Valve’s Portal

Valve (makers of the famous Half-Life series of games) just released a bundle of five games that I find incredibly compelling. They’re calling the bundle The Orange Box. Three of them are brand new games, and they threw two previously-released games into the bundle just to make it super-compelling for the price.

I couldn’t say which game is the best, but after watching this trailer (also embedded below) for the game called “Portal” I couldn’t help but get excited. The mood they create in their games is incredibly thick. I find it irresistible. Their games seem much deeper to me than would be required by a simple “shoot everything that moves” mentality, and I appreciate their contributions for that reason. Gaming would be better if more games were like theirs.

On a personal note, there are arguably five platforms on which one might release a game these days: the PC, the Mac, the Xbox 360, the Playstation 3, and the Nintendo Wii. I own a Mac and a Wii. Valve has released or is about to release The Orange Box for the other three platforms. There are no plans to make The Orange Box for the ones I own.

Thank God for Boot Camp. Now, to buy a Mac that can run these games well.

3 Comments

  1. Posted October 21, 2007 at 9:13 pm | Permalink

    Josh, fyi The Orange Box runs on Linux using WINE so there’s no need to besmirch your Mac with the Windows virus. Just grab a copy of BootCamp and Ubuntu linux, give 14+ gb of your hard drive to Ubuntu using BootCamp, install Ubuntu, install Wine, install The Orange Box, play and be happy.

  2. Dave
    Posted October 21, 2007 at 9:15 pm | Permalink

    And God didn’t make BootCamp, Apple did. Thank the BootCamp devs.

  3. Posted October 21, 2007 at 9:28 pm | Permalink

    I’ve had Windows XP installed for well over a year now. I don’t like to use it, but every month or three it’s nice to have it there. Even though my Mac isn’t beefy enough to handle The Orange Box, I’ve found a good solution to the problem which I’ll explain in another entry. Unfortunately, I don’t think you’re going to like it if you’re pushing Linux.

    Still, it’s nice to know that Mac users can run a large number of Windows programs without buying Windows. Useful!

    Oh, and Dave, “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God… Through him all things were made; without him nothing was made that has been made.”

    Thank God for Boot Camp. 😉