Well it's true, the 68030/68040 era is where the games became less unique. But let's just be honest, the games prior to that were built for a smaller market, and a platform that
could not handle were not as effective as handling the games of their time.
At some point though the colors, speed, and other factors (like market) made it a factor where more regular games could be ported.
Was I happy there was a Wolfenstein 3D version on the Mac? Or Descent? You better believe it! Star Wars: Dark Forces, Pirates Gold, and other games just showed more and more how awesome the Macintosh was as a platform.
What did I really use the Macintosh for? BBSing, Internet, e-mail, applications, Photoshop (of course back in early days Gifconverter). In short, Mac was the the computer I went to when I retired my Atari 400. It has been an efficient computer that keeps working long after their time.
Case in point, had some friends in college, computer science majors around 1993, who had what I thought to be a nice IBM laptop with 33 mhz, 120 mb hard drive , color screen. They liked playing with OS/2.
So there was my Macintosh Plus. Had 16 mhz of speed, monochrome screen, 4 mb, and an MFM hard drive with 20 mb (the one that sat under the Mac and looked like a part of the Mac). My friends over time just kept looking at it and looking at it. And then they realized: I was playing my fun simple games, word processing, doing all I needed to do, and still had like over 10 mb of space left on my hard drive. They sold their laptops and got Macs. Still amazed by that.
Not here to evangelize the Macintosh by any means, just saying what the thinking was at the time. Simple as it was, it got the job done and with so much less of a headache. And it looked kinda cool doing it.
Back to games and the 68030/68040 era: And bear in mind, due to cost, I get Macs when they are already five years old and continue using them for like another five to seven years. So when I say I had a 68040 Mac in 1999 when PowerPC's were already a thing, don't be surprised. No, it was after college and reflecting back, and the internet that I started to look up Atari things. Found a Atari User group in my area in their last year of life and got back into console gaming.
As I type on my MacBook Air years later, Mac must have done something right. My dock doesn't have any games, but many applications that support game development or game loading for consoles. And the fact now is I find game tinkering and development more fascinating than game playing at the moment. Nothing against Macs though, I'm sure there are all kinds of games I could be downloading if I wanted to.
Edited by doctorclu, Sat Mar 11, 2017 9:40 AM.