My laptop doesn't fit in my pocket. My phone does.
Not only do I want my computer to fucking work, I want it to continue fucking working no matter what anyone else does.
I don't care why Apple sells computers.
If you can't understand that, then you're an idiot. Stop assuming everyone uses computers the same way you do.
You sure? One of the great things about NetHack is that you have all the time you want before doing anything. Fall down a hole and get surrounded by 'H's, take a break, read up on what you can do, decide the best way to continue. None of this "I must act as soon as possible" stuff.
It doesn't work because the switch is emacs -nw. Either set an alias, install emacs-nox if you have it, or start emacs with an empty $DISPLAY variable.