“Hi, I’m a Mac”

Mr, Rochester and I have recently held many conversations about Macs. Many of them are spurred by the recent Apple commercials and some of them are due to the fact that many of my friends have Macs.

You see, dear readers, I live in a PC household. I have nothing against Macs and see their uses, but as a gamer, I like PCs. Mr. R, on the other hand, holds a hatred for Macs that I believe could only be eclipsed by his hatred towards the Dave Mathews Band. It is a virulent sort of hatred.

Aaron McKenna, at Gear Digest, has an interesting take on the PC v Mac phenomenon, but it is the link inside the article that amused me. He links to a Guardian Unlimited article whose author, Charlie Brooker, hates Macs with a passion that rivals Mr. Rochester’s. The entire article is worth the read, but when Brooker mentioned the game that has annoyed me most in my life, I knew he was a kindred soul.

Myst, the most pompous and boring videogame of all time, a plodding, dismal “adventure” in which you wandered around solving tedious puzzles in a rubbish magic kingdom apparently modelled on pretentious album covers, originated on the Mac in 1993. That same year, the first shoot-’em-up game, Doom, was released on the PC. This tells you all you will ever need to know about the Mac’s relationship with “fun”.

–Jane, amused by it all

5 thoughts on ““Hi, I’m a Mac”

  • February 6, 2007 at 3:32 pm

    To Mr. R’s defense, don’t think that because I hate Mac’s I am some kind of Microsoft fan boy. I just hate Apple’s holier-than-thou attitude. They tell you what it is you should be doing with computers rather than the other way around. Now, if what they tell you to do and what you actually enjoy doing coincide than the Mac’s are great computer’s for you. But Apple is so controlling about what is said about and done on their products. They control perception like the Chinese government controls the internet. And they control their computers like the Nazi’s contolled the Jews. (Do you like my inflammatory comparisons?)

    Personally, I would be using Linux exclusively if all PC games ran on the OS. Apple lost my business after the Apple IIe when they refused to “conform” and anything that was fun came for an IBM. If you didn’t want to play their games then they didn’t need you. Well, the feeling is mutual.

    Mr. Rochester

  • February 6, 2007 at 6:23 pm

    And here I thought there was something wrong with me because Myst (it arrived as a review copy, I didn’t buy it) struck me as…well, I appreciated the great-for-its-time graphics and just wanted to go do something else. Almost anything else. So I’m not the only one who wasn’t a big Myst fan. Good to know.

  • February 7, 2007 at 10:25 am

    I completely agree with Mr. R’s opinions about Macs and Dave Mathews Band. The things in this world that have wronged me more than Macs are bears and stingrays. The only real purpose for Macs is editing gigantic movies. So next I edit a major motion picture I’ll be sure to pay too much for a computer I could build for half the price.

  • February 7, 2007 at 10:33 am

    You are not the only one. Geez, that game sucked. We used to play Doom all the time in my computer science class. THAT was fun.

  • February 7, 2007 at 10:43 am

    While I am not a mac hater, I do not like the Dave Matthews Band At All. I am not certain they have enough substance for hate to cling to, though. Hatred towards them probably dissipates like their vapid music.

    To further agree with Mr. R., I do miss having a non-pc, non-mac computer.

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