Appendix B. Gaming on the Mac

Who doesn't love blasting aliens, throwing touchdowns, saving princesses, and creating their own species of life? How about using a fleet of wraiths to bring down a Protoss base station or winning the World Cup, all from the comfort of your own home or office? If any of these things makes the hair on the back of your neck stand on end with anticipation, you are a gamer. But now that you have a Mac you have to give up gaming on your computer, right? Absolutely, positively not! If you are a former Windows user lamenting the loss of all those great games you amassed over the years, you'll be happy to know you don't have to toss them out after all. Use this appendix to take a brief look into the world of gaming on the Mac.

Yes, Virginia, You Can Play Games on Your Mac

Contrary to popular belief in some circles, gaming is alive and well on the Mac. As a matter of fact, the state of Mac gaming is beginning to take on a much rosier outlook than in previous years. True enough, there was a time when Mac gaming was a dying art and only the staunchest of Mac fans even bothered with playing them. There was a dearth of games compatible with the Mac operating system; only a handful of developers actually went to the trouble of writing games specifically for the Mac, and there were just a couple of companies that ported PC games to the Mac. When you went into your local game store, it ...

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