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 Post subject: EA Origin
 Post Posted: Wed Jun 15, 2011 2:58 pm 
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So did ya'll hear? EA's Download Manager is now replaced with "Origin," EA's new digital distribution platform. Good competition for Steam or is it?

EA is now touting select titles as "Only on Origin" and this recently includes Crysis 2. Crysis 2 was suddenly and deliberately pulled from the Steam store and touts the "Only on Origin."

Source: http://www.rockpapershotgun.com/2011/06 ... rom-steam/

Mass Effect 3, Battlefield 3 are still unconfirmed for a Steam release, but as the battle of platforms (digital distributors) continues it is beginning to look bad for users who seek a cohesive platform for their digital goods.

Steam users have also discovered some rather disturbing fine print that involves installation limitations on their Origin purchases. This includes a "maximum amount of times your game can be downloaded."

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You may receive one of the following error messages if you have reached the maximum amount of times your game can be downloaded through Origin:

For security reasons, you are allowed # concurrently active licenses. This limit has been reached. Please wait until one of the other licenses auto-expires, then try again.
License response error: '78008,Max machine lifetime entitlement met:#
Error: 10000:78008
Every time the download button is clicked, a download count will be added to your lifetime total. If you have installed your game via Origin on more than three computers within a ten day period, you will need to wait until the first installation expires.

Note: Re-installing your operating system, or interrupting a current download, will count as a new computer installation.

If you have reached your download limit, click Contact Us and include your account name, the title of the file or game you are downloading, and a brief description of the issue.


Source: http://forums.steampowered.com/forums/s ... ?t=1931140 | http://support.ea.com/app/answers/detai ... whome/true

Until EA concedes, I will not be purchasing Battlefield 3, Mass Effect 3 or any other "Origin" title unless it is released on Steam. Even then we maybe looking at another "GfWL" (Games for Windows) folly.

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 Post subject: Re: EA Origin
 Post Posted: Wed Jun 15, 2011 3:55 pm 
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I'm with you on that--as great a game as BF3 seems to be, I will not be patronizing EA when they pull stunts like this. I mean, seriously, these people must be brain dead to NOT pay attention to what consumers want.

Steam isn't perfect, but they're a darn sight better than what EA could ever do.

EA: point RPG at foot, pull trigger.
repeat endlessly.

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 Post subject: Re: EA Origin
 Post Posted: Wed Jun 15, 2011 4:16 pm 
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Why would any publisher limit their consumer base like that? I think they're makin' a gamble and I'm not gonna put my money on them.

This really sucks as I was really forward to ME3 and BF3, but I figure they may do a late release on Steam or something.

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 Post subject: Re: EA Origin
 Post Posted: Wed Jun 15, 2011 10:08 pm 
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Personally, I always like to buy my games on disc anyways, so it doesn't really bother me. I only buy games on Steam if they are a really good buy (Christmas Sale, etc) or if I have no choice (MW2, Black Ops, etc).

But in any case, I don't understand the point of this. They can potentially lose customers who want to buy from Steam instead, as you can't get it any other way in some countries.

This reminds me of how Ubisoft made that stupid DRM.........

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 Post subject: Re: EA Origin
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Ok, so I bought Mass Effect 3 Collector's Ed. My first non-Steam game in two years.

I have to complete the story...

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