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    DXVK 1.9.3 is out supporting DLSS, D3D9 improvements and more / GamingOnLinux · Tuesday, 11 January, 2022 - 13:08 · 1 minute

DXVK, the Vulkan-based implementation of D3D9, D3D10 and D3D11 for Wine / Proton has version 1.9.3 out now . This is what's used in Steam Play Proton , to help get Windows games running nicely on Linux. It's a bit of an uphill battle to get so many tens of thousands of games to work nicely, but DXVK shows just how powerful and flexible Vulkan is as an API.

This release brings support for NVIDIA DLSS (Deep Learning Super Sampling) for supported games, when used along with dxvk-nvapi . There's also a bunch of optimizations and accuracy improvements for D3D9 that should help fix games like Red Orchestra 2, Dark Souls 2 (original version), Dog Fight 1942, Bayonetta, Rayman Origins, Guilty Gear Xrd and Richard Burns Rally.

17666662851641906102gol1.jpg Pictured - Deep Rock Galactic on Linux with DXVK (Proton)

Other improvements include a fix for a "DXGI issue which would sometimes cause games to fail to enter fullscreen mode on some displays that do not support low rates across all resolutions" and improvements for Black Mesa, Crysis 3 Remastered, Euro Truck Simulator, Injustice Gods Among Us, Rocksmith 2014, Spliter Cell: Chaos Theory, Sim City 2013 and The Guild 3.

As a reminder: you can upgrade the version of DXVK used in Proton, without waiting on a new release. To do so you can just overwrite the existing DXVK files with the release download of DXVK 1.9.3. You can find your Proton install somewhere like this (depending on your Steam Library drives):

path-to-your/SteamLibrary/steamapps/common/Proton x.x/dist

Where x.x is whatever Proton version installed you wish to give a new DXVK.

Inside there you will see "lib" and "lib64", for 32bit and 64bit. Inside each of those, there's a "wine" folder and inside there is a "dxvk" folder and that's where you replace the files with new versions. Do so at your own risk but it's usually harmless. If you mess anything up, one way to ensure it gets reinstalled cleanly is just to remove the "/dist" folder.

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    Easy Anti-Cheat not as simple as expected for Proton and Steam Deck / GamingOnLinux · Sunday, 9 January, 2022 - 09:05 · 3 minutes

Even though Epic Games announced recently how they expanded support for Easy Anti-Cheat to have full support of native Linux, plus Wine / Proton (and so the Steam Deck), it seems it's not as easy as we hoped.

In the original announcement, Epic mentioned how it can be enabled with "a few clicks in the Epic Online Services Developer Portal" but the situation is never that simple. A developer of Warhammer: Vermintide 2 has written a post on Steam to explain, noting that there are two versions of EAC. There's the original and the newer version used via Epic Online Services. The majority of games are likely still with the old version, since the newer one needs SDK upgrades and newer integrations.

We already knew that developers needed the latest SDK from the original announcement, but this makes it simpler for us all to understand.

Here's what they said:

So we have looked in to this. It's far more complex than first suspected -- EAC has two versions. Non-EOS and EOS (Epic Online Services). Most games historically use Non-EOS EAC. It's the one Vermintide 2 uses as well. Epic only added Proton support for the EOS version of EAC. Therefor in order to implement proton support for Vermintide 2, a huge amount of reworking of the EAC implementation would be required, which may also require all players to authenticate with Epic Online Services as well -- perhaps even logging in to the Epic environment (to be confirmed, however).

So the "just a few clicks" statement made in the original announcement wasn't entirely accurate, and would only apply to titles using the EOS version of EAC, which simply hasn't been many games aside from either pretty new ones, and likely predominantly Epic exclusive titles.

We are still looking at what is or isn't going to be possible, but it's not as easy as it was made out to be -- far from it in fact.

There may be other solutions or workarounds, but ripping out the old EAC and rewriting everything to implement "NuEAC" and potentially asking our entire playerbase to connect through and sign through EOS for an honestly tiny market share that was (and would remain) unsupported from the get go might be a deal breaker.

Time will tell.

One part we already know not to be true, is a requirement of Epic Online Services authentication, as the developers of Brawlhalla showed in their own testing with the new integration which worked without users touching Epic's services directly.  The other point remains though, as developers won't upgrade from the older implementation to the newer without a good reason, due to extra work involved when the older one is still getting the latest EAC updates as normal (as confirmed in a later post ). Although, there may come a time Epic force EOS for it, but it stands to reason they haven't currently as it would have been a big upheaval for so many developers using it and likely caused plenty of developer backlash there.

Tripwire Interactive also hinted towards the exact same thing, when asked about hooking up support for
Rising Storm 2: Vietnam, a developer noted back in September 2021, "The version of EAC used on RS 2 is not the version that is advertised in this, and it is not something that will work for RS 2 players.".

Hopefully the actual work involved in moving from old EAC to new isn't too much, but it's a reason why we've yet to see any really look to do it. Once the Steam Deck is out though, it should improve, if enough players ask developers to get it sorted, otherwise players may have to resort to a manual install of Windows on the Steam Deck instead of SteamOS 3 to play some of the most popular multiplayer titles.

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    Easily install and upgrade Proton GE or Luxtorpeda with ProtonUp-Qt / GamingOnLinux · Thursday, 6 January, 2022 - 14:11

There are certain Windows games that work better on Linux with the community-built unofficial Proton GE , plus using Luxtorpeda for Native Linux game engines can give a lot of benefits too - here's how to easily download or upgrade them using the fab ProtonUp-Qt .

It's an application based on the command-line tool ProtonUp, however ProtonUp-Qt actually gives you a full UI and it really just makes everything nice and simple . Do you use Lutris or the Heroic Games Launcher? ProtonUp-Qt can also easily setup Wine-GE for you too.

To install it simply grab it from Flathub or run the AppImage from the releases page . This couldn't be simpler! Once installed you get this easy to understand UI to pick between Steam, Lutris and Heroic and then install whatever compatibility tool you want that it supports by hitting "Add version":



I absolutely love tools like this. Makes it easier for everyone.

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    Send help as I have discovered Bloons TD 6 / GamingOnLinux · Wednesday, 5 January, 2022 - 10:21 · 2 minutes

Stepping slightly out of my comfort zone recently to try something different, I picked up a copy of Bloons TD 6 and I think I now may need help to tear myself away from it. Note: played with Steam Play Proton .

I'm a huge fan of strategy games but I usually go for the more base-building RTS types, with Tower Defense not something I go for often. Based on how it looks, Bloons TD 6 is a game I would say you could easily pass up and not think anything of it. I honestly thought it looked a bit, dare I say it, overly childish. Oh how I was wrong. Bloons TD 6 is a monster of a game but family friendly for sure.


Bloons TD 6 is, in a word, fantastic. It's not a new game, released originally back in December 2018 and so I'm a bit late to the game on this one but gosh it's good. Who would have thought that Monkeys popping balloons would make for a good Tower Defense game? I didn't, obviously. However, I can't be the only one who enjoys the simple pleasure of popping balloons in real life? Bloons TD 6 offers that in the hundreds and thousands of wow it sure is satisfying watching hundreds of balloons float around getting popped.

Not only can you blast through hundreds of hours by yourself but you can bring a friend too - or a few, as it has 4 player co-op. So I did and cross-platform multiplayer works exceptionally well even between a Linux machine running it through Proton and someone else on Windows (tested both joining / hosting). Simply beautiful.

There is only a small learning curve to Bloons TD 6 too, mainly requiring you to pay attention to the types of balloons coming and keeping an eye on the wave number, to be ready for special Bloons that appear on later waves that you need a few special upgraded Monkeys to overcome.

The only part I'm not keen on are the micro-transactions. However, you can get everything simply by paying and it's not even remotely difficult to unlock things (which you do constantly) so it has a reasonable balance there overall.


If you enjoy Tower Defense games, go grab it. Bloons TD 6 might possibly be one of the best TD games ever made. Steam reviews back it up too with well over 100,000 user reviews and an Overwhelmingly Positive rating, so you really don't need to just take my word for it. Constant updates too that add new features, new Monkeys, new maps and more.

The developer was also quite responsive when an issue appeared with Proton, submitting their own bug report to Valve that ended up getting fixed.

Available to buy on Steam .

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    A look at the top 100 Steam games running on Linux - January 2022 edition / GamingOnLinux · Tuesday, 4 January, 2022 - 11:11 · 5 minutes

To begin 2022, let's take a fresh look at the current top 100 Steam games and see how well (or not) the run on Linux.

As part of a series we shall be doing, where we first took a proper look at this back in October 2021, including games that are both Native to Linux and Windows games that are run through the Steam Play Proton compatibility layer. With help from ProtonDB reports to investigate.

Something to keep in mind is that while the top 5-10 games doesn't change too often on Steam, the rest do fluctuate quite a lot as it often depends on some of the bigger releases that appear. We are once again going by the numbers on SteamDB using their 24 hour peak-player count. Take this as your snapshot of how things are a month before the Steam Deck releases to see what you might expect to work or not.

Over time the compatibility is expected to increase thanks to native ports, more Windows-only games working with Steam Play Proton and now Easy Anti-Cheat and BattlEye have expanded their support.

Name 24 Hr Peak Linux Status
Counter-Strike: Global Offensive 802,899 Linux Native
Dota 2 723,708 Linux Native
PUBG: BATTLEGROUNDS 336,367 Broken (Anti-Cheat)
Apex Legends 216,295 Broken (Anti-Cheat)
Grand Theft Auto V 142,431 Works with Proton
NARAKA: BLADEPOINT 137,210 Broken (Anti-Cheat)
Team Fortress 2 127,787 Linux Native
Rust 110,963 Broken (Anti-Cheat)
New World 109,256 Broken (Anti-Cheat)
Football Manager 2022 84,705 Works with Proton
ARK: Survival Evolved 84,566 Linux Native and Works with Proton
Wallpaper Engine 76,064 Sort-of works with KDE Plasma
MIR4 70,919 Broken
Warframe 70,883 Works with Proton
FIFA 22 70,373 Works with Proton
The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt 70,072 Works with Proton
Destiny 2 69,132 Broken (Anti-Cheat)
Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six Siege 65,840 Broken (Anti-Cheat)
FINAL FANTASY XIV Online 58,414 Works with Proton
Project Zomboid 57,533 Linux Native
7 Days to Die 56,932 Linux Native
Farming Simulator 22 55,657 Works with Proton
Dead by Daylight 55,320 Broken (Anti-Cheat)
Terraria 51,900 Linux Native
Rocket League 51,503 Works with Proton*
DayZ 49,610 Works with Proton
Valheim 48,871 Linux Native
Sid Meier's Civilization VI 48,626 Linux Native
SUPER PEOPLE CBT 48,160 Broken
Halo Infinite 47,576 Broken
PAYDAY 2 46,869 Linux Native
Euro Truck Simulator 2 46,764 Linux Native
Unturned 44,374 Linux Native
World of Tanks Blitz 43,230 Works with Proton
Stardew Valley 42,350 Linux Native
Don't Starve Together 40,850 Linux Native
Hearts of Iron IV 40,452 Linux Native
Garry's Mod 38,316 Linux Native
War Thunder 38,194 Linux Native
The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim Special Edition 36,657 Works with Proton
Red Dead Redemption 2 35,314 Works with Proton
Sea of Thieves 33,711 Works with Proton*
Phasmophobia 33,508 Works with Proton*
Hunt: Showdown 30,944 Broken (Anti-Cheat)
The Elder Scrolls Online 28,763 Works with Proton
Total War: WARHAMMER II 28,718 Linux Native
Left 4 Dead 2 28,591 Linux Native
Monster Hunter: World 28,102 Works with Proton
The Sims 4 26,391 Works with Proton
Mount & Blade II: Bannerlord 25,881 Works with Proton
Bloons TD 6 25,531 Works with Proton
VRChat 25,314 Works with Proton
Europa Universalis IV 24,501 Linux Native
Black Desert 24,149 Broken (Anti-Cheat)
雀魂麻将(MahjongSoul) 23,854 Works with Proton
The Forest 23,626 Works with Proton
Battlefield V 23,484 Works with Proton
F1 2021 23,351 Unstable with Proton, has issues*
Cyberpunk 2077 22,964 Works with Proton
Satisfactory 22,875 Works with Proton
Sid Meier's Civilization V 22,717 Linux Native
Stellaris 22,422 Linux Native
RimWorld 22,180 Linux Native
The Binding of Isaac: Rebirth 22,077 Linux Native*
Fallout 4 21,730 Works with Proton
Cities: Skylines 21,316 Linux Native
DARK SOULS III 21,295 Works with Proton
Age of Empires II: Definitive Edition 21,207 Works with Proton*
tModLoader 20,663 Linux Native
Brawlhalla 20,611 Works with Proton*
Forza Horizon 4 20,608 Unstable with Proton
It Takes Two 20,595 Works with Proton
NBA 2K22 20,079 Works with Proton
Forza Horizon 5 19,778 Unstable with Proton
Age of Empires IV 19,775 Unstable with Proton
Cookie Clicker 19,163 Works with Proton
SMITE 18,911 Works with Proton GE
Football Manager 2021 18,730 Works with Proton
Arma 3 18,396 Works with Proton
Crusader Kings III 17,797 Linux Native
鬼谷八荒 Tale of Immortal 17,579 Works with Proton
Counter-Strike 17,294 Linux Native
Factorio 16,278 Linux Native
Icarus 16,270 Broken
Path of Exile 15,741 Works with Proton
Deep Rock Galactic 15,648 Works with Proton
Dying Light 15,569 Linux Native
Among Us 15,061 Works with Proton
Raft 14,448 Works with Proton
Ready or Not 14,184 Works with Proton
Battlefield 2042 14,174 Broken (Anti-Cheat)
Fall Guys: Ultimate Knockout 13,949 Broken (Anti-Cheat)
Oxygen Not Included 13,912 Linux Native
Divinity: Original Sin 2 13,693 Works with Proton
SCUM 13,672 Broken (Anti-Cheat)
Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice 13,579 Works with Proton
Soundpad 13,568 Broken
theHunter: Call of the Wild 13,555 Works with Proton
Conan Exiles 13,532 Broken (Anti-Cheat)
Gunfire Reborn 13,205 Works with Proton


  • Proton GE refers to the community-built version of Proton. So while it requires adding it manually (which takes all of 5 minutes), it still works. This is sometimes needed for games where videos don't work with the official Proton. Valve is working on getting them all working out of the box with official Proton.
  • Rocket League works but was removed from Steam for new players. However, it does work with Wine (which Proton is built from) if you use something like the Heroic Games Launcher to get it from Epic.
  • Sea of Thieves voice comms don't work.
  • Phasmophobia just recently seemed to fix the voice comms with Proton.
  • We did not count Myth of Empires, as Steam delisted it due to ongoing legal troubles .
  • F1 2021 had some fixes for AMD GPUs lately but still seem pretty problematic overall.
  • The Binding of Isaac: Rebirth is Linux Native, but the latest DLC is Windows-only but that does work with Proton.
  • Age of Empires II: Definitive Edition works but online multiplayer can desync unless you do a small fix.
  • Brawlhalla added EAC, which you can disable and they're trying to support Proton with it.

With not long to go until the Steam Deck releases, hopefully Valve still have a few releases of Proton to improve things further. Anti-Cheat continues to be the biggest hurdle for Linux gaming and the Steam Deck. We've not seen many titles at all enable it officially, with the current list being quite small. We do expect that to change if the Steam Deck is a success though, and we fully expect it to be - as long as Valve can get enough units produced.

A few false-flags have appeared over the last few months like Rainbox Six Siege suddenly working, however do remember that until Valve or the developer actually confirm it, they will likely (and it did) stop working due to the anti-cheat.

Personally, I've not been able to get DayZ to work myself ( now it's supported ) but I know plenty of others have. Even with the suggested fixes, I just get a black screen, which is a shame. In some ways Proton is still a bit of a minefield like that, hopefully a solution will be found.

The most important part — the numbers: we're currently seeing around 76% of the top 100 (based on peak player counts) as of January 2022 working on Linux with Native Linux games and Windows games in Proton taken together. So, things are looking pretty good ahead of the Steam Deck launch since it will use SteamOS 3 which is based on Arch Linux.

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    Death Stranding absolutely sold me and you should play it / GamingOnLinux · Wednesday, 22 December, 2021 - 12:56 · 6 minutes

I don't actually often play the big AAA games but for Death Stranding, I finally took the plunge and thanks to Steam Play Proton running it on Linux was a fantastic experience overall. Note : spoilers, personal purchase.

With my ancient PlayStation 4 on its last legs, I'm glad I sat on this and waited a little while for any patches and then eventually the Windows release on Steam so it worked out all quite nicely. I'm certainly no stranger to Hideo Kojima, having played through various Metal Gear games and always liked the production value Kojima puts in and Death Stranding delivers constantly. It certainly helps that it has an all-star cast with the likes of Norman Reedus, Mads Mikkelsen, Léa Seydoux, and Lindsay Wagner.


"Sam Bridges must brave a world utterly transformed by the Death Stranding. Carrying the disconnected remnants of our future in his hands, he embarks on a journey to reconnect the shattered world one step at a time."

The official description of it does it absolutely no justice. Then again, going into any sort of detail on the store page would probably give away too much - that's what reviews are for (sometimes - I try never to overly spoil). Not that you would understand a lot of it even with a longer and slightly more detailed look into what the game actually is. Here's the thing, even in the first 10 hours, you're probably still going to be thoroughly confused, but that's okay — it's all about the journey and looking completely ridiculous while carrying an insane amount of cargo on your back.

You run around with a strange baby in a container strapped to your chest called BB, this little one helps alert you to dangers appearing in the form of what they call BTs. Does BB start whining and your little spinning light starts going wild? BTs are near. BB also tends to get a bit annoyed if you keep falling over, so you need to detach them and rock them to sleep too. It's so thoroughly weird but kinda sweet at the same time.

At its core, Death Stranding is an open-world delivery sim set in the post-apocalyptic USA. You travel around between buildings, taking on delivery jobs and completing them gives you Likes. As you explore, you will also find missing packages you can pick up and deliver to gain some extra Likes. These missing packages you find do form quite a big part of the gameplay. You can choose to deliver them in full to their original destination for maximum Likes, or deposit them somewhere else for safety and get a few less.

These Likes form as part of the character statistics system, allowing you to level up your porter grade eventually boosting your abilities to help you push forwards. There's a lot more to the Likes system, as you can also give out Likes to various things in the world that other players put down. While it's a single-player game, there are online elements with you seeing objects from other players like a helpful ladder, a sign and more. There's some lore around the Likes system too, as it serves another purpose. With everything going on, people started getting depressed and some went mad due to all the stress. Scientists discovered what they called "Likecin", a hormone that basically restores your mental state but the body only makes it in response to external stimuli - hence why Likes are everywhere.

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Enjoy slow games? Good. Death Stranding is certainly that. I even spoke to friends about the game, finding myself uncontrollably smiling when talking about just how unique an experience it is. A walking simulator? In many ways yes, but unlike anything else. Even just the basic walking mechanics are darn clever and keep you on your toes, or face-first in the mud if you're not paying enough attention. You can choose to hold the straps on your backpack to keep your balance but reduce your speed, or YOLO it and constantly tap between the straps to keep it centred so you don't trip and fall. It's a simple idea that doesn't sound like much but Death Stranding does it so exceptionally well.

Death Stranding also becomes quite a different game a good few hours in once you get vehicles and weapons, it's not so frightening once you get to that stage. You even get the opportunity to eventually fast-travel too. The thing is, even though you can go faster, you don't always want to and that goes back to why it's a slow game.


If you want to understand more, and you should, you get a constant trickle of mail sent to you by various NPCs you meet. You also get sent various interview texts to read over too. This helps form the lore of the world, with you getting various scientific reports on the history preceding the start of the game. This plays into the whole slowness of the game. It wants you to take a break and look around a bit, and so taking a break in a private room you get in each major building gives you ample time to read through it all. You might also find you need to give Sam a little rest out in the wilds, which also saves the game and restores stamina.

There's a frankly ridiculous amount of info you're supposed to absorb in such a short time in the first 10 or so hours. BB, BTs, people who suffer with DOOMS giving them abilities, rain that accelerates time for anything it touches and a brain-overloading amount more of things to remember.

A lot of things about the game mechanics are quite surprising, especially when it comes to your cargo. Getting the right weight distribution can mean the difference between running a lot and constantly holding your straps. I remember one specific point really made me stop in my tracks, because it was such a surprise where I was running to deliver cargo, with a hilariously high stack of boxes and I ran underneath some sort of little array tower. While running under it, the dishes sticking out of the tower just clipped a single box on my back and knocked it off. It's these little details that really make you appreciate how thought-out it is.

Death Stranding is equal parts depressive, as it is optimistic in many ways. Practically everything is in ruins, humanity is on the edge and yet, through your gameplay, you're helping to reconnect the world. Perhaps it's as a result of all the issues COVID caused as playing Death Stranding now felt very close to home. I felt like I needed this experience.

Honestly, I thought I wouldn't like it but I was sold pretty quickly on it. Not without faults though. The UI feels like a hot mess and is often confusing, vehicle movement is nowhere near as good as walking and feels a little cheap and other more minor things but overall it's worth it. Do check it out.

Played with Proton Experimental, the Linux experience was practically flawless. It's such a wonderfully weird experience that it has really gotten me to firmly enjoy hours of gaming in my own free time again.

You can buy Death Stranding on Humble Store and Steam .

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    Proton Experimental sees new fixes for DEATHLOOP, Forza Horizon 5 / GamingOnLinux · Tuesday, 21 December, 2021 - 11:38 · 1 minute

Valve has put out another small upgrade to Proton Experimental, with it focused on improving a couple of popular games. What is Proton? It's a compatibility layer designed to run Windows games from Steam on Linux. See more about it in our full guide .

The release that went up on December 20 fixed up the Xbox login window behaviour for Forza Horizon 5, worked around a bunch of graphical glitching in DEATHLOOP and also fixed Mount & Blade II: Bannerlord occasionally getting stuck in a loop displaying errors.

Not only that though, this release should also speed up the "wind-down" of Proton after you exit a game. So that should make the whole experience a fair bit smoother.

See the Proton Experimental changelog to see all the current differences to the normal Proton releases.

Need to know how to actually use Proton Experimental? Here's a simple HOWTO (as it's not complicated!). Make sure it's installed by searching for it in your Steam Library, then select it from the Compatibility menu in the Properties section of a game. See our quick video below:

For an explainer in text form:

  1. Search for Proton Experimental and install if not already.
  2. Right click any game on Steam and go to Properties.
  3. Select the Compatibility menu on the right side.
  4. Ensure the "Force the use of a specific Steam Play compatibility tool" is ticked.
  5. From the dropdown box that appears select Proton Experimental.
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    Seems no hope for Insurgency: Sandstorm on Steam Deck / Linux / GamingOnLinux · Friday, 17 December, 2021 - 11:12 · 1 minute

Sadly it seems like Insurgency: Sandstorm is not one you'll be enjoying on the Linux desktop or Valve's Steam Deck any time soon, even with Epic Games supporting Easy Anti-Cheat with Wine / Proton.

A game that originally planned Linux support, which New World Interactive decided not to do while also cancelling the planned story campaign back in 2019. The last hope was Steam Play Proton but it appears the developer will not be enabling support for it in EAC.

Writing in their recent patch notes, the developer said this :

The Linux Situation

Hello penguin pals, this message is being written for you by someone who has in their lifetime been a self-described Linux-head. Yes, we are very much aware that EAC announced Proton and Wine compatibility. Please understand however that we would still need to do quite a bit of development work to properly support Linux, and at this point in time we do not have that capacity. Thank you for your understanding!


Perhaps they, like we expect others to, may change their mind once the Steam Deck is out and they might see more players asking them to support it. That, or people just go elsewhere and find a different game. I'm sure there will eventually be no shortage of first-person shooters that you will be able to play online.

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