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jon08
Aug 20, 2010, 07:29 AM
Ok so I've got a bunch of PC-based Steam games (such as Half-Life 1 & 2, Team Fortress and whatnot), but I'm still a bit confused how do I go about playing them on Steam for Mac?

From what I understand I can only install/play them by actually downloading them through Steam? Or is there a faster/easier way?

Thanks



R94N
Aug 20, 2010, 07:32 AM
Yeah, I think you need to download and install the Steam program on your Mac, and then you can download the games. At least I think so.

jon08
Aug 20, 2010, 07:33 AM
I obviously already have Steam installed. What I'm asking is if there's any other way of playing those games aside from downloading them?

87vert
Aug 20, 2010, 07:59 AM
no, they run through steam for authentication purposes

jon08
Aug 20, 2010, 08:55 AM
no, they run through steam for authentication purposes

So downloading them is then a must? There's no way I could install them like I did in Windows and then just run Steam (without having to download the entire multi-GB big file)?

overcast
Aug 20, 2010, 09:11 AM
So downloading them is then a must? There's no way I could install them like I did in Windows and then just run Steam (without having to download the entire multi-GB big file)?
No you must download and install through steam.

jon08
Aug 20, 2010, 09:16 AM
No you must download and install through steam.

I see, thanks.

Hansr
Aug 20, 2010, 09:21 AM
This is not correct, many Valve games allow you to copy over the data files and just download the Mac specific files. Check the Steam forums.

jon08
Aug 20, 2010, 09:28 AM
This is not correct, many Valve games allow you to copy over the data files and just download the Mac specific files. Check the Steam forums.

Even if you want to play it in OS X?

Dagless
Aug 20, 2010, 09:42 AM
Ah I see... yes you can copy over the .gcf files from any OS. It'd need to download the binaries for that OS though which is (I think) 180mb.

I used this method to play TF2 about 10 minutes after it was released. So it's possible.

Huntn
Aug 20, 2010, 11:55 AM
This is not correct, many Valve games allow you to copy over the data files and just download the Mac specific files. Check the Steam forums.

I quickly searched the Steam forums and came up with this (http://forums.steampowered.com/forums/showthread.php?t=1278041), which does not shed any info on the issue. This link talks about transferring saved characters from the pc to mac version of the game. If someone comes up with a good link describing the "hows" of using pc files on the mac side to shorten Steam download time, could you post it here or PM me? I'd like to add it to the Mac Game Links guide here at MacRumors. Thanks!

teidon
Aug 21, 2010, 03:58 AM
http://forums.steampowered.com/forums/showthread.php?t=1299738

That's for TF2, but works for all Source games - just different .gcf files.

Oh, and the Mac directory in that guide is the old one. The correct directory is ~/Library/Application Support/Steam/SteamApps

Benjones-KY
Aug 21, 2010, 03:08 PM
Just download it. Much easier.

Huntn
Aug 22, 2010, 09:08 AM
http://forums.steampowered.com/forums/showthread.php?t=1299738

That's for TF2, but works for all Source games - just different .gcf files.

Oh, and the Mac directory in that guide is the old one. The correct directory is ~/Library/Application Support/Steam/SteamApps

Thanks! I added your link and a brief description to the Mac Gaming Links (http://guides.macrumors.com/MacRumors_Mac_Gaming_Links) listed in the Guides section. See the Mac Steam section of the guide.

And if there is anyone reading this who does not want their Steam game content sitting in their Library/Application Support folder because you don't have enough space on your home partition see this Mac Rumors Guide for Symbolic Links and Moving Steam Content (http://guides.macrumors.com/Symbolic_Link_%28Fixing_Steam_Content%29#Updates).

jon08
Aug 22, 2010, 09:31 AM
Thanks everyone.