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Why is it that Windows 7 is the most efficient operating system for gaming?

Personally, I prefer OSX over Windows for some things, and Windows over OSX for other things. My personal preference is with OSX on every day usage, but as a web designer I think I am entitled to it.

However, in terms of gaming, is it just because OSX still just doesn't have the driver support that Windows has? I even find Ubuntu 10 to be a better operating system then Windows 7 in some ways (it doesn't crash!) but Ubuntu is by no means a gaming OS either.

Or perhaps this has more to do with the kernels behind the operating system then the drivers?

Thoughts / Opinions? I would love to learn more about why Windows shines as a gaming OS, but maybe not so much with the other things (in comparison)..

Thanks!
Edited by revlimiter - 4/14/11 at 1:56pm
    
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I don't get it?
    
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I don't get it?
You just said you like OSX better in a forum of windows fanboys.... prepare yourself
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Flame suit my friend. This will not end well for you.
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I don't get it?
Course you dont, you started a thread saying you prefer OSX

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Flame suit my friend. This will not end well for you.

Edited by Rian - 4/14/11 at 1:36pm
   
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ill admit osx is great. for my grandma and customers who do just office work and play solitare, whom also have fat checkbooks. but for the rest of us whom actually which to accomplish alot of different tasks including office work, gaming, and other medial tasks the common consensus is windows.

Linux is a whole other playing field.
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I really hate my work macbook with snow lepord. Its so bad I bought an ASUS netbook to throw in my car for when I don't have a whole lot to do. I even reinstalled my OS on my macbook with no luck. Its SOOOO slow sometimes and its a Core2Duo with 2gb of ram.
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I didn't mean to offend or sound like a fanboy. I used to absolutely hate Apple computers when I first used them (pre 10.6) but as time grew and I gave Apple a second chance it actually made a lot more sense to me. I guess in the end, I feel more experienced with operating systems now and I have given both a fair shot, to determine which one works best for my own personal needs.

Like I said, I prefer OSX for my design needs because I am a website designer. Apps such as Coda are invaluable tools and I spend a lot of time writing HTML, CSS, PHP and using Photoshop so you can understand why I need the most efficient software for doing so. When you see how I work with dual monitors you will see how helpful the Expose feature is for multi-tasking.

But for gaming, and price, it is hands down Windows / PC all the way! There is also a really handy media center app that is Windows only that I use for organizing my HTCP, but other then that I don't really use Windows for anything else all that much. Gaming is another exception and boy does Windows ever shine for gaming!

Anyways, the reasons why Windows >> Mac >> Linux for gaming... Is it much to do with how Windows interprets the hardware/software layer? The kernel? Driver support? More hardware being made? Or a mixture of everything? And is there any shot of Mac or Linux coming up to par with Windows for gaming? (haha) If so, what would Mac and Linux need to change?
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In terms of windows for gaming it comes down to one and only one reason. It's more popular.

Linux or OSX would work just as well if companies would release games for it. It's a catch 22 though, they won't until its more popular and it won't be more popular until they release more drivers and standard software for it.

Not directed at OP but general rant: I don't know how anyone can complain about Linux driver support when OSX exists as it does. Seriously if you enjoy something that won't run on 90% of platforms without hacks and work around you can't complain about Linux.
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