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Playing Team Fortress 2 And Portal On A Mac
6:00 AM | Cord Kruse | 10 comments

AppleInsider recently posted a preview of Team Fortress 2 and Portal, two games which will be available for Mac users from Valve Software's Steam gaming service once it is released on May 12th. The preview includes some screenshots of the games, as well as discussion of system requirements.

Just two titles are currently available on Steam for Mac, but luckily they are two of the most popular and best-reviewed titles available for the PC. Both Portal and Team Fortress 2 were originally released as part of Valve's bundle package, dubbed "The Orange Box," in 2007. Though they are more than two-and-a-half years old, the games are still graphic-intensive first-person titles that are still frequently played to this day.

On a 2008 MacBook Pro with a 2.53GHz Intel Core 2 Duo, 4GB of RAM and a 512MB GeForce 8600M GT, both Source-based titles run well at a recommended 1152x720 pixel 16:10 widescreen resolution. With most textures and details on high and 2x antialiasing, both titles maintained steady framerates with only the occasional stutter, even on an older notebook.

Portal is a mind-melting puzzle title, in which the player uses a gun to open blue and orange portals that connect to one another. The portals have both a physical and visual connection between them, and users must strategically place these portals to overcome a series of obstacles, divided into a series of levels. The game also has an initially sparse story that gradually expands over the length of the game with a few twists and turns along the way. Though the game is short and can be completed in just a few hours, it's a rewarding and innovative title that earned many "Game of the Year" accolades soon after its initial release.
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AppleInsider: Team Fortress 2 & Portal First Look
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