Keep Talking and Nobody Explodes Articles RSS Feed | GameSkinny.com Keep Talking and Nobody Explodes RSS Feed on GameSkinny.com https://www.gameskinny.com/ en Launch Media Network 5 Great Party Games That Can be Played with a Controller or a Phone https://www.gameskinny.com/wf75s/5-great-party-games-that-can-be-played-with-a-controller-or-a-phone https://www.gameskinny.com/wf75s/5-great-party-games-that-can-be-played-with-a-controller-or-a-phone Wed, 01 Apr 2020 12:28:35 -0400 RobotsFightingDinosaurs

Game controllers are expensive, and it's frustrating to try and dig a bunch of them out when you have buddies over to play video games. Luckily, there are a whole bunch of great party games that don't require traditional game controllers in order to play! 

Whether they're controlled by a phone, tablet, or laptop, or don't even require any kind of controller at all, these five party games will get your buddies involved no matter how many controllers you own. 

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The mad geniuses behind the Jackbox Party Pack were by no means the first to pioneer the phones-as-controllers trend, but they were definitely the folks who popularized it. 

By now, Jackbox Party Packs are de rigueur at most hip social functions, the same way beer is. And although the games do vary in quality (I can't remember the last time anyone ever asked specifically if we could play Zeeple Dome), games like Quiplash, Trivia Murder Party, Fibbage, and, of course, the original trivia party game, You Don't Know Jack, are all near-perfect party games.

The wild thing is that Jackbox Games doesn't seem to be running out of ideas anytime soon. Jackbox Party Pack 6 is the strongest title from the studio yet, and they're already hard at work on the next one, which will include another entry in the Quiplash series, the best game franchise they've ever created. It's possibly the best party game ever made.

And yes, these games are obvious picks, but they're also not the only ones out there.

Keep Talking and Nobody Explodes

Keep Talking and Nobody Explodes is a singular gaming experience that was, at launch, held back by requiring a virtual reality rig. Now, it's available across platforms (although if possible, I do recommend trying to play it in VR, even if it's just via Google Cardboard or a Gear VR system).

The gist is this: one player is tasked with defusing a bomb, but they have no idea how to do it. The rest of the players use their phones or tablets to access the bomb defusal manual to help them out. As the timer counts down to the big kaboom (complete with an anxiety-inducing ticking), the players must communicate as the bomb defuser can't see the manual, and the other players can't see the bomb.

How the bomb is defused depends on how the bomb looks, so it isn't long before the game devolves into a hilarious, stressful romp full of "cut the red wire!" "WAIT, NO: CUT THE GREEN WIRE!" "Are you sure?" "No, actually, don't cut any wires!"

It's incredibly unique, and the tense nature of the game is turned up to full if the bomb defuser is wearing a VR headset, effectively trapping themselves in a room with the bomb as it ticks, ticks, ticks away. If you're anything like me, this isn't a game you'll be able to play for more than 30 minutes or so at a time, but even still, those 30 minutes are incredibly fun.

Spaceteam

Spaceteam bills itself as the original "cooperative shouting game" and that's pretty much the best way to introduce it. The game supports between two and eight players, all of whom are tasked with the near-impossible task of flying the universe's worst spaceship ever  together.

Each player's phone displays a different collection of panels, dials, buttons, and switches, as well as an action that must be performed in order to keep the ship running smoothly.

The trick is that most of the time, you don't have the right button to press to perform the action your phone is telling you to. This is where the cooperative shouting comes in.

Quickly, the game becomes exhilaratingly-quick and fun, with just a dash of stress sprinkled in for good measure. And better yet, the game is 100% free, though if you enjoy it, you can join the Admiral's Club and support the developer's future projects in exchange for more content!

Obliteracers

Halfway between Mario Kart and Twisted Metal, Obliteracers is a high-action racing title that allows for a whole bunch of control options including keyboards and gamepads. However, it also lets up to 16(!) players to control their vehicles using a phone, tablet, or even another laptop or computer connected to the same network.

The game itself is no slouch either: it's frenetic, responsive, and sports a variety of game modes perfectly tailored to any environment, whether you want more of a hardcore battle racing experience, or whether you want to kick back with a party mode. Don't sleep on this one.

Use Your Words

Don't write Use Your Words off as a Jackbox ripoff. Yes, it is a party game that counts on you and your friends being funny, but Use Your Words sets itself apart with a distinct visual style and voice.

As with the Jackbox Party Packs, you'll be controlling the game using your phone, but the minigames on display here are different, more bite-sized, and they're more suited for casual-drop-in-and-drop-out party play, from a captioning contest to a wonderfully shameless spoof of Family Feud.

The game supports between three and six active players, but up to 1,000 folks can join the game's audience and participate as well! It's a shame that, despite its quality, it will always be compared to its beefier cousin over at Jackbox. It deserves to be appreciated on its own merits.

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That's it for our list on the best party games that you can play with any controller, including a phone. Are there any we missed that should be on our list? Let us know in the comments below!  

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20+ Great Online Co-op Games Currently on Steam for Less Than $30 https://www.gameskinny.com/trd74/20-great-online-co-op-games-currently-on-steam-for-less-than-30 https://www.gameskinny.com/trd74/20-great-online-co-op-games-currently-on-steam-for-less-than-30 Sat, 30 Jun 2018 19:32:38 -0400 Ashley Shankle

If your group of friends is anything like mine, getting them all to both agree to and pay for a particular game is harder than herding feral cats. Maybe you're in a similar situation or maybe you're just on the prowl for some good multiplayer games to play in Steam Remote Play. Whatever the case, we've compiled a sizable list to help you out.

The good thing about Remote Play is that only one player in the group needs to own the game; the rest can try it out for free — at least in its current beta period. 

Let's choo choo on through, and hopefully, find you and your friend(s) a game you can play.

Terraria

Price: $9.99
Steam Store link

You'll see this game mentioned on just about every list of co-op games. This co-op sandbox-adventure has loads of content for any group of friends to go to town on. Terraria has stayed on the top played Steam games for 7 years for good reason.

Grim Dawn

Price: $24.99
Steam Store link

If you're looking to scratch your ARPG itch, you could do a lot worse than Grim Dawn. Even without the expansion, you can find dozens of hours of whackin' and lootin' in Grim Dawn. If you're not too keen on its darker aesthetic but do want an ARPG, the next option may be more down your alley.

Torchlight 2

Price: $19.99
Steam Store link

It may be older than Grim Dawn, but Torchlight 2 still has a lot of staying power if you've never given the game a chance. There is more content to be found in Grim Dawn but Torchlight 2 has a robust array of mods available, including content, quality of life, and classes. This is still a solid buy today in 2018, and it can be modded for up to 8-player multiplayer.

Castle Crashers

Price: $14.99
Steam Store link

Another staple co-op game sure to be on pretty much every co-op list, Castle Crashers is the poster boy for co-op beat'em ups. This is an easy one for all ages and kill levels to get into and have fun with.

BattleBlock Theater

Price: $14.99
Steam Store link

Another game from The Behemoth, the same studio behind Castle Crashers. BattleBlock Theater's campaign is completely co-op and it also features a healthy selection of hectic PvP modes, for when you want to prove your better than your friends once and for all.

Rocket League

Price: $19.99
Steam Store link

Before you say, "Ugh, no. Too mainstream," take a breath and consider Rocket League as a co-op game with a low barrier of entry and a whole lot of speed. Rocket League may not be your first choice, but it's an easy game to get a group of people to agree to hop onto for a quick round.

Risk of Rain

Price: $9.99
Steam Store link

Risk of Rain is a co-op game with an unquenchable bloodlust. Though not for everyone due to its extreme difficulty, Risk of Rain is an easy buy for roguelite fans or groups of friends who hate life. It's a hard game and it will knock you down a peg with ease, whether you've got 1 hour or 300 hours worth of gameplay logged.

Risk of Rain 2 is pretty good, too. It's currently $19.99 on Steam

Beat Hazard

Price: $9.99
Steam Store link

This one always seems to slip through the cracks since it's been blessing Steam with its presence for eight years now, but despite its age, Beat Hazard continues to be a recommended purchase for co-op play, providing you and your friend(s) are good at shmups. Beat Hazard lets you use your own music or one of many radio stations to generate enemies, which is what makes this one so unique.

Ultimate Chicken Horse

Price: $14.99
Steam Store link

Playing this game with a group of friends is an exercise in sadism. You and up to three other friends will be tasked with creating and completing the stages in Ultimate Chicken Horse, and you can bet at least one (or even all) of you will make them nearly impossible to beat, in the name of being the better platformer player. Ridiculously fun and honestly not as enraging as it sounds.

Keep Talking and Nobody Explodes

Price: $14.99
Steam Store link

An outlier among the other games in this collection, Keep Talking and Nobody Explodes only requires one person to buy the game. There's a reason for that: Only one player is allowed to see the screen at a time, so only one can directly defuse the bomb. The other players must tell the defuser what to do based on the instructions in the manual.

If it sounds a little convoluted, that's because it is by design. Can you and your friends defuse a bomb? Maybe, maybe not. But you can certainly yell at each other trying.

Don't Starve Together

Price: $14.99
Steam Store link

Don't Starve has stood as one of the more accessible survival games over the years, and the multiplayer expansion Don't Starve Together may be an even more enjoyable game than the base with the Reign of Giants expansion. Together contains both, plus the ability to die in the forest with your friends. If  as in my case — you tried the original game but didn't enjoy it much, you may still find this fun.

Left 4 Dead 2

Price: $9.99
Steam Store link

You may be dissuaded from picking Left 4 Dead 2 up based on its age. It's been out for 11 years now, it seems like everyone's been through the game. Why bother? If you haven't played it yet, this is your reminder to pick up L4D2 to play with your friends. It's still fun to this day, but it's best played with friends. Any community for a decade-old game is bound to be elitist and this game is no exception.

PAYDAY 2

Price: $9.99
Steam Store link

If you don't play PAYDAY 2, it's possible the only thing you've heard about it was the hubbub about microtransactions a few years back. It's been a long time since then though, and the game is a solid heister. You don't need to play the first game to dive right into this one and, provided your group can cooperate, there are hours upon hours of heists for you to tackle.

Dungeon of The Endless

Price: $11.99
Steam Store link

How about something a little different? Amplitude's Endless universe has expanded this way and that, with "that" being Dungeon of the Endless, a pseudo-tower defense roguelike. In this, players must hoard resources and expand based on the ever-increasing threats of the depth of the dungeon. A single round in this game can take several hours and it is very hard, but if your group's into roguelikes you could do a lot worse.

Borderlands 2

Price: $19.99
Steam Store link

Borderlands 2 is another old staple that still holds up today, especially multiplayer. Pushing through this game with friends is satisfying as firefights are intense and the weapon system is a ARPG-style lootfest. Not many games age as well as this one -- you can come back years later and still have a ton of fun.

Golf With Your Friends

Price: $7.99
Steam Store link

If you just want a game to pay a little attention to while chatting, this is an easy choice. Golf With Your Friends isn't exactly rolling in content variety and only contains 7 levels with 18 holes, but things are kept fresh through golf ball shapes and game modes. A very easy game to just sit back and play while having a couple beers and a laugh.

Human: Fall Flat

Price: $14.99
Steam Store link

How about something a little less-in-your-face about its silliness? We've got some pretty quirky games listed here, but they're all a bit more obvious about it than the cooperative physics-based puzzle solving found in Human: Fall Flat. The one downside here is that there are not a lot of stages, but it's a good deal at this price. 

Project Zomboid

Price: $14.99
Steam Store link

Don't let this game's graphics and the year it entered Steam Early Access fool you: Project Zomboid is a fleshed-out survival sandbox with hundreds of potential hours of gameplay, with continued support from its developer as it slowly shambles toward full release. If you and your group can accept the high learning curve, you can have a great time with this game.

Portal 2

Price: $9.99
Steam Store link

The Portal games are famous for a lot of reasons and one of those reasons is (Spoilers!) the stellar co-op campaign. If you haven't played Portal 2 and you want a game to play with a friend, you may as well throw the $2 at Valve and see what all the hubbub is about.

Barony

Price: $14.99
Steam Store link

An other roguelike to add to the pile, Barony is the closest to a traditional roguelike of any of the games listed here. It looks old, it feels old, and it plays like an old game. That's perfectly fine: You'll be hard-pressed to find another game that takes the classic roguelike formula, turns it 3D and realtime, and allows for online co-op. This one's pretty niche but you're in for a good time if you're comfortable with classic roguelikes.

Endless Legend

Price: $29.99
Steam Store link

Though Endless Space is currently also on sale, I would recommend Endless Legend over it for its similarities to the Civilization series and its overall fun factor. This is a more traditional-style 4X game. Expand, form alliances, wage wars -- it's up to you. A worthy strategy addition to most gaming groups on a budget.

Resident Evil 5

Price: $19.99
Steam Store link

You don't hear much about Resident Evil 5 or 6 for a few reasons, but none of those reasons equate to them not being fun with friends. Resident Evil 5 is often overlooked in favor of 6 for co-op play because it retains the semi-tank controls found in its predecessor, but if you and a friend can adjust to that control style this is an intense and worthwhile co-op action game.

Resident Evil 6

Price: $29.99
Steam Store link

Like its predecessor, Resident Evil 6 is best played with a friend. Unlike its predecessor, it's got more modern, fluid controls and a whole lot of QTEs. This one is over-the-top in about every regard, to the extent I can't help but find it silly each playthrough. If you like classic Resi games, go with 5. If you can't deal with the antiquated controls, go with 6. The decision is as simple as that.

7 Days to Die

Price: $24.99
Steam Store link

One of the first titles in the survival game wave that paved the way for games such as Rust and ARK: Survival Evolved, 7 Days to Die still stands as one of the most played games on Steam and is just as fun now as when it came out. As with the two mentioned, 7 Days to Die allows you a great deal of freedom in your efforts to survive. Break, use, and do whatever you want to ensure your survival in a world overrun by over 50 types of zombies.

Orcs Must Die! 2

Price: $14.99
Steam Store link

The original Orcs Must Die! set off a chain reaction of action-tower defense clones, some good and some bad, but none really hold up to the sequel. Orcs Must Die! 2 is an improvement over the first game in almost every way, and has the added bonus of online multiplayer. It's easy to get into, easy to wrap your head around, and easy to spend too many hours in.

Tabletop Simulator

Price: $19.99
Steam Store link

This is a bit of a strange one since Tabletop Simulator itself isn't a game, but a mini-platform for tabletop gaming. The amount of games available via Tabletop Simulator are nearly endless, making this a fantastic purchase for any static group of friends who have trouble deciding on what to play or want to play board games without having to pick up after themselves.

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These are definitely not all of the co-op games you can get for relatively cheap on Steam, but these are some I can personally recommend. I hope you've found at least one game you find worthy of your Steam library.

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How to Diffuse a Bomb Without Losing All Your Friends https://www.gameskinny.com/scdkj/how-to-diffuse-a-bomb-without-losing-all-your-friends https://www.gameskinny.com/scdkj/how-to-diffuse-a-bomb-without-losing-all-your-friends Fri, 17 Nov 2017 15:45:45 -0500 bazookajo94

So you've got a lot of friends but not a lot of games to play. You're tired of Cards Against Humanity, and you can't sit through another round of [insert popular FPS here]. You don't wanna browse the shops for more games, and you don't want to leave your house for an activity because, ew, outside. 

Maybe the best solution to your problem is Keep Talking and Nobody Explodes, a multiplayer VR game in which one person wears the headset and sees a bomb and whoever else is in the room (e.g., your friends and loved ones) sees a manual. The one diffusing the bomb describes what they see, and the people reading the manual describe what the bomb diffuser must do in order to diffuse the bomb before time runs out and everybody explodes. 

I don't even have to tell you how this game could cause actual, literal explosions -- of rage and confusion and overall mayhem. GameSkinny has already mentioned this is a game to destroy a relationship. 

Instead, this article aims to give you some tips so that you can survive the first few bombs without losing your mind -- and everyone you love and cherish. 

First thing to remember? 

Don't be a jerk. Just keep repeating that to yourself over and over as the night progresses. Don't be a jerk. Don't say, "How are you not seeing this? How are you not understanding this? It's right in front of your face?" 

That isn't productive. That isn't going to help. It's going to shut the whole operation down, and everyone is going to die. Don't say degrading things out loud to your friends while you play a game. That should be a rule in every multiplayer game. 

Don't be a jerk. 

 

Second general piece of advice? 

If someone hasn't played this game before, but you have, don't act like you know everything. Let them discover the wonders of diffusing a bomb on their own. Keep your mouth shut. Remember the reason you started playing this game in the first place: because you want to have a fun game night with your friends. Not because you want to show off how smart you can be and how much better you are at this game than they are. 

If you start acting like you know everything and say things like, "Oh, just give me that, I'll do it," or "Just listen to me and stop listening to everyone else," tension is going to rise immediately. 

Okay, now that the general "don't be a jerk" tactics are out of the way, here are just a few tips concerning some of the modules that show up a lot and confuse even the most veteran players. 

On the Subject of Wires

If you are diffusing the bomb, do not start telling the people what color the wires are. And if you are reading the manual, do not ask what color the wires are. 

Just don't. It doesn't matter. The easiest way to get through this module is to ask how many wires there are -- and that's it. Here's a scenario:

The diffuser says, "There are six wires." The manual reader should then begin reading down the list for six wires, top to bottom, until they find their answer. Most of the time, you don't even have to read the whole line because if the manual reader says, "If there is only one black wire--" and the diffuser cuts them off to say, "There are no black wires," great. Move on to the next line.

Same with On the Subject of The Button. Don't worry about what the diffuser says. Just go down the list (in the exact order the list goes in), until you find what matches. Do not skip the order, because if there is a match earlier on the list than the line you skipped to, you are going to mess something up and earn yourself and all your friends a strike. 

On the Subject of Wire Sequence 

Yay, more wires! But this one is a little more complicated. And the first couple of times you do this one, you're gonna have a bad time. Because now you do need to say the colors of the wires. 

But wait! Stop! Don't tell the manual reader how many wires and what colors and what they're connected to immediately. Instead, go one wire at a time, top to bottom. The diffuser should only worry about the color and number occurrence of the wire; the manual reader is in charge of telling them if they should cut the wire. 

For example, say your module looks likes this:

The diffuser should say, "First occurrence black," as the first wire is black and it's the first time we've seen a black wire. The manual reader will then look at their manual and say to the diffuser "A, B, or C." Diffuser, because this wire is connected to a B, cut it, then move on. The manual reader is only going to say the letter corresponding with the wire if it should be cut.

For example, when the diffuser moves on to the next wire and says, "Second occurrence black," the manual reader will say, "A or C." If that black wire had been connected to a B, don't cut it, and don't waste everyone's time by saying, "But it's connected to a B!" If it's connected to a B, don't cut it, and move on. "First occurrence red." "C." Great. Don't cut the red wire, and then move on. Remember that when you press the down arrow to move on, the occurrences travel too, so the next black wire you see is going to be, "Third occurrence black." 

Eventually, you'll be powerhousing through that one, bing-bang-boom--err, I mean, no boom. 

On the Subject of Memory

I saved the worst for last. Okay, so maybe the Morse code one is the worst, or the Venn diagram one, but I'm here to give you the basics, not the whole game guide (though if you want it, I'll be here all week). 

Are you ready for the best advice of your life for getting past this difficult module? Okay, well, here it is:

Dude, just write it down.

This is a team effort, so utilize the team. The diffuser says what stage number it is, the manual reader reads the hint, and then the diffuser should say what position and number they just pressed. And then someone on the outside should write that down. Then, the diffuser, who already has enough on their plate, doesn't have to remember everything. 

But maybe you have more fun with the struggle. Maybe you prefer things to be diffucult, and that's okay. Or maybe you don't have asshole friends and never had to worry about losing friendships while playing this game, and that's okay too.

But just in case tensions do run high and suddenly everyone hates each other by the end of the night, these tips can hopefully ease some of the strain off your suddenly fragile relationships. 

Or maybe you should just stick to Card Against Humanity. 

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4 Above and Beyond Android Co-op Games. https://www.gameskinny.com/hkhvk/4-above-and-beyond-android-co-op-games https://www.gameskinny.com/hkhvk/4-above-and-beyond-android-co-op-games Mon, 20 Feb 2017 12:00:02 -0500 Will Dowell

Social games are prevalent in the mobile market. May it be playing Words with Friends or encouraging others to play Candy Crush, mobile games tend to have a large social element. This has lead to social media gaming transferring to the mobile sphere with the likes of Zynga actively pursuing this market.

But what about traditional co-op? While somewhat uncommon in the console and PC gaming spheres, it is especially uncommon in mobile gaming. Luckily, there are 4 incredible Android co-op games just hanging around for your enjoyment.

Dungeon Hunter 4

While not one the most original Diablo clones out there, Dungeon Hunter 4 still provides an engaging multiplayer loot-fest. Take part in loot filled arenas designed to test the skills of all party members. Use different classes to further your team's success. It is likely one of the most popular co-op experiences on mobile today.

Sadly, the co-op experience is less substantial than previous entries, and also suffers from having the monetization get in the way of the actual gameplay. It reinforces the stereotype that all mobile games are just an avenue for micro transactions. Yet even with these massive blemishes, the co-op experience is still worth your time.

Keep Talking and Nobody Explodes

While not your typical co-op game, Keep Talking and Nobody Explodes combines asymmetrical co-op with VR to create an exciting game. One player is trapped with a ticking bomb while the other players must instruct the player how to defuse it. With only one player able to see and interact with the bomb, communication is key to success. Enjoy a unique challenge by creating multiple roles requiring different tasks.

The major barrier to entry is the VR requirement. This limits the player to those who have the VR technology to play. Keep Talking and Nobody Explodes is also a higher price than most mobile games, which could turn away users looking for a free co-op experience. Even with these barriers to entry, Keep Talking and Nobody Explodes is an incredible game for anyone with VR technology.

Minecraft Pocket Edition

Minecraft is one of the best co-op experiences ever, and Pocket Edition is no exception. While not as robust as the PC version, Minecraft Pocket Edition allows you to create on the go, and have a blast with both local and online multiplayer servers. Players can have a blast with the fun multiplayer that has made Minecraft the juggernaut that it is.

Again, it is not as complex as the PC release and does not have the extensive mod support that makes Minecraft so interesting. That doesn't matter, as the game itself is so polished, that any fan of online co-op should at least give Minecraft Pocket Edition a shot.

TeamThunder

For fans of simulations, TeamThunder provides a mobile attack helicopter simulator that substantially improves with a partner. Become either the pilot or the gunner, and work with your partner to complete a series of challenging missions. The controls themselves are highly customizable, even having tilt controls if you choose to want them. The overall challenge of TeamThunder actively encourages cooperation.

Mobile games can provide new experiences and change how co-op games can be played. With the mobility and unique interfaces Android devices contain, games can create interesting experiences unavailable on other platforms. As more developers consider Android as a serious mobile platform, co-op games will move forward as a genre.

What co-op games do you like on Android? Let us know in the comments!

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Ten Oculus Rift Games All Oculus Owners Must Play https://www.gameskinny.com/uknqm/ten-oculus-rift-games-all-oculus-owners-must-play https://www.gameskinny.com/uknqm/ten-oculus-rift-games-all-oculus-owners-must-play Mon, 02 Jan 2017 03:00:01 -0500 sknau002

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The Oculus Rift went through some strange times between their announcement and release, such as being bought by Facebook. Many people weren't sure that was a good thing for the future of the virtual reality headset, but it hasn't seemed to get in the way of its success.

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This was our definitive list of games that should absolutely be played on the Oculus Rift. We made sure to only include games that are available now and not games that are currently being developed, so if there are any you're looking forward to, or any currently available games you feel that we missed, let us know!

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Keep Talking and Nobody Explodes

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By: Steel Crate Games | $7.49 | Oculus Store
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If you watch any YouTubers, you probably know about this game. The goal is to disarm a bomb. But you don't have the instructions to make it happen. Your friends, however, do.

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This game was originally not on Oculus Rift, but now that it is, it absolutely adds to the tension of the game. You can't peek over at your friend's instructions for one, and on top of that, not everything is right in front of the player, so scrambling for the right tools may easily happen.

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The best part of Keep Talking and Nobody Explodes is that it's multiplayer. There aren't many multiplayer VR games, especially in the couch co-op category, but this game handles it cleverly, by requiring only one headset to play. This is definitely a required Oculus Rift title for anyone who plans to game with friends.

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AirMech: Command

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By: Carbon Games | $24.99 | Oculus Store
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Just to keep things shaken up, here's another recommended Oculus Rift game that isn't from the first-person perspective.

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AirMech: Command is a real-time strategy game played from the perspective of a typical RTS game, but now the camera is controlled with the players head. It makes looking back and forth from different battles and bases easier. The defining concept is where the player is watching from: Their Airmech. It's the ultimate war machine that can be used in-game to turn the tide of battle, but during regular combat, it's the perch from which the player watches and commands the battle. 

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There are nine Airmechs to control that have varying abilities, allowing different types of gameplay -- shaking up the misconception that virtual reality games can't offer variation.

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Lucky's Tale

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By: Playful | $Free | Oculus Store
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Lucky's Tale is a Third-person game. Right from the get-go that sounds awful for a virtual reality game. But surprisingly, it works really well.

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The player's head is the camera and can look and peak around the game while the controller actually controls the main character, Lucky. It plays like a typical third-person platformer from the Nintendo 64 and Gamecube days, but with some VR tricks up its sleeve. It's free on the Oculus store, so once again the barrier of entry is nonexistent -- assuming you have the headset of course.

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For those looking for fun for all ages, Lucky's Tale is definitely a good one for this.

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Chronos

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By: Gunfire Games | 24.99 | Oculus Store
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Some have said they don't want VR because they think it's a gimmick; that "real" games won't use VR. Chronos is here to disprove that. The dungeon crawling RPG, aims to be that first Oculus RPG that sets the standard for others. It has a unique mechanic that plays with time. Every time the player dies, they age a year and your skills and abilities also change, making every new attempt at the dungeon different.

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The game plays like a fantasy RPG, but the game is actually set in a distant future where an apocalypse has sent humanity back to the days of swords and shields. It plays similarly to a Zelda game in the puzzle solving, but the battle mechanics are something of their own.

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The Climb

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By: Crytek | $33.49 | Oculus Store
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Have you ever wanted to go rock climbing, but you're afraid of heights? Same. But with The Climb from Crytek, this goal suddenly becomes much easier.

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Become a rock climber without the threat of dying from a fall (in real life anyway) in this beautiful simulation. Seriously, most of this game could probably be spent just looking around. Despite Crytek's recent issues, they still have a beautiful looking engine -- the CryEngine.

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The Climb is also tense as hell when you're about to fall off a ledge, but instead of it being a character about to fall, it's you. Don't worry, in reality, the worst thing you could fall on is a carpeted living room floor (unless you have wooden floors).

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The Gallery: Call of The Starseed

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By: Cloudhead Games | $14.99 | Oculus Store
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This game is its own special kind of game. It's not a first-person shooter, but it's also not a walking simulator. It's somewhere in the middle, solving environmental puzzles to progress.

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The game draws inspiration from 80's fantasy films and places the hero in a world where he must find his sister through a strange journey and a constant "sinister presence" according to the Steam description. From the Steam page, one can see that The Gallery started as a HTC Vive game, but has recently come to the Oculus Rift as well. It was a bestseller for the Vive, and it can only be predicted to see the same success on the Oculus.

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The Unspoken 

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By: Insomniac Games | $29.99 | Oculus Store
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With the Oculus Rift and the Touch controller in mind, The Unspoken game takes it to the limit of what can be done with these peripherals. This is one of the games that makes people think this new virtual reality attempt isn't just another fad.

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The developers describe the game as an "urban magic fight club" where players fight friends and strangers in the streets of a city using 25 different spells. These spells can be tuned to either hand too, leaving the creativity literally in your hands.

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Spells aren't just offensive skills either. They can also be defensive and traversal! Leaving room for custom strategies.

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SUPERHOT VR

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By: Superhot | $22.49 | Oculus Store
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Man, Superhot is awesome. It originally released as a non-VR title, but has since released to virtual reality. It genuinely feels like it was meant to be a VR title the whole time.

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Superhot is a title that questions what's real. The story puts a computer hacker into the chair of a computer before pulling them into a simulation that feels a little too real... Is it real? Or is technology just playing tricks on us?

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The world only moves forward when they player moves, making them able to guess everyone's moves and plan accordingly. But remember, one shot is enough to kill you. Health doesn't regenerate, ammo is limited to what's in the magazine, and way too many enemies to plan out a strategy in one go. Good thing restarts are instantaneous. 

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Bullet Train

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By: Epic Games | $Free | Oculus Store
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We really wanted to put Robo Recall on this list, but it's technically not out yet for the public. So Bullet Train is the next best thing! It's a free game from Epic Games that actually serves as a proving grounds for Robo Recall, the next game from Epic.

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The premise is simple: You get off a train and are attacked by futuristic police. Why? We don't know, it's a free tech demo that is actually way more fun than it should be.

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You can teleport and manipulate time, much like the next title on this list, but with a few differences. For the price tag of $0.00, it's definitely worth checking out.

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ADR1FT

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By: Three One Zero | $19.99 | Steam
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ADR1FT is a virtual reality game played with the Oculus Rift that takes place in zero gravity. It's a game based heavily on exploration, but players have limited resources such as oxygen as they navigate a destroyed space station.

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The player must solve puzzles which consist of fixing up/navigating the damaged space station. Audio logs of the incident that destroyed the station can be found throughout the game, as well as artifacts from those who were not lucky enough to survive.

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According to the game, there are two main objectives: "to survive and to return home safely."

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The Oculus Rift was the first real player in this current-day virtual reality arms race. Announced back in 2012, it's what sparked other companies to compete -- bringing in the PlayStation VR and HTC Vive.

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With both the competitors launching with motion controls (the Vive using it's own, and the PS VR using the Move controllers), the Oculus Rift was a bit behind, but has recently released the Touch controllers (at $199) for all your reaching needs.

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When it finally released to consumers in March 2016, it had a library full of experimental games during its long development process. Thanks to that, some have been formed into fully fledged games, while others provided the groundwork for others. This is a list of 10 games all Oculus Rift owners must play.

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Top 7 Games That Can Totally Destroy Your Relationship https://www.gameskinny.com/ja5sc/top-7-games-that-can-totally-destroy-your-relationship https://www.gameskinny.com/ja5sc/top-7-games-that-can-totally-destroy-your-relationship Wed, 30 Mar 2016 07:30:01 -0400 David Fisher

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#1: Fire Emblem: Fates

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Nothing hurts like betrayal, and there is more than enough of this to be found in Fire Emblem: Fates. If it wasn't bad enough that you found out that your significant other has a new waifu/husbando in the latest Nintendo strategy RPG, you also find out that they have joined the ranks of those Hoshidan dogs!

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Such treachery will destroy even the most tightly-knit relationships. No heart can forgive one who decides to put their blood before love! But now is not the time for words. They must be shown the error of their ways.

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For the glory of Nohr!

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What games would you have added to this list? Are there any games that have tested any of your relationships in the past? Leave your ideas in the comments section below!

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#2: Dead or Alive Xtreme Beach Volleyball (Series)

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This is certainly one of those games you will have a hard time explaining to your partner. Regardless of whether you are male, female, heterosexual, homosexual, or somewhere in between, chances are your significant other won't exactly appreciate finding this game in your library.

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As if Dead or Alive wasn't bad enough with its overzealously bouncing titties, DOAXBV glorifies this in its glorious bikini-clad beach volleyball glory. This is more than likely one of the games you want to hide or rinse your hands clean of before you ask your partner to choose a game to play from your pile.

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#3: Mario Party (Series)

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It just wouldn't be a relationship ruining list without good ol' Mario Party. While Monopoly may have the paper and plastic throne, Mario Party secures the title of the video game most likely to cause emotional distress. Why? Because unlike any other multiplayer game out there, Mario Party is one of the few that will ask you if you are sure that you want to ruin the day of your opponent.

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Should you choose to steal a star from the light of your life, you may be seeing more than enough stars during your next argument.

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#4: Mario Kart (Series)

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While the Super Mario franchise is mostly presented as a light-hearted and fun atmosphere for gamers to get immersed in, the multiplayer games starring the Italian Superhero Plumber are anything but. Mario Kart is a prime example of this as the kart racing series is known for inducing the most heated of temper tantrums in even the most mature gamers.

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If you really want to ruin your relationship, just stroll down to 4th place or lower, grab a blue shell, and reap what you sow.

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You have been warned.

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#5: Keep Talking and Nobody Explodes

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The premise of Keep Talking and Nobody Explodes is simple. Give one player a bomb, and give the other one a set of instructions on how to disarm each bomb the first player can encounter based on descriptions. Seems simple enough, right?

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Wrong.

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Keep Talking and Nobody Explodes will test the fortitude of your relationship. With a set timer ready to go off at even the slightest error, you and your partner will have your communication skills pushed to their limit. Expect cursing, swearing, and unintelligible shouting when you play this game. Only the strongest of relationships will escape this game unscathed.

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#6: Portal 2

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Working together to solve puzzles seems like a simple enough way to pass the time, right? Wrong.

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In Portal 2's co-op mode, players must navigate precision puzzles with the aid of their partners. The problem with this is primarily communication. However, some partners are not nearly as kind as others.

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Should you dare to wade the waters of Portal 2's co-op mode, pray that your partner has the patience to deal with your occasional practical joke of sending them head first into an acid bath.

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#7: Massively Multiplayer Online Games

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While you would think that these games would actually be something you could bond over, they can have the opposite effect if you're the only one playing them. This goes doubly for the ladies, and the men pretending to be them. Why?

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Well let's just say it's only a matter of time before your overprotective partner (or perhaps your partner who decided to join you online) finds out about your hot steamy affair with HamQueen69 or SuperSlayerX. That's right. We know who you are.

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We know them. Those games that are advertised as cooperative games or "fun multiplayer experiences for family and friends." We know better than to believe that those games will leave us on good terms with our friends, family, or significant others, and yet we play them anyway!

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However, there are certain games out there that can really test your romantic relationships in particular. These games may simply test you where you don't want to be tested, or will get you to question whether or not your partner is truly "the one." So whether you're here to see what everyone else is suffering through, trying to test your own partner for reasons unimaginable, or simply in a mutually sadistic relationship, here are the Top 7 Games That Can Totally Destroy Your Relationship!

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Indie Game Festival Award Winners Announced at GDC https://www.gameskinny.com/1d23g/indie-game-festival-award-winners-announced-at-gdc https://www.gameskinny.com/1d23g/indie-game-festival-award-winners-announced-at-gdc Thu, 17 Mar 2016 11:08:46 -0400 Kayle Simpson

The Indie Game Festival, or IGF, has taken place every year at the Game Developer's Conference, GDC, for the past 18 years. IGF has recognized some of the biggest indie titles, like FEZ, Dear Esther, Papers, PleaseBraid, and even Minecraft. This year was no different, and last night on March 16, 2016, the 2016 IGF Awards took place. Below is a list of all the finalists and who went home with the awards.

Best Student Game (Awarded $3,000)

The Best Student Game Award recognizes games made by independent designers and developers who are new to the scene and are just starting out.

Finalists:

  • Ape Out
  • Beglitched
  • Chambara
  • Circa Infinity
  • orchids to dusk
  • Pitfall Planet

Winner: Beglitched

Excellence in Narrative (Awarded $3,000)

More and more, games are becoming about storytelling. Games like Life is Strange, The Last of Us, and anything by Telltale have become wildly popular. This award recognizes this newfound importance in the games industry.

Finalists:

  • Black Closet
  • Her Story
  • That Dragon, Cancer
  • The Beginner's Guide
  • The Magic Circle
  • UNDERTALE

Winner: Her Story

Excellence in Audio (Awarded $3,000)

Sound is what makes entertainment, like movies and TV, come to life and games are no different. Indie games tend to have a unique challenge when it comes to audio, due to limited resources, but these finalists found a way to pull through regardless.

  • Darkest Dungeon
  • Lumini
  • Mini Metro
  • PANORAMICAL
  • That Dragon, Cancer
  • UNDERTALE

Winner: Mini Metro

Excellence in Design (Awarded $3,000)

Some of the most innovative game design can be found in indie games, so naturally there's an IGF award that recognizes it. This year's finalists were all strong contenders:

  • Her Story
  • Infinifactory
  • Keep Talking and Nobody Explodes
  • Kingdom
  • Mini Metro
  • SUPERHOT

Winner: Keep Talking and Nobody Explodes

Excellence in Visual Art (Awarded $3,000)

Beautiful art in games is certainly not exclusive to indie games, but some of the most interesting and outside-of-the-box art can be found in indies. In independent games, it's not about what's most realistic and uses the most pixels - often it's quite the opposite.  

  • Armello
  • Darkest Dungeon
  • GNOG
  • Mini Metro
  • OXENFREE
  • PANORAMICAL

Winner: OXENFREE

Nuovo (Innovation) Award (Awarded $5,000)

The Nuovo Award is given to games that stand out among the rest. They bring a fresh perspective to gaming that has not yet been explored. 

  • Cibele
  • Fantastic Contraption
  • Her Story
  • Keep Talking and Nobody Explodes
  • orchids to dusk
  • PANORAMICAL
  • Progress
  • The Beginner's Guide

Winner: Cibele

Seumas McNally Grand Prize (Awarded $30,000)

The biggest accolade at the IGF Awards is the Seumas McNally Grand Prize. Not only is it highly revered in the gaming industry, it also gives the developers a monetary prize that is significant for small teams (or, often, one person). 

  • Darkest Dungeon
  • Her Story
  • Keep Talking and Nobody Explodes
  • Mini Metro
  • SUPERHOT
  • UNDERTALE

Winner: Her Story

Other Winners:

Audience Award ($3,000) - Undertale
ID@Xbox Rising Star Award - Girls Make Games

For more information on the finalists and honorable mentions, check out IGF's official page.

What do you think of this year's IGF Awards winners?  Did any of your favorites win? Will you be checking out any of the finalists? Let us know in the comments!

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Top 5 PC co-op games https://www.gameskinny.com/qnigo/top-5-pc-co-op-games https://www.gameskinny.com/qnigo/top-5-pc-co-op-games Tue, 17 Nov 2015 03:33:39 -0500 Andrea Koenig

A common issue that plagues friends across the gaming community is the question what should we play? Video games are great, but sometimes they're even better than friends. Whether you're a fan of survival, RPG, puzzles, or shooters, chances are you'll be able to share this fun with a friend.

Here are some of the best games you can play in co-op with friends on the PC. 

1. Portal 2

This comedic sci-fi puzzle adventure is definitely one that gamers can't overlook. As if the single-player storyline wasn't witty or fun enough, they created a co-op mode to share the fun with a friend. 

Solve puzzles with your portal guns and try not to get each other killed as you "compete" for GLaDOS' approval. It's all in the name of science.

Portal 2 is available on Steam for $19.99. Or buy the 2-pack and send the other copy to a friend for $34.98

2. Castle Crashers

Optimized for up to 4 players and cross-platform playing, this game is also a great co-op experience. Choose which character you want (by their armor color or their magical perks associated with them) and set off on a beat-em-up indie adventure.

This game can be cute and terrifying all at once, offers some intense bosses, sweet loot, and quirky additional features that will have you and your friends having a great time. 

Get Castle Crashers on Steam for $14.99. Or get a 4-pack for you and your friends at $44.97.

3. Keep Talking and Nobody Explodes

This game offers standard computer support as well as Virtual Reality console support. The recent release got overwhelmingly positive reviews across the board for its indie puzzle bomb-diffusing simulation.

Have one friend be the bomb diffuser, and the other friend be the "expert" with the answers to solving all the puzzles. Neither side can see what the other has, making simple puzzle solving all about communication.

Before there's an explosion joke, grab it on Steam for $14.99.

4. Don't Starve Together

If the single player wasn't difficult enough, try having to get enough food and supplies to last for more than one person. This game is available to as many players as you can fit in a server, and forces you to face horrible beasts, seasons, and everything in between.

Play as all characters (no need to unlock them) and set off on your adventure. Build bases, get supplies, fight enemies, brave the elements, and ultimately, don't starve. Together.

Get your hands on this Early Access game on Steam, with 2-packs and Bundle packages to get extra copies for friends.

5. Left 4 Dead (and Left 4 Dead 2)

There's nothing more multiplayer or co-op than working together against the zombie apocalypse. Get your hands on some pistols, a grenade launcher, chainsaw, or other weapon of choice (hey, maybe it's an electric guitar, we don't judge). Now, smash to the next safe-room until help arrives.

Enjoy some near-death banter with multiple maps and levels from the southern swamps to theme parks. Even a rock concert. 

Get the Left 4 Dead Bundle (includes both Left 4 Dead and Left 4 Dead 2 for all 8 characters and their maps) on Steam for $29.99.

Have a PC game that you and your friends really enjoy playing with multiplayer co-op options? Drop some names in the comments.

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