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Posted 03 March 2010 - 03:06 PM

Valve Software today sent out various teaser images to popular Mac and PC web sites confirming its intent to not only bring its digital download platform to the Mac, but will also be bringing its catalog of games to the Mac as well.

IMG has learned that Steam for the Mac has been in the works for well over a year and was first shown to Apple at last year's WWDC event back in June 2009. Since then the company has been porting its client along with several games to the Mac. It is expected that a full announcement will be made at next week's Game Developer's Conference, which is scheduled to run from March 9th to the 13th.

Several web sites have speculated that Portal and Team Fortress 2 will likelly be the first games to be ported.
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Posted 03 March 2010 - 03:07 PM

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Posted 03 March 2010 - 03:08 PM

I like their humor (and Mac culture references) in their various teaser images. Which have, according to MacRumors, shown clear hints of Half Life, Team Fortress, Left4Dead and Portal. (Though not necessarily all right away.)

Now that Quake Wars has me hooked on class-based team shooters, my first interest is in Team Fortress!

The idea of online-only software purchasing would once have appalled me, but the App Store (and a few indie titles) have won me over. Save energy, resources, time and money. And for us mobile users: no disc checks!

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Posted 03 March 2010 - 03:10 PM

Goodbye Windows 7 and hello extra drive bay for storage! (A spy is sapping my Bootcamp)

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Posted 03 March 2010 - 03:38 PM

View PostiEvan, on March 3rd 2010, 04:10 PM, said:

Goodbye Windows 7 and hello extra drive bay for storage! (A spy is sapping my Bootcamp)

Bingo. Goodbye BootCamp partition. Orange Box is the only reason I have it. Now, hopefully, my one Steam account will work on OSX.
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Posted 03 March 2010 - 03:59 PM

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Posted 03 March 2010 - 04:15 PM

I hate to be a Debbie Downer, but. . .

I recently purchased the Windows version of Orange Box.  I really hope that they will allow me to download the Mac version, either for free, or for a nominal fee.  If not, THIS SUCKS!!!
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Posted 03 March 2010 - 04:23 PM

R U P O P S N I Z Z L I N me? Wow, one of the the greatest catastrophes in Mac gaming history, Valve pulling the plug on Half-Life for Mac, has finally been righted. I can't wait to fire up HL 2 on my Mac. :lol:
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Posted 03 March 2010 - 04:25 PM

View Postclocknova, on March 3rd 2010, 05:15 PM, said:

I recently purchased the Windows version of Orange Box.  I really hope that they will allow me to download the Mac version, either for free, or for a nominal fee.  If not, THIS SUCKS!!!

Steam isn't quite like iTunes. If you were to format your PC, simply reinstall Steam and re-download all the games for free. Hooray for digital downloads (although I'm nutty enough to pay for a Mac Special Edition if one was released as I sent an e-mail to Gabe Newell years ago promising him that I would.. and I still honour that).

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Posted 03 March 2010 - 04:29 PM

View Postbookman, on March 3rd 2010, 05:23 PM, said:

R U P O P S N I Z Z L I N me? Wow, one of the the greatest catastrophes in Mac gaming history, Valve pulling the plug on Half-Life for Mac, has finally been righted. I can't wait to fire up HL 2 on my Mac. :lol:

I'm half- er. . . crapping you.  I will be seriously pissed if I have to repurchase the whole package for Mac (heck, just a week ago I bought Half-Life:Source), but I am extremely happy to see this announcement and am excited for the games to come.  It's great to see another game developer, like Blizzard, doing their own cross-platform work.  It means better support and, quite frankly, better ports.  And since the Mac and PC versions are coming from the same company, I hold out hope that they will be interchangable.

View PostiEvan, on March 3rd 2010, 05:25 PM, said:

Steam isn't quite like iTunes. If you were to format your PC, simply reinstall Steam and re-download all the games for free. Hooray for digital downloads (although I'm nutty enough to pay for a Mac Special Edition if one was released as I sent an e-mail to Gabe Newell years ago promising him that I would.. and I still honour that).

Except that version of games for different platforms are usually treated as separate products.  That is especially the case when the PC version comes from the original developer, and the Mac version comes from a porting house.  Paying for one does nothing for the company that made the other.  However, since both versions will ostensibly be coming from Valve, there is hope.
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Posted 03 March 2010 - 04:30 PM

With Blizzard, EA(partially), and now Valve on-board, I think I am set for Mac gaming for the foreseeable future. Glad I never succumbed to the Windows fad.
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Posted 03 March 2010 - 04:32 PM

View Postbookman, on March 3rd 2010, 05:30 PM, said:

With Blizzard, EA(partially), and now Valve on-board, I think I am set for Mac gaming for the foreseeable future. Glad I never succumbed to the Windows fad.

This certainly does look good.  With the existence of Boot Camp and products like Crossover, the only real future that Mac gaming has is for more gaming companies to port and publish their own Mac versions.  If Blizzard and now Valve can do it, more will come on board.

Now, if only we can get Bethesda. . .
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Posted 03 March 2010 - 05:08 PM

Interesting. Even though Valve may have worked on this for a year or so, it still seems like a sudden turnaround from their previous stance when they just didn't seem to care unless someone threw a truckload of money at them.

I hope those ports are all native and not Cider-based (yuck!), and they better be cross-platform, too!
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Posted 03 March 2010 - 05:24 PM

View PostPegasus, on March 3rd 2010, 11:08 PM, said:

Interesting. Even though Valve may have worked on this for a year or so, it still seems like a sudden turnaround from their previous stance when they just didn't seem to care unless someone threw a truckload of money at them.

I hope those ports are all native and not Cider-based (yuck!), and they better be cross-platform, too!
I welcome this as much as anyone else. Best Mac gaming news in a while!  However, I'm also very interested to find out whether these will be native or Cider ports, or will it matter that much to the average Mac gamer?  I suppose even Cider ports would still be a positive move for many Mac gamers, as long as it allows them to avoid Windows altogether or frequent rebooting.

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Posted 03 March 2010 - 05:50 PM

Awesome!

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Posted 03 March 2010 - 06:04 PM

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Posted 03 March 2010 - 06:15 PM

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Posted 03 March 2010 - 06:16 PM

Yay!  Portal and Half Life for my PPC!  ::glares at forum as if to say "don't pop my bubble":: Yay for me!  Yay for my PowerPC!  Woohoo!  Steam!
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Posted 03 March 2010 - 06:20 PM

View Postjackdawsson, on March 3rd 2010, 04:24 PM, said:

I welcome this as much as anyone else. Best Mac gaming news in a while!  However, I'm also very interested to find out whether these will be native or Cider ports, or will it matter that much to the average Mac gamer?  I suppose even Cider ports would still be a positive move for many Mac gamers, as long as it allows them to avoid Windows altogether or frequent rebooting.

I have a feeling from the job posting a while back that source will be natively ported.

Anyway, this feels to me like one of those impossible things that are actually coming to pass!

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Posted 03 March 2010 - 06:23 PM

Having given up on this happening I went and invested myself in the Gamer'sGate service, now owning thirteen games through them. The idea of frequenting two separate online distribution portals doesn't appeal to me all that much. Decisions decisions. I suppose I'll have to take a wait and see approach.