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HALF LIFE - for Mac?

I had a discussion with a friend yesterday. I showed him the site and we talked about some games (he's an ex PC-Gamer, now Mac-er). At some point, he threw Half Life into the ring, and I said something about how it was completely wrong that this was never released for Mac.
"Umh, it WAS released for Mac, at least I played it on there!" my friend replied.

So, some more discussion, some quick research, and I'm still not fully convinced. I found an alleged buy-link at some site that looked a bit fake, as well as various raunchy sources claiming to provide HL for Mac, but there's no actual fact about the existence of the game.

So, is there actually a version of HL for Mac?
If not, is it possible to play the game on Mac though?

I still have a CD of the win version somewhere around that a classmate gave me when we graduated as a pun/gift. So if there was a port released by Valve, that might do.

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um... its still been sold at steam...

but if it is... I WILL SCREAM YES!!!
but no...

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Nope. Unless someone managed to get it running in an emulator.

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Not a long time after Apple's officially statement of installing windy operating systems on Macs, some publishers told us: "To run this game/app on a Mac, install Windows first..." Sick

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Yep, there was much rumour that it would be released / ported, but I don't think it ever came to pass.

A bit annoyed we all were after all the waiting. Just like Delta Force: BHD Team Sabre, Aspyr said "coming soon" for ages and then nothing.

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Yeah it was supposed to be ported to Dreamcast also, but they took so darn long that the console was dead in the water by the time it was finished.

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Ah, damn. I just watched a few gameplay videos on youtube, it looked like one of the best games...

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I remember hearing about Half Life for Mac getting cancelled, long ago. I don't think it even hit the development stage.

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I don't know about the Mac, but if you've ever played the PlayStation 2 port, that's actually the Dreamcast version ported yet again to the PS2. I actually like the original PC version better! They just added unnecessary detail and ruined the original aesthetic, as far as I'm concerned.

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Andrew Meggs was the head, and only developer on the Mac port of Half-Life, he was a part of Mumbo Jumbo in 2001, and was the leader of Myth III development.

From what I heard the game was completely finished, and played fine, but the online segment was incompatible with the PC version, and either Valve or the company he was working for, Logicware.

To my knowledge, it was never leaked, and cannot be found anywhere.

http://www.google.com/search?q=andrew+meggs+half-life

If anyone ever gets ahold of it somehow, or something, I'd love a chance to try it.

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Wow. I never thought so many people cared, just as me. Smile

Since people might be interested in this, I looked around a bit the last few nights, and there seems to be something. Somebody seems to have upped something called Half Life Mac to rapidshare. Some message boards seem to have picked it up. No idea if it is a mod or a patch or port or whatever, and I'm a bit resentful to try it out (who knows how legal this is).

Might be where the version my friend played originated from... who knows, I recall even seeing a RE4 for Mac-thread on a message board some time ago. Pretty weird stuff, if you ask me, seems to be underground stuff circulating.

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I say give it a shot, let us know what it is. It if is in fact even HL1 or something else, it'd be interesting to know.

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This looks interesting, I reckon there was actually something after all;

http://forums.appleinsider.com/archive/index.php/t-18299.html

and also, read description in link.....

http://au.pc.gamespy.com/mac/half-life/

I'm sure this is fake though...

http://www.shopping.com/xPO-Half-Life-Platinum-Edition-2

Id like to here more on this thread,
Thanks!

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Nah, to be honest, I fear for the health of my Mac. Tongue And who knows how legal this is... :S

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@ jdamage: This statements makes me call BS: "On the other hand I have a friend at Valve that is working on the maps for HL2 (and was responsible for quite a few of them in HL) that HL2 is almost 100% coming for Mac and that, surprise, they are re-doing HL (original) with the HL2 engine... wicked."

Yeah... Right...

EDIT: youtube seems to provide videos of people playing HL on Mac. WTF???????? o.O

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Yes half-Life is possible to run on modern Macs like the intel. I have HL and HL2 running under an app called Crossover, which installs the half-life games and mostly any windows game directly from their CD's (express or un-supported install).

And I reckon they run flaw-less under emulation! Although HL is perfect, HL2 on the other hand is very buggy in parts, but fully playable Wink

Theres also other apps such as Cider which is a built in windows to mac game app which im unsure about.. The best options are probably Bootcamp which installs mostly any version of windows to your mac but uses the most space, and also if you're gonna be using a lot of windows games and apps.

Soo all and all if you wanna stick with basics according to small size, and just want to play half-life series on your intel mac. Or maybe just a few small other games, Crossover is a great option for that!

Cheers.

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Seirously?? o.O Whoa, could you post how that works??
Gotta find my old Half Life CD, considering it was a PC-CD, I put it here SOMEWHERE...

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Sure very simple. If you're a bad ass pirate like myself, download this torrent called CrossOver Games (which you can also buy). Simply insert the game CD and crossover will open and recognize it.

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Theres 2 types of installs: First theres one called "express install" which will find the .exe file on the CD and easily setup the game from there.

Option 2 is called "unsupported install", which lets you install games that arnt supported by the CrossOver app. Both types are very much common sense, and easy to understand/use.

Official website can be found here: http://www.codeweavers.com/products/cxgames/

Hope everything works out,
Cheers.

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Original HL + Blue Shift were hacked and completed by regular d00ds for the DreamCast - I have both, and they are easily obtained via rapi*dsh*re etc. from Dreamcast sharing forums... The version I have takes forever to load, loads often, and is (in my opinion) buggy as hell. You may find a better custom build out there tho...

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I still have my Dreamcast, and I downloaded and burned it to a disc. I think I ave a pretty good build, the load times are short, and the game isn't to buggy. You can download the good build at dcisozone.com, if you still have a Dreamcast, it's worth the download. I got mine a few months back for $5.

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Still got mine as well...I sold one and kept the other...Grabbed that HL version as well when it appeared...Playing the game was nice and smooth but it had trouble saving to the Memory cards at certain points...Then once in a while it would not load the saved games....But at least I did not have to sit through that beginning movie again....bleech..

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Yeah, the Half Life Mac port by Logicware was cancelled at the last minute (circa 1999-2000) but still missing. Sad

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Yeah, the pretty much realized the DC was going to be dead in the water at the release of the PS2.

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Would be awesome if the Dreamcast version supported the mouse and keyboard, best of both worlds, right there.

Dreamcast also seems to be the first console where computer ports weren't completely terrible, possibly because they finally broke 640x480.

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According to the statements of the OP in this link, http://forums.appleinsider.com/archive/index.php/t-18299.html (assuming they are accurate) it sounds like some kind of closed Beta Demo (3-4 levels) of Mac Half-Life has been made available to Apple employees for demonstration purposes back when the port was nearing completion. This might very well be possible, but if so then it's a shame that this demo has not been leaked onto the Net yet since this would most likely even be legal by todays standards.

I've been playing a Cider ported OS X version of HL + Expansions for some time now but I'd still love to try it out on my old Lime G3 iMac. It's just something that needs to happen - nuff said. :]

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Half-Life and many other games in the series have been released for Mac and Linux on Steam.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Half-Life_(video_game)
http://store.steampowered.com/app/70/?snr=1_7_15__13

If you want a non-DRM version, though, you'd still need to obtain a pirated/hacked version.

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I'm aware of the fact that HL has now been officially released for OSX on Steam, i was just speculating about a possible demo version of the classic OS 9 port from 1999 that was canned at the last minute.

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Supposedly HL for Mac was pretty much complete. It even managed to play with PCs on networked games, something given as a reason for cancellation. Logicware was doing the porting, and it did do decent conversions, but was somewhat of a fly-by-night operation and closed up in the early 2000s.

The real reason was that Mac ports tended to sell poorly compared with their PC counterparts, and the whole era (a rather grim time from 1996 to 2007) was a rotten time for Mac games in general. Sure there were some great shareware titles during that time, but at a time where they were churning out sub-par ports and getting hero worship for it, that's not good.