Gaming

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

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.

What's a good cheap gaming computer?

Elliot from Boston, MA

Episode 1254

Elliot's Mac died and now he has to use an old Windows machine. What can he do to speed it up? Leo says that Elliot is the prime candidate for a Raspberry Pi 2 computer. At $35, he can't beat it. And it runs on Linux.

Elliot wants to game, though, and he plays Gary's Mod a lot. There is also Steam for Linux, but he might not be able to get Gary's Mod on that. If he needs a decent computer, it all comes down to budget. Leo says he can also put Windows 10 on a Raspberry Pi, but it won't be very good with graphics.

How can I record and broadcast "Let's Play" gaming videos?

Episode 1252

Jeremy from Studio City, CA
Razer Stargazer

Jeremy plays Minecraft and several other video games and he wants to record his gameplay and broadcast it online. Leo says that if he's gaming with a PC, then Razer's Stargazer camera is ideal because it will make him look like he's actually in the game as he does commentary. For software, FRAPS is what he'll want. Some games have it built-in.

Is it worth replacing the bulbs in a 720p rear projection TV?

Jim from Menifee, CA

Episode 1235

Jim isn't sure whether or not he should spend the $300 for a new bulb in his 52" JVC 720p DLP projection TV. The TV will only be for gaming and DVDs. Scott says he could get a new 50" TV for $500 or $600, which is more expensive than replacing the bulb, but then he would have a more modern TV. Scott's recommendation would be to spend a little extra and get a new TV. But for gaming, it might be worth replacing the bulb, because DLP has very fast response times.

Will Apple ever release another 17" Macbook?

Episode 1228

Evan from Santa Clarita, CA
Apple MacBook Pro with Retina Display

Evan has an old MacBook Pro running Boot Camp for Windows 7. He uses it for 3D modeling software and gaming. It's getting long in the tooth and now he's looking to upgrade. Leo says that Evan may want to wait for Intel's new Skylake processor. It may not be that much faster than the current Broadwell line, but it'll future proof him better. If he can't wait, Broadwell will be fine.

How can I stream the games I play on the Internet?

Christopher from California

Episode 1218

Christopher streams videos of his gameplay on Twitch.tv and his computer is starting to bog down. Leo says those "Let's Play" videos are huge, but it really does tax the processor power when it's juggling both high performance gameplay and streaming. Most use two computers networked together so that one plays the game while the other broadcasts the videos, but Leo says that's not ideal, actually.

How can I prioritize online gaming with my router?

Brant from New York

Episode 1213

Brant has an issue that when he's gaming online, and someone else starts streaming Netflix, suddenly he gets a lot of latency. Leo says that's just because his bandwidth goes down because there's so much being used. One thing Brent can try is QOS (quality of service) where he can set his router to prioritize bandwidth traffic through the ports that gaming and streaming apps use.