Welcome to Steam, the digital distribution client that's been in the PC gaming sphere for around seven years now. Steam allows you to purchase Valve games with a PayPal account or a credit card. Once the game is downloaded, the game title stays forever in your name and tied to your user account, so you can play it on virtually any system that has the Steam client installed--including that PC you have locked in the basement. Additionally, the client makes it so you never have to pay for that game again, even if you lose all of the data off of your hard drives and misplace the game's original discs.
Valve has officially announced that Steam will launch for the Mac OS X operating system tomorrow, May 12th. The company will also subsequently release additional collections of Mac titles that are individually designed to highlight specific functionalities of Steam on the Mac.
Valve's announcement that their Steam service would soon be available to
Mac users is huge news to the Mac gaming community. While the iPhone
and iPod touch have taken off as gaming platform, the Mac has languished
in a sort of gaming limbo. Sure we get games, but they're usually a few
months--or even years--behind the Windows version and some games are
announced and never materialize. With today's announcement, The Mac has
taken another step to becoming a real gaming gaming platform.
had a chance to talk Steam's Project Manager, John Cook about their
move to the Mac platform, the future of Steam and Valve on the Mac,
third-party developers and native- versus Cider-ported games on the
This is the moment we've all been waiting for: Steam is finally coming
to the Mac, and bringing the entire library of Valve games with it. This
popular application was once King of the Games on Windows, but now it
has expanded its reign to include Mac OS X, too.
The availability of Steam for Mac gamers means that we'll finally be
able to kick the butts of our PC brethern, without investing in a pricey
gaming console, or a Windows PC. Additionally, game publishers will be
able to distribute all of the latest game titles via digital downloads,
and we'll be able to play all the various Valve titles across a
multitude of different computers, regardless of operating system. We
don't doubt that the Mac versus PC debate won't continue on for
generations to come, but at least there's finally some common ground.
Since when did Gordon Freeman become a Mac head? Actually, he's
apparently just hiding Valve's really big secret. Tuaw,
are all investigating the purpose behind the Valve-plus-Apple teaser
images in their inboxes. Could it be that Valve is bringing the best of
PC gaming over to the Mac?