Originally Posted by tpi2007
EA is a business, and from that point of view their reasoning is sound: the only way for them to be sucessful is to leave the main competitor out of big releases.
From a consumer standpoint this is terrible because it is another program you have to use.
Unless they make the price very appealing on Origin.
And by that I mean so appealing it is worth it not going to a store and buying a retail copy of the game.
If they just sell it for $5 less than on a retail store then I am going to give them my vote on their future store: I'm not buying anything from Origin, and the few titles available there I will buy at retail. Even if Origin is required to be installed to play, they will still only have me as a retail copy user.
So, EA, this is to you: the only way to sway a Steam user to you is to make prices on new titles like Crysis 2 and BF3 so great I won't go to a store and buy them. Can you do that ? Crysis 2 is for sale at your store for the same price it was on Steam. That is not a good start. For me it's not a start at all.
The whole 'competitor' thing doesn't hold water since EA is still going to be releasing BF3 through a whole HOST of D.D. services and in Brick-and-Mortar stores.
The reason why EA is doing this is b/c they want to supplant Steam as the #1 D.D. service and they think their titles have enough pull on their own to do it, a la Half-Life 2 and Steam.
I haven't used EA's downloader but from what I remember it was just a simple downloading program. They'd better integrate a chat service into that or they will have some PO'ed people come launch as most of their titles have piss poor communication abilities on M.P.Edited by FuNkDrSpOt - 7/17/11 at 7:45am