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  • Half-Life 2 Finally Available on the Mac

    As Steam for Mac rolls on, a milestone will be reached today as the Mac OS X version of Half-Life 2 is available for download, five and a half years after it was released on the PC. The critically acclaimed title - winner of many awards, including "Best Game of All Time" as voted by the readers of PC Gamer - is the latest in a series of top games that will be released for the Mac on Steam - the Mac OS X version of Portal was available for free download until Monday - and is promoting the new release with a video that harks back to the classic Apple '1984' ad.

    Steam for Mac is a major step in the effort to mainstream gaming on the Mac, which has long suffered from a lack of titles and limitations in graphics drivers that impedes performance. Valve released its Mac compatible Steam client earlier this month, and reported that 11% of its downloads last week were to Mac OS X computers. In a claim that is already starting flamewars far and wide, Steam founder Gabe Newell says that Portal for Mac is "five times more stable" than the Windows version. While the claim may be somewhat misleading - the measurement is number of crashes per minutes played - Newell and Valve developer Jason Mitchell make a valid point in an interview podcasted on The Conversation about the hardware-software consistency on the Mac platform versus the anarchy of Windows running on a broad range of homemade PCs. Mitchell acknowledges the performance lag, but asserts that "we'll catch up," adding that "Apple is certainly motivated to work with us."

    Valve put out a video to mark the Half-Life 2 release that is an homage to the Apple ad used to introduce the Macintosh for the first time. Directed by Ridley Scott, the "1984' ad was aired during Super Bowl XVIII and showed a woman throwing a hammer at a screen with a 'Big Brother" like character on it. The reimagining has Half-Life 2 character Alyx throwing a crowbar at a screen showing Dr. Walter Breen.
    This article was originally published in forum thread: Half-Life 2 Finally Available on the Mac started by Paul Daniel Ash View original post
    Comments 41 Comments
    1. extremzocker's Avatar
      extremzocker -
      this is a true milestone for Mac gaming. so many have waited for this.
    1. sandstorm77's Avatar
      sandstorm77 -
      2nd Mac Sucks!
    1. extremzocker's Avatar
      extremzocker -
      dude, this is a Apple forum, you cant just go around saying that. besides Macs have some advantages over PCs
    1. Amraam's Avatar
      Amraam -
      His post started with "2nd". His opinions are pointless after that
    1. extremzocker's Avatar
      extremzocker -
    1. spazturtle's Avatar
      spazturtle -
      LOL, Everyone in this topic has a PC or Mac running Windows
    1. SquareWheel's Avatar
      SquareWheel -
      I don't get it, why would anybody buy a mac if they expect to play games? Valve isn't expanding into a very large market.
    1. Rescuer's Avatar
      Rescuer -
      [ame=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xiAgrrwL_mk]YouTube - Mac Gamer[/ame]

    1. Nintendo Tim's Avatar
      Nintendo Tim -
      @ Rescuer - Gus!!!
    1. cypher7810's Avatar
      cypher7810 -
      Wow, 4 or 5 years late. Good job valve. Maybe Mac will get doom 3, or COD 2 soon. Wonder what happens when a new game comes out and you cant run it anymore, can you go get a new video card, or do you have to get a whole new system, lol.
    1. shadow25's Avatar
      shadow25 -
      Quote Originally Posted by cypher7810 View Post
      Wow, 4 or 5 years late. Good job valve. Maybe Mac will get doom 3, or COD 2 soon. Wonder what happens when a new game comes out and you cant run it anymore, can you go get a new video card, or do you have to get a whole new system, lol.
      I really hope everyone isn't as dense as some of the people on this forum..

      Yes, you can upgrade certain macs. Obviously not a Macbook, or an iMac, same with any laptop or "all in one" computer.

      I love how everyone is saying how far behind Macs are when it comes to gaming, but no one looks at it with the idea of "the biggest digital distribution company is adding support for Macs, this could change things"

      The whole Source Engine is on Mac. Native not some damn emulation. at least there is some damn progress. I'd be willing to bet that more and more games are going to come on the Mac, since publishers WILL see the SOLID actual # of people who play on Macs because of Valve
    1. moon#pie's Avatar
      moon#pie -
      I just want same time releases of COD for mac. Too much to ask? Or how about native coding instead of a half-*** port that I could do myself?
    1. darkrom's Avatar
      darkrom -
      Wow great news! Apple is only 5 years behind the times when it comes to gaming! Maybe next they will be able to support Tetris!
    1. mwillsey's Avatar
      mwillsey -
      im really excited to play this... but the link leads me to a page that says windows only
    1. symondavis's Avatar
      symondavis -
      amazing I'm gonna get it, but does anyone know when James Pond Robocod or Zool is out?
    1. TranceField's Avatar
      TranceField -
      LOL @ Gaming on a Mac...
    1. Success.Is.Sweet's Avatar
      Success.Is.Sweet -
      This is a big step for Mac gaming. There are a lot of awesome Source engine games. Half Life 2 is just the start.
    1. awesomeSlayer's Avatar
      awesomeSlayer -
      Finally. A step closer of deleting my Boot Camp.
    1. dennder's Avatar
      dennder -
      Lol... i played HL2, Ep1 and Ep2 on a mac some time ago already... and guys, i seriously doubt the source engine is not a port (point me to the info if i'm wrong).
      But valve's expansion on a Mac is a great move. Blizzard with SC2 and Diablo3 will make it even better, and who knows, maybe someday ppl. will actually play on mac's as much as on PC's.

      And for those whining, just check the game-list for apple computers, you might change your mind.
    1. awesomeSlayer's Avatar
      awesomeSlayer -
      On the side note, IT'S WALLANCE BREEN, NOT WALTER BREEN, PAUL!!!