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Posted by GrumpySteen (Member # 170) on May 12, 2010, 13:18:
It's through Steam, so you gotta use their client, but hey... free game.
Posted by Stereo (Member # 748) on May 12, 2010, 13:37:
Wheeee! I have been wanting to try Portal for a while. I knew it was coming for the Mac (finally!) but getting it for free too?
Thanks for the info - I'll get it as soon as I am home!
Posted by maximile (Member # 3446) on May 12, 2010, 14:23:
Portal is a really great bit of game design. Definitely worth getting. Even if you're not a fan of FPSs, don't be put off because it's more about thinking than quick reflexes and shooting. Nice length, nice humour, nice story. Can't wait for Portal 2.
And Steam for Mac makes me so happy. No more restarting into windows to get my TF2 fix. Those few lost seconds could have been spent building my sentries!
Posted by HalfVast (Member # 3187) on May 12, 2010, 16:35:
Never been a gamer but I'll try it for that price.
Posted by Zwilnik (Member # 615) on May 13, 2010, 05:41:
That's our bandwidth maxed out for a day to get Portal. Anyone know if you can copy the install from the cache to install on another Mac or if you have to download on each one?
Also noticed Torchlight's on there as a Mac/PC version at 50% off too, so will probably nab that too.
Posted by GrumpySteen (Member # 170) on May 13, 2010, 07:02:
On Windows, you can install the Steam client and copy the steamapps folder over from the other computer, then open Steam. Once you log in, it recognizes the games and works.
I don't know if that will work on Mac, though, so you may find yourself needing to wipe out the client and reinstall.
Posted by Stereo (Member # 748) on May 13, 2010, 07:20:
I have read the usage agreement for Steam. (Yes, I did. Well, most of it. When dealing with a new player, I like to know what to expect.) I didn't like much the part about "we won't give away your private information... unless for a dozen reasons, and there's nothing you can do about it" part, but for what I understand, if I stay clear of those reasons (multiplayers, buying physical stuff like t-shirts and other merchandizing, making sure to opt out of any "do you want to [share your info|be contacted later|other]", etc.) it should be manageable.
Now, somewhere in there, it is also written that you cannot instal downloaded software on more than one machine - save for the Steam softare itself, as long as you comply with half a dozen conditions. (Those are a "duh!", really.) And anyway, even if the new Macs have Intel chips, the OS librairies do not match, so if in the code, there are calls to Windows-only functions, it still won't work. So I worry you will have to download a new version. Nice part is, you can do it in slices, for what I understood. If you close the Steam interface in the middle of the download, it will resume the next time you open it. So just open Steam while leaving for work, and close it when you need your Internet connection.
Oh, and I couldn't get it to download yesterday, but they got it working. It was still downloading when I left home for work. I may get to try it this week-end, but really, if I can avoid using Steam, I will. I'd even rather pay for the software than use that "all your usage data are belong to us (and we will do what we please about it)" gaming zone. "Pretty strings flying in the wind"? Yeah, right!
Posted by GrumpySteen (Member # 170) on May 13, 2010, 08:22:
Perhaps the Mac version is different, but the Windows Steam client will let you install on multiple computers. I'm not sure what, in the license agreement, lead you to believe otherwise.
In the Steamapps folder, there's a common folder which holds the files used by all user accounts and then each user has a folder. Under the user's folders are files which, I assume, are probably keyed to the user's account. Portal's files are in the user folder, not the common folder, so I would guess that they can't be copied over for another user. As long as you're logging into Steam with your user account, however, the files will work for you (and I've done this myself to move saved games over from one computer to another).
I probably should have said in my previous post that you can copy the files as long as you're using the same user account on both computers, because they are tied to the account, but that seemed obvious to me. If you're trying to install Portal for a second user, you do need to buy it and download it using that account.
Also... everything in my profile on Steam is either blank or a lie, so I don't worry too much about privacy (and the financial stuff is done via one-use CC numbers)
Posted by Stereo (Member # 748) on May 13, 2010, 08:47:
Yes, I did get the part of installing the Steam client on many computers. Perhaps it's the Valve license agreement that specifically tells you have the right to install on only one computer... (It is already a pain to read those licence agreements, it wouldn't suprise me that reading two plus a privacy agreement had resulted in some mix-up.)
Posted by Zwilnik (Member # 615) on May 13, 2010, 12:08:
Mainly it's a pain if Adam and I are buying the same game when we have to download individual 4GB copies on a 1mb ADSL connection (usually a day apiece). So games where we can both buy licenses but only download once are rather more practical.
Posted by maximile (Member # 3446) on May 13, 2010, 14:48:
When my Internet was too slow to download games, I emailled Valve support to ask if I could copy the game files from a friend's computer. They said it was supported, but I never got round to trying it. This was two different accounts (we both had licences) on Windows.
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