Welcome to Mosh Pit, where we look at things you could buy, download for free, or stream, that are pretty cool. This weekend we’d like to start by asking if you can protect us from yourselves, because we only started doing this in 2017, as well as look at a popular mod for Fallout New Vegas, a Netflix original horror series, and a thoughtful little whatsit from Cooler Master.
Fallout New California
One of the most noble professions in video games has to be the modder. Someone who takes time out of their lives to code something into a game that wasn’t there before, making it better or delivering a different experience to the stock game. Modders have kept games alive for longer than anyone thought possible, and it’s why we have DOOM on fridges these days. That’s what makes Fallout New California so special – it’s a grounds-up mod created for Fallout New Vegas that delivers a brand new map, hours-long story missions, new gameplay, fully voiced NPCs, and lore taken straight out of the original Fallout games. New California takes you on a journey through the aftermath of the NCR-Enclave War following the end of Fallout 2 twenty years prior, leading up to the events that inspire Fallout 3 and New Vegas.
Fallout New California has now been officially completed after seven years of painstaking work. You can pick it up on ModDB for free, and the download comes in at 6.62GB. New California does not need any additional DLC, just the base game (and it implements scores of performance and bug patches as well).
Akira on Blu-ray
You’ve heard of Akira at some point in your life if you’re even the least bit interested in anime or animated films in general. Akira is the work of artist, writer, and director Katsuhiro Otomo, who penned the manga for Akira for eight years. Set in Tokyo in 2019, Akira tells the story of Shōtarō Kaneda, a leader of a local biker gang whose childhood friend, Tetsuo Shima, acquires incredible telekinetic abilities after a motorcycle accident, eventually threatening an entire military complex amidst chaos and rebellion in the sprawling futuristic metropolis of Neo-Tokyo.
This film was ground-breaking for so many reasons. Its appeal outside of Japan to American and European audiences gave Japan new markets to push their creations to, and its approach to a cinema-like frame time of 24fps gave it incredible fluidity. It is entirely hand-drawn, and for years boasted the longest run-time of any animation project (at $9 million production cost, it was also the most expensive). The film’s approach to character design and development influenced everything from Ghost in the Shell to Bleach. Get your hands on the Blu-Ray copy from Raru, and see for yourself why it’s still so special.
Steam specials abound!
If you’re looking for some new games to play this weekend on a budget, Deep Silver has a sale on Steam that you’re going to want to check out. Almost all of the publisher’s games are on sale, including Metro Redux, the excellent Kingdom Come: Deliverance, the Dead Island and Saints Row series, and a bunch of other lesser-known titles that you might want to take a crack at. Metro 2033, the original title, is also free for today.
There are two other publisher sales on at the same time. Eidos Montreal is having a sale on all their games including the newer Tomb Raider games, and Sega has a weekend sale with discounts of up to 85%.
The Haunting of House Hill
The Haunting of Hill House is based on the book by Shirley Jackson published in 1959, and loosely borrows themes and ideas from the 1969 and 1999 films. The series starts in 1992 when Hugh Crain and his wife, Olivia Crain, move into Hill House along with their five children: Steven, Shirley, Theodora, Luke, and Eleanor. Naturally, the house is haunted, and the summer of their childhood spent at Hill House impacts all the children considerably. The story picks up 26 years later, after new events at the house, which lead the family to come back together and confront their past and the demons that haunt them.
It’s an absolutely riveting, toe-curling, goosebump-inducing ride. No part of the series is cheesy in the typical way horrors can turn out to be, and it is instead thoughtful and engaging. Despite the supernatural horror theme, the series deals with death, mental illness and depression, family bonds, conflict in relationships, and destiny. You start out in episode one expecting jump scares and nightmarish stuff, and at the end of episode ten you don’t want it to end. Episode six is particularly impressive from a cinematography point of view. The Haunting of Hill House is available on Netflix.
Humble WB Classics Bundle
So you’re looking to fill your backlog of games with more games? Here at NAG, we know the feeling all too well. Gotta stock up on that backlog for then it’s a rainy day and you’ve got the weekend off, right? For the next eleven days, the Humble Store is offering the Humble WB Classics bundle. Paying $1 or more gets you a copy of Scribblenauts Unlimited, Shadow of Mordor GOTY, and Batman: Arkham Origins. Paying more than $4.11 unlocks Bastion, Mad Max, Injustice: Gods Among Us, and LEGO The Incredibles. $12 adds Batman: Arkham Knight and the season pass DLC.
Cooler Master 90-degree ATX adapter
Finally, those of you building a PC in a case with cable management know what a pain in the butt that 24-pin ATX connector is. It sticks upright like a sore thumb, and you absolutely cannot hide those cables no matter what you try. Some motherboard makers have worked around this by using a 90-degree 24-pin plug, but there are very few boards out there that make use of this. Enter Cooler Master with the most why-didn’t-I-think-of-this idea in the form of a 90-degree ATX adapter. Cooler Master offers two versions of their adapter – the standard one is cheaper, and is a straight adapter without adding in any extra capacitors for filtering.
The more expensive version has the extra capacitors, just in case you’re concerned about any potential issues with resistance on the cable. Cooler Master also sized the adapter to work on any motherboard, so it’ll work on almost any system. There are no RGBs, but it’s only a matter of time before someone inside the company realises the potential for an RGB version. The ATX 24-pin 90-degree adapter is available today on Cooler Master’s store.