Game Design on a Mac. Good or bad career decision?

I'm studying Computer Game Design and considering a Macbook. It seems to be suitable for design and animation, but what about programming? Windows seems to have that part locked down, but then I started to wonder how Apple makes their programs and apps. Surely they don't create their own software on PCs, do they? So game programming on a Mac...can it be done?

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    I would highly recommend a Mac if you are going to do any programming. It appears that you aren't familiar with Xcode or other Apple software. Even if you don't currently plan on focusing on building OS X or iOS apps, you could run windows on the Mac. For a lot of people a Mac can also be better financially because they last longer and there is more software readily available. Also, in recent years MacBook prices have dropped dramatically.

    I would recommend the MacBook Pro with Retina Display. The 13" model with 16 GB RAM, 256 GB SSD, and a Dual Core i7 is $1,999. The 15" model with the same specs (and a Quad Core i7) s the same price. However these computer only have Intel Iris & Iris Pro graphics. The model with the integrated graphics is much more expensive.

    Basically you can't go wrong with any Mac. Hope this helps.

    • Answered by Brett D from Naperville
    • Jul 31, 2014