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* ReferencedBy: [=YouTube=] firearms history channel WebVideo/ForgottenWeapons has [[https://youtu.be/sb_4s80LycA a video]] called "Freeman's Patent Revolver (No, Not Half Life."


* SuspiciouslySimilarSong: [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JLZWv7DsvxE ''Jungle Drums'']] contains a few eerie woodwind stings that sound remarkably like [[WesternAnimation/CourageTheCowardlyDog King Ramses's leitmotif]].


* ScheduleSlip: ''Half-Life 2: Episode 3'' (or perhaps by now, ''Half-Life 3'') is one of the biggest contenders. It has been almost 12 years since ''Episode 2'' came out and ended on a cliffhanger, practically promising ''Episode 3'', however not only Valve refused to give a clear announcement regarding of the game after it misses the Christmas 2007 mark, but in 2017, the writer, Marc Laidlaw, leaks the plot draft as "Epistle Three" before he left Valve, and as of 2019, it nearly reach the record of the 13-year DevelopmentHell of ''VideoGame/DukeNukemForever''.

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* ScheduleSlip: ''Half-Life 2: Episode 3'' (or perhaps by now, ''Half-Life 3'') is one of the biggest contenders. It has been almost 12 years since ''Episode 2'' came out and ended on a cliffhanger, practically promising ''Episode 3'', however not only Valve refused to give a clear announcement regarding of the game after it misses the Christmas 2007 mark, but in 2017, the writer, Marc Laidlaw, leaks the plot draft as "Epistle Three" before he left Valve, and as of 2019, it nearly reach it's close to reaching the record of the 13-year DevelopmentHell of ''VideoGame/DukeNukemForever''.


* NamesTheSame: Adrian Shephard from ''[[AbortedArc Opposing Force]]'' has nothing to do with that [[Franchise/MassEffect other Shepard.]]

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* NamesTheSame: Adrian Shephard from ''[[AbortedArc Opposing Force]]'' has nothing to do with that [[Franchise/MassEffect that other Shepard.]]Shepard]].



* ScheduleSlip: ''Half-Life 2: Episode 3'' (or perhaps by now, ''Half-Life 3'') is one of the biggest contenders. It has been almost 12 years since ''Episode 2'' came out and ended on a cliffhanger, practically promising ''Episode 3'', however not only Valve refused to give a clear announcement regarding of the game after it misses the Christmas 2007 mark, but in 2017, the writer, Marc Laidlaw, leaks the plot draft as "Epistle Three" before he left Valve, and as of 2019, it nearly reach the record of the 13 year DevelopmentHell of ''VideoGame/DukeNukemForever''.
* SuspiciouslySimilarSong: [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JLZWv7DsvxE ''Jungle Drums'']] contains a few eerie woodwind stings that sound remarkably like [[WesternAnimation/CourageTheCowardlyDog King Ramses' leitmotif.]]

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* ScheduleSlip: ''Half-Life 2: Episode 3'' (or perhaps by now, ''Half-Life 3'') is one of the biggest contenders. It has been almost 12 years since ''Episode 2'' came out and ended on a cliffhanger, practically promising ''Episode 3'', however not only Valve refused to give a clear announcement regarding of the game after it misses the Christmas 2007 mark, but in 2017, the writer, Marc Laidlaw, leaks the plot draft as "Epistle Three" before he left Valve, and as of 2019, it nearly reach the record of the 13 year 13-year DevelopmentHell of ''VideoGame/DukeNukemForever''.
* SuspiciouslySimilarSong: [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JLZWv7DsvxE ''Jungle Drums'']] contains a few eerie woodwind stings that sound remarkably like [[WesternAnimation/CourageTheCowardlyDog King Ramses' leitmotif.]]Ramses's leitmotif]].



* {{Vaporware}}: Common with this series (and even more so for ''Team Fortress 2'', though it did finally get released). Fans have been waiting for ''Half-Life 2: Episode Three'' [[note]] It may have morphed into the third main game. [[/note]] for so long that it's become [[MemeticMutation a source of]] videogame-culture {{running gag}}s, and every bit of Valve-related news will include comments like "But what about ''Episode Three?''" and "Wait: [a convoluted chain of "logic" like a parody of a UsefulNotes/ConspiracyTheory]...HALF LIFE 3 CONFIRMED!"
** To put it in numbers: ''2'' was released in 2004, almost exactly six years after the original in 1998. ''Episode One'' had a much quicker turnaround, taking only two years to get a 2006 release. ''Episode Two'' came out only a year after, in 2007; this would normally be considered an aversion if the original schedule wasn't "every few months". As of 2019, ''Episode Three'' is still unaccounted for, has likely been restarted from scratch multiple times, and is '''ten years and counting''' since the release of ''Episode Two'', surpassing the nine years ''VideoGame/TeamFortress2'' spent in development and becoming a serious contender to equal or exceed ''VideoGame/DukeNukemForever'' and its infamously long 14-year development span.

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* {{Vaporware}}: Common with this series (and even more so for ''Team Fortress 2'', though it did finally get released). Fans have been waiting for ''Half-Life 2: Episode Three'' [[note]] It Three''[[note]]It may have morphed into the third main game. game.[[/note]] for so long that it's become [[MemeticMutation a source of]] videogame-culture {{running gag}}s, and every bit of Valve-related news will include comments like "But what about ''Episode Three?''" and "Wait: [a convoluted chain of "logic" like a parody of a UsefulNotes/ConspiracyTheory]...UsefulNotes/ConspiracyTheory]... HALF LIFE 3 CONFIRMED!"
** To put it in numbers: ''2'' was released in 2004, almost exactly six years after the original in 1998. ''Episode One'' had a much quicker turnaround, taking only two years to get a 2006 release. ''Episode Two'' came out only a year after, in 2007; this would normally be considered an aversion if the original schedule wasn't "every few months". As of 2019, ''Episode Three'' is still unaccounted for, has likely been restarted from scratch multiple times, and is '''ten years and counting''' since the release of ''Episode Two'', surpassing the nine years ''VideoGame/TeamFortress2'' spent in development and becoming a serious contender to equal or exceed ''VideoGame/DukeNukemForever'' and its infamously long 14-year development span.



** Marc Laidlaw has shared the [[https://github.com/Jackathan/MarcLaidlaw-Epistle3/blob/master/Epistle3_Corrected.md entire plot]] of Half Life 2: Episode 3 on his website on August 25th, 2017. For legal NDA reasons, he's changed the names, and titles (Episode 3, becomes Epistle 3, Vortigaunts becomes Ghastlygaunts, Eli Vance the father of Alyx, is now Elly Vance, the mother of Alex, and the Combine becomes the Disparate, the Borealis becomes [[Creator/RobertEHoward Hyperborea]])
*** In short, [[spoiler: Gordon and Alyx manage to board the Borealis, which carries a device that is constantly transporting the ship through space and time. They realize they can use the ship as a weapon against the Combine and decide to drop it on the Combine homeworld. As the ship is about to meet it's destination, Alyx is whisked away by the G-man while the Vortigaunts rescue Gordon and return him to Earth. The story ends on a GainaxEnding, as Alyx is missing, and as the Borealis reaches it's final destination, Gordon bears witness to an impossibly titanic Dyson Sphere, and in that moment Gordon realizes how incomprehensibly advanced the Combine's might truly is, worries the explosion of the weaponized Borealis will barely register as a fizzling match-head against the titanic sphere, and fears that their resistance against the Combine is and always was utterly hopeless and everything they had done and everyone they had lost to reach this point was AllForNothing; but before he sees the explosion, the Vortigaunts come to save him and transport him to an indeterminate time in the future, where the fate of the Resistance is an AmbiguousSituation but the post-apocalyptic earth has seen some recovery and Gordon is entirely lonely, and enough time has passed that the LivingLegend IconOfRebellion has been utterly forgotten]].
*** As for [[spoiler:the fates of Wallace Breen and Judith Mossman, the Combine made a backup of Breen's consciousness before he died at the Citadel and transferred it into the grub body of a Combine Advisor. Breen ultimately found no pleasure in his current predicament and begged Gordon to MercyKill him. Judith was murdered by Alyx over an argument on what to do with the Borealis, the former wanting to bring it back to the Resistance to study and the latter wanting to destroy it by plunging it into the Combine homeworld in accordance with her father's wishes.]]
*** Laidlaw was, however, quick to point out that if HL:3 ''did'' get off the ground, the story would've likely gone through multiple revisions - to meet Valve's impossible standards - and ''if'' the infamous game does get made, it almost certainly ''won't'' share the same plot.
** Gordon Freeman originally looked more like [[http://2.media.dorkly.cvcdn.com/11/13/d043f58c8014212fd171dfc0f686e853.jpg a grizzly biker]].

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** Marc Laidlaw has shared the [[https://github.com/Jackathan/MarcLaidlaw-Epistle3/blob/master/Epistle3_Corrected.md entire plot]] of Half Life 2: Episode 3 on his website on August 25th, 2017. For legal NDA reasons, he's changed the names, and titles (Episode 3, becomes Epistle 3, Vortigaunts becomes Ghastlygaunts, Eli Vance the father of Alyx, is now Elly Vance, the mother of Alex, and the Combine becomes the Disparate, the Borealis ''Borealis'' becomes [[Creator/RobertEHoward Hyperborea]])
''[[Creator/RobertEHoward Hyperborea]]'').
*** In short, [[spoiler: Gordon [[spoiler:Gordon and Alyx manage to board the Borealis, ''Borealis'', which carries a device that is constantly transporting the ship through space and time. They realize they can use the ship as a weapon against the Combine and decide to drop it on the Combine homeworld. As the ship is about to meet it's its destination, Alyx is whisked away by the G-man while the Vortigaunts rescue Gordon and return him to Earth. The story ends on a GainaxEnding, as Alyx is missing, and as the Borealis ''Borealis'' reaches it's its final destination, Gordon bears witness to an impossibly titanic Dyson Sphere, and in that moment Gordon realizes how incomprehensibly advanced the Combine's might truly is, worries the explosion of the weaponized Borealis ''Borealis'' will barely register as a fizzling match-head against the titanic sphere, and fears that their resistance against the Combine is and always was utterly hopeless and everything they had done and everyone they had lost to reach this point was AllForNothing; but before he sees the explosion, the Vortigaunts come to save him and transport him to an indeterminate time in the future, where the fate of the Resistance is an AmbiguousSituation but the post-apocalyptic earth Earth has seen some recovery and Gordon is entirely lonely, and enough time has passed that the LivingLegend IconOfRebellion has been utterly forgotten]].
forgotten.]]
*** As for [[spoiler:the fates of Wallace Breen and Judith Mossman, the Combine made a backup of Breen's consciousness before he died at the Citadel and transferred it into the grub body of a Combine Advisor. Breen ultimately found no pleasure in his current predicament and begged Gordon to MercyKill him. Judith was murdered by Alyx over an argument on what to do with the Borealis, ''Borealis'', the former wanting to bring it back to the Resistance to study and the latter wanting to destroy it by plunging it into the Combine homeworld in accordance with her father's wishes.]]
*** Laidlaw was, however, quick to point out that if HL:3 ''did'' get off the ground, the story would've likely gone through multiple revisions - -- to meet Valve's impossible standards - -- and ''if'' the infamous game does get made, it almost certainly ''won't'' share the same plot.
plot.
** Gordon Freeman originally looked more like [[http://2.media.dorkly.cvcdn.com/11/13/d043f58c8014212fd171dfc0f686e853.jpg a grizzly biker]].biker.]]





** To put it in numbers: ''2'' was released in 2004, almost exactly six years after the original in 1998. ''Episode One'' had a much quicker turnaround, taking only two years to get a 2006 release. ''Episode Two'' came out only a year after, in 2007; this would normally be considered an aversion if the original schedule wasn't "every few months". As of 2017, ''Episode Three'' is still unaccounted for, has likely been restarted from scratch multiple times, and is '''ten years and counting''' since the release of ''Episode Two'', surpassing the nine years ''VideoGame/TeamFortress2'' spent in development and becoming a serious contender to equal or exceed ''VideoGame/DukeNukemForever'' and its infamously long 14-year development span.

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** To put it in numbers: ''2'' was released in 2004, almost exactly six years after the original in 1998. ''Episode One'' had a much quicker turnaround, taking only two years to get a 2006 release. ''Episode Two'' came out only a year after, in 2007; this would normally be considered an aversion if the original schedule wasn't "every few months". As of 2017, 2019, ''Episode Three'' is still unaccounted for, has likely been restarted from scratch multiple times, and is '''ten years and counting''' since the release of ''Episode Two'', surpassing the nine years ''VideoGame/TeamFortress2'' spent in development and becoming a serious contender to equal or exceed ''VideoGame/DukeNukemForever'' and its infamously long 14-year development span.


*** In short, [[spoiler: Gordon and Alyx manage to board the Borealis, which carries a device that is constantly transporting the ship through space and time. They realize they can use the ship as a weapon against the Combine and decide to drop it on the Combine homeworld. As the ship is about to explode, Alyx is whisked away by the G-man while the Vortigaunts rescue Gordon and return him to Earth. The story ends on a GainaxEnding, as Alyx is missing, and Gordon worries the weaponized Borealis won't be nearly enough to stop the Combine but before he sees the explosion, the Vortigaunts come and save him and transport to an indeterminate time in the future, where the fate of the Resistance is an AmbiguousSituation but the post-apocalyptic earth has seen some recovery and Gordon is entirely lonely, and enough time has passed that the LivingLegend IconOfRebellion has been utterly forgotten]].

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*** In short, [[spoiler: Gordon and Alyx manage to board the Borealis, which carries a device that is constantly transporting the ship through space and time. They realize they can use the ship as a weapon against the Combine and decide to drop it on the Combine homeworld. As the ship is about to explode, meet it's destination, Alyx is whisked away by the G-man while the Vortigaunts rescue Gordon and return him to Earth. The story ends on a GainaxEnding, as Alyx is missing, and as the Borealis reaches it's final destination, Gordon bears witness to an impossibly titanic Dyson Sphere, and in that moment Gordon realizes how incomprehensibly advanced the Combine's might truly is, worries the explosion of the weaponized Borealis won't be nearly enough to stop will barely register as a fizzling match-head against the titanic sphere, and fears that their resistance against the Combine is and always was utterly hopeless and everything they had done and everyone they had lost to reach this point was AllForNothing; but before he sees the explosion, the Vortigaunts come and to save him and transport him to an indeterminate time in the future, where the fate of the Resistance is an AmbiguousSituation but the post-apocalyptic earth has seen some recovery and Gordon is entirely lonely, and enough time has passed that the LivingLegend IconOfRebellion has been utterly forgotten]].


** Further frustrating the fanbase is Valve's complete refusal to speak about the game, and they rarely acknowledge the franchise even exists beyond the occasional off-hand mention in interviews or an EasterEgg in their other games. Combined with the news of series writer Marc Laidlaw's departure from Valve at the start of 2016 and fellow Valve writers [[http://www.pcmag.com/news/353428/all-half-life-writers-have-left-valve Erik Wolpaw and Chet Faliszek]] leaving in 2017, fans are increasingly convinced that Valve has no further interest in the series and is letting it quietly die.

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** Further frustrating the fanbase is Valve's complete refusal to speak about the game, game (compared to Duke Nukem Forever, where periodically gameplay trailers and concept arts are being released before they're scrapped in favor of building the game ground up multiple times), and they rarely acknowledge the franchise even exists beyond the occasional off-hand mention in interviews or an EasterEgg in their other games. Combined with the news of series writer Marc Laidlaw's departure from Valve at the start of 2016 and fellow Valve writers [[http://www.pcmag.com/news/353428/all-half-life-writers-have-left-valve Erik Wolpaw and Chet Faliszek]] leaving in 2017, fans are increasingly convinced that Valve has no further interest in the series and is letting it quietly die.


* ScheduleSlip: ''Half-Life 2: Episode 3'' (or perhaps by now, ''Half-Life 3'') is one of the biggest contenders. From January 2017, it has been nearly 10 years since ''Episode 2'' came out and ended on a cliffhanger, practically promising ''Episode 3'', which is very close to beating out ''VideoGame/Prey2006'' and ''VideoGame/Diablo3'' for some of the longest development times (11 years), and just a few years from surpassing the 14 year DevelopmentHell of ''VideoGame/DukeNukemForever''.

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* ScheduleSlip: ''Half-Life 2: Episode 3'' (or perhaps by now, ''Half-Life 3'') is one of the biggest contenders. From January 2017, it It has been nearly 10 almost 12 years since ''Episode 2'' came out and ended on a cliffhanger, practically promising ''Episode 3'', which is very close however not only Valve refused to beating out ''VideoGame/Prey2006'' and ''VideoGame/Diablo3'' for some give a clear announcement regarding of the longest development times (11 years), game after it misses the Christmas 2007 mark, but in 2017, the writer, Marc Laidlaw, leaks the plot draft as "Epistle Three" before he left Valve, and just a few years from surpassing as of 2019, it nearly reach the 14 record of the 13 year DevelopmentHell of ''VideoGame/DukeNukemForever''.



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** Several missions were cut from the co-op expansion, ''Half-Life: Decay''. One of them was to be a mission where Gina Cross and Collette Green had to save Gordon from being shot before two soldiers dumped him into the trash compactor. This fan-made recreation [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zXjk2jKd_xo plays out what it would've been like, based on existing files in the game.]]

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*** Laidlaw was, however, quick to point out that if HL:3 ''did'' get off the ground, the story would've likely gone through multiple revisions - to meet Valve's impossible standards - and ''if'' the infamous game does get made, it almost certainly ''won't'' share the same plot.


* ContentLeak: An early build of the game was leaked online shortly after its delay. It was bad enough to almost derail the entire game's release.

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* ContentLeak: An early build of the second game was leaked online shortly after its delay. It was bad enough to almost derail the entire game's release.


*** As for [[spoiler:the fates of Wallace Breen and Judith Mossman, the Combine made a backup of Breen's consciousness before died at the Citadel and transferred it into the grub body of a Combine Advisor. He ultimately found no pleasure in his current predicament and begged Gordon to MercyKill him. Judith was murdered by Alyx over an argument on what to do with the Borealis, the former wanting to bring it back to the Resistance to study and the latter wanting to destroy it by plunging it into the Combine homeworld in accordance with her father's wishes.]]

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*** As for [[spoiler:the fates of Wallace Breen and Judith Mossman, the Combine made a backup of Breen's consciousness before he died at the Citadel and transferred it into the grub body of a Combine Advisor. He Breen ultimately found no pleasure in his current predicament and begged Gordon to MercyKill him. Judith was murdered by Alyx over an argument on what to do with the Borealis, the former wanting to bring it back to the Resistance to study and the latter wanting to destroy it by plunging it into the Combine homeworld in accordance with her father's wishes.]]


*** As for [[spoiler:the fates of Wallace Breen and Judith Mossman, the Combine made a backup of Breen's consciousness before he disappeared into the superportal and transferred it into the grub body of a Combine Advisor. He ultimately found no pleasure in his current predicament and begged Gordon to MercyKill him. Judith was murdered by Alyx over an argument on what to do with the Borealis, the former wanting to bring it back to the Resistance to study and the latter wanting to honor her father's wishes by plunging it into the Combine homeworld.]]

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*** As for [[spoiler:the fates of Wallace Breen and Judith Mossman, the Combine made a backup of Breen's consciousness before he disappeared into died at the superportal Citadel and transferred it into the grub body of a Combine Advisor. He ultimately found no pleasure in his current predicament and begged Gordon to MercyKill him. Judith was murdered by Alyx over an argument on what to do with the Borealis, the former wanting to bring it back to the Resistance to study and the latter wanting to honor her father's wishes destroy it by plunging it into the Combine homeworld.homeworld in accordance with her father's wishes.]]


* WhatCouldHaveBeen: Marc Laidlaw has shared the [[https://github.com/Jackathan/MarcLaidlaw-Epistle3/blob/master/Epistle3_Corrected.md entire plot]] of Half Life 2: Episode 3 on his website on August 25th, 2017. For legal NDA reasons, he's changed the names, and titles (Episode 3, becomes Epistle 3, Vortigaunts becomes Ghastlygaunts, Eli Vance the father of Alyx, is now Elly Vance, the mother of Alex, and the Combine becomes the Disparate, the Borealis becomes [[Creator/RobertEHoward Hyperborea]])
** In short, [[spoiler: Gordon and Alyx manage to board the Borealis, which carries a device that is constantly transporting the ship through space and time. They realize they can use the ship as a weapon against the Combine and decide to drop it on the Combine homeworld. As the ship is about to explode, Alyx is whisked away by the G-man while the Vortigaunts rescue Gordon and return him to Earth. The story ends on a GainaxEnding, as Alyx is missing, and Gordon worries the weaponized Borealis won't be nearly enough to stop the Combine but before he sees the explosion, the Vortigaunts come and save him and transport to an indeterminate time in the future, where the fate of the Resistance is an AmbiguousSituation but the post-apocalyptic earth has seen some recovery and Gordon is entirely lonely, and enough time has passed that the LivingLegend IconOfRebellion has been utterly forgotten]].

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* WhatCouldHaveBeen: WhatCouldHaveBeen:
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Marc Laidlaw has shared the [[https://github.com/Jackathan/MarcLaidlaw-Epistle3/blob/master/Epistle3_Corrected.md entire plot]] of Half Life 2: Episode 3 on his website on August 25th, 2017. For legal NDA reasons, he's changed the names, and titles (Episode 3, becomes Epistle 3, Vortigaunts becomes Ghastlygaunts, Eli Vance the father of Alyx, is now Elly Vance, the mother of Alex, and the Combine becomes the Disparate, the Borealis becomes [[Creator/RobertEHoward Hyperborea]])
** *** In short, [[spoiler: Gordon and Alyx manage to board the Borealis, which carries a device that is constantly transporting the ship through space and time. They realize they can use the ship as a weapon against the Combine and decide to drop it on the Combine homeworld. As the ship is about to explode, Alyx is whisked away by the G-man while the Vortigaunts rescue Gordon and return him to Earth. The story ends on a GainaxEnding, as Alyx is missing, and Gordon worries the weaponized Borealis won't be nearly enough to stop the Combine but before he sees the explosion, the Vortigaunts come and save him and transport to an indeterminate time in the future, where the fate of the Resistance is an AmbiguousSituation but the post-apocalyptic earth has seen some recovery and Gordon is entirely lonely, and enough time has passed that the LivingLegend IconOfRebellion has been utterly forgotten]].forgotten]].
*** As for [[spoiler:the fates of Wallace Breen and Judith Mossman, the Combine made a backup of Breen's consciousness before he disappeared into the superportal and transferred it into the grub body of a Combine Advisor. He ultimately found no pleasure in his current predicament and begged Gordon to MercyKill him. Judith was murdered by Alyx over an argument on what to do with the Borealis, the former wanting to bring it back to the Resistance to study and the latter wanting to honor her father's wishes by plunging it into the Combine homeworld.]]

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* ContentLeak: An early build of the game was leaked online shortly after its delay. It was bad enough to almost derail the entire game's release.

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