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News EA to launch new digital distribution platform

Discussion in 'Article Discussion' started by CardJoe, 3 Jun 2011.

  1. CardJoe

    CardJoe Freelance Journalist

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  2. Phalanx

    Phalanx Needs more dragons and stuff.

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    Honestly, good luck to them. Steam needs competition. I didn't used to like EA, but over the last couple of years they have really turned things around.
     
  3. deadstoned

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    Blood hell real competition to Steam!?

    I was wondering what the hell EA was doing with PC gaming. No Steamworks and rubbishy EA store, yet they release so many PC titles. Well I'm really glad this might be a REAL competitor to steam, they certainly have enough decent 1st party titles to release each year on it. I love Steam and as amazing as it is, I want it to have competition so I can get cheaper prices on newer titles.

    I just hope I can still buy EA games from Steam as well e.g. Battlefield 3. I'll be seriously disappointed in EA if they attempt to use Stick rather than Carrot to make us move platforms. Like only allowing limited edition Battlefield 3's to be bought from Origin or moving all EA games to origin. Or only selling Battlefield 3 on Origin.

    This is a real make or break your PC reputation with this service EA, dont f*** it up!

    If its anything like Games For Windows Live prepare for hatred and fail. But if its a stable, well designed, beneficial and decent underdog of Steam success will be yours :)
     
  4. DragunovHUN

    DragunovHUN I want to change my name but I also don't

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    Oh great, another layer to their already incredibly messy online infrastructure. Didn't they already have a digital distribution service anyways?
     
  5. SpAceman

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    I hope this doesn't mean I won't be able to get my Battlefield 3 on Steam..
     
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    Yay! More resource-hogging background processes!
     
  7. VictorianBloke

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    Is that not just the EA download manager rebadged and recoloured? I've only used it for my free Mass Effect 2, but it just looks less orange, pretty sure you can buy games through it.
     
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    Hopefully we can get decent deals through them. Last time a checked the EA store most of the games were still at full price more than a year after release
     
  9. FelixTech

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    Wow that is some exclusive... while there are no big disadvantages to buying MMOs through these kind of platforms, they are hardly the greatest examples of platform integration. I bought Aion through Steam and past the initial install I would never have known it was a steam game - separate patches, updates etc.
     
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    I'm confused. I thought they already had a DLM? :X
     
  11. Parge

    Parge the worst Super Moderator

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    Poor show. The reason Steam is good is because its publisher agnostic. I don't want a separate application for every single publisher out there. Thats one of the (many) reasons why Steam is so good.
     
  12. Phalanx

    Phalanx Needs more dragons and stuff.

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    They haven't denied that they are allowing other publishers onto it. Wait and see.
     
  13. Tsung

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    I dunno, maybe these companies don't get it.. My friends on facebook are not the same friends who I'd be playing games with. Sure there is SOME cross over, but generally facebook friends are real life people I socialise with, Steam friends are virtual friends who I play games with online.. I'm sure there are plenty of people like me who don't ever want to mix and match the two.

    The problem I find with all these apps / publishers is they seem to want to make all the decisions for me.. EA store is a classic example of this, where downloading the game and installing happens on my C drive unless I remember to tell it different. It wants to put a shortcut in my start folder under the comany name (usually) and then stick the saved games in my documents.

    Steam is a little better in that at least everything is installed in the steam directory (well sub directory in steam) and only the games themselfs have a habbit of shooting their load (save games, generated content) all over my hard drive. I suppose windows is to blame, if windows had a decent policy of only allowing the executable access to write to it's own folder (and/or sub folders) everything would be kept tidy.

    What I would love to see from steam is the ability to download games without using the Steam client. Directly on a NAS drive, so I can download extremely large files overnight without my pc being on. The NAS drive could be the "storage" area for where the PC on the network can get it's download from.. The NAS drive could also be an immediate backup if I wished to uninstall a game and install it later on.

    Like Parge above, I don't want a seperate app for every publisher. The nightmare of having 2 or 3 of them firing up and trying to automatically update their respective games is not worth thinking about...
     
  14. Stickeh

    Stickeh Help me , Help you.

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    I'd actually like to see this EA store, as EA titles cheaper than those provided on steam, then we get some competition. If they remove their games from steam to try force me over...i think its back to disc copies for me!
     
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    So long as you're not forced to use it for future EA games, I'm fine with that. Competition is good. but I hope this isn't just limited to EA titles, otherwise Origin will crash and burn.

    This is by design, not because Windows doesn't have a "decent policy". In fact, it has been Windows policy that applications save to the Documents folder, dating to at least Windows XP. Everything that deviates is in effect breaking Microsoft's standard. The reason programs aren't supposed to save to their own install directory in Program Files is because Program Files is a protected zone that only system admins have access to; there is no reason any game should require administrator permissions, and no reason most other programs should need them either. It's a security measure, and by giving all your programs admin permissions you are putting your system at risk.

    You want to blame programs for "shooting their loads" all over your hard drive, blame doesn't lie with Microsoft, but with the developers themselves for not doing what they're supposed to - and contrary to your belief, that does not include saving to the install directory.
     
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  16. RichCreedy

    RichCreedy Hey What Who

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    i think they will be unfair to valve/steam for ea distributed games, they will make valve pay an amount that would mean they couldn't compete with ea origin prices
     
  17. Eiffie

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    Hell no, I ain't switch'in to DVD, tapes are coming back!

    Oh yea and I ain't switch'in from steam to this new EA thingy. Don't care if it's awesome sauce, I have too much linked to steam already to try a new service I think.
     
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  18. SexyHyde

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    I don't think steam need the competition. Yes some games are more expensive on steam at release, but I'm ok with that, why? Have you seen the price some of the games go for in their sales. Remember if you pay less on release the discounts won't be as heavy when the sales come around.
     
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    i might use this IF we can just pay for the game and download it on steam, no way i'd have 2 apps running just to play games...
     
  20. LordPyrinc

    LordPyrinc Legomaniac

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    I'd be happy if you could download their games through the new EA service, but run the games offline. DRM or web authentication beyond activation really blows. Sure I have internet connectivity without a bandwidth cap, but I don't like leaving it connected when it isn't necessary (ie. single player mode). An open connection is an open invitation. Why expose your computer longer than need be?

    I do like steam and I think digital distribution is the way of the future. However, I don't like the way EA has handled some of their games when it comes to DRM/authentication.
     
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