Seven nation army - 2003

Someone got me into a mac vs. pc-debate, which I detest. Most points made are actually personal preference or anecdotal, and I don’t care. Also, it’s pointless. Even if you bring statistics into the discussion, it’s pointless. Also, I don’t get paid to advertise for Apple so why would I? However, it taps into some history which some people might be interested in.


Around 1985, my father bought an MSX-2. At some point a friend of mine gave me some Japanese RPG’s, namely SD-Snatcher and Dragon Slayer VI. Later my father bought a PC so he would be able to work at home. I used the PC to game on and watch demos. I hardly did any programming and such. As a young teenager I wanted a Nintendo so I could play duck hunt, but that never happened.

When I made my first money I bought a Sony Playstation and played Japanese RPG’s on them, later I bought a PS2.

In 1998 I moved to the provincial capital to study and got a computer there, however I wasted a lot of time playing Final Fantasy VII, and I was not alone. When I was working on my internship I sold my PC to a colleague. I had invested in a TNT2 graphics card and played some unreal tournament at a single LAN-party, but hardly touched the PC afterwards.

After that I got a job at an insurance company and used that computer for office type stuff. I did not have a PC nor did I have internet. Just the PS2. I was exploring the city, and enjoying it.

When I was about to get fired at the insurance company at a late stage during the ICT-crash (late because I was cheap for them, so there was less incentive to get rid of me) I bought my 12” powerbook to replace my office computer during the time when I would be unemployed (which ended early during the recovery from the crash, as I was cheap and experienced). I bought a mac because apple had purchased NeXT a few years before and adpoted their operating system, which I worked with in school in 1993 and which was way better than windows at the time. Windows 95 had some videos in it, but apart from that it was pretty crappy.

At the end of 2006 I decided I would start working on the quran, so I got internet in order for me to get to the resources I would need. So I didn’t have internet for over 8 years, from 1998 until the end of 2006. I started working on the quran. At some point in 2009 the first videos started appearing on MTV, including a particular one by U2. I tried to watch it on youtube, but my powerbook was too slow. So I bought a used imac (one year old and €1.000 cheaper than a new one, so I considered it a good deal).

At some point in 2009 I got bored with my collection of PS2-games and went to look for new ones, but couldn’t find anything that seemed to be fun. I went for long walks on sunday morning simply because I was bored. At some point I decided to download World of Warcraft on my imac, and it ran fine. So I played that for almost ten years now.

Recently Square Enix is publishing games for the iPad, my most recent purchase is Final Fantasy XV pocket edition. Haven’t got around to play it a lot yet, but I hope to see some more of these kinds of games for my tablet so it can replace my PS2.


© Koos Swart 2013