Michael's son has just finished 8th grade and he wants to reward him with a decent gaming computer. What should he get for between $1,200 and $2,000? Leo says to not get a laptop. He should get a desktop. He'll pay more for a gaming laptop, and they won't be as fast because of limitations in graphics processors. Leo recently got his 15 year old an Asus Republic of Gaming (ROG) G20CI desktop PC.
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.
Diana just bought a second tablet. How can she sync her games on both so she can play them? Leo says that's a feature of the game itself, not the OS or the tablet. She may have the ability through Google Play Games, but the app must support it.
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.
Rob has a 9 year old grandson and he got him an iPad. He loves technology. Leo says to put Swift Playgrounds on it. It's an app that teaches kids how to program an app. It uses game play to do it and it's fun. Rob could do it with him too!
Chris wants to know what Leo thinks of the new Max-Q design for Nvidia powered laptops. Leo says it's for hardcore gamers. But it is thin and light, and uses less power to save battery life. It's still about 10-15% slower than the desktop GTX1080. But for laptop performance, it's impressive. And at $1,000, it had better be.
Rene has another iGen teen and she says her son wants to be social, but his friends don't want to come outside. Rene keeps communication open with her son, making sure he always feels understood and can come talk to her. It's best to stay connected.
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.
Terry wants to create a touchscreen gaming table. Leo says that Microsoft's idea with the Surface table was similar to that. But they were mostly for industrial and casino uses. Hardware is easy, but the difficulty always comes in the software.