Originally Posted by tpi2007
No, it's not the principle, it's a very real financial thing. The difference is simple:
1. EA cannot count retail copies as digital sales, it's against the law, that would be a fraud;
2. If you buy retail, you're just using Origin as an activation method, and thus they will lose money on maintaining their store if everybody does the same. And if everybody does the same, they won't get any other publishers signed in on their store.
That is how you can make a difference. This way I will support the developer of the game, heck I will even be paying EA by buying retail, BUT I will not be supporting their store.
I also think Origin will be mandatory in the future. They are now just pretending to be sheep when in fact they are wolves in disguise.
Let me see this straight: EA was trying to bypass the Steam store and the agreement it had with Valve by using an in-game store to add expansions to their game, game which you bought on Steam. How on earth is refusing to continue selling Crysis 2 like this an unreasonable behaviour from Steam ?
That is like willingly accepting a trojan horse in your PC. Next, EA could just use one of their games that you bought through Steam, to buy all other EA games.
That would be a funny story if it wasn't so sad. What kind of (il)logical argument can they possibly use against that ? "Oh, yes, you have lots of hours playing this game on our service, but we can't give you back the game you legitimately bought."
Smart man right here guys. And if our suspicions are correct, looks like I won't be buying ANY more games from EA (nothing I'd miss to date anyway other than my ancient NFS U2).
I think this is hilarious though. Some of you seem to think that we're arguing that BF3 is going to be a bad game or something, or that we're being a "Steamboy" (as somebody so brilliantly accounced
). When that isn't the case here at all, not even by a long shot. Those of us that will bet the money on it (such as myself), all know that Origin is a bad thing if they force it upon us like we're thinking.
I'm not saying that Origin in itself is bad. I'm 110% all for having alternative sources to buy your games. What I'm saying is that allowing EA to be in control of BF3, this is going to end badly for us. BF3 is turning into EA's cash cow....their COD4 if you will.