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Discussion in 'Apple' started by Sam Posten, Mar 3, 2010.
Sometimes Sam just likes to sing... /img/vbsmilies/htf/laugh.gif
This is a triumph! I'm making a note here: Huge success!
It's a victory song! /img/vbsmilies/htf/biggrin.gif
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So, cat's out of the bag. I was in the Steam Beta for Mac all weekend, got in some good play on Team Fortress 2 and did a complete run through of Portal, and got my CAKE! Although the Cake is a Lie!!!!!!!
Tomorrow is the big day. And EVERY Wednesday for the forseeable future they will be adding new games! SWEET!!!!
May 11, 2010 - Valve announced that Steam will launch on the Mac platform this Wednesday, May 12.
On subsequent Wednesdays, additional collections of Mac titles will become available, each designed to highlight specific functionalities of Steam on the Mac.
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.
Among the initial titles available on Wednesday will be Runic Games' critically acclaimed Torchlight. "We're very excited to be bringing Torchlight to the Mac," said Max Schaefer, co-founder of Runic Games. "Having Steam for the Mac solves so many problems for us as a developer. We look forward to our future games coming out on the Mac as well."
Torchlight, for those who haven't played it, is a Diablo/Rogue like with brilliant colors. It's a lot of fun and a natural fit for the Mac. I haven't played it on OSX yet but I got a bit of time in on the PC and liked it a lot!
I'm looking forward to trying Steam on my MBP and seeing if I can, in fact, The Orange Box to install for free, having previously bought it for the PC.
Talk about game CHANGED. 55 games on day 1 including Portal for FREE.
You have no reason not to go get it RIGHT NOW.
Of those, the greats are:
World of Goo
Sid Meier's Civilization IV
Tales of Monkey Island Complete Pack
City of Heroes: Architect Edition (requires subscription I think)
So at least 10 out of them on first day are fantastic.
CivIV, on any platform, is one of the greatest games.. ever.
No Half Life 2
Soon. Count on it.
Steam is completely Vaporized.
Can't get to Portal at all. Maybe later tonight.
Working fine for me, tho I did have to force quit the Steam Client once today, try that and restart?
Ok. It's downloading now. Servers were jammed up earlier. And the Steam system is non-obvious. (I want to download Steam, so obviously I should click the Portal button to get it. Now I want to download Portal, but clicking Portal gives me Steam. So how do I actually get Portal?)
Perhaps I'll have Portal running later tonight.
Never mind. "The Steam servers are too busy..."
Ah. It's working now!!! Only 3 days and 12 hours to go, at current rates!!! /img/vbsmilies/htf/rock.gif/img/vbsmilies/htf/rolleyes.gif
I am a little disappointed that Plants vs Zombies isn't on that list. Hopefully it will come later.
Anandtech does a performance test using Portal. http://anandtech.com/show/3726/quick-look-mac-os-x-portal-performance
Thanks for that link Kieth. I'm strongly considering moving to the ubergoober video card for Mercury Engine in Premiere 5, I will be keeping an eye on how it performs on Source games as well. It just sucks that its a year and a half old and still $450.
Edit: Also, PvZ is much better on an iPad than on a desktop anyway =) But yea, I hope it makes the trip to OSX steam soon too.
That's unfortunate. My MBP is an adequate performer in WinXP / BootCamp with games of the Portal era. So taking a nearly 40%+ hit in OS X could make Steam games unplayable.
I'm not looking for major gaming in OS X -- my 360 keeps me busy -- but it's good to have options. I'll give Portal a go tonight to see if OS X Steam is an option.
So I downloaded Steam and installed Portal. First thing everyone should be aware of, as far as I know, Steam doesn't do any system requirement checks before you purchase and install a game.
For instance, it let me download and install Portal, but it wasn't until I tried to run it that it gave me a warning that my video card was not supported (08 MacBook, 2.2GHz, 4GB of RAM and the dreaded GMA X3100 video).
The game launched and defaulted to 1024x640 res. Portal ran but it was very choppy. I played some early levels but from what I remember I don't think later levels would be playable with my hardware configuration. I tried going into advanced settings and turning down the settings to an even lower level then they were set to automatically. However, this caused Portal to freeze requiring a force quit. When I launched it after the crash, it seemed to work with the new settings but there was no performance difference.
I didn't really expect my MacBook to be able to play many games. I am guessing that any machine without 9400M video or better will not do well. I do have Vista set up in bootcamp so I may try Portal in that configuration for comparison sake.