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."
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:#
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
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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.