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I would say in the long run it will help pc gaming, more competition usually leads to innovation. In the short term though it dose pose some problem we now basically have origin. Which as it stands now to be decent at its load now, what will happen when/if picks up popularity and all of a sudden it fails due to stress.
We have seen it happen to steam before, but steam is the veteran so to speak in this area been threw the problems and knows how to deal with em.
So basically what I'm trying to say is ea's move is risky and could benefit us or hurt itself badly.

Sorry if this post isn't really constructed well using my phone.
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Competition = good.
More programs in my taskbar taking up resources = annoying.
Origin uses about 50mb ram when its open. steam uses around 150 for me.

Either way it's not really significant in 99% of cases even for someone like me who still has 4gb of ram.
    
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I dont want 15 portals running on my computer when I want to play different games. I want one, with all of my friends on it, and that one is Steam. Steam never crashes, it never has any problems, and it just keeps getting better. I want all of my games to have steam access, and no, I dont want to go through origin to find the .exe to add to steam, and have both running at the same time.

And there has been competition for a while. Competition to a stellar service like Steam is fine, but when every publisher out there has their own distribution process it screws it all up.
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I dont want 15 portals running on my computer when I want to play different games. I want one, with all of my friends on it, and that one is Steam. Steam never crashes, it never has any problems, and it just keeps getting better. I want all of my games to have steam access, and no, I dont want to go through origin to find the .exe to add to steam, and have both running at the same time.

And there has been competition for a while. Competition to a stellar service like Steam is fine, but when every publisher out there has their own distribution process it screws it all up.
I realize that EA says that games like BF3 will require Origin to be running to play, but that doesn't mean that All of EA's games will. I got Dead Space 2 (free for preordering BF3 BTW) through Origin and it doesn't require origin to be running.
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I realize that EA says that games like BF3 will require Origin to be running to play, but that doesn't mean that All of EA's games will. I got Dead Space 2 (free for preordering BF3 BTW) through Origin and it doesn't require origin to be running.
That's because Dead Space 2 came out before Origin.
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That's because Dead Space 2 came out before Origin.
Thats the point, all the games that are available right now came out before origin, so unless EA rolls an update out for all of their games, they won't require Origin to run
post #77 of 77
The argument cuts both ways...

-Competition can be good as it generally encourages innovation.
-A lack of competition can be good as it generally leads to standardization.

Take GPUs: we have ATI and Nvidia as the top two dominant dogs in the market - a duopoly. This pushes both companies to improve and innovate on technological, availability and affordability fronts. But, *gasp is he seriously asking this question* at what cost? Lack of standardization necessitates the use of an API(eg directX) which adds an extra layer of SW allowing devs to get their games running(hopefully smoothly) across a host of different hardware... The trade off being under-utilization and/or inefficiency for some level of compatibility(IE games retaining functionality across a multitude of different GPU uarchs). Opening up low level access to a specific piece of HW allows for direct to metal programming. It also either increases the amount of coding necessary when considering the plethora of possible HW configurations or limits a games potential by ignoring less popular HW configurations.

So, what's my point? I see the validity in both positions(for or against Origin).

-Tangent-

I do have one question, does Valve allow other digital distributors to sell their games?
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