Heavy Metal! – Super Mario 64 from Super Mario 3D All-Stars Live Stream – Part 3

Metal Mario emerges from the Hazy Maze Cave! We also make appearances in Lethal Lava Land and Dire Dire Docks!

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Teamwork Makes the Dream Work! – Tetris 99 Live Stream

The Tetris 99 community on Twitch returns to win more in support of Extra Life. How much can we raise this time? We also discuss that time I did something embarrassing in my sleep, times that hype got to us, and I share a story for how our Extra Life donations truly made a difference!

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Elgato Stream Deck XL Review

In the wake of the Elgato Stream Deck, stream controllers have become a popular addition to one’s setup. They allow streamers to seamlessly manage their shows in ways that aren’t as efficient as one could manage with hot keys or a mouse.

Despite the initial sticker shock for what amounts to “just” 15 buttons at face value, my Stream Deck has proven its worth many times over. From scene changes, to managing voice changers, to complex event sequences triggered by a single button, my shows wouldn’t be the same without it.

Though the standard set of 15 buttons should suffice for most, I’ve long since run out of space due to my production-heavy shows. Folders allow me to squeeze in a few more actions, but most activities require me to cycle between menus with extra presses, negating some of the device’s convenience. For streamers like me who are in need of even more control, the Stream Deck XL has us covered.

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Having Issues Streaming Retro Games With a 4:3 Aspect Ratio on Twitch? Try This Overlay Design Trick in OBS!

In a world where 16:9 is the norm, retro games created with the old 4:3 aspect ratio can be a pain to stream. Having to fit a square gameplay feed into a rectangle overlay leads to a lot of empty space, forcing streamers to create overlays specific to retro gaming.

One potential way to fill the extra space is to mirror the gameplay and blur the background. This effect is most commonly used when displaying vertically-shot videos on a widescreen display. Here’s how to implement this look on your stream!

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Will You Marry Me? – Stardew Valley Live Stream – Part 21

With the Mermaid Pendant in hand, I’m ready to make the biggest decision of my Stardew Valley life. Or am I? A certain someone tried real hard to get back into my good graces. Did I go back to my old flame?

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Super Mario Bros. 35 Review

With Tetris 99, Nintendo found a format for battle royale games that wasn’t a shooter. Personally, I was crossing my fingers for Tetris Attack/Puzzle League in that style. Will have to wait at least a bit longer.

For the time being, Nintendo takes their template in a wildly different direction. How about a Super Mario battle royale?

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My Experience Taking the COVID-19 Test

Since the start of the pandemic, I’ve harboured a somewhat-rational fear of the COVID-19 test. Besides the educated guess that having something go higher up your nose than your finger would be an unpleasant experience, I actually have prior experience with something in the same realm.

During a time when I suffered from frequent nosebleeds, a specialist analyzed my case by using a camera that went way up there. Between the sensation of feeling the camera sliding deeper into my head and being able to actually see what the inside of my head looks like through the monitor, the idea of anything else going in my nasal cavity is something I’ve wanted to avoid. In my head, I’ve almost built up the test itself to be a bigger concern than actually getting sick.

As of writing, I can’t validate the latter. But now that I’ve experienced the former, I thought I’d share how that went. Especially for those who have concerns about taking a swab up the nose.

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Wins and Controller-Throwing Rage! – Super Mario Bros. 35 Live Stream!

Tempers flare and hype ensues as we find ourselves in the thick of Super Mario Bros. 35! I also give a nod to the late Eddie Van Halen.

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Wins for the Kids! – Overwatch Live Stream featuring Switch to Decaf, PlayerTwoStart, jennathefool, and bythesav!

Tough day at the office for Team Dubs All Day! Switch To Decaf, PlayerTwoStart, jennathefool, and bythesav try our best against the stiff competition in Overwatch! No matter what, we’re playing for the kids and making donations for every win!

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Super Mario 3D All-Stars Review

The original Super Mario All-Stars really made a mark on me. Beyond being a collection of some of greatest games ever made, Nintendo went the extra mile by updating the presentation of each game. It also included Lost Levels, which up until that point was never released outside of Japan. Sure, a case can be made that Nintendo should have left those alone. I, however, loved the fresh coat of paint.

Evoking the All-Stars moniker for Super Mario 3D All-Stars immediately makes me feel like there should be more to this compilation than just the games themselves. This time around, it feels like the package is a bit short on the extras. But does that really matter?

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