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Post by TiT @ 08:19am 12/05/10 | 9 Comments
Steam have announced more details about the Mac OS X version of Steam, coming soon:
The first collection of Mac titles will demonstrate "Steam Play," which allows customers to purchase a game once and play it on all Steam supported platforms. Gamers who have previously purchased games on Steam will find them available in their account on the Mac as they are released.

Portal, in addition to supporting Steam Play, will be the first of Valve's Source engine based games available on the Mac. Native OS/X support for the Source engine is also available immediately to licensees for use in their games.

On subsequent Wednesdays, additional collections of Mac titles will become available, each designed to highlight specific functionalities of Steam on the Mac.
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Posted 10:01am 12/5/10
Maybe a stupid question... but will most of the games on steam now be availiable on mac steam or will the store look vastly different?

I assume most game devs dont have the resources to make a mac port of their game ?
Posted 10:23am 12/5/10
@gamer: The only two definite release titles are Portal and Torchlight. Team Fortress 2 is in beta, and will be released very soon for the mac. Also, Counter-Strike: Source was recently updated, which may indicate a mac version soon.

The other Source-engine games will be released over time.

There are a few third-party games that already have mac versions (Popcap springs to mind).

The biggest benefit of steam play: gamers who buy windows-version of games get the mac version for free, and vice-versa. This means people don't need to spend extra on mac titles, and thus are more likely to actually play mac titles, and therefore mac titles are more likely to be developed.
Posted 10:40am 12/5/10
I don't think this will encourage developers to make mac titles at all... it has the potential too, but i firmly think mac users don't care to much about playing games (or else they wouldn't of bought a mac in the first place AMIRITE!)
Posted 02:50pm 12/5/10
groganus: no, you're wrong.
Posted 02:53pm 12/5/10
No, pretty sure Groganus is on the money there.
Posted 02:56pm 12/5/10
I'd say about one in 20 people who come to our brisbane lan's brings a mac running boot camp.

Usually they're using macbook pro's, but do get the occasional imac.

Personally I have a gaming pc and a macbook pro for work. I'd sell the gaming pc if i could run my games on my laptop. Doubt it though.
Posted 03:09pm 12/5/10
Releasing the games in dribs and drabs I reckon is an awesome idea to get people into it. Especially Portal which is probably a good general purpose almost casual game that will get people into Steam. This way they're not dumping a massive catalogue of games onto people and can focus their effort on just getting Steam on Macs for a couple of key titles. Once they've got Steam on there they're 95% of the way there, I reckon
Posted 03:14pm 12/5/10
I'm in the same situation as Blade - win7 PC for games, macbook pro for work. Would be nice to game on the macbook and repurpose the win7 box as a server.
Posted 08:14am 13/5/10
I bought a iMac last year and I love it there isn't many games on it but over the last year alot of big titles have come out so things are getting better and I can only see it improving with the launch of Steam.
I don't know what the big deal is I love my iMac it's so easy to use I haven't had an issue with it yet and runs the latest games with easy I have Dragon age on mac and it runs smooth with everything turned right up.
Sure developers might not of wasted their time in the past because Mac OSX users were something like 2% of the market not long ago but I read somewhere recently that its up to 10% now.
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