Steam requirements not accurate? Half Life 2

Discussion in 'Mac and PC Games' started by nfable, May 30, 2010.

  1. nfable macrumors regular


    Apr 9, 2007
    Attempting to d/l Half Life 2 Demo, get msg reporting "Half-Life 2 Demo is not available on your current platform"

    With min req's being:
    Minimum: OS X version Leopard 10.5.8, Snow Leopard 10.6.3, 1GB RAM, NVIDIA GeForce 8 or higher, or ATI X1600 or higher, Mouse, Keyboard, Internet Connection

    When I have a late 2006 with an ATI Mobility Radeon X1600... 15.4"/2.33 GHz/4 GB RAM (3 addressable)/120 GB HD/256 MB VRAM

    This should be in the specs, anyone else having an issue?

  2. GreatDrok macrumors 6502a


    May 1, 2006
    New Zealand
    Odd, I have installed the full version on my 1st Gen MacBook Pro 2Ghz with ATI X1600 with SL 10.6.3 installed and it is fine. Not the quickest machine in the world for it but playable at 1024x640 resolution. Yours should certainly be good enough.
  3. aiqw9182 macrumors 65816

    Apr 22, 2010
    There's your problem. Most of the demos haven't been updated yet to Mac versions.
  4. Glumpfner macrumors regular

    Dec 15, 2009
    Yeah I can confirm that. I have a MacBook Pro late 2008 and I have steam installed with Half Life 2 and Portal full version and they work without a problem. But when I click on download demo it tells me ""Half-Life 2 Demo is not available on your current platform" meaning that the demo is not available for Mac OS, only for Windows.
  5. PlaceofDis macrumors Core

    Jan 6, 2004
    As others have said this is a problem with the demos. One you'd think they'd have sorted by day one. Shame.
  6. Winni macrumors 68040


    Oct 15, 2008
    They let you play the full version of Portal for free and don't charge existing customers for the Mac version of their games. Shouldn't that be enough for a launch? Are you guys never satisfied?
  7. roadbloc macrumors G3


    Aug 24, 2009
    +1. Sending a support ticket to valve about the issue is one thing. Blatant b!tching about Valve's lack of <variable> and saying it should have been done at the start is silly.

    I am very grateful that Steam has come to Mac. It can only get better, but it's going to take time.
  8. sx9ko macrumors newbie

    Nov 13, 2009
    imac 27 + halflife 2 = fail?

    I just bought Half Life 2 and I get the same message. I have a imac 27 core i5 so I'm well above the minimum requirements. wtf?
  9. nfable thread starter macrumors regular


    Apr 9, 2007
    sx9ko; you're getting that with the full version of the game and not the demo? Maybe you surpass the req's too much ...

    Others, thanks for making me feel like I'm not taking crazy pills... I'll wait for a Mac demo.

    Shame, shame on Valve for not having this resolved and not updating my cup of coffee and not fetching my slippers to enjoy their work. Inexcusable! Well, I've never... never, um,.. been able to play this variety of games on the Mac before with such ease and growing options... We're just getting too excited I guess. :D
  10. roadbloc macrumors G3


    Aug 24, 2009
    Why not just buy it? I can assure you, it is a very good game.

    Orange Box is only £12 and includes 5 games.
    That plus the ATI offer ( you can get:

    Half Life 2
    Half Life 2 Ep 1
    Half Life 2 Ep 2
    Half Life 2: Lost Coast
    Team Fortress
    Half Life: Deathmatch

    Thats presuming you have £12.
  11. NGL macrumors member

    Feb 28, 2010
    Put in a ticket, I'm having no trouble with it on my i7 iMac.

  12. PlaceofDis macrumors Core

    Jan 6, 2004
    It's just that the demos shouldn't have been that hard to do too. At least for those with older hardware who wanted to try before they make a purchase.
  13. benpatient macrumors 68000

    Nov 4, 2003
    #13're complaining because they didn't re-do the demo for a 6 year old game for your platform, only the game itself?

    please go back to playing WoW for 15 dollars a month and leave Valve alone.

    If your machine can play portal, then you can play HL2 with no problems. If you're wondering if it's "worth it" as far as it's value as a game is concerned, then you need a clue. It's quite possibly the best "shooter" ever created. It's head and shoulder above anything from the last 10 years, at least. The only game I would say might be better, as a game, than HL2 is the original one. Even that, though, didn't end as well as this one. I've played the single-player game straight through probably 4 times over the years, and I literally NEVER replay a game.

    The only other single-player games I've ever played after finishing them the first time were Starcraft/Broodwar and a couple of the earlier Mario games.

    I just started playing again this week after not having a PC for the last 2 years, and I am really enjoying HL2 again. If I didn't own it, I would pay 60 bucks for it again. I've spent hundreds if not thousands of dollars on games over the last couple decades for PC, Mac, SNES, GBA, DS, and XBox360, and still to this day, I can honestly say if I had to pick 1 game to bring with me to the island, it would probably be HL2.

    Unless I'm on the island with a couple friends, and then I would bring Rock Band 2.

    If portal works on your system, then just buy the orange box and get over it. Stop complaining about the demo. I never even played the demo.

    What you're doing is the equivalent of asking the movie production houses to create trailers for movies they released 5 years ago, and to spend time and money putting them together. Nobody is going to buy a 5-year-old movie based on a trailer, and nobody is going to buy a 6-year-old epic adventure game based on a demo.
  14. Huntn macrumors P6


    May 5, 2008
    The Misty Mountains
    If it eases your mind HL2 is an outstanding solo story shooter. Did you play the original?
  15. nfable thread starter macrumors regular


    Apr 9, 2007
    No, never played the orig. Prolly will get, but I'm frugal and (read cheap) while portal played fairly fine I would assume hl is more demanding based on the screen shots.
    I got torchlight demo and while i like it I probably won't buy it as I'm loathe to get hooked
    on a game unless it's really swell; like portal which was really short too.

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