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Old Jan 25, 2013, 01:31 PM   #1
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Valve's Original Half-Life Now Available on Steam for Mac




Half-Life, the first person shooter originally released in 1998, skyrocketed developer Valve to fame and influenced an entire generation of first person shooters. Despite its popularity, the game has never been available through Steam for Mac, until today.

As discovered by Cult of Mac, Valve released Half-Life for Mac on Steam this morning, though the company has yet to make an official announcement about the product.

Other Valve games like Half-Life 2 and its episodes have been previously available on the Mac version of Steam, but users can now add the original Half-Life to their collections for $9.99. It has also been bundled into several different value packs.

Half-Life was originally developed for the Mac back when the Windows version was released, but due to disagreements with Apple, the Mac version was scrapped at the time.

The Half-Life page in Steam still indicates that the game is Windows only, but Cult of Mac bought and installed the game on a Mac to confirm that it functions. The game can be purchased via Steam for Mac for $9.99.

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Old Jan 25, 2013, 01:33 PM   #2
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How about the Counterstrike Mod?
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Old Jan 25, 2013, 01:40 PM   #3
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I'd rather play Black Mesa Source. Shame that's PC-only.
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Old Jan 25, 2013, 01:43 PM   #4
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That game was awesome when it first came out.
I used to play it up close on a 120" projection screen with 5.1 Surround system in the dark and it was very scary!

I wonder if Steam would let me play it on the Mac for free, considering I owned the Windows version.
I guess I'll sign in later to see what happens.
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Old Jan 25, 2013, 07:26 PM   #5
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That game was awesome when it first came out.
I used to play it up close on a 120" projection screen with 5.1 Surround system in the dark and it was very scary!

I wonder if Steam would let me play it on the Mac for free, considering I owned the Windows version.
I guess I'll sign in later to see what happens.
Yes it will. Games on valve keep both their Mac and PC version in one copy.

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Damn, people are still worked up over a 12 year old game?
If that doesn't say enough about VALVe.. Well it doesn't actually. Nothing can tell you how amazing VALVe is. If you have not played Portal, do that now. Notice the company took their time to port this old game over to the Mac just so they can sell them for cheap. They care about customers, not money. Making games free for a limited time before they make a sequel... thats great marketing that makes everybody happy!
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Yes it will. Games on valve keep both their Mac and PC version in one copy.

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If that doesn't say enough about VALVe.. Well it doesn't actually. Nothing can tell you how amazing VALVe is. If you have not played Portal, do that now. Notice the company took their time to port this old game over to the Mac just so they can sell them for cheap. They care about customers, not money. Making games free for a limited time before they make a sequel... thats great marketing that makes everybody happy!
Played it and also played portal 2.
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Old Jan 26, 2013, 02:51 AM   #7
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Yes it will. Games on valve keep both their Mac and PC version in one copy.

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If that doesn't say enough about VALVe.. Well it doesn't actually. Nothing can tell you how amazing VALVe is. If you have not played Portal, do that now. Notice the company took their time to port this old game over to the Mac just so they can sell them for cheap. They care about customers, not money. Making games free for a limited time before they make a sequel... thats great marketing that makes everybody happy!
LOL, every and each company cares about money.
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Old Jan 26, 2013, 07:14 AM   #8
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OMG THIS IS GREAT NEWS!

As an all-time Counter Strike 1.6 player, this opens up for 1.6 on the Mac!! Have been missing this for a long time, and it's the ONLY reason I have Windows installed via Boot Camp.

Hope Valve will port 1.6 too - it shouldn't be so difficult as it's just a mod for HL1
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Old Jan 26, 2013, 03:23 AM   #9
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That game was awesome when it first came out.
I used to play it up close on a 120" projection screen with 5.1 Surround system in the dark and it was very scary!

I wonder if Steam would let me play it on the Mac for free, considering I owned the Windows version.
I guess I'll sign in later to see what happens.
If you still have your CD-Key, you simply need to activate your game on Steam and boom, they'll show up in your library: https://support.steampowered.com/kb_...5414-TFBN-1352.

I've just done it on my Mac with my CD-Key for Half-Life: Adrenaline Pack that I bought about 15 years ago for my Windows PC and all the games included in the CD showed up in my library.

Right now, only Half-Life and Counter-Strike (which show up as "Half-Life (Beta)" and "Counter-Strike (Beta)" on my Mac) are installable though.

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I took the train ride in the beginning of the game and got my answer when I looked at Barney - it's the HD Barney. Doesn't that mean it's Half-Life: Source?
Maybe you're playing with the "High Definition pack" that was included with the expansion Half-Life: Blue Shift turned on.
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Old Jan 26, 2013, 02:42 PM   #10
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If you still have your CD-Key, you simply need to activate your game on Steam and boom, they'll show up in your library: https://support.steampowered.com/kb_...5414-TFBN-1352.

I've just done it on my Mac with my CD-Key for Half-Life: Adrenaline Pack that I bought about 15 years ago for my Windows PC and all the games included in the CD showed up in my library.

Right now, only Half-Life and Counter-Strike (which show up as "Half-Life (Beta)" and "Counter-Strike (Beta)" on my Mac) are installable though.

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Maybe you're playing with the "High Definition pack" that was included with the expansion Half-Life: Blue Shift turned on.
Thank you for the info
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Am I the only one who was hoping we'd see the OS 9 (Mac Classic OS ) version released? Even just for fun?
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Old Jan 25, 2013, 02:30 PM   #12
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Am I the only one who was hoping we'd see the OS 9 (Mac Classic OS ) version released? Even just for fun?
considering the gold master for it was made and finished in april of 99 and cross platform multiplayer
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Old Jan 25, 2013, 03:23 PM   #13
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Am I the only one who was hoping we'd see the OS 9 (Mac Classic OS ) version released? Even just for fun?
Nah, I think that'd be cool too
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Old Jan 25, 2013, 03:25 PM   #14
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What about existing owners? Does it allow you to install it or is it a different copy like Borderlands 1 did allowing the GOTY edition to be installed on Macs but not the regular edition.
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Old Jan 25, 2013, 03:52 PM   #15
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Listing of files in the Half-Life directory

I had posted previously about the listing of files on the Linux version where Blue Shift and possibly Opposing Forces info was listed.

Here's the output of the Half-Life directory:
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uquevedo@intelc2d:~/.local/share/Steam/SteamApps/common/Half-Life$ ls -la
total 86776
drwxrwxr-x 39 uquevedo uquevedo     4096 Jan 24 20:30 .
drwxrwxr-x  3 uquevedo uquevedo     4096 Jan 24 19:59 ..
drwxrwxr-x 14 uquevedo uquevedo     4096 Jan 24 19:56 bshift
drwxrwxr-x  5 uquevedo uquevedo     4096 Jan 24 19:56 bshift_hd
drwxrwxr-x  3 uquevedo uquevedo     4096 Jan 24 19:56 chromehtml.dylib.dSYM
-rwx------  1 uquevedo uquevedo  6621710 Jan 24 19:58 chromehtml.so
-rwx------  1 uquevedo uquevedo   427935 Jan 24 19:58 core.so
-rwx------  1 uquevedo uquevedo   646744 Jan 24 19:58 crashhandler.so
drwxrwxr-x 15 uquevedo uquevedo     4096 Jan 24 19:59 cstrike
drwxrwxr-x  2 uquevedo uquevedo     4096 Jan 24 19:56 cstrike_beta
drwxrwxr-x  3 uquevedo uquevedo     4096 Jan 24 19:56 cstrike_lv
drwxrwxr-x 16 uquevedo uquevedo     4096 Jan 24 19:59 czero
drwxrwxr-x  3 uquevedo uquevedo     4096 Jan 24 19:56 czero_lv
drwxrwxr-x 15 uquevedo uquevedo     4096 Jan 24 19:56 czeror
drwxrwxr-x  2 uquevedo uquevedo     4096 Jan 24 19:58 dedicated
-rwx------  1 uquevedo uquevedo   295537 Jan 24 19:59 demoplayer.so
drwxrwxr-x 12 uquevedo uquevedo     4096 Jan 24 19:59 dmc
drwxrwxr-x 15 uquevedo uquevedo     4096 Jan 24 19:59 dod
-rwx------  1 uquevedo uquevedo  2057878 Jan 24 19:59 engine_amd64.so
drwxrwxr-x  3 uquevedo uquevedo     4096 Jan 24 19:56 engine.dylib.dSYM
-rwx------  1 uquevedo uquevedo  2881163 Jan 24 19:59 engine_i486.so
-rwx------  1 uquevedo uquevedo  1647612 Jan 24 19:59 ffmpegsumo.so
-rwx------  1 uquevedo uquevedo   171762 Jan 24 19:59 filesystem_stdio_amd64.so
-rwx------  1 uquevedo uquevedo   390364 Jan 24 19:59 filesystem_stdio.so
drwxrwxr-x 14 uquevedo uquevedo     4096 Jan 24 19:59 gearbox
drwxrwxr-x  5 uquevedo uquevedo     4096 Jan 24 19:56 gearbox_hd
drwxrwxr-x  2 uquevedo uquevedo     4096 Jan 24 19:56 gldrv
-rw-rw-r--  1 uquevedo uquevedo       93 Jan 25 06:06 hl.conf
drwxrwxr-x  3 uquevedo uquevedo     4096 Jan 24 19:56 hlds_darwin.dSYM
drwxrwxr-x  3 uquevedo uquevedo     4096 Jan 24 19:56 hlds.dSYM
-rwx------  1 uquevedo uquevedo    41251 Jan 24 19:59 hl_linux
drwxrwxr-x  3 uquevedo uquevedo     4096 Jan 24 19:56 hw.dylib.dSYM
-rwx------  1 uquevedo uquevedo  9004910 Jan 24 19:59 hw.so
drwxrwxr-x  3 uquevedo uquevedo     4096 Jan 24 19:56 libcef.dylib.dSYM
-rwx------  1 uquevedo uquevedo 52921572 Jan 24 19:59 libcef.so
-rwx------  1 uquevedo uquevedo  1624698 Jan 24 19:59 libffmpegsumo.so
-rwx------  1 uquevedo uquevedo   485016 Jan 24 19:59 libMiles.so
drwxrwxr-x  3 uquevedo uquevedo     4096 Jan 24 19:56 libsdl2-2.0.0.dylib.dSYM
-rwx------  1 uquevedo uquevedo   901359 Jan 24 19:59 libsdl2-2.0.so.0
-rwx------  1 uquevedo uquevedo    76032 Jan 24 19:59 libsteam_api.so
drwxrwxr-x  3 uquevedo uquevedo     4096 Jan 24 19:56 libsteam.dylib.dSYM
-rwx------  1 uquevedo uquevedo  4383138 Jan 24 19:59 libsteam.so
-rwx------  1 uquevedo uquevedo   470117 Jan 24 19:59 libtier0.so
-rwx------  1 uquevedo uquevedo   441109 Jan 24 19:59 libvstdlib.so
drwxrwxr-x 95 uquevedo uquevedo     4096 Jan 24 19:56 localization
drwxrwxr-x  3 uquevedo uquevedo     4096 Jan 24 19:56 mediabrowser
drwxrwxr-x 16 uquevedo uquevedo     4096 Jan 24 19:56 platform
-rwx------  1 uquevedo uquevedo   424909 Jan 24 19:59 proxy.so
drwxrwxr-x  3 uquevedo uquevedo     4096 Jan 24 19:59 redist
drwxrwxr-x 13 uquevedo uquevedo     4096 Jan 24 19:56 reslists
drwxrwxr-x 12 uquevedo uquevedo     4096 Jan 24 19:59 ricochet
drwxrwxr-x 14 uquevedo uquevedo     4096 Jan 24 19:59 tfc
drwxrwxr-x  4 uquevedo uquevedo     4096 Jan 24 19:56 tfc_hd
drwxrwxr-x  3 uquevedo uquevedo     4096 Jan 24 19:56 tfc_lv
drwxrwxr-x 16 uquevedo uquevedo     4096 Jan 24 19:59 valve
drwxrwxr-x  5 uquevedo uquevedo     4096 Jan 24 19:56 valve_hd
drwxrwxr-x  3 uquevedo uquevedo     4096 Jan 24 19:56 valve_lv
drwxrwxr-x  4 uquevedo uquevedo     4096 Jan 24 19:56 valve_old
-rwx------  1 uquevedo uquevedo   893449 Jan 24 19:59 vgui2.so
-rwx------  1 uquevedo uquevedo   974304 Jan 24 19:59 vgui.so
-rwx------  1 uquevedo uquevedo    54955 Jan 24 19:59 voice_miles.so
drwxrwxr-x  3 uquevedo uquevedo     4096 Jan 24 19:56 voice_silk.dylib.dSYM
-rwx------  1 uquevedo uquevedo   664256 Jan 24 19:59 voice_silk.so
drwxrwxr-x  3 uquevedo uquevedo     4096 Jan 24 19:56 voice_speex.dylib.dSYM
-rwx------  1 uquevedo uquevedo   135312 Jan 24 19:59 voice_speex.so
Pretty interesting...blueshift and gearbox in particular.
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Am I the only one who was hoping we'd see the OS 9 (Mac Classic OS ) version released? Even just for fun?
Let me see if I can find my PPC 6100 or my Lombard.
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How about the Counterstrike Mod?
Amen. And The Specialists 3.0

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I wonder if this is a port of Half-Life: Source, or of the actual (Non-Source) Half-Life.
Non-source judging by the screenshots.

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Damn, people are still worked up over a 12 year old game?
Yeah.. it's awesome.

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Really? There wasn't much difference between the two though, just graphics, right?
No, different stories. But the graphics difference was amazing. I remember playing HL: Source and it was... "Wow... " back when it first came out.

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OMG THIS IS GREAT NEWS!

As an all-time Counter Strike 1.6 player, this opens up for 1.6 on the Mac!! Have been missing this for a long time, and it's the ONLY reason I have Windows installed via Boot Camp.

Hope Valve will port 1.6 too - it shouldn't be so difficult as it's just a mod for HL1
You still play 1.6? I would log on every once in a while...but I thought 1.6 was taken over by aimbots and walls. Unless... you are one of those aforementioned people?
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No, different stories.
No, same story. Half-Life: Source is just Half-Life ported to the Source engine, nothing more.

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I wonder if this is a port of Half-Life: Source, or of the actual (Non-Source) Half-Life.
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I wonder if this is a port of Half-Life: Source, or of the actual (Non-Source) Half-Life.
Given that source has been on OS X for a long time now, and the article says "Original Half-Life" I think you've pretty much already got your answer...
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FYI, It looks like it is both Half-Life (Beta) and Counter-Strike (Beta). Opposing Force and Blue Shift are both listed as Not Available.
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No Half-Strike goodness for me

When I click, I get the Steam launch box, but that disappears and nothing happens. If I look under Window, it shows it there, but if I go to it, nothing.
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When I click, I get the Steam launch box, but that disappears and nothing happens. If I look under Window, it shows it there, but if I go to it, nothing.
Exact same thing happing with me too... what gives?
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When I click, I get the Steam launch box, but that disappears and nothing happens. If I look under Window, it shows it there, but if I go to it, nothing.
Same thing. I click to launch HL, the window pops up that says it's preparing to launch, then it just disappears.
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Given that source has been on OS X for a long time now, and the article says "Original Half-Life" I think you've pretty much already got your answer...
I took the train ride in the beginning of the game and got my answer when I looked at Barney - it's the HD Barney. Doesn't that mean it's Half-Life: Source? I can't see Valve porting the original HL1, which ran on an entirely different engine than the one they've already ported to OS X for HL2.
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