Originally Posted by AbsoluteDesignz
they became content and seemingly cocky...
honestly, if I wasn't a tinkerer (turning beast into beauty) I could see myself having left Windows years ago.
I was working with an Apple reseller for 4 years, with some breaks in between. I kept my gaming PC rig going because of PC gaming - Mass Effect 2, Dead Space 1/2, Team Fortress 2, Portal 1/2, Need For Speed, Dirt 1/2, Dawn Of War, Starcraft 2, Batman:Arkham being the notable titles off the top of my head. (XP2 Pro did the job, Vista was garbage, then Windows7 64bit was quite decent)
I also put together some PC rigs (not from scratch, the computer shop helped) for running the CCTV for the Apple reseller shops. Thanks to choosing some quality components (Gigabyte mobo's and GPUs) and running RAID0 they seem to have lasted for at least 3 years now... remember with constant writing to the disk of at least 6 cameras in each shop. I'm proud to say the shop managers managed to review footage to catch quite a few dodgy things happening during this time.
Over time the fledgling Apple reseller I was working for got all the office staff to switch to Macs and they had dedicated IT staff so I moved on to training and web development roles.
Even thus, in general I thought it would be "good" to maintain my own PC rig to at least keep in touch with Windows to keep my job options open. Gaming was the nice bonus, AMD Kuma and ATI 4830 offered great gaming value for money driving a 1920x1080p monitor.
But Dirt 2 was pretty much my last PC gaming title. Broken promises of DX10, mediocre console ports, no or faked antialiasing (one of my biggest pet peeves), endless convoluted DRM, constant connection to laggy Internet servers, not to mention unexpected CPU lags in a game, and the horrendous Games for Windows Live has made me decide to finally ditch my PC gaming for Xbox360, which I hope to get in a few months time.
If I need Windows to keep my job options open, I have VMWare Fusion 3 on Lion which is decent, and the promise of VMWare Fusion 4 to really put the Windows-on-Mac issue to rest.