Neoseeker : News : EA Origin user base exceeds 50 million, Battlefield 3 Premium subscribers now over 4 million
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monkey_ninjas316 Jul 25, 13
quote overKill
...I only play battlefield in spurts, or they could lower the price of premium to a more fair $20.
If you're lucky, you may be able to catch Premium on a rare sale. It was only $15.00 earlier this summer.
One thing I hate is that my BF3 Xbox 360 account and PC account are completely separate despite being registered to the same email/soldier on battlelog. I bought BF3 day one for x360 and bought premium. I switched over to the PC version and premium is only applied to my xbox account and not PC so I have absolutely zero DLC.
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overKill Jul 24, 13
quote Zombie_Barioth
Thats pretty much what most DLC has been, but for the full $60.
They've come out and said it, Jim Sterling even quoted them in one episode of the JimQuisition. I don't remember the exact quote but they pretty much said that game prices are too high and the industry needs to makes changes, or something to that affect.
Lol! EA is coming out with Plants vs Zombies 2, which will supposedly be free.. But here's the catch - the majority of the content, including new plants, maps, etc will be micro-transactions. I believe they also made Real Racing 3 into a game where the majority of the cars and tracks are micro-transactions.

I honestly don't mind micro-transactions, but with EA they've got it less where you're paying for extra, but more where you're paying for content that should have been in the base game.
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Zombie_Barioth Jul 24, 13
quote overKill
quote Zombie_Barioth
Of course these are the same guys who got up on their soapbox and declared that games are too expensive and something has to be done.
They seriously said that? They're like, "Okay. The base games will now be $30 - much cheaper than the $60-70 you're seeing now. BUT - we'll give you a whole 5% of the content. The rest will be micro-transactions."
Thats pretty much what most DLC has been, but for the full $60.
They've come out and said it, Jim Sterling even quoted them in one episode of the JimQuisition. I don't remember the exact quote but they pretty much said that game prices are too high and the industry needs to makes changes, or something to that affect.
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overKill Jul 24, 13
quote Zombie_Barioth
Of course these are the same guys who got up on their soapbox and declared that games are too expensive and something has to be done.
They seriously said that? They're like, "Okay. The base games will now be $30 - much cheaper than the $60-70 you're seeing now. BUT - we'll give you a whole 5% of the content. The rest will be micro-transactions."
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Zombie_Barioth Jul 24, 13
Not surprising when everyone who buys their games needs Origin to play it. The thing about EA is they they're trying to copy Steam without understanding why its popular.

Of course these are the same guys who got up on their soapbox and declared that games are too expensive and something has to be done.
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RoninRedFox Jul 24, 13
Just because I have to use it, doesn't mean I like using it.
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DarkLordAkuma Jul 24, 13
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People can complain all they want about how much they hate Origin, but the numbers certainly don't lie. Granted, EA kind of forces anyone who buys their games to sign up, but that still leads to high figures and money in their pocket. Last October, Origin had only 20 million, so the latest report shows quite a jump.
The numbers may not lie about the number of users, using origin, but the validity of the their use is another thing. All these figures do is tell us how many people have bought at least one EA Game with Origin attached, it says absolutely nothing for the success of the service itself.
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nipsen Jul 24, 13
So what they're saying is that over the entire lifetime of the PC and console versions - they've cumulatively managed to get 4 million people to sign up and play at least one game.

Including all serial duplicate accounts, resubscribers, second mail-address accounts after inactivity, and indirectly reactivated accounts after bans. Note that you automatically get an origin account if you ever start the game on console while logged in to xbl/psn.

This isn't a very high number, you know.
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DiamondMaster11 Jul 23, 13
Considering you NEED Origin to run their games, I don't really see the amount of users as a good sign of how great of a system it is.
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THM Jul 23, 13
I'll have a second thought about that.
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overKill Jul 23, 13
quote Euphoric
quote overKill
Yes. Because ultimately with how many games I play, I won't be playing Battlefield 3 Premium for a whole 6 months. Maybe 2-3. The others who will play for 12+ months will make up for me only playing for 2-3, so I don't think there's any money lost there.
Actually there is major potential for lost money there. You are suggesting that the company punish loyal customers who engage with their content a lot just so that casual users can save a few dollars. That is really bad business and would never ever happen from a company that is smart enough to get to where EA is. They aren't going to drive away the hardcore players who make them more money over a longer period of time than fleeting casuals.

That's not a slight against you or your playing habits. Just a statement of fact about smart business.
If DLC is being released on a fairly regular basis (lets say once every month - not that it is, but if it were, though it probably would be if it was a subscription model), not to mention that there are other benefits to having Premium such as extra weapons and whatnot, and given how good the game is - I really don't see the people who would otherwise buy premium not getting it and sticking to it because of it being monthly.

Though, this is Electronic Arts, master of ruining games (they take over a game and turn most of what should have been content in to micro-transactions) so I can see 20/20 as to why they would not go with a subscription model.
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rpg Jul 23, 13
EA = bad business, but regardless of what they do or the services they force or implement on a consumer if people are willing to pay that's that

If EA had really done a p2p M/S for their dlc, games like battlefield, ME, and etc could push it into acceptance even with the *common* negative criticism they already recieve.

It would be kool to have both of those payment plans though now that I think of it, to cater both type of gamers and I believe overkill meant no real money loss for him/herself not the company euphoric, though I'm not completely sure.
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Euphoric Jul 23, 13
quote overKill
Yes. Because ultimately with how many games I play, I won't be playing Battlefield 3 Premium for a whole 6 months. Maybe 2-3. The others who will play for 12+ months will make up for me only playing for 2-3, so I don't think there's any money lost there.
Actually there is major potential for lost money there. You are suggesting that the company punish loyal customers who engage with their content a lot just so that casual users can save a few dollars. That is really bad business and would never ever happen from a company that is smart enough to get to where EA is. They aren't going to drive away the hardcore players who make them more money over a longer period of time than fleeting casuals.

That's not a slight against you or your playing habits. Just a statement of fact about smart business.
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overKill Jul 23, 13
Yes. Because ultimately with how many games I play, I won't be playing Battlefield 3 Premium for a whole 6 months. Maybe 2-3. The others who will play for 12+ months will make up for me only playing for 2-3, so I don't think there's any money lost there.

I personally like Steam - what I don't like is that Origin is essentially trying to steal the fame (and inevitable money) that Steam has. It's just a giant failure (from my eyes) because they're not trying to be themselves.
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