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More info on Left 4 Dead 1 and 2 for Mac revealed

While Valve has already given some info about their move to the Mac next month, the official Left 4 Dead web site has more specific info. The new post confirmed that both Left 4 Dead 1 and 2 will be ported to Apple's OS (the big Valve Mac press release has previously only confirmed Left 4 Dead 2 for the Mac).

The note also confirms what Valve stated earlier; Mac and PC owners of the games will be able to play each other online and that if you already own Left 4 Dead 1 and/or 2 for the PC you can get the Mac version for free and vice versa. Mac owners of the games will be able to set up their own dedicated servers and they will even be able to create their own maps for the games. Editing support for Mac games is even rarer than direct Mac-PC ports so this is certainly good news.

Valve to release Mac versions of its games and Steam in April

It's taken a long, long time but today Valve, after sending out some very clear hints earlier last week, made it official. They will finally be releasing native Mac versions for their library of games, including Left 4 Dead 2, Team Fortress 2, Counter-Strike, Portal, and the Half-Life series. It will also offer a native Mac version of its Steam client. Both the games and Steam will be released for the Mac sometime in April. There's no word yet on what other games offered on Steam will be released in their Mac versions

In addition to their previous games, Valve will also release their next game, Portal 2, for the Mac and it will be released at the same time as its PC version. Valve will also offer its Steamworks game development tools for the Mac which means Mac games will be able to support Steam achievements, leaderboards and the Steam Cloud features. Mac and Windows gamers will be able to play each other online as well. Valve is also porting its Source engine to the Mac which means third party games that use the Source engine as its basis will be able have their games available for both Windows and Mac. Finally if you own either a Mac or Windows game via Steam you will be able to play its counterpart free of charge. Also, with the Steam Cloud support players can play a game on a Windows machine, save their progress and then play later on a Mac at the same save point.

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