • The Need for a Bigger Display
  • The Need for a Full-Size Keyboard for Better Controls
  • The Need for a Mouse
  • The Need for Continuous Power Supply

Some games just need to be played on a bigger display because of the amount of details that tend to be less perceivable on a smaller display. Additionally, the user interface becomes too untidy with all the toggles, controls, and indicators occupying the screen. A keyboard and mouse pair also works better for certain games. Console games are may be easily adopted for PC gaming like in the case of http://www.minecraftpc.com/. However, console or PC games being rewritten for mobile devices are often not as successful.


The following, in general, are different types of games that are preferably played on a PC or laptop computer:

1. Most Shooter Games

On mobile devices, shooter games don’t look that comfortable. In most cases, the effort to make the user interface compact results in clutter or an untidy setup that it would seem that your thumbs or fingers always cover a significant part of the game’s visuals. This makes the playing experience less than desirable and not so enjoyable.

Also, if you have been accustomed to shooter games like Counter Strike, you would most likely realize how the lack of a physical keyboard makes it difficult to key in commands or choose new weapons. Controlling movements also becomes unintuitive, especially when you only have thumbs to use most of the time. At most, you can enjoy simple shooter games on the mobile platform but don’t expect an experience similar to enjoying Counter Strike.

2. RPGs and Strategy Games Similar to Popular MMORPGs

There are several games similar to World of Warcraft and other MMOs that been dubbed as good counterparts for the mobile gaming platform. These include Order & Chaos Online, Star Legends, Pocket Legends, Empire Online, Celtic Heroes, Kingdom Conquest, The World of Magic, and Parallel Kingdom. There are reports that claim that World of Warcraft players tend to like Parallel Online as it offers the classic elements of MMOs along with the fantasy storyline.

Whether or not playing these games can be enjoyable to play on small mobile devices is up for debate. However, it can be said that they are incapable of delivering the same amount of fun and immersive gaming offered by full-blown PC games like World of Warcraft. The controls are an issue. The screen size, despite all the resolution improvements, leave a lot to be desired.

3. Fast-Paced Word and Adventure Games that Involve a Lot of Typing

If you are playing something like Text Twist, wouldn’t it be better having a full keyboard to type your letters on? Word games that involve the dragging or tapping of letters may be better with mobile devices with touch displays, but fast-paced ones that involve a lot of letter inputs are generally better for PC gaming. They can be played less frustratingly when you have a physical keyboard.

Scribblenauts has a mobile version called Scribblenauts Remix. It is a one of the best games with an atypical concept. However, even its mobile optimized version can considerably benefit from the use of a full physical keyboard and a mouse. Players will most likely appreciate the convenience of inputting words with a keyboard and controlling the characters with a mouse for speed and accuracy.

These are just generalized observations. They are not in any way trying to convince you that the games mentioned above should only be played with a PC. If you think you enjoy your games despite the small display, the lack of a keyboard and mouse, and the need to stop playing to recharge your device, by all means, you should do what you think satisfies your gaming needs.



Author’s Bio:

Keyna R. is a gamer and a blogger who advocates responsible online gaming. She loves to write about anything and EVERYTHING under the sun!
Friday, December 20, 2013
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3 Highly Effective Ways to Convince An Addict Gamer to Stop Buying Online Games


If you are one of those naive mobile game enthusiasts who spend countless hours playing, you may have already spent hundreds of dollars for your games. Many of the popular games at present are designed to make money. They have been created to entice players to buy more lives or special items to improve their playing performance.


But you don’t actually have spend a single cent for mobile games. There are many ways to circumvent the money-making schemes of game publishers but, of course, many players are just not that interested to learn about them.



                


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If you don’t really have the luxury of paying for all the mobile games you like, you don’t really have to spend for any of them for the following reasons:    
                                                                

1. There are many great and highly popular games that are free.

If you just want to have casual fun with your mobile device, you should know that many of the most popular mobile games at present can be installed for free. Looking for a fun game your friends are also playing?  Simply head to the free games section of Google Play, iTunes, or the Windows App store. You should be able to find great choices that will not be asking you for any payment.

Highly popular games like Bejeweled, Candy Crush, Coin Dozer, and Megapolis can be installed and played for free. Some games need a fee on iOS but they have Android counterparts that are usually free. If you are just looking for a game your friends are also playing, you don’t really need to spend any amount. Unless you want to enjoy premium games that feature highly sophisticated physics and  graphic, there’s just no reason to pay for a mobile game.

Be aware, however, that these free games use schemes that eventually ask players to pay, albeit not compulsorily. If you run out of lives, for example, you can use real money to buy more lives. There are also games that offer weapons or special items in exchange for points or real money. Still, you are not obliged to spend for them. You can even get them without paying for them (as detailed in number 2).


2. If you need more lives or items, you always have the option to cheat.

If you think about it, once you use money to get more lives or special game features and items, you are essentially cheating the gameplay. If you are already cheating, why not do an actual cheating that does not involve money? Learn to use cheats that can get you to the next levels of a game without spending dollars.

The time trick, for instance, usually works for most games. It is a way of tricking the game to lifting time limitations on respawning, restocking, growth, healing, or life replenishing. This trick is all about advancing of a device’s system time – a convenient method that anybody can do without any rooting or jailbreaking. This trick is one of the cheats mentioned on http://coindozercheats.com/ and on other sites that provide cheats for various other games.

There’s also the option of installing hack tools or cheat utilities. Similar to apps, these tools need to be downloaded and installed to manipulate or modify a game. You just have to be careful in using them as they may introduces malware to your device or cause software problems.


3. To deal with difficult levels or to improve your gaming, you can always look for tutorials, walkthroughs, and tips online.

Having problems completing a level in Amateur Surgeon? Do you need guides on how to beat zombies in PvZ? You can always look for solutions online. There are many video tutorials on YouTube that can help you deal with difficult levels. Spending for more lives is just unnecessary when you already know what to do to get over the hurdles.



Playing mobile games is about enjoyment. However, if you want to support game developers, it’s never wrong to spend some dollars for some games. Just know that enjoying online games doesn’t have to be costly and that there are free options so you don’t have to spend when you don’t have much to spend.




Author’s Bio:

Keyna R. is a gamer and a blogger who advocates responsible online gaming. She loves to write about anything and EVERYTHING under the sun!

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