Originally posted by hmurchison
actually Chucker is thinking critically.
Some of us older folks have followed Apple before the Macintosh even existed.
At times Apple would offer cursory support for gaming but it always felt like a "back burner" thing. We remember the game sprockets that eventually got old and decrepit. Thus when Chucker says the Mac Pro isn't made for gamers he's right. Apple isn't going to prevent gaming but they don't exactly encourage it either.
Bootcamp is going to be our only salvation here for the time being. With that in mind I find that two slot SLI in a Mac Pro has about a %25 chance of being in the computer. But even without that we'll still be able to game. I just don't expect Quad SLI Mac systems to be blasting through games. Reality bites sometimes.
In the beginning, Apple was trying to be taken seriously, so they discouraged games.
After that, they fidgeted about it. Sometimes yes, sometimes no. I Rremember game sprockets well. There were many special bits of software apple came up with, particularly in System 9, to make it easier for game developers. But, Apple always lost interest after a while.
Since games have been driving PC sales for years, Apple has had to think about it again. But they were too involved with getting OS X out the door, then advanced enough to stay alive. The Mac game market has gone the way of Apple's marketshare.
Intel Mac's are likely the only way Apple will gain sales from gamers.
While I also think that Apple cares little, publicly, about gamers buying, and using Apple's towers for games, I think that internally, they welcome it.
After all, Alienware's machines cost just as much as Apple's when decked out. A lot uglier, of course!
I don't know how these gamers will deal with that aspect here in MacLand. But, I assume they will continue to deck their machines out with neon and flashing LED's as before. I just hope they don't feel the need to cut the cases up as well!