Despite what some critics seem to think, the Mac is a decent gaming platform for most casual gamers. While it may not have quite as many games as Windows, the Mac still offers gamers some great gaming experiences.\nMac Gamer HQ has a list of the best Mac games of the year so far, and there's definitely some fun stuff to play:\n\nEvery year, Mac gaming gets better, and 2016 is no exception. First of all, there\u2019s the sheer quantity of new games released (did you know there are over 3,000 Mac games on Steam now?). Then there\u2019s the high quality of the best games for Mac released so far.\nThe year is far from over, but 2016\u2019s best Mac games are already impressive. Plus, the games planned for the remainder of the year are just as exciting.\nFirewatch\nXCOM 2\nSleeping Dogs\nDarkest Dungeon\nSuperhot\nHyper Light Drifter\nThe Banner Saga 2\nDay of the Tentacle\nEnter the Gungeon\nLife is Strange\nMore at Mac Gamer HQ\n\nThere\u2019s much more in the Mac Gamer HQ article, including a list of upcoming games for the Mac (including Civilization 6), and some juicy rumors about games that might or might not make it to the Mac in 2016.\nThe article at Mac Gamer HQ spawned a thread in the Mac subreddit and the folks there shared their thoughts:\n\nThePinpal614: \u201cIsn\u2019t it better to play in Bootcamp? You tend to get better FPS, as it has DirectX.\u201d\nRicmgmr: \u201cYes, performance wise Bootcamp will be better (always is). But many find it annoying to switch to Windows to play games (I know I do). \u201d\nVorsos: \u201cSome cross-platform games are optimized for Windows first (Dreamfall Chapters, Defense Grid 2). Others have roughly equivalent performance. If the system requirements ask OS X users for a graphics card twice as powerful as Windows users, then yes.\u201d\nThePinpal614: \u201cTomb Raider 2013 runs at 1080p Ultra in Windows for me at 90\u2013100fps then switch over to the mac version and the game (which maxes out at medium settings) and I\u2019m getting 20\u201335fps, I don\u2019t think that game supports Metal but still, that is kind of appalling.\u201d\nHerrVoennchen: \u201cSince I\u2019m a civilization fan, I think civ 6 will be on that list in fall. ;)\u201d\nRicmcgmr: \u201cIt\u2019s already in the list (in the \u201ccoming soon\u201d section). Love Civ games. If Civ 6 makes it at the same time as on Windows, then game of the year right there for me.\u201d\nMore at Reddit\n\nArk: Survival Evolved looks pretty good\nAs I was looking through the list of upcoming games, I noticed Ark: Survival Evolved. The game is still in beta as I write this post, but it looks like it\u2019s going to be a lot of fun. Who wouldn\u2019t want to hunt dinosaurs while fighting to survive on a mysterious island?\nHere\u2019s a YouTube video that will give you a taste of what the game has to offer:\n\n\n \n\n\nBetween the games that are already out, and the games that are coming out later this year I'd say that 2016 is shaping up to be a great year for Mac gamers.\nDid you miss a post? Check the Eye On Apple home page to get caught up with the latest news, discussions and rumors about Apple.