This Quebecer has finished all Nintendo 64 games live on Twitch
Instavideographer AceGamerSam streamed live for about 12 hours on Twitch on the final day of his challenge.
Finishing all 296 video games released in North America for the Nintendo 64 (N64) console is the challenge that Trifluvian Samuel “AceGamerSam” has just accomplished. Girard on the Twitch platform – a feat that took over five years to achieve.
I work as an engineer in the field of refrigeration. Video games, for me, are a sideline, a nice hobby, something that allows me to take my mind off things.
I started broadcasting on Twitch at the suggestion of relatives. My journey to the master's degree and as a teacher in mechanical engineering led me to communicate a lot, and I have a talent for that. It was suggested that I combine my passions by creating content for the platform.View larger
Samuel Girard's Nintendo 64 Video Game Collection excludes titles released exclusively in Asia.
Basically, I'm a collector. I started my collection of retro games 12 years ago. I mostly have games from Nintendo Entertainment System (NES), Super Nintendo (SNES), Sega Master System, Nintendo 64, Sega Dreamcast and Sega Genesis. But the two consoles for which I have the complete collection are the Dreamcast and the N64.
I have equipment for streaming up to' ;at the end of my life!
I've been on Twitch for a good six years now. In the beginning, I played the games that accompanied me in my youth, like those of Sonic on Sega Genesis or Super Mario 64 – by the way, it was the very first game I played on the N64 console.
The video game “Super Mario 64” was released in 1996 on the N64 console.
I really liked showing Disney games, too, like Aladdin and Mickey Mouse.
Then, from being on Twitch, I started talking about my collections, and that I owned all the N64 console games released in North America. People started asking me to play it because it reminded them of their childhood console. As they saw that I was responding to their requests, they kept asking me, and they were more and more.
So I started to structure that. At this point, around March 2017, it had been almost a year since I started broadcasting. I had about fifteen viewers, even before the platform experienced its boom in popularity.
Initially, I would select three people watching me, and they would choose a game for me.
The problem was that everyone was giving me the best games, so I I was going to sell off the classics at the beginning, and end up with the bad ones for the end.
This is where I implemented a points system, with a list of all available games. When you watch my broadcasts, you accumulate points, and each game has a cost in number of points. People who watch me very often were therefore able to ask me for good games.
For a good thirty games, no classic was requested, and I was able to sell less good games. I managed to retain my audience like that.
It is certain that I did not pass all the games at 100%. Fortunately, I'm not the only one doing this kind of challenge on Twitch. I am a member of a group in which we try to determine what the minimum requirement is for each game.
For example, for The Legend of Zelda series, we determine that you have completed the game when you defeat the final enemy and the credits appear. But there are more complex games that require thinking about it, such as sports, fighting, which have multiple endings.
We discuss on a Discord server between us, we look at what the others are doing. When someone makes a challenge like us, we recruit him, we take his information. We have a document in which we can follow all this, and which gives information, knowledge about the games, and we create tags.
Super Mario 64. It was important to me, because it came full circle. This is the first three-dimensional game I played and replayed when I was 8 or 9 years old. It accompanied me in my youth, when I went to play with friends too. To return to this game and play it, it represents a form of comfort for me.
I would obviously saySuper Mario 64 and Banjo Kazooie, which are in the same style. I loved Perfect Dark, a first-person shooter, and Diddy Kong Racing, a racing game.
The first game in the Banjo series was released in 1998 for the Nintendo 64, and was remastered for the Nintendo Switch recently.
Aidyn Chronicles. It is a very long and very complex game. It has potential, but it is very difficult to understand. And what about lengths…
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Otherwise, I'm thinking Micro Machines, and also Hot Wheels: Turbo Racing, a racing game. It requires exaggerated reflex times. At 45 hours, it's the racing game that took me the longest to finish on the entire console.
I actually compiled the games that I consider the worst and the best in a table.
I honestly thought that I didn't I wasn't going to finish the challenge, especially at the beginning, when I was between the 20th and 70th games. When I came across a difficult or very long, very complicated game, I would say to myself: Right now, I'm not having fun.
Sometimes, too, the game is not very interesting and it discourages people from watching my broadcasts. I thought it was the wall that was going to make me let go. There were even times when I started broadcasting something else. But I always ended up coming back to it. With each new game, I regained my motivation.
Around the 250th game, even if it was boring, I didn't mind, because I only had 46 more to go.
Around games 100-150, as I approached halfway through the challenge, people watching my channel took me more seriously. I started getting a lot more views on my videos, and that was very motivating.
It creates a kind of void, it's fun to move on thing. Casually, it is a routine that has been well established for several years. I don't have that challenge anymore, but I have to keep creating content every week.
I broadcast, by the way, this last weekend, and it was funny. People used to go to my Twitch channel to see some N64, and now it won't necessarily be that anymore.
It's good to know the classics . We have all known the best sellers, the games that our loved ones had. But that's only 1% of a console's catalog. I found some awesome games that I would never have played in my life if it wasn't for this challenge.
I also had a lot of bad games with very different styles, and I had to learn new skills to pass them. I got used to it, I developed techniques, which means that I no longer approach a new game in the same way as before.
Five and a half years to do the same challenge, it's extreme. I'm going to do a little different for my next series.
My first ever gaming console is the Sega Genesis. My first games were the Sonics. So I will explore the full catalog on all consoles where Sonic has had a game. As soon as the character of Sonic appears in a game, I have to play it.
Home screen of the first game in the Sonic series, which was later re-released.
So that gives more than 200 games to play, some of which are compilations. The first Sonic, the classic, I'm going to have to play it between 15 and 20 times, because it's been reissued several times and put on many compilations.
I play Sonic games since I was 3 years old. I am now 32 years old. I would have gotten tired long before.
I get little income from my online activities. It's a small bonus each month that can pay for part of my groceries.
This money still allows me to encourage other Quebec content creators on Twitch, with paid subscriptions to their channel, in particular. This is important to me because many of these people have become friends from attending retro gaming or [speedrunning] events.
< p class="e-p"> Basically, you have to be extremely patient, because it's a very long project, and many give up along the way. You have to agree to put aside several games that you may want to play so that it remains pleasant throughout the process.