Tech Demo: Raspberry Pi/RetroPie as an Emulation Machine

Were you also one of the unlucky saps who never even got a chance to see a NES Classic Mini in real life, much less buy one from someone who wasn’t an asshole scalper? Here’s the thing, though: You don’t have to be left out in the cold simply because you aren’t rolling in Benjamins! Continue reading

My Top Five Most Nostalgic Games

Ye ask, and ye shall receive! Recently called out by my fellow YouTube compatriots Heavy Metal Gamer and Alex Pleasant, I go back to where it all began and fondly remember the games that gave birth to the painted menace before you today!

And to give you an idea as to why I chose these particular games over all of the rest, here’s the definition of nostalgia according to Merriam-Webster:

a wistful or excessively sentimental yearning for return to or of some past period or irrecoverable condition;

Bottom line, I’m proud that these games came into my life, regardless if I think they’re still playable today or ones that I’d recommend to anyone else. We all started somewhere, and this is where I happened to start my own journey into one of the most rewarding pastimes in recent history!

Thanks for watching and strolling down memory lane with me. Lumpz the Clown OUT!

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The Great Duck Hunt Experiment

Heya, folks! Lumpz the Clown here, and I have to say that I had a blast making this. We as retrogamers need to understand that one day, CRT televisions will no longer be readily available. And when that day finally comes, retro greats like Wild Gunmen and Duck Hunt may no longer be playable!

In anticipation of this shortage, I find it my duty to not only stockpile my own collection of CRT televisions (most of which can be found for free on Craigslist), but to also inform my fellow retrogamers before it’s too late.

This video aims to inform you of which monitors work with Duck Hunt and other lightgun games, and which ones don’t. It’s quite possible that these will disappear in our life time, so get them while you can! Lumpz the Clown OUT!

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Heart Grinding Exploit? | Castlevania II: Simon’s Quest

So there I was, working on my last beer of the night while playing Caslevania II: Simon’s Quest, when all of a sudden, I noticed two things:

  1. Time doesn’t pass when you’re inside buildings.
  2. Enemies that spawn on screen will endlessly respawn once you walk past a certain point.

Armed with this knowledge, I continued grinding until I experienced yet another phenomenon unique to the NES: you cannot earn more than 256 Hearts in Simon’s Quest. I’d experienced a similar issue when first playing Legend of Zelda many years ago, where you’re limited to 255 Rupees maximum.

However, I didn’t attribute this to the NES’s processor limitations until very recently (April 2nd, 2016 to be exact)!

Thanks to DubiousGamingOnline for the tip!

I’ve also heard banter in various Facebook groups that level-ups can only occur once inside mansions, so this exploit would only work for the soul purpose of farming hearts. However, as a longtime fan of Simon’s Quest, I was always more likely to die jumping/falling/glitching into water than taking enough damage, but hey, that could just be my own shaky understanding of how gravity works!

Perhaps I’ll have to test this theory out on stream someday

Thanks for watching, and Lumpz the Clown OUT!

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Clown Cave Tour 2016

A Piece-by-Piece Playlist

Every game has a story…

Heya, folks! Lumpz the Clown here, and I’m ready to unleash my entire collection and respective backstories on an unwitting public! I’m not one of those collectors who holds onto duds for too long, so if it stays in the collection for more than a year, it has a special place in this clown’s heart!

Each system I own will be represented, along with accessories and plug ‘n plays! Thanks for watching, and Lumpz the Clown OUT!

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Take Another Look: Metroid (NES)

A few months ago, I played through Metroid for the NES in one sitting. As I slogged on the all the grace of a wounded duck, I began to notice a few things: 1) isolation, 2) one against many, 3) item finding, 4) exploration and 5) epic boss battles.

For those who were gaming in the 90’s, a genre dubbed “survival horror” began to take over with the likes of Resident Evil, Dino Crisis and Fatal Frame. Metroid contains many of the elements that make these games staples in the survival horror genre.

Do you think Metroid has what it takes to be an early survival horror title? Let me know!

 

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Clowny News 6/6/15

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Greetings, folks! Lumpz the Clown here, and if you couldn’t tell by simply looking around, I’ve been REALLY FUCKING BUSY! Aside from the obvious layout changes and content additions, I’ve mostly been hanging in the background promoting some of the excellent content I’ve come across on the Interwebz lately!

Further, I’ve also eliminated certain “time vacuums” from my own IRL! What does that mean?! Well, new content, of course! Read on a get schooled, good people! Continue reading