Origin Sale Takes a Jab at Steam

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Origin Sale Takes a Jab at Steam

origin takes jab at steam

"70% off games you'll actually play" boasts the latest Origin sale.

Anyone who's used Steam knows about the glory that is Steam Sales - usually two or three times a year when a vast swath of the game client's library goes on sale. It's a time of great rejoice... unless you happen to have already been using Steam for quite some time, and your backlog is full of random indie games you have no intention of playing, but bought anyway because they were 90% off. The latest Origin sale is clearly taking a jab at this philosophy, boasting up to "70% off games you'll actually play."

"Your backlog can wait," continues the ad, "These games are the real deal." And indeed, some of the titles that are 70% off are ones that are definetly worth playing, such as Mirror's Edge and Dragon Age for $4.50, and Mass Effect 3 and Dead Space 3 for $6.

Furthermore, if you took advantage of EA offering Battlefield 3 for free as part of its "On The House" program (which you still can, by the way), you can pick up some of its expansion packs for $3 a piece.

I might get some flack for going against the "hivemind" here, but between Origin's no-questions-asked refund policy, the whole free game program, and a lot of other improvements the platform has made (such as the ability to stream your games straight to Twitch from the client), Origin is actually shaping up to be... quite a good service.

Never thought i'd say that.

Source: Origin via Kotaku

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Things that are still missing: There is no ability to gift games using the Origin client. There's pretty much no way to buy Mass Effect 3 for a friend that's easier than just handing them some cash and telling them to buy it. This makes coercing friends into joining me in playing the multi more difficult.

Origin isn't that bad from what I can tell, but most of the shady stuff I've heard about Origin (Sneaking through your files) are things I admittedly don't really look at. From just a functionality perspective, it doesn't really have any bits that annoy me.

That said, I wish it played nice with the Steam overlay. Adding an Origin game shortcut to Steam doesn't help - Launching it causes it to go through Origin and some part of that process causes the Steam Overlay to stop recognizing the game's process. I want mah in-gaem chats back.

Hmmm, nope. No games I want to play.

I have to pay tax on Origin. So really, I save less for games I could just get on steam and not play either way.

And from glancing at the "Games I'd actually play"- that's rich, EA. Really fucking rich. I a quarter of those games in the last two steam sales and have only installed one.

I still really don't like Origin. Yeah, the on the house thing is nice, but I just feel safer using steam, and the fact that Steam's library is like fifty times that of EA's...

I think more competition in the market is going to be a good thing for consumers even if you don't like EA as a company giving people a choice to pick between services will always lead to new innovation and better experiences.

Lol... I wonder if origin realizes it's not that people buy games they don't want... they buy soooo many that they actually have a backlog. You know the sort of thing that happens when a store has lots of stuff you like as opposed to just the stuff they want to sell.

Origin making fun of Steam sounds like Pepsi making fun of Coke. It's cute and all...but everybody knows what everybody's preferred choice is.

Medal of Honor Warfighter, Insaniquarium and CnC 4.

Sure Origin, these are games I'll actually play. Totes.

Though admittedly the name of the sale is pretty funny.

In all honesty, the only - and I mean ONLY - reason I could see myself needing to use Origin for is the Command and Conquer Ultimate Collection...and even then, I've got an older PC that will run The First Decade.

Sorry, EA. You're just...not selling me on it. :\

RatherDull:
Hmmm, nope. No games I want to play.

Nothing for me either. Though I do have to give them credit, these are real games that actually exist.

Lilani:
Origin making fun of Steam sounds like Pepsi making fun of Coke. It's cute and all...but everybody knows what everybody's preferred choice is.

Hey, I prefer Pepsi. :(

Yeah, I don't think so. I'm not paying EA to install yet another stupid client on my computer. I'd rather pay for a console and pick their games up on that, because at least there I'd be opening myself up to other options.

EA has been showing surprising signs of improvement lately. Like that new battlefield trailer that leaked? Here are all the things they got very, VERY right with that:

- they did not fall for the trap of making it into a sci-fi shooter like every other major modern military shooter franchise. Sci-fi is great but I suspect it's going to be to this generation what modern military setting was to the last one and world war 2 was to the PS2 era. Instead, they went for a seldom explored police theme.

- they got Visceral - a studio famous for its singleplayer campaigns - to work on the singleplayer campaign. And they have actually been listening to feedback and are opening it up a bit. Looks like not standing in the one designated correct spot all the time is not going to gameover your ass anymore.

- I'm sorry, I still can't get over how positive a step involving Visceral was. Do you remember that one stealth section in Battlefield 3? When you were supposed to sneak up on a guy and knife him in the throat? When a prompt would appear and ignoring it or moving any further would kill you instantly, even though the guy, or indeed anyone around had no chance of seeing you? Now there are detection meters. And semi-open maps. And freedom of approach. And responsive enemy AI. All those concessions of modern shooters that have actually added something to player enjoyment as opposed to uniformity and frustration.

- they did not pull the leaked trailer immediately, attempting to pretend the game didn't exist and suing everyone involved, like it seems to be a trend in the industry today. that's something I would expect EA to do just a couple years ago. But they seem to be just going with it.

No, I haven't forgotten how EA has been behaving just last year. But I can't believe just how much they've been working on turning their PR around. The fact that they have been consistently making good decisions is, to me, incredible. Sure, there have been hiccups and sure, they attempted to see what they can get away with a couple times but holy shit people, I think we may have managed to... er... hate them into submission.

Yeah, they are not winning any awards just yet but seeing them actually try and work on their PR is extremely refreshing.

Oh yes, and Origin has been getting really good lately. I am concerned about Steam though. That quality control issue is starting to get out of hand and they are just about the only digital distribution service without a returns policy. Which is an issue. I bought a copy of dishonored which is region restricted and I was not warned of that before purchase. Valve has flat out refused to acknowledge the issue, let alone give me my money back. It's sad.

I see games I already own, and games I'm not interested in. Hmmm. Well, at least the marketing was cute.

BigTuk:
Lol... I wonder if origin realizes it's not that people buy games they don't want... they buy soooo many that they actually have a backlog. You know the sort of thing that happens when a store has lots of stuff you like as opposed to just the stuff they want to sell.

You can rationalise it all you want, but if half of games remain unplayed, or whatever that insanely high statistic was, there's a backlog issue.

Lilani:
Origin making fun of Steam sounds like Pepsi making fun of Coke. It's cute and all...but everybody knows what everybody's preferred choice is.

That analogy would make Origin the choice of a new generation. That's scary.

Lilani:
Origin making fun of Steam sounds like Pepsi making fun of Coke. It's cute and all...but everybody knows what everybody's preferred choice is.

Pepsi/Origin, right?

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OT: Well, people WERE complaining that they were being coerced into buy games they never play... I'd say that EA used that to their advantage beautifully.

Steven Bogos:
Furthermore, if you took advantage of EA offering Battlefield 3 for free as part of its "On The House" program (which you still can, by the way), you can pick up some of its expansion packs for $3 a piece.

But Premium isn't on sale. So you get the maps and the guns, but miss out on any premium bonuses. And if you want to buy premium, there is no price reduction for already owning some of the content.

I was genuinely interested for a moment there, but they still reek scumminess.

Not to mention the Fuck Australia tax they put on their games everything. ($6 for each DLC instead of $3 for example)

I got the Dead Spaces, Mass Effect and Mirror's Edge for 75% on steam about a year ago. So... nope.

BF3 and ME3 for a combined $6? Even with all the shit that went around ME3's ending I think I can pick it up for $6.

I have so many mixed feelings about both Steam and Origin/EA. I love cheap games as a consumer, but I despise them as a developer.

I've been meaning to buy Dragon Age 2 for the PC for quite some time now. Six bucks sounds like a fine price to me. Honestly, I don't get the Origin hate. They hand out free games and people still complain.

That's cute, EA. Don't try and pretend that you wouldn't want people to blindly splurge money on games they may never play.

nothing on sale that i want that i dont all ready have on steam except C&C that i got some time ago

While it has a long way to go before it's on par with steam, I will say I have become steadily less negative about origin over the last year. I feel less like I'm getting screwed lately when I use it.

Steven Bogos:
I might get some flack for going against the "hivemind" here, but between Origin's no-questions-asked refund policy, the whole free game program, and a lot of other improvements the platform has made (such as the ability to stream your games straight to Twitch from the client), Origin is actually shaping up to be... quite a good service.

Never thought i'd say that.

You don't have to sound so defensive about a valid opinion. EA certainly is improving Origin a lot faster than Valve is improving Steam. They've still got some catching up to do, but hopefully if they can avoid some of the pitfalls (like letting every scammer publish their game no questions asked) one day it will at least be solid competition...and that competition should push Valve so they don't become any more complacent.

CpT_x_Killsteal:

Steven Bogos:
Furthermore, if you took advantage of EA offering Battlefield 3 for free as part of its "On The House" program (which you still can, by the way), you can pick up some of its expansion packs for $3 a piece.

But Premium isn't on sale. So you get the maps and the guns, but miss out on any premium bonuses. And if you want to buy premium, there is no price reduction for already owning some of the content.

I was genuinely interested for a moment there, but they still reek scumminess.

Not to mention the Fuck Australia tax they put on their games everything. ($6 for each DLC instead of $3 for example)

This logic confuses me.

"Some things are on sale but not EVERYTHING is on sale so therefore EA is scummy"

Wha? Someone help me out here.

Steven Bogos:

CpT_x_Killsteal:

Steven Bogos:
Furthermore, if you took advantage of EA offering Battlefield 3 for free as part of its "On The House" program (which you still can, by the way), you can pick up some of its expansion packs for $3 a piece.

But Premium isn't on sale. So you get the maps and the guns, but miss out on any premium bonuses. And if you want to buy premium, there is no price reduction for already owning some of the content.

I was genuinely interested for a moment there, but they still reek scumminess.

Not to mention the Fuck Australia tax they put on their games everything. ($6 for each DLC instead of $3 for example)

This logic confuses me.

"Some things are on sale but not EVERYTHING is on sale so therefore EA is scummy"

Wha? Someone help me out here.

Ah, sorry, let me clarify.

Premium contains each DLC pack plus another myriad of bonuses. If people buy each pack separately and then decide to buy premium so they don't miss out on it's bonuses, they're going to have to buy the whole thing again. Then again it might just be me being overly suspicious.

how cute, tell me when you get 4 more thousand games on your storefront EA!

heh maybe EA will take this digital distribution business seriously afterall, first free BF3 (which i havent really enjoyed all that much but meh, free) and a "nintendont" campaign

this would be exciting if i didnt hate EA to the very core of my soul

No EA, these are by and large not games I want to play. There are a handful of them, and then you loaded the rest of the sale with dreck from your modern "focus group" method of game design.

I'd like some old fun games, maybe Battlefield 214-waaaaaaaaaaaaaaaait

and the reason I have games I don't play is because I see things like C'thulu saves the world, pick it up at a price I want to buy the game at, and LOOK IT CAME WITH SOMETHING.

Am I the only one miffed that Steam is moving in on GoG's territory by suddenly re-releasing older games without even retro-fitting them?

Origin almost never has anything I actually want to play. It has DA2 and Da:I which I do want, but that's about it.

Most of my games on Steam I actually play, whether I got them on a sale or not.

This sale actually made me install Origin for the first time. Ages ago I got Dead Space 1 and 3 from the Humble Origin Bundle. Time to fill the gap for Dead Space 2 for a rather low price.

I don't think I've started up origin since sometime last year. Also for the record I've played the vast majority of my games I've purchased on steam.

So all Valve has to do is offer all of those games at 75% off on top of the hundreds of other games they'll heavily discount? Plus none of the games on Origin are ones I want to play whereas Steam sales offer discounts on games that at least a few people want if not the majority.

But it is nice that Steam will have some competition that might get them to improve. Although it will be a strange day when I'd rather give money to EA than Valve.

When a company has to insult another to build itself up, that's pretty must the green light for me to ignore them. Not that I wasn't avoiding EA like the plague anyway, but still...

Grabbed Dragon Age 2. I got Origins cheap on Steam a few weeks ago, so once I get around to playing that, I can jump into the sequel. $6 is a pretty good deal for a lengthy game like that.

I wish the Mass Effect DLC would go on sale at some point - that I would buy. Other than that, I don't see anything on sale that hasn't been on sale before. Or if there is, I don't care about it.

But that would make me give EA money.

That's an inconvenience I don't think is worth a good deal.

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