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How do I play games on STEAM for Mac?

Discussion in 'Mac and PC Games' started by jon08, Aug 20, 2010.

  1. macrumors 65816

    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?

  2. macrumors 68020


    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.
  3. macrumors 65816

    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?
  4. macrumors 6502


    no, they run through steam for authentication purposes
  5. macrumors 65816

    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)?
  6. macrumors 6502a

    No you must download and install through steam.
  7. macrumors 65816

    I see, thanks.
  8. macrumors 6502a

    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.
  9. macrumors 65816

    Even if you want to play it in OS X?
  10. macrumors Core


    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.
  11. macrumors G3


    I quickly searched the Steam forums and came up with this, 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!
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  13. macrumors member

    Just download it. Much easier.
  14. macrumors G3


    Thanks! I added your link and a brief description to the 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.
  15. macrumors 65816

    Thanks everyone.

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