Submitted by JonnyBigBoss 1206d ago | opinion piece

EA's Origin Is A PC Gamer's Worst Nightmare

GR writes: "For a PC gamer, Steam is one of the best things since broadband internet. Not only does it house your entire library within a sleek interface, but it's sophisticated with tons of features ranging from cloud storage to user-generated content. It's no surprise that big corporations are trying to forcefullly take a piece out of Valve's extremely tasty pie." (PC)

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JonnyBigBoss  +   1206d ago
Enough with the exclusives. I DON'T want to use your software and you're just making me upset by forcing me to use it.
decrypt  +   1206d ago
Lol with EA's current policies:

No mods,
Day one DLC,
Shutting down of online servers 2 years after game launch just so people are forced to buy the next game,
60usd game prices,
Dumbed down games for kids.

I can only see them being a success with the console crowd. They should honestly give up on the PC market lol. Leave that to Valve. The console crowd is used to that sort of treatment, it just wont gel with the PC crowd.

I did play BF3 on Origin, however after i was done with that game, Origin hasnt been loaded on my system in 6 months.
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BitbyDeath  +   1206d ago
One of EA's biggest games is on PC and meets most if not all your criteria.


They won't be leaving PC anytime soon i'm afraid.
BattleAxe  +   1206d ago
I'm sure the EA is love'n this article lol.
Sashamaz  +   1206d ago
I wanted to get portal 2 on Origin and a few other valve games but not shitty Valve has it exclusive to steam...get my point?
despair  +   1206d ago
Not the point, its that the service is so bad that people want to look elsewhere for the games but cannot as its exclusive to their service. If they had a top notch service like Steam then maybe people would not make such a fuss but they are not even remotely close to what steam offers.
d0nni3  +   1205d ago
I would never write off Origin i hate it and don't touch it at all at the moment because it's horrible but for those of us that remember the beginnings of Steam it was such a peice of shit!

If it can evolve and change to it's customers needs and requests it can be great. It's really going to have to up it's game to compete with Steam though it's really in a league of it's own at the moment
dbjj12088  +   1206d ago
I know Origin sucks but I'm of the position that's it's time to just take it. EA wants to grow this service and as stupid as they are for it they're going to keep their titles exclusive to it. The choice is simple: use Origin or don't play EA games on PC.
Feralkitsune  +   1206d ago
Competition is always good. I don't see why people complain so much; oh right they're crazy.

More competition = More sales for us.
SeekDev  +   1205d ago
Do you mean competition relative to the services (Steam and Origin) or relative to the games they each possess? Because If you're talking about the services, then I agree, the competition of Valve's Steam service being so intuitive should push Origin to become better. But if you're talking about their games, there is no competition because the exclusive Origin games aren't on Steam, therefore EA can set their price to whatever they want and not worry about Steam at all. I just didn't know specifically what you were writing about so I covered both options.
PirateThom  +   1206d ago
I don't see why people are still upset about this.

Are Valve going to release their titles on other services? No? Then why should EA?
TurboGamer  +   1206d ago
Steam also has its own downfalls.(log on system that takes ages, non-working offline system and no localization of prices) Origin beats Steam in all of these.
Hairy Chewie  +   1205d ago
I wouldn't say the non-localization of prices is a downfall. In Australia we get great deals based on the exchange rate and it's a major reason for us even using Steam.
CyanideMatt  +   1206d ago
My friends and I have made an agreement to never play any games that require Origin. We had to say no to battlefield 3... no big deal. I hope that other people do this and that EA notices it.
Pandamobile  +   1206d ago
After 15 million sales, I don't think they're going to take a hint.
bwazy  +   1205d ago
If you don't try theres no chance in succeeding.
SeekDev  +   1205d ago
Is that figure including console versions or not?
allyc4t  +   1206d ago
Never had an issue playing BF3 or ME3 through Origin. Sure, it would be nice to have both these games on Steam, but it's more a convenience thing than anything.
Megaton  +   1206d ago
Have had a full battery of issues with ME3 on PC, almost always related to EA's servers. It will be the one and only game I own on Origin.
Zha1tan  +   1206d ago
Origin is not as bad as people make out its just really really mehhh.

Havent bought a game off there just use it because its required for BF3.

Doesnt use up alot of processing power, can be put into offline moade so its not a connection drain.

Doesnt cause me any problems, havent even bothered with the store because it will have no good deals.

Steam is quantam leaps and bounds ahead in customer service, user functionality, game librarys, Mod tools basically every department so there just is not a comparison.

SOrry but dont ever compare Valve to EA, EA were voted the worst company in america for a reason.
pr0digyZA  +   1206d ago
"EA were voted the worst company in america for a reason."
That vote took place after the mass effect 3 incident.Where a bunch of angry fans hijacked a vote. No one seriously thinks they are worse than companies that have court cases about abuse or companies that have cost tax payers millions because of oil spills etc...
Zha1tan  +   1206d ago
A good point none the less that the company responsible for the oil spill was infact BRITISH Petroleum and thus couldnt be considered in that vote.

Angry fans of one isolated game series could hijack a nation wide vote? I find that hard to stomach for whatever reason I dont know.

Voted the worst due to their blatant disregard for their customers and their rights, their business practice which is nothing more than consumer wide extortionism.

You are also misinterpreting my interpretation of them winning that prestigious award. While there may indeed be "worse" companies than EA that entirely being opinion, the fact they were even in the race leaves alot to be desired and raises questions about peoples opinions of their practices.

Mass effect 3 ending is an isolated issue with one minor fanbase, how about the nickel and diming DLC? the destruction of once great series? the early server closures? the first day dlc? the drm? Origin being used as Spyware? removal of mod support? The studios they buy up then close? their abuse of licenses? their shady business practices which make even activision look good?

No sorry im mistaken, those all pale in comparison to the mass effect 3 ending.
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pr0digyZA  +   1205d ago
Yes Im not saying they are a great company, I know they are bad especially with their consumerism tactics. But to say they are worse than say people who make weapons or the bank of america, that has put people on the streets, closed businesses and taken people out of their homes due to their incompetencies is crazy.
Zha1tan  +   1201d ago
Im not saying in fact they are the worst company in America, im saying there is a reason behind them being voted that.

Yes wall street banks and arms companys are far worse for their instigation of wars and profiting from death.

But it just shows the average american is more offended by being ripped off for a video game than their country instigating proxy wars and profiting from the death of their own troops and vamparisim of nations unable to defend themselves.
Aggesan  +   1206d ago
I dislike Origin just as much as I dislike Steam. Remember the good ol' days when you just installed the game from a cd and played it.
Dojan123  +   1206d ago
And they worked.... No need for a patch since devs dd not have the ability to patch the masses on day 1.
Somebody  +   1206d ago
So the author complained the exclusive nature of Origin (for not allowing other digital distribution platform - take note he's talking about ONE other platform which he really doesn't care about the other non Origin/Steam distributors)but then he talked about how 95% of his games are on Steam.

What's wrong with other digital distributions anyway? Why single out EA's Origin with the hate when there are numerous other digital distribution platforms competing against Steam?

I had to instal GamersGate's downloader to download games. So far I had the better deals from that site. What's more the non Steam games from that site are DRM free. After instal, no need to launch a freaking client what so ever in order to play it.

I was given the option to use GoG's downloader if I want to. Does Steam give me the same freedom? Like Origin, no. I must use the client to instal my Steam based games. Did you know GoG games are also DRM free? Again, no need for a client when you want to play a game.

Oh, yeah. Neither of the previous two examples, Gamersgate and GoG, contain tons of features that features like Steam. They are as lacking as Origin and yet Origin is the most hated one.

Blizzard has its own Battle.net exclusively for all its games. No one complained about that.

All this Steam vs Origin rants remind me of Steve Job's crusade to kill Adobe's Flash from setting shop on HTML 5.
sllshrm  +   1206d ago
I am still pissed at EA for increasing the price of Battlefield Premium from 1499 INR to 2699 INR(nearly double!) because users from other countries were taking advantage of lower exchange rates and buying it cheap with an Indian proxy.

So instead of placing a country check at the checkout page, they increased the prices. Now all my friends are stuck waiting for a price drop which i dont't think these money hungry a**holes will ever do. Thanks EA! You are better at raping your customers than any otjer company!
corrus  +   1206d ago
I am happy gamer i have PS3 this is not my problem
OmegaPlayer  +   1200d ago
PS3 is also the worst way to play the series in your avatar (Until Wii U version comes out but still)
corrus  +   1200d ago
Very funny
floetry101  +   1206d ago
EA's myspace/facebook analogy is absolutely baffling. To compare Steam to myspace? Insulting on every conceivable level.
snake_eater  +   1206d ago
Using steam since 2003, still have all of my games on my list.

EA/Activision are the cancer of this industry
reznik_zerosum  +   1206d ago
steam is best thing that happened for pc gaming ever,(of course gog.com to) but some noobs will never see that.
MEsoJD  +   1206d ago
It's because of Origin, that I refuse to get BF3(it hurts)... Which is a shame because I love the series. If only they released on steam as well...
pr0digyZA  +   1206d ago
Steam is obviously the better service (although they had tons of hate when they launched) but so far I have had no problems it seems lighter on my system than steam, loads quicker. Overall steam out classes it with customer service and mod support. Only good thing I can see from it is that they are now invested in the PC market. Sad thing is that this is probably the start as Ubisoft etc... will probably launch their own service to get more money.
TABSF  +   1206d ago
The article is not correct

Battlefield 3

Mass Effect 3

Medal of Honor Warfighter

I think the issue here is not exclusivity to Origin but singling out Steam.
I would prefer to have Battlefield 3 on Steam but I'm happy with just using the Steam overlay on BF3
LightofDarkness  +   1206d ago
This purchases still require you to set up an origin account to play, they're just reselling I like boxed copies.
Tachyon_Nova  +   1206d ago
The hate surrounding Origin shows how dumb and irrational most people are. You complain about exclusivity, tell me which other PC download service you can get Valve games from.

I f***ing hate EA, but Origin is a much better coded app, gives much faster downloads and doesn't redownload full games randomly like Steam.
Da_Evil_Monkey  +   1206d ago
Origin isn't that bad, I have it installed because of ME3 and I've never experienced any issues. The store is a joke yes, but for a beta client the rest is good. The main issue is EA's preventing release on Steam, which I prefer to have my games on.

Of course the above opinion is purely based on Origin itself and not EA's other money grabbing activities.
ALLWRONG  +   1206d ago
LOL EA were the good guys a couple years ago and Activision the bad. Watching them switch places is funny as hell.
jimimick  +   1206d ago
Its actually not bad, atleast i can still play my games when I don't have an internet connection unlike steam. There servers are also incredibly fast, its just a shame about the terms & conditions.
TheLig32  +   1206d ago
I buy boxed
I just buy the boxed copies, or the amazon.com digital download, that way I am not providing any money directly to origin. I still have it installed, but they aren't logging any sales to my account. My credit card isn't and never will be on file on their crappy service.
DeadlyFire  +   1206d ago
I don't see the anger towards Origin. Its an orange ball on my desktop that I only see when I access an EA game.

If ya don't wanna buy the games on it then don't. An EA game is gonna be on an EA service. Just like a Valve game will be featured Exclusively on the Steam platform. Required yes they both now do this. As they have someone to compete against. Both will have multiplatform games. Just exclusives from their own company.

The best part is both platforms are free on my PC. Despite exclusive titles. I can use both and play the whole PC library of games. It doesn't really matter. Sure I know where my friends are with STEAM, but EA has Battlefield so I can drag them there to play a game. If ya don't like that then just use Xfire for your friend's list. Yes its still out there and most of my STEAM friends are actually on that, but that is just me and my perspective.

One thing Origin does right is downloads. Its alot faster than STEAM from my experiences so far.
sriki007  +   1206d ago
steam is pretty good no doubt.
But i didn't hate origin. It has a lot of catch up to do.
Th3 Chr0nic  +   1205d ago
i guess its cool these days to bash origin and EA. I have been using origin since BF3 ALPHA test and thru the beta and still now. I was able to move all my EA steam purchases games to origin and no issues .
the system works just as good as steam and sometimes much better.

stop thinking you are all the cool kids just cause you have someone to direct your epeen rage at.

The truth is origin is just as good as steam and the yare both almost exactly the same when u read the fine print.

the real problem is media and people in general that dont understand and dont care to understand how things realy work

Perfect example is how people claimed origin was scanning their PC and also how Punkbuster was scanning their PCs. GUESS what people, they arent doing anything that steam or any other Anti cheat program hasnt been doing for the last 10 years.
keep living in a land of uneducated ignorance, it give the people with real brains and even a grain of reading comprehension something to laugh at.
NYC_Gamer  +   1205d ago
I'm not gonna bother with Origin simple as that
BongSmack  +   1205d ago
Jonathan_Leack has it right. If Origin wants to compete with steam, EA needs to make origin as fun to use as steam. Withholding games from Steam just makes most gamers resent EA.

It's funny one year EA is the big bad guy, the next it's Activision, Then EA again. I wonder if Ubisoft is next? Doubt it.
doctorstrange  +   1205d ago
They need to actually have a USP that isn't just games that shoulda been on Steam
jack_burt0n  +   1205d ago
origin is alot better than GFWL that crap makes me avoid all pc capcom titles and batman AC!!!!!
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