Phil vs. Phil: Is It Crazy to Skip Crysis 3 Because of Origin?
Owen: Origin offers you nothing? It offers you games! Why do you need anything else? If there is a game you want to buy and play, and it is only available in one place, why would you not go to where it is when doing so requires no additional investment? We are called “gamers” for a reason, and it isn’t because we like PC client interfaces.
I primarily use Steam, but I also use Origin. Why does it have to be one or the other? In reality, it shouldn’t. You can’t play Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 on Origin, and you can’t play Battlefield 3 on Steam, but there are surely plenty of people who do both. There’s little reason to lock yourself into one platform when there’s nothing stopping you from having it all.
Imagine if Steam and Origin and uPlay were physical stores you had to go to to get your games, and they were located side by side in a building next to your house. Would you be mad that you couldn’t just go to one of them to get all your games? It’s not a perfect analogy, I know, but that’s about what it feels to me. Neither Steam nor Origin nor uPlay requires me any extra effort or money to use, and they are all convenient to access from my computer, and I don’t have to only use one of them.
Hornshaw: No, there’s not a money investment, but there is a time one. Your store analogy isn’t bad, but it falls down when you add the fact that maybe I can play Origin games with you, but I can’t play them with (for example) Ross Lincoln, because he (hypothetically) doesn’t play games on Origin. That’s a limiting factor. Or maybe the people I’ve met on Steam and only know online are harder to access on Origin. I have to bug them for their Origin names. I have to wait for their friend requests. I have to do additional work that prevents me from playing the games with whom I want to play them, how I want to play them, when I want to play them.
If I’m buying a limited number of games in a year, the publisher sure as hell shouldn’t be throwing up roadblocks on my path to fun. And that’s what Origin is. That’s all it is. It doesn’t make gaming better, it makes it worse.
Origin might be where those games are, but if I don’t really care about those games, that’s just not a good enough reason to put up with it, at least hypothetically.
Owen: You may not care that much about them, but there are people who do, and the guy who sparked this discussion certainly does. If somebody does care, he should just play. He can complain about features and give constructive feedback, but if he wants to play, he should play. Vanilla Origin not being as awesome as Steam at 10 years is not a good enough reason to avoid playing the games you want to play. That’s all I’m saying.
Hornshaw: Fair points all. All I’m saying is that platform factors into the discussion. Not every player wants to play every game, and for as much as this dude claims to love Crysis, he clearly doesn’t love it that much. Maybe that’s a lesson EA should learn.
Phil Owen is a Game Front contributor and freelance writer. Find more of his work on Game Front here and connect with him on Twitter at @philrowen. Read more of Phil Hornshaw’s work here, and follow him and Game Front on Twitter: @philhornshaw and @gamefrontcom.