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Portal Free

The Steam Website announces the free release of Portal, celebrating the availability of a Mac compatible version with word that Valve's award-winning first-person puzzle game is available for free between now and May 24. Word is:

Well guess what: For the first time ever, Portal is also available for the Mac.

"Capitol news! But the excellent puzzle adventure Portal won over 40 Game of the Year awards; Surely it must cost at least five or six hundred dollars."

You'd think that, especially since it actually won over 70 Game of the Year Awards. But, like we keep saying, Portal is free. Free on the Mac. Free on the PC. But only until May 24th. So you only have a few days to decide if your free copy of Portal is worth the price we're currently charging - which is you ever-so-slightly moving your index finger just barely enough to click the big red "download" button right there to the left.

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38. Re: Portal Free May 13, 2010, 22:10 zer0nin
 
It would still be a deal at twice the price.  
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37. Re: Portal Free May 13, 2010, 19:55 hoolaparara
 
You think if I wanted to I wouldn't have already? Besides its not like they're not going to stop supporting windows xp soon.

I bought some games to use on a supported operating system and soon I will not be able to use them on that system. Aint DRM grand.

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funny thing that made me just look at the portal page I 'bought' free portal because I was wondering if it was not win 2k supported... but it does mention 2k as a supported OS!

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36. Re: Portal Free May 13, 2010, 17:17 Kxmode
 
@hoolaparara - You really ought to buy Windows XP Pro. With SP3 it is a decent OS.  
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35. Re: Portal Free May 13, 2010, 12:09 Rigs
 
Ant beat me to it...For real, man, my god, I thought me hanging on to XP was bad enough. Still playing games in 2000? Are you a sadist?


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34. Re: Portal Free May 13, 2010, 11:02 Ant
 
hoolaparara wrote on May 13, 2010, 10:59:
Well I got blighted again by steam here. Always seem a bad experience. Last time was a 3 days of buying $5 bio-shock which was a dialup nightmare when I click the buy now button and wait for an hour and the modem is busy for an hour but nothing happens.

This time I seemed to have gotten lucky by not updating (and having running) steam first and getting portal actually worked like a normal online buy!

Then I updated steam and got the bad news

Support for Steam on Windows 2000 will end on August 31st 2010.
This means you will no longer be able to run Steam.

No more steam games for me!
But why are you still using 2K for games?
 
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33. Re: Portal Free May 13, 2010, 10:59 hoolaparara
 
Well I got blighted again by steam here. Always seem a bad experience. Last time was a 3 days of buying $5 bio-shock which was a dialup nightmare when I click the buy now button and wait for an hour and the modem is busy for an hour but nothing happens.

This time I seemed to have gotten lucky by not updating (and having running) steam first and getting portal actually worked like a normal online buy!

Then I updated steam and got the bad news

Support for Steam on Windows 2000 will end on August 31st 2010.
This means you will no longer be able to run Steam.

No more steam games for me!
 
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32. Re: Portal Free May 13, 2010, 10:11 nin
 
Whatever happened to that one nut job, ummm...Astley Putz or some such bs. There were some classic wars in here with that person.


I wondered the other day if he's now posting as "commonperson" after what was written in another thread.




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31. Re: Portal Free May 13, 2010, 09:01 Ant
 
Rigs wrote on May 13, 2010, 08:13:
Not everyone is a hardcore gamer.

Indeed, and even some of us who are (ahem...) have overlooked it in the past or thought it wasn't something they would get into. I didn't play it until about two months ago, for the first time. I never got the Orange Box because I lost interest in HL2 after Episode 1. I thought it was sub-par compared to the original material and didn't really have much faith in Ep2. But, as time goes by, you tend to look back at some games, especially really popular ones, and decide to take a look just to see what the big deal is. Thus, I was able to get my hands on Portal in February from a cousin of mine. I played it and thought it was ok, but the latter levels got confusing and lately I haven't had the time to devote to a long play session or the patience. But I didn't want to cheat either and ruin the fun of it if I got the chance to play in the future. Now maybe I can give the DVD back to my cousin and download it so I'll be able to play it at my leisure...

You'd be surprised how many games 'hardcore' gamers don't play...at least not right off the bat...


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Yep, there are TOO MANY games. My problem is laco f free time. There are a lot of new games (demos too!) I want to play. And there are a lot of OLD games (Crysis, World in Conflict, C&C3:KW, etc.). I need to resume. I only play like 0-2 hours a week.
 
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30. Re: Portal Free May 13, 2010, 08:13 Rigs
 
Not everyone is a hardcore gamer.

Indeed, and even some of us who are (ahem...) have overlooked it in the past or thought it wasn't something they would get into. I didn't play it until about two months ago, for the first time. I never got the Orange Box because I lost interest in HL2 after Episode 1. I thought it was sub-par compared to the original material and didn't really have much faith in Ep2. But, as time goes by, you tend to look back at some games, especially really popular ones, and decide to take a look just to see what the big deal is. Thus, I was able to get my hands on Portal in February from a cousin of mine. I played it and thought it was ok, but the latter levels got confusing and lately I haven't had the time to devote to a long play session or the patience. But I didn't want to cheat either and ruin the fun of it if I got the chance to play in the future. Now maybe I can give the DVD back to my cousin and download it so I'll be able to play it at my leisure...

You'd be surprised how many games 'hardcore' gamers don't play...at least not right off the bat...


=-Rigs-=
 
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29. Re: Portal Free May 13, 2010, 02:26 Ant
 
Diabolus in Musica wrote on May 12, 2010, 20:10:
There are still people that haven't played this game? Wow.
Not everyone is a hardcore gamer.
 
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28. Re: Portal Free May 12, 2010, 21:39 Kxmode
 
I think it means if you grab it, you own it, and can reinstall.  
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27. Re: Portal Free May 12, 2010, 21:32 nin
 
Free until May 24th
Does that mean you can get the game free forever as long as you grab it before the 24th
Or is it like an extended 'free weekend' ie it will end on the 24th (if you haven't purchased it)


I was thinking the same thing?!?!


I wondered the same. Either way, its still a very nice gesture.

 
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26. Re: Portal Free May 12, 2010, 20:53 Kxmode
 
I put the opening portal on a PC and the exiting portal on a Mac! Surprised  
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25. Re: Portal Free May 12, 2010, 20:48 Hyatus
 
If you're going to get it, I would wait until Valve releases the whole Orange Box on Mac. Such an awesome deal.  
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24. Re: Portal Free May 12, 2010, 20:45 MuzixMon
 
ThatOtherGuy wrote on May 12, 2010, 18:45:
Free until May 24th
Does that mean you can get the game free forever as long as you grab it before the 24th
Or is it like an extended 'free weekend' ie it will end on the 24th (if you haven't purchased it)

I was thinking the same thing?!?!
 
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23. Re: Portal Free May 12, 2010, 20:35 [THA] Hamst3r
 
Hot damn, nice deal.  
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22. Re: Portal Free May 12, 2010, 20:33 Kosumo
 
Got to be said as well, Good move by Valve to get Mac user using steam, no reason to try Steam unless you have a game to play?, Here, free game so now you have a reason to install it and give it a try, oh and by the way, the game we are gonna give you is quite liked by lots of people so they'll all tell you to give it ago.

I my, have played and finished Portal at a friend's house but will most surely take this oppertunity to add it to my Steam games.

Thumbsup the Valve

 
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21. Re: Portal Free May 12, 2010, 20:29 BurntSoul
 
Portal: The Valve gateway game. What a fantastic promotion!

 
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20. Re: Portal Free May 12, 2010, 20:10 Diabolus in Musica
 
There are still people that haven't played this game? Wow.  
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19. Re: Portal Free May 12, 2010, 19:46 Prez
 
Portal was as perfect a gaming experience I've had since I first played XCOM or Master of Magic. It's not a game; it's an experience, and a wholly enjoyable one at that. The character GladOS is as unique and interesting a character gaming has seen since Shodan, and she/it is every bit as brilliantly implemented. The game mechanics were absolutely spot on; fun yet sophisticated, challenging without frustrating, and engaging without being complicated.

I've heard people say it was short, but I found the length to be pitch perfect - it never overstays its welcome yet it leaves you completely fulfilled. And while it's played out and trite now, anyone who says they weren't grinning ear to ear if not laughing out loud at the end song is a big fat fibber! This game was pure, magical gaming bliss.

In short, I liked it. A lot. Anyone who hasn't played this yet (So how was it on that Island, anyway?) absolutely has to get this.
 
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