Multiplayer and Co-Op on a single iMac (i.e., Portal 2)

Discussion in 'Mac and PC Games' started by Amnesiac1, Apr 17, 2011.

  1. Amnesiac1 macrumors 6502

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    How is the co-op on Portal 2 going to work? What will I need?

    I'm assuming it will utilize split-screen... and then, can I simply hook in another keyboard and mouse?

    I'm also curious about how multiplayer works for Left 4 Dead.

    Also, is it possible to make it so that the split-screen is split between two monitors instead of a single screen?
     
  2. 256bit macrumors member

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    Splitsceen is a console thing

    A splitscreen PC game is a rare thing indeed. I would assume Portal 2 won't have splitscreen, as no other valve games have it - left 4 dead, for example. The multiplayer for that game is 1 player per PC.
     
  3. Amnesiac1 thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Left 4 Dead 2 doesn't have splitscreen?

    So, it's only online co-op?

    Oh, well... in that case, I have a new question.

    Consider the following scenario: I purchase L4D2 or Portal 2 from Steam. I own an iMac and MBP. Can I access my Steam account from both computers and install the games on both computers? If so, couldn't I play multiplayer that way (i.e., one player on one computer, the other on another, hooked up via LAN, ethernet cable, wireless, etc.)?

    Thanks.
     
  4. Kaidao macrumors newbie

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    Yeah I think that should be fine. I know one Steam account can work on multiple computers. It'll just send you a verification to add that computer to your Steam account and you should be able to log on. There may be a problem though, as I've never tried this out, but I'm not sure whether you can log on the same Steam account on two computers at once.
     
  5. theLimit macrumors 6502a

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    One player per copy of the game. You'd need to log one of the computers into a different steam account that also owned the game you want to play two player.
     
  6. Amnesiac1 thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Lame, but reasonable.
     
  7. 256bit macrumors member

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    Or...

    I know this is against the ToS, but you can sign into steam on one computer, go into offline mode, and sign in on another computer to play off of one copy. Not saying you should, but it is an option.
     
  8. bluemonkeyguy macrumors 6502

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    False!!! I have iMac setup with OSX and Win7, and I have the steam client installed on both. If I want to play LFD2 or Portal 1, you just have to resign in and you are fine, even with multiplayer games, for when you switch OSes. But there is a maximum limit to how many of those games are installed on different computers, I think it is 5.
     
  9. bluemonkeyguy macrumors 6502

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    False, you can install more copies, keep in mind you can't have the multiple copies to be active at the same time.
     
  10. Amnesiac1 thread starter macrumors 6502

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    So... I can have Portal 2 on both computers, but I can't play a multiplayer game with both computers running the same game at the same time?
     
  11. 256bit macrumors member

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    Mass quotepost

    There's no limit, actually. Hooray for Steam!

    This is what I was referring to. You can play multiplayer on >1 computer over LAN off of one copy, but it is against the ToS to do so.

    See above response.
     

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