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[[caption-width-right:250:Code Monkey like you... (I love you, whores!) [[note]]From left to right: [[AngryBlackMan Black Steve]], [[TheStoner Dave]], [[SmallNameBigEgo Todd]], [[TheDitz Clare]], [[NoRespectGuy Jerry]], [[StrawFeminist Mary]], [[BadBoss Mr. Larrity]], [[JerkJock Dean]], and [[FunnyForeigner Benny]]. Not pictured: [[CampGay Clarence]] and [[RecurringExtra "that Asian-looking guy"]].[[/note]]]]

PLAYER 1 START!

Travel back in time with us, to the early [[TheEighties 1980s]], TheGoldenAgeOfVideoGames. In those days, men were men, women were women, and "high-end graphics" were ones in which the sprites were more than one color.

This is the setting for G4's animated SitCom ''Code Monkeys'', which revolves around the antics at Game-A-Vision, a fictional video game company. Aside from Jerry, an amiable [[TheEveryman everyman]] game programmer who's more than a bit of a pushover, Jerry's [[JerkWithAHeartOfGold mischievous, obnoxious friend]] and [[TheStoner stoner]] Dave, and Mary, the [[OnlySaneMan put-upon]] [[TheSmurfettePrinciple sole female]] programmer, most of the crew at Game-A-Vision are crazy, stupid, or some combination of the two. There's Mr. Larrity, a [[BadBoss hot-headed, money-grubbing]], [[CloudCuckoolander borderline insane]] Texas millionaire who becomes Game-A-Vision's owner in the premiere episode and shows a fondness for [[GambitRoulette wildly complicated schemes]]; Mr. Larrity's [[DumbMuscle dimwit]] [[JerkJock jock]] son Dean; Todd, a [[FatBastard fat]], [[SmallNameBigEgo narcissistic]], and often creepy uber-geek; "Black Steve", the [[HairTriggerTemper ill-tempered]] accountant and [[AngryBlackMan token black guy]]; Clarence, the [[CampGay outrageously gay]] audio designer who always talks in a sing-song voice; Clare, the [[ReallyGetsAround flirtatious]] receptionist; and Benny, a mouthy, [[{{Keet}} hyperactive]] Korean kid who [[BasementDweller lives in the basement]] and works as a play tester.

Much of the show's humor comes from spoofing not only the video game industry, but VideoGameTropes as well. The animation style is entirely in 8-bit style pixel art (which resembles ''RiverCityRansom'' sprites), complete with status bars at the top and bottom of the screen that display absurd things depending on the action in the show (like a health meter that decreases when someone gets injured or killed, a "Douche" meter when Todd starts talking, question marks appearing when Larrity starts making bizarre comments, etc, etc.).

Sadly, ''Code Monkeys'' only lasted two seasons (2007-2008), with the first season on DVD; the entire series was available on Netflix (in the US) until 2014. The theme song lives on as the theme song for Film Master Adam's Review show.
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!!This series features examples of:
* AbusiveParents: One of the show's many very, very dark implications is that [[spoiler: Todd's sexual obsession with his mother]] is as a result of StockholmSyndrome after being frequently [[spoiler: abused, possibly sexually, by her.]]
* AIIsACrapshoot: Teddy Ticklebum; in this case it was intentional, when Dave reprograms Teddy with the source code from a violent game and then pisses on him. This was to make the prototype shut down and the other employees get their pay restored; unfortunately, Teddy goes on a rampage and kidnaps Tiffany, resulting in Dave, Jerry and Todd confronting him on a rooftop, until he's disintegrated by Mary wearing ''Metroid''-style armor.
* AmbiguouslyBrown: Clarence is tan, so we're not quite sure what he is, beside, you know, gay.
* AnalProbing: Todd and Dean get abducted by aliens in one episode and are anally probed while forced to suck on a strange mechanical appendage.
** At the end it's revealed that the aliens were really a [[spoiler: homosexual military platoon who do this to Todd ''every week.'']]
* AngryBlackMan: Black Steve
* ArtisticLicense: While ostensibly set in the early 1980s, a few pop culture references from the late 1980s, early 1990s, and even the 2000's (as Clare once mentioned Tony Hawk) creep into the characters' dialogue.
* ArtShift: Sort of. When John Romero pitches {{VideoGame/Doom}} to Larrity, the show switches over to a FirstPersonShooter perspective.
* AutoErotica: In "The Story of 420" Larrity reveals that he dated Nancy Reagan before she met Ronald (who he calls a "senile old coot") and that they engaged in some "[[DoubleEntendre backseat wrasslin']]".
* AxCrazy: Mr. Larrity.
-->'''Dave''': Jerry, Larrity is crap-house crazy; he snacks on venison pops, he might just kill us one day for [[DisproportionateRetribution taking the last diet soda]] or passing out flyers for a rager at his house--I don't know!\\
'''Jerry''': That was you?!\\
'''Dave''': [[AtLeastIAdmitIt Do you really need to ask?]]
* BasementDweller: Except for the fact that he is actually employed, Todd is pretty much this trope UpToEleven. He actually has a ''dungeon'' in his office!
* BeenThereShapedHistory: The Game-A-Vision staff regularly has oddly profound effects on the world at large. Most dramatically, they basically forced Michael Jackson's transformation from a young black heartthrob into an effeminate light-skinned weirdo.
** Mr. Larrity apparently had something to do with the Three Mile Island nuclear meltdown in Pennsylvania in 1979 (see below).
* BigDamnHeroes: Dave (who was presumed dead) and a former [[LawyerFriendlyCameo Protendo]] game programmer jump in when Larrity faces Matsui, Protendo's leader, on the company's rooftop when they came to rescue Benny in the Season 1 finale, and then Jerry shows up with Mary, Clare, and Clarence, and helps disable the force field holding Benny, and are shortly followed by Dean and Black Steve, who came in a helicopter (after finding themselves excluded from the trip and going to Hawaii) to rescue everyone after Matsui triggers the Protendo building's self-destruct.
** Then, in "Trouble in the Middle East", most of the Game-A-Vision crew comes to the rescue of Dave and Todd in [[{{Qurac}} Khakistan]], kicking ass and taking names shortly before the US drops some cluster bombs.
* BilingualBonus: Takeda's brother (who didn't seem to have a name) actually speaks perfect Japanese. Subverted with Noshi discussing the "merger" over the phone; he was actually speaking in English. The subtitles are just there for the sake of being there.
* {{Bizarrchitecture}}: The Game-A-Vision offices, while looking fairly standard from the outside, has all sorts of videogame-style stuff, from Mario-style warp pipes to pits full of crystal spikes, secret vaults and rooms, turtles and bats moving around freely, and a large basement (Todd even has a dungeon!). The offices and other rooms that are frequented by the cast are quite normal, though (Clarence's office (it's accessed via warp pipe) excepted). However, there isn't a set floorplan either, so rooms can shift around depending on the episode. The video-game style parts were mostly dropped after the first couple of episodes, though.
** On a related note, the Game-A-Vision conference room got an unexplained makeover between season 1 and 2; Larrity's office also gained a new carpet styled after a dollar bill.
** In addition, the laser cage thing Matsui used to hold Benny captive in the season 1 finale had an NES lookalike as its' base, and inexplicably had an [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/NES_Max NES Max]] sticking out, which apparently functioned as a self-destruct button.
* BlackAndBlackMorality: Take a good look at the behavior of the main cast throughout the series, then try to come back and say this doesn't apply.
* BlackComedy: "It's as if someone took one of my babies, except that baby was made of money, not useless baby meat."
* BlackComedyRape: Both Todd and Dave get raped by [[Series/KnightRider KITTY]]. Also, the episode "Super Prison Breakout" contains numerous rape jokes. In the second season there is also a running DoubleStandardRapeFemaleOnMale joke about Clare's habit of abducting unconscious men and forcing them to have sex with her.
* BlandNameProduct: Occasionally, like in the mall, where Black Steve works at "H&R Black". Protendo is a CaptainErsatz for Nintendo; Bellecovision is an analog of Colecovision.
* BunnyEarsLawyer: Most of the cast.
* ButNotTooBlack: Averted. Black Steve's rap group, "Black Steve and the Black Attack Squadron (Honky Killer International), featuring Blackie Blackerson[[note]]wassup![[/note]]", receives thunderous applause from the all white crowd.
* ButtMonkey: Clare has an unfortunate tendency to end up in this position. Jerry also tends to be a victim.
* CampGay: Clarence, UpToEleven
* CloudCuckoolander: Larrity and Dean exhibit plenty of traits of this trope, but ''Todd'' really takes the cake.
* ContentWarnings: Spoofed. The show contained a different gag disclaimer at the beginning of each episode, such as this one from "Super Prison Breakout":
-->This Show...\\
A) Contains content that may not be suitable for all audiences.\\
B) Might use the word (beep) a lot.\\
C) Rocks.\\
Viewer Discretion is advised.
** "The Story of 420" poked fun at this backfiring with video games.
* CorruptCorporateExecutive: Larrity.
* CouchGag: The ContentWarnings. In season 2, however, some episodes reuse the one from "The Take-Over" ("Benny's Birthday" has an additional disclaimer that resembles the warning of ''RobotChicken'').
* CrossingTheBurntBridge: In the Stonervision episode. Of course, this was seen coming a mile away.
* CreepyChild: Benny often qualifies.
* DeepSouth: Larrity exhibits a lot of redneck stereotypes of the American south. He's stated to be from Texas.
* DoesThisMakeMeLookFat: In the episode "Third Reich's the Charm":
---> Todd: "Does this shirt make me look fat?"
---> Clare: "No, ''vision'' makes you look fat, Todd."
* DefconFive: They got it right in "Trouble in the Middle East", as a US rear admiral explains what they think [[{{Qurac}} Khakistan]] is up to with all the [[ItMakesSenseInContext ImpalaVision game consoles they stole]], an animation on the top of the screen correctly goes from DEFCON 5 to DEFCON 1.
* DrugsAreBad: The episode "The Story of 420" featured then-First Lady [[UsefulNotes/RonaldReagan Nancy Reagan]], infamous for her anti-drug crusades in the 80's, ruining 420 for the Game-A-Vision staff by confiscating a huge supply of marijuana on the Mexican border. Later on when she's at Game-A-Vision, Dave unintentionally gives her the inspiration for her real life "Just Say No" campaign.
* EagleLand: Parodied in "Trouble in the Middle East".
* EarlyInstallmentWeirdness: Larrity's voice was at first lower and deeper, some of the on-screen fonts were a bit different originally, and the first episode had {{Hammerspace}} used more frequently (for instance, most of the staffers once emerged from behind trash cans and such, while Todd came down from the ceiling; Dave got a Lightsaber from nowhere to cut open a dead donkey at the beginning of the ep), and the first few episodes had areas of the Game-A-Vision offices filled with video game-style stuff (see {{Bizarrchitecture}}).
* TheEighties
* {{Expy}}: A lot.
** A creepy, rapist one of [[Series/KnightRider KITT]], named KITTY;
** "Wrassle Mania" has several based on [[ProfessionalWrestling Andre the Giant, Hulk Hogan, Sgt. Slaughter, and Randy Savage]];
** Major John Hondo is an expy of Mr. T;
** Tony Dakota is an expy of [[Film/{{Scarface 1983}} Tony Montana]].
* FloatingTimeline: While the characters themselves don't age, the show seems to jump all over the 80s depending on the episode's plot requirements. For instance, in "The Story of 420", it seems to take place in or after 1985, given that they watched a copy of ''Film/TheGoonies'' while high, yet the next episode, "My Pal Jodie" takes place in 1981, as Dave's game heavily inspired John Hinckley to shoot President Reagan and Dave's in court to defend Game-A-Vision.
* GirlOnGirlIsHot: The lesbian mermaids sighted by the team on their submarine voyage. Averted with Clare, who, despite being someone that ReallyGetsAround, finds the thought of being with another woman kind of disgusting.
* KarmaHoudini: Let's see, a [[PoliticallyIncorrectHero misogynistic, homophobic]] CorruptCorporateExecutive who keeps his one of his eight dead wife's stuffed body ''on display'', a delusional PsychopathicManchild who ''keeps a dungeon'', and an outrageously nasty [[PoliticallyIncorrectHero workplace bully]]... none of whom really ever suffer for it. Yeah.
** Also Black Steve, who is routinely abrasive, racist and violent, even literally getting away with murder on occasion. No one EVER calls him on any of this.
* KillScreen: Used over the copyright notice at the end of each episode of Season 1. In Season 2, it's replaced with a random sprite from the episode.
* HurricaneOfEuphemisms: Enforced in "The Story of 420", where the cast are forced to list as many euphemisms for marijuana as they can while playing hacky-sack or else be burned alive.
* IMinoredInTropology: Black Steve speaks fluent Japanese, as well as conversational Arabic.
* InstantAwesomeJustAddNinjas: Ninjas in Protendo's employ kidnap Benny in the 1st season finale; Larrity briefly mistakes them for black people. Later on, Matsui summons salarymen to attack Larrity, who then comments "You're all actually ninjas, aren't ya?" Cue the men changing into ninja garb, to which Larrity replies: "I knew it, always with the gosh-darn ninjas!"
* ItWillNeverCatchOn
** A RunningGag in the show consists of famous video game designers pitching their big game to Game-A-Vision, only for Larrity to shoot it down (and occasionally for Larrity or someone else to literally shoot them down, or otherwise harm them).
** Additionally, when Wozniak tells the company that he's planning on moving into the personal computer industry, Dave mentions that it'll be a passing fad, like {{MTV}}.
* IvyLeagueForEveryone: Black Steve became an underground wrestler to pay for his Ivy League education at Dartmouth.
* JapanTakesOverTheWorld: In "The Takeover", this is what Larrity believes is going to happen as he comments: "Now as y'all know, these sneaky bastards are gonna own everything in America, within the next 6 or 7 weeks."
* MagicalQueer: Parodied by Clarence, who is so ''magically'' queer that he can fly and phase through walls. This ability is even referred to as his "gay magic". It previously served as the trope page image.
* MermaidProblem: Discussed briefly when Dave puts a mermaid sex scene easter egg in one of his games. Dave says you do her in her flipper.
* MightyWhitey: Parodied with Jerry's game ''White Karate Master''. Also played straight in the season 1 finale, in which Benny is rescued by pretty much exclusively white Game-A-Vision employees.
* MurderSimulator: "My Pal Jodie" has a ShoutOut to the infamous ''TaxiDriver'' assassination attempt when John Hinckley is revealed to own a Game-A-Vision game about impressing Jodie Foster, culminating in attempting to assassinate [[UsefulNotes/RonaldReagan President "Ray-gun"]].
* NoodleIncident: Many of them, usually involving Mr. Larrity:
** In "Stonervision", when Dave and Jerry's replacements are revealed to be undercover CIA agents, Larrity freaks out and runs off a list of things that he expected them to arrest him for: an "illegal elephant", a "psychic hotline scam", an "accident at a shampoo factory", the "white slavery ring", something to do with the [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Three_Mile_Island_accident Three Mile Island nuclear accident]](!!!!!!!!), a "wombat mill", a "torture academy", "getting them eagles drunk", and "I did not know they were cookin' meth in the back of that bondage club!" As it turns out, they're actually going to arrest him for tax evasion. Then, when Dave and Jerry ask Larrity for help for [[ItMakesSenseInContext payment to a drug lord]], he leverages this info to the agents, provided they drop the charges; the agent asks if it's the "bondage club meth ring" charges, then Larrity informs him it's the tax charges he wants dropped.
** In "The Great Recession", when a young video game player is harassed by Todd and he is arrested, the cops recognize him from the "Renaissance Fair sting". He responds "And I say to you, officer, the 'Baubles for Bosoms' scandal was a set-up!" A SpinningPaper shortly thereafter says "Ren Fair Pervert Nabbed!" with a picture of Todd in his "Pardue" outfit, lifting up his "skirt", which is thankfully censored.
** In "Larrity's Got Back", shortly after getting his butthole removed, Mr. Larrity's busy berating Black Steve for doing something that ended up getting Larrity "smack-dab in the middle of a federal investigation!" And it's the ''fourth time that month''! Whatever he did wasn't discussed.
** In "Psychological Problems", according to the insurance agent, Larrity somehow got raped by a white tiger at some point. In addition, the front of the building was blown off somehow; this might be a reference to "Todd Loses His Mind", but the episode was "reset", making the canocity of that ep questionable. If it did happen, then clearly it didn't injure anybody; if not, then this was an unrelated incident.
** In "IPO", Larrity says that hopefully, having stockpiled valuable objects will make "people forget about those silly little war crimes", at which point the bottom screen bar displays the text "Arbor Day Massacre", blood-splattered.
** "The Revenge of Matsui" has a lot of them. First, while flashing back to the ninja attack, Larrity comments, "And for only the 9th time in my life, I was completely powerless." Later at the pier, Dave reminds Jerry of how one time Jerry's dad told them the Super Bowl was fixed (because, like Larrity, he smelled of "whiskey and whores"). Jerry then gets tearful and tells Dave to shut up. Then, later on, Larrity says he stole their submarine from the Russians toward the end of the Vietnam War; this may or may not have something to do with him "owing them about a billion dollars and they're being total dillholes about it", according to Larrity.
* NinjaPirateRobotZombie: Dave and Jerry's games ''Ninja Pirate Robots'' and "Lunch Lady Zombies".
* ObviouslyEvil: A prison called ''Rapeville'', and "Hitler Castle".
* OddlySmallOrganization: Game-A-Vision was supposed to be one of the top companies in the video game industry, yet the main cast, the Asian-looking guy, and some others tend to be the only seen employees on a regular basis. There are some one episode-only employees, and some unnamed ones, like other accountants and one guy from HR who got killed off by the malfunctioning Teddy Ticklebum.
* OldMaster: [[Franchise/StarWars Yoda]]tsu
* OneSteveLimit: Averted with Steve Wozniak and Black Steve (though the former rarely shows up again after the first episode, and the latter isn't even ''named'' Steve).
* ParentalIncest: Heavily implied with Todd and his mother.
* PetTheDog: After Jerry squanders his million dollars from a stock increase and throws himself into huge debt troubles, Dave (who's become an actual millionaire because he actually deposited and saved his money) decides to help his friend out and pay off Jerry's debts.
** Larrity also gets a moment during "Third Reich's The Charm", when Jerry protests, as a half-Jew, about spending four days [[ItMakesSenseInContext kissing up to the Hitler family.]] His response is: "Alright Jerry, I understand. Since you're only half a Jew you'll just come for the first two days." While it heavily showcases Larrity's ignorance, it's also a shockingly unexpected and nigh-unprecedented display of compassion on his part, as it implies that if Jerry had been a "full Jew", [[EvenEvilHasStandards not even]] ''[[{{Jerkass}} he]]'' [[EvenEvilHasStandards would sink so low as to force him to kiss up to the Hitler family]] ''[[EvenEvilHasStandards at all]].''
** Also in "Todd Loses His Mind", when, Larrity hands him a gun for potential suicide after "all the nightmares you're surely gonna have", after Todd assaulted Jerry and put his face in an 'Ass Sandwich'.
* PoliticallyIncorrectHero: Pretty much every white male in the cast is a ''total'' bigot, though this is usually played for laughs.
* PrisonRape: The prison in the series is actually called ''Rapeville''.
* PsychopathicManchild: Todd, an extreme example of a BasementDweller who often has difficulty telling fantasy from reality.
* PunnyName: Bellecovision sounds like "bleak-o", which is how they sounded according to Dave in the pilot.
* {{Qurac}}: Khakistan; where the primary export and crops are khaki pants (which inexplicably grow on cacti). However, the US started offering pants subsidies allowing The Gap to flood the market with cheap knockoff khakis, forcing Khakistan into recession. Hence, King Huj Asman comes up with the episode's hair-brained plot.
* ReallyGetsAround: Clare.
* RedEyesTakeWarning: Whenever a character gets angry, their eye pixels turn red.
* RealSongThemeTune: "Code Monkey" by JonathanCoulton. This was what provided the final title, as the [[WhatCouldHaveBeen working title]] was "Dave and Jerry VS The World".
* ResetButton (Literally: [[spoiler:After going (more) insane in the episode "Todd Loses His Mind", Todd successfully blows up the Game-A-Vision building with the staff inside. The screen gets all glitchy, & the viewer is treated to a live-action scene of somebody resetting their "Code Monkeys" cartridge. The episode ends with a repeat of its first scene.]])
* RunningGag: Any time someone utters the word "point", the point counter goes up.
** Dave is able to get free drinks or candy from the break room vending machine by forcefully humping it. He is the only one that can make that work, apparently.
** During the first season, if you look in the break room, you can see a series of pictures on the wall that shows two horses humping, then one getting pregnant, then having the baby.
* SamusIsAGirl: Parodied at the end of ''Valley of the Silicon Dolls'', when Teddy Ticklebum is blasted to bits by Mary wearing ''Metroid''-style armor.
* ScaryBlackMan: Major John Hondo, who Dave and Jerry meet in "Super Prison Breakout".
--> ''Hondo'': You're alright for a little white dude.
--> ''Dave'': And you're alright for a large, threatening, sociopathic black man.
* ShoutOut (VideoGame/GrandTheftAuto in the second season finale)
** Lots considering the genre and style of this show. The infamous [[VideoGame/SuperMarioGalaxy UR MR GAY]] meme makes an appearance in ''The Revenge of Matsui''.
** Mr. Wozniak has [[TheLegendOfZeldaMajorasMask Majora's Mask]] hanging on his wall in the first episode.
** Game-A-Vision gets visited by agents [[Series/TheXFiles Dana and Fox]].
** During Mr. Larrity's flashback in "The Revenge of Matsui", the tractor trailer that the ninjas jump out of is identical to G1 [[WesternAnimation/TheTransformers Optimus Prime]], down to the blue stripes on the trailer. (Neither Roller or the Combat Deck Auto-Launcher are present, though.)
* SitcomArchNemesis: For Game-A-Vision as a whole, Bellecovision serves as this.
* SociopathicHero: ''You think''?
* SpecialGuest
** Since the show is centered around video games, most guest stars come from the video game industry itself. Usually, guests appear [[AsHimself as themselves]] (Such as [[VideoGame/GodOfWar Dave Jaffe]] and [[VideoGame/{{Doom}} John Romero]]); however, some guests have voiced a [[OneShotCharacter one-off character]] (Such as Tommy Chong [[Creator/CheechAndChong voicing a stoner]] and Jason Zumwalt [[VideoGame/GrandTheftAutoIV voicing a Eastern European criminal]])
* TheStoner / StonersAreFunny: While Dave is well established as a stoner throughout the series, the episode "The Story of 420" showed that most of the Game-A-Vision staff smokes marijuana.
* TheStraightMan: Jerry to Dave (...and often the rest of the main cast as a whole). Mary to a certain extent, though she occasionally pulls some pretty insane stunts herself.
* SuckECheeses: There was one in "The Great Recession" where Dave, and later Todd, got jobs at the mall when Game-A-Vision went out of business.
* SuckinessIsPainful: The E.T. video game is so bad that it traumatized Benny, caused a child in the hospital with cancer to die, and made a little boy's parents divorce and caused his baby sister to die.
* SweetPollyOliver: In "Just One of the Gamers" Mary feels disrespected at work because she's a woman. She disguises herself as a guy named Mitch. This eventually leads to...;
** SweetOnPollyOliver: In "Just One of the Gamers" Jerry has the hots for Mitch, Mary's male alter-ego. He eventually breaks down and declares himself gay for Mitch but is relieved when she reveals herself as Mary. However, Dave insists that he's still gay.
* ThoseTwoGuys: Dave and Jerry, the show's primary characters.
* ThoseWackyNazis: In the episode "Third Reich's the Charm". The Nazi store they operated, the "Harsher Image", reappears in "Valley of the Dolls", where Larrity is trying to buy an indoor rollercoaster with a solid-gold car, only to find his credit card was rejected.
* TokenMinority: Lampshaded ''repeatedly'' by Black Steve.
* TookALevelInJerkAss: Dave in Season 2.
** Jerry in ''Psychological Problems.'' While it was expected that everyone would make fun of Todd for the Cock Goblin, Jerry is usually the one that's the nicest to him (although it ''was'' fairly ridiculous that Todd couldn't see the innuendo until the shock therapy at the end).
* WorkCom
* WhatDidIDoLastNight: The focus of the episode "Drunken Office Party".
* WithFriendsLikeThese: Dave, towards Jerry.
* WorldOfHam: Yep.
* YouClonedHitler: UsefulNotes/AdolfHitler apparently has clones. Larrity keeps one in the freezer as "insurance".
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