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Modded Sega Genesis games getting official support, distribution on Steam

Modded Sega Genesis games getting official support, distribution on Steam

Fans of Sega's Genesis console (also known as the Mega Drive in Europe and Japan) have long been able to dive back into their library of classic 16-bit games on Steam, but starting next week, it's going to be even better. Complete with Sega's support, Steam is launching the Sega Mega Drive Classics Hub, which will include the ability to play modded versions of the games.

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Super Mario World turned into Flappy Bird, all done by hand

Super Mario World turned into Flappy Bird, all done by hand

The one-hit wonder and addictive mobile game Flappy Bird was noted to have a few art assets quite similar to those of a Super Mario game. It was only a matter of time, then, that things come full circle. Popular for being one of the most hackable games, Super Mario World, the SNES version, has been modded through code injection to run a totally new level that plays like Flappy Bird, with the eponymous hero as the bird. While that might sound unexciting at first, the whole process was actually done manually through a series of carefully calculated moves, using nothing but a controller.

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Mod lets you play Fallout 4 as Dogmeat

Mod lets you play Fallout 4 as Dogmeat

I am a huge fan of Fallout 4, but the companions in the game leave a lot to be desired in my book. I find most of them to be more of a hindrance than a help, they always block doors or walk into my line of fire like morons. I've played mostly with Paladin Danse since he can actually fight if you need to. The problem is he isn't very stealthy leaving you basically unable to sneak up on people, especially if your power armor has the stealth boy mod. A new mod for the game has been unveiled, and it lets you play the game as one of the companions, specifically the cute and ferocious Dogmeat.

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Lumia 520 modded to include huge Wi-Fi antenna, CPU fan

Lumia 520 modded to include huge Wi-Fi antenna, CPU fan

Smartphones are often called "computers in our pocket", mostly because of how capable they are today compared to yesteryear's hulking boxes. But if so, should we be even surprised if someone took pains to mod one like a PC? Well, we definitely should be in this case. While most mods involve changing a smartphone's appearance or just software, a certain Mark, a.k.a. Core Down, went the extra mile to mod the hardware too. To the point that he adds a ridiculously big Wi-Fi antenna and a contrastingly small CPU fan on a Lumia 520.

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littleBits connects Minecraft redstone creations to real world electronics

littleBits connects Minecraft redstone creations to real world electronics

Minecraft's blocky and pixelated world has become the home of many an ingenious digital creations and recreations, like "to scale" model of iconic starships to actually (somewhat) working gigantic smartphones. But for all their awesomeness, they remain within realm of ones and zeroes. That is, until now. A company called littleBits has created the ultimate Minecraft mod. Called bitCraft, this mod and its accompanying physical, real world cloudBit boards and modules make it possible to turn the in-game redstone into catalysts for all kinds of real world hardware mods and inventions.

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Galaxy Note 5 gets a transparent back with DIY mod

Galaxy Note 5 gets a transparent back with DIY mod

If there's one trend that's never caught one when it comes to designing smartphones, it's the use of transparent plastics that allow users to see the innards. Fortunately for one Galaxy Note 5 owner on Reddit, he knew how to make it happen for the back cover of his device. But user Skarface08 didn't just find a replacement back panel and swap it with the part that came on the phone; he actually managed to remove the phone's back and peel the paint off, leaving the official Samsung and Galaxy Note 5 logos intact.

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Iron Man’s Hulkbuster comes to Grand Theft Auto 5 via mod

Iron Man’s Hulkbuster comes to Grand Theft Auto 5 via mod

Well, it certainly didn't take long for Marvel superhero Iron Man to upgrade gear, at least in the world of Grand Theft Auto V. It was only about a week ago that we wrote about Brazilian coder JulioNB's mod for playing as Iron Man in GTA5 for PC, and now he's back with the Hulkbuster armor, as seen in the latest Avengers: Age of Ultron movie. JulioNIB previously said he had other mods in the works, and with Hulkbuster now revealed, it can mean only one thing: a Hulk mod can't be far behind.

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Iron Man invades not your screen but your GTA V game

Iron Man invades not your screen but your GTA V game

GTA V just got a bit more Marvelous, so to speak. And at least unofficially. That is, only if you have a PC copy of the game. Carrying on the venerable tradition of modifying, or modding, just PC games, Brazilian coder extraordinaire JulioNB included something, or someone, in the latest installment of Grand Theft Auto that you wouldn't normally find on the streets. Not unless you're in Marvel's world, of course. Yes, the Iron Man has come to San Andreas and, unlike (or very much like), the comic book superhero, he's in a very destructive mood.

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Half-Life on Android-powered LG G Watch? This modder made it happen

Half-Life on Android-powered LG G Watch? This modder made it happen

You can play Doom just about anywhere these days, from ATM machines, to graphing calculators, to even inside Doom itself. That means it's gotten boring. We need to spice up this whole FPS game on random devices/appliances thing, and it's time we went with a more modern classic, like Half-Life. Modder Dave Bennett already has the right idea, getting the Valve-made shooter to run on an Android-powered LG G Watch.

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Modder heard you likes Doom, lets you play Doom while you play Doom

Modder heard you likes Doom, lets you play Doom while you play Doom

Yo dawg…, etc. We've seen the classic PC shooter Doom hacked and modded to run on everything from an ATM to an Android Wear smartwatch, but this tops them all. A modder going by the name The Zombie Killer on YouTube has managed to get Doom to run inside of Doom. Yes, really. You can walk up to a computer terminal while playing Doom, and from that in-game machine start playing Doom. No word yet on how deep the rabbit hole really goes.

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Modders hack N64 controller to work with Xbox One

Modders hack N64 controller to work with Xbox One

Back at E3 this year, Microsoft announced a fancy new Xbox One controller that will let users modify it by swapping out the analog sticks and D-pad, and even remapping buttons to new paddles on the bottom. That controller is going to be priced at a steep $150. But they also announced a new Xbox One game titled Rare Replay, a collection of 30 games from developer Rare's last 30 years, including several hits that were originally on the Nintendo 64. So what's going to be the best way to play those games? Why, with a modded N64 controller, of course!

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GTA 5 “Angry Planes” mod and more tipped as viruses

GTA 5 “Angry Planes” mod and more tipped as viruses

If you're a Grand Theft Auto 5 fan who plays on the PC, you better think twice before you download mods...even if they're popular and widely known. Reports from upset users are stating that some of the most popular GTA 5 mods are installing malware of various sorts on users computers, including keyloggers and other programs. The "Angry Planes" mod is cited as one malicious GTA 5 mod, as well as "NoClip" and a mod manager. One user in particular has gone so far as to publish removal guides.

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