The Dream Ok, so Macs are useful for many things. For the most part they are useful as a Digital Hub for things like your digital camera, MP3 Player, PDA, cell phone, etc. They are also useful for using intensive multimedia applications such as digital video, sound editing, graphics editing and filmmaking, but not much else. There is one major market that Macs lack in, and you guessed it: Games. We all dream of the day when there be will tons of tons games that can be played on the Mac. We all dream of the day when most Mac games will be released about the same time as their PC counterparts. And the biggest dream of all is the one where the Macintosh becomes the BEST platform for playing games. This all seems far fetched and may never happen, but it is possible and could happen very soon if you think hard enough about it. For those of you who want to make your Mac gaming dreams come true, I have a solution for Apple and all the Mac fans out there; and no, this time I did not and am not going to send a letter directly to Apple concerning this. Besides, I know that Apple is watching these boards anyway. The Obstacles For those haven't thought of it, I'd say that there is only one thing right now standing in the way of the making the Mac platform the best platform for playing games: the XBox. Apple could make their own game console, but I think the biggest reason why they don't do this is because they don't want to compete with Microsoft. I mean think about it. If Apple competed with Microsoft by making their own game console to compete with the XBox, then Microsoft could retaliate against Apple, and well, that could be bad for everyone. But the XBox, so far, has not been very successful when comparing it to the success of Playstation 2. The upcoming Playstation 3 may very well blow the XBox away! I think Microsoft made a bad choice by getting into the game console market, and I believe that the XBox will die a slow death. On the flip side, Analysts are reporting that Nintendo may soon exit the game console market. If that happens, wouldn't it be great if they started making games for Apple's game console?! The "gMac" If the XBox dies and Gamecube fails it will open the door wide open for Apple to make their own game console without worrying about facing some tough competition. There is no official name for such a system, but for now, let's just codename it the "gMac." This game console should be designed to compete vigourosly with the PC as a gaming platform; that will be it's biggest competitor! It should be the most advanced game console on the market (in terms of functionality and expandability) and years ahead of its time (though this may come at a high price for a game console, but well worth it. I'm thinking between $500-$700). It should sport features unlike any we have ever seen in a game console. The best feature of all is that games that are made for the Mac should be compatible with all general-purpose Macintosh computers as well as the "gMac." This way, game publishers will be more motivated to port games to the Mac just because of the "gMac". If there is a low-cost Macintosh legacy system that is designed just for gameplay then that will clear the way to make the Mac the BEST gaming platform in the world! Now it's on to speculating what should be in it. . .