As things stand right now, Mass Effect 3 will be the last EA/BioWare title I buy, partially because of junk like this. The version I buy will be retail if it's an Origin exclusive and not available on Steam.
It is about time EA started doing this. One of the biggest video game publishers and they've stuck with their mediocre EA Download Manager for such a long time. Though many may hate the idea of SW:TOR, Crysis 2, and other EA games being offered not appearing on Steam... I find it an intelligent move, since just offering the game on Steam costs as much as having Gamestop, Amazon, Wal-Mart, etc. selling it. At least now all digital sales will now be sucked up by the EA corporation. ;p
Games I might have played, but now won't. Not having to deal with a myriad of Steam clones is enough for me to avoid anything that will force me to sign up for one.
E: Ugh. Confronted with the harsh reality that a lot of games I genuinely enjoy are published by EA, and are likely to be stuck on Origin, I probably won't be able to avoid it - unless, of course, I decide that I'm content not to play any new title from BioWare, Dice, Epic, etc., or random games like Alice: Madness Returns. Unfortunately, that's not a decision I'd be content with. Time to brace myself for the inevitability of providing another Steam clone with my credit card info, populating and juggling another friends list, and all the other monotony that comes with it. Le sigh.
It took Valve a long time to develop the user base they have today. EA is shooting themselves in the foot if they go with a new untested and undeployed platform for all their PC digital distributions.
For the MMO type game it makes sense to go directly to the MMO site for download and hopefully the MMO launcher handles all the updates without having to use something like Steam or Origin for every patch.
[citation][nom]rad666[/nom]As things stand right now, Mass Effect 3 will be the last EA/BioWare title I buy, partially because of junk like this. The version I buy will be retail if it's an Origin exclusive and not available on Steam.[/citation]
But what if the retail version is just a key that needs origin to activate?
I bought Shogun 2 Total War on retail... I needed Steam to activate it.
If this is what EA does to ME3 then you are fucked...
Considering EA already treats me like a pirate and a baby killer when i purchase their games. I have a copy of mirror's edge and need for speed that i can't install anymore because i have used up my allotted number of installs(I reformat my computer at least once a year) and they basically refuse to authorize more installs. So the idea of using their download manager/store is not appealing at all.
Ya that is what I want. Having my digital games all over the place and having to remeber a bunch of passwords. I can live without EA`s games. So go ahead. To be honest I lost interest in them after buying the Dragon age game of the year and I could not play it for about 4 months because I had to log into thier servers to play a offline game and somehow my game was registered to someone else.
Make it even a tiny bit harder for me to buy your product and I simply wont.
The user base from Steam (from casual to hardcore) is big enough to last a good long years to come and EA is turning it's back at it with the idea of lurking them to their crappy un-tested re-launched platform? Talking about a bad and risky move alright.
The XBLA model works when you actually HAVE a console to back it up; EA has nothing of the like. Games For Windows lost to Steam already, and we're talking about Microsoft here. Now they'll push XBLA to PCs with Win8 and prolly Steam won't even be affected, but all the others will.
The issue is that Origin like EA Download Manager is absolutely horrible and unreliable software along with Games for Window Live. I have yet to find any distribution even remotely as good as Steam. Keep the ball on Valve's court; a lot of gamers don't want to go to the kiddies’ court with broken rims and no nets.