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Sensoji Temple in Asakusa, Tokyo

Another month – another post

I really had intended on getting out more than 1 post per month, but clearly I can’t manage that.

Left 4 Dead 2 now native on OS X.  Finally, 5 months after the initial Steam OS X release we get Left 4 Dead 2 along with some new maps…sorry campaigns.  I actually thought I would have been more excited, but I’ve only managed 1 1/2 hours … if that.

The Mac Steam store really hasn’t been that active for the previous couple of months either – oh well.

I’m sure there were several PSN+ releases I actually wanted but game-wise my PS3’s have been a little redundant.

That pretty much covers everything for the last month of my life…depressing huh.  Actually it’s not quite check my other blog, a few boring, techie things this month.

The thumbnail image is unrelated, just a snap from my holiday.


Day of Defeat: Source – Now on mac

Out of nowhere (well I havn’t seen anything recently) Day of Defeat: Source is released for the mac.  Originally one of my favourite games, after Counter-Strike (which has actually made it to the bottom of the games I own on steam so far) but I preferred it to TF2 (now top, but there are a few missing) we will see if the game has been destroyed or improved but the updates that have been pushed into the other Orange Box multiplayer titles.

Looking over the achievements, MOST of them seem very easy, just play for a while and you will get them, a lot of  Get X kills with Y.

With this games release, that’s it for the Orange Box titles (Team Fortress 2, Half-life 2, Half-life 2: Episode One, Half-life 2: Episode 2 and Portal).  Well, HL2 deathmatch isn’t available yet, can’t wait for this.  HL2 deathmatch is required but most/all? total conversion mods.  Dystopia & SourceForts (TFC on the Source Engine) being two a played frequently.  I am not sure if the process for mods on OS X will be a simple one, however it should defiantly be far more simple than a full game engine.


Counter-Strike: Source – Now on Mac

It seems the Steam store is having problems at the moment, frequently showing 0 games available on the Mac and not showing anything under New Releases & Top Sellers, this doesn’t however change the fact that Counter-Strike: Source is now available.

It’s a fairly large download, much more than I expected, over 1.5gb, as I would have expected several shared resources with other Source based games.

This seems like a fairly big title so at the moment I am not expecting anything more on the store, even though this doesn’t appear under the homepage of the Mac section yet either.


Counter-Strike: Source – Next week on Mac

Valve have today made a new post stating no updates this week due to E3, along with a trailer for portal 2.  Not only that, it seems as though Counter-Strike: Source will be making its way onto the mac next week.

All good news, however I must say I am somewhat surprised be the news of Counter-Strike.  This seems to very quietly made its way here, is this also to be closely followed by Day of Defeat: Source in the near future as well I wonder.


This weeks Steam disappointment.

Only 1 indie release this week, with a very low price at that. Fortix.

Can you reclaim your ancestors’ land? Evil forces have taken over the once fertile land of Fortiana. You are the only one who can storm the castles and claw it back from the hordes of dragons. Experience a new type of strategy and arcade game. Fence off parts of the battlefield to corner your enemies. Collect catapults and power-ups to besiege the fortresses and take on dragons. But beware! As you progress through the levels it gets harder and harder. The fortresses become much larger and the monsters more vicious. Can you emerge victorious and reclaim the land of your ancestors? You are knight Fortix, the sole hope for the desolate and tortured land of Fortiana to become the fertile land that it was before.

Another game I am unlikely to get.  Really hoping Valve will be making another late release of titles this week, this one was a bit of a joke really.

Maybe due to E3?


Dangerous High School Girls in Trouble!

Well, that’s it for steam updates, Team Fortress 2 and Dangerous High School Girls in Trouble.  I’m really not sure this game is for me but its got an OK metacritic score, so I might make the effort to do some research into it.

Little bit disappointing there wasn’t a bit more, seeing as there were no releases last week, never mind.


Steam Mac Wednesday – “Cross-Platform Steam Cloud”

Some progress is being made on the Steam Store.  Half-life 2, Episode 1 & Episode 2.

Again, stupidly, or maybe just because I check as things are being added, stuff doesn’t work.

I can see the new banners on the store, I can click them, and I can buy new stuff, however, I don’t have the luxury of not paying again it seems.  The message I am oh so familiar with “is not available on your platform” I expect it will be there in a few minutes.

Still praying thats not all, Left 4 Dead 1 & 2 as well as TF2 both come up in this, as well as last weeks categories, but still nowhere to be seen… Sort of, this week they are saying “continue your game” whereas the cloud is only used for config on multi-player.

Half-life Episode 2 doesn’t seem to be in my games list either, I’m some percentage sure I have already payed for, played and completed this. I’ll try and buy it later, see if it gives me the option to continue, then maybe a steam client restart.


Steam Mac Store – What’s New “Cross-platform multiplayer”

Valve are updating the Mac store.  This weeks feature “cross-platform multiplayer” (Quake 3 cough cough)

So, what’s released so far.  I’m going to say its difficult to call, because there are 2 defiantly new titles, yet the number of games listed has gone down “Games 61 … Single-player Games 64” and somehow there are more single-player games than there are games…..

Either way the 3 I’m sure are new are;

Things for valve to do, add the date on which Mac (Steam’s Mac) was released & ordering by it, fixing a rather annoying bug which seems to have logged me out of the store and community sections…on multiple occasions and the crash that occurred while writing this sentence.

I would also like a demo of Killing Floor.

Update: The number of games has now increased to 89 games, 91 single player games, but I only saw 76 when actually viewing the site.  It seems like they are just making up numbers now.

Update 2: It also seems like they are now ordering the items, so most recent Mac releases appear at the top of the list.


Steam’s Mac release games

When I first started Mac steam, they hadn’t sorted the store links out yet, so only games I already owned were available to me. On apress release by valve, mentioning only 2 games, seeing 63 was a big surprise (maybe a few of those are packs).

There are a number of indie games and already cross-platform games most being within the family genre, so a lot thats not of great interest, but several I already own.  Wondering how many companies will now decide to invest in mac development.  I don’t think I am going to be moving away from my PS3 for several titles.  Granted console controllers are not necessary the best for FPS games, but after quite a while you get used to it.  At least the choice won’t be automatically be made for me any more, both a good & bad thing.


Steam Mac – Released

So, today steam on the mac has been officially released.  However upon logging in, I can install portal, but not play, due to the message “This game is currently unavailable. Please try again at another time”.  I havn’t seen that message in quite some time. Team Fortress 2 which I believe was available during the beta and I actually own, does not exist in my list, however, everything else I own does.

Maybe things will get better over the next few hours.

As this news post says, additional collections of mac titles coming on Wednesdays.  All good news, just hoping my game catalogue is sooner rather than later.  Come on L4D2.

It also seems like I can download demos that I can’t use on this platform, simply by clicking on the link from the steam store in Safari….that seems like a bit of an obvious thing to stop.