Gaming

Console gaming (XBOX, Playstation, Nintendo, etc) or PC gaming.

What gaming computer should I buy for my teenager?

Episode 1119

Paula from Temecula, CA
Alienware desktop

Paula wants to know the best place to buy a gaming computer for her son who does gaming videos on YouTube and Twitch. Leo says that kids get real serious with their computers and having the best computer she can afford will give him the tools he needs. But gaming computers aren't cheap. All PCs can game, but gaming computers use higher end components that can really give her sticker shock. They require a dedicated GPU.

Where can I play old computer games?

Episode 1116

Michael from Buffalo, NY
Atari

Michael says that this year is the 30th anniversary of Windows. And he says he thought it would be cool if Windows would give users the ability to "skin" Windows back to the original Windows look to celebrate. Leo says that they did that for Windows XP and he hated it. But it's just software, so he could. Microsoft wants to push users forward, and as such, they're annoying users with their heavy hand.

Are hybrid drives a good choice for a gaming system?

Episode 1115

Sam from San Bernardino, CA
Sony Playstation 4

Hybrid drives combine both Solid State Drives and Hard Disk Drives. Since SSDs cost more per gigabyte, it's expensive to buy an SSD big enough to hold everything. So the idea behind hybrid drives is that it would combine the speed benefit of SSD with the capacity benefits of the traditional, spinning drive. It puts both drives in one enclosure and uses smart software to determine what data should go on the SSD and what should go on the hard drive.

How can I start a YouTube channel for gaming?

Samson from Chatsworth, CA

Episode 1104

Samson wants to make a YouTube Channel for gaming. Leo says that at 14, he can actually run his own channel without parental approval (although he should have approval). He wants to do Minecraft videos. Leo says that Minecraft is a very crowded field for play along, and it's very popular. So much so that YouTube bought Twitch, which is used for that reason. Gameplay is the hottest category and PewDiePie is one of the biggest players. He's making a ton of money doing it. So it comes down to this – why does Samson want to do it? Samson says it looks fun.

What speakers should I get to mix my audio?

Episode 1098

JR from Detroit, MI
Cambridge Audio DAC Magic

JR is building a gaming system and he wants to add some great audio. What about the JBL speakers? The one's he's looking at are made in china and he's concerned about the build quality. Scott says that just because they're made in China doesn't mean they're no good. There's good and bad speakers from anywhere. Scott would recommend going with larger 8" woofers to go deeper in the bass. He also needs a digital audio converter.

Why can't I sign up for my Playstation 4 account?

Episode 1094

Russell from Show Low, AZ
Playstation 4

Russell bought a Playstation 4 and he can't create a Playstation ID because it says it's "not allowed." Sony doesn't know why it's happening. Leo says if trying a different ID isn't working, then it could be an issue with his IP address being blocked. Leo says that sometimes an abusive user can cause so much trouble that Sony will ban the ID and nobody can use it. That may be the case here. If the IP address is attached to the ID, then that IP may now be associated with the banned account now.

What is the Oculus Rift all about?

Bill from Los Angeles, CA

Episode 1089

Bill wants to know about the Oculus Rift. Leo says that it's a virtual reality tool that Facebook just bought for over $3 Billion. Leo has one. It is basically designed to immerse people into a more realistic gaming experience. When Facebook bought it, many of those who backed it on Kickstarter were quite upset. Notch, the creator of Minecraft, cancelled the Occulus version just because of that. So Leo says the jury is out on whether it was a good thing for Oculus. But the creators made a lot of money.

Could the FCC's new Net Neutrality rules affect gaming?

Rusty from Los Angeles, CA

Episode 1079

Rusty makes video games and he's concerned with the FCC's new Net Neutrality rules. Leo says that the FCC is now taking public comments via email at openinternet@fcc.gov. Leo says that latency through buffering would kill video gaming, as players would be too frustrated with it. So a free and open internet would be vital for gaming. The big guys would be able to pay for unhindered access, but the individual developers won't be able to. Innovation doesn't work that way.

Amazon Launches Fire TV

Episode 1071

Amazon Fire TV

Amazon announced Fire TV this week, a device that is positioned to compete with AppleTV and Roku. Leo says it pretty much does the same things, but for an extra $40, you can get a wireless game controller to play games on it. Leo says it's essentially a computer running an Android OS; a smartphone minus the screen. It runs a quad core Snapdragon processor with 2GB of RAM, and will play Android games. Apple and Roku plan to implement this as well, but Amazon beat them to the punch.