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harveypooka
Jun 5, 2006, 04:45 PM
"However, lets get something straight here, the MacBook is not a gaming machine. It has an integrated graphics card. No computing hardware that lacks a dedicated graphics card should be even mentioned in the same sentence as "gaming." We understand that some Mac owners may need to be persuaded to overlook this machine's blatant Achilles heel but it isn't MacWorld's job to do this. The site is doing a disservice to its readers by pointing to the poor gaming performance of the MacBook and then suggesting that people "understand [the MacBook's] limitations" and go "buy an XBox360 or Playstation2 for [their] gaming needs."

http://www.joystiq.com/2006/06/05/pointing-out-the-obvious-regarding-the-macbook-and-gaming/

jesusphreak
Jun 5, 2006, 04:58 PM
The site is doing a disservice to its readers by pointing to the poor gaming performance of the MacBook and then suggesting that people "understand [the MacBook's] limitations" and go "buy an XBox360 or Playstation2 for [their] gaming needs.

I don't see how that is a disservice.

By no means is the MacBook a gaming machine, but numerous people have shown that it performs suitably for just about all games. The only ones it has serious problems with are the most recent high-end games from within the last few years.

harveypooka
Jun 5, 2006, 05:00 PM
Because it's a given. Why even mention games and then say it's poor for games performance? Of course it is! It's like saying that a Porsche 911 sucks for off-roading. Of course it does!

jesusphreak
Jun 5, 2006, 05:04 PM
Because it's a given. Why even mention games and then say it's poor for games performance? Of course it is! It's like saying that a Porsche 911 sucks for off-roading. Of course it does!

Umm because some people still would like to play games on it regardless if it isn't a "gaming machine."

People want to know, and again, the MacBook is suitable for all but the most recent games. There is no disservice there by mentioning gaming on the MacBook, because I assure you there are people out there doing it and enjoying it.

Not everyone wants to or can buy an iMac or MacBook Pro for their gaming on an Apple. For many people their only option is a MacBook, and they'd still like to use it for some of their games.

Counterfit
Jun 5, 2006, 05:51 PM
Because it's a given. Why even mention games and then say it's poor for games performance? Of course it is! It's like saying that a Porsche 911 sucks for off-roading. Of course it does!
Actually... (http://web.archive.org/web/20040606080125re_/www2.us.porsche.com/isapi/english/usa/news/pressreleases/pcna/report.asp?kapitel=Products&id=267&showdate=all)
This brings us back to the issue of the Carrera 4 on display. The Porsche 911 Carrera 4 is known for its endurance and performance on asphalt, but how well would its all-wheel drive system do on rough terrain? To tell you the truth, we didn't know either, until we set out to traverse the Mojave Road and the rugged North Rim of the Grand Canyon.
This car and its sister arrived in the States in January 1999 and were put into PCNA?s fleet of cars that are loaned to automotive journalists. Some of you in this room might have even driven this car or its counterpart, an Ocean Jade Metallic Carrera 4 that made the rounds in the Chicago and Detroit press pools. In fact -- Jim Mateja, are you here? The Ocean Jade car is the one you evaluated.
This Arena Red C4 was based in Los Angeles and evaluated for Road & Track magazine by Mario Andretti. It topped his rankings in the magazine's. ?Best Handling Car in America? evaluation.
Life for these two cars had been pretty rigorous. Upon their retirement from the PCNA press fleet, they were selected for an even more ambitious assignment. The cars were modified for extra ground clearance. Other modifications included mounting and wiring a light bar for night driving, installing a skid plate and mounting taller tires. That's it.
In April of 2000, they became the first sports cars to traverse the Mojave Road, the 120-mile-long expanse of sand, dust, rock and washes through America?s Mojave Desert. The cars? adventures continued in November 2000 when they tackled the treacherous North Rim of the Grand Canyon ? an area that is rarely visited by anything but mountain lions and cattle, and never by a sports car. Only dedicated sport utility vehicles or other four-wheel drive vehicles normally travel the unpaved trails there. A group of journalists and champion racecar driver Hurley Haywood left from Mesquite, Nev., and traveled to the Bar 10 Ranch. The next day they traversed the rugged countryside north of the Grand Canyon.
It was fun to see a guy like Hurley Haywood learn how to drive off-highway. After a while, he really started to enjoy it. And we know we'll find him roaming in the wilds again. It's like racing, once you get it in your system, it's hard to get out
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