Do you mean you need a gaming PC for your son? Along with that you want to be able to play the same game together from your computer as well? I would pose this in the system builder forum to get better system specs. However, what are you looking to play? Do you currently have a gaming pc?
Sorry Mike, I left the word game(s) out. We have com0puters and really aren't interested in getting so far in as buying gaming computers. We just want to have some head-to-head competition in racing or fighter jets, etc. We are not interested, at this time, in getting into online game competition. Any suggestions? Thanks ahead of time for your answer. Merry Christmas!
Somewhat familiar. My late brother enjoyed an online racing game against other online racers and he use to tell me about it. I have heard of others that are sophisticated warrior games where a palyer starts out at the bottom of the hierarchy in an online army and progresses through higher and higher "ranks" as he gains experience. I would like to start with something not too complex to see if he would like it. My son is 12.
2 computers that you can setup on the home network. some lan software to make a home gaming network (often supplied with the games and called a local server) and 2 eithernet cables and a router. 1 player will start the game and open the server. the other will join him via ingame lan settings.
so if you already have the pc's you just need to connect em together.
I know this is the PC band of the Gaming forum, but a simple solution would be to get 2 consoles, eg PS3 and the same game or one that allows split screen play. To play a decent PC game you need a somewhat capable PC with an upgraded video card. With A PS3 coming in at $250 it's the cheapest and easiest solution. Many of those games have LAN support and you can pick up some older titles pretty cheap used at a Game Stop. My son, who is 9, loves playing Gran Turismo 5 with me on the Arcade split screen mode on PS3. It's easier to play those types of games with a controller.