I am a longtime gamer and software developer who has recently decided to spend some of his time sharing his love for retro gaming by streaming a bit of that experience to the wider world.
While I'm not very good at any of these games, I imagine you'll get a kick out of watching me rage as I experience YASD (Yet Another Stupid Death). Feel free to tell me how shitty I'm doing in chat. If you don't do it, somebody else probably will. If they don't do it, I'll probably say it myself.
You can find out more about me and this stream at the website. Wait. You are already here? Stop being so silly!
My hardware is meager and weak just like my gaming skills. Only in this particular case, that's the way I like it. The reality is that most of the games I play don't require a lot of hardware as I usually play exclusively on Ultra Books and Single Board Computers.
In the case of this channel, I'm running the entire thing on a couple of Single Board Computers. Why? Because I can and because failing at retro games doesn't feel so bad if I know that I am helping to show others that they don't need to suck down insane amounts of electricity in order to have fun on the internet.
Gaming SBC (Consoles):
Gaming Laptop (Steam, Windows, Linux games):
- Laptop: Motile M142 with Ryzen 3500U
- Mem: 8GB of RAM
- Disk: 512GB NVME
- OS: Ubuntu 20.04 Daily Build
- SBC: ODroid H2
- Mem: 16GB of RAM
- Disk: 512GB NVME and 1TB SATA SSD
- OS: Windows 10 Pro (also used for other projects)
- Software: OBS
- HDMI Capture Card: No Name Knock Off
While I used to encode the streams using ffmpeg on a Raspberry Pi 4, I decided to switch to the H2 as I really wanted to stream at 720p 60fps and the Raspberry Pi just couldn't cut it. If you are interested in seeing the scripts I used for the Raspberry Pi, you can view/download them here. The ODroid H2 does have Windows on it but that's because the box is also used to do work for various clients whose projects require Windows. Regardless the only thing it does is run OBS and display the Twitch Chat on a monitor during the stream, so the OS in this case really doesn't matter all that much.
Well for starters, I'm looking to primarily spend my time playing Retro games which already makes me an odd bird as very few people stream these kinds of games on a regular basis. I strongly believe in the adage "Be the change you want to see in the world". That is why I am streaming. That is also why I am using SBCs to do it. I have recently added the Motile M142 to the mix so I can play a few less Retro games that I really enjoy and want to share with the world. While the M142 is amazing in terms of value, it definitely uses more power than an SBC as it can draw up to 65 Watts of power under the highest possible amount of load.
In addition, as you may have noticed: I live, game exclusively and work nearly exclusively on Linux. If you don't know what that is, don't worry about it. It's basically an alternative to Windows that allows me to use my computer without installing Windows. It has games, productivity software and all the developer tools I need to make a living.