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A Sandbox for Learning: SimCityEDU
http://signup.simcityedu.org/
A Sandbox for Learning: SimCityEDU
SimCity creators have launched a new in-classroom learning experience that engages kids, and works with teachers to impart core curriculum.
The monumentally popular world-building video game of yore, SimCity™, has put on a fresh coat of paint in the name of education, according to KQED website. The maker of SimCity, Electronic Arts, has teamed with the Institute of Play's GlassLab to create a game that they hope will capture the imaginations and drive of middle-schoolers.
Engage your students by using the SimCity™ game to make learning come alive! Create and share game-based learning tools that address a wide range of subjects including science, math, civics, economics, and more.
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3B [virtual world] Browser
http://3b.net/browser/newhome.html
3B [virtual world] Browser
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Eggochi World
http://www.eggochi.com
An amazing free virtual world located in a huge park. Within the park live remarkable creatures that can fly.
A virtual world where there are games, missions island, cinema, mall and more ....
After registration you get an egg, from this egg an Eggochi come. You need to raise and take care of it.
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Cloud Party
http://www.cloudpartytime.com/
Cloud Party is a free-to-play virtual world that runs completely in your browser. No plugins or downloads, it's always just seconds away!
A powerful scripting language allows you to create new games and interactive objects.
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Azivia
http://www.azivia.com/
Azivia is a fully customizable, high end browser based virtual world.
Azivia is a cutting edge 3D web based Virtual World Platform that runs on your browser. It is fully customized with a huge range of high quality avatars, environments and simulations to meet your specific meeting, training and educational needs.
Each program is completely unique and designed with your specifications and input to allow realistic, incredibly lifelike simulations, virtual meeting capabilities, and educational material delivery.
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Bloomers Island
http://www.bloomersisland.com/
Bloomers Island
A long time ago, before trucks and cars and big machines, a place was born where natural things came to life and flourished.
On Bloomers! Island the sun shines brightly, trees smile and fun-loving blooming flowers and vegetables play, discover new adventures, and learn how to grow tall and wise.
Bloomers! Island and the adorable cast of garden characters need you to make sure that everything keeps growing with plenty of sunshine and love. But just like their real life garden family and friends, they need your help to keep playing, keep discovering and keep growing, off the island too!
On Bloomers! Island, in Bloomers! Backyard or in Bloomers! Classroom - bring the island fun to life. The more you play, the more you?ll learn, and the more you know, the more you'll grow
The mission of Bloomers! is to bring the magical world of gardens, flowers, plants and nature to life, in exciting new ways for young children. When rich play meets a variety of play-grounds, and compels children to engage with the natural world around them in relevant and fun ways, developmental milestones can be reached, educational moments can be achieved, and most importantly, children learn to take the game offline and keep the play alive.
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Shaker
http://www.atshaker.com/
The Experience Revolution has already started. Sign up and get an invitation to see how Shaker brings the "social" to your social network
"Avatar-based chat room Shaker took the gold two weeks ago at the TechCrunch Disrupt conference. Created as a Facebook app, Shaker lets users enter an isometric environment that resembles a bar. You can see and interact with other fully articulated avatars that look like mannequins. Users can chat, dance, give other users virtual drinks, see which of your Facebook friends are nearby and invite them to join the party. There is no “point” to Shaker interaction; it’s simply fun and engagin" [Mashable]
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SIM on a Stick
http://simonastick.com/
SIM on a Stick
Have your own SIM on a thumb drive
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BrainNook
http://brainnook.com/
BrainNook is a free virtual world that helps kids develop foundational Math and English skills while playing with others in a safe online playground.
BrainNook contains over a hundred educational games based on fundamental concepts in the critical subjects of Math and English Grammar.
These games are embedded within colorful virtual worlds that children can unlock and explore. Children can play educational games while exploring virtual worlds, safely competing and interacting with other children, and soling puzzles.
In addition to Math and English skills, BrainNook helps kids strengthen other important skills such as reading, reasoning, decision-making, analysis, memorization, dexterity and computer literacy.
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Hypergrid Adventurers Club
http://becunningandfulloftricks.com/hypergrid-adventurers-club/
Hypergrid Adventurers Club
Are you an Adventurer?
Looking for a friendly group of fellow travelers and pioneers interested in exploring Virtual Worlds?
Join the Hypergrid Adventurers Club and let your journey begin!
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Pleiades
http://pleiades.ca/
Pleiades is working towards a world in which learning is cheap, accessible, personalized, and recognized across institutional lines.
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Virtual Worlds For Kids Portal
http://www.mimogames.com
Mimo Games is a portal for many of the virtual worlds for kids and tweens.
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Philip Rosedale - Virtual Worlds and Second Life
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J3LFqX6YNY0
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Poptropica
http://poptropica.com
Poptropica is for kids 5-12
Poptropica was developed by Family Education Network (FEN), the makers of Funbrain.com. For over a decade, kids, teachers, librarians, and parents have enthusiastically turned to Funbrain for its interactive learning games, online books, and comics.
The popularity of Funbrain in schools prompted FEN to use its expertise to build a unique online experience for kids to enjoy during their free time.
In September 2007, FEN launched Poptropica, a virtual world in which kids explore and play in complete safety. Accessibility to this world for kids is important to the creators, which is why the Poptropica Islands are free for all kids to play.
Poptropica is published by Family Education Network, a part of Pearson, the education, services and technology company.
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Fantage
http://www.fantage.com/
Fantage is a website that kids can interact play in fashion shows host their own fashion show got to friends home decorate their home.
Fantage is very safe and moderates what your kids are saying so you dont have to watch them.
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SpotON3D
https://spoton3d.com/
SpotON3D is the first intentionally designed 3D Web Grid Application to offer Enterprise Ready Products such as Virtual Office Conference Rentals, and Stand-Alone Simulation Licensing.
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Club Penguin
http://www.clubpenguin.com/
Club Penguin
Club Penguin is a safe, fun online environment for elementary kids to play games, chat with other kids, and take care of your own virtual pet. Dangerously addictive for 6-9 year olds!
Chatting and gaming are the two most popular online activities for kids, yet most virtual worlds are focused on an older audience.
We wanted to create a fun, online world that we'd be comfortable letting our own kids visit
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Reaction Grid
http://www.reactiongrid.com/
Reaction Grid
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Regional Virtual World users Groups
http://network.associationofvirtualworlds.com/groups
Regional Virtual World users Groups ... Groups in the Social Network : Association of Virtual Worlds
| Virtual Worlds in Australia | Virtual Worlds in Canada | Virtual Worlds in the UK | Virtual Worlds in New Zealand | Virtual Worlds in Singapore | Virtual Worlds in China | Virtual Worlds in Hungary | Virtual Worlds in Poland | Virtual Worlds in Mexico | Virtual Worlds in Russia | Virtual Worlds in the Philippines | Virtual Worlds in Israel | Virtual Worlds of Turkey | Virtual Worlds in Denmark/Scandinavia | Virtual Worlds in Germany | Virtual Worlds in the Netherlands | Virtual Worlds in Spain | Virtual Worlds in Italy | Virtual Worlds in France | Virtual Worlds in Brazil | Virtual Worlds in Africa | Virtual worlds in India |
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Koinup : Virtual Worlds Social Network
http://www.koinup.com/
Koinup : Virtual Worlds Social Network
The Social Network for your Virtual Life.
Koinup is based in Italy and founded Pierluigi Casolari (CEO) and Edoardo Turelli (CTO).
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SmallWorlds : 3D browser-based VW
http://www.smallworlds.com
SmallWorlds is a 3D virtual world that runs inside your web browser.
It enables you to build your own room, house, or even your own world, and fill it with a wide variety of items and fun activities.
With your online friends and acquaintances, you can share experiences like playing games, watching YouTube videos, listening to your favourite band, browsing through photo galleries, and much more.
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3DXPlorer
http://www.3dxplorer.com/
3DXplorer is the first "plug-in-less" , "browser-based" immersive web3D platform for visiting and building 3D virtual worlds, 3D web sites, 3D Online Meeting rooms and other 3D web applications. 3DXplorer spaces are viewable on any platform or browser.
3DXPlorer is an online platform for designing interactive 3D web pages and virtual worlds including 3D spaces and 3D objects, in which web visitors can walk, visualize objects and interact as easily as they navigate through HTML pages, but in a 3D immersive mode.
Designed for a wide range of applications, it can be used simply as a virtual show room in which visitors can visualize an interior design and feel an atmosphere, or in more sophisticated cases, used as an online interactive e-commerce tool, such as a sales configurator or an online collaborative platform to review product development.
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WoogiWorld
http://www.woogiworld.com/
WoogiWorld
Through our safe, and engaging virtual world, woogiworld, elementary age children worldwide are becoming responsible Internet users and goodwill ambassadors, learning and implementing the character traits that are helping them be good influences in their homes, schools, and communities—ultimately leading out in the global "Woogi phenomenon" of kids driving good works.
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ExitReality
http://www.exitreality.com/
ExitReality : ExitReality is a free internet plug-in that allows anyone to view every web page in 3D
View any webpage in 3D... every website is now a virtual world
Turn your standard 2D web page into your own unique 3D space
Meet and chat with people in 3D
Search and explore thousands of online 3D communities and meet new people!
... experience a 3D experience and know who is on the website
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http://screenr.com/user/shamblesguru
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Edusim
http://edusim3d.com/alpha/
Edusim is a free opensource 3D multi-user virtual world specifically for your classroom interactive whiteboard (Smartboard, Activeboard, Interwriter, Mimio, eBeam, or WiiBoard).
Edusim is extendable allowing multiple classrooms to connect their interactive whiteboards for collaborative learning session. Read more about Edusim and turning your classroom interactive whiteboard into a low cost single walled CAVE based virtual world platform here.
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AvatarSpace
http://www.oddcast.com
AvatarSpace
Oddcast’s Talking Avatars Have a New Virtual Home with AvatarSpace
Review at mashable.com/2008/10/01/oddcast-avatar-space
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Edusim
http://edusim3d.com
Edusim is a free opensource 3D multi-user virtual world specifically for your classroom interactive whiteboard (Smartboard, Activeboard, Mimio, eBeam, or WiiBoard).
Edusim is extendable allowing multiple classrooms to connect their interactive whiteboards for collaborative learning sessions.
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Panfu
http://www.panfu.com/
Panfu is a friendly, virtual world, in which children can play online games, have fun, learn Spanish easily and make new friends.
When our children surf the Internet, they should, above all, be having fun and surfing content which corresponds to their age and development. In the virtual world of Panfu, young Internet users between the ages of 8 and 12 years will find a wide range of free and child-appropriate online games including a safe and supervised chat tool learn Spanish and the option to care for a virtual pet.
Every child in Panfu can individually style their own panda and set up and decorate their own tree-house.
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WebFlock
http://tinyurl.com/5tkmlh
WebFlock
Sibley Verbeck is moving past Second Life. The CEO of the Electric Sheep Company has made a lot of money creating virtual islands in Second Life for big brands such as CBS, Showtime, and Intel.
But now he is ready to bring those virtual worlds to the Web in regular browsers.
July 2008, he released WebFlock, a Flash-based 3-D virtual world application he is offering as a hosted software service.
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Immersive Education Initiative
http://immersiveeducation.org/about.html
Immersive Education Initiative
The Immersive Education Initiative is an international collaboration of universities, colleges, research institutes, consortia and companies that are working together to define and develop open standards, best practices, platforms, and communities of support for virtual reality and game-based learning and training systems.
One project is an "Education Grid" that allows interactivity between different V.W. platforms.
http://mediagrid.org/groups/technology/grid.ied
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Virtual Worlds Research Listserv
https://utlists.utexas.edu/sympa/info/vw-research
Virtual Worlds Research Listserv
This listserv is intended to serve as a forum for discussion and collaboration on the topic of virtual worlds research, and is sponsored by the Journal of Virtual Worlds Research
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The Association of Virtual Worlds
http://www.associationofvirtualworlds.com/
The Association of Virtual Worlds believes that virtual worlds represent a major information and technological revolution in how we work, play and live.
The Association mission is to serve those companies and individuals who are dedicated to the advancement of this multi-billion dollar global industry and reach out to those who have not yet found virtual worlds.
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OpenSim (VW Open Source Platform)
http://opensimulator.org/wiki/Main_Page
The OpenSimulator Project is a BSD Licensed Virtual Worlds Server which can be used for creating and deploying 3D Virtual Environments.
It has been developed by several developers. Out of the box, the OpenSim can be used to create a Second Life(tm) like environment, able to run in a standalone mode or connected to other OpenSim instances through built in grid technology. It can also easily be extended to produce more specialized 3D interactive applications.
OpenSim is written in C#, and can run under Mono or the Microsoft .NET runtimes. Due to its clean modular nature it is possible to significantly extend functionality yourself via plug-in modules to suit your application. OpenSim is currently in the alpha development stage, with active testing of development versions encouraged.
If you're interested in contributing, please read our Contributions Policy, and learn what OpenSim's values are.
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Twinity
http://twinity.com
Twinity - the virtual world that mashes up the real with the virtual.
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The OpenSimulator Project
http://opensimulator.org/wiki/Main_Page
The OpenSimulator Project is a BSD Licensed Virtual Worlds Server which can be used for creating and deploying 3D Virtual Environments.
It has been developed by several developers. Out of the box, the OpenSim can be used to create a Second Life(tm) like environment, able to run in a standalone mode or connected to other OpenSim instances through built in grid technology. It can also easily be extended to produce more specialized 3D interactive applications.
The OpenSim project was founded in January 2007 by Darren Guard (also known as MW), who, like so many other people, saw the potential for an open source 3d Virtual Environments server that could be used for many different applications. Also like many others, Darren had watched many other attempts at open source virtual world servers fail, often due to the massive task of writing both a server and a client at the same time.
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The metaverse.
http://www.metaverseroadmap.org/MetaverseRoadmapOverview.pdf
What happens when video games meet Web 2.0? When virtual worlds meet geospatial maps of the planet? When simulations get real and life and business go virtual? When you use a virtual Earth to navigate the physical Earth, and your avatar becomes your online agent?
What happens is the metaverse.
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Edusim
http://www.edusim3d.com
The Edusim is a 3D interactive virtual educational environment built on open source Croquet.
The Edusim on an interactive whiteboard surface is an extremely powerful way to engage your students by bringing a 3D immersive environment that allows the direct manipulation of the 3D virtual learning objects directly from the board.
The Edusim is extendable allowing multiple classrooms to connect their boards for interactive learning session!
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Metaplace
http://www.playdom.com/
Metaplace is a next-generation virtual worlds platform designed to work the way the Web does. Instead of giant custom clients and huge downloads, Metaplace lets you play the same game on any platform that reads our open client standard. We supply a suite of tools so you can make worlds, and we host servers for you so that anyone can connect and play. And the client could be anywhere on the Web.
We hope there will be millions of worlds made with Metaplace. It could get hard to find stuff if we're right, so the portal lets you easily search, rate, review, and tag worlds and games of all sorts. You also get a user profile so you can find each other.
According to the official website, the platform is "client-agnostic", which means that virtual worlds developed on Metaplace can be accessed using any device that connects to the Web.
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RuneScape
http://www.runescape.com/
Runescape
RuneScape takes place in the fantasy-themed realm of Gielinor, which is divided into several different kingdoms, regions, and areas.
Players can travel throughout the gaming world on foot, by using magical teleportation spells or devices, or mechanical means of transportation.
Each region offers different types of monsters, materials, and quests to challenge players.
Players are shown on the screen as customisable avatars. They set their own goals and objectives, deciding which of the available activities to pursue.
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Kaneva
http://www.kaneva.com/
Kaneva is the first virtual entertainment world that unifies the 2D web with a 3D experience. Kaneva is the first to integrate social networking, shared media, and collaborative online communities into a modern-day, immersive 3D Virtual World.
Built for the masses, Kaneva is an extension of socialization and entertainment in the real world. Kaneva has been designed from the ground up with ease-of-use, fun and entertainment top-of-mind.
Kaneva is the only place where Profiles, Media and Communities are teleported from the 2D web into a modern-day 3D Virtual World with their own virtual spaces.
Latin for “canvas,” Kaneva’s mission is to enable its members to have fun, express their interests and passions, and establish meaningful, real connections with others.
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3B
http://3b.net/browser/newhome.html
3B allows you take any web sites or photos and place them in a personalized 3D space, your 3B village. You can use MySpace, Hi5 or Bebo pages or photos you've loaded onto Flickr, Photobucket or any other web service.
The thing with 3B is that you can make it totally YOURS, it's your unique 3D space. And 3B is incredibly easy to use, it's simpler than uploading a photo to the web and FREE.
And if you're in the mood, you can share your 3B village with your friends. You can even create your own avatar and hang out with them virtually and wander around 3B villages, stores and cities together.
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Active Worlds and Education
https://www.activeworlds.com/index.html
Active Worlds and Education
Since the inception of the Active Worlds technology, it has been a hit with teachers around the world. From architecture departments to science labs to ThinkQuest projects, Active Worlds has been adding new dimensions to learning for over four years.
In response to the growing demand from educators, Activeworlds Inc. launched The Active Worlds Educational Universe (AWEDU).
The AWEDU is a unique educational community that makes the Active Worlds technology available to educational institutions, teachers, students, and individual programs in a focused setting. Via this community, educators are able to explore new concepts, learning theories, creative curriculum design, and discover new paradigms in social learning.
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Immersive Education
http://immersiveeducation.org/
Immersive Education
Immersive Education, a Media Grid initiative, is a novel learning platform that combines interactive 3D graphics, commercial game and simulation technology, virtual reality, voice chat (Voice over IP/VoIP), Web cameras (webcams) and rich digital media with collaborative online course environments and classrooms.
Originally available only to university students, the next generation of Immersive Education is focused on a broad spectrum of academic and non-academic users (higher education, K-12 [kindergarten through high school], and corporate training).
Educators, students, and professionals who have experience with virtual reality learning tools or video game technology are encouraged to participate, and can do so in two ways ....
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There
http://www.there.com/
There is a virtual world where you can:
| Create a 3D avatar | Hang out with friends | Play games | Build a home | Design and sell things |
There is an online hangout where teens can meet friends, play games, and explore a 3D virtual world.
There takes extra steps to educate members about safety issues and recommends many ways to stay safe online. In addition to the safety tips which are available at the bottom of every There web page, these tips are prominently displayed in high traffic in-world areas.
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Virtual world : section on Wikipedia
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Virtual_world
Virtual world : section on Wikipedia
A virtual world is a computer-based simulated environment intended for its users to inhabit and interact via avatars.
This habitation usually is represented in the form of two or three-dimensional graphical representations of humanoids (or other graphical or text-based avatars).
Some, but not all, virtual worlds allow for multiple users.
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Virtual Environments : Videos and PowerPoints
http://virtualenvironmentvideos.blogspot.com/
The link above goes to one of the Shambles "Forest of Theme Blogs" pages that provides videos and other multimedia resources to support the topic here.
If you would like to see all of the Theme Blogs then go to the full list at http://www.shambles.net/blogforest or click where you see this button The Shambles Forest of Theme Blogs
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'Second Life' in Education Interview
http://tinyurl.com/yfufyq
'Second Life' in Education Interview
We spent the first half of the interview just talking about how Second Life works. It is both compelling and frightening at the same time--the idea of "going" to a virtual location for a conference actually makes a lot of sense
This interview is only about 33 minutes long, and--for those who don't know anything about Second Life--should be a real eye-opener. At the end of the interview Gavin generously gives instructions for getting a personal tour from him once you are in Second Life.
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Virtual Worlds Comparison
http://oz.slinked.net/compare.php
Virtual Worlds Comparison
This page features comparisons in different ways of three different Virtual Worlds. Currently these worlds are Active Worlds, Second Life, and There
This is meant as a non-partisan comparison of these three VWs and their features. It is an attempt to be helpfull to anyone who want's to know more about these different VWs and find which one is best for them. I do encourage you to try each one out however to find for your own self which you prefer. Each VW does offer a free trial of some sort.
I use the term Virtual Worlds although several other terms could be used to describe these types of software. Virtual Realities, Metaverses, 3D Internet, and many other terms are amongst those that could be used.
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