Valve parody Apple's 1984 ad for Half-Life 2 Mac teaser

Taking their original Apple print ad parodies to the next logical level, Half Life and Portal creators Valve have just released (as in, minutes ago -- hold steady if the YouTube upload quality's still not the greatest) this teaser trailer for Half Life 2's release by giving Apple's classic 1984 ad the full City 17 treatment. The OSX version of the game will be coming tomorrow to their new Mac version of Steam.


  1. Alright, so even though I still think the original ad is hilariously ironic considering Apple’s recent actions with regards to censorship and reinforcing their galled garden, that was friggin briliant. If there’s one thing Valve can do well, it’s make their advertizing genuinely smart and cool.

  2. That was AWESOME!
    Finally, I can spend more hours playing games instead of working, Valve must love me!
    Or maybe they hate me…

  3. Ooooh – Mac users get to play a video game that is 6 years old and will probably have to pay the original $49 for the “privilege.” So exciting…

    1. Not quite. If you own the game on PC then you can just download it free of charge to your Mac. And even if you don’t, I don’t think Half Life 2 has ever cost 49.99. The orignal retail price was $20…I think.

  4. Ooohhh I can’t wait for all my Mac buddies to start gushing about how this is the best game since Marathon!

    1. Hahahaha I thought the same damn thing :) Who cares if they make great ads, the game is still old news? Do Mac users actually stand for that? “Oh you have to wait five years for “new” games to be released – never mind, its still a pretty box with lights on”

      I mean if your now forced to work on your Mac then why not buy a PC to play games on instead? They cost about half as much, they are easier to mod and you contain everything you need. Its like a mac – only its a computer instead.

      1. Why buy another PC when your Mac can have a Windows partition? With virtualization and the option to boot into Windows, why limit yourself to one malware-ridden OS?

        Hint: most PC owners are not hardcore gamers. Really.

  5. Just spent the time downloading the Portal demo. Heard it was good. Can’t run it. If you don’t have an NVIDIA graphics card, you’re apparently not of interest. Oh well…

    1. It works on Nvidia and ATI graphics cards. I assume you have one of the older Intel GMA cards if it doesn’t work. Those are barely capable of running low end 3D games. It isn’t the fault of Valve or Apple that it doesn’t work.

      1. I just updated my video card about 2 months ago in order to play Bioshock. Bioshock is rather needy in terms of resources, but it worked fine. Therefore, I still fault Valve for not being able to play Portals. I just wish I had be told it was NVIDIA-only before I spent the hour to download it.

        1. From the Steam Support area:

          “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 (Including the nVidia Quadro FX 4500)

          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”

          1. Yeah, I know. I was just expressing my sadness that once again I can’t play. And I just put a new graphics card in, an ATI Radeon 4870, which is one of the few I can put in my 1st gen Mac Pro. Pheh.
            That’s all.

  6. I assume based upon the message of this ad that Valve will also be destroying Apple itself, thus freeing people to install whatever they goddamn please on their iphones and ipods? No?

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