Counter-Strike: Source fires up on Mac

Valve's popular shooter launches on Mac with cross-platform play, achievements, engine updates, and more.

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Valve's content delivery and multiplayer communications platform, Steam, debuted on Macs in May. Since launch, the service has added Steam staples like Portal, Torchlight, Team Fortress 2, and the Half-Life series. Today, Valve added arguably its most popular shooter to the Mac service.

Counter-Strike: Source debuted on the Mac for Steam today and arrived with cross-platform play between PC and Mac, as well as achievements to amass, updates to the game's engine, stat-tracking, and more.

Counter-Strike: Source, running and gunning for the Mac.
Counter-Strike: Source, running and gunning for the Mac.

Counter-Strike: Source is a SteamPlay title, meaning that those who purchased it on Windows can download and play it on Mac for free. In celebration of the title's launch, Valve has reduced Counter-Strike: Source's going rate 66 percent to $6.80 now until Friday.

Released in 2004, Counter-Strike: Source is a total overhaul of the original Counter-Strike. Using Valve's Source engine, the developer improved the shooter's graphics and modified its physics.

Counter-Strike: Source pits terrorists against counterterrorists on a variety of maps. Gamers are tasked with either defending or detonating a charge, rescuing or holding hostages, or just gunning for the most kills. Money is awarded for kills and objective completion and is used to purchase weapon upgrades and items.

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