Microsoft knows all too well the benefits of widespread illegitimate use of their products, so maybe it's marketing magic reverse-psychology.
Well if you find the ad funny, then who is using who?
"If you don't pay attention to every little detail, you miss most of the jokes." -RAW
I'm not sure where exactly to take your point but it is well made.
This has been fixed since Leopard. It was a major pain in the ass though.
I agree regarding the zoom affecting overall "fun-ness". It's ironic that the most highly touted feature had this impact. In retrospect I would opt for a mini-map that had a more functional level of abstraction. Make it more useful then just unit type and location.
I was also impressed they utilized a second monitot for the mini-map. Great feature. Everygame should utilisze multiple monitors if there is a practicle reason for it.