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Re: GAMES LIST: Games That Work On The Pi

Wed Jan 21, 2015 6:18 am

Updated last: 2/25/15 - Don't Reply with Quote as I'll be updating this post as needed!


Just wanted to say that this list has helped a lot and I've found a few games that I really enjoy but wish to share my testing experience with all the ones I've tried out and found. This list will be updated as I play new games or if previous ones on this list become unstable or unplayable.

First my favorite games that work that I tested from this list and my experience with the games (ie. this may contain items listed already but the difference it contains my game-play experiences and best ways to play):

Beneath-a-steel-sky ( one of my most favorite games on Raspberry pi so far it's really good!!)
Flight-of-the-amazon-queen
Scummvm

-This app works great but it works best in X if you play the game with out X you may run into a crash that will lock up the Pi especially when saving or restoring game saves. It will result in having to SSH your Pi to reboot. It really stinks if you have to do this. I didn't know how to do this at first and I corrupted my Pi SD card about 3 times by unplugging it. So always run from X if you don't want to have issues with crashing and also turn off full screen mode this will allow you to close app with the little x on top right. (runs on default clock perfectly). If you're interested in running the app in terminal try read the super duper footnote at the bottom of my post.

SuperTux
-Runs good in X and better without X. (default clock speed)
-Works with USB SNES Controller plug in play in Raspbian.

PrBoom
Works great in and out of X (it's full screen and upscaled without X, ie. when it works.). Works with nearly all WAD files and custom WADs. You get Freedoom with it but if you don't like it download a WAD file name it doom.wad or doom2.wad and cd to the file or open folder in terminal using X and just type:

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prboom
- I found a old WAD of Chex Quest complied for PRboom that is amazing (just google "chexquestwiz" extract the zip rename to chex.wad to doom.wad and open in terminal and use the command above). You can also create an .SH file that executes a specific WAD file. Just look it up on Google on how to do it (doom world).
The Best resolution to run the game is 1024x768, set it in the PRboom.cfg file (which is in a hidden folder on pi/home/prboom), anything higher causes noticeable frame-rate issues. Also running the app without X causes the game to run at fullscreen upscale without borders. Within X it's going to be full screen but in a small box if you're screen resolution is above 1024x768 (default clock speed fine, but can run at in 720p with good frame rate if you overclock Turbo mode).
- All your problems go away if you own a Raspberry Pi 2 B. You can do 1080p.

NOTE: Current January 2015 Raspbian version of Prboom is now unstable without X windows. If you play it without X it will not show picture and only sound and you still can get out of the game with SSH or listening for menu navagation sound effects. But, if you use a Custom resolution by modifying the PRboom config file for example if you use 1920x1080 it will crash your Pi severely and it will not shut down or be SSH able. You can Fix the Black Screen Issue by trying the directions listed at the complete bottom of my forum post or read up on linked forum post as the games issues have to do with SDL libraries: http://www.raspberrypi.org/forums/viewt ... 73#p707673

-Works with USB SNES Gamepad out of the box. Just have to go into prboom Settings within game and turn on joystick support and then reboot the Game. To change controller layout you have to modify PRBoom.cfg file. Keyboard may be needed to quit game.

Chex Quest
You will need PRboom to play this.
ChexQuest.wad for PRboom: http://dl.openhandhelds.org/cgi-bin/wiz ... 0,0,30,320 (Please Note Chex Quest is a freeware wad, it doesn't violate copyrights, the original is now Freeware and you can get it here on developers site: http://www.chucktropolis.com/gamers.htm)
The version listed from Openhandhelds.org is a modification of the WAD that works in PRBoom just by dragging and dropping the file into a folder of your choice.)

To play the game ChexQuest WAD:
1. Extract the folder and take out prboom.wad and chex.wad.
2. Rename "Chex.wad" to "doom.wad".
3. Put "Prboom.wad" and "Doom.wad" in same folder of your choice.
4. CD to the folder or if in X open the folder in terminal and and type: Prboom.
5. Press Enter and it will play the game wad :geek:

Alex4 (like a old Gameboy game really fun and cute)
-Laggy in X. Start this app without X using command (default clock speed)
-Works with USB SNES controller- Plug and Play.

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Alex4
PenguinsPuzzle

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penguinspuzzle
-Solid game that comes pre-installed on all Raspberry Pi (default clock speed)
-I enjoy the puzzles and the nice solid 3D graphics is a plus reminds me of Old PSP games that was sold a long time ago named: Frantix- A Puzzle Adventure.
-Exiting the game is a bit of a hardship. You press "Esc" and you have to close terminal quick or the app will restart instantly. It can be accessed through Terminal only with or without X windows.

NXEngine aka "Cave Story" (it's a port of the game put into NXEngine to run easily on the Raspberry Pi with full GPU support on default clock speed.)
http://store.raspberrypi.com/projects/nxengine
-amazing adventure game contained within. Good controls and runs only without X windows. Also make sure you have 128MB GPU just in case. It runs in 1080p full 60fps.
-I'm really enjoying the game runs solid and great. Nice graphics and game-play for free! At the same level as Beneath a Steel Sky in quality.
-SNES USB Controller Plug and play! Requires Keyboard to quit game.

PiSNES: http://www.raspberrypi.org/forums/viewtopic.php?t=42152
Google Code page: https://code.google.com/p/pisnes/
It works great and runs most games excluding a few games that used some proprietary CPU (ie. SuperFX chip: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Super_FX#List_of_games) on the cartridge (read Google Code page for more details.) . PiSNES has the reputation of being the fastest and most compatible SNES emulator for Pi, if you find a better one please share on this forum post. Note: Currently I'm abandoning SNES Emulation for personal reasons and further testing information will not be provided.

How to Run PiSNES:
1. Get PiSNES using the Google Code URL
2. Unzip the PiSNES download anywhere on your home folder or in a folder of your choice.
3. Put in Game ROMS in ROM folder. (ROMS can remain Zipped.)

I tested all the ROMs of a few games that I actually own. You may need to overclock your Pi to run these properly (medium overclock recommended). I currently run my Pi on Turbo mode with 128MB allocated to GPU and everything is flawless with PiSNES so Test accordingly.

Updated: After further research I'll won't be posting info on a specific game performance on emulators, but the emulators stability is posted above.

Note: If you're interested in a all-in-one OS solution for emulation try out RecalBox. When using RecalBox make sure you only use "Turbo mode" and not "Extreme". Extreme clock will break your warranty if you're concerned about that stuff.
Recalbox: http://www.raspberrypi.org/forums/viewt ... 94#p670894

*For More Emulators try: http://www.raspberrypi.org/forums/viewt ... 78&t=54357


FreedroidRPG (Another Favorite. It reminds me or Windows 3d Movie maker with it's nice graphics)

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sudo apt-get install FreedroidRPG
The Game must be started in X windows and you must boot it from a Terminal Window with the following command so that OpenGL is disabled:

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freedroidRPG -n
Game runs at 25fps+ when at Turbo mode on a Raspberry Pi B+ and less at default. I'm sure the game will run significantly better on Pi2B. Since it's a top down RPG the frame-rate should not be too much of an issue. I recommend 128GPU allocation.

Using a Raspberry Pi 2 B is highly recommended for this game.

From what I read on the game it's really good and contains a full story that's around 12 hours long.
For more information extensive trouble shooting and installation check out this forum post I made:
http://www.raspberrypi.org/forums/viewt ... 64#p704564

Read the super duper footnote to play the game in terminal properly.


Games that I tried from this list but didn't like and my experience with it:
OpenTTD
-Laggy in high resolutions so use it in a small windowed mode. Best to run the game without X as it will default to 480p making it really fast. Not my type of game btw at little too much in the details. I've been informed that the more complex creations you make the more it will lag no matter your resolution. May want to consider playing this on Pi2 only since it has more CPU power and RAM.

Micropolis
-Works fine for me no matter how you play it, but I don't like the learning curve of the game.

Game Emulator Experiences (Full Image SD Card OS Stuff)
RetroPie: Experience:
This is not super user friendly, that's all I will say (it's my opinion, but try it out if you want). I tried to compile for 20hrs and it required too much configuration. You may want to use a direct image instead or try RecalBox.


Special super duper footnote:
To Fix the Black Screen Issues with a lot of applications and games that are started from Terminal (without X windows), first, update to latest Raspbian image. Then if it still is messed up try the following command:

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wget http://malus.exotica.org.uk/~buzz/pi/sdl/sdl1/deb/rpi1/libsdl1.2debian_1.2.15-8rpi_armhf.deb
sudo dpkg -i libsdl1.2debian_1.2.15-8rpi_armhf.deb
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mrpi64
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Re: GAMES LIST: Games That Work On The Pi

Sun Jan 25, 2015 5:37 pm

Your'e welcome :D . Alex4 is full of retro fun, isn't it?
OpenTTD seems to get along fine for a bit, then when you progress to a certain stage, it starts lagging about every 2 seconds.

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Re: GAMES LIST: Games That Work On The Pi

Mon Jan 26, 2015 3:50 am

mrpi64 wrote:Your'e welcome :D . Alex4 is full of retro fun, isn't it?
OpenTTD seems to get along fine for a bit, then when you progress to a certain stage, it starts lagging about every 2 seconds.
Yeah I stopped messing aroud with OpenTDD when I realized that the menu in X was laggy. But without X it was fine. I figured there would eventually be to tedious to have genuine fun with.

Alex4 was said to be good on other forum posts so I tried it it was laggy as a beast on X so I tried without and it ran fine. So I kept it because was completely non laggy in anyway without X.

So far the list of games I've tried are the ones I like except for OpenTTD and Micropolis which seemed ok but I just wasn't genuinely interested like Beneath a Steel Sky. I mean Beneath a Steel Sky is story based fun that I like so much good dialogue and puzzles and good atmosphere for a sci-fi I like. PRboom seemed like a good experiment with getting and finding my old game ChexQuest (you should look it up in my previous post.)

You got any suggestions for good action packed games with good adventure (ie. not interested in Open Arena or Quake btw.) The Jedi Knight series seemed promising but nothing seems to be moving on that open source port.

Update: 1/26/15
Is NXEngine (Cave Story) Any good I didn't see it on the list but saw it mentioned and they recommend it but didn't say anything about how well it plays.

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Re: GAMES LIST: Games That Work On The Pi

Tue Jan 27, 2015 6:31 pm

Scummvm can run more than just Beneath A Steel Sky! Try sudo apt-get install flight-of-the-amazon-queen (the package name may be different, I can't quite remember. apt-cache search it). And there's loads more on their website - Dreamweb (the Sci-Fi idea of the 90's), Broken sword (1 & 2), e.t.c. These are all freeware, too.

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Re: GAMES LIST: Games That Work On The Pi

Tue Jan 27, 2015 6:50 pm

I really should try Scummvm on one of my Pis sometime. I occasionally use it on my laptop to play Day of the Tentacle or Full Throttle - both great fun games :)

[edit]Oh, and Discworld of course :-)

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Re: GAMES LIST: Games That Work On The Pi

Tue Jan 27, 2015 7:44 pm

rpdom wrote:I really should try Scummvm on one of my Pis sometime.
mrpi64 wrote:Scummvm can run more than just Beneath A Steel Sky!
They all run pretty good Scummvm's site informs the performance of each game that works and there performance (http://scummvm.org/compatibility/). The two free ones in the repository works perfect no errors plus there are a few extra one from ScummVM's Website you can download for free: 'Lure of the Temptress', 'Drascula: The Vampire Strikes Back' and 'Soltys'" (http://scummvm.org/games/). All of those I haven't tried yet and may never will because I still gotta finish Beneath a Steel Sky. All you gotta do is download them to your home folder and create organized way to folder them. Then open ScummVM and select add game. Then all you do is select the folder you made with the files in it and it adds the game to ScummVM (I'm sure you're already familiar with this but if not check thier FAQ: http://scummvm.org/faq/ :D


I just think there are occasional CPU spikes when loading saves or skipping cut scenes so be sure to do you're saves on areas that don't have a lot of animation of it may crash (rarely). Thus my reccomendation alway to run in X (it seems to barely ever crash in X) or you may have to use SSH to reboot the Pi if it crashes with out X. When in X all you have to do is close the window and you're back to loading your previous auto-save. But Beneath-a-Steel Sky is great. 8-) Edit: Most of the time the games only use 20% of the CPU with an occational spike here or there when loading a save or skipping cut-scenes.

Edit: Beneath-a-Steel-sky was the reason why I sort of Got a Pi because it has all these free games to try out. Also I'm motivated to learn Linux as I'm interested in using the OS as a desktop replacement and getting nitty gritty with the barebones of the Pi will help me learn the inner-workings of the Linux more.
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Re: GAMES LIST: Games That Work On The Pi

Thu Jan 29, 2015 10:52 am

I'm starting to use Ubuntu as my desktop replacement, and I'm probably going to try out the Windows 10 technical preview over 8.1. Shame that every time I put it into sleep (or "suspend"), the files stem becomes read only, and it takes two or three reboots to get it working again. Plus, I can't change the screen brightness. But Ubuntu isn't the only desktop replacement - try out SuseStudio - you can configure your own Open Sue and build it completely online.

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Re: GAMES LIST: Games That Work On The Pi

Thu Jan 29, 2015 7:43 pm

How well does NXengine perform on Raspberry pi (ie. Cave Story)?

The Ubuntu issues with boot, reboot and shut down issue usually has to do with Nvidia Graphics cards try a older driver or different Graphics card. Nice suggestions, but I don't want to get off topic.

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Re: GAMES LIST: Games That Work On The Pi

Fri Jan 30, 2015 1:22 am

PuppetHoundZ wrote:How well does NXengine perform on Raspberry pi (ie. Cave Story)?

The Ubuntu issues with boot, reboot and shut down issue usually has to do with Nvidia Graphics cards try a older driver or different Graphics card. Nice suggestions, but I don't want to get off topic.
nxengine works great. It's very playable, saves fine, the whole nine yards!

I'd recommend getting it via RetroPie (it comes by default) or via the Pi Store to avoid any weird compilation errors.

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Re: GAMES LIST: Games That Work On The Pi

Fri Jan 30, 2015 6:41 am

TheGreatNi wrote:
nxengine works great. It's very playable, saves fine, the whole nine yards!
Sweet then I'll definiately use Pi Store. I was holding back so much, just wanted to be sure. Thanks. :)


Update: Keep this post relevant! The New Pi is out! People will need to start to confirm if said apps work on Pi or Pi2. 8-)

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Re: GAMES LIST: Games That Work On The Pi

Fri Feb 06, 2015 9:23 pm

@mrpi64

I've updated my post of my experience with games on Raspberry Pi. PrBoom stuff I wrote updates needs to be read up on. You may want to update your list with a note about it.
http://www.raspberrypi.org/forums/viewt ... 30#p675330


Anybody know if Vavoom will run better than PRboom?

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Re: GAMES LIST: Games That Work On The Pi

Tue Feb 10, 2015 10:30 am

Thanks. I don't think that wad files should count, as there are so many. But, if you want to keep that post updated with a list of wads, you're welcome! Where can I find NXEngine?

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Re: GAMES LIST: Games That Work On The Pi

Tue Feb 10, 2015 4:53 pm

mrpi64 wrote:Thanks. I don't think that wad files should count, as there are so many. But, if you want to keep that post updated with a list of wads, you're welcome! Where can I find NXEngine?

Ok. Thanks. I'll put the WAD link back then. The update had mostly to do with PRBoom being unstable without X and removal of WAD link.

NXEngine aka "Cave Story". It's a NXEngine port of Cave Story to run on the Pi, it's in the Pi Store remember?
http://store.raspberrypi.com/projects/nxengine

Note:
I've updated my post with more descriptions and links where needed. I'm trying to help make you're post the best resource ever because your post is the one of the reasons why I learned Raspberry Pi could be fun way to play some free games and learn linux too.

This post will be constantly updated: http://www.raspberrypi.org/forums/viewt ... 30#p675330

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Re: GAMES LIST: Games That Work On The Pi

Fri Feb 27, 2015 6:26 pm

Yeah, cave story is prettry awesome. I'll put it on. Can't seem to get past the big 4-arm robotank thing, tough.
Note:
I've updated my post with more descriptions and links where needed. I'm trying to help make you're post the best resource ever because your post is the one of the reasons why I learned Raspberry Pi could be fun way to play some free games and learn linux too.
Why thanks! That's the nicest thing anyone's every said about this post!

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Re: GAMES LIST: Games That Work On The Pi

Sun Mar 01, 2015 1:57 am

mrpi64 wrote:Yeah, cave story is prettry awesome. I'll put it on. Can't seem to get past the big 4-arm robotank thing, tough.

Why thanks! That's the nicest thing anyone's every said about this post!
No problem. I appreciate the list you've done a lot. I've done a lot of work myself to help with your post especially since it's a go to list for Pi Forums. I've taken an effort to not just give yes or no if a game works but also share some of my experience of playing the games and trouble shooting them too.

You may want to add to your post at the bottom as a foot note (it's up to you) that I have some explanations on this post: http://www.raspberrypi.org/forums/viewt ... 30#p675330

Special special note I've found a good resource for fixing a issue a lot of games encounter with having black screen when started from terminal. It affects games like ScummVM, PrBoom and FreeDroidRPG. The bug has to do with a SDL file library that is buggy as of the new Raspbian good firmware update at the launch of Raspberry Pi 2. This Bug will probably be patched in the next Raspbian Image release after Febuary 2015 but if users want the fix it now they can check: http://www.raspberrypi.org/forums/viewt ... 73#p707673

I've also incorporated directions on this in my super long post with all the games I've tried out.

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Re: GAMES LIST: Games That Work On The Pi

Mon Mar 02, 2015 7:28 pm

Thanks - I've added it to the list :D

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Re: GAMES LIST: Games That Work On The Pi

Mon Mar 02, 2015 11:35 pm

mrpi64 wrote:Thanks - I've added it to the list :D
Awesome :o :geek: I can't believe it. :mrgreen:

I'll be getting my Pi2B soon which I'll update my experience with some games that were hardly playable. But if things go according to plan. I'll be selling my PiB+ so I'll no longer be able to test games for older Pis (gotta save money)

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Re: GAMES LIST: Games That Work On The Pi

Wed Mar 04, 2015 5:40 pm

Yeah, I have a $100 Adafruit voucher somewhere (from an Instructables competition, as I recall. They were meant to send me an Intel Edison starter kit with the Grove seeed starter kit. Got lost in the post, so they just gave me this instead. Rather have had the Edison though :( ). Probably it will go into a Pi 2. Awesome YouTube channel by the way :D.

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Re: GAMES LIST: Games That Work On The Pi

Wed Mar 04, 2015 8:13 pm

mrpi64 wrote:Yeah, I have a $100 Adafruit voucher somewhere (from an Instructables competition, as I recall. They were meant to send me an Intel Edison starter kit with the Grove seeed starter kit. Got lost in the post, so they just gave me this instead. Rather have had the Edison though :( ). Probably it will go into a Pi 2. Awesome YouTube channel by the way :D.
Yeah I really like the Pi as a fun project to learn Linux OS. Glad you like my YouTube channel, haven't been able to do the amount of videos like I used to but I try :D

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Re: GAMES LIST: Games That Work On The Pi

Wed Mar 04, 2015 9:09 pm

Yeah. Don't know what I'm going to do with my old Pi yet. Maybe a permanent installation for something. Or maybe sell it.

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Re: GAMES LIST: Games That Work On The Pi

Wed Mar 04, 2015 11:13 pm

mrpi64 wrote:Yeah. Don't know what I'm going to do with my old Pi yet. Maybe a permanent installation for something. Or maybe sell it.
I plan on selling my PiB+ because I have not use for two of them :| especially with the Pi2B being so much more powerful :geek: Thus far I have a good potential home for my old one. :D

But back to the games stuff. I plan on testing more games with the Pi2B and hopefully more of those Raspbian apt-get games will work. I got FreedroidRPG to run on B+ but I'm interested in how PRboom and others handle on Pi2. I'm mostly interested in quality games that are interesting to my own personal taste so if the game seems :roll: I'll probably pass. Games like Cave Story (NXEngine) is the style I'm interested in. That being said...

Have any suggestions for games to test that didn't work so well on PiB+ but may work on Pi2B?

I heard Jedi Knight runs amazingly well on the new Pi2. I may try getting Star Wars Dark Forces running using DosBox. But I haven't got a clue on how to configure DosBox properly for Pis.

I'll be sure to update my post with Pi2 performance information once I get it. I figure its' going to take a month or more for me to get mine shipped with the back ordering and all.

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Re: GAMES LIST: Games That Work On The Pi

Thu Mar 05, 2015 2:13 am

Do you know how to get Jedi Academy running on the Pi2? Using the pre-compiled files only lead to a blank screen, and I have to unplug my Pi to get rid of it.

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Re: GAMES LIST: Games That Work On The Pi

Thu Mar 05, 2015 7:07 am

Dosbox (as far as I know) is just apt-get. A lot of games should run a lot faster with the Pi 2. Descent is a good idea, but you have to buy the datafiles (a couple of dollars from gog), and someone ported it to the Pi, but I don't know where it is. Still, sounds good though :-)

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Re: GAMES LIST: Games That Work On The Pi

Thu Mar 05, 2015 5:08 pm

Mchccjg12 wrote:Do you know how to get Jedi Academy running on the Pi2? Using the pre-compiled files only lead to a blank screen, and I have to unplug my Pi to get rid of it.
You have to run it in X windows or update your SDL file here:
http://www.raspberrypi.org/forums/viewt ... 73#p707673
mrpi64 wrote:Dosbox (as far as I know) is just apt-get. A lot of games should run a lot faster with the Pi 2. Descent is a good idea, but you have to buy the datafiles (a couple of dollars from gog), and someone ported it to the Pi, but I don't know where it is. Still, sounds good though :-)
Cool. I'll look into all that :D

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Re: GAMES LIST: Games That Work On The Pi

Thu Mar 05, 2015 9:45 pm

Yeah. Wow, 162 replies, and still going. Crazy :D

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