Free copy of Portal for everyone until May 24

In celebrating the launch of Steam for Mac today, Valve Software has put out an enticing promotional campaign differing from their usual free weekends for content pack updates to their other games, such as Team Fortress 2 and Left 4 Dead. This time, they will offer Portal for free, for everyone to keep forever, as long as they respond by May 24. Both Windows and Mac OS X gamers can once again play the much loved puzzle shooter of 2007's The Orange Box that has won nearly 70 Game of the Year awards.

Example of Portal game mechanics: Jump onto the blue portal, and you'll fly out of the orange portal.

Example of Portal game mechanics: Jump onto the blue portal, and you'll fly out of the orange portal.

Portal is a first person puzzle shooter that allows players to control a "portal gun," more appropriately named the Aperture Science Handheld Portal Device. The players are "lab rats" guided by a mysterious voice known as GLaDOS who seemingly offers helpful advice to the player, but ultimately exposes much sinister motives as the game progresses. Players create "portals" that are used to transport themselves or any objects from one point to another, as they work through the Aperture Science facilities to solve puzzles. The game's official trailer gives a nice quick overview of the game's mechanics:

To get the game, simply download a copy of Steam if you haven't already, and visit the landing page on Steam.

Thanks to LOC for the heads up on the forums!

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Unfortunately, the above Portal offer is only for users of Windows and the Intel version of Mac OS-X Leopard. No PPC Mac or Linux version.

Magallanes said,
so, those games are really free, then you can play anytime, or they are simply trial?

Free and fully featured. Once you get it, you own it for life

AaronMT said,

Until May 24th.

"This time, they will offer Portal for free, for everyone to keep forever, as long as they respond by May 24. "

Subject Delta said,

Free and fully featured. Once you get it, you own it for life

Or longer, if you take advantage now.

I registered the original Half-Life Platinum Pack (which I bought retail pre-Steam) when I found Steam's Windows client stable enough to keep; now, I can actually pick and choose what parts of the PP to install (which you couldn't really do iwth the offline version). It's also pretty much the best way to play the original HL in 7 x64.

Oh cool, I was thinking about buying this after playing the demo but kept putting it off, I'm glad I did. Plus I didn't have to wait for it to download because it was preloaded when I downloaded the demo.

temerepo said,
Is TF2 available?

On the Mac, not yet. It's still in a closed beta if I recall correctly.

As a freebie: no, but they run discounted campaigns frequently for TF2. The last one was just $2.49... close enough to free.

rm20010 said,

On the Mac, not yet. It's still in a closed beta if I recall correctly.

As a freebie: no, but they run discounted campaigns frequently for TF2. The last one was just $2.49... close enough to free.

cool. I have it on the pc. I was just curious. Will download it as soon as it becomes available on the mac side.
Thx

Ryan Hoffman said,
Steam is a lie - their servers don't work :-/

Everyone is trying to get it right now, so their servers are literally being raped right now. Try again later on or tomorrow.

neo158 said,

Hopefully it won't be in Portal 2 !!!!

You mean we will finally get the cake!?

Edited by Shadrack, May 12 2010, 11:56pm :

How is the Steam client now anyways? I think the last time I used it was when it first launched and was WAY to buggy to keep installed.. Is it a lot more stable now? Is it usable? Does it launch at bootup still??

Lord Zog said,
How is the Steam client now anyways? I think the last time I used it was when it first launched and was WAY to buggy to keep installed.. Is it a lot more stable now? Is it usable? Does it launch at bootup still??

Very stable, very usable and it does launch at Startup (You can turn that off) which I prefer

Lord Zog said,
How is the Steam client now anyways? I think the last time I used it was when it first launched and was WAY to buggy to keep installed.. Is it a lot more stable now? Is it usable? Does it launch at bootup still??

Haven't had any issues with the client since I've been using it for the last 2 years or so. It still starts up with Windows, but it's not like you can't disable it.

Lord Zog said,
How is the Steam client now anyways? I think the last time I used it was when it first launched and was WAY to buggy to keep installed.. Is it a lot more stable now? Is it usable? Does it launch at bootup still??

It works well, but I have 2 complaints. The first was all the friend requests that kept coming in and popping up in the lower right and corner of the screen whenever I first launched the service. People just adding everyone they possibly can. It isn't as bad anymore. I'm not sure if I toggled an option and forgot about it or they changed the way it worked.

My other issue is the large pop-up ad for whatever game on Steam. At least the ad pertains to a game on steam and not something totally random, but I can't seem to figure out a way to turn those off.

Shadrack said,

It works well, but I have 2 complaints. The first was all the friend requests that kept coming in and popping up in the lower right and corner of the screen whenever I first launched the service. People just adding everyone they possibly can. It isn't as bad anymore. I'm not sure if I toggled an option and forgot about it or they changed the way it worked.

My other issue is the large pop-up ad for whatever game on Steam. At least the ad pertains to a game on steam and not something totally random, but I can't seem to figure out a way to turn those off.

Go to settings, and somewhere in the tabs, there's an option to disable instant messages about Steam. Turn that off and the ads will go away.

Edited by Denis W., May 12 2010, 11:33pm :

Lord Zog said,
How is the Steam client now anyways? I think the last time I used it was when it first launched and was WAY to buggy to keep installed.. Is it a lot more stable now? Is it usable? Does it launch at bootup still??

As someone who used it when it first launched and still uses it till now, it has greatly improved, it's very stable and feels much more light weight.

rm20010 said,

Go to settings, and somewhere in the tabs, there's an option to disable instant messages about Steam. Turn that off and the ads will go away.

Thanks! I'll try that.

tonyunreal said,
Didn't expect Torchlight to be in the launching titles. Tried it, works flawlessly.

It's a nice little game. I bought it last christ,as i think it was 10$ or 5$ can't really remember. Was worth every pennies i paid. Good Diablo clone.

Sebianoti said,

what the hell?

If you guys read the first comment of the article, you'll see the same user found himself trying to download but not getting a connection.

Therefore, upon seeing other people able to download it, he's being humorously jealous of your success.

Come on, this isn't rocket science.

LiquidSolstice said,

If you guys read the first comment of the article, you'll see the same user found himself trying to download but not getting a connection.

Therefore, upon seeing other people able to download it, he's being humorously jealous of your success.

Come on, this isn't rocket science.


LOL

LiquidSolstice said,

If you guys read the first comment of the article, you'll see the same user found himself trying to download but not getting a connection.

Therefore, upon seeing other people able to download it, he's being humorously jealous of your success.

Come on, this isn't rocket science.

I don't read other people's comments. Comment sections are here for me to write and you to read! /sarcasm

Sonic. said,

This is the best post in a long time lol

+1 for that. Got my copy but unfortunately have to work all weekend and can not play