The sole reason I originally upgraded to XP was to get rid of the BSoD every 5 minutes with 98. Sure, that's an exaggeration, but pretty accurate considering I probably got one a day with 98, and now can only get 'em when something really freaks out in my computer. Last time I got one....when my sound card wasn't seated properly.
Any true gamer tailored XP for gaming right after they installed the video card drivers.
Gameplay before graphics.