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#41 jackdawsson

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Posted 04 March 2010 - 02:14 PM

View Postrhywun, on March 4th 2010, 09:36 AM, said:

So a slightly-higher percentage of the world's best-selling games will make their way to the Mac - yay, I guess. Will it result in any games which don't make it in the Valve universe, making it to the Mac?
I know it's being extremely optimistic, but hell I hope it does result in many more games as I badly want "Empire: TW" at some point!  However, if not, this is more or less most of what will be on offer to Mac gamers along with the Valve games:

Games on Steam where a native Mac port already exists

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Posted 04 March 2010 - 03:53 PM

View PostWolfchild, on March 4th 2010, 02:36 PM, said:

In any case, I'd probably be willing to pony up $40 each for for an OS X version of TF2 and Portal even though I already own Orange Box - provided they were quality ports and get equivalent frame rates.  I've more than got my original money's worth of fun out of the Orange Box.  As a game franchise, Team Fortress 2 is having some real legs, thanks entirely to Valve's continually upgrading it with new features, items, achievements, maps etc.
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Posted 04 March 2010 - 05:14 PM

View PostFrigidman, on March 4th 2010, 01:53 PM, said:

I mean, it has his favorite class, the soldier rocket toting ornery hot tempered american. Gibs a plenty!
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Posted 04 March 2010 - 05:20 PM

View Postikir, on March 4th 2010, 02:03 PM, said:

And what about an upgrade?
maybe 50%-75% off the price to buy mac version of your already purchased pc titles?

I would be willing to pay a nominal fee.  But only a small one.
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Posted 04 March 2010 - 10:27 PM

This is very good news for our platform.  The more digital retail outlets Mac developers have access to, the better.

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Posted 07 March 2010 - 11:51 AM

http://www.macrumors...firmed-for-mac/

Seems Portal 2 has been confirmed for Mac based on the latest issue of Gameinformer magazine.

It'll be interesting to see if they are just planning on Mac support for new games going forward or are they going to go back and bring their older titles to Mac too and at what price.

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Posted 07 March 2010 - 03:51 PM

View Postltcommander.data, on 07 March 2010 - 11:51 AM, said:

http://www.macrumors...firmed-for-mac/

Seems Portal 2 has been confirmed for Mac based on the latest issue of Gameinformer magazine.

It'll be interesting to see if they are just planning on Mac support for new games going forward or are they going to go back and bring their older titles to Mac too and at what price.


They've already indicated that they're porting the back catalogue too. HL2, TF2, L4D and Portal are all on the way.

For anyone who wasn't following the teasers up to the Portal 2 announcement, it was pretty awesome. They updated the original game with radios hidden in each level. If you picked a radio up and brought it to a certain spot in the level, it would start picking up a transmission. The sounds were Morse code and SSTV signals which decoded into a series of images (one of the Morse signals literally spelled out "beep beeep beep..." etc., which in turn was "LOLOLOL" in Morse). The images were photos from around a lab or office, and alphanumerics taken from them turned out to be an MD5 hash of a Seattle area phone number, which was connected to a BBS. Some folks dusted off their old modems, and after later figuring out the login info for the BBS, connected to it and received a number of ASCII images and text samples teasing the second game, and indicating some things about what it would feature. They also updated the game a second time, adding something new to the ending.

Read it all here. I know Valve has gotten some hate around here, but this is part of why the PC world thinks they're one of the best developers out there.
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Posted 07 March 2010 - 10:52 PM

L4D or L4D2?

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Posted 08 March 2010 - 02:15 AM

Both?
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Posted 08 March 2010 - 09:27 AM

Presumably both. The teaser image shows Francis, from L4D1, but I don't see why not both. I was just being lazy by typing L4D without numbers.
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Posted 08 March 2010 - 01:18 PM

This article says All Valve titles are coming. :) Well actually it says "Selections from Valve’s library that will be available at launch include Left 4 Dead 2, Team Fortress 2, Counter-Strike, Portal, and the Half Life series."

Guess we'll see then!
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Posted 08 March 2010 - 01:34 PM

Oooooh, nice!

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"Checking in code produces a PC build and Mac build at the same time, automatically, so the two platforms are perfectly in lock-step," said Josh Weier, project lead on Portal 2. "We're always playing a native version on the Mac right alongside the PC. This makes it very easy for us and for anyone using Source to do game development for the Mac."

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Posted 08 March 2010 - 02:00 PM

Are they saying all third party developers are on board, or just some, because there are A LOT of games on Steam.

Either way, congratulations.

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Posted 08 March 2010 - 02:11 PM

View PostMILBOP DIPPLEBERRY, on 08 March 2010 - 02:00 PM, said:

Are they saying all third party developers are on board, or just some, because there are A LOT of games on Steam.

Either way, congratulations.

Only the ones with a current Mac version of their game initially, though it will be good incentive for others to start new ports, or start developing cross-platform.
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Posted 08 March 2010 - 09:12 PM

So can I play these games without an internet connection? For example if I am away traveling?

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Posted 08 March 2010 - 10:48 PM

View Postkingarthur_kom, on 08 March 2010 - 09:12 PM, said:

So can I play these games without an internet connection? For example if I am away traveling?
You can put Steam into offline mode before you leave, and it will work for at least a few weeks until it asks to go online again. At least, that's how it's supposed to work.

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Posted 09 March 2010 - 05:42 PM

View Postbobbob, on 08 March 2010 - 10:48 PM, said:

You can put Steam into offline mode before you leave, and it will work for at least a few weeks until it asks to go online again. At least, that's how it's supposed to work.

I use Steam in offline mode all the time. No issues!
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Posted 10 March 2010 - 09:04 AM

The last few Steam patches have had notes in them about improving the reliability of offline mode. It always worked for me though.
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