EA: Origin Will Be Good Someday
Kotaku has posted an interesting exchange with EA COO Peter Moore about Electronic Arts’ Steam competitor Origin. Moore acknowledges that not all has been perfect with the launch of their controversial service, but insists that the vitriol is dying down and that with “18 months to two years” to improve it, Origin will be a good experience for gamers.
Moore notes “If you go back and dust off the transcripts of when Steam first came out, it had the same reaction. People didn’t like it. You were obligated.” (Kotaku posts links to complaints about Steam from 2004 that back this claim up.) “They provided, over the years—to Gabe and the team’s credit—value to the gamer,” Moore says, but notes “Those first 12 months were very rocky.” This might be why he says “It’s one of those things where I would ask give us 18 months to two years.”
Moore also notes that a competitor to Steam is healthy, and to that we have to agree. Steam is a good service, but monopolies, even well meaning monopolies, are generally bad for everyone. And unlike Facebook’s doomed to fail adversary, G+, Origin can offer gamers access to things they can’t already get on Steam, namely EA games which aren’t available on Steam. With consistent service and enough decent games, it might prove to be a worthwhile alternative. That is of course assuming they aren’t still price gouging their customers in 2 years’ time.
The whole post is worth a read. In the meantime, what do you think, GameFronters? Are you willing to give Origin a chance or will it die like Google Plus almost certainly will? Let us know.