Comment of the Week: Charging More Makes Origin Better than Steam?

If you’re not up to speed on the latest Origin vs. Valve story, here’s the TL:DR — EA came out and said that they believe that Steam sales cheapen intellectual property. Valve defended the argument for discounts, then nonchalantly implied that Origin isn’t giving Steam any serious competition.

Game Front commenter Robin left the following comment on the subject:

I guess if you bash someone else, you might want to point out what you do better than them. All EA managed to say was “we charge more than them” which I guess, in their eyes, makes them better.

Meanwhile, I’ve noticed no functional improvement in Origin since its inception. There was a point where it refused to update ME3 until someone pointed me to a version of Origin that fixed the problem (of course it was not a version that was available on Origin’s website) Even for Mass Effect 3, I bought a code at a discount reseller and used that to get ME3 on Origin, which I guess shows that it’s not worth it to buy a game off Origin even when it’s more or less an Origin exclusive. EA should be well aware of Origin’s shortcomings by now.

I don’t think I would go out of my way to pay more for merchandise that was available at Target either. Maybe Nordstrom’s provides a superior shopping experience and higher-quality merchandise, Origin does neither.

EA compared Steam to Target and said that Origin aspires to be Nordstrom. Robin accurately points out the logical fallacy.

What do you think? Does heavily discounting a game cheapen intellectual property? Does EA have any ground to stand on when attacking Valve’s methods?

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9 Comments on Comment of the Week: Charging More Makes Origin Better than Steam?

TheOneS2K

On July 13, 2012 at 6:29 pm

EA is stupid, Steam will always be my choice to purchase games during superb sales!

Kevin

On July 13, 2012 at 7:05 pm

Ask the developers of the games that Steam offers massive sales on.

/thread

Nero576

On July 13, 2012 at 8:17 pm

Cutting prices does not cheapen intellectual property.
Steam deals with virtual sales, thus no cost is spent on making discs and the packaging and shipping (to brick and mortar stores) After all that the product itself will cost less by 1/2 or Less.
All the money saved is used to run steam servers while developers still get the same share.
Dropping prices will only take money away from steam/valve not the developers.
when prices drop people buy more. if you make a $5 profit with the sale or $25 without the sale.
The increased amount of customers will compensate for the cost decrease.
You will need 5 people to buy to have the same profit as the single sale with no discount.
But because of Steam’s large consumer market and their advertising (that thing that pops up after playing a game) the developers and valve are not losing any money, but gaining it.

BTW Origin sucks.

Squire Zed

On July 13, 2012 at 8:42 pm

Discounting games does not cheapen IPs, making crappy sequels to good games and beating franchises to death to get more money out of them cheapen IP. IPs like Half Life have been on sale many many times for incredibly low prices, but are still valuable because the franchises release good entries, but games like Madden 20XX (can we have something new that matters?) or Command & Conquer 4 (how does it even tie to the original franchise except the setting?) make franchises want to die.

Mark

On July 13, 2012 at 11:41 pm

not being able to resell a game cheapens it, since it stuck to ur account and has no value to u once ur finshed with it

Gus

On July 14, 2012 at 10:03 am

I having lots of problems with Origin, problems that were reported just after the platform was launched, by big number of users.
If you, people located in the US, are having issues with Origin, imagine how the experiencie would be for someone like me, located in South America (Argentina): prices displayed in the wrong currencies, payment authorization errors, etc.. None of these problems are present in Steam.

Steam has been my games provider for more than two years and I’m very happy with the service.

user

On July 14, 2012 at 10:30 am

Origin. Blah. It was thrown out with the garbage.

Pokaymon

On July 14, 2012 at 11:11 am

If a discount promotes sales… is that not a good thing?

Lupin

On July 15, 2012 at 8:33 pm

This might not be a problem for most people but as someone who lives abroad Origin tries it’s hardest to detect my country and give me that language everywhere.. even when I register and change the settings on my account to be in english.

Yeah thanks EA I didn’t want to be able to read the client at all…

With steam… Yeah it actually referss back to my account settings. Thanks Steam.
The only trouble I have is the “Not available In your region” products.. so I can’t have L.A. Noire or Arkham city… but I’m sure origin would be worse.