Originally Posted by skitzogreg
It's absolutely a direct competitor.
No, no I don't think it is.Origin is (basically):
* Store front
* Direct-to-PC distribution of only EA published games
* CloudSync for only those gamesSteam is (basically):
* Chat/Voice/Group Chat/Group Voice
* In-game Overlay Web Browsing
* Steam Cloud
* Social Center
* Distributor of many publisher's games
* Consolidation of games (not just Valve's)
* A true one-stop-shop
How you could call Origin a 'direct competitor' is absurd, at least in my logical sense of the term. Both have completely different back ends, front ends, and operate on completely different terms.
Originally Posted by raptorxrx
It does not use the same setting as default, but you can change it to SHIFT+TAB if you want too.
Two different distribution platforms. Exactly, they both distribute games, and they aren't the same, so they are direct competitors. If they weren't, I bet you could get BF3 ME3 and SWTOR on Steam.
I couldn't agree more.
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Originally Posted by bigkahuna360
Origin was created to make it so EA could have their own way of digital distribution instead of using their rival company's software.
EA created Origin to setup for future mass distribution platforms which will be gearing towards cross-platform devices (phones, tablets, gaming devices, PC's) and the major factor in creating Origin was to increase revenue by not having to pay Valve to distribute via Steam. EA and Valve could probably have come to an agreement if Valve had agreed to the DLC terms EA wanted on it's upcoming releases. That didn't happen and you now have Origin.Edited by GanjaSMK - 1/15/12 at 10:58am