Minecraft

Try Age-Appropriate Online Computer Games to Bond With Your Kids!

If you want to connect with your children over long distances, try playing an online video game that's both appropriate for kids as well as fun for adults! Certain videogames like Factorio, Brilliant, Words with Friends, Animal Crossing, and especially Minecraft are great for cooperation and brain stimulation. Setting up a Minecraft server doesn't require an expensive PC, and it fuels creativity via its building mechanics. Just make sure they have the computer literacy to log in!

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.

Do I need a new computer to run a Minecraft server?

Minecraft

Episode 1680

John from Round Rock, Texas

John wants to become a Minecraft developer. He has a MacMini, and it's laggy. So he needs to look at getting a windows based machine for a server. Leo uses a Linux Box running Debian. Leo says you may not have to use another computer. Leo says to look in the settings and see if you can optimize it. You may have to run it from the command line, but it should be plenty powerful and fast to run Minecraft. Check out your memory switches in the start command. Under the command line, you start it with -x ms. There are two different memory settings running SPIGOT. 

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

Episode 1406

Crystal from Downey, CA

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.

How can I learn programming?

Learn to Program with Minecraft book

Episode 1351

Brennon from Dallas, TX

Brennon wants to learn how to program. Leo says learning how to write computer code will give him a deeper understanding on how computers work. This will take him from being merely a consumer, to being a maker. Minecraft can be a fun way to learn programming. He can even do it with a Raspberry Pi for $35. It comes with the software used to write programs and he can do it inside of Minecraft.

A great book is Learn to Program with Minecraft by Craig Richardson.

What computer should I give my grandson?

Piper Computer Kit

Episode 1346

Paul from San Diego, CA

Paul is looking to buy a PC for his grandson who needs it for school and who's into Minecraft. Can a Chromebook work for that? Leo says that a Chromebook is great for students, and he can use many apps online. But since he needs to use specific applications and is into gaming, he'll need a PC. Leo likes Dell and Lenovo. Getting one with a touch screen is a good idea, but that's going to get pricey. Black Friday sales are still going on, though. Acer is a good low cost, high quality laptop. He should Avoid HP.

How can I learn programming?

Learn to Program with Minecraft by Craig Richardson

Episode 1282

Brennon from Dallas, TX

Brennon wants to learn how to program. Leo says learning how to write computer code will give him a deeper understanding on how computers work. This will take him from being merely a consumer, to being a maker. Minecraft can be a fun way to learn programming. He can even do it with a Raspberry Pi for $35. It comes with the software used to write programs and he can do it inside of Minecraft.

A great book is Learn to Program with Minecraft by Craig Richardson.

What's a good microphone and mixer for podcasting?

Behringer Podcast Kit

Episode 1204

Brandon from Springfield, MO

Brandon wants to get a mic for his computer so he can do let's play Minecraft videos. What should he get? He wants a mic with XLR outputs. Leo says that a good affordable option is the Shure SM58. They're cheap at under $100 and very robust. He won't be able to break it. He should also get a mixer that has a USB connector that can interface digitally with his computer. Podcaster kits like this from Behringer are a great place to start.