I have this existential conflict going on that is begging for emergency venting: I want to dump my desktop PC and replace it with a Mac.
I have a 5 year old iBook that I use for work (digital photography and design) and a desktop PC that I built myself last summer, that I use for games, email and surfing.
The iBook is starting to creak a bit, so I’m casting about for a replacement, and thinking of buying a Mac desktop system and dumping the PC altogether.
I love the Mac! It does what I want it to do, it never complains, and it’s sexy as hell. But I’m also a gamer, and I can’t quite stretch my Mac idolatry tight enough to cover the fact that games on the Mac, if they come at all, leave a lot to be desired.
On the other, other hand, PC gaming has felt a bit stale to me for the last two years, so what would I really be missing? Yet Another RTS with the Same Tired AI Behaviour? FPS Version 7.5 with a Flashier Engine but Recycled Gameplay from Four Years Ago? I feel like I’ve been playing the same 2-3 games over and over again for the last seven years.
I don’t really have the real estate, and it seems a bit silly, to maintain two desktop systems. I wonder what Gabe Kaplan would do?
I’d agree with your assessment of PC games. A PowerBook/iBook/Mac Mini + a console (or two) would probably cover 90% of your needs. That last 10% would consist of Latest RTS, Latest MMOG, and Latest FPS. If you can live without those, then you’re probably a lot better served spending $1000 on a PS3, XB360, and a handheld than you are on a PC.