Neoseeker : News : EA set to change Origin to better focus on gamers, make patching and downloading painless
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Trafalgar Jul 1, 13
quote Aulis Vaara
quote Pendragon
I only used Origin for some Mass Effect stuff and then for Kingdoms of Amalur... that's it though... hopefully EA improves upon this though, as it would be good for us consumers if there was more competition with Steam
Right., because Valve are such bastards that they have sales pretty much 365 days out of the year and are willing to share their profits with companies that deserve it.
Pendragon wasn't saying that Valve are a bad company, just that an improvement in the Origin service to make it more competetive with Steam can only be good for the consumer. And he's right! If Origin ever got to the Stage Steam is at now - with such a good community infrastructure, frequent ridiculous sales, reasonable download speeds, etc. etc. etc. then it would only force Steam to become even better to stay on top.
Valve really do have a monopoly on the digital downloads market right now, and dispite the fact that this monopoly is imo deserved and in the very best of hands... well, like Pendragon said, competition only makes life better for the consumer.

That said, Origin and EA as a company still have a hell of a long way to go to convince me to ever give them a penny of my hard earned cash. When I think of EA, I still view them like this.

EDIT: Ninja'd by the man himself :<
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Pendragon Jul 1, 13
quote Aulis Vaara
Right., because Valve are such bastards that they have sales pretty much 365 days out of the year and are willing to share their profits with companies that deserve it.
Relax, dude.. I have no beef with Valve... Vavle's great. Historically consumers have benefited from greater competition amongst companies .. and right now, I don't see anyone really competing with them on anywhere close to the their level .. If they have competition, they'll only get better.. it's a win for 'us'
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Aulis Vaara Jul 1, 13
quote Pendragon
I only used Origin for some Mass Effect stuff and then for Kingdoms of Amalur... that's it though... hopefully EA improves upon this though, as it would be good for us consumers if there was more competition with Steam
Right., because Valve are such bastards that they have sales pretty much 365 days out of the year and are willing to share their profits with companies that deserve it.
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dilute Jun 30, 13
I wonder if it is even used
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Trafalgar Jun 30, 13
They probably realised that were they to win the Consumerist's "worst company in America" award three years running, it might somewhat hurt their image as a conscientious producer of consistently high-quality, original games.

:3

Seriously though, I honestly just feel that their practices - and perhaps public opinion of them - were beginning to hurt their sales. That's the only thing that will make EA change: if they start making less money. They've perhaps taken Gabe Newell's comments to heart about how to compete with other services - including the piracy of games - simply by making yours a better user experience.
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BlackScythe Jun 29, 13
quote AznLiquid
The fact that EA even admitted they weren't focused on gamers (they focused on transactions, big suprise there) to begin with just shows they have no business running a service like this.
While you have some stories of people doing things out of passion, the great majority of things are done for profit. This is one of those.

For what it's worth, and I do hate EA, their admittance of this and their deicison to cut online passes leaves me a little confused as to where they are going. Are they seriously trying to be consumer friendly? My mind doubts it but I'm stuck between timid optimism and fear they have something worse coming down the pipes at the moment.
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AznLiquid Jun 29, 13
The fact that EA even admitted they weren't focused on gamers (they focused on transactions, big suprise there) to begin with just shows they have no business running a service like this.
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Pendragon Jun 29, 13
I only used Origin for some Mass Effect stuff and then for Kingdoms of Amalur... that's it though... hopefully EA improves upon this though, as it would be good for us consumers if there was more competition with Steam
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Reilly 31 Jun 29, 13
quote Anonymous Reborn
quote Peace-Child
Does anyone even use Origin?
I mean, not like for one game, but as an avid gaming program like Steam?
Eh, I only use it when it has unique sales. Like BF1942 for free, or BF3 + Premium for $25, and the Mass Effect Trilogy for $15.

Reilly 31, are you sure it's just not the internet service on your side? I can download games at 12MBps, 10MBps on average. On Steam it's at 8MBps at best and on average.
I haven't got the best connection in the world, steam downloads close 1MBps usually whereas origin is 10x slower. I was getting 160KBps earlier for Sim City on Origin.
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Anonymous Reborn Jun 29, 13
quote Peace-Child
Does anyone even use Origin?
I mean, not like for one game, but as an avid gaming program like Steam?
Eh, I only use it when it has unique sales. Like BF1942 for free, or BF3 + Premium for $25, and the Mass Effect Trilogy for $15.

Reilly 31, are you sure it's just not the internet service on your side? I can download games at 12MBps, 10MBps on average. On Steam it's at 8MBps at best and on average.
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Reilly 31 Jun 29, 13
They need to fix their download speeds. When I tried to download Crisis 3 it was downloading at 112KB at best. Impossible for a 12 GB game.
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S-I-E Jun 29, 13
quote Peace-Child
Does anyone even use Origin?
I mean, not like for one game, but as an avid gaming program like Steam?
for a short time i did. sort of as a trial when i heard bf1942 was free to download but honestly after wasting an entire day trying to redeem codes i deleted the damn thing for "future reconsideration" to put it nicely.

it reminded me of steam when it was still new. there were more problems than solutions but things will be better in time i guess because right now origins is still in the babyshoes :/
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Peace-Child Jun 28, 13
Does anyone even use Origin?
I mean, not like for one game, but as an avid gaming program like Steam?
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