Steam Coming To Mac?
Although nothing’s been confirmed just yet, many users believe (after being subjected to numerous teasers) that Steam is coming to Mac. Since very few people, Mac users include, actually know what Steam is, I’m going to break it down for you.
Steam is the premiere Windows client for gaming. With Steam, users are able to network with their friends, download games, and earn achievements. If Steam came to the Mac platform, it would most definitely change the white and barren world of Mac gaming, as well as changing the world of PC gaming.
Valve Corporation has released some very interesting teaser pics boasting Steam for Mac. One of these pictures features the Heavy from TF2 fame, and another of Gordon Freeman from Half Life with a supposed apple insignia on his chest plate. Finally, there is the iconic image of Alex from Half Life re-enacting the classic Apple ad.
So yeah, as if the fact that Steam might be coming to Mac isn’t already too much to handle, we now have reason to believe that Team Fortress 2, Left 4 Dead, Portal, and the Half Life series are all being prepped for Mac. Personally, I’m a bit skeptical: I don’t own a single Mac PC product. Never have, probably never will. But if Mac can implant the roots of PC gaming into its core, then PC gaming as we know it could die.
If you recall, Valve has decided to completely skip over the sleek and black PS3, in favor of the glossy chrome that Apple boasts. What’s up with that? Valve apparently claims that it is harder to code for the PS3. SO, does that mean it is easier to code for a completely new computer OS? I think that Valve has its markets confused. Why? Because the vast majority of people that buy Macs are not the people that are worried about being able to game on it. They mean business or entertainment… not video games. Meanwhile, the people on the PS3 are begging for Valve games. I think this is a mistake, and one Valve will definitely hear about from the PS3 fanboys.
But even if Valve seems to have their signals crossed, this is still a great development. For if this truly does kill PC gaming as we know it, a renaissance may take place. From the ashes of buildings burned down by enraged PS3 fan boys, a tiny chute of PC gaming will emerge. This chute will grow, and will one day overshadow it’s console counterparts.
I just have to say it. Could this correlate to the cryptic Portal update that had users decoding SSTVs, BBSs, and Morse code?