Mac gamers can celebrate the arrival of EA's digital download service with a Sims 3 sale.
Origin, EA's answer to Steam, has only been available to PC gamers--until today. After a brief alpha testing period, Origin is now available for Mac, with a catalog that includes EA games and titles from its publishing partners.
Origin for Mac has many of the same features as the PC version, such as cloud storage and social connectivity. Some games will have dual-platform play, allowing gamers to enjoy "select EA games" that are available on both platforms on a "newly unified (Mac/PC) My Games library." To celebrate the Mac launch of Origin and the 13th anniversary of The Sims, EA is throwing a one-day-only Simtastic sale on The Sims 3 and its various expansions and stuff packs.
At the moment, there are only 49 Origin games available for Mac, and nearly two dozen of them are Sims 3 bundles or expansions. However, it's still nice to see EA extend its services to Mac users, especially considering Steam has been available for Apple computers since 2010.