Originally Posted by GrizzleBoy
And with that, the Steam userbase became equivalent to the Apple userbase.
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I'm quite sure that the big wigs in EA towers know exactly what they are doing.
I also understand the situation... I don't think there are many people on these forums who don't understand why EA is launching Origin or forcing BF3 users to use it. Thanks for explaining it just in case, but... meh.
I'm still a refusenik on this one. Valve showed us loyalty and practically created the PC market as it stands today. As long as they provide a service as good as they do currently, I'll use any opportunity to give them cash through sales that I can. I'm loyal to Steam not because I'm some cretinous fanboy who ignores evidence to the contrary, but rather because their social, patching, sales and gaming systems are as good as they could possibly be.
Origin simply can't bring me anything Valve haven't already; Steam sales cover cheap games and the rest of the Steam network is awesome. I'm not about to go fragmenting my games purchases between 2 identical systems just to line EAs pockets.
The only reason EA are suddenly keen on this crap is they've realised that unlike consoles they don't have to pay royalties to Sony or MS for each sale, or license development tools. The margins on a PC game sale, delivered digitally, are much healthier.
I'm going to keep on giving my cash to Valve until they give me a good enough reason not to. Origins can kiss the proverbial.
EDIT: I also suspect they're using this as a practise run for providing games without brick n mortar stores for console gamers too. I bet there's some serious discussions going on between EA/Sony/MS about how they can get their new service on their systems... no resale losses, no middle man to pay... it's an ideal situation for EA/MS/Sony.