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Origin is Better than Steam – at Least in One Way

EA has made a dramatic change to the Origin game distribution service in the past few weeks in a swing to take Steam fans away from the more dominant PC service.

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Jacktrauma1270d ago

It's going to take a lot to get people to move away from steam, especially with the game release debacles EA is quickly getting known for.

JoeIsMad1270d ago

Yeah, this doesn't discount the fact that new titles tend to blow up, but EA is moving away from their former title of "worst company in the world" and giving things away for free. People like that stuff, I hear.

randomass1711270d ago

Steam gives out free things from time to time too. I feel as though Steam's success led to it becoming a very community based platform. It's hard to move away from that to just about anything, let alone Origin.

BattleAxe1269d ago (Edited 1269d ago )

People will never move away from Steam, but I think PC gamers are beginning to accept Steam ever since they started things like the Great Game Guarantee, big 70% off sales kind of like Steam, the On The House free games promotions and the brand new free gameplay weekend which started this weekend with the full access of Titanfall for 48 hours. Origin is a work in progress, but it's heading in the right direction.

randomass1711270d ago (Edited 1270d ago )

I'm none too fond of EA myself, mostly because of how they handle microtransactions and of course Battlefield 4's unfinished state. It would take a lot to convince me to buy games off of an online platform that they own.

edit: @JoelsMad Free indeed, and free's never bad. But Steam does do free demos and "Play for the weekend for free" events with some games as well. Not sure if this is more robust, but Steam does also do the free thing a bit.

JoeIsMad1270d ago

That's the beauty of this service change - everything is free. Broken, but free.

JoeIsMad1270d ago

For sure, Random. The thing is - as written here, Steam gives it away for the weekend, while Origin lets you play on your time. 48 hours of trial time begins when you first open the title.

3-4-51270d ago

I got Plants vs Zombies & Peggle for free from Origin within the past 5 days.

* While it's cool that they were free, let's not act like they just gave away a $60 game for free or anything. Keep it in perspective here.

What STEAM does better, it does better than Origin.

Origin offers certain games you can't get on STEAM.

If I could play BF4 on STEAM I would, and so would 90% of everyone else who plays it and EA knows this.

Origins exists to protect the money they make from their own games initially.

JBSleek1269d ago

Or you could simply just use both. There is no one or the either.

Volkama1269d ago (Edited 1269d ago )

Thought I was going mad for a minute there. Had to open both Steam and Origin on my PC whilst pinching myself, and then read your comment just to reaffirm that yes, I can use both.

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F4sterTh4nFTL1270d ago (Edited 1270d ago )

Origin has some very high profile exclusive EA games that steam does not so Origin is not totally useless. Besides Origin has greatly improved since launch and has become a very tolerable piece of software to use. I think I actually like it now, but STEAM is still the king.

darx1270d ago

Meh...I'll stick with Steam thanks!

XtraTrstrL1270d ago

Hah, I'll just go there and play the free trials, and if I like it - buy it on Steam(unless it's one of the EA titles they keep only on Origin, cuz they suck and need the exclusivity to survive at all vs Steam).

Debaitable1270d ago (Edited 1270d ago )

They suck for keeping their exclusives but Valve gets a free pass for keeping their games exclusive to Steam? OK.

XtraTrstrL1269d ago

Well, Valve is also a developer, it's not the same. EA is a huge publishing powerhouse that owns half the gaming world on it's own. If EA was also a hardcore dev team and had few and far apart gems of games like Valve does and had it only on Origin to boost their service, that'd be fine. That's not the case though, they are merely the uber rich publishers of BF, and they are keeping it away from Steam to boost crappy Origin.

LAWSON721269d ago

The difference is Valve takes advantage of their service with awesome features that enhance and expand the experience offered by the game.

DxTrixterz1270d ago

Does Origin have summer sale?

Volkama1269d ago (Edited 1269d ago )

They had a sale a couple of weeks ago, yes. They called it the "games you will actually play" sale.

It didn't change daily or have flash and community sales, and generally had far less available. But decent prices, I picked up 5 games.

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