Windows PCs are only good for running games

Walk into a PC store and “ask what Macs are better for compared to PCs and see what your average salesperson concedes,” Les Posen blogs for CyberPsych. “Once they’ve said ‘graphics‘ or some similar narrow usage confined to the creative, but not corporate enterprises, surprise them by asking,

Why is it better than the PC for graphics?”

“Note what responses you get. Is it confined to better software choices on the Mac? A better user interface? Better graphics processor? Faster CPU? Really try to pin them down,” Posen writes.

“Then, when you’ve collected the answers, ask why a system that has these advantages isn’t suitable for corporate use. Then watch the squirming and justifications begin,” Posen writes. “Then, when all is said and done, and the salesperson has done their song and dance act of justification (you’ll know they’re clutching at straws when they cite ‘price‘ and ‘upgradibility,’ neither of which can be sustained as a differentiator in 2006), ask if the current Macs can also run Windows, including Vista.”

“Then prepare to watch cognitive dissonance in action,” Posen writes.

Posen writes., “You see, one of these days, not far away, Steve Jobs will know he has succeeded in his efforts to make the Mac a sensible choice for all kinds of IT use, when you walk into a computer store, and overhear the salesperson say: ‘You want a Windows PC? Are you sure? You know they’re only good for running games. The rest of the time you don’t want to trust them with your mission critical applications and data.’

Full article here.

[Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader “vitaboy” for the heads up.]

Related MacDailyNews articles:
Dude, you got a Dell? What are you, stupid? Only Apple Macs run both Mac OS X and Windows! – April 05, 2006
Why buy a Dell when Apple’s Intel-based computers will run both Mac OS X and Windows? – June 08, 2005
Defending Windows over Mac a sign of mental illness – December 20, 2003 (Stockholm Syndrome and cognitive dissonance)


  1. Nah, if I want to play a game, I’d much rather go with a game console that easily connects to the living room bigscreen TV than any malware infested Windows PC. If games are all Windows PCs have going for them, then they’re really screwed…

  2. Microsoft is heading into some choppy waters. Their new push touts Windows as being the platform of choice for games; yet on the other hand they’re trying to win over the games market with the XBox. They’re losing money on the XBox and consumer discontent with Windows is through the roof. Are they trying to cannibalize XBox sales to save Windows?

  3. I have a couple of Macs and 1 overpriced PC games machine – I have a console as well but I almost never use it, I prefer to play games with keyboard and mouse and it seems that I will be able to get rid of my win$ box very soon with these new intel Macs.

  4. Ummm, new Mac’s can run windows just as fast or faster than a PC, using bootcamp, so you shouldn’t ever need a PC. Just have bootcamp and a striped down version of windows to run games. That is of course, if you aren’t using a game console that is ment for hard core gaming, like NES.

  5. A dedicated console still isn’t as powerful as a fully loaded pc with cutting edge video card.

    I, for one, want to take the Mac plunge and I’m waiting for the new ‘boxes’ to come to market so I can have both OS on separate HD.

  6. RE: Jim

    I agree 100%. Most of the Windows users who show up here – MacRealist comes to mind – are game players – not serioius computer users. That’s been their only reasoning for using Windows pcs, as if that’s all that exists in the world – games and comic books. Unless you are a game programmer or light game player (someone who uses them to wind down after a long work day) my suggestion would be to get out and find a job.

    Macs are for people who want to be productive.

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