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It's True. Valve Coming to Macs With Steam Games

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Valve's artists take inspiration from Mac icons to create a set of teaser images.

PC gaming, as the name suggests, is usually something exclusive to the PC. Sometimes there are Mac ports, but any serious computer gamer would either have a dedicated gaming PC or at the very least a Boot Camp partition.

Steam, the online service for PC gamers developed by Valve, looks to soon be expanding onto Mac OS X. While there hasn't yet been an official announcement (perhaps at the Game Developers Conference next week), Valve has sent various teaser images that, when put together, point squarely at a product or service made for the Mac.

Educated guesses would say that all of Valve's internally-developed properties will be available for Mac, which appear to include Steam, Portal, Team Fortress 2, the Half-Life series and the Left 4 Dead games.

With Valve now pushing Steam and games on Steam for Macs, and Blizzard releasing its titles for Macs, the two companies could encourage releases for Macs in a very big way. If this continues, a wave of games that are produced for Mac and PC at the same time, could eventually change the Mac platform forever.

The images were originally sent to Rock Paper Shotgun, Eurogamer, MacRumors, MacNN, ShackNews and MacWorld.

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    mi1ez , 4 March 2010 14:36
    All they need now is for Apple to put current generation graphics in macs at a sensible price-point!
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    lunarus , 4 March 2010 15:58
    100% agreement with mi1ez, that and well a cheeper mac might be nice too...
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    kyzar , 4 March 2010 15:58
    One would hope a Mac gaming community would grow in a similar manner to the PC community, with similar tastes in games.

    Anything which encourages the development of gamestyles other than console-derived fps yawn-fests gets my vote. Must explain the new Steam interface ;) 
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    kobbra , 4 March 2010 16:11
    ok there are some fudamentall isuess with games for macs:
    1. macs have a mouse which only has one button, whilst the PC has a mouse with AT LEAST 2 buttons(scroll wheel not included)-but nowadays most people have mouses with 5 or more buttons
    2.Mac is a PC all-in-one which means basically that is a desktop laptop??? which in return means that you can't upgrade anything in it, ok maybe some ram but that's about it
    3. in console market things are nearly evenly split 50-50 between the numbers of 360's and ps3(wii not included), while in the pc market is like 95% for windows and 5% for mac, and what game producers in their right minds would even consider going the trouble of producing games for only 5% of the market

    and there are more reasons to it, but thats all the main stuff i could think of right now...

    with that being said, mac boys, if you really want to play some serious games, buy yourselves, some normal PC's, or in the worst case scenario you could use boot camp, because let's face it when it comes to games MACS ARE USELESS
    I said.
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    lunarus , 4 March 2010 16:54
    kobbraok 1. macs have a mouse which only has one button, whilst the PC has a mouse with AT LEAST 2 buttons(scroll wheel not included)-but nowadays most people have mouses with 5 or more.


    mac's can use mice with more than one button, i know i am the technician for the media department at the school in which i work

    kobbraMac is a PC all-in-one which means basically that is a desktop laptop??? which in return means that you can't upgrade anything in it, ok maybe some ram but that's about it.


    never heard of a mac pro have you? completely upgradeable, sure you have to buy the parts fropm apple but theres nothing stoping you.

    kobbra3. in console market things are nearly evenly split 50-50 between the numbers of 360's and ps3(wii not included), while in the pc market is like 95% for windows and 5% for mac, and what game producers in their right minds would even consider going the trouble of producing games for only 5% of the marketand there are more reasons to it, but thats all the main stuff i could think of right now...


    well i think valve and blizzard have proved you wrong already, not to mention the large amounts of companys that are porting over games for the mac. Software in general is easier to write for a mac due to the way they are set up (no blasted registry files or .dll files)

    dont get me wrong im not a macfag, i own a pc, which i built myself, but i find your oppinions against mac discomforting, why bash an OS that you quite blatently have never used before?
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    Anonymous , 4 March 2010 16:59
    Interesting, considering that so far on the PC, Valve use pretty much just DirectX - granted the console ports will have the engine ported as necessary - but does this mean that they'll now be using OpenGL??

    Surely that'll open it up for running a new Steam client on other target systems (like Linux)...
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    kobbra , 4 March 2010 17:49
    never heard of a mac pro have you? completely upgradeable, SURE YOU HAVE TO BUY THE PARTS FROM APPLE but theres nothing stoping you.

    Not exactly. In my country if you want to replace something in your mac, you have to take the whole damn thing to the apple store, and replace it there. Which is not what I mean when I say: upgradeable. I know this because I have a friend who was a salesperson at apple. Anyway I still have my doubts that in the future game companies will consider macs as a valuable platforme for their games, considering the fact that nowadays all their efforts goes into consoles, and even PC as a platform has a hard time, consider the fact that the standard benchmark for all video cards, is Crysis, which was released in 2007 so...
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    mi1ez , 4 March 2010 19:09
    Tell you what guys, stop fighting for a second and check out the more exciting things Valve have been up to. BIG things going down to do with Portal!

    http://www.bit-tech.net/gaming/pc/2010/03/04/the-portal-radio-update-explained/1
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    LePhuronn , 4 March 2010 20:24
    Let's hope that the arrival of Valve to the Mac platform will encourage Apple to get some decent GPUs into their systems.
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    lunarus , 5 March 2010 00:42
    mi1ezTell you what guys, stop fighting for a second and check out the more exciting things Valve have been up to. BIG things going down to do with Portal!http://www.bit-tech.net/gaming/pc/ [...] xplained/1

    I saw that on bit tech today! very interesting stuff, thanks mi1ez yu just reminded me to sign up to bit tech, i havent done it since custom pc went down