Who installs the most crapware?
My mother does.
You beat me too it! I was going to say "Your Mother!!"
These computers would cost a lot more money if they didn't have all this preinstalled rubbish on the HDD,
I don't buy it.
The vendors are selling these computers for a profit even without the operating system installed. The manufacturer does not install the crapware unless they actually believe it is a benefit to the consumer, or they are getting their palms greased (more likely).
I would be very surprised if any of the money that the manufacturer gets from the crapware vendors is used to reduce the cost of the box.
I saw no mention of M.U.L.E. in there anywhere. It is a vintage game and in my opinion introduced some interesting game mechanics, one of them being the simulated economy.
About the time we think we can make ends meet, somebody moves the ends. -- Herbert Hoover