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Top 100 Game Trends of 2014

From Gamer Engagement Rings to Gold-Plated Consoles

— January 1, 2015 — Tech
As attention spans grow shorter, the 2014 game trends show that some of the most successful apps and video games are simple and succinct, giving them greater potential to go viral. One of the best examples of this from the past year is Flappy Bird, an app that inspired thousands of developers and brands to create their own spoofs.

Embracing their playful sides, Mercedes-Benz, Kotex, Taco Bell and Denny's have all released branded games or video game content that offers some sort of reward in addition to entertainment. Games are also popping up in all sorts of unexpected places, from bus shelters to Instagram and even watches, infusing a sense of play into the ordinary.

For a deeper look at what you can expect from the world of gaming in the future, check out Trend Hunter's Games Trend Report.
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Score
Popularity
Activity
Freshness
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Classic Video Game Revivals
Classic Video Game Revivals
The Analogue Nt Brings Back the Classic Super Nintendo
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99
Portable Pocket Computers
Portable Pocket Computers
The New Tango Super PC Can Easily Fit in the Back of Your Pants
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98
Friendly Soccer Betting Websites
Friendly Soccer Betting Websites
Sepp is a Site for World Cup Betting with Friends
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97
Retro Diner Arcade Apps
Retro Diner Arcade Apps
Denny's Atari Remix App Turns Arcade Classics into Breakfast Games
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96
Gamer Chalk Art
Gamer Chalk Art
This 3D Space Invaders Street Art is Incredibly Intricate
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95
Interchangeable Gaming Headsets
Interchangeable Gaming Headsets
The Rig Stereo Headset Allows You to Seamlessly Alter Platforms
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94
Rock Star Gamer Clones
Rock Star Gamer Clones
Fall Out Boy Creates a Clone to the Phenomenon Flappy Bird
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93
Dynamic Gaming Computers
Dynamic Gaming Computers
These MSI Gaming Pcs Feature Built-In Speakers & Advanced Graphics Cards
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92
Converted-Gamer Race Drivers
Converted-Gamer Race Drivers
The GT Academy Transforms Gamers into Real-Life Race Drivers
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91
Video Game Design Degrees
Video Game Design Degrees
The NYU Game Center Now Offers Gamers a Chance to Major in Beloved Hobby
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90
Baby Video Game Mashups
Baby Video Game Mashups
Ben Sterling Shows His Son's Got Game by Inserting Him into Popular Games
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89
Multimedia Gamer Coffee Tables
Multimedia Gamer Coffee Tables
This Pac-Man Coffee Table Uses Old Vhs Tapes to Form Its Base
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88
Virtual Reality Gaming Headsets
Virtual Reality Gaming Headsets
The Sony Project Morpheus Brings a New Medium to Console Gaming
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87
Multi-Surface Robotic Game Pieces
Multi-Surface Robotic Game Pieces
The Ozobot Smart Bot Makes Its Debut at CES 2014
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86
High-Performance Gaming Laptops
High-Performance Gaming Laptops
MSI GS Laptops Offer Top-Notch Audio, Video and Processing Speed
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85
Gamer Coffee Tables
Gamer Coffee Tables
This SNES Coffee Table is Shaped Like an Original Controller
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84
Period Arcade Games
Period Arcade Games
Kotex Advertises Its 3D Capture Core Pads with Two Marketing Games
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83
Bad-Date Rescuing Apps
Bad-Date Rescuing Apps
The DateEscape App Saves You from Bad Dates
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82
Crafty Game Illustrations
Crafty Game Illustrations
These Illustrations of Classic NES Games Look Like They're Made of Paper
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81
Scandalous Mayor Spoof Games
Scandalous Mayor Spoof Games
'Flappy Ford' is Another Popular Flappy Bird Spoof
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80
Anime Renaissance Remixes
Anime Renaissance Remixes
The Pokreation T-Shirt Gives the Creation of Adam a Geeky Makeover
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79
Reworked Video Game Leashes
Reworked Video Game Leashes
This Xbox Controller was Transformed into a Functional Dog Leash
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78
Touchscreen Gaming Laptops
Touchscreen Gaming Laptops
The Lenovo Y70 Touch Gaming Laptop is Surprisingly Thin
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77
Gender-Swapped Fantasy Characters
Gender-Swapped Fantasy Characters
Desktop Dungeons Looks to Eliminate Gender Stereotypes
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76
Female Focused Smartphone Games
Female Focused Smartphone Games
The Angry Birds Stella Game is Perfect for Female Audiences
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75
Breaking Dancing Robot Toys
Breaking Dancing Robot Toys
DiscoRobo Busts a Move at CES 2014
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74
Distracted Driver Simulation Games
Distracted Driver Simulation Games
'Tweet Chat Like & Drive' Shows Distracted Driving on the Road
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73
Wellness Retreat Simulation Games
Wellness Retreat Simulation Games
The Yoga Retreat Game App Provides Real World Wellness Tips
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72
Endangered Virtual Pet Games
Endangered Virtual Pet Games
Pets Endangered Species Lets You Take Care of Disappearing Animals
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71
Retro Computer Game Apps
Retro Computer Game Apps
Minesweeper Smartphone App Brings Back the Long-Lost Explosive Logic Game
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70
Reinvented Vintage Memory Games
Reinvented Vintage Memory Games
The Simon Swipe Game is Reinvented for the New Era
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69
Multi-Touch Gamer Laptops
Multi-Touch Gamer Laptops
The New Razer 'Blade' Laptop is a Cutting-Edge Gaming Machine
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68
Gamer Fan-Art Contests
Gamer Fan-Art Contests
Blizzard and DeviantART Have Partnered to Host a Diablo 3 Fan Art Event
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67
Virtual War Correspondent Photographs
Virtual War Correspondent Photographs
A Player Takes Stunning Grand Theft Auto Photography
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66
Photo-Taking Photography
Photo-Taking Photography
Crossroads of Reality by Benoit Paille Addresses Virtual Pictures
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65
Radical Retro Game Consoles
Radical Retro Game Consoles
These Super Retro Trio Consoles Have Been Redesigned
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64
Kiddie Coding Apps
Kiddie Coding Apps
The Hopscotch App Simplifies Coding for Kids
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63
Time-Efficient Restaurant Apps
Time-Efficient Restaurant Apps
The Kind Chef App is Revolutionizing Restaurant Ordering
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62
City Scavenger Hunt Apps
City Scavenger Hunt Apps
The Knit App Lets You Leave Secret Location-Based Messages for Friends
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61
Crime-Predicting Robots
Crime-Predicting Robots
Knightscope is a Police Robot That Predicts and Prevents Crime
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60
8-Bit Pixelated Sunglasses
8-Bit Pixelated Sunglasses
The Deal With It Sunglasses by CNC Design is Playful and Techy
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59
Device Sharing Poker Apps
Device Sharing Poker Apps
The Card Table App Lets You Use Your Phone and Tablet to Play Card Games
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58
Languorous Gaming Consoles
Languorous Gaming Consoles
Ishac Bertran's Slow Games Only Allows Players To Make One Move a Day
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57
Video Game Romantic Novels
Video Game Romantic Novels
These Video Games Got Reworked, Romance Novel Style
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56
Customized Cartoon Controllers
Customized Cartoon Controllers
This DeviantART Member Sells Cartoon-Inspired Custom Xbox Controlle
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55
Gamer-Specific Stadiums
Gamer-Specific Stadiums
Permanent Arenas will Put Professional Gaming in the Public Eye
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54
Playable Social Accounts
Playable Social Accounts
The Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare Campaign Features an Instagram Mission
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53
Downsized Gamer Watches
Downsized Gamer Watches
The Classic Arcade Wristwatch Almost Lets You Play Asteroids
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52
Puzzle Platform Game Apparel
Puzzle Platform Game Apparel
The LittleBigPlanet Clothing Line by Insert Coin is Cute
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51
Video Game Crossover Art
Video Game Crossover Art
Jorge Vargas' Mixed Video Games Shows Characters as Cosplayers
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50
Gamer Elf Diorama Jars
Gamer Elf Diorama Jars
Zelda's Phantom Hourglass Game Replica Link Elf Diorama is Charming
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49
Mind-Controlled Gaming Billboards
Mind-Controlled Gaming Billboards
Mindpong Uses Interactive Billboard Advertising to Beat Cancer
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48
Miniature Mobile Gaming Controllers
Miniature Mobile Gaming Controllers
The iMpulse is the World's Smallest Mobile Controller
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47
Gamified Lung Exercise Apps
Gamified Lung Exercise Apps
Alvio is a Respiratory App That Helps Kids with Asthma Breathe
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46
Full-Body Gaming Suits
Full-Body Gaming Suits
PrioVR Revealed a Half-Body Suit and Full-Body Controller Suit at CES 2014
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45
Interactive Gaming Promo Campaigns
Interactive Gaming Promo Campaigns
This Marketing Campaign Makes Use of Augmented Reality Shooters
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44
Fiery Gaming Peripherals
Fiery Gaming Peripherals
This USB Game Mouse Will Step the Casual Gamer Up to the Core Gamer Level
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43
Couch Gaming Keyboards
Couch Gaming Keyboards
ROCCAT Unveiled the Innovative Sova Gaming Keyboard at E3 2014
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42
Sneaky Gamer Lighters
Sneaky Gamer Lighters
The Assassin's Creed Lighter Brand Lets Virtual Assassins Leave Their Mark
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41
Multimedia Shape-Shifting Smartphones
Multimedia Shape-Shifting Smartphones
The Paddle Smartphone Takes on Multiple Shapes and Sizes
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40
Rage-Preventing Gaming Headsets
Rage-Preventing Gaming Headsets
The Immersion Headset Can Control Your Gaming Rage
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39
Shark-Inspired Automotive Games
Shark-Inspired Automotive Games
Volkswagen Shark Week Campaign Features Shark-Centric Car Games
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38
Retro Valise Arcades
Retro Valise Arcades
Take Your Favorite Games to Work with the Briefcase Arcade Machine
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37
Versatile Handheld Gaming Consoles
Versatile Handheld Gaming Consoles
iPEGA Android Gaming Tablet Brings Console Games to One Device
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36
Optimized Gaming Consoles
Optimized Gaming Consoles
The Alienware Steam Machine Announced Ahead of CES 2014
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35
Opulent Cartoon Race Cars
Opulent Cartoon Race Cars
Mercedes-Benz Mario Kart Cars Let You Race Luxury Cars on Rainbow Road
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34
Virtual Reality Headsets
Virtual Reality Headsets
The Totem Headset Has Two On-Board Cameras and HDMI Compatibility
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33
Nostalgic Animated Gaming Cars
Nostalgic Animated Gaming Cars
This Drivable Super Mario Kart Toy is for Kids
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32
Projection Gaming Systems
Projection Gaming Systems
Microsoft RoomAlive Turns Any Room into a Giant Xbox Game
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31
Gaming Hero Headgear
Gaming Hero Headgear
Protect Your Noggin with the Master Chief Motorcycle Helmet
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30
Energy-Conscious Toys
Energy-Conscious Toys
Eco Monsters Encourage Resourceful and Sustainable Behavior in Children
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29
Gold-Plated Consoles
Gold-Plated Consoles
The Xbox One and PS4 Systems Get a Opulent Makeover in Dubai
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28
Full-Body Virtual Gaming (UPDATE)
Full-Body Virtual Gaming (UPDATE)
The CES 2014 Virtuix Omni Debut Displays a Sleeker Design
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27
Brawling Muppet-Typing Games
Brawling Muppet-Typing Games
The Sesame Street Fighter Game Will Help You Type Faster
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26
Anime Pop-Up Shops
Anime Pop-Up Shops
A Pop-Up Shop in Paris Opened to Promote Pokemon X and Y
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25
Digital Board Game Devices
Digital Board Game Devices
Play Board Games Digitally with Electronic Dice From Dice+
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24
Armored Gamer Timepieces
Armored Gamer Timepieces
The Hayabusa Concept Watch Takes the Look of 'Halo 3' In-Game Armor
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23
Addictive Avian App Parodies
Addictive Avian App Parodies
Flappy Doge is a Replacement for the Flappy Bird Removed Game
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22
Wooden Console Covers
Wooden Console Covers
The Balolo Wooden Cover Gives Makes Your PS4 a Makeover
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21
Animal Simulation Video Games
Animal Simulation Video Games
The Bear Simulator Game Lets You Live a Bear's Life
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20
Retro-Modern Gaming Systems
Retro-Modern Gaming Systems
The R-KAID-R Game Console Blurs the Lines Between Past and Present
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19
Retro Gaming Blinds
Retro Gaming Blinds
English Blinds Created a Cooler Shading Option for Geeks
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18
Luxe Gamer Racing Boats
Luxe Gamer Racing Boats
The Cigarette Racing GT Vision Concept is Inspired by a Virtual Supercar
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17
Laser-Powered Cars
Laser-Powered Cars
The Chaparral 2X Concept Uses a Laser Powertrain
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16
Video Game-Inspired Photography
Video Game-Inspired Photography
This Grand Theft Auto Photo Series Mixes the Virtual with Reality
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15
Anime Quilled Paper Characters
Anime Quilled Paper Characters
Aimie Holdorf Rolled Paper into Cute Pokemon Creations
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14
Interactive Social Adventure Games
Interactive Social Adventure Games
This Instagram Hosts an Interactive Choose Your Own Adventure
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13
Multiplayer Flying Bird Games
Multiplayer Flying Bird Games
FlapMMO Makes the Flappy Bird Game Fun by Playing with Others
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12
Honest Video Game Titles
Honest Video Game Titles
'Honest Video Game Box Art' is a Collection of Humorous Game Renditions
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11
Pixelated Anime Fantasy Recreations
Pixelated Anime Fantasy Recreations
These Minecraft Creations are of Places from Spirited Away
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10
Imaginary Illustrated Playing Cards
Imaginary Illustrated Playing Cards
These Cards Show Human Characters Posed as Traditional Symbols
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9
Digital Bus Shelter Advertisements
Digital Bus Shelter Advertisements
This Augmented Reality Ad Immerses Commuters in a Video Game
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8
Virtual Concept Vehicles
Virtual Concept Vehicles
Playstation Gamers Can Test Drive the Nissan Vision Gran Turismo
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7
Post-Apocalyptic Graphics
Post-Apocalyptic Graphics
These Digital Paintings Imagine Famous Landmarks Taken Over by Fungus
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6
Immersive Gaming Chairs
Immersive Gaming Chairs
The X Rocker Interactive Audio Gaming Chair is a Gamer's Dream
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5
Real-World Gaming Cars
Real-World Gaming Cars
The Volkswagen Vision Gran Turismo Was Developed for a Video Game
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4
Retro Gamer Wall Lamps
Retro Gamer Wall Lamps
Arcade Lights Turns Cabinet Marquees into Gamer-Approved Illuminators
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3
Virtual Staring Contests
Virtual Staring Contests
KFC's Chicken Stare Off is an Intense Online Staring Competition
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2
Grotesque Medical Dinners
Grotesque Medical Dinners
This Unsettling Feast Introduces the Surgeon Simulator Game for iPhone
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1
Gamer Engagement Rings
Gamer Engagement Rings
The Intendo Ring Makes a Promise From One Nerd to Another
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