Gaming

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

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?

Episode 1089

Bill from Los Angeles, CA
Orlovsky and Oculus Rift (wikipedia)

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.

Flappy Bird Developer Takes Popular Free Game Down from App Stores

Episode 1055

Flappy Bird developer Dong Nguyen tweeted: "I am sorry 'Flappy Bird' users, 22 hours from now, I will take 'Flappy Bird' down. I cannot take this anymore." He also says it's not related to legal issues, and that he still makes games. Leo predicts this is a marketing ploy, and that he expects it to come back up in a week or so.

Game Creator of Flappy Bird Pulls Down App at Its Height

Episode 1056

Flappy Bird

Flappy Bird is a crazy, but simple game that users, including Leo, have become obsessed with. But after over 50 million downloads and making an estimated $50,000 a day on ads, the creator has pulled the app because "he can't take it anymore." Leo thinks it may be a PR stunt and that more will be coming. But meanwhile, there's a ton of Flappy Bird clones.

How secure is port forwarding for running a Minecraft server?

Thomas from Vancouver, BC CAN

Episode 1048

Thomas wants to host a Minecraft server for his friends. Is port forwarding secure? Port forwarding is where you tell the router to send traffic coming in from a specific port to a certain machine. This limits a little bit of the potential damage from opening up a server to the outside world, but it will ultimately depend on that Minecraft server to be secure. It's important that Thomas keeps his Minecraft server secure and up to date. If someone can figure out how to get around his network via the server, he could infect his network.

How will higher screen resolutions affect gaming in the future?

Anthony from Houston, TX

Episode 1047

Anthony is wondering what will happen for gaming with screens that are surpassing even the retina display resolutions. Leo says that the more resolution there is, the more power it will need to process it. So it makes sense that if there's four times more work, the computer will need more power to push it. Leo says that for gaming, from the perspective of the user, higher resolutions won't necessarily look any better. So it's likely that gaming will stay at 1080p for awhile.