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Second Annual Carol vs. The World! Championship
December 5, 2013
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Left Turn Only Productions, publishers of the modern hit Intellivision game, Christmas Carol vs. The Ghost Of Christmas Presents, and the Intellivision High Score Club have announced their second annual Carol vs. The World! Championship. After the fantastic success of the high-score competition following the game's release in 2012, they have decided to turn it into an annual event. This year, the prizes include not only a specially designed custom edition of the game, but also commemorative merit badges and a first for any game competition: personalized mugs with hot-cocoa mix—a propos to a Christmas challenge during winter time.



Christmas Carol vs. The Ghost Of Christmas Presents is an original game concept, designed and programmed by James Pujals and published by Left Turn Only Productions for the 1980s Intellivision game system. It follows the adventures of Carol Greenleaf, Santa's most resourceful elf, as she tries to recover the presents stolen by an Evil Snowman, and save Christmas for the children of the world. The game was originally released at the 2012 Classic Gaming Expo, and went on to become a smash hit in the retro-gaming community, voted Game Of The Year by retro-gaming enthusiasts on AtariAge.

For the Carol Vs. The World! Championship, the producers have released the game as a free download, playable on any PC. No purchase or registration is needed to participate; just a photo of the game score, which may be submitted either via e-mail or posted directly to the Intellivision High Score Forum . The high-score championship is open to all comers, and will last throughout the month of December. The competition closes on 31 December, 2013 at 12:00 Midnight, Central Standard Time. For more information, please visit the official Carol vs. The World! Championship site.

Pong & Computer Space Box Set Pre-Order
November 26, 2013
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Pong & Computer Space Box Set Pre-OrderCollectorVision has announced they are accepting pre-orders for their upcoming release of a Pong and Computer Space Box Set. The box set include copies of Pong and Computer Space, each in their own box, including extras such as a history booklet, a postcard containing codes to download the ROM images for both games, and a serialized holographic sticker on the box. This release will be limited to 150 copies and has been authorized by Atari Interactive. Order by December 7th to receive a special price of $110. After that, the price increases to $150.

Computer Space is where it all began. Nolan Bushnell teamed up with with Ted Dabney in the beginning of the seventies to design one of the first arcade videogames. Unfortunately, the game was far from being a success but it helped them form Atari and thus kick-started the whole videogame industry. Bushnell hired a new engineer, Allan Alcorn, to develop Pong, which went on to become the first commercially successful video game. Atari then produced a home Pong unit which also did very well, leading to many sequels and imitators. Atari would later turn their efforts to another unit, the Atari VCS (later renamed the 2600), which was a huge success for Atari.

With this Pong & Computer Space Box Set, CollectorVision's aim was to pay tribute to the fathers of the videogame industry. You can learn more about this box set and how to pre-order your copy over in our CollectorVision Forum.

Star Castle Arcade Label Contest Ends Sunday!
November 20, 2013
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Star Castle Arcade Label Contest Ends Sunday!Our Star Castle Arcade Label Contest is drawing to a close, ending this Sunday at 11:59pm! We've already received some great entries, and we look forward to receiving your submission! The winning label design will be featured on the Star Castle Arcade cartridge, manual and box. The winner of the contest will receive a $100 gift certificate in the AtariAge Store, as well as a copy of the game in physical form featuring their winning design.

Star Castle Arcade is a 32K game that pushes the boundary of what's possible on the Atari 2600. Star Castle is a 1980 vector arcade game produced by Cinematronics. The game involves obliterating a series of defenses orbiting a stationary turret in the center of the screen. Chris Walton and Thomas Jentzsch have created a fantastic port of Star Castle for the Atari 2600, one of two versions of Star Castle developed in parallel. This new version contains many improvements over the previously released version of Star Castle.

The object of Star Castle is to destroy an enemy cannon which sits in the center of three concentric, rotating energy shield rings while avoiding or destroying 'mines' - enemies that spawn from the core, pass through the energy rings, and then home in on the player's ship. They can stick back to the shield if the player maneuvers in such a way that a ring is between the ship and the mines. The player-controlled spaceship can rotate, thrust forward, and fire small projectiles. The cannon's shields are composed of twelve sections each, and each section takes two hits to destroy. Once a section is breached, rings beneath it are exposed to fire.

The Star Castle Arcade Label Contest will run until 11:59pm (CST), Sunday, November 24, 2013 and all submissions must be received by this time! For some inspiration for your own designs, please take a look at the submissions we've already received!

ANTIC Podcast Episode 5
November 18, 2013
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ANTIC Podcast Episode 5Episode 5 of ANTIC, The Atari 8-bit Podcast, is now available for your listening pleasure. This latest podcast covers:
  • An interview with the president of one of the oldest Atari users groups
  • Discussion of the AtariMax SIO2PC/USB and APE
  • The Atari 7800 Expansion Module
  • Brad ends up with more TI 99/4A computers than he knows what to do with
ANTIC, The Atari 8-bit Podcast focuses on Atari 8-bit computers (800, XL, XE), and is hosted by Randy Kindig, Kevin Savetz, and Brad Arnold. You can find the current and past episodes of ANTIC on iTunes, the Apple Podcast App, and at www.AtariPodcast.com. You can discuss the podcast in our Atari 8-bit Computers Forum.

New PRGE Homebrew Games Now Available
October 29, 2013
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We've returned from the Portland Retro Gaming Expo, where we released four new homebrew games (three for the 2600 and one for the 7800). We've now added these new games to the AtariAge Store! Each game is complete with a high-quality box, manual and label. Details below:
  • Space Rocks (Atari 2600) - A mix between Asteroids and Asteroids Deluxe, Space Rocks brings the arcade action home in a way never before seen on the 2600! Created by experienced Atari 2600 developer Darrell Spice, Jr., this is the version of Asteroids Atari could only dream of producing back in the day!

  • Seaweed Assault (Atari 2600) - In this original homebrew game by Duane Alan Hahn, you must wield your Manatee submarine against highly aggressive seaweed before it clogs up your sector. Don't let the seaweed strangle your civilization to extinction!

  • IXION (Atari 2600) - This previously unreleased prototype (itself based on an obscure arcade game) finally sees the light of day in cartridge form! We've even created a more challenging version of the game titled IXION ULTRA with all new levels, with both versions available on the same cartridge.

  • Frenzy (Atari 7800) - Atari 7800 veteran Bob Decrescenzo brings arcade classics Frenzy and Berzerk home to the 7800, complete with all the details you'll find in the arcade games. Each game even includes the speech from the arcade!
You can find more detailed information about each of these new games and other recent releases in the AtariAge Store.

Star Castle Arcade Label Contest
October 27, 2013
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AtariAge and homebrew authors Chris Walton and Thomas Jentzsch are proud to announce a label contest for the upcoming Atari 2600 game Star Castle Arcade! The winning label design will be featured on the Star Castle Arcade cartridge, manual and box.

Star Castle Arcade is a 32K game that pushes the boundary of what's possible on the Atari 2600. Star Castle is a 1980 vector arcade game produced by Cinematronics. The game involves obliterating a series of defenses orbiting a stationary turret in the center of the screen. Chris Walton and Thomas Jentzsch have created a fantastic port of Star Castle for the Atari 2600, one of two versions of Star Castle developed in parallel. This new version contains many improvements over the previously released version of Star Castle.



The object of Star Castle is to destroy an enemy cannon which sits in the center of three concentric, rotating energy shield rings while avoiding or destroying 'mines' - enemies that spawn from the core, pass through the energy rings, and then home in on the player's ship. They can stick back to the shield if the player maneuvers in such a way that a ring is between the ship and the mines. The player-controlled spaceship can rotate, thrust forward, and fire small projectiles. The cannon's shields are composed of twelve sections each, and each section takes two hits to destroy. Once a section is breached, rings beneath it are exposed to fire.

The Star Castle Arcade Label Contest will run until 11:59pm (CST), Sunday, November 24, 2013 and all submissions must be received by this time!

RETRO Magazine Kickstarter
October 22, 2013
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RETRO Magazine KickstarterVideo game auction site GameGavel and the RetroGamingRoundup Podcast are teaming up with some of the most popular and influential gaming journalists and personalities from the past three decades and introducing a new high quality, feature rich, video gaming magazine that will harken back to the amazing magazines from the 80's, 90's and early 2000's. The magazine is titled RETRO, and they've launched a Kickstarter campaign to help make this magazine a reality.

RETRO will be offered in both digital and print editions and published bi-monthly starting January 2014. Backers of the Kickstarter campaign will receive the Premier issue this December. Each issue will be a minimum of 52 pages, utilize a maximum of four pages of ads, and will feature high quality gloss print and thick stock cover. All print subscriptions will also include the digital enhanced versions for free.

To learn more about RETRO , please visit the RETRO Kickstarter page.

Houston Arcade Expo - November 8th/9th
October 15, 2013
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Houston Arcade Expo - November 8th/9thThe 2013 Houston Area Arcade Expo is taking place November 8th and 9th at the Houston Northwest Crowne Plaza. Hosted by the Houston Area Arcade Group, this is an annual event celebrating the electronic games people love to play. Gamers buy, sell, and trade pinball, video game and game console items, and, best of all, pinballs, arcade cabinets and consoles are set up on free play for the duration of the show.

Highlights of this year's show include:
  • 200+ Pinball, Arcade & Console games on free play
  • Talk and autographs by famed Pinball designer Steve Ritchie
  • Atari 2600 Homebrew Programming talk by Darrell Spice, Jr.
  • Former Williams Programmer Ken Graham session
  • Pinball shop and repair clinic with John Costa
  • The History of Pinball with Dan Ferguson
  • Play the new Stern Star Trek Pinball Machine
  • Tournaments with prizes throughout the weekend
  • Donkey Kong multi-game arcade raffle
  • AtariAge classic console area
There aren't many opportunities to enjoy large collections of classic arcade games and pinball machines, so if you are in the Houston area (or can get there!), you should be at this expo! Admission is $30 for a weekend pass or $20 for a single day (you save $5 by purchasing your tickets in advance). For more information, please visit ArcadeCenter.com.

ANTIC, The Atari 8-bit Podcast
October 13, 2013
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ANTIC, The Atari 8-bit PodcastANTIC, The Atari 8-bit Podcast, is a new podcast covering Atari 8-bit computers (800, XL, XE), hosted by Randy Kindig, Kevin Savetz, Brad Arnold. Kevin Savetz is curator of the Classic Computer Magazine Archive and AtariArchives.org, both hosted by AtariAge. The fourth episode of ANTIC is now available and includes:
  • Interview with with Chris Crawford, author of Eastern Front 1941 and co-author of De Re Atari
  • Discussion of a new source for reliable Atari power supplies
  • JSMESS, an Atari emulator that works in your web browser
  • We rescue Atari hardware and TI 99/4a hardware
  • and more!
You can find the current and past episodes of ANTIC, The Atari 8-bit Podcast on iTunes, the Apple Podcast App, and at www.AtariPodcast.com. You can discuss the podcast in our Atari 8-bit Computers Forum.

New Games and Demos at PRGE!
September 24, 2013
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AtariAge is attending this year's Portland Retro Gaming Expo, and several new homebrew games will be making their debut at the show! These games are:
  • Space Rocks (Atari 2600) - A mix between Asteroids and Asteroids Deluxe, Space Rocks brings the arcade action home in a way never before seen on the 2600! Created by experienced Atari 2600 developer Darrell Spice, Jr., this is the version of Asteroids Atari could only dream of producing back in the day!

  • Seaweed Assault (Atari 2600) - In this original homebrew game by Duane Alan Hahn, you must wield your Manatee submarine against highly aggressive seaweed before it clogs up your sector. Don't let the seaweed strangle your civilization to extinction!

  • IXION (Atari 2600) - This previously unreleased prototype (itself based on an obscure arcade game) finally sees the light of day in cartridge form! We've even created a more challenging version of the game titled IXION ULTRA with all new levels, with both versions available on the same cartridge.

  • Frenzy (Atari 7800) - Atari 7800 veteran Bob Decrescenzo brings arcade classics Frenzy and Berzerk home to the 7800, complete with all the details you'll find in the arcade games. Each game even includes the speech from the arcade!
In addition to these new games, we'll also have a large number of systems setup where you can play new games currently in development. These titles include Star Castle Arcade, Zippy the Porcupine, Bentley Bear: Crystal Quest, The Byte Before Christmas, and many others! And, as always, we'll have a large assortment of homebrew games from our online store as well as AtariAge t-shirts.

If you're attending the show and would like an AtariAge name badge, please visit this thread in our forums for more details.

HighScore.com Contest
September 1, 2013
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HighScore.com ContestHighScore.com, a new high score registry based on peer review, is holding a contest where $500 in AtariAge Store gift certificates are up for grabs! Prizes are available for the best qualifying scores posted for Yars' Revenge, Lady Bug (2600), U.F.O. (Odyssey 2), and more. HighScore.com enables average players to see how they rank relative to their peers. The site can show users how they rank in their city, state, country, and the world, and awards trophy icons (a.k.a. badges) to users who hold the highest score in their region. Users can submit scores along with photos or videos to document their accomplishment, then other site users can vote on whether or not they believe the score is legitimate. After the voting is finished, the user will receive any trophies they qualify for, and they will then also receive a ranking.

The contest ends on October 31st. See the AtariAge Contests Forum for more details on how you can participate!

AtariAge Summer Homebrew Releases!
August 22, 2013
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AtariAge Summer Homebrew Releases!We've just added several new Atari 2600, 7800, and Jaguar homebrew games to our online store! Here's a list of what's new, and you can follow the links for more details about each game: You can find these homebrew games and many more in the AtariAge Store!

2013 Portland Retro Gaming Expo
July 23, 2013
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2013 Portland Retro Gaming ExpoAtariAge will be returning to Portland for this year's Portland Retro Gaming Expo, taking place on October 5th and 6th at the Oregon Convention Center. We like the show so much, this will be the third time we're making the trip to Portland for this event! If you can be in Portland that weekend, we strongly encourage you to attend!

The Portland Retro Gaming Expo has much to offer classic gaming fans, and is one of the largest such events in the country. You'll find a large number of vendors selling classic gaming consoles and games, a huge 200 game arcade organized by Portland's own Ground Kontrol, two separate auditoriums for speakers and panels, an after-hours party Saturday evening, a live auction, cosplay contest, video game tournaments, and much more!

AtariAge has plans to release several new boxed homebrew games for the Atari 2600 and 7800 at the show! We'll also have demos of games currently in development, with a sneak peak of some homebrew games to be released during the holiday season. Our booth will be even larger than last year's, allowing us to setup more game systems for show attendees to enjoy! In addition to releasing several new games, we'll also have a large selection of other homebrew games from our online store, as well as other classic gaming merchandise.

Please visit the official Portland Retro Gaming Expo website to learn more about the show. We've also setup a forum to discuss the event for those who are attending. If you're attending the show, please stop by our booth and say hello!

Stay tuned for an upcoming announcement detailing all the games and demos that will be available from AtariAge!

Search for Atari Games in Alamogordo Landfill
June 5, 2013
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Search for Atari Games in Alamogordo LandfillYou know a story about old Atari video games has hit the mainstream when friends and family who probably haven't touched an Atari 2600 in 30 years start forwarding you news stories! That's the case with recent news being reported by the Alamogordo Daily News . A Canadian-based multimedia entertainment company by the name of Fuel Industries plans on digging up the Alamogordo landfill in New Mexico, where Atari purportedly dumped truckloads of games decades ago. The Alamogordo City Commission has given its approval to Fuel Multimedia to excavate the landfill site over a six month period. Fuel plans on creating a documentary about the Alamogordo landfill legend.

The Alamogordo Daily News reported in September 1983 that between 10 and 20 semi-trailers from an Atari facility in El Paso, Texas were buried at the landfill. The story even appeared in The New York Times, and an Atari spokesman confirmed the report. To keep people from getting their hands on this merchandise, the games were supposedly crushed and buried under concrete. Although no specific Atari merchandise was mentioned as being dumped, many reports have (perhaps erroneously) stated that upwards of 3.5 million copies of the 2600 game E.T. The Extra Terrestrial may have found their way to the landfill. It's more likely that the Atari dump contains a wide variety of Atari game console and computer hardware, as well as unsold video game cartridges. If Fuel Industries is successful in their excavation, we may soon know for sure!

Jaguar CD Games Hit AtariAge Store
May 31, 2013
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Jaguar CD Games Hit AtariAge StoreAtariAge has added two new Jaguar CD titles to our online store, Jagware Collection 1.0 and Kobayashi Maru: Final. Both game feature a glass-mastered, pressed, silkscreened CD in a shrinkwrapped DVD-style case with professionally printed insert. A Jaguar CD unit is required to play both titles. You can learn more and get your copies today in the AtariAge Store.

Jagware Collection 1.0

Jagware Collection 1.0 is a collection of games from four different groups, presented by Jagware. The games included in this collection are: Do The Same from Cerebral Vortex, Diamjag by Orion, Atomic Reloaded from The Removers, and Beebris by Reboot. All four games support online scoreboards. Also included is an exclusive early look at the alpha build of Project II, an upcoming scrolling shoot'em up from Reboot.

With each team offering one of their titles, this collection is not only a great way to own some of the Jaguar's best visceral experiences, but also an opportunity to say thanks to Jaguar hardware developer SCPCD, creator of the JagCF and Jagtopus 4-cart programmer.

Kobayashi Maru: Final

Xu approached the balcony of his presidential suite in his usual calm and purposeful manner. This time was different, however. As he looked out to the stars for what was sure to be the last time, he knew he had only one card left to play and that it offered no realistic hope of success. The Ebil Alliance was determined to take the whole galaxy... their invading forces too great in number and their simultaneous attack on all four worlds impossible to defend. As he raised his finger and gestured towards the hangar below, signaling the launch of the Tetrad's prototype warp ship, he knew his coalition of the last four free worlds in the system could not hope to survive such an onslaught.

Kobayashi Maru: Final is a 50/60 fps rotary action shooter for the Atari Jaguar games console and was written utilizing a version of the new Raptor Engine by Reboot. It can be played with either a rotary controller (such as Chaos Reins, Tyrant or Jonathan Ascough pad) or a regular Jaguar joypad. As with all our other games, it's freely available for download in a number for formats to suit your setup.

Atari 5200 Tempest Now Available!
February 7, 2013
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Atari 5200 Tempest Now Available!Tempest for the Atari 5200 is now available for purchase from the AtariAge Store!

For 15 years, the existence of an Atari 5200 version of Tempest was thought to be only myth. No prototypes had ever surfaced. A crude 2600 version had come to light, along with a prototype box. Then, in 1999, an unfinished working 5200 prototype appeared on eBay. The game was eventually dumped and the binary freely distributed around the Internet. Another decade has gone by since the game's discovery, and the original Atari 5200 Tempest programmer, Keithen Hayenga, worked to complete Tempest so it could finally see the light of day in completed form!

Tempest 5200 includes the game cartridge with glossy label, twelve page full-color, glossy manual, professionally offset printed box using chipboard paper stock, and cartridge insert to keep the cartridge in place. Only 250 boxed copies of Tempest will be produced! After that, the game will be sold without the box. If you want a boxed copy of the game, don't wait too long!

Order Tempest for the Atari 5200 Today!

Last Chance for Past Team Pixelboy ColecoVision Games
January 19, 2013
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Last Chance for Past Team Pixelboy ColecoVision GamesTeam Pixelboy, maker of many fine ColecoVision homebrew games, is giving ColecoVision fans a chance to order past releases which are currently sold out, namely Pitfall II Arcade, Track & Field, Destructor SCE, Circus Charlie, Star Force, Golgo 13, Ninja Princess, Bank Panic and Konami's Ping-Pong. More copies of these games will be manufactured in February 2013, but only for those who will have placed a pre-order for these games before January 31st 2013. This is a limited-time offer, and after new supplies of these games have been manufactured and sold, they will all be permanently sold out. If you're a ColecoVision fan looking to expand your collection of games, don't miss this opportunity! Visit teampixelboy.com for more information, and contact Pixelboy himself by e-mail to place your pre-order. Note that you can also send him a private message on AtariAge, but Pixelboy prefers being contacted by e-mail for matters of orders and pre-orders.

Atari SAP Music Archive 3.6 Released
January 9, 2013
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Atari SAP Music Archive 3.6 ReleasedIt's been a while since we've posted news about the Atari SAP Music Archive (ASMA), but it continues to be updated on a yearly basis with new music. This year's Christmas update added 315 new Atari 8-bit tunes. The archive now consists of 4,630 songs, comprising a playing time of 7 days 18 hours 33 minutes 33 seconds. Here are some other statistics:
  • Number of songs: 4,630 (5,795 including sub-songs)
  • Compared to HVSC: 10.7 % (HVSC r58 contains 43,116 songs)
  • Disk space occupied: 26,317,431 bytes (excluding documents and playlist)
  • Average SAP file size: 5,684 bytes
  • Songs in stereo: 441
  • Number of musicians: 210
  • Most active musician: Michal Szpilowski (Miker) (201 songs + 4 cooperations)
The Atari SAP Music Archive contains the best tunes from Atari 8-bit computers in a format that can be reproduced perfectly by various SAP players. You can get the latest collection of music as well as players for a variety of platforms at the Atari SAP Music Archive.

Retrogaming Times Monthly - January 2013
January 9, 2013
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Retrogaming Times Monthly - January 2013The first 2013 issue of Retrogaming Times Monthly has been published. This month's issue features a look at Wreck-It Ralph, the top retro games of 2012, and more. Here's what you'll find in issue #104:
  • Caught On Film - Wreck-It Ralph
  • The Pixelated Mage - Top 10 Of 2012
  • Apple II Incider - Christmas Gifts For The Apple II Fan
  • CoCoLicious! - The CoCo's 3rd Time Is A Charm (Part 1)
  • The Way Things Were - January 1983
  • MAME Reviews - Astro Blaster
  • NES'cade - Cabal
  • Beyond The Plastic - Tom & Jerry (SNES)
  • The Retro Junkie - NHL '94
  • And More!
You can read these articles and more inside the Retrogaming Times Monthly, now in its 184th month! You can also browse the RTM archives to catch up on past issues.

Another World Jaguar Pre-Order
December 20, 2012
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Another World Jaguar Pre-OrderThe Retro-Gaming Connexion (RGC) association is proud to announce the upcoming release of the game Another World on cartridge for the Atari Jaguar console. The iconic game, released in the early 90s, has been adapted by Sebastien Briais of the group Removers of Jagware with the blessing of the original developer, Eric Chahi. You can view a video of the game being on YouTube.

The RGC is producing the game in the truest spirit of the original Jaguar releases, in cartridge form with a box and manual. In order to fund the project through the various stages of manufacture the game is being offered by pre-order. Release of the game is currently slated for Spring 2013. Each person who reserves a copy will receive a numbered confirmation slip by e-mail. The price for Another World is 62 Euros by PayPal, and you can pre-order a copy here.

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