Console gaming (XBOX, Playstation, Nintendo, etc) or PC gaming.
The second edition of Plants Vs Zombies from PopCap, a very popular iOS game, is now out. The premise of the game is to fight the zombies that are marching toward your house with various types of zombie-killing plants. It originally was a Flash game online, but when the iPad came out, it was a natural fit for it.
Grant is 10 and he likes using Linux on his computer. He's thinking of also adding Windows and wants to know if it's worth it to pay $100 for the OS. He wants to play games. Leo says that for Grant, it may be the best reason to buy Windows. Then he can download and play games on Steam.
Although, Steam will be putting out a new SteamBox which will likely be run on Linux, and that means developers will want to make games that run on Linux.
Eric bought a Nintendo WiiU and says that it's amazing. He wants to connect his home theater to it, but it only has an HDMI port. Leo says in order for the surround sound to work, something has to decode it and tell it where to send those sounds. Having his TV do it is possible if it supports Surround sound. Leo says getting the undecoded audio from the WiiU into the TV is key. He could try optical out from the TV to the home theater. The best way to do this is by getting an A/V receiver. Let it do all the heavy lifting. Denon or Onkyo make affordable models.
Brandon wants to start recording his video game play and needs a video card that can do that. Leo says that the next generation game platforms will be doing that, and live. Most people use the software FRAPS. That will allow him to not only record video games in HD, but also test the speed of video games. It's for PC only though.
Matt is 13 years old and now that school is out, he wants to get a good laptop for gaming and for school. His dad has given him a budget of under $1,000. Leo says that's a great budget and there's plenty of options. Gaming is challenging for laptops because of heat, performance, etc. There are gaming laptops, but they're often overpriced, heavy, and have poor battery life. Games like Half Life or Team Fortress are pretty demanding, so he'll want to get a laptop with a good graphics processing unit.
Xavier's son has a problem with his computer shutting down after gaming on it for 10 minutes. Then, when he turns it back on, it never shuts down after that. Leo says that a PC usually shuts down when it's overheating. It's a really big deal when a computer shuts off. It won't be a driver or a crashed program, those things can crash the computer, but not shut it down. A shut down is designed to prevent overheating from causing damage. Could there be something running in the background that's doing it?
Wyatt is a gamer, a huge XBox fan, and he's pretty upset with the new draconian used game policy that the XBox One will have. He believes it'll cause faithful fans like him go to Playstation which has no such restrictions. Leo says it's ridiculous and amounts to Microsoft and game publishers trying to get as much money as possible out of their fans. Microsoft is gambling it won't matter with the majority of those who buy it, and they may be right. Especially when the Playstation 4 is $100 less (of course, it doesn't come with a Kinect-like feature either).
Microsoft and Sony both had announcements regarding their next generation gaming consoles at the E3 conference this week. The big news to take away from this is that Sony will have no restrictions for used and borrowed games on its Playstation 4, and it will be priced $100 cheaper than the $500 Xbox One from Microsoft. Both will be out in time for the holiday season this Fall.
Grant loves to play video games and wants to get a good computer to do it. Leo says that depending on the types of games he plays would decide just how powerful a computer he'll want to get. If he's doing first person shooter games, or games with heavy 3D graphics, then he'll want a laptop with an i7 processor and plenty of RAM.
Matthew hears that the XBox One has more than one operating system. Leo says it actually has three! Under the hood, it has the central core of Windows 8. On top of that is Microsoft's HyperV, which switches in context. Lastly, there's the gaming interface for XBox. Leo says it's not really three separate operating systems so much as different user interfaces. The interesting thing is that Microsoft is using the Windows 8 kernel (even though they refuse to call it that), and Leo says it's going to be a very powerful PC with a gaming system on top of it.