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1 day 22 hours ago
Jacob Janerka, developer of the popular indie adventure game 'Paradigm,' recently spotted a cracked copy of his title on The Pirate Bay. But, instead of being filled with anger and rage while running to the nearest anti-piracy outfit, Janerka decided to reach out to the pirates. Not to school or scold them, but to offer a few free keys. From a report: "Hey everyone, I'm Jacob, the creator of Paradigm. I know some of you legitimately can't afford the game and I'm glad you get to still play it :D," Janerka's comment on TPB reads. Having downloaded many pirated games himself in the past, Janerka knows that some people simply don't have the means to buy all the games they want to play. So he's certainly not going to condemn others for doing the same now, although it would be nice if some bought it later. "If you like the game, please tell your friends and maybe even consider buying it later," he added.

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2 days 1 hour ago
Rumors are true. Nintendo is gearing up to launch the SNES Classic, a miniaturized version of the glorious original Super Nintendo Entertainment System. The console will include 21 games when it launches September 29. A report adds: Among the big surprises: a never-before released Star Fox 2 is in the mix. Here's the full list of games: Super Mario World, Super Mario Kart, The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past, F-Zero, Super Metroid, Super Street Fighter II Turbo: Hyper Fighting, Super Punch Out, Super Castlevania IV, Donkey Kong Country, Mega Man X, Kirby Super Star, Final Fantasy III, Kirby's Dream Course, Star Fox, Super Mario World 2: Yoshi's Island, Super Mario RPG: Legend of the Seven Stars, Contra III: The Alien Wars, Secret of Mana, EarthBound, and Super Ghouls 'n Ghosts. It will retail at a price point of $80.

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10 days 1 hour ago
Meeple Like Us is a group of gaming academics, developers, hobbyists and enthusiasts with a keen interest in board games, tabletop games, video games, and all things in-between, co-founded by long-time Slashdot reader drakkos. Today he reminds us that accessibility "has become an increasingly visible part of video game development." It's even become something of a selling point for many games, with Naughty Dog's focus on the accessibility of Uncharted 4 gaining it pages and pages of enthusiastic support across the industry. Tabletop games, despite being much older an entertainment format, lag behind video games in many respects. Meeple Like Us has for the last year been working hard to identify the accessibility issues in tabletop gaming, and is currently recruiting for volunteers for a working group aimed at developing v1.0 of the Tabletop Accessibility Guidellines.

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11 days 1 hour ago
Last month Eric Raymond announced the open sourcing of the world's very first text adventure. Now Slashdot reader teri1337 brings news about their own special project: A few old-timers here may recall with fond memories the phrase "Somewhere nearby is Colossal Cave..." Well, a voice-playable version of Colossal Cave "Adventure" is now available on Amazon Echo devices as a [free] Alexa Skill. This is a port of the original 1976 text adventure game written by Willie Crowther and Don Woods, which started the interactive fiction genre and led to later games like Infocom's Zork. This version was written from scratch as an AWS Lamda function incorporating the original 350-point game database, and made available with permission from Don Woods.

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11 days 22 hours ago
Dean Takahashi, reporting for VentureBeat: Atari CEO Fred Chesnais told GamesBeat in an exclusive interview that his fabled video game company is working on a new game console. In doing so, the New York company might be cashing in on the popularity of retro games and Nintendo's NES Classic Edition, which turned out to be surprisingly popular for providing a method to easily play old games like Super Mario Bros. and The Legend of Zelda in HD on a TV. Last week, Atari began teasing a new product called the Ataribox. The video released on a non-Atari web site showed a picture of some kind of hardware product, but many people wondered if the teaser was fake. Others had no idea what the video was showing about a "brand new Atari product years in the making."

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12 days 18 hours ago
OpenIV, a popular modding tool used by tons of GTA V fans, is shutting down. After nearly 10 years of operation, the creators claim they have received a cease and desist from Take-Two Interactive -- the publisher of Grand Theft Auto. The news has shocked the PC Grand Theft Auto community, who use OpenIV to add thousands of mods into GTA V. Many upset modders have retaliated by flooding GTA V with negative reviews on Steam. Kotaku reports: According to a post on the official OpenIV website, the alleged cease and desist came on June 5th 2017. The supposed problem, OpenIV's creators say, is that the program allows "third parties to defeat security features of its software and modify that software in violation Take-Two's rights." After discussing their options, the team behind the tool says they decided it was not worth their time to fight back. "Yes, we can go to court and yet again prove that modding is fair use and our actions are legal," creator GooD-NTS wrote. "Yes, we could. But we decided not to. Going to court will take at least few months of our time and huge amount of efforts, and, at best, we'll get absolutely nothing. Spending time just to restore status quo is really unproductive, and all the money in the world can't compensate the loss of time. So, we decided to agree with their claims and we're stopping distribution of OpenIV."

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13 days 18 hours ago
The Nikkei Asian Review newspaper is reporting that the Japanese entertainment company Konami is blacklisting former employees in the Japanese video game industry. "The company is particularly targeting those who work for Kojima Productions, which was founded in 2016 by Hideo Kojima, who used to be a top designer at Konami," reports Ars Technica. From the report: Furthermore, according to the article, Konami is pressuring other companies not to hire its former employees. As the Nikkei Asian Review wrote: "One ex-Kon described his surprise at learning that Konami had instructed an employee at a television company not to deal with its former employees. In another case, a former Konami executive was forced to close his business due to pressure from the gaming giant. Ex-Kons are not allowed to put their Konami experience on their public resumes. 'If you leave the company, you cannot rely on Konami's name to land a job,' explained a former employee. If an ex-Kon is interviewed by the media, the company will send that person a letter through a legal representative, in some cases indicating that Konami is willing to take them to court."

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13 days 20 hours ago
A Microsoft-made AI system has achieved a perfect score of 999,990 points on the Atari 2600 version of the classic 'Ms. Pac-Man.' From a report: Researchers at the Microsoft-owned deep learning company Maluuba have used an AI system to break the all-time Ms. Pac-Man record. In a blog post, Microsoft wrote that, "using a divide-and-conquer method that could have broad implications for teaching AI agents to do complex tasks that augment human capabilities," Maluuba's AI was able to record a perfect Ms. Pac-Man score of 999,990 on the Atari 2600 version of the game, breaking the all-time record of 933,580.

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15 days 2 hours ago
Apple's decision to go all in on 64bit-capable devices, OS and apps has caused some trouble for Chess.com, a popular online website where people go to play chess. Users with a 32bit iPad are unable to play games on the website, according to numerous complaints posted over the weekend and on Monday. Erik, the CEO of Chess.com said in a statement, "Thanks for noticing. Obviously this is embarrassing and I'm sorry about it. As a non-developer I can't really explain how or why this happened, but I can say that we do our best and are sorry when that falls short." Hours later, he had an explanation: The reason that some iOS devices are unable to connect to live chess games is because of a limit in 32bit devices which cannot handle gameIDs above 2,147,483,647. So, literally, once we hit more than 2 billion games, older iOS devices fail to interpret that number! This was obviously an unforeseen bug that was nearly impossible to anticipate and we apologize for the frustration. We are currently working on a fix and should have it resolved within 48 hours.

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15 days 20 hours ago
The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday ruled in favor of Microsoft in its bid to fend off class action claims by Xbox 360 owners who said the popular videogame console gouges discs because of a design defect. From a report: The court, in a 8-0 ruling, overturned a 2015 decision by the San Francisco-based 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals that allowed console owners to appeal the dismissal of their class action lawsuit by a federal judge in Seattle in 2012. Typically parties cannot appeal a class certification ruling until the entire case has reached a conclusion. But the 9th Circuit allowed the console owners to voluntarily dismiss their lawsuit so they could immediately appeal the denial of a class certification. Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, writing on behalf of the court, said such a move was not permitted because a voluntary dismissal of a lawsuit is not a final decision and thus cannot be appealed. The approach sought by the plaintiffs would undermine litigation rules "designed to guard against piecemeal appeals," Ginsburg wrote.

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16 days 10 hours ago
Maluuba, a deep-learning team acquired by Microsoft in January, has created an AI system that has achieved the perfect score for Ms. Pac-Man. According to The Verge, the AI system "learned how to reach the game's maximum point value of 999,900 on Atari 2600, using a unique combination of reinforcement learning with a divide-and-conquer method." From the report: Though AI has conquered a wealth of retro games, Ms. Pac-Man has remained elusive for years, due to the game's intentional lack of predictability. Turns out it's a toughie for humans as well. Many have tried to reach Ms. Pac-Man's top score, only coming as close as 266,330 on the Atari 2600 version. The game's elusive 999,900 number though, has so far only been achieved by mortals via cheats. Maluuba was able to use AI to beat the game by tasking out responsibilities, breaking it up into bite-sized jobs assigned to over 150 agents. The team then taught the AI using what they call Hybrid Reward Architecture -- a combination of reinforcement learning with a divide-and-conquer method. Individual agents were assigned piecemeal tasks -- like finding a specific pellet -- which worked in tandem with other agents to achieve greater goals. Maluuba then designated a top agent (Microsoft likens this to a senior manager at a company) that took suggestions from all the agents in order to inform decisions on where to move Ms. Pac-Man. The best results came when individual agents "acted very egotistically" and the top agent focused on what was best for the overall team, taking into account not only how many agents wanted to go in a particular direction, but the importance of that direction.

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16 days 19 hours ago
An anonymous reader quotes The Verge: After months of speculation, Microsoft is unveiling its "Project Scorpio" games console today, and it's officially named Xbox One X. Microsoft's Xbox One X naming comes just days after the company trademarked a mysterious S logo, and started dropping Scorpio hints in its E3 teaser videos. Microsoft is planning to launch the Xbox One X on November 7th worldwide. All existing Xbox One accessories will work on the new Xbox One X, alongside all existing Xbox 360 backwards compatible titles and Xbox One games. Microsoft is even planning to use "super sampling" on the One X to make new games look better even on 1080p TVs. [YouTube] The new console will ship with 6 teraflops of graphical power, more than its main competitor, the PS4 Pro, with 4.2 teraflops. Microsoft is using a custom GPU engine on Scorpio that runs at 1172MHz, a big increase over the Xbox One's 853MHz and even Sony's 911MHz found on the PS4 Pro. Microsoft says the new Xbox One X is the "smallest Xbox ever."

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17 days 21 hours ago
Adam West, star of the 1960s TV series Batman, has died at age 88. An anonymous reader shares a memory of that time the 53-year-old actor wrote an op-ed for a 1982 issue of Videogame and Computer Gaming Illustrated. "I've been playing with computers longer than most," West wrote on page 6. [PDF] "I had onboard computers in Robinson Crusoe on Mars, having learned in an episode of TV's The Outer Limits that you can't survive on the Red Planet without them. Then, of course, I was up to my cowl in computers as television's Batman... In 1966, when the series began its three season run, all of that was science fiction. Computers were playthings of the researchers at MIT... Today, a lot of the apparatus we had in Batman -- dressed, of course, in less imposing names -- is fact. And we're lucky this is so." West called videogames "an ideal means to broaden the imaginations of young people," saying the medium "can expand our awareness of the world as it is, was, or might be. The medium is still in its infancy, but read this again in a few years and see if this prediction hasn't come true: as videogaming grows, we will grow." My favorite story is how West was cast as Batman after the show's producer spotted his performance as super-spy Agent Q in a commercial for Nestle Quik. And CNN also remembers that "later in life, West made appearances on the animated series 'Family Guy' as Mayor Adam West, the oddball leader of Quahog, Rhode Island."

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19 days 1 hour ago
For the first time in 90-year Oscar history, a video game is eligible for an Academy Award, specifically the recently-released game Everything. From a report: The 11-minute trailer for philosophical pontificating simulator Everything is eligible for an Academy Award -- a first for a video game promotion, boasted game developer David OReilly. The marketing material in question is included under the Academy's category "[best] animated short film," which it became eligible for after winning the Jury Prize for animation at the VIS Vienna Shorts film festival. Everything's lengthy trailer focuses on the correlation between the universe's smallest, biggest, and most remote entities, all while being narrated by the late British philosopher Alan Watts.

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19 days 7 hours ago
MojoKid quotes a report from HotHardware: Qualcomm and Microsoft are on the verge of ushering in a new class of always-connected mobile devices that run full-blown Windows 10. The two are enabling ARM-based Snapdragon 835 processors to run Windows 10 with full x86 emulation, meaning that devices will be capable of not only running Universal Windows Platform (UWP) apps from the Windows Store, but legacy win32 apps as well. There is little question, Intel is likely none too pleased with it and PC OEM heavyweights Lenovo, Hewlett-Packard and ASUS have also signed-on to deliver Windows 10 notebooks and 2-in-1 convertibles powered by Qualcomm. Until now, Intel sat by quietly while all of this unfolded, but the company today took the opportunity to get a bit passive-aggressive while announcing the fast-approaching 40th anniversary of the world's first x86 microprocessor. The majority of the press release reads like a trip down memory lane. However, Intel shifts into serious mama bear mode, with significant legal posturing, touting its willingness to protect its "x86 innovations." Intel goes on to say that Transmeta tried and ultimately failed in the marketplace, and has been dead and buried for a decade. The company then pivots, almost daring Microsoft and Qualcomm to challenge it by making Windows on ARM devices commercially available. "Only time will tell if new attempts to emulate Intel's x86 ISA will meet a different fate. Intel welcomes lawful competition... However, we do not welcome unlawful infringement of our patents, and we fully expect other companies to continue to respect Intel's intellectual property rights."

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3880 days 18 hours ago
Ok, you must be wondering why your favorite girl gaming website has had a paucity of new content recently. It's not because we don't love gaming or gamers or anything like that -- it's mostly because GameGal's creative team are...
3963 days 1 hour ago
We return from our extended hiatus with a story that could have been written any time in the past five or so years. Whenever the growth of the games industry comes up, not far behind is the discussion of the...
4062 days 12 hours ago
It's time to pay another visit to the ever-popular GameGal E3 Hall of Shame. Established way back in 2002, we've been chronicling the giddy excesses of the Electronic Entertainment Exposition for five years now. Earlier in 2006, it was widely...
4066 days 8 hours ago
Yep, we're once again stalking the floors of the Electronic Entertainment Exposition, seeking out the biggest and best new games. It's the sixth E3 for both Dan and Libe, and we're both busy covering the show for our day jobs...
4066 days 8 hours ago
Ok, it's been a while since we posted any new reviews. But don't worry, we've got two next-gen games ready for the hopper right now. Check out our reviews of The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion and Perfect Dark Zero. We're...
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1034 days 23 hours ago
Zoink! Games’ psychic platform-adventure game makes its Xbox One debut. 28thJuly 2014: Zoink! Games and Ripstone Publishing announced today that their critically-acclaimed psychic platform-adventure game Stick It To The Man! is available to download now from the Xbox One Games Store priced at $9.99 / £6.39 / €7.99. With well over 1.2 million players already across PlayStation [...]
1186 days 14 hours ago
Creative Assembly’s survival horror game brings the fear this fall. SAN FRANCISCO & LONDON – March 29, 2014 – SEGA® of America, Inc., SEGA® Europe, Ltd. and Twentieth Century Fox Consumer Products today announced that Alien: Isolation™, the hugely anticipated survival horror title, will be available from October 7, 2014. Developed by Creative Assembly™, the game [...]
1189 days 1 hour ago
Thrusting ROME II players into the swirling conflict of the Second Punic War, Hannibal at the Gates brings the Western Mediterranean into sharp relief as the Republic of Rome and the trading empire of Carthage fight for their very survival. Including new playable factions, this dramatic downloadable campaign pack is available for purchase now. Alongside the [...]
1189 days 11 hours ago
Become The Ultimate Dragon Rider This June On the Xbox 360, 3DS, Wii, Wii U And PlayStation 3. Santa Ana, CA. – March 18, 2014 — Little Orbit, a worldwide video game publisher, has entered a licensing agreement with DreamWorks Animation to bring the How to Train Your Dragon 2 video game to major platforms this [...]
1189 days 11 hours ago
All-New Cartoon Network Multi-Property and Adventure Time Games to be Released This Fall. Santa Ana, CA. - March 26, 2014 – Leading worldwide video game publisher, Little Orbit and Cartoon Network Enterprises (CNE) today announced an expansion of its partnership that will bring multiple properties to gaming consoles and handheld devices later this year. Serving as [...]
1218 days 8 hours ago
Experience Intense Mobile Suit Warfare Across the Gundam Series. SAN JOSE Calif., (February 25, 2014) – Leading video game publisher and developer NAMCO BANDAI Games America Inc. today announced that it will be releasing DYNASTY WARRIORS: GUNDAM Reborn, developed by TECMO KOEI GAMES CO., LTD., digitally through the PlayStation Store for the PlayStation 3 computer entertainment [...]
1218 days 9 hours ago
Experience the Full TALES OF SYMPHONIA Saga with HD Graphics and Content Never Released in the Americas. SAN JOSE, Calif., (February 25, 2014) – Leading video game publisher NAMCO BANDAI Games America Inc. today released TALES OF SYMPHONIA CHRONICLES throughout the Americas exclusively for the PlayStation® 3 computer entertainment system. Journey through two epic role-playing games [...]
1218 days 9 hours ago
Jump into the Maze Mayhem with PAC-MAN’s Greatest Hits throughout the Years. SAN JOSE, Calif., (February 25, 2014) NAMCO BANDAI Games America Inc. today announces that PAC-MAN MUSEUM is available in the Americas as a digital download for the PlayStation®3 computer entertainment system and will be available tomorrow, February 26th, on the Xbox Live online entertainment [...]
1244 days 21 hours ago
Get ready to fearlessly traverse through maze after maze with our favorite yellow pellet-chomping hero. NAMCO BANDAI Games America Inc. announced today that PAC-MAN MUSEUM will be releasing on February 25 for the PlayStation Network and on February 26 for Xbox Live Arcade and STEAM. Retro arcade gamers will be able to look forward to [...]
1244 days 22 hours ago
Master the Tenkai Energy Within and Champion the Fate of Two Worlds. SAN JOSE, Calif. – (January 30, 2014) - NAMCO BANDAI Games America Inc. today announced that TENKAI KNIGHTS: Brave Battle for the Nintendo 3DS™ hand-held system will be arriving in the Americas in summer 2014. Based on the animated action TV series currently broadcasting [...]
2078 days 8 hours ago
Though it is said the game is light on content, it still seems to have plenty of the character dialogue and interactions which have made the series so popular with its fans. The portions with the Servbots are as entertaining as ever, particularly their continued efforts to stop MegaMan and the bit about getting a big reward from Miss Tron.
2120 days 18 hours ago
All of us at Digital Press are saddened to learn of Bill "The Game Doctor" Kunkel's passing on September 4th. Memorials are being planned, but for those unable to attend, please send along condolences to his wife, Laurie, at ElfKunkel@aol.com.
2120 days 18 hours ago
In 2002, Carl Mueller Jr. starting working on a faithful version of DK for the Intellivision, and it's finally done and available for purchase! The game includes all 4 levels, intermissions, and the ability to play as different characters! The folks at Mattel were right - Coleco could have done a better job.
2186 days 1 hour ago
The time has come to take steps towards creating a physical museum to honor and archive the history of the videogame industry. Join Digital Press, CGE, and an impressive Board of Advisors in making this dream a reality!
2293 days 10 hours ago
(Courtesy of "The Mega Man Network") (Video) What does it take to make a Mega Man animation? If you are YouTube user "fafonio," then it takes 238 paper cut-outs and 1,245 photographs taken on one Samsung TL205 camera.
1554 days 4 hours ago
DICE today released 17 minutes of in-game footage from Battlefield 4 titled 'Fishing in Baku'. The next title in EA and DICE's shooter series is due...
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Now all the Battlefield 3 expansions are out of the way - it seems DICE and EA are about to start telling us more about Battlefield 4, next Wednesday...
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Here's four more BioShock Infinite screenshots, Irrational's shooter series gets it's latest entry on March 26th....
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At CES in Las Vegas today, nVidia announced 'Project SHIELD', it's essentially a Tegra 4 powered mobile gaming machine running Android though it has...
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Here's a story trailer for SEGA and Gearbox Software's upcoming movie inspired shooter Aliens: Colonial Marines which is expected in stores on February...
1 day 17 hours ago

Eukleia Training’s new Chief Strategy Officer Kate Lander has a strong background in finance and training.

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1 day 17 hours ago

SMP ArrangeMe Members Can Now Arrange and Sell Music From Undertale

(PRWeb June 27, 2017)

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2 days 17 hours ago

G4C Recognizes Triseum as an Emerging Leader in Game-Based Learning for its Contributions to the Advancement of Education

(PRWeb June 26, 2017)

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2 days 17 hours ago

The Prestigious Annual Award Recognizes the Most Dynamic and Visionary Technology Companies in North America

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5 days 17 hours ago

Index Promotions’ Work on the Aflac Holiday Duck Campaign Snags A Bronze Metal for “Best Holiday or Seasonal-Themed Campaign” Category

(PRWeb June 23, 2017)

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6 days 17 hours ago

Students will learn about the Cloud, how to code and design devices for the Internet of Things

(PRWeb June 22, 2017)

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6 days 17 hours ago

High-resolution trackpads provide an ideal user interface for next generation VR controllers and consumer electronics.

(PRWeb June 22, 2017)

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7 days 17 hours ago

The app markets have a new proposition for all explorers, travellers and geography lovers. Warsaw's MythicOwl developer studio presents a major upgrade to its Geo Flags Academy which allows you to...

(PRWeb June 21, 2017)

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7 days 17 hours ago

Against a backdrop of recent headline-making global cyber-attacks, cyber-security training game Zero Threat has won an international award.

(PRWeb June 21, 2017)

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7 days 17 hours ago

Variant: Limits™ Earns Prestigious Industry Recognition for Unique Approach to Connecting Mathematics and Game Play

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