Originally Posted by SoulThief
It's not EA's fault, it's the insane license agreement Valve presents to be able to distribute your game.
If anything, Valve has itself to thank for this.
No, just no, Steam has denied them the ability to distribute it through them.
Steam is the only service that enforces insane rules when it comes to how patches and DLC should be delivered to a player.
Dirt 2 is available on Steam, and it requires Games for Windows Live, which curiously, is the system that tells you there is a game update and that downloads it and installs the update. How about that ?
I still think there is a lot we don't know, and I bet Valve still hasn't spoken because they have to solve the problem they have with EA right now. I don't think Valve is going to keep EA as it's distributor for the retail games. That is why they are silent about this for now.
Originally Posted by Raven Dizzle
Origin is slow? And Steam isn't? Bad argument is bad. Origin uses less than 20mb of RAM at any given time for me. Steam? At IDLE? 168mb.
Irrelevant. There's no argument there. Bashing EA for doing something Valve has been doing with their games for years is hypocritical.
The speed of Steam (or Origin I suppose) has to do with 1. Your ISP, 2. The time of the day you chose to download, 3. The server you are downloading from.
I usually get between 2-3 Mb per second on Steam, which is about the max badnwidth from my ISP subscription. That is to say it's all relative.
As to memory usage, Steam uses a lot more memory if you have the window opened (and it depends, I just opened it and it was using less than 40Mb), but if I close it (it stays logged on and doing updates to games), it will use only between 12 Mb and 15, which is still less than Origin.
It's true that Steam should close the window automatically whenever you start a game, instead you have to do it manually, that is something they should fix.Edited by tpi2007 - 8/6/11 at 8:24am