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WebVoid's Guide to Mac Gaming

If you have ever browsed the games section at your local computer store, you’ve probably noticed a discrepancy in the size of the "PC Games" section and the "Macintosh Games" section. While there's usually a whole floor or aisle dedicated to PC games, the Mac games usually end up on the bottom shelf in some deserted closet of the store. The Mac games selection is very limited simply because most game companies don’t bother releasing a Mac version of their games. Sure, there have been a few recent strides by developers to release both versions, but the Mac version is inevitably released several months behind the PC version, and then matched with shoddy support and late patches. What ends up happening is that by the time the Mac gamers finally get their hands on “Game X”, PC gamers are already playing “Game X II: X's Revenge”. In short, you’re either a serious gamer, or you have a Mac. One or the other, there’s no middle ground.

But why does it need to be that way? Why should people who got suckered in by Apple’s “switch” commercials be forced to live a life without games? Why should the children of dim-witted people, who only bought a Mac because they were obsessed with how “cute” it was, be further punished by not being able to play games with their PC-using friends?

Well, I say enough is enough! I’ve created this guide to help all the unfortunate people who dream of playing fun new games with their Mac. Note that I said "with" and not "on," because I’m obviously not talking about software games here (that’s something you’ll need to talk to the game companies about).

What I’ve done is compiled a list of several exciting games you can play, quite literally, WITH your Mac hardware! Finally, you could play games alongside your estranged PC-owning buddies! And I’m sure they’ll be more than happy to play when you show them the games, too. Let's get on with it!

iBook Bowling

The resemblance between an iBook and a bowling pin is remarkable. Both items are inherently unstable, both frequently need to be reset, both can easily be juggled, and both have about the same degree of usefulness. Thus it makes sense that iBook bowling is such a popular sport. All you need to play is a bowling ball and 10 iBooks.

Since real bowling alleys have pin setters that could crush our iBooks (and steal our fun), you'll need to create a makeshift bowling alley of your own. A large indoor room with a wooden floor is optimal, but feel free to use whatever you have available. Surfaces like grass, water, and molten lava don't work very well, however. When you find a suitable area, open the iBooks partway and stand them in the classic bowling pin pattern.

Using a real bowling ball is highly recommended, but if you don't own a bowling ball (or are to cheap/scared to buy/steal one), don't worry. Basketballs, rocks, or even a head of lettuce will work in a pinch. And to avoid crushed toes, remember to always wear government approved bowling shoes (not sandals. Do as we say, not as we do).

Other than that, it's pretty much identical to bowling! Let's see some strikes!

Ahh hell, the dreaded 7-10 split. Just my luck... You may want to keep a broom handy to sweep up broken shards of iBook, because those cute little things are prone to shattering upon impact.

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