Re: Macs, I used to feel the same way. Now that they've switched over to Intel, you can run Windows (any version), Linux (nearly any version), and a few other exotic operating systems that probably don't matter to us. So when I received my first Apple laptop, I had a virtual copy of Windows running 97% of the time. I slowly found Mac versions of the programs I used and now I very rarely open Windows - usually for an IE-only website sort of thing, if that. If you're looking to do games, virtualization won't solve your woes, but you can still boot into Windows on an Apple system with no problems and game as you would normally.