Originally Posted by Laten
Don't see how, you can't even gift games or join people's games from friends list. These are basic features that should be implemented and very popular too. These are just a few features that its missing.
True Origin is in its infancy, but they should have released it more polished with more features.
If I want to travel, I get a car. I don't get a stone wheel in hopes that it may one day develop into a car.
Originally Posted by jakim
running origin in the background will take no performance toll on your system. are you constantly rendering gigabytes of raw video? doubt it. are you trying to play 4 games at once? doubt it. will you notice a frame of difference playing 1 game?
so why are you acting as if 1 little program "slows your peak performance down". thats the most absurb argument i've ever heard over this origin/steam debate.
EA did have a digital service before. It was called the EA Download Manager. Get this dude, it was a download manager. pretty crazy huh. It just downloaded the games. It wasnt a full serviced client such as steam and now Origin.
and yes, i have used it multiple times.
and by the way. steam even came out long before EA even had ANY kind of online download service. steam was out at cs1.6. thats around 2001-2002. by my calculations, thats PLENTY of time to fix everything, and yet they still have recently had problems with releasing stuff on time from preloads.
dont talk to me about what i dont know.
people act like origin and steam released on the same date and somehow EA cant keep up with steam...its more like, EA is starting a new service to compete with steam that has been out for 10 years almost.
You really have no idea what you are talking about do you? If you are going to insist on making a fool of yourself, at least spend the 2 min it takes to pull up a wiki page on the subject you're mindlessly blabbing about.
Originally Posted by MarvinDessica
Basically a modified graph. Steam get's a 30% cut on all games. That seems a bit too high if you ask me. That makes them a bigger middle than they need to be, some thing around 85-90% or even 95% should be given to developers/publishers. They aren't boxing and shipping, simply giving steam a batch of files to be mass distributed around the world. Don't give me crap about server cost, those are easily paid for by any company every.
Valve/Steam aren't doing anything but abusing their status to completely attempt to monopolize the PC digital distribution market. Steamworks? Why the hell do I need to activate a retail game with Valves own personal forced DRM but Origin and Battlefield 3 is somehow on the same level of Judas? That's right, it's perfectly OK because they steam. I say SCREW THAT BS. Just because they like a platform doesn't mean it's OK because it works for them.
Bring on Origin. Bring on Gamefly's platform, bring on anyone who will give me the best prices for my dollar. Mafia 2 for 30 dollars when it's on sale at Amazon for 5-8 bucks all the time? LOL, no thanks Valve.
Erm? What monopoly? There have always and will always be alternatives to Steam. They just all suck.
Steam's prices are almost always between 15 and 100% of MSRP, depending on the presence or lack-there-of of a sale, with sales being extremely common. They are NEVER higher than MSRP unlike a great deal of other options, and they are very frequently cheaper than other options.
Add to that the fact that steam is actually well established, has a good reputation, offers excellent service and support, and offers a multitude of added functionality over every other platform out there, and I fail to see how paying, on average, (assuming you arent a total tool who buys all their games as soon as they are NOT on sale) 70% of MSRP, with the option of far cheaper games for those willing to wait, is an outrage.
As for your argument that steam takes too much profit... look at your own graph buddy. Developers are getting 10% more profit from steam than they are without steam, and they get everything taken care of for them by steam's servers and support. They're getting their job done easier AND getting paid more simply by using steam instead of a retailer and distributor. What exactly are you on about?