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can you play steam games on a mac?

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asked 8 years ago in GeneralGeneral by anonymous  

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Some not all of the them.  You can probably do a search for Steam Mac.
answered 8 years ago by Shin GenX Mercenary (1,996 points)  
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you can only play the ones labeled "steamplay" cuz those work on windows and mac
answered 8 years ago by drakaenae King (41,339 points)   5 9 79
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they have a separate section in the store for the games available on mac - http://store.steampowered.com/browse/mac/

answered 8 years ago by jaykay Master (8,580 points)   5 7 51
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Some of them you can , and number of that games is still rising , so you can.
answered 8 years ago by getitlowlow Journeyman (695 points)   1 11
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The answer is Yes but only for some, some games give you both versions with a purchase of either, some games you must purchase each version individually.

 

To understand why we must remember that just because Steam now supports the mac, the games themselves still have to. Which means the developers must make a mac version of the game. For games that already do this, it is easy. For other games it can take considerable time/expense.

Games by default do not run in both Windows and Mac, and need to be modified, often substantially, in order to do so (or at least planned ahead of time and taken steps to be made in such a way that they are compatible).

So the game usually has to have a Mac version already, and also support the Steamplay option. Steam cannot make a Windows game run on the Mac, all by themselves unfortunately.
answered 8 years ago by aggies11 Journeyman (660 points)   2 11
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Indeed you can. But some of the games are Windows-only.
answered 8 years ago by nabramson Mercenary (1,899 points)   2 6 32
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As mentioned earlier, the one's labeled "SteamPlay" are games that can be played on a Mac as well as a PC. Mac game industry is rising slowly. Even SuperMeatBOy is coming to Mac in two months.
answered 8 years ago by gamerx1990 Mercenary (1,491 points)   2 18
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You can.

But don't expect a wide variety.

Some games also come much later than those made for Windows.
answered 8 years ago by xboxer King (32,462 points)   6 11 48
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Anyway here's a Steam group for Mac users playing Steam games.

You can join in their discussion.

http://steamcommunity.com/groups/OSX-Gaming
answered 8 years ago by xboxer King (32,462 points)   6 11 48
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Some, but not all.  Many games do not have an equivalent Mac version.
answered 8 years ago by TxdoHawk Mercenary (1,466 points)   1 1 17
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You can't play all of the games, the mac games start with the portal somewhere 2009 (there are other games i think, too...)

You cansearc it, if you click under store, the "apple" mac button :D
answered 8 years ago by ketjatekos Journeyman (639 points)   7
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Only the games within the mac section of steam. (Applications -> Steam -> Store -> Mac tab -> make your choice of game)
answered 8 years ago by Thezeldaman Journeyman (532 points)   3 7

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