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Game Dev Story Guide 2023 – Best Combos, How To Get Hardware Engineer and Develop Console

Game Dev Story Guide - Best Combos, How To Get Hardware Engineer and Develop Console
Written by Ankit Gaba

In this Game Dev Story Guide, we will cover nearly everything needed to get Game of The Year and never fail in the Game. Let’s start this with a few tips related to how to get the best game of the year award in Game Dev Story.

General Tips for Game Dev Story

If you’ve ever dreamt of running your own game development studio, then Game Dev Story by Kairosoft is the perfect simulation game to bring that dream to life! Creating hit games, hiring a talented development team, and winning prestigious awards have never been this fun. To get you started on the right track, we’ll delve into a concise guide covering essential tips and strategies for maximizing your game studio’s success. Remember, creativity, strategy, and wise decision-making are key to conquering the gaming world!

  1. Choosing your starting genre and type:

As the CEO of your brand-new game studio, you’ll want to select an appealing game genre and type that appeal to a broad audience. Focus on combinations with high marketability and bear in mind that specific genres perform better in combination with particular types. For instance, racing pairs well with action or simulation, while RPGs complement adventure or fantasy excellently. These combinations will help bring in higher sales and profits.

  1. Prioritize leveling up your employees:

Your game studio is only as good as the developers on your team. Focus on leveling them up by allocating Research Data (RD). Employees perform better when specializing in specific areas, so choose a focus (designer, writer, sound engineer, or hacker) for each team member and assign RD accordingly. As the game progresses, hire new employees that are better skilled and have higher potential, slowly upgrading your team and improving game quality.

  1. Plan ahead for gaming consoles:

Consoles are crucial for your game to succeed. As a publisher, you must cater to a larger audience, so keep an eye on popular platforms and their market share. Licensing fees can be an obstacle, but collaborating with a well-established console can significantly boost game sales. Additionally, be prepared for console launches, as they usually signal a boom in game popularity and can lead to increased sales.

  1. Manage your development time:

One essential factor in Game Dev Story is striking the perfect balance between development time and quality. Speeding through the development process may save time now, but it’ll likely result in lower-quality games and unimpressed fans. Take your time to ensure the game properly advances through the different stages, keeping an eye on bug fixes while maintaining acceptable development timeframes.

  1. Attend trade shows:

Dedicate time (and money) to participate in trade shows such as E3 (called Gamedex in the game), where you can showcase your latest title and generate interest in your studio. The better your booth, the more attention you’ll garner, leading to increased fan base and visibility.

  1. Utilize advertising effectively:

Invest in different forms of advertising, like magazines, billboards, and online platforms, to promote your latest game releases. Experiment with various advertising mediums to find which best suits your target market, resulting in higher game sales.

Game Dev Story, a highly popular management simulator, provides players with the opportunity to experience the journey of game developers from scratch. As the CEO of your own game company, you’ll create successful and even failed releases, manage projects, and strategize to ensure smooth company operations. This guide will provide valuable tips and insights for both novice and experienced players, to help them reach new heights in the game.

Develop Your Console:

Though often overlooked, the development of a personal console can greatly benefit your progress in the game. Regularly support your console with new games and advertisements after its launch. Reap additional benefits by re-training a team member to become a hardware engineer, as this role is essential for console development.

Invest in Advertising:

A well-marketed video game can generate more revenue than a top-quality release with no promotion. So, allocate adequate funds for advertising your creations. For example, focus on marketing your innovative console to increase its visibility, thereby boosting your sales and profits in the long run.

Produce Sequels:

Continuously creating new games can be time-consuming and risky. Instead, identify 4-6 different game types and release sequels for the most popular ones. This strategy provides you with a steady income and allows you to focus on devising new game ideas at your own pace.

Aim for Game Awards:

Winning a prestigious Game Award is a dream for every Game Dev Story player. Although the Global Game Award may seem elusive during the initial stages, you can take small steps to increase your chances of winning other accolades. Each award you win will not only boost your company’s reputation but also provide a significant financial reward.

How to get the Game of The Year Award in Game Dev Story

Developing a Game in Game Dev Story

 

To make sure you get the Game of The Year Award in Game Dev Story, you will have to create an unbelievable game, and we got you with that.
Here are a few tips on how you can do that

Never Use The Same Employee for a task you used while developing your previous game and how to use a glitch to actually use the same Employee again and again.

Employee Options in Game Dev Story

Yes, you read that right. If you use the same employee, again and again, it will drastically decrease the points they give out, and I have a glitch that will prevent this. If you often forget who you used in the previous game development phase, we got you covered with that too. There will be written “Prev” when you try to use them. To create a game with them, you will have to do this.

  • Try creating a game
  • When the secretary asks you who should write a scenario, click back and then continue

Doing the steps above will remove that Prev Condition from all of the employees, and you can use the same employees again and again by doing this every time before you create a game without any loss in the development points at all.

Have the best Combinations

We have an entire list of all the combinations in Game Dev Story. You can scroll below to see them and try using the “Amazing” Combinations to avoid “Not Good” Combinations.

Training

Critic Reviews in Game Dev Story

Constantly train your employees if you have the money to do so we have also compiled a list of what all the training choices do to your employees

Stroll //Adds 3 Scenario Points and 3 Graphics Points//Requires 2 Power Points and Costs 30k

Reading //Adds 4 Program Points and 3 Scenario Points//Requires 2 Power Points and Costs 30k

Movie //Adds 4 Graphics Points and 4 Sound Points//Requires 2 Power Points and Costs 50k

Anime //Adds 5 Program Points, 4 Scenario Points, 3 Graphics Points and 2 Sound Points//Requires 3 Power Points and Costs 70k

Game //Adds 6 Program Points and 5 Graphics Points//Requires 3 Power Points and Costs 100k

Jogging //Adds 4 Program Points and 5 Sound Points//Requires 4 Power Points and Costs 120k// Only available in Office 2 and above.

Pinball //Adds 0-6 Program Points, 0-6 Scenario Points, 0-6 Graphics Points and 0-6 Sound Points//Requires 5 Power Points and Costs 80k// Only available in Office 2 and above

Meditate //Adds 1 Program Point, 2 Scenario Points, 1 Graphics Points and 3 Sound Points//Requires 5 Power Points and Costs 90k// Only available in Office 2 and above

Concert //Adds 3 Program Points and 5 Sound Points//Requires 3 Power Points and Costs 160k// Only available in Office 2 and above.

Net Surf //Adds 7 Program Points, 5 Scenario Points and Decreases 5 Graphic Points//Requires 4 Power Points and Costs 280k// Only available in Office 2 and above.

Museum //Adds 5 Program Points, 6 Scenario Points, 6 Graphic Points and Decreases 3 Sound Points//Requires 4 Power Points and Costs 300k// Only available in Office 2 and above.

College //Adds 5 Scenario Points and Decreases 2 Program Points//Requires 6 Power Points and Costs 550k// Only available in Office 3 and above

Lab Study //Adds 6 Program Points, 3 Graphic Points, 4 Sound Points and Decreases 3 Scenario Points//Requires 7 Power Points and Costs 800k// Only available in Office 3 and above.

Short Trip //Adds 8 Program Point, 7 Scenario Points, 4 Graphics Points and 5 Sound Points//Requires 9 Power Points and Costs 1050k// Only available in Office 3 and above.

Short Trip //Adds 5 Program Point, 8 Scenario Points, 6 Graphics Points and 6 Sound Points//Requires 11 Power Points and Costs 2500k// Only available in Office 3 and above.

Use these trainings according to your own benefits in Game Dev Story

Make Sequels to your Previous Games

Sequels have a higher chance of getting Best Game of The Year than normal games. Why? Because you have an advantage, they start out with extra points in Fun, Originality, Graphics and Sound. On top of that, they sell better as well.

Wanna know how to make sequels in Game Dev Story? It’s easy to get a 32 or above critic score which will make your game land in the hall of fame, and then you get the sequel option.

How to make a Console and Get a Hardware engineer in Game Dev Story

Image from Game Dev Story

This step might be a bit hard for some because you will need a lot of resources for this, so what you have to do is get a level 5 employee in designer then make him change careers to Sound Engineer, Coder, Writer, Producer and Director and then get level 5 in all of them it will unlock the change career to Hardware Engineer option then you can finally make a console.

To change someone’s career field, take an employee to use research points to get them to level 5; after that, use a Career Change Manual, then move that Employee to the field you would like to. You can repeat this thing as many times as you like to.

Career Change Manuals are sold by the salesman who will visit you once every year.

To make a console, you will need a Hardware engineer, and to get a hardware engineer, you should follow the above tips; making a console will take a lot of time, and your fanbase might shrink too since you won’t be developing a new game at that time.
A Level 3 Office is necessary to make a Console in Game Dev Story.

How to Unlock the Level 3 Office in Game Dev Story

Well, this part is quite easy; you will have to earn 2 awards in any category at the end of the year then you will get an option to upgrade to Level 3 Office in Game Dev Story.

How to Unlock all Genres in Game Dev Story

Action Genre – Get a Writer to Level 3

Action RPG Genre – Get a Producer to Level 3

Audio Novel – Get a Director to Level 2

Board – Get a Producer in your team

Card Game – Get a Hardware Engineer to Level 3

Life – Get a Designer to Level 3

Motion – Get a Hardware Engineer to Level 4

Music – Get a Director to Level 5

Online RPG – Get a Producer to Level 5

Online Sim – Get a Hacker to Level 5

Racing – Get a Sound Engineer to Level 3

RPG – Get a Writer to Level 5

Shooter – Get a Writer to Level 3

SIM RPG – Get a Director in your team

Simulation – Get a Coder to Level 4

How to Unlock all Types/Topics in Game Dev Story

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Airplane – Make a Coder do Museum Training

Architecture – Make a Director go to a Long Trip via Training

Art – Make a Designer go to a Movie via training

Baseball – Get a Coder to Level 3, then make him do Stroll Training

Basketball – Get a Writer to Level 2, then make him do Jogging via Training

Bookstore – Get a Sound Engineer to Level 3, then make him do Stroll Training

Cartoon – Get a Writer to Level 3, then make him do Anime Training

Celebrity – Get a coder to Level 2, then make him go to a concert via Training

Checkers – Make a Sound Engineer do Anime Training

Chess – Make a Coder get to Level 2, then make him do Stroll Training

Comedy – Make a Producer do Movie Training

Comics – Make a Hardware Engineer do Reading Training

Conv. Store – Get a Coder to Level 3, then make him do Stroll Training

Cosplay – Get a Writer to Level 5, then make him do Anime Training

Cowboy – Make a Producer go to a Short Trip

Cutie – Get a Designer to Level 3, then make him go to a Concert via Training.

Dance – Get a Writer to Level 2, then make him go to Concert via Training

Dating – Get a Designer to Level 3, then make him do Anime Training

Detective – Make a Writer do Reading Training

Drums – Make a Producer do Reading Training

Dungeon – Get a Coder to Level 2, then make him do Game Training

Egypt – Make a Producer go to a Long Trip

Exploration – Get a Coder to Level 2, then make him do Movie Training

F1 Racing – Get a Coder to Level 2, then make him go to a Long Trip

Fantasy – Get a Writer to Level 2, then make him do Reading Training

Fashion – Get a Director to Level 2, then make him do College Training

Fitness – Make a Sound Engineer do Meditate Training

Game Co. – Get a Coder to Level 5, then make him do Game Training

Harbor – Make a coder go to a Short Trip

High School – Get a Coder to Level 3, then make him do Stroll Training

Horror – Make a Writer do Net Surf Training

Horseshoes – Get a Director to Level 2, then make him do Pinball Training

Hunting – Get a Designer to Level 3, then make him do Game Training

Junior High – Make a Writer do College Training

Lawyer – Make a Director do Net Surf Training

Mahjong – Make a Coder do Pinball Training

Martial Arts – Make a Director do Movie Training

Medieval – Get a Hardware Engineer to Level 2, then make him do Movie Training

Mini-Skirt – Get a Hacker to Level 5, then make him go on a Short Trip

Monster – Make a Designer do Meditate Training

Motorsport – Make a Writer do Net Surf Training

Movies – Make a Writer do Movie Training

Mushroom – Make a Hacker go on a Short Trip

Mystery – Make a Writer do Reading Training

Ogre – Get a Writer to Level 2, then make him do Meditate Training

Pinball – Make a Writer do Pinball Training

Ping Pong – Get a Coder to Level 2, then make him do College Training

Poncho – Make a Hacker go on a Long Trip

Pop Star – Make a Director do Museum Training

President – Get a Hardware Engineer to Level 2, then make him do Lab Study Training.

Romance – Get a Writer to Level 2, then make him do Reading Training

Samurai – Make a Writer do Movie Training

Skiing – Make a Producer do Jogging Training

Slots – Get a Writer to Level 3, then make him do Pinball Training

Snowboard – Make a Director do Jogging Training

Soccer – Get a Designer to Level 2, then make him do Jogging Training

Sports – Make a Coder do Jogging Training

Spy – Make a Director go on a Long Trip

Stocks – Get a Coder to Level 4, then make him do Lab Study Training

Sumo – Make a Director do Stroll Training

Swimming – Make a Sound Engineer do Meditate Training

Swimsuit – Make a Hacker do Anime Training

Time Travel – Make a Producer do Meditate Training

Town – Get a Producer to Level 2, then make him do Museum Training

Train – Get a Designer to Level 2, then make him do Stroll Training

Virtual Pet – Get a Coder to Level 2, then make him do Pinball Training

Volleyball – Get a Designer to Level 2, then make him do Jogging Training

War – Make a Sound Engineer do Concert Training

Word – Get a Director to Level 3, then make him do Lab Study Training

Wrestling – Make a Writer do Game Training

Best Combinations/Combos in Game Dev Story

Training Image from Game Dev Story

  • Action + Basketball
  • Action + Historical
  • Action + Horror
  • Action + Ninja
  • Action + Ogre
  • Action + Sumo
  • Action RPG + Hunting
  • Action RPG + Poncho
  • Adventure + Cartoon
  • Adventure + Cowboy
  • Adventure + Detective
  • Adventure + Mystery
  • Audio Novel + Cowboy
  • Audio Novel + Dating
  • Audio Novel + Detective
  • Audio Novel + Horror
  • Audio Novel + Movies
  • Audio Novel + Romance
  • Board + Chess
  • Board + Reversi
  • Card Game + Comics
  • Educational + High School
  • Life + Animals
  • Life + Comics
  • Life + Dating
  • Life + F1 Racing
  • Life + Game Co.
  • Life + Motorsport
  • Life + Mushroom
  • Life + Ping Pong
  • Life + Pop Star
  • Life + Soccer
  • Life + Town
  • Life + Word
  • Life + Wrestling
  • Motion + Dance
  • Motion + Drums
  • Motion + Fitness
  • Motion + Pinball
  • Motion + Pop Star
  • Motion + Skiing
  • Motion + Slots
  • Motion + Snowboard
  • Motion + Volleyball
  • Music + Dance
  • Music + Drums
  • Online RPG + Medieval
  • Online Sim + Architecture
  • Online Sim + Conv. Store
  • Online Sim + Cutie
  • Online Sim + Game Co.
  • Online Sim + Mushroom
  • Online Sim + Pop Star
  • Online Sim + Stocks
  • Online Sim + Swimming
  • Online Sim + Virtual Pet
  • Puzzle + Checkers
  • Puzzle + Reversi
  • Racing + Motorsport
  • Racing + Snowboard
  • Racing + Swimsuit
  • RPG + Fantasy
  • RPG + Monster
  • RPG + Mushroom
  • RPG + Ogre
  • Shooter + Horseshoes
  • Shooter + Robot
  • Sim RPG + War
  • Simulation + Architecture
  • Simulation + Bookstore
  • Simulation + Cartoon
  • Simulation + Comics
  • Simulation + Cutie
  • Simulation + F1 Racing
  • Simulation + Game Co.
  • Simulation + Motorsport
  • Simulation + Movies
  • Simulation + Mushroom
  • Simulation + Pop Star
  • Simulation + Romance
  • Simulation + Soccer
  • Simulation + Town
  • Simulation + Train
  • Simulation + Virtual Pet
  • Table + Mahjong
  • Table + Poncho
  • Trivia + Comedy
  • Trivia + Cosplay
  • Trivia + Mini-Skirt
  • Trivia + Sumo

The combos above are the best for sales and critic scores. There are also creative combos, but they are not as good as those given above, so I will not be sharing those combinations of Game Dev Story with you since the ones above are all you need.

You can buy Game Dev Story now on:
Android
PlayStation
iOS
Nintendo Switch

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Key Milestones in Game Dev Story Progression

  1. Start with the basics: hiring and developing your first game

The first milestone in Game Dev Story is getting your staff in place and developing a solid foundation. Hire the best talent available within your budget, focusing on a balanced team with skills in Coding, Writing, Art, and Sound. Invest in training your staff to hone their abilities, so they’ll be more efficient in producing high-quality games.

Developing your first game is a crucial milestone for learning the ropes and assessing your team’s strengths and weaknesses. Make carefully calculated decisions, such as choosing a genre and type that will appeal to the target audience. Monitor the sales and feedback to refine your development strategies for future projects.

  1. First hit game and gaining fans

Your next milestone is launching a successful hit game that attracts fans and boosts your studio’s reputation. Focus on creating a unique and appealing game that stands out from the competition. Utilize the experience gained from prior development projects and improve your staff’s performance through effective training methods.

As you gain fans, the added fanbase can make a significant impact on sales, increasing your profits and enabling you to invest in advanced development techniques and higher quality resources.

Efficient use of advertising and marketing

  1. targeted advertising

Before leaping into large-scale marketing campaigns, it’s essential to understand your target audience. Streamline your advertising efforts by focusing on specific user groups attracted to your game’s genre, theme, and style. Consider allocating your budget for focused commercials, posters, or magazine ads to maximize the effect of your advertising strategy.

  1. Expanding your reach through in-game advertising and product placement

As your game development studio evolves, you may receive advertising offers from external sources. Don’t miss out on these opportunities, as they can provide added benefits and often require minimal investment from your part. Partnerships with other brands for in-game advertising, product placement, or collaborations can widen your audience reach and strengthen your reputation in the gaming industry.

  1. Utilizing promotional events

Promotional events, such as gaming conferences and expos, offer an excellent platform for showcasing your games to potential customers, critics, and industry professionals. Plan your participation in these events wisely by setting up booths or giving presentations about your upcoming releases. Engaging with the attendees and allowing them to get a hands-on experience with your game can make a significant difference in building anticipation for its release and garnering valuable feedback.

Gaining and using Research Data

  1. Acquiring Research Data

Research Data is obtained through various methods:

a. Developing games: As you actively work on creating games, you will accumulate RD. The more successful your game is, the more RD you’ll receive.

b. Boost Weeks: Occasionally during development, you’ll get a Boost Week where you’ll gain a substantial amount of RD.

c. Staff actions: Some staff actions, such as debugging games during development, may yield additional RD.

d. Random events: Various random events occur throughout the game that can provide RD, such as favorable outcomes from participating in conventions or staff taking initiative to add features to your game.

  1. Spending RD Wisely

Using your accumulated Research Data smartly is critical to making the most out of this valuable resource. Here are some ways to put your RD to good use:

a. Unlock new genres and game types: Invest RD in unlocking a diverse range of genres and game types. This variety keeps your game releases fresh and exciting, catering to different market demands and broadening your potential audience.

b. Develop custom game engines: Use RD to create proprietary game engines tailored to your studio’s expertise. These custom game engines enhance the quality of your games, improve development times and increase the overall success of your projects.

Office upgrades and expansion benefits

  1. Staff Capacity and Specialization

Office upgrades expand your staff capacity, allowing you to hire more employees and assemble a versatile and specialized workforce. With a larger team, you can dedicate more resources to specific game elements, such as design, graphics, or sound, which directly affects the quality and overall review scores of your projects. An increased staff capacity also enables you to delegate tasks efficiently, ensuring that development projects move forward smoothly.

  1. Better Hardware and Tools

Expanding your office space is not just about accommodating more employees; it also comes with better hardware and tools. These upgrades enhance your team’s performance, leading to quicker completion times and higher-quality output. Additionally, having access to cutting-edge technology grants you the capability to produce and develop games for new platforms, expanding your studio’s reach within the gaming market.

  1. Access to Skilled Workers

Often, upgrading your office space triggers events that give you access to highly skilled workers. These professionals are a valuable asset to your team, as they possess top-tier skills that can be transferred to your current employees through training or collaboration. Embrace the opportunity to hire skilled workers and take advantage of their expertise to augment your studio’s overall performance.

Special events and random encounters

  1. Conventions and Game Competitions

Throughout the game, you’ll receive invitations to participate in conventions and game competitions, such as the Tokyo Game Show (TGS) or the Sealed Game Contest. These special events offer an excellent platform for showcasing your company’s games and gaining valuable feedback, recognition, and even research data.

Prepare your team for these events, ensuring they have the necessary resources to make a significant impact on attendees and judges. Success at these events can boost your company’s reputation and increase fan engagement.

  1. Unexpected Office Visits

Occasionally, your office will receive impromptu visits from game enthusiasts, rival company developers, or gaming industry professionals. These encounters can result in a range of outcomes, such as offering valuable advice on improving your games, challenging your team’s skills, or even expressing interest in collaborating with your company.

Be prepared for these unexpected encounters by maintaining a team with diverse skills and always being open to learning and collaboration.

Strategies for staff hiring and training

  1. Hiring the Right Candidates

When it comes to staff hiring, it’s essential to consider your budget and the skills required to complement your existing team. Here are some tips for recruiting the best candidates:

a. Analyze your team’s strengths and weaknesses: Before hiring, evaluate your current staff’s skills to identify any gaps. Determine whether you need to strengthen a particular area, such as design or sound, and then prioritize hiring candidates with those specific skills.

b. Skill vs. salary: While hiring experienced employees may be tempting, remember that they often come with a higher salary expectation. Consider your budget constraints and look for candidates with potential for growth who can be trained to excel in their respective fields.

  1. Training Your Staff

Maximizing your team’s potential relies heavily on effective staff training. Here’s how you can enhance your workforce and yield better results:

a. Customized training: Identify each staff member’s areas for improvement and use targeted training programs or seminars to focus on those skills. This approach helps employees excel in their specialties and contributes to higher game quality.

b. Skill transfer: Encourage collaborative learning within your team by having experienced staff members train and mentor newcomers. This skill transfer method fosters growth and camaraderie among your employees.

Conclusion

Game Dev Story provides players with a unique and entertaining experience, immersing them in the challenging world of game development. This comprehensive guide aims to help players maximize their studio’s success, offering valuable insights and strategies into crucial aspects such as staff hiring and training, game development, advertising, and resource management.

The key to achieving the prestigious Game of the Year Award and never failing in the game lies in striking the right balance between creativity, strategic thinking, and effective decision-making. By utilizing the various tips and tricks outlined in this guide, players can learn how to make smart choices in genres, types, employee expertise, marketing strategies, and overall company operations.

Staff hiring and training remain one of the most critical factors in a successful game studio. Hiring ideal candidates that complement the existing team, allocating RD points effectively, and providing targeted training opportunities significantly contribute to higher game quality. Additionally, creating strong team dynamics ensures better collaboration, leading to innovative and successful game releases.

Managing your resources wisely, including Research Data and budget, is essential in driving your company’s progress. Investing in unlocking a diverse range of game genres and types, while developing custom game engines and improving your workforce’s expertise, will significantly boost your game sales and studio reputation.

Marketing and advertising efforts should not be overlooked, as they contribute directly to your game’s overall sales and the growth of your fan base. By capitalizing on promotional events, in-game advertising, and product placements, your company gains increased visibility, attracting a large pool of potential customers.

Achieving milestones, participating in special events and random encounters, and effectively dealing with unexpected challenges enriches your game development journey, making it more engaging and enjoyable. Furthermore, navigating through these events successfully helps you gain a competitive edge in the gaming industry.

Ultimately, the pursuit of excellence in Game Dev Story requires not only a strong grasp of every aspect of game development but also a relentless drive to excel in a highly competitive market. Utilizing the techniques and insights presented in this guide, players can unlock their full potential and lead their game companies toward tremendous success.

As an aspiring game industry leader, remember that persistence, adaptability, and a growth mindset can immensely contribute to your studio’s triumph. With every decision and investment, always consider its long-term impact on your company’s overall performance. Lastly, while striving for success, don’t forget to enjoy the process and revel in the excitement and challenges of creating and releasing innovative games that captivate and engage your audience.

Embark on your journey as a game industry titan, and thrive in the world of Game Dev Story with these invaluable guidelines by your side.

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