gaming

What Gaming System Should I Buy for My Son?

Fortnite #1

Episode 1828

Jonathan from Scottsdale, AZ

Jonathan's son wants to graduate from a Nintendo Switch to a gaming desktop. He loves Fortnite. Leo recommends the Asus Republic of Gamers (ROG) system. He bought that for his son not too long ago. Leo also likes the Lenovo Legion. You want to focus more on what your graphics GPU is over the computer CPU. That will do the heavy lifting. And the models they offer at Costco are likely last year's models, ideal for a budget gaming computer. But still doable. You'll want a 60fps system. But don't think that a 4K monitor will give you an edge. Stick with 1080p.

Apple’s Victory Is More of a Tie in Epic Legal Ruling

Epic Games

Episode 1828

Apple declared victory this week as a judge ruled that the app store is not a monopoly, but it fell short in prohibiting Epic from offering sales outside of the app store. The judge ruled that while Apple technically won the argument, Epic has the right to direct their customers to their own website to sell digital assets, thereby avoiding paying Apple a 30% fee on any in-app purchases. But Apple can also ban Epic and Fortnite from the app store, so don't look for the app to return any time soon.

Apple Declares Victory After Judge Rules in Epic Case ... BUT

Fortnite

Episode 1827

A judge ruled in favor of Apple in the Epic app store lawsuit, causing Cupertino to declare victory. In the lawsuit, Apple pulled Fortnite from the app store after the software company pointed mobile users to their own site to buy tokens to play the game. So Fortnite will not return to the app store. HOWEVER, the judge also said that Apple must allow for alternative forms to purchase outside of the App Store. So while Apple won, Epic got what it wanted anyway.

Will Cloud Gaming Replace Consoles?

Xbox Cloud Gaming Services

Episode 1824

Mike B from Piscataway, NJ

Mike B. wants to know if Cloud Gaming is going to spell doom for console gaming. Leo says that the purist thinks that it will never be quite as good as hardware, but Leo thinks that the latency continues to drop to the point that it will at least probably be the end of PC gaming. Especially considering that Microsoft is working towards Windows in the Cloud. Eventually, we may just have terminals that connect online, much like Chromebooks. And if they can do it with gaming, they'll be able to do it with anything.

Zelda Video Game Sells for $870,000

Zelda

Episode 1811

A sealed copy of the first generation of Zelda sold recently at auction for $870,000. Leo says the story is that the game was never opened after being given as a Christmas present and represents the earliest known copy of the video game, in unopened pristine condition. The sale bypasses the previous record of a sale of Super Mario Brothers, which sold in March for $660,000. Could $1 million be far behind?

Put Most Programs on the C: Drive

When you see a C: drive and a D: drive on your new Windows PC, you should put most programs/apps on the C: drive. It's the faster drive (especially if it's an SSD), and you will probably be loading and unloading with frequency. The second reason is that Windows often expects to find applications on the same disk as Windows. Reserve your less speed-critical "Data" for the D: drive, which might be a slower, spinning drive. 

Have a Super Strong Machine Before Buying Flight Simulator 2020

If you are trying to play Microsoft Flight Simulator 2020, you are going to need a very powerful gaming machine to run it. The classic flight sim, now updated for the current age, is one of the most demanding computer games out there, and most laptops are not going to cut it. Be prepared to put down lots of cash for a laptop or (better yet) desktop that can bring out those beautiful photorealistic visuals. You may not want to purchase the game without first owning a PC strong enough for it. But you can also wait until the Xbox Series X/S release in Summer 2021.

What's the Best Gaming Laptop for Flight Simulator 2020?

Flight Simulator 2020.

Episode 1798

Victor from Columbia, SC

Victor has a Lenovo ThinkPad E570 laptop that he thought would work for Flight Simulator 2020. But it's just not fast enough, even though it has an NVIDIA video card and a dual-core i7 processor. Leo says that Flight Simulator is notoriously heavy on requirements. The minimum is i5 4460 or a Ryzen 31200. RX 570 GPU. 8GB of RAM and 2GB of VRAM.  So it sounds like the laptop could handle it. But it crashes? That may not mean the laptop is too slow.  Leo has the same problem with his brand new laptop. It's just very challenging. Is there a workaround? Not really.

What Games Can I Play With My Son Long Distance?

Minecraft

Episode 1795

Jeremy from Houston, Texas

Jeremy is looking for a challenging gift for his 7-year-old kid, living in the UK, that he can play with him online. Leo says that there's a fun networking puzzle computer game that you can play with your kids, called Factorio. It requires cooperation, and you can communicate via Discord. That could be a fun but challenging game. Brilliant is another one, but that's a bit mature for a 7-year-old. Probably better for middle school ages. There are also Words with Friends and Animal Crossing.

Is a Free Tablet Really Free?

Scratch from MIT

Episode 1780

Christian from Calgary, Canada

Christian got a free tablet from Caesar's Palace. Leo says it's possible that there's a gambling game on it that will pay for itself. So it's important to be "look a gift horse the mouth." There is no free lunch, and any device that gets on your network can "play with things." Even if all they are doing is selling your activity. So how legit can it really be? But Caesar's is a legitimate company, so it may just be worth it to send it to him. The more you play, the more money they will make. That's how gambling works.