Linus Sebastian, creator and face of the infamous LinusTechTips YouTube channel, posts a variety of video content daily. His channel focuses on tech reviews, PC builds and overall discussions about the latest technology, many of which are Intel-powered devices and components.

A hardcore tech enthusiast and gamer at heart, we sat down with Linus to ask him some quick questions about tech, gaming & the future of the industry. Here’s what he had to say:

Q: How did you first get interested in (and learn about)tech?

I started off the same way that a HUGE chunk of the techies of my generation did – games. The first time I was inspired to open up a computer it was to upgrade it to play TIE Fighter. I was a little young and the attempt wasn’t particularly successful, but subsequent adventures under the hood of my PC were pretty much for the same reason whether it was Civilization II or Half-Life 2.

Q: What tech advancement do you think have made the biggest difference when it comes to PC gaming?

If we avoid the obvious answer of “graphics cards” then I guess I could say Steam has had an immeasurable impact on PC gaming. It’s hardly perfect, but it’s made more games readily available to more people. It has drawn more casual folks who normally wouldn’t really want to install a gaming communication platform like Xfire into the social aspect of PC gaming, and prompted other game publishers (with varying success) to attempt to recreate its success.

Q: What are a few of the top “musts” that you’d recommend gamers include in their builds?

I think bright blue flames on the side of the case is by far the most important part of any gaming rig. At least that is once you’ve got all your other essentials – quad core CPU, 8GB+ of RAM, a solid graphics card, enough storage space for your game library, a case with good airflow. You know, that stuff.

Q: What are you personally most excited about when it comes to the future of gaming?

Augmented reality tickles my fancy more than anything else in gaming right now. The idea of being able to run around my house blasting bad guys really gets my gaming juices flowing. I just hope I’m not too old to be spry enough to really enjoy it when it gets good enough to be truly immersive.

Q: What projects will you be working on soon that gamers should be on the lookout for this summer?

This summer we’ve moved into a new studio space which will soon allow us to do some pretty amazing stuff. We’re planning to build a rig into a desk among other things, so stay tuned!

Q: How would you describe your gaming habits…and how much time to you get to spend actually playing given how busy your schedule is?

I mostly play games on a SHIELD streaming device these days. My main rig sits upstairs and then I sit wherever I’m most comfortable – usually in bed. I’m so busy lately that the idea of being able to sit down in front of my computer for a couple hours and NOT work on emails is more hardcore fantasy than The Witcher 3:Wild Hunt. But thanks to wireless game streaming, I can take the experience with me.

Q: What are some of your personal favorites right now when it comes to games you enjoy most?

I’ve been playing a lot of retro games lately actually. The great thing about games is that while they DO age in terms of their appearance or even core gameplay mechanics – playing Warcraft: Orc & Humans is still pretty frustrating to do coming from StarCraft II – that doesn’t mean they can’t still be fun!

Want more tech insighs, reviews & awesome PC builds? Be sure to visit his YouTube channel!