Terminology reminder

Matthew at 2015-08-28T23:41:50Z

"PC" stands for "personal computer". It is a generic term that implies nothing about a specific computer's hardware or software. There are PCs that run Windows, Mac OS, many different distributions of GNU/Linux, assorted varieties of BSD, and countless other operating systems.

Certainly "Mac" is shorter than "Macintosh-branded hardware that runs Macintosh OS", but drawing a distinction between "Mac" and "PC" is inaccurate because Macs are generally a type of PC. And "for PC/Mac/Linux", as one game developer wrote, is nonsense in about five different ways.

If what you mean is "Windows", you should say "Windows". Save yourself some misunderstandings!

Roman likes this.

But saying you own a "Mac" is so much cooler, man! xD

JanKusanagi @i at 2015-08-28T23:44:42Z

@gargargarrick@identi.ca I SO get your point and am frustrated by it too, but this is one of those cases where we need to bend to common parlance. Just like Kleenex actually refers to a specific brand of facial tissue but has come to be used to refer to any facial tissue, replacing the mor correct term 'tissue'.

It is also important to remember the many, many people using computing devices have zero idea that the OS can be switched out.

Also its not the job of the person marketing the game to educate but to get the game on as many machines as possible. And that mean using common parlance to make it more "friendly".

Freemor at 2015-08-29T00:21:57Z