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.
Don't let the name fool you. Game Week is serious business. Sure, we get to play tons of cool games for hours on end, letting deadlines slip past, drying out our eyes, staying up late, killing the batteries on our iPhones. But still. Serious, serious business.
Besides, who ever said serious business couldn't be fun at the same time? Some jerk, that's who. So have a little bit of serious fun with the Mac|Life team – we might just let you go first on Mario Kart.
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