Mac gamers: Support Steam for Mac!

Discussion in 'Mac and PC Games' started by Ack, May 11, 2010.

  1. Ack macrumors member

    Jan 15, 2009
    As everyone here most likely already knows, Steam for Mac is set to release tomorrow (May 12) and this is a huge turning point for gaming on the Mac. The success or failure of this business venture for Valve will determine how much Valve, other publishers, and Apple themselves support gaming on the Mac in the coming years. I urge everyone reading this to buy at least one Mac game through Steam on opening day, and to continue buying new games as they are released for Mac over the next few weeks.

    Valve will be watching the sales numbers to determine whether to continue Steam for Mac and how much effort to put into supporting and improving it.

    Publishers will be watching the sales numbers to determine whether to develop Mac versions of their new games, and how much effort they should spend on supporting and improving them.

    Apple will be watching the sales numbers to determine how important gaming is to their users and how much effort they should put into improving OpenGL drivers, offering higher-end GPUs, and doing other things to support gaming on the Mac.

    Let's all buy some games and give them some sales numbers that will make everyone stand up and take notice! The amount of Mac sales done through Steam in the next few months could make the difference between whether or not we'll all have to keep Boot Camp installed for the next 10 years.

    Buy some games through Steam tomorrow and spread the word to other Mac communities you frequent.
  2. Rodus macrumors 6502a


    Oct 25, 2008
    Midlands, UK
    An awful lot of Mac gamers are running Valve games under Bootcamp so although they will probably download the Mac ported Valve catalog, Valve won't make any money from this if they already own the PC version. I think it'll take a while for the money to start coming in from Mac users. You are right though, this is great news for us Mac gamers and we should support Valve wholeheartedly.
  3. MacsRgr8 macrumors 604


    Sep 8, 2002
    The Netherlands
    I hear you, Ack!
    And I'm in :)

    As I said in another thread regarding Steam 2 Mac, I am more than happy to pay again for Half Life 2! :)

    Steam coming 2 Mac really is a dream come true. Who would have thought a few years ago, eh? :apple:
  4. DarkCloud2015 macrumors member


    Feb 27, 2010
    I for one am leaving behind my torrenting for games days and fully committed to supporting Valve by buying any and every game that grabs my eye. I'll probably be picking up Portal as soon as Steam launches LOL
  5. runebinder macrumors 6502a


    Apr 2, 2009
    Nottingham, UK
    Yup, Valve hopefully will monitor the amount of downloads, if they can show a fair amount of users on OS X then that will be good for future marketing. Would say though, any future Steam purchases I make will be done through the Steam client for Mac if they're available for both.
  6. SilentPanda Moderator emeritus


    Oct 8, 2002
    The Bamboo Forest
    They'd be crazy to use new purchases as the sole metric. I'm just excited to be able to play at least a few of my games on the Mac side for now.
  7. txa1265 macrumors 6502a


    Aug 15, 2002
    Corning, NY
    As others have said, the early days will show some combination of 'activity' combined with new purchases to help Valve & Apple understand how many PC gamers are also Mac gamers ... and how many folks have held out for Steam on Mac.

    Given my couple hundred Steam games ... it will probably be a while before I can buy anything new :)
  8. Dagless macrumors Core


    Jan 18, 2005
    Fighting to stay in the EU
    As someone with 120 or so Steam games, no I'm not buying anything else :p.
  9. Stepint0sh macrumors member

    Nov 9, 2009
    The Netherlands
    You don't have to buy them, you just have to download the Mac client and play that version! ;)

    I'll be buying Portal!
  10. Selenica macrumors newbie

    May 11, 2010
    The money will come if Valve can persuade other developers to release Mac clients through Steam. There are more than a few upcoming games that I'd like to play on my Mac. Star Wars: The Old Republic, in particular!
  11. Ack thread starter macrumors member

    Jan 15, 2009
    Yes, but it's kind of a chicken and egg scenario. People will buy Mac games if more developers release Mac versions, and more developers will release Mac versions if they see that people are buying Mac games...

    I'm sure they'll also be tracking the number of people who already own PC versions and are now downloading and playing Mac versions. Still, I'd encourage anyone who can find a Mac Steam game they don't own to scrape together some money and do some buying during the first week or two. Nothing speaks to corporations like cold hard revenue numbers.

    Of course, it won't hurt to also download and play any games you already own through the Mac client and get those Steam for Mac player numbers up. (Like you weren't all planning to do that already! ;) )
  12. txa1265 macrumors 6502a


    Aug 15, 2002
    Corning, NY
    I'm wondering how things will register in the future, though - if I buy Portal 2 through my Mac account will it be noted as a 'Mac sale' for statistics? I know it shouldn't matter ... but I simultaneously want the best experience and also to support Mac gaming.

    Also ... am I just a foolish optimist for holding out hope that the abysmal lack of communication and support for Dragon Age is because they're going to release it through Steam for Mac? Probably ...
  13. Cougarcat macrumors 604

    Sep 19, 2003
    Well, Valve can tell if you download the Mac or PC binaries, so yes, your sale will register.
  14. b0tt094 macrumors 6502


    Sep 2, 2006
    If l4d2 goes on sale when steam for mac comes out I plan on buying that (I'm writing this on my Windows partition after playing Killing floor on steam :p)
  15. Plutonius macrumors 604


    Feb 22, 2003
    New Hampshire, USA
    Sorry, I only have time for one game and it's World of Warcraft.
  16. airwalke macrumors member

    Jul 11, 2004
    You know, in some ways I envy you, but in others, I completely abhor this comment.

    I envy you because I hardly spent any money on games when my full attention was dedicated towards WoW. Now that I've stopped playing, I'm probably spending/have spent an average of $25-30 a month on games alone.

    On the other hand... man, expand your horizons, there are other games out there besides WoW! ;)

    EDIT: And I echo the OP, support Valve/Steam for Mac! Blizzard's dedication towards providing Mac support has been about the only thing keeping Mac gaming alive... Valve's continued support is an absolute must if the platform is to progress. Plus, all those Linux gamers are praying that the Steam experiment pans out so that there's greater OpenGL support for gaming on their side.
  17. 256bit macrumors member

    Feb 22, 2010
    Buying L4D2 four pack as soon as it's mac ready, one of 'em is for a fellow mac gamer as well. That's one new steam gamer. (Valve you're welcome:rolleyes:)
  18. imassents macrumors 6502

    Jul 3, 2008
    Valve/Steam perform monthly hardware/system surveys showing what operating systems (XP/Vista/Win7) and CPU speeds etc. It will not be a problem for them to determine how big their Mac market share will be =)

    Check it out here
  19. santaliqueur macrumors 6502a

    Aug 7, 2007
    I plan on supporting the hell out of Steam for Mac. Can't wait.
  20. topmounter macrumors 68020


    Jun 18, 2009
    FEMA Region VIII
    I have $200 burning a hole in my pocket.

    Once they finally release Steam4Mac, the worst part is going to be waiting on the first game to download :eek:
  21. mox358 macrumors 6502


    May 22, 2002
    Totally agree with this. I've missed out on a lot of Valve games I intend on purchasing once I get a new iMac that will run them... Hopefully sooner than later.

    It's great knowing they'll be available and I fully plan on buying a lot of them, and maybe a lot more in the future depending on how fully the Mac store gets filled up by third parties.
  22. 256bit macrumors member

    Feb 22, 2010
    Too bad you can't download and play games at the same time. :(
  23. gatepc macrumors 6502


    Apr 11, 2008
    Pittsburgh PA
    I am in! I plan on buying a few games for the mac as soon as they come out ( yipee for the 12th :) )
  24. Cougarcat macrumors 604

    Sep 19, 2003
    Um, you can...
  25. 256bit macrumors member

    Feb 22, 2010

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