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#1 Wumpus

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Posted 08 March 2010 - 12:55 PM

From Mac User:

"In a press release Monday, Valve announced that Steam, its “Source” gaming engine, and a number of its most popular titles will be available on the Mac in April. 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.

Valve also announced that game licenses can transgress platforms, so any game that you purchased for the PC will also work once it comes to the Mac, with no additional fee."

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All I have to say is: WOOOOOOOOOO!!

I already own all of the above mentioned on the PC. Being able to play them mac side, NATIVELY, without resorting to bootcamp is just fire trucking awesome.

I already love Valve, now I love them even more! Normally I only held Blizzard in such a high echelon of hybrid release awesomeness. If you read the full article it mentions simultaneous updates, and all future Valve releases being Mac & PC from launch. Hell yes.
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Posted 08 March 2010 - 12:56 PM

Portal 2 is also coming to the Mac.  Not officially announced.
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Posted 08 March 2010 - 01:00 PM

According to the article, it will be their first hybrid launch.
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Posted 08 March 2010 - 01:11 PM

It's all coming together.  This is huge.

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Posted 08 March 2010 - 01:13 PM

This has been discussed more in this thread:

http://www.insidemac...showtopic=39095

Try to avoid making a new thread about the exact same thing, thanks ;)

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Posted 08 March 2010 - 01:16 PM

Oops, didn't see that thread. Sorry! I got all excited about seeing the official announcement (read/heard the teasers) in my RSS feed. Thanks for the heads up. I er, never actually look that far down on the forum listing..
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Posted 08 March 2010 - 01:17 PM

Don't forget that the article also mentions that third party developers who publish on Steam are also getting on board.
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Posted 08 March 2010 - 04:53 PM

So this means the Mac is finally getting Half-Life, it only took how many years?

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Posted 08 March 2010 - 05:17 PM

View Postclocknova, on 08 March 2010 - 01:17 PM, said:

Don't forget that the article also mentions that third party developers who publish on Steam are also getting on board.
Excellent news &, as cliched as it sounds, the significance of which really is potentially massive for the future of Mac gaming.  

By the by, though I still hope Feral give us a boxed version of "Medieval 2: Total War" to go alongside their excellent port of "Rome", I'd really love "Empire" to make it to OS X via Steam. This might just happen at some point.

Another thing: off topic but, FWIW, I was going to order Snow Leopard & Windows 7 for my iMac until this story broke some days ago. Today I ordered Snow Leopard for the general speed increase it'll give me, but have postponed getting Windows 7 until who knows when (now maybe not at all). :cool:

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Posted 08 March 2010 - 05:24 PM

This is great news no doubt, above all native, with the same servers, simultaneous release, let 10!!!

Just need to know which titles will be apart of that valve, you'll see this summer by steam..

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Posted 08 March 2010 - 06:30 PM

Ha, do you guys realize that next month more Triple-A titles will be coming to the Mac than the entire previous two years?

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Posted 08 March 2010 - 06:44 PM

View PostCougar, on 08 March 2010 - 06:30 PM, said:

Ha, do you guys realize that next month more Triple-A titles will be coming to the Mac than the entire previous two years?

Kind of pathetic when you think about it. Still the biggest Mac gaming news in a looooong time. Add to that the awesomeness of Starcraft 2 later in the year, and it sure is an indicator of becoming a huge year for Mac gamers.

Cross-platform play with Windows will ensure that we won't run out of a player base anytime soon. I'm kinda itching to get my hands on L4D, although I wonder if my Mac can handle it.
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Posted 08 March 2010 - 07:39 PM

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Plus, Mac and Windows players can go head-to-head, since both Left 4 Deads are cross-platform compatible. Mac owners can even host their own servers and create their own maps, just like Windows users.

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Posted 08 March 2010 - 07:59 PM

View PostPegasus, on 08 March 2010 - 06:44 PM, said:

Kind of pathetic when you think about it. Still the biggest Mac gaming news in a looooong time. Add to that the awesomeness of Starcraft 2 later in the year, and it sure is an indicator of becoming a huge year for Mac gamers.

Cross-platform play with Windows will ensure that we won't run out of a player base anytime soon. I'm kinda itching to get my hands on L4D, although I wonder if my Mac can handle it.
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Posted 08 March 2010 - 08:11 PM

View PostThe Liberator, on 08 March 2010 - 07:59 PM, said:

What graphics card does your computer have?

The NVIDIA 9400M that came with my at the time brand new Macbook (before it went lower class Pro). I suppose it could handle some of the games okay, since they don't have as much whizbangery as some other recent titles. I'm just not trying to get my hopes up too much though.
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Posted 08 March 2010 - 09:26 PM

View PostPegasus, on 08 March 2010 - 08:11 PM, said:

The NVIDIA 9400M that came with my at the time brand new Macbook (before it went lower class Pro). I suppose it could handle some of the games okay, since they don't have as much whizbangery as some other recent titles. I'm just not trying to get my hopes up too much though.

Hmm, I tried installing L4D (first one) on a friends macbook, though I don't think he had the 9400M. I'm too tired to remember right now, doh, but anyway it ran very laggy even on minimal settings. Ah yeah, he had a lower end integrated one. I think with 128 VRAM but it was pretty bad. I mean my macbook pro can run COD4 in 9400M mode (battery saver setting) quite well. I'm sure it can handle L4D.
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Posted 08 March 2010 - 10:12 PM

"Transgress platforms"? Transcend maybe?  :rolleyes:

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Posted 08 March 2010 - 10:13 PM

View PostWumpus, on 08 March 2010 - 09:26 PM, said:

Hmm, I tried installing L4D (first one) on a friends macbook, though I don't think he had the 9400M. I'm too tired to remember right now, doh, but anyway it ran very laggy even on minimal settings. Ah yeah, he had a lower end integrated one. I think with 128 VRAM but it was pretty bad. I mean my macbook pro can run COD4 in 9400M mode (battery saver setting) quite well. I'm sure it can handle L4D.

I run Team Fortress 2, Half LIfe 2 and Portal on a MacBook with a 9400M (see sig) under CrossOver without any issues and they are all certainly playable. I expect slightly better performance when I get to D/L the Mac native versions next month.

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Posted 08 March 2010 - 11:30 PM

Oh. My. God.

Half Life is coming to the Mac ...

The official press release: link.

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Posted 09 March 2010 - 10:33 AM

I find the fact that Valve is doing themselves the most satisfying part of this announcement. Porting houses do a great job, but you just can't beat simultaneous release and in-house optimization.
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