Minecraft

How can I learn programming?

Episode 1351

Brennon from Dallas, TX
Learn to Program with Minecraft book

Brennon wants to learn how to program. Leo says learning how to write computer code will give him a deeper understanding on how computers work. This will take him from being merely a consumer, to being a maker. Minecraft can be a fun way to learn programming. He can even do it with a Raspberry Pi for $35. It comes with the software used to write programs and he can do it inside of Minecraft.

A great book is Learn to Program with Minecraft by Craig Richardson.

What computer should I give my grandson?

Episode 1346

Paul from San Diego, CA
Piper Computer Kit

Paul is looking to buy a PC for his grandson who needs it for school and who's into Minecraft. Can a Chromebook work for that? Leo says that a Chromebook is great for students, and he can use many apps online. But since he needs to use specific applications and is into gaming, he'll need a PC. Leo likes Dell and Lenovo. Getting one with a touch screen is a good idea, but that's going to get pricey. Black Friday sales are still going on, though. Acer is a good low cost, high quality laptop. He should Avoid HP.

How can I learn programming?

Episode 1282

Brennon from Dallas, TX
Learn to Program with Minecraft by Craig Richardson

Brennon wants to learn how to program. Leo says learning how to write computer code will give him a deeper understanding on how computers work. This will take him from being merely a consumer, to being a maker. Minecraft can be a fun way to learn programming. He can even do it with a Raspberry Pi for $35. It comes with the software used to write programs and he can do it inside of Minecraft.

A great book is Learn to Program with Minecraft by Craig Richardson.

What's a good microphone and mixer for podcasting?

Episode 1204

Brandon from Springfield, MO
Behringer Podcast Kit

Brandon wants to get a mic for his computer so he can do let's play Minecraft videos. What should he get? He wants a mic with XLR outputs. Leo says that a good affordable option is the Shure SM58. They're cheap at under $100 and very robust. He won't be able to break it. He should also get a mixer that has a USB connector that can interface digitally with his computer. Podcaster kits like this from Behringer are a great place to start.

What's the future of online gaming?

Episode 1126

Joshua from Nashville, TN
Microsoft

Joshua owns and operates Minecraft servers and he wants to know what the future has in store for online gaming. Leo says that since Microsoft bought Minecraft, it's possible that Microsoft could require Minecraft be run from Azure. But Leo doesn't think there's much cause to worry because the Minecraft culture is very independent. Gamers won't really feel Microsoft's presence in Minecraft for at least a year, but there's not much cause for concern. Since online gaming is social by nature, the future is bright.

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.

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 can I limit my child's internet usage?

Harry from Long Beach, CA

Episode 1045

Harry wants to know Leo's thoughts on parental controls on the Internet. Does he know about TimeBoss by Nice Kit? Leo says that TimeBoss is a great piece of software but he's stunned it's still around. It basically allows kids to earn time. But does it really help kids manage their time? As adults, we have to understand our kids are growing up in a different culture than we did. The internet is how they socialize, and how they learn. Minecraft is light years better than getting hooked on Candy Crush.