Toy manufacturer Tastemakers was showing their newest 'old tech' arcade machines. Five different scaled down Arcade1Up machines are set to be released fall 2018. Most contain four popular old-time games from the arcade era. Unlike bigger, 6' tall machines, these Arcade1Up cabinets are 4 feet tall and weigh a lot less, about 60 pounds or so. Tastemakers says that the machines will offer “the same game play as the originals, with same sounds, joysticks and buttons.” The arcades use a 17-inch LED screen for play and some assembly is required.
Becoming mostly a preview of what's on the horizon for gamers, the annual E3 convention was this week, and it was open to the public. Leo says that mobile is really where it's at for gaming.
Jeff streams gameplay videos on Twitch, but he can't get viewers to get advertising. Leo says that Let's Play videos are all the rage these days and he'll have to have a hook to get viewers to stick around. Promoting outside of Twitch would also help. Social media could benefit him, too.
PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds is coming to Xbox at the end of December and has been very popular on the PC with Steam for a while now. This is a "Battle Royal" game, which is kind of like Hunger Games. You're dropped into a very realistic, large and vivid world with 99 other people. The goal is to get as many weapons as you can, kill as many other people as you can, and be the last player standing. This is interesting because this is an independent game, not from a big game company, and it's hugely successful.
Mason is a huge gamer. Leo says that's not surprising. Middle age men are the largest segment of gamers right now. He is a mentor for an iGen teenager and he's worked hard to get him to understand that this stuff is for entertainment, and can't interfere with real life. It's fine to play at home, but if there's something else he can do, get out and do it. In other words, don't let it get in the way of other stuff. Leo says to find something fun that's outside to balance out their indoor activities.
Dave has a teenager who is part of the iGen crowd and he never seems to want to do anything but hang out online or play video games. He more or less forced him to get out and come to work with him for the summer and it was rough at first, but he's feeling much better and is more sociable now. And he's getting paid.
Robert wants to be able to listen to a TV broadcast while playing video games. Leo says that Robert will need to mix it. The Xbox should have separate audio output, though, and if the TIVO has an audio out, he can route that to a separate channel and then switch it from his AV receiver.
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Louis thinks that people really need to pay attention while they are playing Pokémon Go. They're going into places they shouldn't be and are getting into trouble. Leo agrees and says people need to be aware of their surroundings, and understand that there are plenty of Pokémon everywhere. People can put the phone on power saving mode and it will vibrate when there's a Pokémon in their area. So just can walk as you normally would and when a Pokemon is near, you'll know it and can stop and catch it.
Jacob and a friend have two different game platforms, a PC and an XBox One. How can they play together? Leo says it can be tough to cross platforms because people using a PC have an advantage playing some games, while people who use a game controllers have advantages for driving games. It may also be that the servers are different for each platform. Leo says there may be games that allow them to be cross platform. He'd just have to find them.
Ed is blind and he's sad that Pokémon Go isn't accessible to the blind. He thinks that if Pokémon put in an audio tone targeting system, then those who can't see would be able to play. Leo says that's a great idea. Accessibility is very important and smartphones have gotten very good at being accessible, so there's no reason why a game like Pokémon shouldn't be.