In an age of digital rights management, unlock keys, high priced DLC and install limits, its always refreshing when a developer throws us lowly gamers a bone, and those crazy folk at Valve are doing just that.
For a limited time only, up until 24 May 2010 to be precise, Valve are offering up a completely free download of their critically acclaimed puzzle title Portal. Download now, free forever.
That's right. It's completely free. Originally released as part of The Orange Box package alongside all three Half-Life 2 titles, as well as Team Fortress 2, all you need to do now is install a copy of Steam, Valve's distribution service, and click the big red button on their website. Its that easy.
With a Metacritic rating of 90 and a number of awards on its belt, Portal is more than worth your time. If by the end you hunger for more, then with Portal 2 announced and ready to be shown at E3 2010, there will be plenty more portal fun later in the year.
"Woe! I own a Mac!", we hear you cry. Well wipe those tears away, because Steam for Mac has gone live, with the free Portal promotion one of its premiering titles. Remember, all titles purchased on a Windows PC version of Steam will transfer over to a Mac-based Steam account for free, so don't be afraid to make the switch.
For those who have been living under a rock, here's a delightful free Portal and Steam Mac trailer to wet your tastebuds.