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  1. Switch DQ11S Demo patch is now available in NA/EU.

    1. JaybirdC

      JaybirdC

      And me without a Switch.

    2. ignasia

      ignasia

      Me too, for now.

  2. I think I'm going to get the handheld Switch, and get a full system down the road, when they have a model that competes directly with the PS5...say in 2~3 years from now.  I would prefer playing a handheld version anyway, as I'm more used to that.  Plus the price point is 100 less, and the battery life isn't much different from my New 2DS, which is pretty darn good.

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    2. ignasia

      ignasia

      @Sword_of_Dusk LOL, I should have specified a bit more.  What does Fire Emblem: Three Houses have to do with your decision on whether to get a Switch Lite or not?

      @Democrobot Thanks for the link, but I'm not a fan of decal skins.  They just feel off and strange, and the look of them isn't quite right.  I'm down with a shell casing that is innately painted or sculpted a certain way, like inscribed designs.  Though I appreciate the thought.  Plus it looks off...it's not the same as a plastic that's coated all the way through.  Though some 3DS units are painted on...like the Pikachu edition.  I feel really bad for people who own it.  If that thing gets scratched at all, the upper layer of paint is gone for good, and it's a very distinct colour and texture pattern.

    3. Sword_of_Dusk

      Sword_of_Dusk

      Three Houses is already out, and I'm not certain I want to wait for the Lite in order to play it.

    4. ignasia

      ignasia

      OH, right, right, I see.

  3. Japanese Manga and Anime artists are some of most overworked  and underappreciated workforce in Japan.  Even more of a tragedy when a whole studio and 33 Animators die in a fire:
    https://www.upi.com/Top_News/World-News/2019/07/18/33-killed-dozens-injured-in-fire-at-Japanese-anime-studio-arson-suspected/5931563429835/

    1. Liamland

      Liamland

      So sad.

    2. ignasia

      ignasia

      Yes, quite tragic.  While I've never seen any of their work, I feel obligated to since those animators will never be replaced.  Their stuff seems like it's fairly well animated to boot.  Just adds to the tragedy that they seem talented and the world will be deprived of their future endeavours.  I hope they didn't suffer much.

  4. I'll have to buy a Switch system later.

    FF7r Deluxe Edition and the new Mana compilation for Switch.  Done and done.  DQ11 mostly paid for.  I'm hoping we get a deluxe edition of some form to change to.

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    2. ignasia

      ignasia

      True.  Though they do have one thing on their side, another 24 days.

      DQ11's CE was announced at e3 on June 11th 2018, while DQ11's e3 was June 10th, and the release dates of the 4th versus 27th of September.

      They haven't done nearly as much marketing as SE did following e3.  SE started 4 days after, it's now a week after the last day and Nintendo has done literally nothing, but SE has been non-stop in Japan following e3, and three major releases leading into e3.

      Then again this tracks with Nintendo's handling of DQ9 and DQ7 3DS.

      DQ7 3DS had two e3 videos.  The original showcasing during the Nintendo conference:

      Then the 28 minute treehouse interview and gameplay showcasing...cringey as heck at the beginning though given the beginning interview and the producer's reticence to really get into DQ7 as they're unsure of how to positively approach it for Western audiences:

       

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      I'm just hoping Nintendo handles post-e3 like DQ9 and not like DQ's 7 and especially 8.

      So you're probably right.  Chances are really really really low at this stage.  Unless they haven't worked anything out.  However DQ's 9 and 7, the ones with by far the most support from Nintendo, saw no special editions.  So probably not.  It isn't like special editions weren't a thing back in 2009 either.

    3. Dakhil

      Dakhil

      I think you mean 23 days since 4 September + 23 days = 27 September.

      Anyway, now that I think about it, I think Nintendo's waiting until the Hero DLC is released for Super Smash Bros Ultimate to divulge more information on Dragon Quest XI S, considering the Hero DLC will be released on Summer 2019. And I think it's not a bad idea, considering that people will more likely talk about Dragon Quest XI S if Nintendo divulged more Dragon Quest XI S information after the Hero DLC is released than if Nintendo divulged more Dragon Quest XI S information a couple of days after E3 2019 has finished.

      Advertising characters via Super Smash Bros has shown to be very effective. The popularity of the Earthbound series and the Fire Emblem series outside of Japan is because of Super Smash Bros. And remember when Nintendo's servers crashed for several hours after the Joker DLC was released?

      I'm guessing the Hero DLC will be released either a couple of weeks before or a couple of weeks after Fire Emblem: Three Houses is released (I'm leaning towards after), since I'm sure Nintendo wants Fire Emblem: Three Houses to do well.

    4. ignasia

      ignasia

      24.  June 10 vs June 11 as the e3 starting points. to also account for ;).

      That sounds fairly likely.  It would be a smart plan.  Once the numbers come in for initial sales, tie-in more directly the game to the Smash DLC.  Then work in reveals of all the special elements.

      Heck, they've barely discussed what Treehouse called DLC, and they clearly have that panned out and planned thoroughly by the nature of how it was brought up.  So for them not to mention anything now means they want to go for a big jump off the diving board, rather than dive right in at the pool's edge.

  5. ...huh.  Last night I played Dragon Quest Builders for 8 hours straight.  Longest gaming session in years.  I saved past the point in Cantlin where you fight the first battle to protect the city three times.  I actually completely turned off my system once after and reloaded a save at one of those later points.  I saw the load bar.  Last night I turned Cantlin into a massive Tower (literally the whole town had a huge hovering tower overhead), with three floors.  I built an entire underground lair to feed this around the starting point.

    When I left, I recall vividly being asked to save over my previous file, as before.  I did.

    I wake up this morning to find not just my last save, but my last three saves are gone and I'm just prior to the defense battle.  Before a proven, tested, RELOADED save when I ate dinner.

    ...I'm scratching my head.  I want to laugh maniacally.  That wasn't the only building project either.  I get the strange feeling this is life saying not to waste my time playing legos and just get on with the game.

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    2. YangustheLegendaryBandit

      YangustheLegendaryBandit

      Maybe your tower floated away and became the Tower of Zenithia...

      Or the DragonLord rained down vengeance for over building and wiped the tower from existence.

    3. SlimeVagrant

      SlimeVagrant

      I've picked up that game again recently too. I never finished it, but I got partially through chapter 3 on the PS4 version. Now I'm playing the switch version and I just passed Chapter 2. Hoping to finish before Builders 2 comes out.

    4. JaybirdC

      JaybirdC

      Life is telling you to stop playing with White Belt legos and upgrade.

  6. Excited for e3?  I am.  Anyway, you know how each year since...oh, 2004, there have been a bunch of pot-shots about how e3 is going to have its last year.  That it's not popular, not bringing in enough revenue, blah, blah, blah.  Just the opposite is true (the main reason there has been talk of changing venue is the venue is too small meaning typically more companies want presence than they can handle, and of course the layout is apparently bad in terms of walking):

    https://www.gamespot.com/articles/e3-2019-dates-announced-and-its-the-final-show-con/1100-6459848/

    1. SlimeVagrant

      SlimeVagrant

      I have literally never heard anyone say that. I'm exited to see the Nintendo Direct though.

  7. LoZ: ALttP in DQB2.  Very impressive.

  8. Yay!  My package arrived.  DQH2, DQB, and Platty's favourite game, Final Fantasy 12: ZA Switch Edition!

    1. hawkeye77o4

      hawkeye77o4

      Merry Christmas!

    2. ignasia

      ignasia

      LOL, indeed, it kind of feels like that.

  9. Prediction: PSP2 or PS5 will be a Switch-like system:  


    The specs indicate a much weaker system than the PS4, on par with the Switch in Docked mode, as the base-clock, and well above the PS4 in Burst mode.  So for me this makes more the reality that the leaked Sony Switch-like system is a real thing, as there's no need for a standard home console to idle at 1Ghz, as that is more based around battery saving, while still outputting high quality graphics. 

    I think given Switch's popularity, and PS4's slow to integrate in Japan, they're looking at recapturing the Japanese market with a system that would satisfy all parties and be on par to slightly more powerful than an Xbox One X when in docked mode.  Afterall, scaling to 4k is less about power now than it is about efficiency and methodology of upscaling. 

    APU's are definitely the future as all major tech firms are switching towards the adoption due to power efficiency rates are slowing down substantially...there's almost no gains between the Nvidia GTX 1080's and 2080's, and RTX is a joke to pass the time until they scrounge up a solution to lack of innovation for the last 5 years.

    There's already a definite planned Switch Pro or New Switch in the future to catch up with MS and Sony.  Nintendo has to for 3rd party developers, which they know they need to expand their install base beyond core Nintendo fans.

    Plus the current trends in architecture have implied software innovation and driver efficiency grants far more spikes in power output than pure hardware.  Moore's law has been dead for nearly 10 years now.

    1. ethanej

      ethanej

      Somewhere I read the next system from either Microsoft/Sony is going to use a CPU based on ryzen which actually would make it stronger than the PS4/XB1. So probably going to have a higher wattage.

    2. JaybirdC

      JaybirdC

      With any luck the next Switch will have Virtual Console support; it was such a dumb move to cut the handheld-console hybrid from more than 30 years of sellable handheld & console content.

    3. Dakhil

      Dakhil

      If that's the case, hopefully Sony won't abandon it as quickly as they have with the PlayStation Vita (at least as outside of Japan is concerned). And hopefully, no proprietary storage.

  10. Please do not adopt 5g phones, especially if you have children or plan to have children.

    This channel is fairly innocuous and non conspiritorial.  There is also ample research, including long-term government studies I highly recommend looking into on the detrimental and damaging affects of 4g.  5g is almost 100x more destructive to cellular tissue.

    1. JaybirdC

      JaybirdC

      *whistle* And I remember the days when everyone was excited for 5G bringing worldwide wireless internet.

  11. Really cool DQ2 world theme remix:

     

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    2. ignasia

      ignasia

      Yeah, it kind of does have a bit of a kirby feel to it.  Definitely the most unique rendition.  Usually they're very straight forward and often classical.  I think I've only heard one guitar remix.  Would love to find a metal or rock remix...given it's been awhile, I may as well check.

    3. ignasia

      ignasia

      Most remixes are just awful.  Either too fast, too slow, and almost always lacking range, variance, or alternative instruments to cover the multitude of symphonic instruments the tracks were made for.

      After an hour + this is the only guitar revision I actually like:

       

      Tons of great FF covers, tons of good SF covers, tons of good Megaman covers and remixes.  The only good DQ remixes I can find sound more like symphonic suites with a little play and intrigue thrown in to spice things up a bit.

    4. JaybirdC

      JaybirdC

      I recently discovered a medley of DQ1 music by Duane & Brando; it's meant to back one of their raps, but their instrumentals are plenty good, too.

       

  12. I'm glad I finally decided to demo Heroes 2.  I can safely pass on it.  I like it more than most Mussou games, but it's actually boring to me.  Endless hordes to kill...maybe I'll get Heroes 2 only and leave Heroes 1 alone, later.  I'm just going to wait out when I can afford Lacrimosa of Dana and call myself happy, since I know I'll love that gameplay.  I guess I no longer like the Mussou style at all, lol.

    1. ignasia

      ignasia

      I'm kind of surprised no one has attempted to change my mind.

    2. ignasia

      ignasia

      So redownloading it again and I forgot about the "options" button.  So you can change the camera settings.  Wish I had checked that earlier.  It's definitely better this way.

  13. Youtube's new front page is terrible.  It's sooo bloody random.  I can't even change it any longer; they removed almost all options for the layout of the front page except for dark or light background.

    It's a random jumbled mess of dates and channels.  It's actually disorienting and confusing.  Especially when there's no absolutely specific organization per line.  Sometimes there is based on type, maybe technology, but for one line of tech it's all channels I sub to, in random assortment, and the next one or two channels I don't is mixed in.  No breaks in between, it's too much to take in.

    Youtube is getting worse and worse and worse.  The limitations make no sense from economic perspectives, they're even shooting themselves in the foot financially by intentionally picking and choosing what channels do and don't get advertisements, sometimes based on arbitrary values.  That's less advertisement money they get a cut of.  Then you have the new search system, that takes a lot longer to get to videos I want, and half the options for trimming it down are taken away when they were solid algorithms in the past, and far worse now.  Now it's all geared towards favoured channels even if it's something somewhat related.

    Bloody hell google, you're worse than Microsoft.

    1. JaybirdC

      JaybirdC

      How much of your front page is company stuff like CN? I heard they were gearing towards corporate sponsorship over their user content.

    2. ignasia

      ignasia

      I'm not seeing much of that, a few from PBS, a bit more BBC.  Nothing overwhelming, just more than I'm used to.

      What I am seeing are channels that I know have new content displaying 4~10 year old videos instead of current, and interspersed with a lot of channels I haven't seen before.  Some of them make no sense.  For instance, I often watch Black Pidgeon Speaks, Sargon of Akkad, Computing Forever, We Are Change, and Roaming Millennial, yet I now get a ton of white supremacist shows popping up in my main feed, or white nationalist.  As though they're somehow related when they're not.

      It's the random organization though that makes it hard to find anything.  So I have to go to my sub feed, or each channel individually now.

      It also seems that youtube no longer keeps track of video's I've watched for longer than 3 months.  It used to be like 3 years, then it was scaled down to 1 year, now it's about 3 months.

  14. DQ7 is literally Scooby Doo, only it should be called Shaggy's Mystery Quest.
    Hobo Link = Shaggy
    Wolf-Boy = Scooby
    Prince = Fed
    Pampered One = Velma + Daphne
    Pilchard Crackers = Scooby Snacks

    You go on a mystery quest solving the wrongs in every area, with each group of thugs, monsters, and demons ending with nearly the same message...if it weren't for those meddling kids!

    Hell, you even have a split, where Fred walks off forever, then Daphne-Velma leave Scooby and Shaggy with the old detective...and technically the only two who are ever present are Scooby and Shaggy.  While they never pick up Scrappy, they get a guest appearance by a famous dancer who happens to be related to the ever missing Fred.

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    2. Sword_of_Dusk

      Sword_of_Dusk

      Speaking of Scooby-Doo, did anyone watch that crossover with Supernatural? I missed it, but I want to check it out at some point.

    3. ignasia

      ignasia

      Wait...scooby doo crossover with supernatural?  The f?

      Also...no respect.  I stand by my personal revelation (pun indeed intended).

      Scoobynatural...lol, that's actually kind of cool looking at the trailer for it.

    4. YangustheLegendaryBandit
  15. If I pick a game link on the front page for amazon, and then go to DQ11 to pre-order, does Woodus get credit, or should I just wait for Woodus to put a direct pre-order link?

  16. Sony is changing their mind about another handheld. 
    https://www.tweaktown.com/news/56325/sony-patents-new-playstation-vita-handheld/index.html
    Though I wonder if they realize the Vita's bombing is due to three factors:

    1) Lack of marketing, seriously, Atari spent more on the Lynx.

    2) Proprietary memory cards at premium prices.  If they aimed for reducing costs over time to sell in bulk, they would draw in a LOT more people.  I don't think they paid attention to complaints about Sony cameras, their cell phones, or the PSP, where the #1 complaint was the memory card price.  Given sales they should be 1/4 the price, and even that would be quadruple the cost of competitory (and superior in most respects) SD cards.

    3) System price was far too high for a handheld.  Historically the main obstacle to handhelds has been price up front.  The PSP sold like ass until the first price cut, and its original price was decent.  The only reason the monochrome Gameboy beat out competition was...price.  That's it, price.  No one wants to spend over 300 for a system you hold in your hands.  200, fine, 250 is stretching it, but acceptable if the games are good.

    _____

    What's interesting is in checking system sales for each generation, for home consoles it's roughly:
    30m (2600*) -> 80 (NES*) -> 95 (SNES*) -> 140 (PS1*) -> 210 (PS2*) -> 280 (Wii*) -> 140 (PS4*...Switch counts as part of this generation, so Nintendo has two consoles in one generation, and wow what a drop in total purchasing power)

    Handhelds:
    80 (GB*) -> 40 (GBC*) -> 60 (GBA*) -> 240 (NDS*) -> 95 (3DS*) -> 15 (Switch is the only one in this category...for now)

    ---

    Sony's aweful timing on the heels of economic meltdown in the US is the biggest reason.  As you can see, the videogame industry is at sales levels of 3 generations ago in overall sales, though the PS4 is on par with the PS2.  It's interesting but the NDS wasn't released in certain countries, not like Sony's PS2, which is the only reason the PS2 has sold more than the NDS.  One has to wonder if Nintendo released the NDS in the same countries and pushed it just as hard as Sony pushed the PS2...would we see the NDS sales at 180~200m?  It's quite possible given price point.

    I'm hoping Sony competes again, and this time takes things seriously, and accounts for the current market trends.  Though it might be more to do with the burgeoning US economy, and actual shifts in the mainstreet market sector where we are seeing catching up to walstreet in actual production and sales.  I think perhaps the main reason Sony gave up is due to drops on all levels of system sales in the West and even in Europe and Japan.  Though Japan has the push for cell phones, company's pushing for more hours, and general attitudes relayed against videogames being for children but somehow smartphones being for adults even if the games are #$*! comparatively (though they have gotten better...still #$*! comparatively).

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    2. eal

      eal

      Because the 3DS came out a year after the Vita and even though it had a slow start, it still sells gangbusters. I’ve also never heard anyone say, “I would’ve liked to buy a Vita but the economy is bad.” If they want one, they’ll buy it pre-owned. It’s the games and the memory card. r/Vita has a new post every day with someone declaring that’s just what they did. People still say to this day that the Vita has no games, and if you don’t like visual novels and JRPGs, it really doesn’t. Games are hard to find in stores, you need to take out a loan for a memory card, and the library caters to a niche.

    3. Plattym3

      Plattym3

      Interesting.  I'd buy it... used... 3 years after it's released.

    4. eal

      eal

      Like everyone else who bought a Vita.

  17. If anyone here is into retro gaming, here's a console you HAVE to check out...high quality SNES retro with a ton of extra features:

     

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    2. eal

      eal

      It also helps when you’re on the front page of Backloggery.

    3. ignasia

      ignasia

      Really?  I haven't been to that page in a long time.  I usually just stick with my own page, or surf my friends, though I've rarely used it in the last several years.

    4. eal

      eal

      Yeah, it’s dead center on the home page.

  18. YES, official Dreamcast memory card in perfect working order.  Wow would that have sucked.  Time to test the 4-in-1.  System battery definitely needs replacing, but that's probably true for every system I have that isn't within the last two generations.

    Yep, 4-in-1 is still good :).

    1. ignasia

      ignasia

      At least flash memory was used...I forgot about that.  It's just the monochrome game system built into the DC Visual Memory Unit that uses the battery, not the saves itself.  Though Nintendo opted to use batteries for their memory cards...despite Sony using NAND flash at the time.  Maybe because it was cheaper given flash was only just being adopted?

  19. Damn, 3DO memory busted, and for some odd reason it's outputting in monochrome.  I have to pull out the video, then replug it back in to get colour.

    I really never noticed before, but most 3DO games are trash.  There are some good versions of other games (Samurai Showdown/Roadrash), but it's just aweful how these games play.  Twisted is probably the most fun given it's a solid party game, and one for adults, something no other party game that I can think of has targeted as an audience.

  20. Now that I've moved...it's time to check save batteries for old games and the memory cards for the N64 and Sega Dreamcast (if I had a Saturn, that would need checking as well).  I should probably check my 3D0 as well as I believe the internal system memory uses a battery.

    Currently, the games that need new batteries:

    1) The Legend of Zelda (NES)

    2) Crystallis (NES)

    3) Breath of Fire II (SNES)

    4) Ogre Battle (SNES)

    5) Final Fantasy Adventure (GBC)

    6) N64 Controller Pack (like 8 games worth of data gone)

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    2. ignasia

      ignasia

      Sigh...Ogre Battle 64 is another loss.

    3. Democrobot

      Democrobot

      There's this local used game store that has amazing deals and everything is in great condition there.

    4. ignasia

      ignasia

      Nice.  Thank God...Zelda save INTACT!  Yes!  Though strangely the second and third save's aren't there, and I'm almost positive I had started a new game on one, and someone else started a new game on the other.

  21. It's sad, but time to do it.  Time to throw out unwanted and useless software.

    Goodbye Star Wars Galaxies install discs and expansions.  Goodbye Final Fantasy XI and expansions.

    Goodbye bleem!.  Yes, I spent money on it...it's terrible.

    Goodbye Netscape Navigator Gold.  I mean hell, it became Firefox, so no point in that old software, since it would be nigh impossible for an ancient PC to even consider navigating the web today...it would be like dialup, only paying for Broadband!

    Goodbye Microsoft Visual C++ Visual Studio 6.0 and MSDN Library...6.0, from 1999!

     

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    2. Imutone

      Imutone

      When I was a kid, dad had XP for YEARS and I'd surf the web and played 3D pinball. That's my entire history with XP haha. Interesting to hear it was so open ended! I'd never imagine since I only recall my PC and laptops being 7, 8, and 10. You probably got some idea how strict they are. 

      I know loosely about fat-32 and NTFS, so I appreciate the brief recap. 

      Ouch, losing everything? That is soul crushing. I guess you still want to write since you don't need digital device? Just some pen and paper. Creativity always finds a way.  

    3. ignasia

      ignasia

      Nah, it's more like I've always dreamed of writing.

      Heh, 3D pinball, was that one of those built-in games, or one your father bought?  I don't recall what the built ins were except for minesweeper and solitaire...which were easy enough to get lost in.  Only 3D pinball though?  There were soooo many games at the time, and most people still had their old MS-DOS games with XP (actually...I still do).

      Yeah, the more rigid structure does help with stability though.  I mean I don't recall any BSOD's on Windows 8 or 10...and maybe seen one ever on 7, which did not result in the computer's loss.  Though I do like how 10 is VERY game friendly.

      Well, I mean XP wasn't always so fickle.  There are some builds I've had that lasted over three years straight without problems.

       

       

    4. Imutone

      Imutone

      I must have been around 6 to 9 when I played 3D Pinball. Pretty sure it came with it! I found solitaire boring and maybe played minesweeper a few times. Dad loves solitaire though. He still plays it on his Mac and some other games. 

      10 is for sure gaming friendly. I haven't had any issues lately and it does help I have a bunch of built in Acer tools. 

       

  22. Merry Christmas everyone.  Hope you were all visited by Santa this year...apparently the weather was pretty wild, lol.

    Anyway, cheers, and good tidings!

  23. If anyone wants to add me on PSN.  Ignasia7.

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    2. BorisTheWizard

      BorisTheWizard

      Lol, thanks. I'd like to own it, but reminds me of a time when I was super edgy and hung out on 4chan way too often. I'd like to think that I've grown a bit and moved past that part of my life. :P

    3. YangustheLegendaryBandit

      YangustheLegendaryBandit

      If it makes you feel better Boris, I thought your PSN name sounded pretty good when I first saw your post. Makes me think of some kind of evil form of a good spirit, kinda like those negative summons you can battle in Final Fantasy X.

      Besides, your's is something creative. Mine was just me being lazy and just using as much of my Denizen name I could fit!

    4. Democrobot

      Democrobot

      Mine should be Dr.Taco7 for those who want to add me

  24. RIP Haruo Nakajima.

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    2. Emptilion

      Emptilion

      I am largely unfamiliar with his work outside of seeing a few clips. But RIP.

    3. Liamland

      Liamland

      I recommend you watch Godzilla vs. the Sea Monster. In it, Godzilla plays Link/Ganon-styled tennis with a giant lobster.

    4. Emptilion

      Emptilion

      Sounds good, I will.

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