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EA's Origin (ironically named after a company that did really good RPG games) had a tough time last year. They introduced an EULA that would legally allow Origin to snoop your computer and report back about your browsing history, websites visited (realtime), your hardware configuration, the applications you have installed, and those which you currently use, including games (EA's AND their competitors games).
There was a major uproar. The EULA was revised, sort of. Things settled down, but still EA's Origin is intrusive to me. I don't want their software to load everytime I boot my computer and have it still running in the background, quietly watching what I'm doing. I personally don't like it, but some don't care.
Recently EA has announced that it's portfolio of games will go "F2P". In quotes because it's really a perversion of actually F2P games, but lets set that aside.
December 13 2012
In its continued effort to offset the struggling traditional or "physical" video game market with a growing inventory of free-to-play games, game industry publisher Electronic Arts (Nasdaq: EA) has collapsed its Play4Free portfolio within its larger digital distribution and networking platform Origin.
[Sean Decker, EA’s vice president of Play4Free] “The main reason is convenience for players -- Origin now becomes your single destination for paid downloadable PC games and free-to-play games alike.”
“You already know Origin as your destination for the latest and greatest in gaming content from some of the world’s best video game publishers, including EA,” [Sean] Decker said.
I could understand if EA wants to just be a competitor, but they are nasty. They attacked Steam a few months ago:
Q: One of the things that Steam does is this random deep-discounting of software, and it works well for them. Do you see that as something you want to do?
David DeMartini: We won't be doing that. Obviously they think it's the right thing to do after a certain amount of time. I just think it cheapens your intellectual property. I know both sides of it, I understand it. If you want to sell a whole bunch of units, that is certainly a way to do that, to sell a whole bunch of stuff at a low price. The gamemakers work incredibly hard to make this intellectual property, and we're not trying to be Target. We're trying to be Nordstrom. When I say that, I mean good value - we're trying to give you a fair price point, and occasionally there will be things that are on sale you could look for a discount, just don't look for 75 percent off going-out-of-business sales.
Since when was EA considered Nordstrom ?? (besides the 80's when it was a Dev company making good games) ?
EA seems to be following SOE's lead. The industry is leading towards F2P games, and I'm not sure if thats really good for MMORPG gamers or not. I'm leaning towards not, though, especially if companies keep trying to inject spyware (Origin) into computers to offset F2P losses by selling "legally" obtained information to 3rd parties.
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