Thanks to Valve, Mac users can finally claim to own a "gaming rig" without resorting to Boot Camp or causing PC gamers to burst into laughter. Sure, you're still going to be better off cost-for-pixel-crunching
with a mid-range PC desktop than anything Apple offers, but for a MacBook Pro user looking to get in a few frags during lunch, the arrival of Steam for Mac
is probably the best news they've heard this year -- and luckily that Source engine isn't too hard on older hardware. Mostly the same crop of games that were available to beta testers are available in the final product, with Portal
Team Fortress 2
standing atop the heap (Portal's even free for a limited time!), while Half-Life
and Left 4 Dead
remain notably absent. Check out Joystiq
if you want a full breakdown of the games, including a few of the highlights, we have... um, some stuff to do. You know, boring work stuff. You probably wouldn't be interested. Hit that source link for the download.
We're not seeing Team Fortress 2
, and we're not getting an option for picking up the Mac version of Civ IV
, even though it's a "Steam Play" title. The free Portal
download isn't working either, but at least we're relatively certain that it will at some point.