I’m a serious gamer, just below the rank of what the press call “hardcore.” I own an XBox, a GameBoy, and a very fast PC. By way of Mac hardware, I own an aging 1999 Powerbook, and I have no plans to buy another Mac. In fact, any serious gamer must automatically reject the Mac.
Please understand I’m of two minds about the Mac, and so my remarks should be taken like those of a concerned parent, rather than, say, a Palestinian suicide bomber.
My main points are
- Lack of games
- Inadequate developer documentation, including horrifying backward steps
- Lack of affordable hardware
- Counterproductive “boutique” model
- Ignorance of the real competitive advantages over Linux, Windows
- Poorly managed transition to OS X
I’ve been writing a pretty major piece of Mac software for almost two and a half years. As I’ve gone along, I’ve run up against the shortcomings not only of the developer resources, but of course also in OS X itself, since developers are also users.
At this point, I’m essentially ready to abandon the Mac for greener pastures elsewhere, but I have to work it out a bit first, so I’m going to be posting a multi-section reflection on the matter. I am extremely hesitant to change my attitude from “mac-zealot” to “mac-doubter,” and that’s definitely one of the issues going on here. The Mac demands defensiveness from its adherents, and so I meet much resistance from my own history and contrary nature when I consider embracing my disgust.
Much, much more coming soon.