Valve release Steam for Mac, includes free Portal

Screen shot 2010-05-12 at 1.31.32 PM.png As promised, Valve have just announced that the debut Mac version of their digital download game platform Steam is now available, alongside a batch of nearly 60 games, including a free download of Valve's own Portal (through May 24th). While the selection of AAA 3D titles is more limited than its Windows counterpart for now, it does include good representation from the adventure game set, like LucasArts and Telltale, and by the indies, including Braid and a discount 5-pack of World of Goo, And Yet It Moves, Galcon Fusion, Osmos and Machinarium. Also, "Steamplay" titles previously bought through the Windows version of the client are automatically activated in your new Mac account -- the company promises more of those every Wednesday through the coming months. Download the client here [.dmg link], and see Valve's Mac section here. Click through for the full list of launch titles.
And Yet It Moves Atlantis Sky Patrol Bejeweled 2 Deluxe Bob Came in Pieces Bookworm Deluxe Braid Brainpipe Chocolatier: Decadence by Design Chuzzle Deluxe City of Heroes: Architect Edition Civilization IV: The Complete Edition Cooking Dash Diaper Dash The Dig Diner Dash: Hometown Hero DinerTown Detective Agency DinerTown Tycoon Dream Chronicles: The Chosen Child Escape Rosecliff Island Fairway Solitaire Fitness Dash Football Manager 10 Galcon Fusion Gemini Lost Guns of Icarus Hotel Dash Suite Success Indiana Jones and the Fate of Atlantis Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade KrissX Loom Luxor Luxor 3 Luxor: Mahjong Machinarium Mahjong Roadshow Max and the Magic Marker My Tribe The Nightshift Code Nightshift Legacy: The Jaguar's Eye Parking Dash Peggle Deluxe Peggle Nights Portal Professor Fizzwizzle and the Molten Mystery Quantz Sam & Max: The Devil's Playhouse Tales of Monkey Island Season 1 Toki Tori Torchlight Trijinx: A Kristine Kross Mystery Unwell Mel Valarie Porter and the Scarlett Scandal Wandering Willows Wedding Dash 2: Rings Around the World World of Goo Zenerchi Zuma Deluxe


  1. Okay, let’s get the predictable comments out of the way:

    “But I thought we didn’t like DRM on BB”
    “This was a triumph….”
    “Finally, some decent games for the wonderful Mac”
    “This is all old stuff to windows machines. Learn to right-click, fools.”
    “Aaaah- flamewar- disemvowelling please!”

    We now return you to your regular scheduled comments thread.

  2. Question

    Steam warns me that my video card is not supported and my Source games do not work. What is wrong?

    Make sure your video card is supported by Source games on the Mac. If it is not you will need to upgrade your system in order to run Source games.

    The following video cards are not supported on Source-powered games:

    * Intel integrated graphics such as GMA 950 and X3100
    * NVidia GeForce 7 Series

    In order to run Source-powered games on Mac you will need to use a minimum of the following:

    * NVidia GeForce 8 Series or higher
    * ATI X1600 or higher

    Bah–that eliminates my pre-nVidia Mac mini. This is still pretty awesome, though.

    1. Yes. The GMA cards, like all Integrated cards on both platforms, were not made for 3D game engines. Even worse, the Apple drivers for integrated cards don’t work the same as Windows drivers. Thus games may work in Windows in Boot Camp but not in Mac OS X.

      So many support tickets…

  3. Warning: when you create an account, it will display your password in plain text on the screen. I guess it’s not a big security issue 99% of the time, but it is extremely annoying when things do that.

  4. Portal was _so_ good. And it imprinted itself into my consciousness so deeply that, when I finally bought wii fit years after playing portal, I was pretty freaked out by the similarity in voices between the portal turrets and the wii fit balance board character.

  5. I downloaded the client and installed it. Now I just need to get Portal (somehow) since there isn’t a link to actually get it that I can find.

    1. Go to your Library, Portal will already be there. Click Install. It will tell you: “All Steam servers are currently too busy to handle your request.” Try again many times. Eventually it will start. :)

  6. Heh. Downloaded the thing and it immediately sits there “downloading updates” upon launch.

    And, awesome, most of the stuff I bought on my boyfriend’s Windows box shows up in my library. Guess I can nuke that Crossover install now!

  7. This was a triumph.

    Kinda weird that portal is available, but the half life series (and other source games) aren’t.

    I don’t have a mac, but this is good news to me. It means the linux client shouldn’t be too far off. (crosses fingers)

  8. Portal is also available for free for the ‘regular’ pc version of Steam.
    Servers seem to be a little bit busy right now… I am trying to download it. The hard way, just as Paul Turnbull describes it :P

  9. How onerous is the DRM in Steam? Does it hook into your OS kernel at a deep level and affect other operation of your machine?

    1. The DRM in steam is steam itself. The only thing about it is you need to run steam to run your game. It’s a frontend, that’s all. It doesn’t install any drivers, it doesn’t run in the background at all times (well, by default it wants to run on startup, but it’s not like it runs as a service or a driver). It’s actually not half bad. Nowhere near as bad as Starforce or other malware-based DRM.

      1. It does share the nasty habit of some applications of leaving stuff running even though the application apparently quit, though.

  10. That’s pretty nice of Valve.

    I have a mac with a GMA X3100 card. I have read, and Steam has told me when I try to install Portal, that this is too old of a card to play their games.

    Since it will take a while to install Portal, should I try it anyway? Will it play on my Mac on even the lowest settings?

    I was really psyched about Steam for Mac, but I am really bummed that my Mac is not good enough.

    1. No, don’t try it if you don’t have the right graphics card. I tried it, and it took forever to download, then I opened it, and everything was working fine untill it passed the credits, then my monitor went into a spasm of light and pictures, then it crashed. It was a real letdown.

      1. Thanks for letting me know. I guess this was to good to be true, at least for me anyways.

  11. …it doesn’t work on PowerPC-based Macs.

    As with the Snow Leopard release, I understand the logic of leaving behind PowerPC, but it still makes me sad and very disappointed. My 2005 G5 tower still works just fine and I don’t particularly want to replace it any time soon. *sigh*

  12. At the risk of looking a gift horse in the mouth, (yay Portal), all I really want to do is play me some damn counter strike: source. I already own a copy, they just gotta port it.

  13. Does it strike anybody else as weird that they’re apparently staggering the release of other Source titles? If Portal runs, Half-Life 2 oughta…

  14. Portal is 5GB of fun and needs 10.6.3 which required another 700MB+ for me to apply

    however I got bumped as server is too busy ….

  15. Tried running portal on my mac mini with gma950. It sort of works, but the text and images for the menu selections don’t display, so you kind of have to click around in the general area of where the menu item you want to click is, and hope you hit it. I got it to start a new game and start playing, but it wasn’t really worth it. There are a lot of textures that wouldn’t render and the like. It was worth a shot though!

  16. Portal works on my early 2008 MacBook with GM950 X3100. Steam says it isn’t supported, but I can launch it anyway. All graphics on lowest (had to restart the game after applying settings because screen was messed up). Only encountered some lag when opening a portal.
    So far.

  17. I downloaded the free version off of steam onto my mac, which is running 10.6 and has a GMA950, but the level rendering is all weird. It looks like i am sitting in an almost entirely black gemstone. The strange thing is, HL2 runs great, and only has problems when i have full settings in large environments.

  18. How about Savage 2? It is a Mac and Linux version and a Windows Steam version. It is also free, which makes it rather strange that it isn’t on the list.

  19. Heres the good thing…..if you downloaded it before the 25th and it didn’t run on your GMA950, it stays in your account forever!

    So when you get a better machine, you have Portal for free still!!!

  20. You know whats bad about it. It doesnt let you use older nvidia cards….but using crossover for mac i have been using those cards for over a year on my imacs ….I thiught this was going to make my life easier not having to bootcamp…..but nope back to bootcamp or use Crossover on mac to play TF2. Stupid Valve….support the cards that the game could use on old pcs u dumbies

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