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Interview with David n Goliath on the return of The Corporation, March 1997 Major Groups in Review.
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It has colour, graphics, disco music and is a lot easier to read then ASCII text. Defacto2 in the future will be available to read using three different mediums. - There will be a coded PC version supporting SVGA graphics, digital music and all that other jazz. - A plain ASCII / text version for all you UNIX users or people who feel the coded edition is too big to download. - And finally each issue will be viewable on our web page at www.defacto2.com. Every month we will hope to release a issue, exactly when during the month we will release will not be decided until we have enough quality content to warrant a release. Each issue will be released on the day of release on most major FTP sites and on our web page. We don't have and are not planing on having an IRC channel, IRC offer bots or anonymous FTP sites. If you wish to contact Defacto2 please email us at [email protected] A Word From Saint Tok. ---------------------- Hi, it's me Saint Tok again. It great to see you are still reading DF2and we hope you stay on with us. Last issue in my opinion was not our best, but the scene was being fairly quiet and Cyber Strike didn't help us. This issue looks a lot better and I hope we will improve in the future. While we are talking about Defacto2 I've thought about this and I must say Defacto2 is not what you could call a electronic magazine. It's more like a newspaper, just a bunch of interviews, articles and stuff bunched together. But we don't mind because their is no one out there who matches up to the quality of Defacto2. Check out some of the comments I've received from our reader ship. If you know the scene you will notice some famous people who really do like us :) Crazy: Man defacto2 really kickass i just finished to read it TKLP: Yo! great fuckin job with defacto2 man, its COMPLETELY AWESOME! Savager: Great defacto2!!!!!!! really nice! Manic: Defacto2 is better then most of rcn's, and there's no code! kick ass! Ramirez: Defacto is good written! Skill: yeah well, it was decent... I don't normally readmamags since they are all just a waste of time. Dante: Definatally a mag based on content, better content than every RCN put together. One 30: the content is excellent Halfback: Good interviews. Marduk: Just done reading DF2, Very good. One of the better quality emag Ive seen in a long time. Ionizer: I READ IT AND WAS LIKE "FINALLY, HONEST ARTICLES" We will publish all your opinions you give us and more importantly we will take notice of your comments and suggestions. We will strive to bring you interviews with the most respected and popular people in the scene and continue to give you the best read you can find. If you want to ask us anything please use our email at [email protected] Common, don't be lazy, write!. ------------------------------------------------------------------------------ _____ __ ______ _\____|________ _| |_ _________________ _____\____|______ ___ __ | | | _| _____| ____/ | | | ___| |_| | | | | | |___ __|_ | | | | __|_ | | | |____ |___ |___|__ | /____ |____|___ |____ |____ |___| | \___/ \__| \____/ |____/ \____/ \___/ |____/ |___/ Interview with Black (Insanity Leader) Conducted by Saint Tok The Re-Emergence of Insanity DEFACTO2: Please introduce yourself to our readers Black. BLACK: Hi, I'm Black, one of the leaders in Insanity, I'm in no other groups right now because of my amount of time. DEFACTO2: Tells us a bit about Insanity, it's history, why it was started and when. BLACK: Well. Insanity is actually a split off of me/lords old group Criminology. That group died/split off because of disloyalty and disrespect of each other so me and lord took our best friends and best curries from Criminology and made a new group. This was in the beginning of October. We started out on small sites but siteops liked us and we worked hard to get on bigger sites so after a while we got on mediocre and semi-good sites In January/February we started to really show up on those semi-good sites and give some groups a little bit of competition. And lots of groups started to try recruiting our curries. But we are group based on loyalty, friendship and respect. So most people like the group and don't want to change curry affiliations. DEFACTO2: I've heard Insanity members are not on any RISC sites, is there any reasons for this? BLACK: Okay...About RISC sites...Well...in the middle of February some of our people wanted to be added to RISC sites...me and lord said: We're adding some people to some RISC sites in a week or so.. But as the week passed me and lord started to get more idle on IRC because of Exams/School. So we pushed the thing up all the time. And meantime the curries started idling....so that's maybe why we aren't on RiSC sites right now... But in the Swedish Eastern Holidays me and lord are going to get big time active again and Insanity will start kicking ass again. Last time we kicked ass was when me and lord was off school for one week and we spent all our time to Insanity (At least 85% of our time). That was in February/January. DEFACTO2: What is this recent deal between Insanity and Rebels? BLACK: Ohh, that one...Well at the time when me and lord were off IRC much (I was gone mostly) our Council member Darkrat took care of the group. One night he said that 2 Leaders/Seniors in Rebels contacted him about Insanity being Rebels OC because they didn't think that Devotion supported their US sites. And we gladly accepted the deal about supporting their US sites and such stuff and then we got voted in on a Rebels Meeting. And right now the groups are working gr8 together. I love Rebels as much as Insanity :) DEFACTO2: What in your opinion are the current top five courier groups? BLACK: #1 RiSC, #2 Empire, #3 Devotion, #4 Amnesia (I hate to admit it) #5 Hmm dunno really :) I would like to say Insanity...But we aren't on RiSC sites yet so we cant be count in :( and we are idling now.. so I dunno about #5, Maybe Ambition :) I like them...friendly group.. heh DEFACTO2: Why did you put Empire in the number two position? BLACK: They have some nice talents. But not all people in Empire are on RiSC sites...If they would maybe you would see why they should be #2 :) But the people in Empire that ARE on RiSC sites are doing PRETTY well sometimes... DEFACTO2: Thanks for the interview, lets hope Insanity gets back to it's old self soon. Any last words before we go? BLACK: Yep...To all people that think that we are dead. WE ARE NOT! just had some kick ass time in real life...but on the holidays in one week...u will see a BIG comeback and we are probably getting on RiSC sites then... Greets: Lord, Charley, Wadood, Def_Fred, Dot, Mossyak, Link and the whole Insanity/Rebels gang!! PEACE TO YA'LL! :) ------------------------------------------------------------------------------ _____ __ ______ _\____|________ _| |_ _________________ _____\____|______ ___ __ | | | _| _____| ____/ | | | ___| |_| | | | | | |___ __|_ | | | | __|_ | | | |____ |___ |___|__ | /____ |____|___ |____ |____ |___| | \___/ \__| \____/ |____/ \____/ \___/ |____/ |___/ Interview with Dizzident Conducted by IPggi Devotion Are Partying DEFACTO2: Welcome Dizzident, you are of late best known as one of the founders of Devotion, how has the group being performing in the first quarter of 1997? DIZZIDNT: Well, the first 6 weeks of 1997 has been not so great, but the last couple of weeks we are back where we were. Thanks to new traders, we got motivated again, and we are enjoying it again. We are solid now, and ready to compete again, so I think devotion has a bright future ahead. DEFACTO2: Was Devotion in general getting bored of couriering? Is the thrill of competition not as rewarding as it one was? DIZZIDNT: I don't know, I think the competition wasn't that great last few months of 1996, and December, a lot of Devotion people where on holidays, or home for those days, so December was really a bad month. When they got back, I guess people didn't feel the urge to trade that much again, and like in devotion there aint a leader that is chasing your butt, I guess people felt it was all right to do less. After a few horrible weeks, I think people saw we are losing on the sites, and decided to do some trading again, at least, that happened with me.. DEFACTO2: Many people I have spoken to say that Devotion are on all the right sites except they only idle. Can we assume this reputation is going to change in the next few weeks? DIZZIDNT: Hmm, idle on the sites, what do you mean, on devotion sites we ended last few weeks as #1, and on some top 5 sites we always had people on the top 3. I don't see we have such a bad reputation, I never see .bad zips, or stalls from devotion couriers, so I don't see any reason to change anything, I think we behave real decent. DEFACTO2: Idle as in being not as active or good as they could be. I've heard Devotion are having a party organised by yourself, can you tell us more about your party? DIZZIDNT: We can do better, that's for sure, but why, if that means less fun :) Devotion is all about having a good feeling, and if you feel great by not having to trade, for a few days, then it is only great. We had a party in Germany in march, about 30 people came, not only from Devotion, also people from other groups, in the summer we will have a BBQ in <Cencored>, and later, I will organise a beach-party, or a backyard party, and like, every1 is welcome.. Even you pal:) DEFACTO2: So anyone from anywhere from any groups are welcome ? :) DIZZIDNT: Yeah sure, why not, we are all in this together, I rather have 10000 friends, then 1 enemy, and I think party's like that brings people closer together. DEFACTO2: How did the March party go? I heard it was held in your back yard, if your back yard is anything like mine it would have been a pretty poor get together. DIZZIDNT: Nah, it was in Germany, it was fun, I only went there last day, cause I had to work, when I was there, there where like 14 guys there, I heard it was a real heavy booze party, it was held in a bar (private), people where on Internet there, and they even cracked a release there, it was a real computer/booze party.. Guys laying all over the place, great !! DEFACTO2: Haha, typical Germans with beer :) Recently Rebels dropped you as their official courier group. Their main reason from what I've been lead to believe is that Devotion was not supporting Rebel's North American sites. Can you go into some more details? DIZZIDNT: When they asked us to be official for them, I told them we are euro-ftp only, they didn't mind, after a few months, after the merge with cb4 rebels became better, and they demanded us support, they have a lot of us sites, and devotion was never able to support all of them, so they dropped us. That's okay, but it all happened in a way, it should have to happen, for the first time in my whole scene life I was mad, so was the rest of the devotion guys. That resulted in a lot of motivation again, so we actually won.. I guess the guys where so pissed, that they wanted to show what they where worth on the sites.. We lost a good release group, but we gained a lot of motivation, so it was not really a lost.. DEFACTO2: Any plans for another group to replace Rebels in the near future? DIZZIDNT: Well, we are open for every good group, I do want a game, and a util affil for devotion. We learned from rebels, we are better now, and I wont let the same thing happen again. DEFACTO2: Can you name any groups you have a particular liking and interest to? DIZZIDNT: No, to be honest, I never thought of it, if I give an answer now, it aint founded on good thinking, I don't mind what group really, if they are relaxed, release quality, and have fun also :) DEFACTO2: I hope you don't mind the next few questions, I think some of our readers would like to know about the famous courier who in his spare time sells fish. What type of computer games are you into? DIZZIDNT: Haha, well.. I am not a famous trader, I suck in that, always have like 25 megs, and I love to chat more then I trade. But Hmm, I love to play duke3d, and red alert, I don't have much time for gaming, 95% of my time I spend on Internet.. DEFACTO2: What's your favourite takeaway food? DIZZIDNT: Hmm, pickled herring, with unions.. Hahaha, nah really, I love a whopper.. Burger King ROX:)) DEFACTO2: Who/What is currently your favourite singer/band? DIZZIDNT: Shit.. pp will laugh now.. I really like the new CD from George Michael, but still my favourite group is PearlJam.. And the havenzangers are real great, that's a Dutch heavy metal band. Are you pulling my leg ? 1st of April? hehe DEFACTO2: And finally if you could pick any car in the world to drive for a month, what you choose? DIZZIDNT: Hmmmmmmmmmm, now you make me drool, I guess a Lamborghini Diablo. that car really rocks.. DEFACTO2: Well thanks for your time Dizzident, you want give out any shouts or something before you go? DIZZIDNT: Hmm, maybe it is time for some thanks, I like to thank everyone in Devotion, they really set an example how the scene should look like, in my eyes of course. I like to thank Ramirez, 187 and Winter Hawk personally, they helped me so much, when I was a newbe, Ramirez especially.. He had to put up with me for a long time.. And thank you, this is one GREAT interview:)) ------------------------------------------------------------------------------ _____ __ ______ _\____|________ _| |_ _________________ _____\____|______ ___ __ | | | _| _____| ____/ | | | ___| |_| | | | | | |___ __|_ | | | | __|_ | | | |____ |___ |___|__ | /____ |____|___ |____ |____ |___| | \___/ \__| \____/ |____/ \____/ \___/ |____/ |___/ Interview with Master of Illusions (Quartex [Amiga], X-Force) Conducted by Saint Tok I Want My Amiga DEFACTO2: Please introduce and tell us a bit about yourself. MSTROFIL: Most people through the last couple of years have known me as MOI, which is short for Master of Illusions. I had to change 'identity' due to the fact that certain agents and Telco officers found me to be very interesting due to an anonymous tip. So for various reasons I can't give you my old handles. I was mainly busted because someone was envious on my calling out abilities and that I was too open at the time. On the Amiga (STILL ALIVE!) I'm one hundred percent DEVOTED QUARTEX! and if something ever will happen again on that baby QUARTEX will rock again. On the PC utils area X-FORCE is the only one. I felt the games scene were missing something and the games scene has always been the most intense and I do care for the scene. So CELEBRE to the rescue and in time I know our appearance and contributions and participation will bring some of the old Amiga scene back into the PC games scene. DEFACTO2: When and why was Celebre started? MSTROFIL: I recall we released: =C= PGA EUROPEAN TOUR GOLF 96 (c) ELECTRONIC ARTS =C= =C= UEFA CHAMPIONS LEAGUE 95/96 (c) KRISALIS =C= after which a two of my best friends in Europe was busted. Elvin Nox (which all oldies knows) and Skywalker (who is an old friend from QUARTEX - a superb character), we decided to lay low for a period cause of security reasons. It took a while to recover but it was worth it. The right direction and we oldies didn't want to quit but do something about it. So at a party which was in 95 I think Stingray (X-FORCE) came to my country and he agreed and then things were build up. DEFACTO2: So Celebre was originally found in 1995? MSTROFIL: If you ask when the original idea and the work started in 94 then yes. And between 95 and now I was paid a visit by certain uninvited people which delayed things a little bit. DEFACTO2: What was Celebre's first release and when did you guys release it? MSTROFIL: I believe it was in March 96 and the title was the PGA EUROPEAN TOUR GOLF 96 by ELECTRONIC ARTS (probably the most quality games company on the PC) the game was supplied by Iron Helix. DEFACTO2: What is your favourite PC game developer? MSTROFIL: On Amiga I always remember INFOGRAMES because of NORTH AND SOUTH. DEFACTO2: What about the PC? MSTROFIL: On PC I salute ELECTRONIC ARTS and ACTIVISION and MINDSCAPE but there are a lot of good companies out there developing excellent games. Take INTERACTIVE MAGIC for an example they have grown large with time and a kick ass title like FALLEN HAVEN. DEFACTO2: What are Celebre's main goals, policies and philosophy? MSTROFIL: Humm, Celebre's are tight friends with a special atmosphere inside of the group. All leaders leading to one goal. The best for the group, cause the stronger Celebre is the more can Celebre help the individual member. We are in it for the fun of it but also cause we can't leave it. For me personally it has become an addiction, so I combine things best possible. No war's and bull shit cause the groups just can't afford it. The Internet has blown the whole shit wide open and unless we aint securing us better we become much easier targets for the fedz. So why not make the best out of it. competition don't hurt though but lame ass attitudes do. Take a look at the current Razor 1911. They are down now cause of busts. Old people who weren't directly involved but knew people like Speed Racer are hiding with good reason, and the fedz got info on most of their most productive people. And from what I hear then the fedz are doing very well in getting more infos. Never have much faith in rumours but be careful anyhow. DEFACTO2: In 1996 what was Celebre's best release? MSTROFIL: In 97 though FALLEN HAVEN (c) INTERACTIVE MAGIC deserves all the attention and credits though. but I know we have other games coming up that will match it. QUAKE: SCOURGE OF ARMAGON (c) ACTIVISION we also very popular I hear.. DEFACTO2: What's your personal opinion about other games groups such as Razor1911, Reflux, Hybrid and Class? MSTROFIL: Well Razor1911 released Grand Prix 2 from Microprose last year and that was great. They also released Red Alert so they are still around giving the biggies once in a while. Reflux still carries the stains from ROR and the attitude hasn't changed that much and still things happen, but I would give them the credits that when it comes to releases they have done a little bit better but still I don't feel their knowledge about the games industry is high enough which can be seen in their nfo's.. and they still have much to learn but well we all do. For hybrid, hehe hope they will come back. Meet Hoson and Le Vey and Agony and a few more last year where Kafka were too and we discussed old times.. And let me put it this way *ME* and *KAFKA* were sober. :) cheers mates.. hope they will be back. at least TDUJAM and HYBRID started the PC CD-ROM scene. While the rest of us were still doing army and couldn't let go of it even though we faced where things were heading. For Class previously Prestige I can say they have had it too easy in US but its nice to see releases. Same like PSG there were good things involved and a few black sheeps. Some people should relax though but well that's human nature. Nice to see them all active though.. that's the best of it all to keep the scene alive. DEFACTO2: Thanks for your time. Do you wish to say any last words or greet anyone before we go? MSTROFIL: Heh how typical :> Well you asked earlier how come the past releases were so fine etc.. and I hope that's in general for the scene. For Celebre the fast supplies and the skilled crackers are one of the reasons, but it would never have become possible without the whole crew doing their part.. and the rule we live by is: BY SERVING EACH OTHER, WE BECOME FREE. QUARTEX - THERE CAN BE ONLY ONE CELEBRE - FOR YOUR ENTERTAINMENT XFORCE - ROX and final quote.. think of the group through the years.. (get sentimental) Mans evolution was the beginning of the worlds devolution (c) Master of Illusions ------------------------------------------------------------------------------ _____ __ ______ _\____|________ _| |_ _________________ _____\____|______ ___ __ | | | _| _____| ____/ | | | ___| |_| | | | | | |___ __|_ | | | | __|_ | | | |____ |___ |___|__ | /____ |____|___ |____ |____ |___| | \___/ \__| \____/ |____/ \____/ \___/ |____/ |___/ Interview with Savager (Rise in Superior Couriering, Mirage) Conducted by Saint Tok The New RISC SAVAGER: I have been on the scene for almost 2 years so I have been in many groups. Do you want me to tell you all the groups? DEFACTO2: Just the last four groups please. SAVAGER: Okay, I've been in Prestige, X-Force, Amnesia and Devotion. DEFACTO2: What has happened with Amnesia? SAVAGER: When I first joined Amnesia, it was a great team, with many good couriers, and nice organisation.. But after a couple of weeks I found out that some people were very immature and I got in some fights with them etc.. and the atmosphere in the group was very bad, and especially between me and some couriers in the group. And what really pissed me off was their way to treat a guy in the group with a really good site, that got treated bad because he didn't do as amnesia always told him to (ie. delete RISC accounts, fuck with RISC). Some guys in Amnesia were icmp'ing his site, "banning" his site, that means they told everyone to stop upload to his site etc. And Amnesia's reputation got even worse, when a guy in the group named Trite were stealing BFTPD and used it on sites, without permission from the owner. Some siteops were even thinking of deleting every guy in Amnesia on their sites, and those were not bad sites, that, and the shit with Trite, and the treatment of a member in the group, and that ZeroT and Master One left the group made me start thinking about future in Amnesia, made me start thinking about my future in amnesia. <- that's the right one and the day after ZeroT and Master One had left the group, HYP left the group, and 10 mins after him I also left the group. That's basically it ;) DEFACTO2: What is BFTPD? SAVAGER: It's a RISC FTP daemon made by RISC member for RISC sites only. DEFACTO2: How are RISC going these days?? SAVAGER: I'm doing very fine in Risc, it's a great group. DEFACTO2: What made you join RISC after you left Amnesia? SAVAGER: Because RISC is the best and I have a lot of friends in Risc, in my view RISC is the ONLY good trading group in the scene for the moment. DEFACTO2: What about Devotion, Empire, Insanity and others? SAVAGER: Most of the good traders left amnesia, I've never really seen Empire as a competition against RISC/DEV/AMN, they got a couple of good traders but they never win on any of the top sites, Devotion is a nice group with nice leaders etc, but most of the traders are in-active on the sites..They got a couple of good traders but nothing compared to RiSC. Insanity? hmm sorry never heard of them. DEFACTO2: What can you tell us about your Mirage affiliation? SAVAGER: Mirage is a new games group on the scene, formed by Merc.. Mirage is more like something we work with for fun, trying to do some fine releases etc, but we wont try to beat groups like Razor Class or Hybrid. DEFACTO2: What are the top five courier groups in your opinion? SAVAGER: RISC, Devotion, Amnesia, Empire I guess, and Ambition is a nice group. DEFACTO2: Thanks for your interview, any final words/greets? SAVAGER: Greets, uh uh, sure..Zag, SImage, Bob226, Venon, ThePep, Enforcer, Eviltea, Merc, JJ, Toe-jam and all my friends that I forgot..;) ------------------------------------------------------------------------------ _____ __ ______ _\____|________ _| |_ _________________ _____\____|______ ___ __ | | | _| _____| ____/ | | | ___| |_| | | | | | |___ __|_ | | | | __|_ | | | |____ |___ |___|__ | /____ |____|___ |____ |____ |___| | \___/ \__| \____/ |____/ \____/ \___/ |____/ |___/ Interview with Zero Tolerance (Premiere) Conducted by Saint Tok This Is Your Life DEFACTO2: Please introduce yourself to the Defacto2 readers. ZERO-TOL: Hi Defacto readers, I'm Zero Tolerance of Premiere :) DEFACTO2: Can you name some of your more famous past affiliations and all your current affils? ZERO-TOL: Hmmm well past affils have been X-Force, Legends Never Die, Rapier Amnesia, currently I am affiled with only Premiere DEFACTO2: Why have you change groups so many times? ZERO-TOL: Hmmmmm argh... I hate that question... lets see I was kicked from XF cause supposedly I was a lamer not on any good sites (this was like 4 months ago) and yet I always supported their HQ's finishing like in top... but oh well they were cutting ppl and I guess not being in the big name courier groups I was a target. LND was a different story, I guess it was more a misunderstanding with at the time acting net coordinator that stupid bitch JESS, who though she was hot shit... and I got into a fight with her during a pre and left the channel, next thing I knew I was deleted from the bots... U see TMOD could never resist a female on IRC and is like a puppet controlled by them.. and since jess is "sorta" a girl, not exactly sure of it after seeing her pic, he did what she said! Rapier, as you know from a passed interview I left due to a fight and Amnesia I quit with a few others when a "scandal" developed from a simple email. Trite, who was a leader or senior in Amnesia kept on getting ICMP'ed (or so he claimed) from Empire shell boxes so he mailed the admin there about it. When they got his mail they replied with " .. we will take care of the problem" .. and so they did. But unfortunately, these shell boxes were at same place with D***M L***S, and the site got in shit. So I didn't exactly agree with what happened... so I decided to leave... with Master One, Crazy ... and I know Savager also left the following day! DEFACTO2: I heard Devotion offered you a position after you left. ZERO-TOL: Yeah, devotion did offer me a position as a courier if I wanted to join, and the invite is still open to join if I ever feel like it. But so did other groups like RiSC and every single other curry group out there to my knowledge! DEFACTO2: I heard from Devotion that you had joined them, but after a few days you told me that you are not in Devotion, what happened? ZERO-TOL: Well I had talked with Dizzident about joining and had told him I wasn't sure if or when I was going to do so, so he told me to email him an answer at his email address, but I was sorta busy that weekend with work and stuff so I didn't get around to do so, and he misunderstood and added me to the .nfo file. But when I saw it I talked to him and explained to him that I was looking to stay independent for a while. He understood and removed me from it! DEFACTO2: How are Amnesia these days? ZERO-TOL: Hmmm well I talk to Lester every night, as he asks me to go back :)) , he tells me that they are surviving and I think he is right. They have great traders there but not respected in the scene cause of the actions of some previous immature people who did shit to others and got the whole group like blamed. But Lester is cool, I just want people to know that all the crap that has gone down, is none of his doing. He always discouraged wrong-doing and could not control everyone all day since he works or goes to school.. so lamers out there who don't know better, should ... not listen to others and make false accusations about the guy and the group... they will bounce back from this crap, because they have a great leader with lots of integrity and I've always respected him, even before I joined Amnesia, and I still do now, after leaving it. DEFACTO2: What are your future plans? ZERO-TOL: Hmmm well I am sorta busy with school and work now, so I get to only trade at night, though I still do OK I guess on sites.. but I wanna continue trading on top sites, for fun.. either than that I don't no since many things go on in life, so I don't know if I will still be here trading tomorrow or in 1 month or in 1 year... I guess with time we will see. But I don't have anything concrete planned out for the near future (warez related that is *grin*) DEFACTO2: Thanks for interview, an last words before you leave? ZERO-TOL: Just like to say hi to my friends out there.. ppl like Crazy, Lester, Fusion, Samuralame :) , Dizzident, Locutus and most of the Amnesia crew, who I will miss greatly but will remain as friends forever... and everybody else I forgot,, u know who you are.. and hehe sorry to you . I know you waited like 5 hours for this interview... and I could make a greeting to jess (that stupid pre-bitch) but it would not be exactly friendly .. heheh :) ------------------------------------------------------------------------------ _____ __ ______ _\____|________ _| |_ _________________ _____\____|______ ___ __ | | | _| _____| ____/ | | | ___| |_| | | | | | |___ __|_ | | | | __|_ | | | |____ |___ |___|__ | /____ |____|___ |____ |____ |___| | \___/ \__| \____/ |____/ \____/ \___/ |____/ |___/ Interview with David N Gol Conducted by Saint Tok The Corporation Returns DEFACTO: Last time Defacto2 spoke with you was at the end of 1996 when you where still a member of Drink Or Die. Now we find you now back in the newly reformed The Corporation(1). DNG: Well, DOD was a great group, and it still is. I liked both PWA & DOD, and gained a lot of good experience from both. The reason Corp was brought back was very simple. I was pretty much retired in DOD, only advising them, and I got to the point where I wanted to come back, but DOD wasn't all that exciting to me anymore. As I was pondering on that thought, I received a phone call from Uncle John, The Punisher, and CyberJack. They called me up asking if I wanted to bring back the group that made us all good friends, a group we had some fun in, and I jumped at the idea! DEFACTO: Are there any resemblance between the old Corp and the new 1997 Corp? I remember that you and The Punisher where the old leaders. DNG: Yes, we were the leaders back then, and now, the main people in charge are The Punisher, Marbitoz, Uncle John, The Dark Rebellion, and myself. DEFACTO: How would you describe the current situation in the utility scene, who are the most stable and popular groups? DNG: Well, I think the utils scene is doing quite well right now. In my opinion, DOD is #1. They put out good stuff that works, and that is the way to do it. PWA is probably the most popular group as far as utils go. Then you have some strong groups like LND and Corp doing their things. So I am quite happy with the way things are going, as almost all utils that are produced are being released. DEFACTO: When exactly was CORP re-started? DNG: The Corporation was officially restarted in mid February. DEFACTO: How is the group going? No internal problems or fights? DNG: Things are going quite well, as I expected them to. The people you see in the group are almost all good friends. Like all groups, we also have a misunderstanding every now and then, but nothing to severe. Hopefully things will keep moving in this direction (Knock on wood). :) DEFACTO: Well, good luck and we all hope that your group will bring more quality releases in the future. Any greets or final words? DNG: Thanks. I would like to send out a few shoutouts to some old friends and new ones: Hemp Hoodlum, UncleJ, CJ, Marbitoz, D. Rebel, Darkforce, Crackpot, Phalycide, Lester, Jimmy Jamez, The Pep, Evil Tea, Tawni, The Punisher, Marlenus, Mercy, C3, and all the other homies I missed :) (1) The Corporation merged into Pirates With Attitude in the beginning of 1996. ------------------------------------------------------------------------------ _____ __ ______ _\____|________ _| |_ _________________ _____\____|______ ___ __ | | | _| _____| ____/ | | | ___| |_| | | | | | |___ __|_ | | | | __|_ | | | |____ |___ |___|__ | /____ |____|___ |____ |____ |___| | \___/ \__| \____/ |____/ \____/ \___/ |____/ |___/ Interview with Hoziris Conducted by Saint Tok Mortality and RTS DEFACTO2: Please introduce yourself to our readers Hoziris. HORZIRIS: I'm Hoziris, the Israeli paki :) DEFACTO2: What groups are you in now and what are your past affiliations? HORZIRIS: Well my current affils are Celebre, Mortality, United Cracking Force and Request To Send :) Oh :) I used to be in Rapier and Pirates With Attitude :) DEFACTO2: Why did you leave PWA and Rapier? HORZIRIS: I was booted off Rapier for inactivity and when I came back it died :(. As for PWA , its a long story and I don't really want to talk about it, I just want to say that I still respect each person there and I still think PWA is the #1 utils group ever, no doubt about it. DEFACTO2: What did you used to do in PWA? HORZIRIS: I applied as a courier .. but I had few utils that I wished to supply so and Marlenus the PWA leader took it the wrong way and thought I was a SUPPLIER. But the releases got fucked up and when I asked to stay as a courier or anything else they refused so I though , the best way to do is to leave. With no hard feelings about it. DEFACTO2: I thought you where not going to tell us about why you left PWA :) How are RTS going these days? Are they still alive? HORZIRIS: Dead? I don't think so :) I'm not officially there actually, but I do think RTS can get back to the top with some hard work. Denial, one of the best net traders in the world (former RISC) recently joined. And the net team is getting stronger every day. DEFACTO2: You are in Mortality, as courier I guess? HORZIRIS: Yeah kinda =) I haven't been trading for quite a while but now I have a shell that will probably be permeant. So I started trading again. I was supposed to supply Mortality but I find carding releases lame so I usually give cards for others to card releases if they need them. hehehe I really like mortality and I don't really care about those wars between DOD and MTY, MTY & XF, etc. I don't get involved or I try to make peace =) after all we are here for the fun. DEFACTO2: Why do you think "carding releases are lame"? HORZIRIS: Haha, well ok not LAME. But I don't like it because anyone can do it you just get a valid creditcard and boom you have a release. But all groups are doing that and if they find it all right then I don't have any problems with that. I wont do it myself unless I really have to. DEFACTO2: What do you think about some of the .il groups such as Shock and Premiere? HORZIRIS: Well in the past I had many fights with them, especially with the Premiere leader Fusion :) I was even accused in trying to steal suppliers which was not true. I only played around with one of Premiere leaders to piss Fusion off. I succeed :) We are cool ... Shock And Premiere are the same, I guess. But I have nothing against them. They always fight over who is the best "Israeli" group in the scene =0 DEFACTO2: Thanks for the interview, any last words? HORZIRIS: Umm, well you havent asked me about Celebre. My Special Greets Goes to BlackMagic, Manhunter, Master Of Illusions Cryptic Pain, Solar, FatalMan, DruidKin, Toe-Jam, Mercy, Rio&Ken Chinablue!, Lornicus, Abrasax, Tinox, Mr.Blazer & YumYum, Dizzident Crazy (one day he's my friend one day he is not) Savager (Sorry for what happened i hope ull forgive me :[ ) Juicer and PURIFY!!!!!!!! ------------------------------------------------------------------------------ _____ __ ______ _\____|________ _| |_ _________________ _____\____|______ ___ __ | | | _| _____| ____/ | | | ___| |_| | | | | | |___ __|_ | | | | __|_ | | | |____ |___ |___|__ | /____ |____|___ |____ |____ |___| | \___/ \__| \____/ |____/ \____/ \___/ |____/ |___/ Interview with Tai Pan (Reflux, Legends Never Die) Conducted by Saint Tok TKLP Hasn't Retired DEFACTO2: Please introduce yourself to our readers. TAI PAN: Hi, my name is Tai Pan and I'm a leader in REFLUX and a member of LEGENDS NEVER DIE. DEFACTO2: Can you tell us what has happened to The Krazy Little Punk in Reflux. TAI PAN: Nothing happened with Tklp. He was the founder of REFLUX and still leads the group allying with myself, Flounder and Comwood. We just decided it would be better with different people organising the group so that not all the pressure fell on one person. DEFACTO2: I've heard that TKLP has announced retirement from the scene, can you go into detail about this recent move? TAI PAN: Well that happened when Drizzt decided to leave RLX for the first time. He had been with Tklp since ROR and Tklp felt he was one of his closest friends. When he left, Tklp was stunned. But Drizzt realised he had done something stupid and came back. Tklp also decided he wanted to continue to improve the group and decided not to retire. Drizzt later on left with Insomnia to form a group called Destiny and is now doing who knows what. DEFACTO2: How is Reflux doing these days in general? TAI PAN: RLX is doing very well. We are doing very well in the U.S. and Ice is dominating the UK scene. It won't be long before RLX becomes number one. We have a strong and dedicated courier team as well as loyal members that I am all very proud of. DEFACTO2: Nice listen that from you, What is top5 of Group scene now? TAI PAN: In my opinion: Class #1, Reflux #2, Razor1911 #3, Hybrid #4, CLB #5 DEFACTO2: Why in your opinion is Class number one? TAI PAN: CLS has a very good team. Prozac and Speed Master dominate store pickups, and they have very good insiders as well as excellent crackers. I find it a shame that people like Cybphreak pull the group down with his ego and weight and give it a lousy name. DEFACTO2: Thanks for interview, any last words or greets? TAI PAN: Thanx for the time and good luck with the ezine. Greets to everyone who helps out the PC scene. ------------------------------------------------------------------------------ .x#$$#x. `:$$$$:' The Game Review! THE $$ gg $$ $$Pg. j$"$c $$""" .x%#$$$$$$#%x. .x#$$$$#x. .x#$$$#x. ::::: $$ $ $$ gg $$ $$ $$ $$ $$ ::::: `""""$$$$""""' .S$$$$$$$$S.$$$$$$$$$Ss $$ $ $$ $$ $$ $$ $$ $$ $$ggg $$$$.sS$Ss.$$$$ $$$$$`$$$$ $$$$$ ?$g$g$P $$ $$ $$ $$g$$ gg $$ mc $$$$$$$$$$$ $$$$$$$$$',$$$$ ------------------- $$ gg $$ $$ $$ $$$$$$$$$$$ """"`$$$$ $$$$$$ ... ?$g$P ?$g$P GR! $$$$$$$$$ sS$Ss."$$$ $$$$$$ pn `-------------- $$$$$$$$$$$ ------------' $$$$$$$$'` PRESENTS THE GAME REVIEW MONTHLY SUMMARY FOR DEFACTO2 (March 1997) Welcome to The Game Review Monthly Summary. This report will go through TGR's reviews to bring you the best games of the month. Due to size restrictions we will only give you quotes from the reviews, if the game sounds interesting go and get the full TGR and read the full review. But this reports main purpose will be to list the best game of the month for both Windows and DOS format and to also name the best group of the month. The best group will be decided on who has the highest number of quality releases. These awards will be based on the reviews done by TGR (not including guess reviews). Hopefully will we will use this system to eventually work out the best group of the year when the time comes. IPggi. - * - * - * - * - * * - * - * - * - * - THE MONTH GAME REVIEW SUMMERY WITH RATINGS AND UN-BIASED OPINIONS. [][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][] -Rating scale: (60-69)/100 = Pretty decent game. Might want to check it out. (70-79)/100 = Worth the download if you like that type. (80-89)/100 = Very good, 9 out of 10 its worth the download. (90-99)/100 = Excellent game, a MUST download. 100/100 = Ecstasy on your hard drive. RATINGS are based on the game idea, graphics, sound, playability, ingenuity, versatility, and a lot of other words ending in `ity'. These games are based on what happens on the TGR computers only, unless stated otherwise. TGR always first follows .nfo directions, and if those don't work or are not available, they then try other ways. ----------------------------------------------------------------------------- -<*><*> THE BEST GAMES REVIEWED FOR DOS ON THIS MONTH <*><*>- ----------------------------------------------------------------------------- POWERF1 (c) EIDOS *FINAL* 4 Win95/DOS [xx/48] ________________________________________ ____ \_____ \_____ \__ _____ |_____ i | i | | _____/ _____/ __| l _/ l | l | _| _ \ i | | l | l |- -| \ i \ l | | | |_ l | | | .\__l \_____|___|________/______|___| | :::.|_____/.::::::::::::::::::::li<ACiD>|___| ╙ AN0THER QUALITY RELEASE FROM REFLUX 1997 1/2 ≡[*]≡≡≡≡≡≡≡≡≡≡≡≡≡≡≡≡≡≡≡≡≡≡≡≡≡≡≡≡≡≡≡≡≡≡≡≡[*]≡ =PAIN is TEMPORARY, BUT PRIDE is FOREVER!= -Filenames: RLXPF1??.ZIP "The graphics are really only capable of being their best with a at least a p/90. Less than that, makes it look similar to Stunts. The game has the capability of being the best race car game ever, the question is, do you have the time to play around with it, and the computer to handle it. If you like racing car games, you of course have to get this, and if you don't, I wouldn't go crazy trying to get this." RATING: 82/100 Kickoff 97 (c) Anco/Maxis [01/36] _____ _____ ____ _____ ________________ \_ | \ \/ / _ /__\_ \_/ _ \ | _ \_ \ _/ \ \ __/___/ | / / |___| |____|___/ /_\ \___|_______/ ::d|___|::::::.\___/.:.\___\::::::::: -Filenames: HBD-KO??.ZIP "Graphics are great if you can handle them all pumped up. Easy control of only two buttons + directions. If you want soccer, definitely get it, whichever version." RATING: 78/100 SLAM AND JAM '96 Sig Ed. (c) CrystalD [XX/12] ______ /| ___ /\______ /\______ / \/ | / _ \ / _____/ _____>1 / |_ / |/ | \\____ \ \____ \ 9 < | < / | / | \/ | \ 9 \ _____\_<____|___\_____ /\_____ / 7 +==\/=====================\/====hh!\/==+ -Filenames: CLSSNJ??.ZIP "The perspective is shown from behind the hoops so it's not like NBA JAM. The graphics are just a little bad. But you can have lots of fun with this one, and that's what counts. Plenty of options and I believe it has all or some of the real players. For it's pretty small size, it's good, but don't tell me I didn't warn you about the graphics." RATING: 71/100 ARK OF TIME (C) KOEI [XX/50] _______ ___ _______ _____ _____ _\ _ /_\ |_____\___ /_/ ___/_ / ___/_ | |__/__ | | | |\____ |\____ | | |. | |. | _ _ |/ | |/ | | |: | |: | |: | |. | |. | | |: | |. | |. | |: | | | |_______|___________|___|_______|_______| [MM!===========[Class '97]==============] -Filenames: CLSARK??.ZIP "This is a beautiful adventure game. The background scenery is great, and the the game has life-like characters. You all know what type of a game it is, get this, to use on man, and then give it to the girl, and so on and so on." RATING: 72/100 ----------------------------------------------------------------------------- -<*><*> THE BEST GAMES REVIEWED FOR WIN '95 ON THIS MONTH <*><*>- ----------------------------------------------------------------------------- iM1A2 ABRAMS (c) INTERACTIVE MAGIC [XX/48] ______ /| ___ /\______ /\______ / \/ | / _ \ / _____/ _____>1 / |_ / |/ | \\____ \ \____ \ 9 < | < / | / | \/ | \ 9 \ _____\_<____|___\_____ /\_____ / 7 +==\/=====================\/====hh!\/==+ File Names: CLSABR??.ZIP Release Date: 22 MAR 1997 "This IS the most kick ass tank game I've ever played. I knew it was coming, but I didn't know exactly how good it was. This muthafuckahz got it all. Everything from smoke screen, to laser, to infared, trajectory, and more.. Everything that's in a real abrams. Trust me, I've been in one :) Ft. Benning, GA. This is from the same people who made Apache and Hind sims too." ** POINTS: 93 - Just flat out AWESOME! FALLEN HAVEN (c) INTERACTIVE MAGIC [X/31] ___________________________ ____________ __/ / ____/___/ ____/\_ /_\_ \_ ____/ \ __/_ __/_ \ _ __/_ _/_/ _/ __/__/_ / \_ \_ \ \_ \_\_ \_ \ \_ \_ \_______/____/_____/____/____/__\___/_____/ File Names: CLBFH??.ZIP Release Date: 01 MAR 1997 "Pretty decent C&C clone here. It's basically the same thing, but in space, with futuristic type stuff." ** POINTS: 81 -Nice, unless you just hate C&C type games. Jack Nickalaus Golf 4 (c) Accolade [01/48] \____ \/ \__ \/ _ \____ \ __/ \____ / _/ _/ \/ / / / _/ _// / / / / / / \ \ /\ / /\ / / \ \/ /\ / / / \__/\ \/RTX______\___/\__/\ \/ / /_/_/ =====\___)===\__)============\___)=\/======= File Names: JNGOLF??.ZIP Release Date: 22 MAR 1997 "Probably the best looking golf game I've seen. The grafix are just way cool. I'm not exactly sure what more to say though, I think we all know what golf is.." ** Points: 84 -The grafix were outstanding for a golf game. ----------------------------------------------------------------------------- <*>THE GAME OF MONTH<*> ----------------------------------------------------------------------------- The award for the group with the highest number of quality games for the month goes to "CLASS" The best Windows95 game for January/February goes to "iM1A2 ABRAMS" which was released by CLASS. The best DOS game for January/February goes to "POWERF1" which was also released by REFLUX. 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Reflux boasts about beating CLASS to "The Crow: City of Angels" only to find out they where the ones who where duping. Class beats Hybrid on POD (c) Ubisoft. Hybrid lost on a technicality with their last disk containing CRC errors so they had to repackage and reupload this disk. This gave Class enough time to complete and upload their version. Razor1911 launched the much anticipated new look to their web page called Razor World. Check it out at http://www.razor1911.com Speaking of web pages Sodom's web page has been given a much needed revamp for 1997 and www.drinkordie.com has had some new graphics added to it. Corporation reforms in during the middle of February. Read our interview DavidNGol for more detailed information. Aprils issue of Wired(1) contains an article about the warez scene. Unfortunately or fortunately depending on how you view it, most of the article is totally off the mark. If you want to read the article check out http://www.aditom.se/~analog/ TriStar & Red Sector Inc. has reformed, read our great interview with Mario for more details. Reality Check Network, that infamous magazine from 1996 has apparently made a come back, again(2) and this time it's for real. Their first issue is should be out by the time you read this. Paradigm beats Hybrid on their release of Theme Hospital the much anticipated game from Bullfrog(3). This is Paradigms first major release since their recent split with Razor1911. (1) USA Wired. UK Wired had the article in it's February issue. (2) Read last months issue of Month In Review. (3) The UK game producers who are known for classic games including Syndicate, Populous, Theme Park. ------------------------------------------------------------------------------ March, The Groups in Review --------------------------- Courier Group Reviews: [Devotion] have returned from their winter hibernation and now dominate on the European sites. Included in this months Defacto2 is an interview with Dizzident who is one of the co-founders of Devotion. But lets get back to the topic. Devotion have been doing well, beating a lot of other groups on the best sites in the world. They are still as friendly as ever yet they have seemed to have grown since last year. Leadership is strong point of this group even though officially there are no leaders. Devotion now own few good sites and are quickly gaining respect, so I can assume we will see a lot more from these guys in the future. Best of luck. [Rise In Superior Couriering] RISC are RISC. Lately RISC has been getting a bad rap over some certain scripts and their unjust nuking of other groups on their sites. In the middle of March most of RISC where sleeping but now it seems at least half the group have awaken to reconquer the scene. RISC still has some excellent couriers who have no problems with egos and couldn't care a less about what other people say (Read our interview with Savager in this months issue, he is one of the new generation of RISC couriers). RISC are currently doing very well but for the month of March only get number two position. Lets hope RISC goes back to it's old days when I could race other couriers without cheating. [Ambition] is a new group which was formed by the ex-Empire founder/leader Marbitoz. This is his third courier group and he seems to be doing well with it. Ambition are a small group but do have a quite a few well respected couriers in it's clutches. Ambition do well on some big sites but because they are still new and small, they just can't quite make it to where the big boys play. [Amnesia] After Savager and Zero Tolerance join this group I had hoped that things would start changing for the better for Amnesia. But internal struggling and the loss of their best couriers have left Amnesia in a state of decay. Time will decide weather this group will come back to it's former glory days but right now they don't get a rating by me. [Empire] still have a few members active on sites here and there but this group is in desperate need of some reconstruction. Big changes are needed in this group otherwise we will see Empire slowly fading out of existence. Not that the group is not alive, they are still active on the BBS scene but it's now 1997 not 1995. Time to move on Empire. [Concord] was founded few weeks ago and in my opinion is the hottest new group this month. I have personally known the leader for some time and I think I am able to tell you a little bit about this new group. There have been quite a few members of groups such as Amnesia, RISC Insanity who have quit their respective groups and joined Concord. I've seen some Concord traders on some sites but this is a new group and they really need to earn themselves a good reputation. The leader of Concord was once in Amnesia not so long ago. [Insanity] has been kind of down and out lately. We have a interview in this issue with one of the Insanity leaders who goes into detail about this slump. Insanity recently lost some members to concord and really have been anything but good. If this group is going to continue on they will need to pay some more attention on their internal structure and management. Courier Group Of The Month - DEVOTION ------------------------------------- Game Groups Reviews: [Class] Take one piece of the 1996 Prestige, cut away the excess fat and what are you left with? Class, the best group so far for 1997. Over the past few month Class has deserved all the accolades and prestige (excuse the pun) it has earned. And I looks like in the short term Class will continue to be number one. Most of the Class members are working hard and we can all see the results, at least one half of the games this month have been released by Class. Unfortunately the gaming industry have been slack like they usually are for this time of year. Normally they release from September through to Christmas. There is a market for games all year round and game companies should realise this. The game Z from Virgin was released during the middle of 1996. While the game itself wasn't the best it became a best seller. Lets just pray we don't have to wait till September before we can see the true colours of Class. [Razor1911] I still have a lot of respect for this old group that keeps on surviving. But weather Razor will live on to it's eleventh year is yet to be seen. A lot of Razor members are becoming disorientated and disappointed by this slump. A slump Razor hasn't managed to get itself out of for over half a year now. Razor do release the odd good title, just look at MDK even though it way over the SPA limits (which Razor has just denounced). Unfortunately releasing just one maybe two games a month is not enough and Razor really need to get of their asses otherwise Razor1911 will become just another dead group. Razor gets number two position this month. [Paradigm] We all know about the merge into Razor and then the recent move by Paradigm to break away from Razor. Well after one month all we have seen from these guys is one title. Though it was much anticipated Theme Hospital (c) Bullfrog these guys almost lost this release to Hybrid which would have left Paradigm with no releases for March. Like I said with the Razor1911 paragraph, an idle group is a dead group. [Reflux] has gotten a bad reputation over the months, maybe people just don't think they can ever cut it with the bigger players. I know a lot of people think Reflux is very unprofessional and inadequate at times, and this month only reinforced that opinion. Duping and beta's seem to be Reflux's domain this month (with the exception of Kick Off 97). It can only get better I suppose. [Hybrid] had a month they may want to forget. They lost Theme Hospital to Paradigm, POD to Class, KickOff 97 to Reflux and then release a bad version of Darklight Conflict which almost cost them the release to Reflux. Most of the other Hybrid releases where quite dull releases so all we can say is that Hybrid cant do much worse then what it did in March. [Tristar And Red Sector Inc.] are coming back. Of cause we won't see anything from these guys until they get their grubby mitts on an big name title (XWing Vs Tie Fighter comes into my mind). Times have changed since TRSI dominated the PC scene. Can TRSI conquer the CD-ROM like it did the floppy disk? Top Group Of The Month Is - CLASS --------------------------------- Utility Group Reviews: [Drink Or Die] released quite a lot of Microsoft releases this month. This group still manages to be one of the best utility groups in the scene today and it looks like there is no letting up. [X-Force] has been less then productive of late. Their leader seems to be on holidays but the X-Force crew did deliver some nice titles. [Sodom] is run by myself but I will try not to be too bias towards my group :). February was a slow month for Sodom but March saw us return. Internal problems where fixed and we got back on our feet. There was some confusion with our release of MS Windows95 OSR2 PanEuro Edition with some siteops not realising it was in English but we still have managed to deliver some handy utilities and the never ending Novell releases. [Rebels] I've had too much personal contacts with Rebels to seriously write about these guys. But I will try. After Rebels merged with CB4 these guys seem to be doing well together with the group performance increasing for March. But this group could be doing so much better. [Legends Never Die] has been some what quiet lately. Lets hope they get back on their feet sooner rather then later. Expect a great interview with these guys in the next edition of Defacto2. [The Corporation] has reformed and you can read our interview with one of the leaders in this very issue. Corps are doing an excellent job in such a short period of time with over one gigabyte of releases being churned out. Lets hope these guys can continue on for a long time into the future. [Mortality] apparently don't like us especially their leader Cryptic Pain. The group has been semi active and released some average too good software. Not much else to say about these guys. Top Group Of The Month Is - DRINK OR DIE ---------------------------------------- Final Comments: ** I want you to help me review the Utility Group Section, so if you can please get in touch with me on IRC, or via email: [email protected] I need some help from leaders of groups to talk about their releases and stuff. ** You can disagree with these reviews, it's your personal opinion. But we would love to heard what you think so email us at [email protected] ** In near future I will try to include "Best Titles For The Month", and maybe compile a end of year report when the time comes. Signed: Saint Tok & IPggi. -------------------------- ------------------------------------------------------------------------------ Well that was our first issue for you. Any questions, comments, etc please email IPggi at [email protected] Don't forget to visit our web page at www.defacto2.com Defacto2 Issue April 1997 (c) 1997 LINE1412|4TH
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