Hi guys, Just thought I'd post some of my random thoughts coming in from the PC Camp. First of all, some background, I've been a PC user since the 386 days, and since then have primarily used and upgraded my PC for games. I love games.... I also own a PS2, X-Box, Gamecube and several vintage consoles, I'm obsessed. A couple of years back, I decided to buy a laptop, not needing it as a gaming device I sniffed around, and always having a fond spot for macs decided on a powerbook. I am to this day the proud owner of a 1GHZ aluminium powerbook and use it everyday. All my tasks from my windows pc have been migrated from my PC, apart from games. Now, to my thoughts, Last year I've spent £200 upgrading my ram, and £300 upgrading my graphics card, to keep in the sweet spot of gaming hardware, namely to play unreal tourney 2004 and Doom 3. Looking at the gaming scene from the last year and a half, you're seeing a large decline in PC exclusive games, (apart from strategy games). Most PC games have come out on xbox, and a large majority (splinter cell, brothers in arms) have been console games that have also been released on the PC. So, I'm thinking why should I spend £££ on my PC, when the games are better graphics ports of games aimed and mostly developed around the achitecture of different systems Now, I point you to a recent post from one of the proprieters of penny-arcade.com (A huge gaming web comic) or my part, seeing what wonders PC developers have in store, I think I've bought my last video card. I didn't even get top of the line this time, I squeaked in under four hundred dollars, but I've had it up to here subsidizing the next generation of consoles with my early adopter money. Before Doom 3, I was satisfied with a hitch or two here and there when I was really putting a machine to work - but seeing the way it is supposed to look, on hardware with the strength to manipulate those realms effortlessly made it clear. They've priced me, as a financially stable adult, straight out of entertainment software on the personal computer. I crave the esoteric strategy titles and wild experiments found on PCs, but it no longer makes a lick of sense to maintain this rig in the face of four hundred dollar, triple core consoles. The WOPR taught us as much in WarGames: the only way to win that game is not to play it. Which is definately the way I've been feeling. The X-Box 360 and especially PS3 (if it lives up to the hype) is definately going to take a large amount of gamers like me away from the 6 month graphics card upgrading cycle that the PC appears to be locked into for gaming entertainment....I was never happy with windows performance for any other task apart from gaming. So....why not switch? Hell, I'm going to buy the new consoles when they come out this year and next, can I afford to keep a PC running as well...hell no, and why should I? I've noticed a few gaming buddys hugging their powerbooks lately, after being converted by the I-Pod and seeing what my powerbook can do. A lot of gamers appear to be eying up the mac mini also. I myself have just bought an Apple 20" cinema display for my PC due to loving apples look, and the quality of the display (plus it'll look nice when I fully switch ) I truely belive, over the next 2 years, apples market share will dramatically grow, as geeks in my age range (I'm 24) move away from the PC as a gaming device, and love the appeal of the Mac OS and the longer lasting hardware. The apps are better, (Delicious library never fails to totally BLOW everyone away that sees it) the OS is better, more people leaning towards linux OS's are loving the ideas of OS X.... My plan now is wait to see what WWDC brings, and (hopefully) buy a newly announced PowerPC (hey, I can dream!), then my PC can die a graceful death as I leave it in upgrade limbo.. Just my 2 cents, but I belive the next two years will be a critical period of growth for apple, as more geeks like me make the jump Anyone agree? got similar stories? thoughts?