If your an avid gamer on your PC you’ll have more than likely come across Valve’s Steam online gaming platform. Steam is a digital games store that allows you to download and play the latest games for you PC, but now you can do all this on your Mac.
With more than 1,000 games and 25 million user accounts, Bringing the service to Mac’s means a wider selection, quicker updates and more episodic content for Apple’s traditionally game-deprived computers.
If you sign up to the new gaming platform before the 28th May you will be rewarded with a free game. The game in question is Portal, a puzzle-based first person shooter, which has won many awards for its unique gameplay.
Other titles that you should expect to see include; Team Fortress 2, Counter Strike, Left 4 Dead 2 and Portal 2 which will see a simultaneous release on Windows and Mac this Christmas.
Valve isn’t the only PC developer with a strong, engaged fan base looking to Mac. Telltale Games, creator of the episodic Sam & Max games, announced last month that it would be moving to Mac, even inviting fans to vote on which of its games should be ported over first.
If you are already a member of steam on the PC you can start playing your games on both platforms, which is a great feature for those of you have already bought some games on your PC.
New games will follow every Wednesday from now on – “each designed to highlight specific functionalities of Steam on the Mac”.
Valve also announced that native OS/X support for the Source engine is available now, as is the Steamworks suite of tools – so bedroom game designers can start making games straight away. And you never know you may get the game published something which also happened to the makers of Portal.
Steam is no longer a big deal to PC gamers who are accustomed to it, but it certainly is to Mac gamers who’ve never enjoyed Mac gaming digital distribution done well. Besides, it’s fun being able to download Call of Duty from the couch as opposed to going off to the shops to grab it.