The Steam online games download service is now available on MAC’s

Two months after it was announced in March, Steam (the online games download service)  for the Mac has gone live. Valve Software has announced that the download service is now available for Apple’s line of computers, and it flipped the switch on its online store early this week. The Steam client can be downloaded at www.steamgames.com

To drum up enthusiasm, Valve will be giving away the Mac version of its award-winning puzzle game Portal through May 24. ( The PC version is also available free for this period).  The download will require Mac users to update their operating systems to OS X 10.6.3 or the game will not install.

Aas of now, Portal is the only one of Valve’s hits available on the service. Past titles such as Half-Life 2, Left 4 Dead 2, Team Fortress 2, and Counter-Strike are not yet available in non-PC form on Steam, although Valve has said it plans to port them to the Mac. Starting with Portal 2, all future Valve games will be released simultaneously on the Mac, PC, and Xbox 360.

Mac for Steam did launch with a 63-game catalogue of mostly puzzle, arcade, and classic games. Among the titles offered are Peggle Deluxe, Sam & Max: The Devil’s Playhouse 1, Zuma Deluxe, World of Goo, and Tales of Monkey Island Season 1. Also available are Cryptic Studios’ massively multiplayer online role-playing game City of Heroes: Architect Edition and Firaxis’ historical strategy “god game” Civilization IV: The Complete Edition. All purchased Mac games bearing the “Steamplay” logo can also be downloaded onto PCs as well at no extra charge–and vice versa.

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