video games

How can I get my iGen teen to get out of the house?

Mason from Corona, CA

Episode 1410

Mason is a huge gamer. Leo says that's not surprising. Middle age men are the largest segment of gamers right now. He is a mentor for an iGen teenager and he's worked hard to get him to understand that this stuff is for entertainment, and can't interfere with real life. It's fine to play at home, but if there's something else he can do, get out and do it. In other words, don't let it get in the way of other stuff. Leo says to find something fun that's outside to balance out their indoor activities.

How can I listen to TV while playing video games?

Episode 1333

Robert from Encinitas, CA
Xbox One

Robert wants to be able to listen to a TV broadcast while playing video games. Leo says that Robert will need to mix it. The Xbox should have separate audio output, though, and if the TIVO has an audio out, he can route that to a separate channel and then switch it from his AV receiver.

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Why are people going crazy over Pokémon?

Episode 1307

Louis from Hollywood, CA
Pokémon Go

Louis thinks that people really need to pay attention while they are playing Pokémon Go. They're going into places they shouldn't be and are getting into trouble. Leo agrees and says people need to be aware of their surroundings, and understand that there are plenty of Pokémon everywhere. People can put the phone on power saving mode and it will vibrate when there's a Pokémon in their area. So just can walk as you normally would and when a Pokemon is near, you'll know it and can stop and catch it.

How can I game against someone who uses a different game platform?

Jacob from Arkansas

Episode 1306

Jacob and a friend have two different game platforms, a PC and an XBox One. How can they play together? Leo says it can be tough to cross platforms because people using a PC have an advantage playing some games, while people who use a game controllers have advantages for driving games. It may also be that the servers are different for each platform. Leo says there may be games that allow them to be cross platform. He'd just have to find them.

Is Pokémon Go accessible to blind users?

Episode 1305

Ed from Crossville, TN
Pokémon Go

Ed is blind and he's sad that Pokémon Go isn't accessible to the blind. He thinks that if Pokémon put in an audio tone targeting system, then those who can't see would be able to play. Leo says that's a great idea. Accessibility is very important and smartphones have gotten very good at being accessible, so there's no reason why a game like Pokémon shouldn't be.

Pokemon Go Responsible for Dramatic Spike in Fitness Tracking

Episode 1305

Fitness tracking apps have reported a dramatic spike in walking and movement since the launch of Pokemon Go. Leo says that the game is actually not only getting people out and about, but it's got them talking and working together. There has never been anything like it. Father's and sons playing the game together. People meeting each other at Pokestops. It's like a party. Leo also says that businesses are taking advantage by putting out lures to get people to come into their stores to get Pokemon and then maybe stop to shop.

Why do I need to connect to the internet to play games?

Bob from San Jose, CA

Episode 1257

Bob bought some games and they demand that he connect to the internet. Leo says that some games have a social aspect to them and the requirement is so he can post scores online and talk to others. So he'll have to be cautious to read the lables to see if it requires the connection. It's also for in-app purchases. Leo says it's poor planning, but that's how they get people.