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Steam like Client program for GOG DRM free games and bonus content !!!

Added byFiatLux's avatarFiatLux

To make GOG.com more accessible to those with less tech understanding and easier to use for everybody then I suggest a Steam like feature "downloader, install and overview" "local interface client program". I suggest that you make a program that people can install on their computers , so they can just start the program , get an overview of what they have presently installed and what they got in their game library and then with a click on a button be able to control the delete and install of games (+bonus content) (Program must ofcpurse be GOG.com. aware and be able to determin if the game will run on the GOG.com.). I think that Steams greatest advantage and their reson for their success to some degree is because it is so easy to use once people have installed the Steam Client. The Steam Client is a DRM control App also (As far as I am concerned) but that does not mean that a site like GOG could not make something Steam Client like for their customers and the DRM free games.... I mean people could log in to a GOG client program (Steam Client like) and then right click game name to choose "automated operations" such as install (incl. bonus content) and so on (this could also be used to patch games and keep them up to date by a simple presetting in the local client....). Ref : http://store.steampowered.com/about/

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_sd
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This is essentially already in-progress, via Galaxy, yes?

Jul. 16, 2014
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Mordecai_the_Mad
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I'm on GOG to stay away from crap like Steam

Jul. 15, 2014
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Prah
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GOG Galaxy anyone?

Jul. 15, 2014
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Lobuno
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I vote NO !!!!

Jul. 6, 2014
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Zmetek5
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Cloud save system PLEASE! And multiPC suport !!

Jul. 2, 2014
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RemKagerou
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Im also afraid if they made this, it wouldnt be DRM free anymore

Jul. 1, 2014
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jjtheory
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I think it's a good idea, personally. I love using Steam and HATE using Origin and Uplay (don't even have them on my pc anymore). That said, it would be nice to have all my GOG games together in a nice library from where I can run them. I'm all for this.

Jul. 1, 2014
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skwercio
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Yeah, the downloader app would be nice as long as it wouldn't be mandatory.

Jun. 25, 2014
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January
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People are losing their minds over Origin and Uplay. I think this would destroy GOG... even if I personally would had no beef with it.

Jun. 25, 2014
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FKSSR
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I would love for Raptr to be able to automatically track any GOG games running via Galaxy. Please communicate with them to see what GOG can do to make that possible.

Jun. 24, 2014
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Unite4Corners
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I too would like a always on link to GoG with in application store pages community links possibly chat features and friends lists.

Jun. 24, 2014
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Valdasaar
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No Thanks

Jun. 23, 2014
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UKAAAY
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I would love to add GOG support to my app, Glow, in future. Head over to https://teksyndicate.com/forum/pc-gaming/windows-app-play-ea-origin-games-your-tv/179931

to see a sneak peek at Glow.

Jun. 16, 2014
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TroggleMonkey
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I also want to reiterate a point Tychoxi made:
Nobody is suggesting that GoG take away manual .exe downloads from its website! If you prefer to play games without a client, this feature request would not hinder you in any way. The only reason Steam *requires* a client is to enforce its DRM, but GoG can make the already-existing GoG Downloader more fully-featured for people who care to use it.

Jun. 15, 2014
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TroggleMonkey
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I just went searching for the community wishlist specifically to find a feature request like this. Aside from achievement-seekers, people put up with Steam DRM for two reasons:
1.) The particular game they want is not available DRM-free, or they already have so many Steam games that it's more convenient to keep everything (or as much as they can) in one place, and...
2.) Steam allows them to keep their "owned" games in a list and install/uninstall them with a point-and-click interface, and it even synchronizes saved games across installs. Pretty much the only thing it doesn't do is synchronize game mods across installs. (The latter would be a more technically involved undertaking but still doable given self-contained directories and clever use of diff'ing utilities).

Steam's excellent client puts it in an unusual position: Despite the unnecessary, insulting, and disempowering DRM, playing games on/through Steam is nevertheless (ironically) even more convenient than playing DRM-free versions.

If GoG wants to achieve full-spectrum superiority over Steam and overtake it as the dominant game distributor, it needs to do two major things. The first is a given, but it's also not entirely in GoG's hands: Continue expanding the GoG catalog by building relationships with publishers and/or waiting for their management to change hands to a fresher-thinking generation.

Second, and most relevant to this thread:
Create a full-featured client that achieves feature parity with Steam or even beats it. GoG games are DRM-free, so the client obviously wouldn't be required to install and play them, but adding it as an option would be a tremendous boon for convenience.

This is an ambitious request, but it would become less troublesome for GoG to fulfill if combined with this one:
http://www.gog.com/wishlist/site/release_the_future_gog_updater_client_as_open_source


Collaborative development of an open-source GoG client (or family of clients even) would allow the fast creation of features like:
1.) One-click installs/uninstalls from a list
2.) Automatic updates
3.) Saved game synchronization and even mod synchronization across installs (which Steam doesn't have): This can be achieved in a totally generic way by leveraging some of the same techniques as Git. Given the right deduplication and diffing technology, the storage and bandwidth requirements for the GoG servers shouldn't be that much higher than they are today.
4.) Social features accessible from a desktop client.

If GoG does go the open source route to distribute the workload, I suppose the first step would be to create a transparent protocol for authenticating with the GoG server (log in) and requesting downloads (owned game list and actual content). This actually gives GoG a huge advantage over Valve/Steam: They have to develop all of their software technology in-house to keep the client proprietary and maintain the appearance that their client does something "magical" and unsurpassable, but GoG can potentially rely on unpaid volunteers and existing open source tools to create something even better...and without DRM (aside from logging in to see what games are owned/downloadable...which is the same as GoG's website does today).

There's really only one area where GoG can't compete with Steam in the near future: Achievements. These require too much developer cooperation for GoG to just wing it. (Once more developers start "porting" Steam games to DRM-free versions though, it probably wouldn't be too hard for them to retarget their "achievement unlocked" communications to a network other than Steam. It might not hurt to build the infrastructure now.) Aside from that though, I think GoG has a tremendous opportunity to beat Steam at its own game, all the while staying DRM-free.

Jun. 15, 2014
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Tychoxi
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Also, all you naysayers need to understand "Client" is not synonymous with and does not imply any of the things you think! It doesn't mean DRM, it doesn't mean we dumb, it doesn't mean it's the end of GOG, it doesn't mean it's mandatory, it doesn't mean you can't continue using the website for downloads, etc.

Jun. 14, 2014
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Tychoxi
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YAY! GOG Galaxy!

Jun. 14, 2014
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xeniac
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Hey gog.com Team! Can you mark this Request as "in progress" please?
see: http://www.gog.com/galaxy
It's really great of you that you heared to all wishes and opinions from your users, so that the client will be completly opotional. Later this year i will start to complain about the missing linuxclient, ok?

Jun. 8, 2014
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jibaycay
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I think it's a great step for the future of GOG.
Selling DRM-free games is fine, but offering a good support for these games is better.

Now, a good client must have these three functonnality:
- easy installation process ("One-click").
- auto-updating
- cloud saves

Also, I really like the time-tracking functionnality ;)

If GOG is getting all of these, I definitely stop to buy my games on Steam or even the Humble Store and I'm joining you.
So, hurray for Galaxy o/

Jun. 7, 2014
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mdekleine
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Great! Finally I get rid of all those dozens of entry's in my All programs and just use a launcher to start the program. Welcome to 2014 Gog, finally!

And great that it is optional. Like Win95 it is just a shell that you can run if you want to. You miss great things if you don't but that is your own decision guys. I bet you all are looking at this page with a nice broadband connection and not a 2400 baud modem :P

Jun. 6, 2014
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Zwiebelbel
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What I would enjoy most would be savegame syncing; just have something that uploads saves to a server and tracks them accordingly on each installation.

Jun. 6, 2014
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Artless7
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Vainamoinen: HAHAHA... mouahahahaha

Jun. 6, 2014
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ChrisSD
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Some people here must be right gutted. ;)

Jun. 5, 2014
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Vainamoinen
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If PC gamers have become too stupid to know how an .exe file works, Valve has finally won.

No "GOG client", ever.

Jun. 1, 2014
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Ebany
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I want a better UI, but since I don't sit around all day looking at my massive Games Library and stroking myself I have no need for a Steam replica.

I HATE auto-updates, I also dislike Steam's UI. Since I download all the games I purchase from GoG, I only need a UI which will allow me to CHECK for updates for Installers I have archived and games currently installed. I also need it to give me an option to remove old versions, I just updated my games and found over 100GB of old Installers (easy to do once you have more than 500 games).

May. 27, 2014
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HertogJan
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I don't like the automatic download of patches.
You never know if it breaks savegames or even tthe game itself (Omerta for instance). Not to mention it might introduce new and annoying bugs and instability.
I prefer to wait and see if other people report issues before I install a patch.

May. 27, 2014
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Terpor
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Or a better program that would maintain my downloaded GOG games and it would automatically download the latest patches and files.

May. 24, 2014
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TheCandyMan666
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For previous post: Installer = Client, is better fitting.

May. 19, 2014
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TheCandyMan666
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Actually that something like this is working can already be seen with Desura. There I can download DRM free games AND I have an installer.
That installer is also open source and cross platform, so may be a great start point to bring this into the gog universe.

May. 19, 2014
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etb
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It is already there, it is a webapp you can find at www.gog.com it allows to do all you need, and it easy too!

May. 9, 2014
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NemesisZidar
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i guess most people dont understand in the slightest the sense of functions a client CAN have and just go the dumb way of "i dont want DRM mimimimi" while their whining isnt in the slightest nessecary.
Why do I use Steam? It has a library, it has an autoupdater. Bam, two simple features that make it easier to have an overview of what is installed on my PC, where it is installed and maintain my machine, keep my games up to date aswell and maybe see all additional features. Are people in these times really so odd to mimimi all the time about DRM while this isnt even in the discussion? Who seriously is anti-intelligent enough to deny an optional client to maintain his own machine and keep games up to date?
Steam would have no use if GoG had A:the same amount of games to buy from B: a client to maintain the machine (with knowing where everything is installed in which version), keep overview and autoupdate.
It saves alot of work to have such a client and yet Steam could be obsolete with a DRM free client being on the market giving the same service steam has to offer.
OP has a point and its one hard reason, why i wont buy many games on GoG even as DRM free, its clunky, i lose my overview inside those hundrets of games i own and want to have installed.

May. 5, 2014
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v0ji
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I developed a steam like client with cloud sync support, game detection, time tracking, etc. Only game download, and update not supported, but i think it isn't possible without gog support.

Try it out: http://synctocloud.net

May. 5, 2014
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thiagovscoelho
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No, that's awful. The reason I choose GOG is the lack of clunky annoying stupid clients like Steam.

May. 3, 2014
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Discoandthecube
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I've been thinking the same thing for a while. I think there should be an optional program to view; installed/owned games, their bonus content, amount of time played (if possible). But most importantly a way to launch games, now, you need to know the name of the exe (more if it runs off dos), or have a lot of shortcuts or start icons, (neither of which I like having).

May. 2, 2014
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fugface
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Please god no! Don't make this compulsory. Always keep a DRM free version. I find a DRM free executable that I can download to any device, be it tablet, smart phone, or whatever device I'm using at the time then copy over onto my game machine to install is far more convenient than having a downloader/installer that needs to have a particular operating system or client to run. If its about flexibility then stay flexible and provide the option, but don't make it standard as GOG will loose its unique selling point and just get lost in a price war with the other (legal) download sites. GOG has a unique position between abandonia and gamersgate, don't loose that advantage.

May. 1, 2014
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djdarko
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It's a good idea as long as it's kept OPTIONAL.

Apr. 28, 2014
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Vlodril
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main reason that even when offered a choice i pick steam. the convenience of having everything together is a pretty big factor of steam success. For me at least.

Apr. 23, 2014
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Pumbassa
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I find the distinct lack of a GOG client refreshing. The down loader is simple and ergonomic.

Apr. 23, 2014
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KiNgBrAdLeY7
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Although this would destroy steam. And despite the fact that this is the only one of Steam's advantage over other distributors (social platform and online interactions), if you closely examine the Steam phenomenon without preoccupation and fandom eyepatch... I am not so sure about it. Yet, i too, voted for.

This would require much work, effort, time, dedication and funding. Having an experienced and older rival, its success would not be either easy, or granted. It most probably will be buggy and slow, at beginning, at best. Worst of all, its development would obviously hinder other, more important work, and priorities, of GoG's...

Mixed blessing. I would like it, but not in the expense of other features!

Apr. 22, 2014
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OWReaper
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I'm not voting for this, but as long as the games remain totally DRM free, I don't care if this happens or not.

Apr. 18, 2014
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shendrix1980
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As a start, it would be nice to have an app that showed what I have installed and allow launch of any installed game. Looking at the Windows registry, I think the info is all there. Maybe I'll throw something together. I have a custom one now that parses my Steam library

Apr. 14, 2014
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shendrix1980
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I like this idea for a similar reason that someone else mentioned. I lean towards buying from Steam recently because of the convenience of maintaining my library of games. Perhaps GOG could offer an API that enabled the community to build an open source client.

Apr. 14, 2014
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raikoh09
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The steam client and its ability to auto download/ install in one step from a big list of games is why I don't buy more gog games. A similar gog client without drm would be much appreciated.

Apr. 14, 2014
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Tomkilla
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Just logged in to up vote and write a comment. This is a great idea. The greatest thing of STEAM is its accessibility, e. g. auto-updaets and library. Look at Desura as a prime example.

Apr. 13, 2014
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GRxRyder
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This could be a bit iffy as some people may mistake it for another form of DRM Check. But if they were indeed to make a client, they could shovel a lot of features into it and fancy it up a lot more than the website. It would save me a lot of time shuffling through the website on my browser. I only hope that IF they make a program, they allow easier browsing, wishlist updating, and watching of games and their communities in a much more simple manner than the steam client.

Apr. 10, 2014
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EraztheRogue
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This feature would be useful for me because I would like an easier way to organise my games. Sure, I could add them to Steam, but having an optional client to use with GoG would be a fantastic addition to the service. Please consider it!

Apr. 4, 2014
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h.e.X.e.n.
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i never vote this bestiality.

Apr. 3, 2014
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DalekMan
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As long as GOG keeps everything optional, from auto-updates to whatever else is involved, I'm not against this one. As someone who lives in an area where dial-up is the best you can get, though, I only have occasional access to a high-speed connection with which to do my game downloads, so auto-patching is a big hindrance for someone like me. Automatically checking for the existence of update patches and notifying me when there is one so I can grab it at the first convenient opportunity, however, is another matter.

I do, however, like the potential for game cross-promotion here. Doesn't Steam have something where certain games can unlock bonus features in others? I think it'd be pretty neat if, say, beating King's Quest I (or if that can't be done, then simply owning it.) unlocked King Graham's hat as an equippable item in some other game.

Mar. 28, 2014
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mayhemrules
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We need this just for our game library maintenance and organization. PLEASE consider it.

Mar. 24, 2014
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Netaro1000
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"Steam is DRM!!!" Umm.. You guys know that you can just go to your god damn (for example) steamapps/common/Sonic Adventure DX and just click the .exe to launch it without steam. And even if you don't have internet, steam has an offiline mode. I seriously have no idea why you guys are saying that steam DRM is the worst DRM. I don't noitce it at all. also, I would like to have a client program like this. Maybe just add a "Play" button to the GOG downloader? c:

Mar. 21, 2014
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