There was a time when Macs boasted superior gaming hardware. Unlike DOS-based PCs, every Mac came with onboard video hardware and audio. PC users were long limited to simple bloop-bloop sounds, but Mac gamers could hear more elaborate effects. That advantage soon evaporated as the PCs raced ahead, and the gap has been widening ever since, in favor of the PC.
With the resurgence of the Mac, that trend is finally reversing; you are reading this at the dawn of a golden era of Macintosh gaming hardware. We still lack the copious choices and gee-whiz gadgetry our PC cousins take for granted, but it's a start—one that positions us to play all the newest games.
The most basic form of gaming hardware is the video card. It wasn't ...