Sure, gaming consoles are made SPECIFICALLY for gaming... while most macs and PCs are made for lots of different things (gaming just happens to be one of them). However, even with HUGE disparities in hardware, consoles seem to always come out on top. The example that specifically comes to mind is the original Metroid Prime. I never played any of the sequels (though i'd by the third if i had a Wii), but I specifically remember how awesome the graphics in that game were... and it was on a GAMECUBE. Metroid Prime didn't feature as many enemies on the screen at once as some other games, but those graphics were AMAZING, and far better than anything I've seen on my macs. Right now I'm using a rev A 20" iMac - 2 GHz intel core duo, 2 gigs of ram, and ATI X1600 with 256 megs. It's by no means a top of the line system but still far better than what the gamecube had. The gamecube's hardware was - without getting really specific: (info from wikipedia) 486 MHz Power PC 750 CXe - according to wikipedia this is a version of the G3!!!!!!!!! It was used in "Several models of iBook and the last G3 based iMac..." approx. 43 megs of total RAM 162 MHz GPU You can check out http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gamecube#Hardware_specifications for the full details. Now even though my iMac may not be gaming focused... should it be able to deliver comparable performance to at LEAST a gamecube?