Aside from pure speculation and sheer hope, my dreams of Apple building a stand alone gaming console have been without proof. I've always felt that the Mac Mini is the form of what could be a great gaming station. It's smaller than the Dreamcast, and in it's none intel state is at least 2x as powerful as the original Xbox. But with no signs of Apples interest in jumping into that game, my insight went without merit. But now I fell there may be a glimmer of hope for 2 important reasons: 1. The new intel macs will be able to be much faster and more powerful while staying within the same size scale, or even helping to create a smaller cooler (temperature wise) mac. Certainly this doesn't hinder the possibility of a gaming console. 2. And 2 is a very prolonged and interesting phone conversation I had with a Apple Technical Service person on a Sunday afternoon. After initially calling for a simple question about RAM compatibility in my new G5, the conversation more or less drifted in an out of Technical Support and into semi-heavy Mac enthusiast discussion. After 58 minutes and more than several topics from RAM, to Gaming, to legacy PC's our talk finished on a rather interesting note. After I mention to the tech support person that I just wish Apple would make a gaming console already, he retorted with, "I wouldn't be surprised if Mac rolled out a dedicated gaming console by 2007. I wouldn't be surprised at all." After my rather surprised and disbelieving "Really?!" the tech support person repeated the phrase above almost like a talking point, and then drop this "Being here in tech support we don't have all the info like other departments. But with the intel chips and such, I wouldn't be surprised if a game console came-out by the beginning of 2007." This phone call happened on Sunday January 8th 2006. I merely submit this rumor for your critiques, as well as for any other info on this topic to come forward. Please remember, I'm not stating anything as a fact. The only thing I can say for certain is that this conversation with the tech person actually happened, and it actually took 58 minutes to get a few answers, but the journey may have been worth it for the gem I may have received. Be it a rumor or not, it still gives me hope that the gaming world may just become that much more diverse.