gaming

Pokémon Go Is the Newest Gaming Obsession

Pokémon Go

Episode 1303

Pokémon Go is a new mobile game that's taking the US and Australia by storm. It uses augmented reality to motivate people to get out of the house and interact with the world around them. Leo says that what's great about the game is that it gets you out and moving, plus you meet other people playing the game. Leo tried it this week and walked five miles playing the game. It's kind of like Geo Caching meets Pokémon. Leo says that it's serious too, because shares of Nintendo have risen 15% in the last few weeks. The question is, will it be a fad with a quick burn out factor like Flappy Bird?

Will I have to buy a new PlayStation to use PlayStation VR?

Sony PlayStation VR

Episode 1297

JR from Los Angeles, CA

JR works on the Sony PlayStation VR project. He says that the PlayStation VR will work with the original PS4 design. Leo agrees and said that Sony didn't announce a slimmer PlayStation 4.5 like rumored, and JR says that's because they wanted to focus on virtual reality. Leo says he's very excited about PlayStation VR and thinks it's going to be a huge hit. It will definitely be the most affordable way to get into VR for gaming. The word is that it will have up to 60 titles to go with it by the end of the year.

What Technology Will Be the Next Big Thing?

Episode 1276

Oculus Rift went on sale to the public this week. It's a virtual reality headset that has motion tracking in it along with a camera that can track your body's movements. It also has headphones with very good quality sound. For video, it means that you'll be able to look around and see things all around you. Instead of a camera man or director determining what you'll be seeing, you can look at anything you choose. Gaming is another big use case for these headsets. HTC has made a VR headset called the Vive in conjunction with Steam, a distributor of games for PC.

Should I buy a Mac or build my own computer for gaming?

Apple MacBook Pro

Episode 1263

Ian from Lakeview Terrace, CA

Ian is 11 and wants to know if he should buy a MacBook or build his own gaming computer. Leo says that building a computer is a fun project, and a great learning experience. But if something goes wrong, he'll have to be his own support. If he buys a computer, then he'll have a company to support him. Leo also says that running Steam means that many games are ported to the Mac, but most gamers are on PC, and that means Windows. But if he's planning on doing other things like getting into video editing, then Leo would recommend the Mac.

Why do I need to connect to the internet to play games?

Episode 1257

Bob from San Jose, CA

Bob bought some games and they demand that he connect to the internet. Leo says that some games have a social aspect to them and the requirement is so he can post scores online and talk to others. So he'll have to be cautious to read the lables to see if it requires the connection. It's also for in-app purchases. Leo says it's poor planning, but that's how they get people.

How can I record and broadcast "Let's Play" gaming videos?

Razer Stargazer

Episode 1252

Jeremy from Studio City, CA

Jeremy plays Minecraft and several other video games and he wants to record his gameplay and broadcast it online. Leo says that if he's gaming with a PC, then Razer's Stargazer camera is ideal because it will make him look like he's actually in the game as he does commentary. For software, FRAPS is what he'll want. Some games have it built-in.

Is it worth replacing the bulbs in a 720p rear projection TV?

Episode 1235

Jim from Menifee, CA

Jim isn't sure whether or not he should spend the $300 for a new bulb in his 52" JVC 720p DLP projection TV. The TV will only be for gaming and DVDs. Scott says he could get a new 50" TV for $500 or $600, which is more expensive than replacing the bulb, but then he would have a more modern TV. Scott's recommendation would be to spend a little extra and get a new TV. But for gaming, it might be worth replacing the bulb, because DLP has very fast response times.

Will Apple ever release another 17" Macbook?

Apple MacBook Pro with Retina Display

Episode 1228

Evan from Santa Clarita, CA

Evan has an old MacBook Pro running Boot Camp for Windows 7. He uses it for 3D modeling software and gaming. It's getting long in the tooth and now he's looking to upgrade. Leo says that Evan may want to wait for Intel's new Skylake processor. It may not be that much faster than the current Broadwell line, but it'll future proof him better. If he can't wait, Broadwell will be fine.