Question by musicnrd: Is Portal free if previously purchased?
Not all too long ago, when Steam was celebrating Steam for Mac OS X , Valve’s Portal was free, and I downloaded it on my Windows PC. Steam sells games “cross-platform”, meaning once you buy them for Windows, they are free to download for Mac OS X (if/when available). I logged into Steam on my new MacBook Pro, and Portal was listed as a free download (the game itself is no longer free; the promo is over).
My question is this: is this free download the Windows version I previously had, or does Steam see that I’m running on a Mac, and download the OS X version (even after the promo’s end)?
Answer by Silent
As you point out, what you bought was the game, not any particular version of it.
Steam knows you’re running on a Mac because it’s the Mac version of Steam. It will download whichever version is appropriate for the platform it’s running on.
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