Christmas is great for firing up your Mac & iPod and playing some good games

“One thing I enjoy about Christmas is the day or two of absolute untethered relaxation that goes along with the holiday,” Jeff Carlson writes for The Seattle Times.

Carlson writes, “During that stretch of lackadaisical hours, I could curl up with a new book or DVD that I unwrapped, but the time can also be good for firing up the Mac and playing some games that I never have time for during the workweek.”

Carlson writes, “Yes, I used ‘Mac’ and ‘games’ in the same sentence (twice now!).”

“It’s true that the Mac doesn’t run anything remotely near the number of games available for Windows, a situation we’ve had to deal with for several years now. But that doesn’t mean there isn’t a healthy gaming market for the Mac,” Carlson writes.

Carlson writes, “The following are games I’ve played and enjoyed or have been recommended to me this year.”

• SketchFighter 4000 Alpha
• Lego Star Wars
• Call of Duty 2
• Texas Hold’em Poker on iPod

Carlson also discusses Intel Mac gaming, “Finally, if you own a Mac powered by an Intel processor, you may not be limited to Mac-specific game titles. Running Windows XP under Apple’s Boot Camp beta (, I recently played the Windows-based “Star Wars Battlefront II” ($20, with no problems on my new MacBook Pro. Doing so requires that I reboot the computer into Windows, but that’s fine. I’ll just be sitting around enjoying my downtime at Christmas anyway.”

Full article here.


  1. It’s true that the Mac doesn’t run anything remotely near the number of games available for Windows, a situation we’ve had to deal with for several years now.

    And they call the Macintosh a toy?!?!?!?!

  2. I have been gaming on the Mac for many years now. I’ve not have had the number of games to choose from, but been satisfied with the games that were available for the Mac.
    No way in Hell would I install Windows on my Mac just to play games or for any other reason for that matter.
    I’ll just be happy with what Mac games I have to pick from.

  3. Just a thought as I finish my fourth (and final) year at the University of Lund (in Sweden) studying informatics; Ok, so the mac marketshare is singledidgit and not many companies develop for this market. This means that companies which do, have a way lower number of competitors. If a mac-game-developer does the job well then they could own a big part of the market. Why not grab the marketshare while it’s up for grabs?

  4. Oh, by the way, Shadowgate runs GREAT under mini vMac or classic enivorment. I’ve already passed scarad of ra, deja vu and uninvited on vMac running on my 1.5GHz PB. You really should use your friend Google and get them running if you don’t have the original hardware laying around! Right now Legend of kyrandia is my quest ” width=”19″ height=”19″ alt=”smile” style=”border:0;” />

  5. I remember, back in the day, when the Commodore 64 computer was called a “toy, for playing games”. The IBM and its clones, which run MS DOS were ‘real computers’ because they didn’t fool around with such nonsense.

    Then finally along comes the Apple Macintosh with its graphical user interface. Bill Gates and others refered to the Mac as a cute toy because of the clickable icons and the mouse etc. Real computers used the command line interface.

    Games and toys were scoffed at in the computer world. Now days games is really all a Windows PC has going for it!

    If Bill Gates and company had their wish all computers would use a command line interface and require that the user take a 2 year college course in order to operate them. This would enable Micro$oft to have much more control over the user and that is precisely what MS wants.

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