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Is Pokémon Go accessible to blind users?

Pokémon Go

Episode 1305

Ed from Crossville, TN

Ed is blind and he's sad that Pokémon Go isn't accessible to the blind. He thinks that if Pokémon put in an audio tone targeting system, then those who can't see would be able to play. Leo says that's a great idea. Accessibility is very important and smartphones have gotten very good at being accessible, so there's no reason why a game like Pokémon shouldn't be.

Pokemon Go Responsible for Dramatic Spike in Fitness Tracking

Episode 1305

Fitness tracking apps have reported a dramatic spike in walking and movement since the launch of Pokemon Go. Leo says that the game is actually not only getting people out and about, but it's got them talking and working together. There has never been anything like it. Father's and sons playing the game together. People meeting each other at Pokestops. It's like a party. Leo also says that businesses are taking advantage by putting out lures to get people to come into their stores to get Pokemon and then maybe stop to shop.

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.

What gaming computer should I buy for my teenager?

Alienware desktop

Episode 1119

Paula from Temecula, CA

Paula wants to know the best place to buy a gaming computer for her son who does gaming videos on YouTube and Twitch. Leo says that kids get real serious with their computers and having the best computer she can afford will give him the tools he needs. But gaming computers aren't cheap. All PCs can game, but gaming computers use higher end components that can really give her sticker shock. They require a dedicated GPU.

What do you think about the Occulus Rift?

Episode 1028

Yoshi from San Diego, CA

Yoshi wants to know what Leo thinks about the Occulus Rift, a virtual reality helmet that was started on Kickstarter. Leo says we've seen virtual reality head gear for 20 years. But as computers have gotten faster and more affordable, the technology has improved. The Occulus has great response time, but the bad thing is that the graphics resolution isn't really that great, and there aren't many games that support it. So while it's cool, it's also mostly useless. It's a great idea, but we're not there yet.