Mideast Crisis 2] (MEC2) is a total conversion for 'Command and Conquer 3 - Tiberium Wars' set in the near future, letting you use modern technology (such as the Abrams, F-35 and Hind) alongside future technology (such as Drones, Airships and Medibots) in a conflict ranging from Jerusalem to Beirut.

Post feature Report article RSS Feed 2008 Upcoming Mod of the Year Winners

After 114,000 votes, you have chosen this years best upcoming mod.

Posted by INtense! on Feb 28th, 2009
Event Coverage

Everyday, ModDB's front page fills with news of recent development updates for projects on every platfrom. Many mods have recognized ModDB as the #1 contributor to the well-being of the community around their mod. The gathering of both gamers and developers that make up our audience and the easy accessibility to them have been the main tenets behind ModDB's success.

The players' choice awards were designed to gauge which mods and indie games hold the most clout among ModDB's community. 2008 saw a large number of quality projects come to fruition, with yet many more to see an eventual release in 2009. The mods listed here are the top five choices ModDB members are anticipating. We've already seen one release since the close of voting (Mideast Crisis 2) and there's a very good chance we'll see the rest release sometime this year.

Honorable Mentions

We would like recognize the mods Black Mesa (Half-Life 2) and Mechwarrior Living Legends (Crysis) who both polled extremely strongly and would have made the top 5. However, because each has already made this list in past years, they are ineligible from making the top 5 again in this category.

Surface Tension Promo Catapult in the woods

5.Third Age
Medieval 2: Total War

Third_Age wrote:'Third Age - Total War' is a total conversion modification for Medieval II: Total War that brings you into the world of Middle-Earth. The Production has been going since March 2008 and the mod is currently well under development and boasts a variety of new features:
Play epic and strategically demanding battles with the armies of middle earth and there respective heroes. An extensive playable campaign map of middle earth featuring locations taken straight from Middle Earth Lore. 12 unique factions, including Gondor, Rohan, High and Silvan elves, Dwarves, Eriador, Dale, Isengard, Mordor, Rhun, Harad and the Orcs of the Misty Mountains. There is lots more to discover including Improved AI, unique sounds, music, movies, custom artwork amoung many other new features. Nearing the last stages of development, with an active community, the Third Age is a must have for all fantasy and Lord of the rings fans alike.

Falls of Rauros Isengard Preview Isengard Preview

4.Mideast Crisis 2
C&C Tiberium Wars

Mideast_Crisis_2 wrote:"Mideast Crisis 2"(MeC2) is a total conversion for "Command and Conquer 3: Tiberian Wars" by Isotx as the sequel to its "Command and Conquer: Generals - Zero Hour" conversion "Mideast Crisis". Isotx teamed up with Derelict Studios, in which the staff for MeC2 is largely composed out of core team members from past SAGE engine mods such as; Blitzkrieg 2, Halogen (now known as Asylum), Mideast Crisis and Rise of Rome. Features include 3 distinct factions; Israel Defense Forces, the Guardians of Islam and the UN Peacekeepers which you can play in both multiplayer and singleplayer spanning maps (and missions) from Beirut to Jerusalem. MeC2's gameplay focuses on occupation warfare within cities using 3 types of resources; money (from occupation taxes), fuel (from oil derricks and gas stations) and special ammunition (from ammo crates). We're also bringing back secondary resources in the form of; embedded reporters, settlements and hacking.

February MEC2 Screenshots GOI T-90 February MEC2 Screenshots

3.Renegade X
Unreal Tournament 3

Renegade_X wrote:Renegade X (formerly known as Renegade 2007) is a mod dedicated to recreating C&C Renegade in the new generation engine, the Unreal Engine 3. We all believe the Command and Conquer series is a very special one, and its fans have been following its games for over a decade now. C&C has been one of the most successful videogame series in the RTS Genre. Our modding team believes that C&C Renegade is truly a hidden gem in the FPS genre.
C&C Renegade's specialty was its multiplayer mode, because it was not mindless killing like most games. A player was thrown into a battle as soon as he joined a server, in which teamplay was the only way to win. The game revolves around a war between the Global Defense Initiative, and the Brotherhood of Nod. Each faction would have their own base of operations consisting of buildings. A team had to work together to destroy the enemy base, while keeping theirs intact. By simply switching engines, our team will have fixed many of C&C Renegade's faults. The original game had many problems such as bad netcoding, poor graphics, glitches, etc. Our main goal is to bring this great gameplay to the masses, all the graphical enhancements is merely just icing on the cake.

Nod Engineer ingame on Field Renegade-X Vehicles 2009 New Years Update

Half-Life 2

Neotokyo wrote:Neotokyo takes place in and around a fictionalized Tokyo approximately 30 years in the future. Mankind has begun to fuse with technology. Government and corporate corruption have transformed Tokyo into a deadly dystopian nightmare. After a near-successful military coup by ranking members of Jinrai, the National Security Force (NSF) is formed - answering directly to the Prime Minister, it's mission is to investigate and eliminate all threats to Japan, both abroad and at home. The initial core of the NSF is made from an exodus from within the intelligence branch of the military. With this betrayal begins the war in the shadows between the NSF and Jinrai. Neotokyo is a first person shooter that aims to provide a visceral & realistic combat experience in a rich futuristic setting.

NT Jitte_Short Weapon Preview NT_Gensai Map Preview NT NSF Recon01 Preview


1.Dead Before Dawn
Left 4 Dead

Dead_Before_Dawn wrote:Dead Before Dawn features Crossroads Mall as a replica of the mall in the movie, Dawn of the Dead. Originally created for the HL2 Mod, No More Room in Hell but has since been undergoing major changes to be ported to Valve's Left 4 Dead. The campaign sports various locations from the movie, including:

  • The Crossroads Mall
  • Andy's Gunshop
  • Anna's House
  • The Park
Dead Before Dawn Poster Crossroads Mall Crossroads Mall

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DuckSauce Mar 1 2009, 5:08am says:

what's up with some people saying us "fanboys" are whining that our favorite mods didn't win? whoever is saying that should be ashamed of himself and should check out those people's profile's, those guys are no "fanboys" they're the developers and modders that put hard work in their creations.

I haven't been a modder that long compared to some titans like NeoTokyo, but I can sure say that making a REAL mod with more then mapping and scripting, takes ALOT more time.

In fact an experienced mapper I have on my team, created 4 great maps in not much more then a month, but the actual mod has been in development for over 6 months.

People like you who don't know what you're talking about, should learn your places, ModDB is a place for modders, and it's the majority of those modders speaking here, along with some mod lovers, who care for more then just zombie games.

Maybe in the future DBD will make use of everything the SDK has to offer and become as much a Mod as it can bloody be, but right now it's really not much more but a map pack, a good one yes, maybe will be very different from L4D someday, but that should make it Best mod of 2009... NOT 2008 where it's still a map pack.

Ofcourse the L4D SDK isn't out yet, and you can't blame the guy who made it that it can't be a mod YET. But that doesn't mean it should be voted as mod of the year when it isn't a mod just yet.

Anyway can't blame DBD, can't really blame ModDB either, but it IS wrong and shouldn't have happened.

If you can't understand why people are mad over this then maybe you should try actually modding something that's more then a map for over half a year at the least.
Then you will realize there have been years put into other mods and only months in DBD, THEN you will understand why some of us are so ****** off by this.

/End Rant

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TheMegaMaster Mar 1 2009, 5:21am replied:

Excellent post!

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f0rqu3 Mar 1 2009, 5:35am buried:


repeat after me: upcoming... UPCOMING...
It is not the mod of 2008. it is the upcoming mod of 2008

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VagabondPraetor Mar 1 2009, 5:37am replied:


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DuckSauce Mar 1 2009, 6:12am replied:

same thing, it's still an upcoming map pack, due to the 2000 character limit I had to cut some words. Saying upcoming everytime really increases the amount of characters in the text...

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f0rqu3 Mar 1 2009, 6:22am replied:

How do you know it is just a map pack?

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DuckSauce Mar 1 2009, 6:32am replied:

how do you know it's not?
it's a map pack because the SDK isn't out, from video's I only see LEFT4DEAD gameplay. The only thing that represents the movie is the locations, not gameplay and characters, therefore it's just maps to be played in Left 4 Dead.

And like I said, maybe it will be more then a map pack, but that would be in 2009, and these are the 2008 awards.

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f0rqu3 Mar 1 2009, 6:43am replied:

so if you made the maps and are waiting for the sdk, it is not an upcoming mod.

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JeepRubi Mar 1 2009, 10:31am replied:


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DuckSauce Mar 1 2009, 12:30pm replied:

and the sdk comes out in what year?

that would make it a 2009 upcoming mod.

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ChiefRyza Mar 1 2009, 6:19am replied:

Put a sock in it ya wanka f0rqu3!

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Ryswick17 Mar 1 2009, 4:47pm replied:

The people voted, watcha gonna do =/

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VagabondPraetor Mar 1 2009, 5:21am says:

First the airforce, and now this.

At least the awards generated a bit of dialogue.

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q0rra Mar 1 2009, 5:29am says:

Hmm. Third Age should have won. Gz anyways. :/

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ausbushman Mar 1 2009, 5:59am says:

Pffft ha! What a joke!

I never considered a map - or in this case a campaign - to be a mod, but meh. Congrats.

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salejemaster Mar 1 2009, 6:54am says:

its to late to be emo now ppl, you had a chance to say all this even before the nominations started, but no you didnt bother because you thought eh its not even gonna win who cares. And now your all crying here when its to late so just stop it.

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AlCool Mar 1 2009, 8:07am replied:

Do you even know what an emo is or do you just loosly use the term to insult people who disagree with a major issue? There was no "Too Late" when we were NOT informed that maps could win modding contests. We didn't bother because NOONE THOUGH IT COULD WIN. Do you even understand what this is about or are you just giving an ignorant reply blindly to a crowd of dozens of angry people without even knowing the reasons for their anger?

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DuckSauce Mar 1 2009, 8:11am replied:

he obviously has no idea, so keep your cool AlCool :P
if we had known a map pack was up for 2008 awards even if it was gonna be a mod in 2009 then there would have surely been complaints up front.

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f0rqu3 Mar 1 2009, 8:42am replied:

It turns out most of the voters thought it could win :D

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DuckSauce Mar 1 2009, 9:28am replied:

most of the voters weren't from moddb, they were from Left 4 Dead and probably never even heard the word mod. How can people that never heard the mod even decided what should be the winning mod?

ALso f0rqu3, learn to read, he means that no one thought it could win in the way that nobody was informed "maps" could win "modding" contests.
Read the whole post to be able to see what he meant, you were so focused on proving him wrong that you only focused on the part that can prove him wrong, not realizing you make a fool of yourself for not getting the bigger picture of that post.

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f0rqu3 Mar 1 2009, 10:21am replied:

Ah!... "learn to read" when you say this, it points out that you are in a bad situation and have nothing good to say. What he said is clear and I read. As I said in another comment if you are really ****** off, tell the admins, and they may correct if there was a mistake. But, by commenting here, you all look like whiners; proceed if it helps.

Is it a mod? Yes, they made some maps and with the sdk they will be able to change the game, too. If you read it started as a mod for HL2 and they moved to L4D.
Is it complete? No, it is upcoming...
So it is an upcoming mod for me. Guess what? it was a public vote. Again If you don't like like it tell the admins.

have fun

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DuckSauce Mar 1 2009, 11:00am replied:


You can have your verbal victory.
Just beware ModDB that if this happens next year, you will lose alot of support, the voting system needs improvements. So people who will vote just once won't just register simply to boost their vote, then never go on moddb again.. member count isn't everything.

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MrTambourineMan Mar 1 2009, 1:01pm replied:

No you won't loose your support, you would loose it if you'd goo all Florida on this matter, like some here tend to suggest. Popular vote is popular vote, if you didn't know mappack could win, you should check their pages on Moddb where you'd most certainly see that they're electable.

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qeloqoo Mar 1 2009, 9:58am says:

Congratz to top4 winners. No #1 upcoming mod this year.
And the top1 addon award won by the only nominee: DBD...

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ChestyMcGee Mar 1 2009, 11:57am says:

Great to see that Third Age got on there.

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Tatsur0 Mar 1 2009, 12:55pm says:

Alright guys, I think both sides have had their say. I know it's come as a shock to a lot of us and who knows maybe next years MOTY we'll see only an Editors Choice for Upcoming Mod. But before we poison all the good we've seen (I was really impressed with Editors choice and Players Choice for Indie games this year), it's probably best to accept what is as it's already done. I think it's clear that every year we've seen MOTY grow into something more which means more things to be happy about and more things we may not be comfortable or even approve of. But you forget that this is all being done not just for the sites benefit but for ours as well as developers with no cost to us (except what we choose to put into it and all the sleepless hours).

Personally I'll just be happy when things return to normal again and we see another year of mods and indie games. If the Renegade X team could contact me I'd really appreciate that as well.

Cheers to another year of incredible mods and indie games! Let's be happy for those who have won and imho this years awards has been a success for the most part.

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Mkilbride Mar 1 2009, 1:32pm says:

Sorry, but like someone else said, it's not a Upcoming mod for 2008. It's a map pack. It was ripped from a nearly dead mod, so all the work was pretty much done. They did a little porting...and now get a bunch of stuff they can't do anything with.

EVERYONE feels cheated, dev and player alike. Devs pour their heart and soul into a mod, only to see someone who did the -bare- minimal take the prize?

Neo Tokyo is a great example, that mod has more quality work in it than alot of commercial games. That's impressive for any team really. Renegade X is attempting to redo a great game that got over-looked, and they've too put in alot of work, as you can see on their page.

I feel very good about all of the choices up there, except the map pack. There are so many mods, with SO much more work done and deserving. I wouldn't mind if it was anything other than DBD, because DBD is not a mod now, and won't be for another year. It's not upcoming for another year even.

I'm about to say something that'll probably get me nega karma, or banned, but I really feel it's appropriate.

Dead Before Dawn is the Mexican of the modding community.

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MrMattWebb Mar 1 2009, 2:38pm replied:

HAHAHA Yeah, it shouldnt be up there. Especially since there isnt even an SDK out yet. Which makes no sense, since this map pack has been on display for over a year with which there has been very little if any progress at all.

Granted its a great addon to L4D, but thats all it is is simply an addon, not a mod. Sure it may be a mod next year, but then shouldnt that mean it isnt a mod now? How can this single level compete with a total conversion?

Yeah the results blow, but really, what can we do? Wait for next year and vote for NT of course.

But what really sickens me is how a map pack that not many modders heard of or cared about suddenly steals the spotlight by being MOTY.

Ive got 240 bucks in my bank account. Can I buy my mod a seat of MOTY 2009?

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qeloqoo Mar 1 2009, 3:13pm replied:

Found nice quote on this same page
"Welcome to the 7th Annual Mod of the Year Awards - the premiere event that celebrates the best creations within the modding and indie gaming scene. Developers have poured their blood, sweat and tears into creating new gameplay experiences that truly ______"change the game"_____. Now its time for the gamers to voice
their opinions and select their top picks of the year."

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CSargeP Mar 1 2009, 2:11pm says:

I think the worst part is that the guy who made the map pack has a reputation for not finishing what he starts. It'll be a real surprise if DBD even get's finished.

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Mkilbride Mar 1 2009, 2:34pm replied:

Seriously? So he may not even finish?! On top of all he's already done?

It'd be a huge **** slap to the face to not even finish after he wins this. Unless a family member dies, or his computer burns to the ground, there is no just reason not to finish this. After the awards, if he doesn't finish it, no modding team, anywhere, will ever want to be with him.

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TheMegaMaster Mar 1 2009, 2:43pm replied:

Whoa that´s another interessting point man!
90% of the community says that DBD doesn´t deserve the first place, so how could they´ve won?

Beside that, isn´t it technically illegal to let a map, that changes nothing from the original game, wins? The rules say it is. So modDB should disqualify DBD and give it a honorably mention instead.

And Mkil, you´re damn right again man.

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f0rqu3 Mar 1 2009, 2:52pm replied:

people sure like over-generalization. 90% of the community is the people commented here. what is the number of unique commenters? 20-30?

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MrTambourineMan Mar 1 2009, 2:55pm replied:

A. There is absolutely no indication whatsoever that 90% of the community says that - actually it was the most voted mod by the community.
B. Technically illegal means nothing - first time I hear that kind of nonsense as "Technically illegal".
C. What rules point to the fact that mappack shouldn't have been voted?
D. Minerva was voted 5th in MOTY2006 Moddb.com . It's a mappack as well.

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Mkilbride Mar 1 2009, 3:34pm replied:

Minaerva actually added new things, such as voices and enemies though. It was a Singleplayer mod.

This adds nothing but a map.

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MrTambourineMan Mar 1 2009, 3:43pm replied:

No, there was only one unique sound I can remember - modem sound, and absolutely no new enemies. Please don't comment if you haven't played it.

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Mkilbride Mar 1 2009, 4:00pm replied:

I did play it. A few months ago. It had new sounds and various new props, voices, and I saw some variations of enemies at least. There was a feeling that they had done some actual work, unlike DBD.

Renegade X will rock regardless though.

Regardless though, a map pack with little to no work has won "Best Upcoming". Sad.

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DuckSauce Mar 2 2009, 2:25am replied:

correcting A here
A. It was the most voted by the zombie community, not the actual modding community

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MrTambourineMan Mar 2 2009, 1:02pm replied:

Yeah, you're saying this because you have some kind of proof right?

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qeloqoo Mar 1 2009, 2:58pm replied:

I just loved his: "Where is the medipack?. I remember putting medipacks here" comment in his video. Totally professional way of presenting your "mod"...

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MrMattWebb Mar 1 2009, 3:40pm says:


If renegade x is a remake of C&C Renegade, isnt that infringement of C&C IP and how could it make it past the nomination?

I read the rules and it states mods should be original work.

Just a thought.

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MrTambourineMan Mar 1 2009, 3:45pm replied:

They probably have permission.I know some C&C projects did get official permission by IP holder.

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[NE]Fobby[GEN] Mar 2 2009, 3:21pm replied:

We have permission to use the C&C themes. However, every Renegade X piece of work currently implemented in UT3 has been made by our team, so we are not using any Renegade assets.

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Ryswick17 Mar 1 2009, 4:53pm says:


4th comment down.

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MrTambourineMan Mar 1 2009, 5:18pm replied:

Quote:Firstly, it's not just a map. It's a full campaign complete with cust scenes and 1200 custom textures and props and models. It's here because it's custom made, which is what mods (modifications) are at their most basic form. We were invited by ModDB.com to post it here and that's what we did. They don't have a category that's more specific. This campaign has been in the making for over 3 years. It's seen more development years than most other full blown mods. Check out the screenshots carefully and watch the movie. You'll be surprised at how much detail and effort has gone into this campaign.

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Mkilbride Mar 1 2009, 6:12pm replied:

I watched the movie. Seriously though, how much detail and effort, more development has gone into it than most full blown mods?

Look at the other mods on the list. Look at them. They all have done far, far, far more work than you have. I hope the developer at least feels bad? I know I would in a situation like this.

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ÐiamonÐ Mar 2 2009, 7:30pm replied:

There's a serious flaw in that statement. How the **** can the development of a L4D map pack begin 3 years ago when L4D was just released one year ago?

Something isn't right here.

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Tokoya Mar 1 2009, 6:46pm buried:


I had no idea how many crybabies frequented this site. Time to hike up your poopy diapers and deal with it like big-boys.

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Tatsur0 Mar 1 2009, 6:50pm replied:

Way to make your point, acting like a child and attempting to fuel the flames.

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Incognito84 Mar 1 2009, 11:11pm replied:

Tokoya: "Big boys" know the importance of constructive criticism. Crybabies make stupid little knee-jerk comments of no value.

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Incognito84 Mar 1 2009, 11:10pm says:

Looking forward to Dead Before Dawn... but like many, I think that Neotokyo should have won. The game has been in development for a lot longer and has a lot more going for it in terms of originality, creativity and overall content.

Oh well, one shouldn't put much stock into popularity contests anyway. Good job, developers!

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