Pc games on Mac

Discussion in 'Mac and PC Games' started by Washac, May 15, 2010.

  1. Washac macrumors 68020

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    Hi All


    Forgive me if I sound stupid but I thought the idea of Steam on the Mac was so we could play PC games on the Mac ?

    If so why can we not just download any of the PC games on Steam and play em, rather than wait for it to appear in the Mac list ?
     
  2. Huntn macrumors P6

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    Because those games must still be compatible to run on the Mac. Valve/Source is redoing their games so they will run natively on your Mac within Mac Steam.

    But as been mentioned in many of the threads in this forum, Steam in many cases is just a hosting service. You have to have a PC or the WindowsOS to run a PC game. Depending on your preferences, option 1 is to run Windows on your Mac and play the PC game. Option 2 is to install Steam in Windows on your Mac and play all of the Steam games. Option 3 is to play the Mac compatible games available on Mac Steam if and when they appear.
     
  3. NGL macrumors member

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    Huntn pretty much said it. Steam, the distribution service, is available in OS X, but that doesn't make the games available. In addition to Steam being ported, each game also has to be ported so it can run on a Mac. So far, only the games under the "Mac" section of Steam have been ported for OS X.

    -Nick
     
  4. mobilehaathi macrumors G3

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    ^^ all true. That said, Portal and Torchlight are excellent games (if you're into those types of games). Portal is currently free, and Torchlight is on sale for $10. It is enough to keep you busy until some of the other valve games come out (HL2, TF2, etc.).
     
  5. rasmasyean macrumors 6502a

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    The whole Steam "portal" on OSX idea is pretty stupid. You might as well get a cheap copy of Windows XP and bootcamp it so you can play ALL the games on Steam if you are into that. Maybe you can find some cheap Vista's too if you got the system that can handle it and DX10/11.
     
  6. One Love 1867 macrumors regular

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    How is it "stupid"?

    Not everybody needs to play everything available in Steam and not everybody wants to mess around looking for round about ways to play games.

    The amount of "ifs" and "maybe's" in your post with regards to system functionality show why Steam for OS X is anything but "stupid".
     
  7. TMRaven macrumors 68020

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    osx also has inferior gaming performance to windows.
     
  8. Huntn macrumors P6

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    Oh come on... ;) There were no "ifs" and only one "maybe" in his post and the maybe was referring to running the latest version of Windows versus an older version.

    Yeah I would not call Steam for Mac stupid, just a bit limiting, but better than what was available natively on the Mac before so it is a step forward for those who don't want to play with Windows. Would you be one of those? :)
     
  9. HLdan macrumors 603

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    That's not true at all. It's only the Open GL drivers that need to be worked on for OS X, not the OS itself.
     
  10. TMRaven macrumors 68020

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    I'm not trying to compare operating systems here, i'm just stating the obvious-- in that gaming performance is less on OSX than windows. If osx lacks uptodate/ efficient graphics drivers for gaming, then it still doesn't change the fact that one experiences lesser gaming performance in osx compared to windows.
     
  11. VPrime macrumors 68000

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    This is true, and I am guessing something that is going to change.
    Now that a product like steam is available for macs.. Brining games to the masses. Apple will probably update the drivers.
    There really was no need to have great graphics drivers until now.
     
  12. Matthew9559 macrumors 6502a

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    That still doesn't make sense. There is no real difference. Why would Apple not release graphical updates? :confused:
     
  13. Washac thread starter macrumors 68020

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    Hi


    So some of the games I can buy anyway and do not need Steam at all...

    Just thinking about this because if the Steam company ever goes under then I cannot play any games
    I have bought and paid for through Steam.

    Also did not like the way there was no mention that Torchlight was going to be half price on Mac launch
    otherwise I would not have paid full price the day before :(
     
  14. TMRaven macrumors 68020

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    What doesn't make sense? My simple matter of fact?
    Prove to me there is no real difference currently.
    Apple's infamous for restricting the latest gpu drivers for their operating system.

    Cinebench agrees with me:
    OSX
    Windows
     
  15. Mackilroy macrumors 68040

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    Valve has stated that if the company went under they'd release a patch to change that.

    Well, you'll just have to live with that decision, won't you?
     
  16. Washac thread starter macrumors 68020

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    Valve has stated that if the company went under they'd release a patch to change that.

    Had not read that, thanks for the pointer :)

    Well, you'll just have to live with that decision, won't you?

    Yup....
     
  17. Matthew9559 macrumors 6502a

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    That's fine and dandy but I get the exact same fps in Portal/Torchlight in Mac OS X as Windows Vista. It's true Apple may be slow to release graphical updates but when games are performing the exact same from my testing, why do I care?
     
  18. HLdan macrumors 603

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    Okay, look at it this way, say Steam made an announcement at least a month before the launch, then what happens to the poor saps who bought Torchlight before the announcement? Still the same scenario, someone has to take the good with the bad, you just happened to be the one.

    I didn't see you sticking up for the people that paid for Portal while you got it for free. :p
     
  19. One Love 1867 macrumors regular

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    I bought a Mac because of the benefits that using a Mac brings.

    Being predominately a console gamer, gaming sits quite far down my list of requirements and needs for any computer, although Steam being available and officially supported for Mac now is certainly alot more convenient. There are a handful of games, notably Team Fortress 2 and Counter-Strike, that I'm looking forward to playing with some of my friends now that the option is there. It's not something I'd go out of my way to do, such as "Maybe" acquiring a copy of Vista "if" my system was upto it, but now that it's here I intend on using it.

    I just find some of the backlash against Steam for Mac quite silly, in some cases. No it doesn't support every game on the service yet and yes the service itself isn't working as well as it should but, hey, it's been out of beta for less than a week now. As has already been mentioned, Steam is only the store front. The future of what content works for Mac is upto the developers, either if porting their existing libraries or developing new software.

    As a Mac and Playstation 3 owner, I'm just pleased that at least 1 of my systems is actually being supported by Valve now! Infact, even on my modest setup, Steam has been working fine for me. I've had no problems running Portal to a decent standard with some manipulation of the settings..
     
  20. NGL macrumors member

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    There's no sign of Valve going under or abandoning Steam at any point in the near future. Even if they did, I'm sure they would submit patches for their products that allowed them to function without Steam.

    If there's a big Steam event happening on the 12th, why would you buy something on the 11th?

    -Nick
     
  21. Huntn macrumors P6

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    I don't know if I'd go as far as calling it a backlash. Mostly the complaints are those who would not be satisfied being limited to what would be available in Mac Steam. But I'm glad it's gonna work for you. I suspect it will work for a lot of Mac gamers. :)
     
  22. rasmasyean macrumors 6502a

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    It's not true at all that the V4 has lower performance than the V6 either. It's just that you have to change the engine. ;)
     
  23. HLdan macrumors 603

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    Sorry, could you explain what a V4 and V6 are?
     
  24. rasmasyean macrumors 6502a

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    I think you bring up a good point about the delay in games. Ideally, it won't be that long, but in reality, who knows. It's not just Apple or Steam, it's the developers too that have to decide it's "worth it" to port.

    But you also have to remeber that "your friends" aren't going to play that forever. And if you're the type that wants to catch it while it's hot, well... It's like waiting for a movie to come of cable. You never know when...and by that time perhaps most of your friends have seen it. It's also more social with the internet games too so that's a factor.

    If you want to go mountain biking with your friends but you don't have a bike, what are you going to do? Wait a year until the price of the bike you want comes down? By that time all your friends will be burning you or many would have left already. Is that more fun that before? The choice is ultimately yours to make and you have to weight the +/- of course. But just because you "hate windows" due to Apple propaganda is no excuse. You don't have to do anything in it. Just click an icon on the desktop. And now you can type the name into a little box even.
     
  25. mixel macrumors 65816

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    I see your point but he referenced some timeless games there! A lot of my friends play TF2, Killing Floor, both L4Ds and CS:S and none of those are exactly spring chickens. Its never too late. :)
     

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