Gaming

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

How can I install a mod for Minecraft on my computer?

Crystal from Downey, CA

Episode 1406

Crystal's daughter has gotten into gaming with Minecraft and she's at the point where she wants to do mods. She doesn't understand it, though. Leo says that some mods run on servers online, while some go on the computer (called Clients). A good option is Gary's Mod. Some of the mods she's interested in probably aren't able to work on her computer, though. Mods also tend to work on PCs. The version of Minecraft on Mac runs on Java. There's also an iPad version, but she wouldn't be able to merge them. The risk with a mod, though, is that it's third party.

What game console should I get?

Episode 1393

Kim from Laguna Beach, CA
PlayStation 4

Kim is a gamer and is tired of buying new computers to keep up. Would a console allow her to play the massive multi player online games? Leo says that some MMORPGs are on Xbox and PS4 consoles. It depends on if the games she plays are available, and chances are, they will be. But even then, it comes down to what console she likes best. PlayStation is more popular, and that means it's more likely to have the titles she likes to play. They also have an active community. On the other hand, an Xbox would allow her to stream the games and play them from her Windows 10 PC.

Why can't I buy apps in the Google Play Store with my Nvidia Shield tablet?

Episode 1385

Shane from Indianapolis, IN
Nvidia Shield Tablet

Shane has an Nvidia Shield gaming device and every time he tries to buy something from the Google Play Store, he gets an error. Leo recommends clearing the cache, restarting and then resetting his Play account. The problem is that the Nvidia Shield has Android 7 and it doesn't give him access to his Google Play settings. That may leave Shane with only one option — to reset the Shield itself.

What desktop gaming computer should I buy?

Episode 1380

Bill from Gainsville, GA
Alienware Area-51 PC

Bill is looking to get his son a new computer. He wants a desktop. Is that still a good option? Leo says that desktops are becoming less popular, but there are still some great models out there. Bill's son also wants to game. All-in-Ones are designed to be aesthetically pleasing, but not practical for upgrading or repairs. A tower is really a better way to go, especially for gaming.

Microsoft Announces Fastest Gaming Console Yet

Episode 1378

Microsoft Announced their new Scorpio Game Console, which will be faster, stronger, more powerful, and vapor cooled! It will be capable of over a trillion floating point operations per second. It has a graphics processing unit with 40 units clocked at 1.1Ghz. It has an 8-core processor. 12GB of DDR5 RAM with 8GB for games, and 4GB for background processes. Leo says it's more powerful than any computer you've likely had in the house. Microsoft is promising 4K, but have stopped short of saying it will play at 60fps.

Why can't I use my Bluetooth headset with my game console?

Bob from San Antonio, TX

Episode 1375

Bob is trying to pair a bluetooth headset with his tablet, gaming console, and Apple TV. It isn't pairing correctly with his gaming device, though. Leo says he should see if the operating system is playing the sound properly. Games also sometimes have their own audio settings, so he may have to pair it through the game as well. If it works in the computer, but not in the game, then he'll know it's the game itself.

Why can't I connect my Nintendo Switch to my 4K TV?

Episode 1375

Thomas from Fullerton, CA
Nintendo Switch

Tom can't seem to connect his Nintendo Switch to his 4K TV. Leo says that he hasn't heard of any outstanding issues, but it could be a bad HDMI connection. He should try another cable. The chatroom suggests turning off CEC, which switches the HDMI ports on and off. It may be called something else. It could also be a resolution mismatch, so Tom should check and see if there's another lower resolution port that it will connect to. He can also try another TV and verify that the dock works. If it does, then try the cable.

How can I reset my mouse?

Episode 1372

Corey from Panama City, FL
Corsair M95 mouse

Corey is a gamer and is using a Corsair M95 mouse, but the driver software has "stuck" the buttons and even reinstalling the drivers doesn't fix it. Leo says it may be time for a new mouse. It sounds like the settings may be kept in firmware, though. He could look for a reset button. He should look for a tiny pin hole that will allow for that. But outside of that, if the settings can't be changed through the software, it indicates that the memory may have failed.