If you are looking for a quick read, here’s the short of it: I adore Steam for Mac. It’s great to have the large catalog of games available, with more to come. The games look great, spare the occasional bug, but Valve is constantly pushing out updates to ensure a flawless Mac experience with Steam.
Continue after the jump for my overall perspective of the experience.
A Brief(ish) History:
It’s been almost four years since I’ve been on Steam. It’s nothing against the platform, life just played out that way. My PC crashed and I couldn’t afford a new one at the time. Eventually I got a basic laptop with no meat on the bones and went through a few of those. My Xbox 360 was enough for me so I didn’t feel like I was missing anything – or maybe I just wasn’t aware of it.
Over a year ago I finally acquired a desktop, but it was an iMac. I was happy to pick up a desktop; something with a lot more power than the dinky laptops that were getting me by. I forgot how much I missed a good, solid machine. I got back into the applications I used to use (albeit much more updated) and dove headfirst back into the deep end of computers, technology and the web where I used to swim regularly. With all of the geeky addictions that were reignited within me, I felt something was missing. What else did I used to do on my computer? Oh right – gaming!
The first thing I did was look up Steam, but found myself disappointed because it lacked Mac support and worse, their FAQ page explained they had no intentions of creating for that platform. Shot through the heart. Though I knew it was the only alternative, I never got around to picking up Boot Camp. Wishing I had more options I at least had Blizzard on my side of the field with Mac. I replayed Diablo 2 and put in some casual hours on World of Warcraft. Yeah, that’s right. Casual. I stood firm and didn’t get sucked in – that $15 a month was a thorn in my side so I stopped paying and playing. My Xbox 360 still reigned king supreme — well, at the least heir to my first Xbox 360 at this point in time, as my original suffered the old red ring o’ death.
Eventually the news broke about Steam developing for the Mac platform and I couldn’t have been more excited.