I think EA’s trying to convince me to stop being a PC gamer.
Thankfully I started playing Mass Effect on the Xbox because I didn’t want to hope or wait for a PC release. Usually if a game is available for PC and console, I’ll get the PC version. Since Mass Effect 2 built on the previous game’s save file, I’ve been locked into the console version of the series, so this news really doesn’t affect me too much. Still, this as a glimpse into the future and it doesn’t look good.
I don’t need another online store to buy games from. I don’t want another username to keep track of (even if Keepass makes it easy). There’s already Amazon, Direct 2 Drive, Good Old Games, Impulse, and Steam just to name the one’s I’ve used recently. I have no interest in buying games from EA’s store or Activision’s store or Ubisoft’s store. Especially not given how poorly they seem to handle data security. Having my name and email address is one thing. Having my credit card number? No.
I certainly don’t need or want a social network tied into it either. I’m already in one too many and it especially doesn’t make sense to participate in one tied to a publisher.
Here’s a tip for EA and the other publishers. I rarely identify games with publishers unless it because of awful DRM or some other screwup. I identify games with the developers. When I heard there was a Batman sequel coming, my only interest was would Rocksteady be developing it. Without resorting to Google, I can’t tell you who the publisher is. Honestly, half the time I get EA and Activision confused. Ubisoft is the one publisher I can keep straight, but that’s because of their colossally stupid always online DRM. That’s not good company to be in.
Origin is a bad idea. Having games with Origin exclusive versions is a worse idea. If you really want to shoot off a toe, I recommend going all in and making all of your games Origin exclusive. I might miss out on some fun gameplay, but you’ll save me a lot of money.