Popularly regarded as a distant runner-up to the Windows PC, Apple nonetheless played key and even dominant roles in shaping the history of video games over the past 35 years, emerging from an utterly marginalized brand in home computer gaming to a force almost unilaterally shaping the course of mobile gaming today.
The company's founder, Steve Jobs, died today. Prior to the first Macintosh in 1984, and until about 1986, Apple was a mainstream platform for purposes of games publishing. If you are older than 30, one of the most celebrated memories of gaming's early years, dying of dysentery on the Oregon Trail, likely occurred on an Apple II in a middle school media center. Then, after the early 1980s console gaming crash, publishers such as Parker Bros., Activision and Electronic Arts sought refuge in home computers, and regularly included versions for Apple's DOS-based computers alongside Commodore and IBM ports.