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  1. So DQ11 is DEFINITELY updated from the Switch version, and graphically seems far closer to the PS4.  It seems like they haven't been idle, and have swapped out some textures and models.  I made a post about this on GameFAQs, so I'll link to that:

    https://gamefaqs.gamespot.com/boards/296430-dragon-quest-xi-s-echoes-of-an-elusive-age-definitive/78997043

    @Erdrick The Hero @AustNerevar @YangustheLegendaryBandit I forget who else was in that topic, and who else was worried about the graphical downgrade presented with the first Xbox video.  This should cheer you up!

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    2. AustNerevar

      AustNerevar

      Skip to 2:19:10 for DQ11

    3. ignasia

      ignasia

      Thanks, I hadn't gotten through it all yet.  Taking it piecemeal, but I do like how they opened with the new trailer.

      FF16 also looks quite good, and I'll probably get that, as it feels like a return to form, while keeping certain new battle system conventions with some tweaks.  Also interesting to see a truly massive and menacing looking Behemoth (beast/dark), versus the Phoenix (light/restoration).

      I'll get to more later when I have a chance.

      I am quite happy with the improvements to DQ11 though.  It's a nice step up from the XBOX reveal.

    4. Dakhil

      Dakhil

      I think you should make a new post on the Dragon Quest XI subtopic.

  2. Going to be a lot of releases of info and changes coming soon...slow trickle.  Prepare for some disturbing reveals bit by bit leading into the next year, maybe longer.  I do mean gut wrenchingly disturbing.  Probably more EQs all over the world leading into May.  That which was hidden will be revealed.  Some of it anyhow.

    This post will seem odd but you'll understand soon enough.

    1. Sword_of_Dusk

      Sword_of_Dusk

      Odd does not begin to describe this. My guess is it's either super serious and important, or it just has to do with FF7R. 

  3. How's everyone holding up? 

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    2. YangustheLegendaryBandit

      YangustheLegendaryBandit

      Until we were furloughed at work things were the same for me for the most part. Now with the furlough in place until further notice I’m probably going to be stuck at home. We can file for unemployment so I’m going to take care of that this week.

      I guess now I can take care of some things I’ve been meaning to. Go back to my Yangus Thoughts on the Genesis Mini and the games on it, do some stuff on my computer I’ve been meaning to, look up new recipes to try, and finish off some RPGs I’ve put aside.

    3. Twinkie

      Twinkie

      @ignasia We actually an online gathering last night to play some games online. We typically do on the weekends when no one is busy. So it does help out. I also been calling some friends as well. But nothing compared to having a Dungeons and Dragons night though lol.

      I have been going out for walks as well. I live in a rural area so I like to take walks in the woods every so often. Has been putting me in a good mood to do so.

      As for online games and binge watching. I have been watching some anime, but not too much. But I have been playing Age of Empires 2 a little bit in the past week to practice.

      It all helps out. But I still wanna go outside and do more lol.

    4. ignasia

      ignasia

      @Twinkie  I hear ya.

  4. Farming for a Hela's Hefty Hammer for Kiefer.  Summoned in Tatron.  The Gigantes attacks him immediately after for 402 damage.  Tatron dies, having never taken a single action.

  5. So, for Christmas, I bought DQ7 3DS again.  Third copy, third Super Kiefer.  Yeah, I really love making these.  Technically the 4th, but I didn't keep my first.  Also decided to make a more refined guide to attempt to get to par at around the 100 hour marker, as I'd rather a lower game time than normal.  The other two are 600 and 900 respectively.

    Plus this is the first one I have two systems to use for self-trading from the get-go, and I love it.

    Also got Etrian Odyssey 5 and Nexus, a 128GB card for my Switch.  So last year was a pretty good year for RPG's.

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    2. ignasia

      ignasia

      Better get one soon.  The price is going up fast.  It will become one of the most expensive DQ games for a physical copy at some point, maybe higher than DQ6 DS.  Similarly with DQBuilders on Switch.  I wish I snagged a copy when it was 34.99.

    3. Erdrick The Hero

      Erdrick The Hero

      I wish I hadn't sold my physical copies of VII and VIII 3DS. I figured they would be more common than their PlayStation counterparts, and I really needed the money.

      I've got digital copies of both, but I can't put those on display.

    4. ignasia

      ignasia

      At least with DQ7, you can still purchase a copy for $25 from Amazon third party groups.  Though how long that lasts I don't know.  It did go up to 38 at one point on Amazon about 3 months ago, then dropped down again to 20 (the cost when I bought this last copy), and right after that 18.88, then back up to 20, and now 25.

      8 is really going to be something else at the rate it's going.  It's already set to surpass the digital version for new.

      Though definitely...the other sad part is noting how rarely 3DS digital titles go on sale.  DQ7 and 8 I don't think have seen a sale in over a year.  Though I didn't check this last Christmas season.

      For me, I would never trade my copies, though in the case of 8, it's almost entirely because of the DLC items, and a perfect restart, which still sucks with the dual save slot, and one quicksave.  Though I guess with 8, restarting isn't a huge issue, and I can always use the Quicksave to hold onto a perfect 100% save (which I'm doing right now), and just do replays with slot 1, keep slot 2 my Farebury save with 60~70 seeds (mostly Strength, thankfully), and all the DLC equipment :).

      I really wish they kept the DLC system alive and well, and just recycled it over and over again.  Having each item pop up only once was pretty horrid.  Though I guess there's always save state manipulation.  Still not the same thing.

  6. If you're contemplating shopping at Gamestop, don't:

     

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    2. Brother Jaybird

      Brother Jaybird

      A YouTuber named Raz0rfist has a GameStop rant that's probably worth your time, but y'all should know, Raz0rfist is NSFW.
       

       

    3. solo

      solo

      gamestop is basicly the only videogame store in my town so i don't have a choise

    4. Dwaine

      Dwaine

      The guy's credibility is questionable. He's like the Geeks and Gamers for retail chains. In general I gots no love for Gamestop thanks to the years of ill will they built. Though in recent years they have backed off many of their hard sell tactics. They've really boosted their collectables side and often have very good sales and exclusives. Like any big chain, it all comes down to the people that run it. I've got a friend that was a Gamestop manager. He's not evil and ran things pretty well. The people he worked with are now managers and their store is very well run with extremely kind and competent employees. The one in the mall a block away is being run the opposite way and drove out a wonderful employee in a detestable way.

      Dropping into a couple Gamestop stores for collectables and such in the past month, I've never encountered these instances. Even the bad one! Not saying these don't happen, but I don't think it's the norm. The stores are so busy there's just not enough time to do all that and help everyone! This guy is going to purposely seek out and amp up the worst aspects to make a video. And as a consumer you can always say 'no thank you.' Like any retail chain, support the ones you know do things right and ditch the others.

      P.S. Walmart is $10 cheaper than MSRP on games and Target will price match!

  7. Merry Christmas guys, and if I'm not around for it, have a happy New Year!
    ...and now, a classic Christmas song!

     

  8. Damnit....I haven't been able to stop playing DQB2.  It's much more fun to battle and build than the original.

  9. ...must...resist...urge...to...play...DQB2, Sekiro, or Bloodstained...must...not...play ... ... ... *fails*  DQB2 I'm really loving, I spent 4 hours hunting around Furrowfield for extra levels because damnit, I love grinding!  I just popped in Sekiro, though I have stuff.  Bloodstained is going to be very difficult to resist, but I have to complete certain other objectives for FAQ purposes in DQ11, and the one MMO I play, Ragnarok Online, is doing a special Christmas series of events as they're shutting down for 3 months for some major patching.  Free upgrading to the halfway point, instead of spending $20~200?  Yes, please.  Only 5 more days.

    1. Brother Jaybird

      Brother Jaybird

      I haven't played Ragnarok Online since High School, and only then the playable demo, which was free, but the lore was always fascinating.

    2. Twinkie

      Twinkie

      Oh man. Ragnarok Online is so good. I didn't start playing it until late 2000 but I had a lot of fun with it. I really should visit it again sometime.

  10. Happy Thanksgiving guys!  Much love to you all!

    ...I was bad, I participated in Black Thursday!  The day of true evil, but I snagged the last non-floor copies of Bloodstained, Builders 2, and the last Walmart copy of Sekiro...got into Walmart at 6:45 or so, and with a nearly depleted PS4 black thursday, the day of evil, stock, I managed the last copy of Sekiro.  So I now have Sekiro as well :).

    I can get the DLC packages for Builders 2 later, after I beat the game.

    1. Brother Jaybird

      Brother Jaybird

      There's another Black day to come, so you be on guard against further evil, young padawan.

    2. eal

      eal

      Thank God I live in a Blue Laws state. That being said, this doesn’t extend to food service, I believe. So I find it ironic watching Macy’s Thanksgiving Dany Parade and seeing Ronald McDonald and his balloon and thinking how there are employees who won’t even see him because they’re too busy working.

    3. ignasia

      ignasia

      It's a right tragedy.  They should enforce Black Friday on Black Friday, not the Thursday before.  So I wouldn't have to worry about stock over the weekend, but I am glad I was able to snag these after driving my sister back home (Walmart right next door to the Gamestop, and both off one of the three main paths returning home).

      When I worked at Starbucks, it was a huge point of contention for those who would work Black Friday.  Being senior for 3 of my 4 years there, it was easy to get off (plus I'd ask very early on, and I took almost everyone else's shifts during the rest of the year, when they needed time away/emergencies).  I would have been pretty pissed had we a floating Siren balloon, complete with legs spread wide and inviting, that I would not have been allowed to see.  Oh, tragic irony.

      I wonder if they still use a Ronald Float as well?

  11. @Dakhil and anyone else wondering about weight gain in the US...well, it's happening worldwide, and there's also a weight loss revolution in the US due to certain new dietary trends thanks to more people listening to doctors that actually talk about Insulin resistance.  This should peak your interest on one of three major glaring problems facing health and creating fat people (ir, omega-6, and sugar):

     

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    2. ignasia

      ignasia

      8 ) There's also the sugar added to almost all prepared foods in the West.  It just adds up to the point where quite a few Americans eat about a pound of sugar a week, if not more.  Not all, but a lot.  The fat acceptance movement isn't helping anyone either, least of all the fat people afflicted by their own poor choices.

    3. Erdrick The Hero

      Erdrick The Hero

      Oh no. I thought better of you, Iggy.

      Doctors wouldn't provide vaccinations if they were known to be dangerous. The point is to prevent disease, not cause it. There are rare cases in which someone can be harmed by a vaccine, but it's generally caused by an allergic reaction or compromised immune system.

      VACCINES DO NOT CAUSE AUTISM. Autism is a trait that is determined by birth, even though signs may not be noticeable for a couple years. You don't "get" autism, you're born with it.

      I'm honestly disappointed that you've been fooled by some of the misinformation out there, as I know you're a smart guy. PLEASE do some research on this.

    4. ignasia

      ignasia

      Erdrick, just look into the Vaccine Court.  That's a good start.

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

    1. Brother Jaybird

      Brother Jaybird

      And me without a Switch.

    2. ignasia

      ignasia

      Me too, for now.

  13. 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.

  14. 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
    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.

  15. 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:

       

      -----

      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.

  16. ...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. Brother Jaybird

      Brother Jaybird

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

  17. 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.

  18. LoZ: ALttP in DQB2.  Very impressive.

  19. 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.

  20. 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. Brother Jaybird

      Brother Jaybird

      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.

  21. 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. Brother Jaybird

      Brother Jaybird

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

  22. 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. Brother Jaybird

      Brother Jaybird

      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.

       

  23. 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.

  24. 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. Brother Jaybird

      Brother Jaybird

      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.

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