I use Macs on occasion as well! Granted, I'm honestly not a huge fan of the OS or Apple products in general, but I use it as my video media workstation, although this may change as 64-bit Windows 7 comes into production.
But anyway, it's not terribly jarring. Your first mistake is (possibly) trying to boot camp with Vista. Use XP or W7, boot times should take no longer than 8-10 seconds. Surf carefree online with Firefox installed with Noscript and adblocker. And well, nobody says you have to buy Windows, just as I didn't have to buy OSX to dualboot on my PC :P
As to the profits, you have to admit that the costs for porting an indy game and the costs for completely recoding and maintaining a global and already cross-platform MMO are completely different animals.
I am running XP, fully patched and FireFox, etc. Still takes 2-3x minimum over what OS X takes to boot. I am referring to useable desktop, not the "I'm ready, oh, wait, must load systray" moment that Windows does. This is on an original Mac Pro, so not a slouch of a machine. I do have hope that Win7 will be better, it certainly sounds like they have working on the right areas for a change.
Unfortunately, this thread has been invaded by the "OMG Macs are teh SUXXORS" crowd- I mean really, considering that OS X is the major inspiration for much of the UI on Vista and Win7 (not the only inspiration, not trying to fan the flames). I think comments like mortalabattoir's and ditx's are certainly not adding to the conversation. The following is for them:
HEY WINDOWS FANBOYS:
We know you like windows. We know you feel superior for using them. We know you have a need to hate anything different. That's fine. Enjoy your uninformed hate. But try to understand that other people might just prefer a different platform, and we just might want to still play FFXIV. We might object to paying for an extra OS and the hassles of setting it up. But do you really have to come in and bring the whole conversation down to the most juvenile level just because someone chose a different platform than you?
-There are no* technical reasons FFXIV couldn't be ported to the Mac.
-There may be business case reasons that FFXIV won't* be ported to the Mac.
-It is possible that Squeenix does not know accurately how well FFXIV would penetrate the Mac market.
It is the last reason this thread exists, for Mac owners to express their desire for a Mac client. Please don't turn it into a flame war.
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