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Electronic Arts’ policy of requiring its users to always be online when playing their games is going to continue but with a twist, confirmed Keith Ramsdale, the general manager of EA Northern Europe.

This new version of the always online requirement will feature the implementation of “online universes,” which will emphasize an always-online connection to resources on EA’s servers.

Ramsdale explained the new vision for EA’s always online policy.

Imagine a player gets up in the morning, plays an online match on his 360 before going to work. On the bus, on his way to work, he practices his free kicks on his tablet. At lunch he looks at the transfer window on his PC. On the way home he chooses his kit on his smartphone.

Here’s the thing: when he gets home to play again on his 360 that evening, all those achievements and upgrades will be alive in his game. We’re very focused on transforming all of our brands into these online universes. That gives the consumer full control of how and when they play in a rich world of content.

The new policy will be extended to all of EA’s franchises, including FIFA, Battlefield, Medal of Honor, The Sims, Need for Speed, and Star Wars games, among others.

Ramsdale did not give a timeframe for this policy change.

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ehh, i could care less, everyone is pushing for some kind of online drm, so spewing crap is still spewing crap. might as well get over it and live with the times and there is nothing we can do about it, other than not buying there games.
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ehh, i could care less, everyone is pushing for some kind of online drm, so spewing crap is still spewing crap. might as well get over it and live with the times and there is nothing we can do about it, other than not buying their games.

Fixed and that is what we should do - not buy their games.

It worked for Ubisoft.
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Fixed and that is what we should do - not buy their games.
It worked for Ubisoft.

wink.gif thanks bud, haha
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Step 1: Start Origin in offline mode

Step 2: Play games offline

Step 3: ???

Step 4: Find something else to complain about tomorrow


The features they are adding like online saving, persistant profiles across multiple platforms etc are things that you'd only be able to access when you're online in the first place.

Unless people are going to start complaining that it's not fair that internet dependant features aren't available to those not connected to the internet?

Also, nowhere in the article does the actual EA rep mention a single thing to do with always on connections or DRM.

He simply lays out scenario where a person will be able to use multiple devices/platforms to access data and related gameplay to a game they play at home, without having to be at home all of which comes together as a persistent profile for the game.

What does any of that have to do with requiring always on connections?

Heck, how can they be EXPANDING their always online policy, when they never had one in the first place?


Or are people truly so dense that they believe EA could have been getting away with having an always online policy this whole time and the internet just happened to be completely unaware until this blogger in shining armour says so?

Come on guys. Use your brains, not your blogs tongue.gif.
Edited by GrizzleBoy - 4/26/12 at 8:34am
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Step 1: Start Origin in offline mode
Step 2: Play games offline
Step 3: ???
Step 4: Find something else to complain about tomorrow

Wondered what you'd have to say about this.
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So EA added even more control over their games. So glad I stopped supporting this company.
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So EA added even more control over their games. So glad I stopped supporting this company.

In what way is the text quoted in the article the equivalent to taking more control over your games?
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Fixed and that is what we should do - not buy their games.
It worked for Ubisoft.

You also missed "Couldn't" in "I could care less" - see that far too often.


Anywhoo, back on topic; this is just inevitable. I can't stand having to be reliant on an internet connection to play my games, especially those that are offline/single player. I've recently had connectivity issues and it's so boring with no internet because i'm completely unable to play titles i've legitimately purchased.

The only solution is to somehow, find a sort of hack for STEAM to allow me to access my titles in TRUE offline mode - steam's "Offline" mode isn't exactly offline, as it requires you to be online, to set it to offline mode. Total bull.

So if i randomly have a connection issue for hours or days on end, there's no way for me to access my purchased games.

It really is a joke.


To top it off, these games will only be playable as long as companies like Valve/STEAM don't go under and their servers still exist. If i ever wanted to play these titles for the nostalgia 10, 20 years from now, i'm screwed (Yes, it's unlikely to happen that Valve suddenly leaves us, but anything is possible in these industries - just look at the hype/speculation that was caused when it was rumored Apple visited Gabe)

This is NOT the way forward people, and as long as people take this screwing up the backside, these companies are going to give it us.
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