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Post by 3dee @ 06:02am 13/05/10 | 32 Comments
Steam for Mac is now available to download. You'll get Portal free with it too if you haven't already purchased it. You can download the client now locally from AusGamers (11mb).
Steam for Mac Released

Steam is now available for the Mac. Read what the press has to say, and what other gamers are saying. Or just download Steam now.

Steam has been a service exclusively for PC users since we launched it in 2004. For the first time we and our partners are bringing it to another platform. It's been a ton of work, but the Mac is great for the same reason the PC is great - they are both open systems that let gamers and game developers be as close as possible.

So check it out. If you have a Mac and are new to Steam, welcome! If you've been with us since the beginning, borrow a Mac and log into your Steam account and jump into a game. And for everybody, Portal is free from today until the 24th.
It's pretty slick, but pretty much a clone of the Windows version. All my games appeared (CS: S, HL2 etc). DOwnloading them on ADSL1 :( promoted/edited forum item

Update: Plasma helpfully pointed out that Portal, Valve's critically acclaimed puzzle/FPS game, is available for FREE until May 24th. This is a great deal and will offer Mac users an awesome taste of Steam gaming on their platform, so make sure you encourage your Mac using friends to check it out.



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Tollaz0r!
Posted 07:41am 13/5/10
Oeer nice post, going for a promotion there 3dee? :D
3dee
Posted 07:45am 13/5/10
Of course ;)

P.S Half Life 2 isn't available just yet.
Plasma
Posted 09:18am 13/5/10
It's worth pointing out portal is free for both Windows and Mac - just go to http://store.steampowered.com/freeportal/
konstie
Posted 10:18am 13/5/10
any reports on how the mac catalogue looks?
Syd
Posted 10:25am 13/5/10
50 something games I believe.

Will only install on a case insensitive file system >_>
blahnana
Posted 10:31am 13/5/10
What are you talking about Syd?
Plasma
Posted 10:54am 13/5/10
konstie, there's a Mac tab on the store front atm: http://store.steampowered.com/browse/mac

blah, https://support.steampowered.com/kb_article.php?ref=8601-RYPX-5789

Apparently you need to go out of your way to make it case sensitive?
Eds
Posted 10:57am 13/5/10
Mine is not case sensitive, its just the default journaled

I wish CS:S was released for mac already :( Downloading portal but the servers are being smashed.
Azaria
Posted 11:32am 13/5/10
I wish CS:S was released for mac already


Yeah I wish they kicked it off with cs:s or tf2.
TicMan
Posted 11:39am 13/5/10
I gave it my usual attention span of 34 seconds to find the Steam download for Mac last night and couldn't find it. Every link I found just pushed me to download the Windows installer..
trog
Posted 11:55am 13/5/10
I gave it my usual attention span of 34 seconds to find the Steam download for Mac last night and couldn't find it. Every link I found just pushed me to download the Windows installer..
it is the first link in the OP
konstie
Posted 11:58am 13/5/10
it is the first link in the OP


I think he means when he tried last night.
TicMan
Posted 12:02pm 13/5/10
Thanks troggles, I feel sheepish now :(
$ack
Posted 12:32pm 13/5/10
Installed :D
Pinky
Posted 01:18pm 13/5/10
F*****g son of a b**** 3dee! What hope does a man have to get promoted news when someone else is posting at 6am!

Play fair or don't play at all.

:P
Space Ninja
Posted 02:09pm 13/5/10
Just played around with Portal on the Mac - plays pretty well! been ages since I've played any stuff on steam and was amazed my account still worked.

Playing on a current model MacBook Pro with 4Gb of RAM - Download of portal was 3.8Gb total in size - loading times are a bit lame to load into the game, but once its in there it seems like everything runs fine.

Just playing on default settings for the moment - will test some more when I get home.
ctd
Posted 03:08pm 13/5/10
Fark if there is two things Gabe loves - it's Australians and Polo shirts. (maybe burgers as well)
3dee
Posted 04:33pm 13/5/10
Ha pinky. I woke up early then remembered Steam should be out.
alandalf
Posted 05:25pm 13/5/10
can pc users download portal for free as well? Never played it or followed the hype.
3dee
Posted 05:32pm 13/5/10
Yeah because the game licensing is universal. One license regardless of the platform.
Syco
Posted 05:38pm 13/5/10
Can you guys stop downloading, I keep getting servers too busy. Thanks.
greazy
Posted 06:13pm 13/5/10
Silly question: Is it possible to get this working on ubuntu, say with Wine?
Crizane Tribal
Posted 06:18pm 13/5/10
Yeah because the game licensing is universal. One license regardless of the platform.

This is one thing that really impressed me... I imagine most publishers would be d**** and lock a license to a platform. It's also good since it will allow me to install steam + all my games on my Hackintosh so friends can come over and use it for LAN fun. While it's no beast, with its Core 2 Duo E7300, 2gb Ram and GeForce 9800gt; it can easily run any source game looking quite nice.

Silly question: Is it possible to get this working on ubuntu, say with Wine?

Hold on tight dude; a Linux version is only a month away.
iWhoop
Posted 06:23pm 13/5/10
Silly question: Is it possible to get this working on ubuntu, say with Wine?

I remember when games were made properly by devs who care and all you needed were the files from your CD and a linux native binary downloaded from the dev's website. Ahh the good old days when games used a REAL rendering engine, opengl (or even better, 3dfxgl). F*** direct x and the horse it rode in on.
Syco
Posted 07:19pm 13/5/10
Silly question: Is it possible to get this working on ubuntu, say with Wine?


I can't see why not, the only games I had issues with under wine was GTAIV and that was due to all the bulls*** DRM.
kr0wb4r
Posted 07:41pm 13/5/10
I installed it this afternoon, and after some initial connectivity issues (peerguardian was blocking it) I logged in to find that out of all my games portal was the only one ready for my platform.


*yay* uninstall.
Mr.Bumpy
Posted 08:04pm 13/5/10
If you read Steam's Mac site correctly they are staggering the release of certain high-profile games each Wednesday to show off certain features. Team Fortress 2 will definitely be released to show off cross-platform multiplayer. Eventually the whole library of Valve games wil be available on Mac.

If you still have issue with busy servers or downloads not happening just restart Steam.
iWhoop
Posted 10:41pm 13/5/10
well I just had a quick game of portal, laptop keyboards are dongs for games with my giant hands but even using the power saving video card in my MBP portal ran quite well.
-=guitar*man=-
Posted 12:54pm 14/5/10
anyone know if you can copy your windows steam cache across to avoid the chunky download?
casa
Posted 01:01pm 14/5/10
simul
Posted 02:00pm 14/5/10
Hahahahaha, gold
thermite
Posted 12:32am 15/5/10
that's awesome hahah
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