Gaming

Console gaming (XBOX, Playstation, Nintendo, etc) or PC gaming.

What's a good gaming laptop for under $1200?

Mobius Gaming Laptop - Doghouse Systems

Episode 1694

Erin from Pasadena, CA

Erin's son wants a good gaming computer that he can also use for video editing. He also wants a laptop. His budget is around $1200. Leo says that the good news is that a good gaming computer than do video editing easily and vice versa. Laptop gaming machines, however, are less powerful because of heat issues. They are also difficult to upgrade so that you won't be able to future proof it. That's why a desktop is likely a better option. And you'll get more bang for your buck too.  But if a laptop is a must, Leo recommends starting at Alienware; it's the gaming arm of Dell.

Sam Abuelsamid and flipping a switch

Sam Abuelsamid

Episode 1682

Sam joins Leo to clear the air over why President Trump had to evoke the Defense Authorization Act to get automobile manufacturers to switch to making ventilators for the pandemic. Sam says GM didn't refuse to help; it's just a huge task to make a switch from making cars to making medical equipment. And using the DAA enables the government to clear several hurdles to enable them to make medical equipment that will pass FDA regs. You can just flip a switch.

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. 

What is a Good Computer for a 12-year-old Kid?

iMac

Episode 1646

Vivian from Long Beach, CA

Vivian wants to get a computer for her 12-year-old daughter, but she's in the dark in what to get her. She's into gaming on Apple Arcade. She also wants one that she'll use for a long time. Leo says that a desktop is a better choice because they aren't that mobile and as she becomes a teenager, Vivian is going to want that computer in a public area! Leo recommends getting an iMac, ideally. Another option is a Chromebook, because she probably uses them at school. They will be limited for gaming, but that's a good thing. The Google PixelBook Go is a good option.

How Can I Change My Router Address to NAT Type 1?

PS4

Episode 1616

Chad from Alabama

Chad wants to run a game server on a secondary PS4 so others can play over the internet all over the world. HIs problem is he needs a NAT Type 1 connection to make it work. Is there any way to do it without having a second internet connection from Spectrum? Leo says that there used to be a device called a Hamachi that would do it. Ideally, try taking the router out. It will eliminate a middleman that could assign a Type 2 connection, not a Nat Type 1. Risky, but it could work. Chad can also try DMZ through the router. He can also set up port forwarding.

How Can I Record My Granddaughter Playing Videogames for Youtube?

iPad

Episode 1605

Ivan from West Covina, CA

Ivan's granddaughter would like to capture the screen of an iPad and add visual commentary. Leo says she wants to be a youtube star! Leo says the iPad can't do both. It does have a built-in screen recorder. Then you can record her with a camera and then edit the two together on a computer with a picture in picture option. Another option is an open source program called OBS Studio that can do it in real time on a computer. It's mostly used in making screencasts.  

Harry Potter Finally Launches from Niantic

Potter

Episode 1602

Niantic, the creators of the successful mobile game Pokemon Go, has finally put out a game based in the universe of Harry Potter, called Wizards Unite. You play a wizard, using your wand to battle other wizards and catch fantastic beasts. All in Augmented Reality. Leo says that it was originally launched in Australia, and people went wild about it. Now it's been launched in the US and around the world, so MORE people are going wild. 

Google Releases Details of Stadia Streaming Game Service

Stadia

Episode 1600

Google has released details for their Stadia Streaming gaming service, and Leo says it's like renting a game console in the cloud for $10 a month. That's only the service though, as you still need to pay for each game separately. But it also provides high quality 60fps HDR and Dolby Stereo. But Leo says he really doesn't get the advantage here. Serious gamers have a gaming PC or game console. So who is this aimed at?  But for those who are just getting into gaming and don't want to invest just yet in hardware, Stadia may be ideal.

What gaming computer can I buy on a budget?

Xbox 1S

Episode 1599

Caroline from Simi Valley, CA

Caroline's son wants a gaming computer, but she doesn't have a lot of money and wants to know what Leo can recommend. Leo says that if you're on a budget, it's a good time to buy a gaming console. Microsoft's Xbox 1S is about $250 right now, where the Xbox 1S Fortnight Edition is $100 off as well. Then you can get him a regular computer for homework. Keep him on a console and leave it in the living room so that way you have control over how much he games.