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It's True. Valve Coming to Macs With Steam Games

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Valve's artists take inspiration from Mac icons to create a set of teaser images.

PC gaming, as the name suggests, is usually something exclusive to the PC. Sometimes there are Mac ports, but any serious computer gamer would either have a dedicated gaming PC or at the very least a Boot Camp partition.

Steam, the online service for PC gamers developed by Valve, looks to soon be expanding onto Mac OS X. While there hasn't yet been an official announcement (perhaps at the Game Developers Conference next week), Valve has sent various teaser images that, when put together, point squarely at a product or service made for the Mac.

Educated guesses would say that all of Valve's internally-developed properties will be available for Mac, which appear to include Steam, Portal, Team Fortress 2, the Half-Life series and the Left 4 Dead games.

With Valve now pushing Steam and games on Steam for Macs, and Blizzard releasing its titles for Macs, the two companies could encourage releases for Macs in a very big way. If this continues, a wave of games that are produced for Mac and PC at the same time, could eventually change the Mac platform forever.

The images were originally sent to Rock Paper Shotgun, Eurogamer, MacRumors, MacNN, ShackNews and MacWorld.

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    astrotrain1000 , March 3, 2010 8:52 PM
    I don't like Apple and don't buy any of their products, but I think this is good. I hope that it would lead to industry standard programing and eventually more games on Linux.
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    JasonAkkerman , March 3, 2010 8:46 PM
    So... there will be like a dozen games to download?

    /kidding =)
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    tuannguyen , March 3, 2010 9:04 PM
    KelavarusWow. Way to go Valve, insult your ENTIRE market with that pc vs mac thing with the turret. I mean, just wow.


    How on earth is that an insult? Get a grip.
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  • 23 Hide
    JasonAkkerman , March 3, 2010 8:46 PM
    So... there will be like a dozen games to download?

    /kidding =)
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    darkknight22 , March 3, 2010 8:49 PM
    I think I may have just pooped my pants....
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    astrotrain1000 , March 3, 2010 8:51 PM
    I don't like Apple, but I think
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    pcxt21 , March 3, 2010 8:51 PM
    Who cares? Of all of the games on Steam right now, only a handful have a mac release. Plus Mac users don't game, a given fact.
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    astrotrain1000 , March 3, 2010 8:52 PM
    I don't like Apple and don't buy any of their products, but I think this is good. I hope that it would lead to industry standard programing and eventually more games on Linux.
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    zorky9 , March 3, 2010 8:55 PM
    Will nvidia and ATI spend millions on R&D for better GPU drivers so Macboys can learn to game? Nahh...
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    cscott_it , March 3, 2010 8:56 PM
    I don't see anything wrong with this.

    I'm not sure if they'll see the capital back that they are investing or how much is being invested in it, but I can't begrudge anyone for wanting to game.

    I can however begrudge you for your elitist and smarmy attitude, you flowery fresh metro!!
    ^
    |

    I kid. Unless you happen to be a Mac owner and somehow think that you are better than I am because you own a Mac. Then, I do begrudge you.
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    sceen311 , March 3, 2010 8:56 PM
    Between valve and blizzard, that's the majority of games I play.
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    victomofreality , March 3, 2010 8:57 PM
    fractureWhere's Episode 3?


    Ya stop wasting time on something no ones going to use while you have an army of HL fanboys/girls gnawing at the bit for the next episode.

    Thought the episode game theory was released more often to lower down time between titles... what ever happened to that?
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    scione , March 3, 2010 8:57 PM
    what the....
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    nforce4max , March 3, 2010 9:01 PM
    Only a few games but good depending on ones taste but macs that is like trying to drag race with a Rolls Royce when a custom kit or a Ferrari
    is needed. Pre build PC's are like Nascar all run the same till one crashes. MACs look fancy, favored by the elites who destroy nations, and are over priced like some fail caviar (the bad stuff).


    FLAME me baby. :) 
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    tuannguyen , March 3, 2010 9:03 PM
    zorky9Will nvidia and ATI spend millions on R&D for better GPU drivers so Macboys can learn to game? Nahh...


    It's the same GPU on both sides, same hardware, higher prices. I thought everyone already agreed on this? If you're going to jump on the bashing bandwagon, at least learn what to bash about.
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    tuannguyen , March 3, 2010 9:04 PM
    KelavarusWow. Way to go Valve, insult your ENTIRE market with that pc vs mac thing with the turret. I mean, just wow.


    How on earth is that an insult? Get a grip.
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    zorky9 , March 3, 2010 9:06 PM
    tuannguyenIt's the same GPU on both sides, same hardware, higher prices. I thought everyone already agreed on this? If you're going to jump on the bashing bandwagon, at least learn what to bash about.

    Different drivers.
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    doc70 , March 3, 2010 9:08 PM
    yay, solitaire coming soon for Macs... exclusively on Steam!
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    mbmcavoy , March 3, 2010 9:11 PM
    As I replaced my PC with a Mac Mini last week, my *only* regret was the loss of a few older unfinished Steam games. Here's to hoping they will available, and I can re-DL them in OSX versions for free!

    Oh, and it will be interesting to see how the 9400M actually performs. No, I don't expect greatness from the GPU...
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    therealfly , March 3, 2010 9:13 PM
    Does that mean I can use an iPad as an ingame map or something? kinda like the PS3 to PSP thing? Is there an app for that?
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    cekasone , March 3, 2010 9:15 PM
    now we can have commercials bragging about the awesome gaming power of a custom PC vs a Mac
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