Free Dead Space Launches Origin's "On the House" Program

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Free Dead Space Launches Origin's "On the House" Program

On the House

Origin's new "On the House" program offers full games for free, forever, just for being you.

You may have noticed that Dead Space is currently free on Origin, and you may also have wondered why. Now, after a bit of a delay, we have the answer: It's "On the House."

"There's no catch," EA explained on the newly-revealed On the House page on Origin. "Grab full games, expansions and more at absolutely no cost. Just make sure to act fast because On the House specials can appear and disappear at any time."

These are full games, not demos or trials, and once claimed they'll stay attached to your account forever. And why? "We're gamers, too," the site says. "We appreciate you making Origin your gaming home... and besides, who doesn't like free stuff?"

Dead Space is an older game, sure, but it's still awfully good and this is a great excuse to give it a go if you missed on the original release. (Which was more than five years ago, by the way, so it's perfectly possible.) And yes, all that "we're gamers too" business notwithstanding, this is clearly just an attempt to attract attention and bulk up the Origin user base, but so what? The net result is a free copy of Dead Space and that's alright by me.

Dead Space will remain free on Origin until May 8.

Source: Origin

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Ohh, no, the anti-EA crowd are going to be furious!

On the downside, unless a Sim City giveaway is on the cards any time soon, post-Origin Bundle I'm pretty sure I've already got anything they're likely to give away.

Kolyarut:
Ohh, no, the anti-EA crowd are going to be furious!

Not me. I hate EA more than the next average Joe. "Free stuff" just isn't enough for me to forgive EA their sins. Doesn't mean I'm "furious" about their offer.

"We appreciate you making Origin your gaming home... and besides, who doesn't like reinstalling their OS?"

"Why bother fixing all the problems with Origin? Why bother remove the spyware? Why bother improve our customer service? Why bother actually providing a better service than Steam? Let's just give people shit for free! That'll make them forget how bad we are!"

Well.

I already redeemed Dead Space on Origin, because why not have it on all the online platforms, but I certainly wasn't expecting this to be the reason behind it.

I will be the Negative Nancy who says it's too bad that the PC version of the first Dead Space has some of the worst mouse acceleration in the history of PC shooters, but at least it has controller support.

As someone who got Dead Space in a bundle alongside Dead Space 3 in the humble origin bundle... (I only redeemed Dead Space on steam though).

I have to ask: But have they fixed how atrocious a port it is?

"Come join us! Please....we know Steam and GoG are much better...but hey, how about some free stuff? Like...this bundle? Or these free games?"

In all seriousness...Dead Space is a good game and for everyone who didnt catch the EA-Bundle its a great deal.
I still prefer steam, though.

Cerebrawl:

I have to ask: But have they fixed how atrocious a port it is?

Really? I had no problems with Dead Space. Played in on a pretty old machine with Mouse and Keyboard and never had any technical trouble or problems with the controls.

ShakerSilver:
"Why bother fixing all the problems with Origin? Why bother remove the spyware? Why bother improve our customer service? Why bother actually providing a better service than Steam? Let's just give people shit for free! That'll make them forget how bad we are!"

It'll work, too. Especially since they have managed not to win Worst Company in America this year (for a change).

P.S. Thanks

"There's no catch," EA explained

Surely having to use Origin is the catch here?

Stabbing someone over and over again, then giving them a bandaid?

Nope. I'll just go to the hospital and stay as far away from you as possible.

shrekfan246:
I will be the Negative Nancy who says it's too bad that the PC version of the first Dead Space has some of the worst mouse acceleration in the history of PC shooters, but at least it has controller support.

You can just deactivate the game's VSync, force VSync from your graphics card's control panel, and suddenly you'll find the game is too damn easy because you'll be aiming too fast for the poor necromorphs.

I know, you shouldn't have to fiddle with the settings like that, but it's better than using a controller.

They need to decommission Origin and figure out a lightweight platform strategy that doesn't involve installing a digital storefront. Really that's the only option the company has if they want to get customer loyalty.

Wow, people are sure surly for being handed a free game. You'd think they'd just lay low for once instead of purposefully going out of their way to make themselves look bull-headed and unpleasable.

OT: I already have it from Origin Bundle, but I highly appreciate the gesture anyhow. With luck, they'll put Sims 3 expansions into the program. :D

Yeah... nice try, EA.

I had to use Origin to play Mass Effect 3 and Dead Space 3 on my old PC, and I'd prefer not to put it on this one too. Make Origin not suck and maybe I'll consider using it as more than a last resort on a PC I don't care about. I'd rather pay for the game and not have to deal with any BS.

ShakerSilver:
"Why bother fixing all the problems with Origin? Why bother remove the spyware? Why bother improve our customer service? Why bother actually providing a better service than Steam? Let's just give people shit for free! That'll make them forget how bad we are!"

Pretty sure they removed the lines in their EULA that basically gave them free rights to sell your data.

Yep.

Honestly it's pretty much on a level with Steam these days and most of the stuff they have done recently (Since Riccitiello left to be honest) have been pretty good for the consumer.

I mean, I still think they're a soulless corporate machine but they seem to have learnt that bending consumers over a table and going in dry isn't good for them in the long run.

MinionJoe:

Kolyarut:
Ohh, no, the anti-EA crowd are going to be furious!

Not me. I hate EA more than the next average Joe. "Free stuff" just isn't enough for me to forgive EA their sins. Doesn't mean I'm "furious" about their offer.

"We appreciate you making Origin your gaming home... and besides, who doesn't like reinstalling their OS?"

What the heck are you even talking about? I use Origin and it's never given me problems.

Colt47:
They need to decommission Origin and figure out a lightweight platform strategy that doesn't involve installing a digital storefront. Really that's the only option the company has if they want to get customer loyalty.

Uh... how does one acquire free games if there isn't a storefront? D:

JediMB:

shrekfan246:
I will be the Negative Nancy who says it's too bad that the PC version of the first Dead Space has some of the worst mouse acceleration in the history of PC shooters, but at least it has controller support.

You can just deactivate the game's VSync, force VSync from your graphics card's control panel, and suddenly you'll find the game is too damn easy because you'll be aiming too fast for the poor necromorphs.

I know, you shouldn't have to fiddle with the settings like that, but it's better than using a controller.

Eh, I actually never had problems using a controller for the game. It wasn't fast-paced enough that I really felt I needed a mouse anyway. I usually like keeping Vsync completely off when I can help it, too. I've never had any games that had screen tearing bad enough that it actually bothered me. EDIT: It is good to know that there's a workaround for those people who don't happen to have gamepads, though.

I will say I was thankful that the mouse aiming was so much better in Dead Space 2, though.

lacktheknack:

Colt47:
They need to decommission Origin and figure out a lightweight platform strategy that doesn't involve installing a digital storefront. Really that's the only option the company has if they want to get customer loyalty.

Uh... how does one acquire free games if there isn't a storefront? D:

By having a web based store front instead of building a locally run application. The key difference between Origin and Steam is that EA has built their storefront specifically to toss around their own products. Valve shifted away from that approach and instead just regards steam as a product to conveniently distribute games to consumers. They have games published by them on there, but they aren't necessarily the main attraction.

Colt47:

lacktheknack:

Colt47:
They need to decommission Origin and figure out a lightweight platform strategy that doesn't involve installing a digital storefront. Really that's the only option the company has if they want to get customer loyalty.

Uh... how does one acquire free games if there isn't a storefront? D:

By having a web based store front instead of building a locally run application. The key difference between Origin and Steam is that EA has built their storefront specifically to toss around their own products. Valve shifted away from that approach and instead just regards steam as a product to conveniently distribute games to consumers. They have games published by them on there, but they aren't necessarily the main attraction.

I fail to see the difference.

You aren't forced to use the Origin store to use Origin. Why remove features because you don't want them? The store doesn't take up much room, and the platform is lower-weight than Steam is already.

I don't see how going the route of GamersGate is their "only option" while Steam exists.

lacktheknack:

Colt47:

lacktheknack:

Uh... how does one acquire free games if there isn't a storefront? D:

By having a web based store front instead of building a locally run application. The key difference between Origin and Steam is that EA has built their storefront specifically to toss around their own products. Valve shifted away from that approach and instead just regards steam as a product to conveniently distribute games to consumers. They have games published by them on there, but they aren't necessarily the main attraction.

I fail to see the difference.

You aren't forced to use the Origin store to use Origin. Why remove features because you don't want them? The store doesn't take up much room, and the platform is lower-weight than Steam is already.

I don't see how going the route of GamersGate is their "only option" while Steam exists.

The difference is one guy is treating their digital store front with the mindset of a product in it's own right. The other is using it as an add on program for their own games.

ShakerSilver:
"Why bother fixing all the problems with Origin? Why bother remove the spyware? Why bother improve our customer service? Why bother actually providing a better service than Steam? Let's just give people shit for free! That'll make them forget how bad we are!"

1. Origin is actually pretty similar to Steam at this point. I realize you're probably using experiences from when the platform first launched, but surely you must know things rarely stay the same from the launch date.

2. I'm confused, are you accusing Origin of downloading malware and such onto your computer, or are you accusing them of recording certain information? Because if its the latter, Steam does the same stuff.

3. Origin gives full refunds for games purchased through them if returned at a certain date, no questions asked. Steam does not.

4. I'm in no way saying Origin is better than Steam, but its not as far off as you people think.

5. What's wrong with giving away free games? Come on, tell me.

so i was really looking forward to getting this(i just installed origin to play titanfall) but when the game installs it tells me that i have pick between german and french. which i assume means i will end up having a version that is somehow cut so i will not be installing this. still, a nice offer

and everyone who thinks EA deserves to win worst company in America when there are ISPs and the likes of Goldman Sachs around is just a fucking idiot.

Colt47:

lacktheknack:

Colt47:

By having a web based store front instead of building a locally run application. The key difference between Origin and Steam is that EA has built their storefront specifically to toss around their own products. Valve shifted away from that approach and instead just regards steam as a product to conveniently distribute games to consumers. They have games published by them on there, but they aren't necessarily the main attraction.

I fail to see the difference.

You aren't forced to use the Origin store to use Origin. Why remove features because you don't want them? The store doesn't take up much room, and the platform is lower-weight than Steam is already.

I don't see how going the route of GamersGate is their "only option" while Steam exists.

The difference is one guy is treating their digital store front with the mindset of a product in it's own right. The other is using it as an add on program for their own games.

Steam storefront is not a "product in its own right" any more than Origin is, and they're most certainly not treating it as such. ALL storefronts are treated as methods of selling things and making money, no exceptions, because that's what they are. Carrying games from multiple publishers does not magically make one worse than the other as a concept. -___-

Also, Steam is inferior to Origin in terms of function, so I don't think your "difference" works the way you want it to.

How strange that the EA hatred has somehow morphed a freaking storefront into a "product in its own right". Is Gamestop a "product" now? No, they're a distro.

Can someone inform me of this....

I don't have Origin, but how easy is it to mod in support for Origin titles? I often heard that the PC port of Dead Space was VERY barebones to the console release, but I do not mods exist to make it better. How much of a hassle would that be?

lacktheknack:

Colt47:

lacktheknack:

I fail to see the difference.

You aren't forced to use the Origin store to use Origin. Why remove features because you don't want them? The store doesn't take up much room, and the platform is lower-weight than Steam is already.

I don't see how going the route of GamersGate is their "only option" while Steam exists.

The difference is one guy is treating their digital store front with the mindset of a product in it's own right. The other is using it as an add on program for their own games.

Steam storefront is not a "product in its own right" any more than Origin is, and they're most certainly not treating it as such. ALL storefronts are treated as methods of selling things and making money, no exceptions, because that's what they are. Carrying games from multiple publishers does not magically make one worse than the other as a concept. -___-

Also, Steam is inferior to Origin in terms of function, so I don't think your "difference" works the way you want it to.

How strange that the EA hatred has somehow morphed a freaking storefront into a "product in its own right". Is Gamestop a "product" now? No, they're a distro.

We can agree to disagree, then. =)

lacktheknack:
Wow, people are sure surly for being handed a free game. You'd think they'd just lay low for once instead of purposefully going out of their way to make themselves look bull-headed and unpleasable.

OT: I already have it from Origin Bundle, but I highly appreciate the gesture anyhow. With luck, they'll put Sims 3 expansions into the program. :D

as someone who plays Sims 3 and has spent nearly $300 on expansions and crap for it.

It probably wont happen. Sims is a cash cow. Just look at all the expansions you could get and their price.

if anything they might make a discounted bundle with everything once Sims 4 in nearing release.

Trishbot:
Can someone inform me of this....

I don't have Origin, but how easy is it to mod in support for Origin titles? I often heard that the PC port of Dead Space was VERY barebones to the console release, but I do not mods exist to make it better. How much of a hassle would that be?

It's exactly the same as Steam, except with less folder nesting.

Kalezian:

lacktheknack:
Wow, people are sure surly for being handed a free game. You'd think they'd just lay low for once instead of purposefully going out of their way to make themselves look bull-headed and unpleasable.

OT: I already have it from Origin Bundle, but I highly appreciate the gesture anyhow. With luck, they'll put Sims 3 expansions into the program. :D

as someone who plays Sims 3 and has spent nearly $300 on expansions and crap for it.

It probably wont happen. Sims is a cash cow. Just look at all the expansions you could get and their price.

if anything they might make a discounted bundle with everything once Sims 4 in nearing release.

Well, we can always hope.

For some reason there's just something about Origin that I don't like but I just can't figure out what it is, even with a free copy of Dead Space, which I really love, I just wouldn't bother with it.

I like this, I like this a lot.

Steam, along with being a great service attached to a great company gives me great discounts, but FREE is another beast entirely. I installed Origin for Titanfall which is an alright game. However, if Origin is going to be a free PS+, colour me excited.

I love Steam, I love PS+, and if this turns out to be a good thing, I am willing to love Origin

Huh, GG EA, still don't trust you but I'll give you credit where it's due. Too bad I already have DS on Steam.

Origin is not Steam. Alot of fanboiis are saying its the same. EA owns origin, Steam is Valve, they are not the same thing thats that.

I personally won't touch EA for other reasons(origin is just icing). They have systematically stripped and wrecked so many great franchises with depth and amazing gameplay mechanics and turned them into the gaming equivalent of a half hour network sitcom thats been on tv for about 7 years too many. Weak gameplay mechanics, NO changes besides asthetics, rushed schedules, cut features.

Then add on the fact that they literally laugh in the face of customers with their Public Relations statements where they always say that they've done nothing wrong, or for instance how they say Battlefield 4 wasnt really a broken game/bad launch. Simcity is wreck. The Madden, FIFA, NBA, nascar franchises have about as much depth as a mobile game these days. They've ruined who knows how many studios in their "profits first, customers and quality last"-wake.

Anyone that is shortsighted enough to commend and/or support EA deserves their crap games. Its just sad that it is to the detriment of the entire gaming community/world of gaming. People need to open their eyes to this junk, you get what you ask for, and asking for EA games and Origin are only going to quicken the ruination of great games.

Now I'm done.

lacktheknack:
Wow, people are sure surly for being handed a free game. You'd think they'd just lay low for once instead of purposefully going out of their way to make themselves look bull-headed and unpleasable.

...well there are consequences and people should consider things before just taking it.
EA will get a lot of new users and then proudly proclaim how more people are now "using" Origin, which will lead to a few more users who are then convinced that it might be a "satisfactory experience" to use Origin.

It's small stuff, but I wouldn't call people bullheaded, unpleasable or surly because they have their doubts, which everyone should have about everything, Origin and Steam included.

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