More Reviews
REVIEWS Journey (PS4) Review
The critically acclaimed Journey makes the leap to the PS4. Is the PS3 classic still a trek worth taking? Duh.

Rare Replay Review
Rare has had a profound impact on the gaming industry, and this collection is a catalog of its timeless designs.
More Previews
PREVIEWS Sid Meier's Civilization: Beyond Preview
Fans were mad about Beyond Earth. Rising Tide should fix that.
Release Dates
NEW RELEASES Goat Simulator
Release date: 08/11/15

Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain
Release date: 09/01/15

NHL 16
Release date: 09/01/15


LATEST FEATURES How ARK: Survival Evolved Is Conquering Steam
Is ARK just another popular survival game, or is there something more behind its surprising level of success?

Buy, Try, Die: August 2015 Release List
Madden NFL 16, Until Dawn, Everybody's Gone to the Rapture: What will you Buy, what will you Try, and what needs to Die?

LEADERBOARD
Read More Member Blogs
FEATURED VOXPOP oblivion437 Update: I was unfortunately not aware of Shamus Young's severe criticism of Fallout 3 available here to link in the original piece and I regret that.  It dovetails rather nicely with what I've written and it's much better executed than my piece.  I strongly recommend anyone...

DAILY MANIFESTO

EA's Origin Is A PC Gamer's Worst Nightmare

Posted on Saturday, June 23 @ 09:45:10 PST by Jonathan_Leack
 
For a PC gamer, Steam is one of the best things since broadband internet. Not only does it house your entire library within a sleek interface, but it's sophisticated with tons of features ranging from cloud storage to user-generated content. It's no surprise that big corporations are trying to forcefullly take a piece out of Valve's extremely tasty pie.

Origin is Steam's main competitor right now, and while it's been around since 2005 it wasn't until it was rebranded for its second time that it made a strong push into the market. There are other competitors on the scene such as GameFly and Amazon, but they actually have sensible design so I'm not going to spend any time on them. 

I have three major problems with Origin, the first being the exclusive nature of its design. Games like Battlefield 3 and Mass Effect 3 aren't available through any other digital-distribution platform, and given their popularity it's frustrating. Medal of Honor: Warfighter will soon join the pack and what really irks me is that I know SimCity will require an Origin connection.

EA management went on record last August and stated that the Origin exclusives are only temporary, but I have a hard time believing that. If they don't have exclusives then I doubt anybody is going to voluntarily use the service when there are other options. Given EA's corporate backing and aggressive nature, I don't see the exclusives ever going away.


My second issue, which stems from the exclusivity, is that it segments a gaming library. 95% of my games are on Steam, where I'm able to manage them and enjoy community features from a single hub. However, last night when I went to play Battlefield 3 I had to open a second piece of software, update it, and enjoy the complete lack of features. It makes me not even want to play the games I have on Origin.

That leads me to my final point: Origin lacks nearly all the features that make Steam great. There's no community to be found, achievements to earn, or screenshot hosting. I've never seen any noteworthy deals on the Origin Store. The game library is extremely limited. There are so many things about EA's software distribution software that make me want to uninstall it, but unfortunately three of my games are stuck there, and so am I.

Each of these issues culminate into making today's PC gaming landscape way more complicated and frustrating than it should be. If Origin were actually good, there wouldn't be any exclusives and the software would speak for itself. Unfortunately, it isn't very good, and for now we're stuck with using two services if we want to enjoy all the greatest games. Well played, EA.
Tags:   EA, steam, Origin
FOLLOW ME ON TWITTER. YOU KNOW YOU WANT TO.


comments powered by Disqus

More On GameRevolution