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Harry Potter RPG built entirely in Minecraft is years in the making

Harry Potter RPG built entirely in Minecraft is years in the making

Minecraft is one of those strokes of genius that may have left you wondering what took so long for someone to make it. Its open-world platform has become the home for many virtual worlds, including those that tie into some existing franchise. Sometimes that becomes an official promo but, most of the time, it takes the collective effort of fans to recreate a familiar universe in the blocky world. That's exactly what is now about to burst to the public with an unofficial Harry Potter RPG that puts all the iconic places and objects of the fictional world in Minecraft.

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Nintendo Switch GameCube Controller Mod is awesome but grueling work

Nintendo Switch GameCube Controller Mod is awesome but grueling work

Unlike towering desktops, gaming consoles are often less conducive to the crazy mods that PC gamers often put their rig through. That only means that mods for consoles and controllers tend to be even crazier, just like this one that recreates an iconic GameCube controller as a Switch Joy-Con. Forget a simple paint job or even 3D printing, this mod is months' work that also represents the collaborative nature of the modding community.

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Super Mario 64 Land mod now available but there’s a catch

Super Mario 64 Land mod now available but there’s a catch

The Switch may now be hailed as Nintendo's most innovative console of recent years but, back in the days, that title was briefly held by the Nintendo 64. Often promoted as the first 64-bit gaming system, part of the console's legacy were the games available for it, like The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time and, of course, Super Mario 64. The latter is now seeing a slight revival, not through some Nintendo paid service, but through a free expansion mod titled, what else, Super Mario 64 Land.

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Nokia 7.2 reported to have an unlockable bootloader

Nokia 7.2 reported to have an unlockable bootloader

HMD Global may be earning accolades for its speed in rolling out updates to its Nokia phones (still not as fast as Essential, though) but it doesn't have a good reputation among some Android modders and hackers. In particular, Nokia phones are notorious for practically being useless as far as rooting and using ROMs are concerned because the bootloader gates are tightly locked. It seems, however, that the Nokia 7.2 might be the first of its kind to be different though it remains to be seen if it's by accident only or by intention.

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Nintendo Switch unofficial Android ROM is almost ready

Nintendo Switch unofficial Android ROM is almost ready

The Nintendo Switch is a pretty impressive gaming device but that's all that it is. It can't even be called a full entertainment device due to the lack of basic functionality like playing multimedia outside of YouTube and Hulu. It can't even browse the Web. All of those might soon be available to the daring few willing to hack their Switch to install what could be the first Android ROM publicly available for the handheld.

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Doom ‘Linear’ mod packs entire game into single demonic hallway

Doom ‘Linear’ mod packs entire game into single demonic hallway

Do you feel like blasting your way through the original Doom game but don't want to waste time remembering where to go and figuring out where you got lost? A new mod simply called 'Linear' is the solution -- it transforms the entire game into a single long hallway. Players simply run down it, blasting the row of demons in front of them as they go.

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Nintendo Switch Windows 10 port has a long way to go

Nintendo Switch Windows 10 port has a long way to go

The Nintendo Switch is just a fan favorite among gamers, it has also become a favorite among modders and hackers. The handheld console's extremely locked down hardware and software has actually made it more challenging and, therefore, more rewarding to break into the device. Digitally, of course. Work on getting Android to run on the Switch is already underway but getting Windows 10 on the device is more challenging, more insane, and probably less useful too.

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Samsung turns 40 Galaxy S5s into a bitcoin mining cluster

Samsung turns 40 Galaxy S5s into a bitcoin mining cluster

The fast-paced innovation in the mobile industry undoubtedly has negative consequences, not just for ourselves but for the environment at large. E-waste is no longer a rarity, and even if old smartphones don’t fill up landfills, they might be filling up your closets instead. As the company with perhaps the most smartphones in markets, closets, and garbage alike, Samsung does have a responsibility in becoming part of the solution. It has introduced a new initiative it calls “Upcycling”, that can repurpose these devices for completely different things. Like, for example, using dozens of them into a bitcoin mining farm.

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GTA 5 mod OpenIV returns after Rockstar softens stance

GTA 5 mod OpenIV returns after Rockstar softens stance

The last week has been a frustrating one for Grand Theft Auto V players, specifically those among the game's PC modding community. Things came to a head earlier this month when Take-Two, GTA 5's publisher, sent a cease and desist letter to the creators of OpenIV, a popular modding tool that enables players to create new items for the single-player mode, as well as access to an enhanced video editor. Following a strong backlash from the community, developer Rockstar has stepped in to get Take-Two to soften their harsh stance against mods.

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GTA 5 publisher shuts down popular fan-made modding tool

GTA 5 publisher shuts down popular fan-made modding tool

Grand Theft Auto V players on PC who enjoy the game's numerous mods were dealt a blow this week when publisher Take-Two Interactive forced one of the most popular fan-made modding tools to shut down. Dubbed OpenIV and in use for almost ten years, its creators say they received a cease and desist order from Take-Two earlier this month, and the tool has now been taken offline.

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These Moto Mods could make the Moto Z more interesting

These Moto Mods could make the Moto Z more interesting

Lenovo and Motorola (formerly Moto formerly Motorola) haven’t given up on the modular phone idea, even when its peers have and even when the market doesn’t seem to be that enthusiastic about it. In a few months’ time, however, we might be thankful it didn’t either. While the initial set of Moto Mods for the Moto Z family have been less than inspiring, save for a one or two exceptions, others outside of Motorola’s offices may have better ideas, some of which have found their way to Indiegogo to make those ideas real.

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Moto Mod with slider QWERTY keyboard coming to Indiegogo

Moto Mod with slider QWERTY keyboard coming to Indiegogo

Smartphones with physical QWERTY keyboards aren't unheard of but aren't exactly many. Even fewer are those with keyboards that slide out. And even rarer are those that slide out horizontally in a landscape orientation. That kind of form factor hasn't been seen since perhaps the Motorola DROID 4, but soon that might appear again, coincidentally in another Motorola smartphone. No, Motorola isn't making a new QWERTY slider. But thanks to its Moto Mods, someone else can make that happen. If, however, the price, or rather the funding, is right.

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