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The Macintosh (often referred to as the Mac) is a line of personal computers developed and marketed by Apple Inc. The first Macintosh was introduced in 1984 and it was the first commercially successful personal computer to feature a graphical user interface (GUI) and a mouse.The Macintosh was developed as a response to the command-line interface of computers such as the IBM PC and aimed to make computing more accessible to non-technical users. The Macintosh featured a number of innovations that set it apart from other computers of the time, including the use of a graphical user interface (GUI) and a mouse, and the use of a WYSIWYG (What You See Is What You Get) text editor. The Macintosh featured a Motorola 68000 CPU, and it originally came with 128K of RAM, which was expandable to 512K. The Macintosh also featured a built-in 9-inch black-and-white display, and it was capable of displaying a resolution of 512x342 pixels. The Macintosh had a relatively small library of software available at the time of its release, but it was quickly adopted by the education, design and publishing industries. Over the years, the Macintosh evolved to include a number of different models with various features and specifications, and it is still being produced today. The Macintosh has had a significant impact on the personal computer industry. It was a major player in the desktop publishing revolution, and it has been popular with creative professionals such as graphic designers, video editors and music producers. The Macintosh was also the first computer to be widely adopted in the education market. The Macintosh operating system, macOS, has been updated and improved throughout the years, and it is still being updated today. The current version is macOS Monterey and it was released on October 20, 2021. The Macintosh has a rich history of gaming, with a wide range of games released over the years. Some popular games for the Macintosh include: Marathon: A first-person shooter game developed by Bungie, which was one of the first games to feature a 3D graphics engine on the Macintosh. Myst: A graphic adventure game that was a commercial success and it was one of the best-selling PC games of the 1990s. SimCity: A city-building simulation game, it was a hit on the Macintosh and it was one of the most popular games of its time. The Sims: A life simulation game, it was one of the best-selling PC games of all time and it was a huge success on the Macintosh. Warcraft: Orcs & Humans: A real-time strategy game that was one of the first mainstream success in the genre and it was a hit on the Macintosh. These are just a few examples, but there were many other games released for the Macintosh, including sports games, RPG's and many other genres of games. Over the years, the Macintosh has been a popular platform for independent game developers, and many of them have released games on the Mac App Store. Additionally, Many games that were developed for Windows were also compatible with the Macintosh, through the use of virtualization software such as Boot Camp, Parallels and VMware Fusion, and emulation software such as Cider, CrossOver Games and Wineskin.