Valve's Original Half-Life Now Available on Steam for Mac

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  1. macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    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.

    Article Link: Valve's Original Half-Life Now Available on Steam for Mac
  2. macrumors regular


    Mar 20, 2007
    Houston, TX
  3. macrumors member

    Oct 8, 2003
    I'd rather play Black Mesa Source. Shame that's PC-only.
  4. macrumors 604


    May 4, 2002
    Go Vegan
    Am I the only one who was hoping we'd see the OS 9 (Mac Classic OS ) version released? Even just for fun? ;)
  5. macrumors 68030

    Amazing Iceman

    Nov 8, 2008
    Florida, U.S.A.
    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.
  6. macrumors 6502a

    Sep 13, 2009
    I wonder if this is a port of Half-Life: Source, or of the actual (Non-Source) Half-Life.
  7. jhpadilla, Jan 25, 2013
    Last edited: Jan 25, 2013

    macrumors member

    Sep 23, 2008

    I've just clicked the link.... It says Windows only... Where is the Mac version?


    Oh okok, it appeared on the Library tab of the Steam app in Mac. Wow FINALLY after all these YEARS (literally) !!! Downloading now!!!!!
  8. macrumors newbie

    Dec 19, 2008
    I had seen an article over on Phoronix about a Half-Life Beta for Linux Steam yesterday, so I decided to check my Mac and was thrilled to see Half-Life was listed as a game that I could install! I got it installed and it runs wonderfully on my 2009 iMac. I did notice in the Linux version [which doesn't launch for some reason that I still need to look into] that there appear to be directories for the other Half-Life games as well [Blue Shift, Opposing Forces]? These might be making the jump to Linux/Mac as well!
  9. macrumors 68020

    Nov 2, 2006
  10. macrumors 65816


    Oct 3, 2010
    North of England
  11. macrumors newbie

    Aug 30, 2012
    Manchester, UK
    Lets hope Opposing Force and Blue Shift follow, all three are amazing games.
  12. macrumors 68020

    Nov 2, 2006
    I remember writing but not sending hate mails to Gabe Newell because they'd promised a Mac version from back when the game was in initial development, then backed out.

    My rage feels vindicated somehow! :)
  13. macrumors 65816

    Jun 13, 2009
    Parts Unknown
    Oh man... I used to have a legit CD copy, but I never registered it on Steam. That CD is probably long gone by now.
  14. macrumors 6502

    Oct 13, 2005
    All you need is the old CD key. It will give you quite a few pieces of software.
  15. macrumors 65816

    Jun 13, 2009
    Parts Unknown
    The key is with the CD :p
  16. macrumors newbie

    Jul 24, 2009
    It works!

    I started up steam and it recognized my old PC version. I was able to download the Mac version for free (in minutes) and it plays great!

    I know what I'll be doing this week-end. :)
  17. macrumors newbie

    Jun 1, 2012
    Somebody needs to try and install a mod for this new release of Half-Life..I'm really excited to see if this will work! Probably wont as mods use their own DLLs.
  18. macrumors 6502a

    Feb 10, 2008
    They're waiting for you Gordon... the test chamber.

  19. macrumors 68030


    Oct 3, 2009
    I've been waiting for this for a longgg time! I hope the 3rd party mods are also compatible, can anyone say?
  20. macrumors 6502a

    Sep 30, 2001
    Thanks for the note there. I purchased Half Life 1, even though Steam still only shows the Windows icon there, and then afterwards it began downloading the Mac version.
  21. macrumors 6502a

    Sep 13, 2009
    Third party mods have extra compiled code (DLL's). So unless Valve has done something that lets OS X Half-Life run Windows code... :p
  22. macrumors 6502a


    May 5, 2003
    Alberta, Canada

    considering the gold master for it was made and finished in april of 99 and cross platform multiplayer
  23. macrumors 603


    Aug 2, 2002
    Cork, Ireland.
    See, this is the problem with young people these days, no patience! If they don't get what they want within 15 years, they get all stroppy! Why, back in my day...

  24. macrumors newbie

    Mar 17, 2011
    San Jose
    Looks like this is only for the original Half Life. I have Half Life: Source and I cant get it to download or work on my Mac.
  25. macrumors 65816


    Oct 3, 2010
    North of England
    Now we'll have to wait another 10 years for Episode 3...

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