Steam Firing Up on Mac Tomorrow

By Yaris Gutierrez

May 11, 2010

I believe we were one of the first publications out there to introduce the rumors/news with regards to Valve’s Steam application rolling onto Apple’s Mac OS X operating system. Of course we were, which is why I’m holding my chin up in a prideful manner and laughing at the trolling internet users who called us morons. Now that I’ve gotten that out of the way, I’m here to let you guys know that the Mac will finally be getting its very own taste of a significant digital distribution platform for games (not iTunes), which it certainly needed given the lack of titles it didn’t have.

Tomorrow is a very big day for Mac gamers. With Steam officially launching tomorrow, the once deprived community of Mac gamers (which was pretty much extinct) will finally get their chance to experience some of the vast collection of games that Steam offers in their library… somewhat. With Steam for Mac and Steamworks – the platform’s suit of tools covering everything from copy protection, anti-cheat support, and key-based authentication to the Steam Community, Steam Cloud, and microtransactions – available tomorrow, the question of whether or not it will be enough to encourage publishers to port games to the OS X platform lingers through the minds of many. It’s sure a great start though.

Valve states that, in addition to the games launching tomorrow, on “subsequent Wednesdays, additional collections of Mac titles will become available, each designed to highlight specific functionalities of Steam on the Mac.” Hitting Steam tomorrow with its Mac launch is Valve’s very own Portal and the Diablo-like Torchlight – the only two to be officially announced as of yet.

The client reveals over three dozen “Mac games,” all which are currently available through Steam on Windows. Some games worthy of a mention include Indiana Jones and the Fate of Atlantis, Loom, the entire first season of Tales of Monkey Island, and other familiar titles that will occupy most of your day like Bejeweled 2 and Peggle Deluxe.

Some folks are probably questioning the presence of other Valve titles like the Half-Life and Left 4 Dead series; as of yet, there hasn’t been any mention of these games from Valve on the Mac client. However, Team Fortress 2 (which is playable) should occupy a bunch of your time until these games are released – if ever – in the future.

I’m one happy Mac user now. I think I’ll gather the rest of my hippie stoner Mac owning friends, have a plethora of bonfires in Central Park, and sing a ton of Kumbayas in our bleached beach shirts while eating smores.  Who’s in?

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Yaris Gutierrez

Born and raised in New York City, Yaris is one of three co-founders at DualShockers. Gaming since the inception of Nintendo in the 80's, he has grown to avidly appreciate games of every genre, maturing his preference specifically now to third-person action games, first-person shooters and JRPGs. He's a software engineer, father and husband during the day, and mildly attempts to hold onto his "hardcore gamer" title during the evenings. An attempt that he tends to fail miserably at.

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