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?