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[Forbes] Valve Co-founder Gabe Newell Says EA's Origin Service Is 'Still Playing Catch-Up'

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Of the many slings and arrows gamers feel have been thrown at them by the game publisher EA, one of the freshest wounds fans feel is Origin.

From a sinister EULA to a whole host of other reasons, the digital distribution service is widely seen as a sub-par choice that’s being shoved down fans throats with games like Battlefield 3 and Mass Effect 3.

Apparently fans are not alone.

William Usher passes along this Seven Day Cooldown podcast interview with Valve co-founder Gabe Newell.

(Newell is a recent additions to the Forbes billionaire list, ranking 854th out of 1,226 global billionaires.)

The video game developer tried to sound as polite as possible when discussing Origin, but struggled for words.

“I have used Origin…it seems…uhh…I mean, they have a lot of work to do, to get to where they want to be and where I as a customer want them to be,” he says at about the 25 minute mark.

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Gabe also said that some Valve employees are working on Linux in the interview. thumb.gif
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Anyone surprised about this news? Just that some think that origin is already complete and ready for competition.
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I thought this was quite obvious to most people. Origin is not Steam, but it's been slowly edging closer.

As far as what Gabe personally wants out of Origin as a customer, that's his opinion.

I dont use gaming clients for anything else than purchasing and/or playing games and I can do that on Origin just as well as I can on his platform.
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I'm still waiting on Steam to improve their interface with more sorting options (Setting manual categories for 400+ games is retarded) like "group by genre" "sort by rating (user selectable and metascore)" and maybe do something about Steam responsiveness. Steam doesn't crash like it did when it came out but man does it like to hang up for 15-45 second intervals.

That said, I'd rather use steam than subject myself to EA.
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Origin was released last year, wasn't it? headscratch.gif

EA download manager has been around for a long time, but it was just that, a download manager.

EA decided to try and go the Steam route and turn it into a DRM platform for their and other publishers games and gave it a new name to go along with the new direction.

The EA download manager has existed since 2005, but EA's take on a Steam like service has only been around since 2011.

Also Steam released in 2003 and didn't sell a third party publishers game till 2005. People only stopped generally hating on Steam in the past few years.
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Origin was released last year, wasn't it? headscratch.gif

Well it was just a name change, it used to be EA download manager then it changed to Origin Beta (still is Beta)
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EA download manager was a disguise. It's been Origin all along, although the previous version was so bad, that branding it would destroy it and make people fear it even more.

They really have not managed to improve their service. It's still the same old piece of garbage, as it were back in 2005, but with a new user interface.
Edited by CaptainIntel - 4/23/12 at 5:22am
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EA download manager was a disguise. It's been Origin all along, although the previous version was so bad, that branding it would destroy it and make people fear it even more.

They really have not managed to improve their service. It's still the same old piece of garbage, as it were back in 2005, but with a new user interface.

rolleyes.gif

I just don't understand people sometimes.

Also, why don't people just marry Steam already. Or stop playing EA games and keep us from hearing the most pointless whining ever.

Of course when Valve makes their games Steam only, its ok. They are still the ultimate saviors of PC gaming, the almighty Gaben shall lead his children to victory and claim world dominance.

But when EA does it, they are the devil. They are evil, and Gabe Newell shall strike them down.

Even though the services are pretty much the same, with Origin playing catchup.

The hypocrisy astounds me.
    
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EA download manager was a disguise. It's been Origin all along, although the previous version was so bad, that branding it would destroy it and make people fear it even more.
They really have not managed to improve their service. It's still the same old piece of garbage, as it was back in 2005.

Except that the 2005 version was:

-literally just a program for downloading EA games/patches/videos/etc
-nothing to do with DRM.

and the 2011 version:
-includes a store with many third party publishers joining with them
-includes socializing features
-includes live tech support
-is a DRM platform
-has an in game overlay that includes the ability to chat and browse the internet within the Origin client
-has cloud based saves

But yeah, apart from that, it's literally the exact same thing.
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Origin was released in 2005, a year after Steam launched in 2004. EA had plenty of time to work on Origin.

Yeah because EA Download Manager totally had a store back then, right? Right? rolleyes.gif


But who cares about facts?
    
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