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. My current streaming is an older power guzzling desktop. I'm actively working on replacing that component with something far more power efficient.
In the case of this channel, I'm running the entire thing on a couple of tin cans. 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 Laptop (Steam, Windows, Linux games):
- Laptop: Motile M142 with Ryzen 3500U
- Mem: 8GB of RAM
- Disk: 756GB NVME
- OS: Ubuntu 20.04
Secondary Encoder Desktop (Built in 2014):
- CPU: Intel Ivy Lake Generation Desktop Class Core I5
- GPU: Nvidia 750 GTX
- Mem: 16GB of RAM
- Disk: 384GB of SSD
- OS: Pop! OS 20.04
- 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 ODroid 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 did have Windows on it but that's because the box is also used to do work for various clients whose projects require Windows. However it was just too tight to run OBS, a web browser and a chat client at the same time and stream performance was suffering. Switching back to my old desktop allowed me to broadcast in 1080P and integrate all the features I needed to keep users engaged and entertained.
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 trying to use Ultrabooks and 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.