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#61 Sneaky Snake

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Posted 18 March 2008 - 04:19 PM

We all know that the Macbook sucks for gaming Quicksilver but I'd bet that 90% of home computer users (and thats what the macbook targets, well also english students and such, u you get my point. Any one who needs a real computer will or at least should buy one) do not need any sort of graphics at all above the X3100. I only know one person in my area that has an actual decent computer (its a PC wth a Q6600, 256 mb 8600M GT, and 3 gb RAM) every else has the most terrible computers and does all their gaming on consoles


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Posted 18 March 2008 - 04:40 PM

View PostSneaky Snake, on March 18th 2008, 06:19 PM, said:

We all know that the Macbook sucks for gaming Quicksilver but I'd bet that 90% of home computer users (and thats what the macbook targets, well also english students and such, u you get my point. Any one who needs a real computer will or at least should buy one) do not need any sort of graphics at all above the X3100. I only know one person in my area that has an actual decent computer (its a PC wth a Q6600, 256 mb 8600M GT, and 3 gb RAM) every else has the most terrible computers and does all their gaming on consoles
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You can't really say what graphics capability people 'need' without talking about what they want to do with their computer. They might be a casual user, but if they want to play most games at all, they need something better than integrated graphics. Even if they only pick up the occasional game, it's still a severe disappointment when it turns out they can't run it or it runs terribly on their system. The developers or publishers are also in a bind because a huge chunk of their potential market is invalidated.

So yeah, they don't 'need' it. But Apple having to shell out probably $20 at most for a low end dedicated GPU would still make things that much better. But of course, that wouldn't be an all-in-one solution from Intel, so it's unlikely.
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Posted 18 March 2008 - 09:14 PM

It's a chicken-and-the-egg scenario.  I wonder how many MacBook users would play games, given a good library of titles and a powerful GPU.
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Posted 18 March 2008 - 11:07 PM

Or how many more macbook users there would be? like, think about it. none of us have brought a mac Purely to play games, just look at the entry point price if you want a mac Capable of getting decent performance out of some of the more recent games.

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Posted 18 March 2008 - 11:25 PM

I had to read your post 4-5 times before I got it, purely because of your capitalization. :P
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