I want to know if Apple makes any good computers for gaming? I want to know if any of you are playing games like Left 4 Dead or Modern Warfare 2, or even Crysis using an Apple computer, even on Steam. My uncle and I had a semi heated discussion about this. He tells me that Apple can play the latest games, but I keep reading in Max PC mag that Apple pretty much sucks when it comes to gaming. I explained to him that I like building my own systems which Apple doesn't allow anyone to do, not to my knowledge anyway. I know Apple is great for web browsing and work related chores, but as for gaming, I think they suck. What is the truth? My sons need a new computer, but they play most of their games on childish consoles. If Apple is taking more of the market share and making good gaming computers, then Microsoft better wake their asses up and make simple stable registry free operating systems or else they are history.
As for your main concern, the best bet is honestly to go with a PC that you want to build, if being for your kids. Whilst Apple does produce machines that have the potential to game, they're primarily too expensive for such a focused area. Also, whilst there are a LOT of games (obviously) on Steam, it is not available to Linux or Mac OSX users yet. Steam's a bit irritating sometimes though (if you ask me), because whilst they may have games on there that you have purchased a physical copy of, most of the time it will not activate your game key, unless it's from Valve or one of it's main affiliates.
A prime example of this, is when I recently finished building my new-ish PC, which I put together for both working in Adobe CS4 suite and for gaming when I have the downtime. I tried to activate nearly 15 games that I have, that are available in the Steam Store, but it refused to accept the codes, and therefore I had to install them outside of Steam. We're talking games such as GRAW, MoH: Airborne, WH40K: DoW 1+expansions, etc. All are available via the Steam store now, but it won't activate their codes and install through Steam, yet my Unreal Tournament 3 did just fine when I tried it.
Point blank: yes they do, but it's not really worth the extra premium you have to throw in, and for a few reasons that make complete sense. Primarily the lack of gaming content available, and the premium price altogether. I hope that answers your question(s) bro.