Is there such thing as a Mac fanboy and a PC fanboy, like there is an XBOX 360 fanboy and PS3 fanboy? Seems like it could be possible.
Indeed there are, and there's even a thread going on on this board about the Xbox vx PS3 split for FFXIV, just like this one. Odd thing is, and I almost came back and posted it yesterday, is that that thread is far more civil than this Mac vs. PC one is (was, actually; it's gotten pretty reasonable last day or two).
Console fanboys can be the most vicious people in the world defending their platform choice- mean in the way only a middleschool girl can. So the fact that it's been a pretty calm over there is surprising:
XBox owner: "Darn, I was hoping that FFXIV would be available for my console!"
PS3 owner: "Cheer up, old boy, there's hope for you yet, SE said it'll only be exclusive at launch!"
And to Zackary, yeah, I know I'm the guy standing calmly in the food-fight, saying "now, now, let's be reasonable here folks, put down the pie...", but I'm always a little irritated by the smug "lolmacs" attitude some have. I spent my time as a Mac fanboy, back when the platform was pretty much indefensible (Performa 6200/ OS 8.1, anyone?). Now the platform is viable, has a great OS (not dissing Windows here, 7 does look interesting if it delivers), and in general has maintained a very good build quality. It's market share is climbing steadily for the first time since the '90's. It's a good time to be a Mac owner, so long as you're not an avid gamer.
If you are? Yeah you run bootcamp. It works, but it is jarring. After quitting FFXI in mid 2007, I picked up WoW, which like all Blizzard games is cross platform. It was delightful not having to reboot all the time, I had all my tunes, my bookmarks, my email, etc. right there. And a funny thing happened- Apple started working directly with Blizzard to increase the performance of the Mac WoW Client. They were even featured on-stage at a MacWorld specifically talking about the performance they were realizing on OS X. In general, I noticed about a 50% reduction in both OS boot and launching WoW, and about a 40% increase in general frame rate. This is on the exact same hardware. Even Mythic is porting Warhammer to the Mac.
So when SE commented that a port of FFXIV to the Mac wasn't out of the question, my ears perked up immediately. I really hope they do create a Mac client, and it's my hope that someone from SE is working on the question "what other* platforms should we target, and in what order? Xbox 360, Mac, Linux, other?" and that hopefully, just hopefully, the number of responses topics like this and the 360 thread are one of the metrics they're using to gauge interest.
Yeah, I'm dreaming, I know it :P