Valve release Steam for Mac, includes free Portal


31 Responses to “Valve release Steam for Mac, includes free Portal

  1. Egypt Urnash says:

    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!

  2. Anonymous says:

    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)

  3. Joeno says:

    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

  4. Anonymous says:

    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!

  5. Anonymous says:

    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.

  6. Anonymous says:

    Sadly, won’t work on OSX < 10.5

  7. jrtom says:

    …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*

  8. Anonymous says:

    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.

  9. Anonymous says:

    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.

  10. ianmalcm says:

    My n00b review of Steam, having never used it until this boingboing post.

  11. Anonymous says:

    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.

  12. Mark Gordon says:

    Someone quoting “Still Alive” lyrics in 3… 2… 1…

  13. Halloween Jack says:


    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.

    • Seg says:

      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…

  14. acb says:

    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?

    • Anonymous says:

      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.

      • jokel says:

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

  15. axfelix says:

    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…

  16. Anonymous says:

    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.

  17. TooGoodToCheck says:

    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.

  18. Ratdog says:

    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.

    • Anonymous says:

      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.

  19. cameronh1403 says:

    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.

    • Paul Turnbull says:

      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. :)

  20. Anonymous says:

    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.

  21. Anonymous says:

    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!!!

  22. Anonymous says:

    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

  23. haz says:

    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 ….

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