My question is actually fairly simple: is there any way i could run windows programs (for example PC games) on my iMac? (i am currently running OSX Snow Leopard). I know about things like VirtualBox and Parallels to run windows itself, but is there a Mac application that will allow me to run .exe programs and the like?
The closest thing you can get would be using WINE, however, the list is relatively limited as to what it can run (especially on Mac). As for games, there is Crossover - which is getting decent - but still not native speeds of a normal OS.
The absolute best way to run Windows applications would be to set up BootCamp and dual boot (that way you have real Windows and real OSX, not OSX and an emulated, kind-of Windows that is bug laden.