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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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Minecraft “Predator” mod lets you go ghostly

Minecraft “Predator” mod lets you go ghostly

One Minecraft mod summons thousands of fans with a "Predator-like" set of abilities in 148144 commands. This fellow by the name of Sliced Lime has presented a command block machine for Minecraft which allows the wearer's outfit to change color depending on the block nearest the wearer. The result is a camouflage suit the likes of which we've only otherwise seen in the light-bending Predator beast from the Predator film series. This mod is not (yet) part of the standard game build, but you certainly can try it for yourself if you wish.

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See Valve’s Half-Life with new eyes in Black Mesa

See Valve’s Half-Life with new eyes in Black Mesa

Half-Life is one of the seminal games that catapulted Valve into fame, aside from the Steam platform of course. Thanks to the game's engine and its moddability, Half-Life has taken on different forms, some of which try to bring the game forward into the current century. Black Mesa, released in 2012 after 8 years in the woodwork, was one of those mods but now it has taken a life of its own. Presenting Black Mesa, a Steam Early Access game that promises to re-imagine Half-Life as if it were a game created today.

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Fan-made Half-Life 2: Update mod gets steamy on Steam

Fan-made Half-Life 2: Update mod gets steamy on Steam

Who says you can't make it big just with game modding? While some game developers frown upon the act of modifying a released game, and even more on the act of releasing said mods, others have embraced the reality of this gaming sub-culture. And others, well, they might even reward you for it. Valve has not only sanctioned the mod that is now officially known as Half-Life 2: Update, it is even allowing it to be distributed on Steam. Provided, of course, you own the original game on Steam as well.

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Lambda Wars turns Half-Life 2 from FPS to RTS

Lambda Wars turns Half-Life 2 from FPS to RTS

Gamers are a fascinating bunch and more especially so the hardcore ones with a bit of programming and design skills in their utility belt. Give them a game they're not satisfied with or a game that inspires the imagination and they will churn out a mod or a patch in days, weeks, months, or even years. Take for example this new Lambda Wars game in beta, an innocent sounding "multiplayer Source Engine modification" that lets you play Half-Life 2 Alien Swarm from a literally different perspective. A third person RTS perspective.

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