Fans make 80 new levels for 'New Super Mario Bros.'

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Fans make 80 new levels for 'New Super Mario Bros.'

If you're pining for some classic Mario and don't have a copy of Super Mario Maker to hand, there's always Newer Super Mario Bros. DS. As the name implies, it's a fan-made successor to the portable title from 2006. The 80-level campaign was created with the free and legally dubious New Super Mario Bros. Editor, and requires a ROM of the original DS game to run. If you can find one and a compatible emulator (the team says it works "pretty much perfectly" with DeSmuME) you can play the game for free.

What's on TV: 'Star Trek: Discovery,' 'Falling Water' and 'X-Files'

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What's on TV: 'Star Trek: Discovery,' 'Falling Water' and 'X-Files'

Already binged your way through the new Black Mirror episodes? This weekend we'll have new episodes of Star Trek: Discovery and Falling Water, while Fox is ready to bring back The X-Files, again. Showtime is ready to premiere Lena Waithes' new series The Chi while Netflix has episodes of Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee, The End of the F**king World, its new anime series Devilman Crybaby and Rotten, another documentary about the food industry.

'PUBG' is quietly changing video games with its 3D replay technology

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'PUBG' is quietly changing video games with its 3D replay technology

The new replay tools offered in PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds are so much more than standard video-capture technology. In fact, it isn't video capture at all -- it's data capture. The 3D replay tools allow players to zoom around the map after a match, tracking their own character, following enemies' movements, slowing down time and setting up cinematic shots of their favorite kills, all within a 1-kilometer radius of their avatar. It's filled with statistics, fresh perspectives and infinite data points to dissect. This isn't just a visual replay; it's a slice of the actual game, perfectly preserved, inviting combatants to play God.

Trivia hit HQ arrives on Android in time for New Year's Eve event

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Trivia hit HQ arrives on Android in time for New Year's Eve event

Intermedia Labs' live trivia game HQ has launched a little earlier than expected -- and just in time to mark the end of the year, too. Anyone willing and able to download an early access app can see whether or not the formerly iOS-only title lives up to its reputation. You won't have long to wait before you can give it a shot. HQ is holding a special New Year's Eve game at 11PM Eastern, and there's a chance to win as much as $18,000 if your knowledge is up to snuff.

LAPD arrested a 25-year-old suspect in Wichita 'swatting' case

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LAPD arrested a 25-year-old suspect in Wichita 'swatting' case

Thursday night Wichita police killed Andrew Finch after responding to a call claiming a man at his address had shot someone and was holding others hostage. That call was a hoax, commonly referred to as "swatting," and in this case, it's apparently linked to a Call of Duty match, where one player passed a fake address to another before someone called the police to it. Now NBC News reports that police in Los Angeles have arrested 25-year-old Tyler Barriss, who is believed to have made the call inciting the incident.

'PUBG' sets new record with three million simultaneous players

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'PUBG' sets new record with three million simultaneous players

In case you needed further proof that people really, really, really like PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds (PUBG), Steam has your back. Today, the game shattered its previous concurrent-players record by more than double the amount, peaking at 3,106,358 this morning, according to Valve's game-selling platform. As of this month, PUBG had some 25 million players on PC overall. In September, the game peaked at 1,342,857 concurrent players.

The Nintendo Switch's GPU is key to installing unofficial games

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The Nintendo Switch's GPU is key to installing unofficial games

Game console manufacturers don't particularly like hackers, but Nintendo's relationship with them has always been particularly tenuous. At a recent hacking conference in Germany a team presented their efforts at getting homebrew games on Nintendo's latest console, the Switch. As spotted by Wololo, bypassing typical safeguards apparently comes down to Nintendo's use of an off-the-shelf NVIDIA Tegra chip, and the backdoor that the silicon-maker left for itself.