Why EA’s Origin Can Eat Sh*t

(This is another edition of </RANT>, a weekly opinion piece column on GameFront. Check back every week for more. The opinions expressed are those of the author, and do not reflect those of GameFront.)

A few weeks ago, Electronic Arts revealed Origin, its new proprietary download service that aims to combat Steam and, ostensibly, bring about a new platform war to the PC market. There have been both positive and negative arguments concerning the service, and I don’t think it’ll take much guesswork to figure out which side of the debate I fall on. Personally, I think Origin can return to whatever stinking helldiaper it was yanked from, at least if EA continues doing what it’s doing and believes it to be enough.

There are multiple issues I have with Origin, and I’ll start with the really personal one — I am absolutely f***ing sick to death of accounts. Not counting any MMOs I’ve had to sign up for in order to do my job, I have accounts with Steam, Xbox Live, PSN, Games for Windows Live, EA.com, Kalypso, GameCenter, OpenFeint, and GameLoft Live. Last generation I had … no accounts. None at all. The leap from none to at least nine (I am certain I’ve forgotten some) is utterly ridiculous, and when I hear that EA wants to bring Origin to both PC and iOS, all I see is yet another publisher carelessly contributing to what has become account saturation, arrogantly demanding that I hand over my personal details yet again.

Perhaps it’s bad timing, but Origin is the straw that broke the camel’s back. I’ve had enough of account overload. I’m tired of having to reaffirm my loyalties to companies that I’ve already given $60 to. I am especially cunted off with EA, who demands both online passes and EA.com accounts in order to really lock me down. I do not like it, and Origin is simply one too many. Even if EA uses EA.com to sign you into Origin, as I have been told it does, I’m not downloading and running two download services to get my games. It’s like asking I use two different GameStops to get physical copies.

Not to mention, did EA even stop to think of what benefit this holds to consumers? The publisher has repeatedly mumbled some vague shit about how Valve won’t let it sell us more downloadable content efficiently, but it hasn’t really demonstrated how making us download two digital services to get our PC games is really helping anybody but EA. As far as I can tell, this is all just adding to a problem that has begun to exemplify this generation — the continued inconvenience of customers in order to benefit publishers who want to exert control over a product after it’s been sold. This isn’t about benefiting consumers, it’s about gaining more power over the games they play … but it’s the consumers who are expected to put in more time and effort to make it work, for no reward.

Electronic Arts has tried to falsify these rewards, but they’re little more than illusions. It’s pulled what I call the “Xbox Live Silver Scam” — taking things away from other customers and making them exclusive in order to pretend that a great deal has been cut. Just like Microsoft took demos away from Xbox Live Silver members to pretend Gold accounts were getting a special benefit, EA has yanked games from Steam and is now selling them on Origin, making no actual effort to offer something that goes above and beyond its rivals.

That’s where Origin really fails. EA has lazily grabbed itself proprietary exclusives by snubbing Steam, but it’s not created a service that really offers more. It’s still selling its games for $59.99, its discounts have been pathetic when contrasted to some of the ludicrously cheap prices Steam can offer, and the only real reason to download it is to get EA games, which aren’t really very exclusive when you consider they’ll still be on consoles and a number of smaller digital retailers. There is no point to Origin’s existence — it’s just a way for EA to claim dominance over the things it supposedly “sells” to “customers.” At the very least, it’s an incredibly inferior Steam, and no customer should support such a pitiful, lackadaisical piece of sh*t.

Not to mention the rather dreadful future it points to. If EA somehow manages to make Origin a success, how many other publishers are going to jump on the bandwagon? Will we be expected to sign up for exclusive services from every other publisher? What when they want more control than that? Perhaps an account per game? It sounds histrionic, I know, but can we really expect any less than this from companies that have proven they’re prepared to put as many barriers between a customer and a game as they see fit, and damn the consequences?

You know what, though? I’m fed up with making accounts, but I’m not ready to outright refuse a new service. I can be tempted to create a new account with a company, but only if they’re prepared to offer something the competition cannot. For instance, Google+ gives me far greater personalization options, increased privacy, and enhanced usability when compared to Facebook. Google saw what the competition was doing and improved upon it, hence why I jumped ship. It felt like an upgrade, and so I took the time to join it. Don’t offer me a f*king downgrade and expect me to thank you for it. Not only will I turn my nose up, I’ll be insulted at the sheer shameless gall of your miserable, sh*tty little attempt to win me over.

EA, you run your own storefront, you’re selling games that you don’t have to physically manufacture, and you want to charge $60 while expecting me to love it? You cannot possibly be serious.

Origin is like EA coughed up a hairball and told me to eat it once I’m done chewing on my delicious cream cake. Sorry, but if a company expects me to sign up to them, it needs to blow my balls off, and offering an $80 “Digital Deluxe” version of Mass Effect ain’t gonna do it. Yanking games from superior services won’t do it either. Offering me a secondary version of a service I already have, with jacked up prices and “exclusives” I could buy elsewhere certainly won’t do it.

I wish EA would spend more time working on good games and less time trying to pick fights with other, more profitable, companies.

And that is why Origin can eat sh*t.

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78 Comments on Why EA’s Origin Can Eat Sh*t


On July 12, 2011 at 12:33 pm

Pretty much anything EA does/makes/says can eat . I hate the company, I always will till the day I die. They brought on the worst of ideas to gaming. The day a company like EA and Activision die is the day gaming comes back alive..Also Orgin

Joshua Williams

On July 12, 2011 at 12:33 pm

I totally agree with this, Origin is useless. I’m especially mad about all of my games being on steam but in order for me to drink the battlefield/mass effect 3 kool aid I have to use origin (as it stands today)

This was a big fail on their part.


On July 12, 2011 at 12:35 pm

Amen brotha!

net runner

On July 12, 2011 at 12:37 pm

Also Blizzard account ;)

lol title

On July 12, 2011 at 12:51 pm

lol @ the title pic


On July 12, 2011 at 1:18 pm

I share a lot of your feelings on the matter of Origin, but frankly the only reason anyone in the world is upset about it is because they so prefer Steam to any other distribution service. There was a time when Steam was only required to run Valve games – and back then I greatly disliked the idea of running a separate application, draining my computer’s resources while gaming. Today, I prefer to use Steam and have even repurchased some of my retail box games for use in the very convenient digital distribution interface.
Let’s be honest, though; this article isn’t about Origin – it’s about Steam and our dependency on it. Personally I’m not going to cry if Battlefield 3/ME3 skip a steam release in the next year – I support Dice and Bioware enough to purchase games from their publisher. Recall that EA games only became available on Steam at the end of 2008, whereas EA Downloader, Link, Download Manager, and now Origin have been around in one form or another since 2005 (regardless of their popularity) and that EA has been selling store-boxed games since the eighties. It’s only our recent fondness for digital distribution (Steam) which makes non-steam releases seem like such an injustice. I say give EA a break – Steam has taken enough of our money, and perhaps it’s finally time to get out of the house and make the trek to the nearest Walmart/Best Buy, dust off the optical drive, and manually type in a CD-Key for a change. Hope what I’ve said makes sense and happy gaming!


On July 12, 2011 at 1:19 pm

Totally agree with the article. Personally I’m wondering how EA can actually still exist despite making so many idiotic decisions since the 90′s. It feels as if there was nobody with brains among their important people. On the other hand, Nintendo also still exists despite releaseing the Virtual Boy. :P


On July 12, 2011 at 1:21 pm

You hit every major problem I have with Origin. When it comes down to it, what like this means is that I’ll just have to wait to get my EA games used instead of buying it new.

There have been several times that new games just weren’t in my budget, but thanks to a Steam sale or a pre-order deal I was able to swing it. By taking that away, you take away my ability to give you my money.


On July 12, 2011 at 1:31 pm

100% agree. Im not using origin. I really want BF3, which is their hook really, but Ill go without. If they cant put it on steam, then they can eat . My .
Then they can out my and eat their that is made up of my that I made them eat.

Oompa Loompa

On July 12, 2011 at 2:31 pm

I was totally going to by BF3 till I found out about all this mess.

Its a shame, BF3 looks amazing. I won’t buy it till its available on Steam.


On July 12, 2011 at 2:43 pm

To all the above…It’s called physical copies. If you’re paying 60 dollars for a game, at least get it in physical rather than digital. Make them work for that 60 dollars. Do you know why services like this (Steam, Origin, D2D, BLA BLA BLA) will always survive and make profit even though it sends out Terabytes per second? because those Terabytes cost them cents, and they sell games anywhere from 30-60 dollars. It’s known that ISP cost/GB is around 1-10 cents and that cost is going down (Proof: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SEIls-iZtx0 – Go to 7:40). So for a 6 GB game, it’s costing a service like steam about 6-10 cents to deliver that game to you.

Now going back to Origin, EA will charge 60 dollars for a DIGITAL COPY of BF3. If you purchase battlefield 3 from Origin, you will basically hand EA about 10 dollars more into their pocket than they would have gotten from you from a physical copy, so keep that in mind when you click that checkout button.

If you really must get Battlefield 3, get a physical copy.

Peter jacobs

On July 12, 2011 at 3:19 pm

Disgusting picture!!!


On July 12, 2011 at 3:23 pm

I flat out refuse to buy any non-Blizzard game that’s not on Steam for the PC. I hope most people feel this way. I agree we Jim and we need to nip this thing in the bud before it becomes a real problem. Vote with your dollars.


On July 12, 2011 at 3:24 pm

Once again EA proves that they are the oil company of video games. Destroying their customer service and racking in the profits for their ty service.


On July 12, 2011 at 4:23 pm

All this, plus the fact that I can no longer download the games that I bought on EA’s LAST download service, makes me wonder what sort of fumes have been leaked into their ventilation system.
We’re lazy, but not this lazy. Once again EA proves that they have absolutely no idea what their customers really want.


On July 12, 2011 at 6:38 pm

I agree with everything said in this article, plus I will add (copy/paste) something that I wrote on this article (http://www.gamefront.com/ea-sort-of-explains-crysis-2s-disappearance-from-steam/) as well that some of you might not be aware of …


So yeah, EA’s Origin can eat $hit.


On July 12, 2011 at 7:54 pm

@John – Id bet quite a bit they will bundle Origin with the package regardless if you purchase it via digital distribution or a physical copy, some steam games do that already.


On July 12, 2011 at 10:55 pm

Only people who hate Origin are people who are riding Valve’s shaft or jumped on the BF3 bandwagon.


On July 12, 2011 at 10:57 pm

@DarthBob – I could see them releasing DLC via Origin, but there will be no reason to install it to play the game. Bad Company 2 worked just fine w/o it.


On July 12, 2011 at 11:21 pm

If they actually force a Origin install along with BF3 install, I’m gonna be enjoying a single player of Battlefield 3 that I obtain from other Digital distirbution services. Then give away 60 dollars to Child’s play charity (http://www.childsplaycharity.org/)


On July 13, 2011 at 12:23 am

I use d2d and steam, and I prefer steam as my priority gaming service. For one I hate physical copy’s of games, they take up too much room and I often lose the cd keys or the cd’s them selves so having valve only a click away with all my games is fantastic. Origins is a waste of my time, hopefully d2d will obtain bf3 if steam is too good for them, if not I’ll by a physical copy but I’ll not be happy about it.

Also I refuse to spend 60 on any game, I’ll sometimes spend that on a console title Iv been dieing to play but thats about it. No pc game should ever be more then 49.99 so stand up to proper prices before they go up even more.


On July 13, 2011 at 1:17 am

maybe it will suck. but steam is still the worst.


On July 13, 2011 at 1:20 am

This is an absolute disgrace. Just like some of the other people here, I planned on buying Battlefield 3. Now that they pulled their games off steam, I’m most certainly not going to buy it elsewhere.

Surprisingly, I own very few games made by EA. In fact, over the past couple years, I haven’t purchased any! When I was a kid playing the Sega Genesis and Playstation, I always liked EA because their games were fun and immersive.

Now my views of EA can be summed up in three phrases. “Greedy”, “Power-Hungry”, and “Lazy.” They don’t even support their own games after they sell them to you. Perfect example, they kill off the multi-player on some of their games after a couple years and they don’t create an alternative such as dedicated servers.

Now they’re offering Battlefield 3 betas to people who purchased the new Medal of Honor. I beta tested Medal of Honor and hated it’s guts, so I didn’t waste $60. Now I’m punished for it. Thanks EA.

To conclude, I believe EA has lost much of it’s respect (if it had even a little to begin with) from gamers over the past 5 – 10 years. They’re just going to continue to spiral downhill if they keep this up. Oh, and Activision isn’t too far behind.


On July 13, 2011 at 5:54 am


That’s why EA and Activision/Bliz are the best publishers in the gaming industry right now lol.

People love their stuff and each year they put out better and better products (which technically aren’t yours, you are leasing them for 60 dollars lol).


On July 14, 2011 at 7:23 am


They used to be Fun and immersive. Not so much anymore.

Look at Bad Company 2 and Medal of Honor… When I played Medal of Honor’s Beta it looked like a BC2 copy/paste with some changes. Hell, even some of the audio was the same!

Look at Modern Warfare 2 and Black Ops. Copy/paste with a few changes.

These aren’t better games, these are slightly different games that are shoved down our throats for $60 a piece.


On July 15, 2011 at 12:26 pm

Signed. One more reason I’m stuck playing Mass Effect on 360.


On July 19, 2011 at 7:03 am

i didn’t buy Civilization 5 BECAUSE it required Steam to play, that’s how much of a turn off Steam is for me.

the issue i have is how ing long it takes for steam to load, and i really don’t want to waste resources having it sit in my system tray, doing auto-patching in the background and chewing up bandwidth and cpu time.

so, i load steam when i wanna play a game, and i quit it when i’m done.

i much prefer the games for windows model, it’s completely transparent, but what is even better is the EA ORIGIN/EA DOWNLOADER model.

Why, you ask? Simple, you don’t need to be running the downloader to play or launch your game, you only need the EA downloader to….DOWNLOAD.

Therefore EA wins, and I think a Popcap game like bejeweled benefits from faster load times tbh.


On July 19, 2011 at 9:15 pm

Btw…the option of going down too your local store..doesn’t exist..EA wont be shipping PC disks…ull get a box case, a manual and a code to go and download it from the origin store…

personal note…FU EA


On July 20, 2011 at 2:05 pm

You guys DO realuse that Origin is not required to play ANY EA game right?
WTF are you guys ing about?
I like origin for what it really is, a download manager that let’s me download my and install it.
That’s it!
Unlike steam that shoves itself down your throat.
I’m not even going to explain why there’s nothing wrong with origin because people above have commented that steam is awesome, thus leading me to believe they are absolutely ing retarded.


On July 22, 2011 at 2:31 pm


The issue isn’t what Origin is in comparison to steam. The two big issues are this:

1) They’re REMOVING their games from steam to steal people over and inconvenience them even more.

2) They’re making you SIGN UP for yet another freaking thing- thus, putting yet another obstacle between you and your game. (You didn’t have to sign up for anything in order to play your games from EA before…)


On July 28, 2011 at 11:38 am

I agree too, I’m fed up with ing accounts, I think I have like 9 different EA accounts. And I absolutely despise having to create a new PHPboard account whenever I just want to post a helpful tip to a forum I read or comment on it, somewhere on the internet. I have so many accounts everywhere I don’t even remember their usernames and passwords, I just try from a set of ones I recycle over and over.

I can’t Origin to do jack to upgrade my copy of BF2142 full game. I have my version upgraded to the latest patch, but the game says I need to upgrade still, and I have to use EA downloader to do it. Only EA downloader is now Origin, and Orgin has no patch upgrade feature in it… in fact, it doesn’t even find any of my installed full EA games on my computer. WTF man, WTF. Steaming pile of .

But no, that’s not what broke the camels back. The straw that broke the camels back is that I am here in the first place, because EA is killing BF2142 demo for PC, which I spent 3 years modding… and basically, my code foo cleaned up all the little kickers in that demoland community and beat them into playing right, and after 3 years of hard ass work just to play a good game, we finally have things right. And now they axe the out of it. YOU EA. The worse managed game company in the world, they much me mothering insane over there.


On October 1, 2011 at 5:19 pm

Why would i want Origin on my PC if i got steam? now look if someone likes Origin thats fine and im sure nobody would mind that but whats really ackward is WHY THE HELL DO THEY FORCE IT ON US?

What happened to the time when we went to the store bought a game came home poped in disc install and play the game? Now i bought Crysis 2 and i was required to install Origin sure i dont need to run origin to play
Crysis 2 which is ok.

But please EA make Origin optional i wana go to store buy a game Install and play nothing else, no BS program that wil annoy me.


Brandon J. Clark

On October 6, 2011 at 5:01 am

Origin is the PRIMARY reason I will not purchase BF3 or ME3. THAT !

The Voice of Reason

On October 24, 2011 at 12:22 pm

Good god, all of you stop pouting! You sound like a bunch of old men pissed about the Woolworth’s closing down. Steam is great, I get that, but why the blind loyalty to a company that is trying to get at your wallet the same as EA. “I don’t want to sign up for another account,” seriously? You’re going to miss out on SWTOR, BF3, and Mass Effect because you don’t want to sign up? LAME! EA has every right to do what they are doing and quite honestly they are dumb for not doing it earlier, it’s a great business model ask HBO. I have Origin and Steam on my desktop and look the sun still rose this morning, sweet. I the long run this might be great for gamers, it might be bad; but right now EA is producing a product I want, so I am willing to go through the painstaking process of putting in my email and somehow find a way to remember the password. I always wondered what was going to happen to the gaming community as it aged, turns out it’s just like all other aging people: whine whine whine!

AI Apocalypse

On October 25, 2011 at 11:08 pm

I really dislike Steam and can’t believe the positive comments about it. Somehow, I ended up with more than 1 account, but don’t know the tag for the first one so now I can’t play half my games, that I purchased disk copies of. If I try to link them to the second account I do know about, I’m told I can’t. And for the ones correctly linked, I can’t play them without an active internet connection, which sucks because I travel and don’t feel like spending an extra 15 bucks a day to use hotel connections. So I pay for a game that I can’t play half the time and whenever I can I have to jump hurdles to do it. I’ve always tried to be honest and pat for my games, but distribution methods like steam make me think I should try the unccondoned methods like torrents….at least ill be able to play the games I already purchased without hassle. Screw steam…


On October 26, 2011 at 1:14 pm

AHHH, I so angry with origin I have installed Battlefield 3 and it wont work. It keeps saying try reinstalling it and I have done that about 3 times. I cant find anyone else with the same problem, but I know that other people have had similar problems with the beta. If anyone knows can u please tell me :(


On October 27, 2011 at 12:19 am

I thought Steam was bad, but I don’t mind it now. Origin is a PITA and it really frustrates me with BF3.

No only can you not change the account id (way around it), when I try to use the same name as my previous BFBC2 name it won’t let me due to invalid characters.

What really s me is when you try to play a game, it opens up a web site and not the game itself.



On October 27, 2011 at 4:25 pm

Origin is a bad joke..
Origin is just undemanding.. i have my Mass Effect 2 Collector’s Edition, and it was activated through Bioware’s Cerberus System, or whatever that was called, at the time there was no Origin and thankfully now when i’m trying to activate ME2 at my Origin account (fresh made for Battle 3 with just the same account name as on Cerberus) this piece of junk recognizes the code but says “this code has already been used” so i cannot activate my ME2 (even though when i created the acc for BF3 it didn’t say that accound name was in use already).. and on top of that it’s release date for BF3 and i freakin’ payed money for it, but still cannot play with the game coz Origin cannot activate it.. cool! way to go guys! steam started in 2004, and i’ve been using it for 3 years now so i have standards.. but ok, let’s forget about them since i can see you are uncapable of delivering a serious system for your games. just at least let me play my game i payed money for.. is that too much to ask for? ah, right you guys are EA.. so it is too much


On October 28, 2011 at 6:38 pm

You have no idea how pissed off I am with EA & Origin at the moment.

We need more share buttons on this post because i dont think sharing on Facebook is enough tbh.

I <3 Steam 4 EVAAARRR


On November 4, 2011 at 9:39 am

Thank God for Razor and his no Origin crack, peace out sheeple


On November 28, 2011 at 10:14 am

I can’t believe a developer like DICE is still with a ty publisher like EA. Who needs them anyway? I suppose it’s because if they severed their ties then EA would own Battlefield not DICE.


On December 13, 2011 at 12:44 pm

Origin, Steam, Valve, they all suck.

I purchase their boxed software and still have to use their lame services
that seam to be down whenever I want to play the software I purchased.

All you tinee boppers don’t even know what you are missing by not having to use their peice of crap services.

BF2 and the Original Call of dutys had it right.


On January 26, 2012 at 3:26 pm

Origin and ANY service I have to run to play a game I purchased besides the game.

Steam is good for 1 thing, and 1 thing only: Launcher for multiple games, beyond that it can go Origin in the ass while Origin s D2D in the ass, who then s Steam in the ass, in a big git whore circle.




all of them that require anything more than downloading an intaller, installing, and playing.


On February 4, 2012 at 5:50 pm

Honestly i have had no trouble with steam, except that one time after Valve released the orange box, and was reformating a lot of games to their Half-life 2 engine, Which caused a lot of problem for steam for a few weeks. Yes it was bad at the time, but it is peanuts compared to the stories i have heard.

I would never touch Origin, because it seems as if EA is trying to “war” Steam, yet they are only using their own games for Origin. It seems like it is their way to say “No! we refuse to let you sell our game on your service!” And i think it will hurt their selling, to do this.

In the end i probably will buy it anyway, but i know that 2 of my friends refuse to buy it for the PC because of Origin. I myself and the same 2 guys have also not bought BF3 because of origin.


On February 20, 2012 at 2:06 pm

There is a simple solution to the origin /steam problem.
I will not and never have had Steam on my machine… which ever waY you cut it it Steam is simply DRM dressed up nice and pretty.

Solution …. I bought CIV 5 and play it all the time WITHOUT steam.
I bought Fallout 3 New Vegas have it installed WITHOUT steam.

All you have to do is purchase the game and then download the cracked version.
The publisher gets his money which is fair because he put the hard work into it and I get to play it without all the DRM crap.

Now before we start raving about pirating and viruses and such … lets me restate …I BUY THE GAME FIRST and in all the downloaded games I have played I HAVE NEVER had a virus.

I am currently playing ANNO 2070 which I bought from ebgames for $68.
But the box is still sealed on the shelf (as is my collectors editon of New Vegas) and I am happily playing the Reloaded version including the 1.03 update.

The only time you have an issue is with online mutiplayer which obviously does not work.But as im not so much into FPS/RTS online it isnt a problem.

Until people see Steam for what it truly is companies will continue to use this sort of covered up DRM.Steam was the end of simple gaming with a cd key and unfortunatly is here to stay no matter how much ing we do.
We have no-one to blame but ourselves for being sucked into the Steam conjob.
I always laugh at guys who love Steam and rail against DRM.
IT’S THE SAME THING!!!!! lol :)

Happy cracked gaming all :)


On March 7, 2012 at 6:41 pm

Just got ME3, and I was forced to install Origin. In a day and age where most PC gamers are using SSD’s which generally dont have much space to begin with, and are no being forced to install pointless ty programs (and have no doubt, that is their ONLY customer on the PC).

What’s ing absolutely retarded, is the fact that ME3 came one TWO! Thats right… TWO discs, and I STILL have to download the game from their slow ass servers… WHY?!?!!?!?!? On two discs, I bet they can fit a whole damned game. It’s thoughtless.

The only reason I found this article is because I google’d how ty Origin is, wanted to see if others felt the same way. Conclusion: They do…


On March 11, 2012 at 9:41 am

I’m sat here on a Sunday unable to play a game that I HAVE ING PAID FOR. because origin cant get its ING Y TOGETHER. your article relieved my pain a little, thanks.


On March 14, 2012 at 11:24 pm

really?… i happen to like Origin, if i didn’t already have a sh*t load of games on my steam account i would just drop it and switch to Origin. The biggest problem with steam is the fact that it doesn’t sell physical copies of games and its complete lack of return/refund policy. Origin on the other hand DOES offer physical copies for multiple consoles. the only downside is the lack of indie games, which honestly isn’t a problem.
Actually, theres no reason not to have both Origin and Steam.. both have their pro’s and con’s.

@Wally: you bought the games then just download the pirated versions?… thats fcking stupid (no offense) the point to actually buying the game instead of just getting it for free online is to avoid the malware/spyware that is usually included with the download and even though you’ve never had any problems it doesn’t mean they’re not on your computer ( i’ve checked the coding on several pirated games that people claim are safe and found they weren’t as safe as they thought )

Sidney Mcmarlin

On March 18, 2012 at 7:11 pm

The information mentioned in the article are some of the best available ……


On July 30, 2012 at 12:56 am

in all honesty, it’s not the fact it’s another account to add (as you can play EA titles without having to be online unlike steam games) but the fact that the download service is shoddy. ask anyone who plays the sims. yeah, that’s right, go ahead and ASK. even if you bought the cd version (i do, less mess that way) you can re-download a back up version if you loose your disk as long as it’s registered. the PROBLEM IS that alot of the PASSWORDS DO NOT MATCH the original install passwords hence alot of issues have arise with upset gamers who could play before the reinstall who can’t anymore do to ORIGIN and the mixed up passwords. secondly, their live help service is TERRIBLE. doesn’t matter how many times you get told to re-download a game, if it’s the wrong password, it’s the wrong password… and you can only be told that by the person on the other end so many times before you get upset that they are just not listening to what your problem ACTUALLY is. i know what i’m talking about too, the password for my base game IN THE ORIGINAL BOX doesn’t match the digital service one and we worked that out after 3 hours of different people on the help service who told us we didn’t download it properly. if they really listened to the problem, they would have worked out that the password was wrong and FIXED IT. INFACT, the password that’s wrong is still there despite me telling them to correct it… and i got my account disabled for my trouble. THAT’S why i think they should eat .

i had another issue with a steam with a CD copy of portal 2. THEY fixed it. granted it took 2 days via e-mail, but at least they fixed it, got me a new one and i was able to play the damn game i paid good money for. THAT’S WHERE THE DIFFERENCE LIES. if you can’t provide customer service when they need it, you shouldn’t be offering a service at all. Nuff said.


On August 21, 2012 at 2:25 am

I’m ing tired of EA and their – I bought BF3 yesterday, expected the installation to be easy & fast just like the old times (after all, I have a concrete physical ing disk). But no, first I have to download this “Origin”, then I have to DOWNLOAD the content that should be on the ing disk. When the download is finally complete the installation of the game takes just as long. Just when I think I’m done with the bull I’m forced to “patch” the game, and this is a god-damn 5gb patch! I only want to play the ing campaign! So at this time it was getting late so I got to sleep after the damn patch was done. Now this morning I wake up all ready and set to play my newly bought game, but no – just ing no – I find out the campaign game launches VIA the ing internet and I’m faced with “UPDATE IN PROGRESS” screen on the “battlelog” website! To play campaign one needs internet? Come on EA! I bought your game yesterday and by next day’s morning I still haven’t even got to play the ING CAMPAIGN! To recap everything I just said; F-U-C-K YOU EA! I PAID FOR THIS? I WOULDNT BOTHER DOING THIS FOR FREE. YOU ARE ING USELESS.


On October 3, 2012 at 2:33 pm

couldent agree more on this article.


On October 3, 2012 at 4:34 pm

meika Do a little research before making such stupid remarks. First off, you can play any game on your steam account without being online. I know, my daughter is on my steam account with my other computer and she plays her games all the time offline. I do to when I’m down loading new games onto that computer. Just have to be smart enough to go into offline mode. Real tough.
Unlike most, I don’t have any problem with origin. When I couldn’t get a game to work they refunded my money. Honestly don’t know if steam would have. My only problem with origin is they have terrible deals and always want retail prices. They’re bypassing stores and still charging just as much. So I only have four games on origin vs the hundreds I have on steam. Just saying.

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On January 4, 2013 at 9:40 pm

Steam is easy as hell to use, if you have problems using it you’re a dumb , AND YOU “voice of rEAson”, can yourself in the ass with your own 2inch , “Whine Whine Whine, your all pouters,” go back to sucking riccitiellos , games ARE a luxury and if you don’t provide a quality product at a decent price and support it with good customer service then I AM GOING TO COMPLAIN LOUDLY to warn others not to buy their , instead of calling them whiny and immature like some douche who fell off the top of the got tree and got impaled up the ass on every branch on the way down.

And no, you don’t know what reason is and your pretentious self obsessive bull isn’t fooling anyone, the game.


On February 22, 2013 at 6:24 pm

You have all totally missed the ing point. You still have to register with steam… You still have to run steam in the background to run games… I am wondering why the discussion has turned into Origin v steam… THEY ARE BOTH . Why do i have to run a seperate program in the background just to run a game. It literally makes no ing sense at all. All the computer companys are starting to do this and they can all eat because they dont give a about the people that buy their product.


On February 24, 2013 at 7:40 am

Don’t forget most of the time, when you try to download a game from Origin you get a fantastic little Error: 131076:0. So even though you buy a game, like a good little logged in pleb, EA won’t let you download your purchased product. Customer Service I hear you scream?! Been there. They don’t give a . s.


On April 24, 2013 at 9:56 am

Ever wonder what happen to real gaming companies that offered a game on DVD with having to be on the net if you just wanted single player. I noticed Bethesda is heading to the $hit barn along with the rest of the garbage (my personal opinion). I don’t mind online gamers I just wish companies had consideration for people who don’t want to play online or worse do not have internet access. Yes, believe it or not we are out there and when you live in an area without access it’s a joy to have a game you can play on a PC without all the horse manure.

All hail steam!!

On August 20, 2013 at 1:21 am

Every year it’s getting worse! What the hell EA? Origin is a real ty copy if steam in my opinion. Thanks to how they are getting i’m now playing PES instead of FIFA, COD instead of BF and never touching an EA racing game again. If somehow i decide to play any of their games it will be trough GameRanger.. Don’t want that spyware origin on my pc


On October 22, 2013 at 7:27 pm

Oh, and another thing. The fact that games bought though Origin alienate modding communities, because mods won’t work through origin, only vanilla, players can’t add to the replayability of their games. Origin and EA can eat sh*t.


On October 26, 2013 at 1:42 am

EA are horrible, they use their loads of money to snatch great games and then wrap them in their wrap-o-greed-and-useless.

Currently I have spent one hour to try launch Crysis 3 through Origin, but it tells me my 100mb line, which works fine with everything else on this planet, is too slow to launch a game that I have already downloaded and played previously!

They should pay back money for their games every time their service is not working. Completely unacceptable. Their mad race to put everything online brings no benefit whatsoever to us gamers, it is all about squeezing more money out of their IPs.

Johan Blake

On November 22, 2013 at 12:41 pm


This half a day to install a fkn game I bought is complete bull!!!


On December 29, 2013 at 4:58 am

I agree with everything, another thing I hate the most is, I bought battlefield 4 for R 499, now I must update origin first for another 59 MB, after that it must be downloaded on origin after I bought it for another 25 GB, damn, how much does this game costs on the end of the day. Come on people, that`s daylight robbery!!!!! No wonder people is going pirate!! Steam stays the best, just install and play.


On December 30, 2013 at 8:04 am

Absolute agreement, (and I love the language used in the article, just awesome).
I’m honestly surprised EA as a whole are still going. The only thing keeping them alive is their acquisition of old classics and the very, very rare original title that is actually good. That being the case, why they are still so big I have no idea.


On January 14, 2014 at 4:09 pm

Just dont buy games from origin… any help from their side


On February 11, 2014 at 1:33 pm

I’ve been gaming since the days of Pong, I grew up playing on consoles and migrated to PC’s and have been on them ever since. I am a webmaster and I run a back end server and online radio station for a prominent Tolkien/LOTRO oriented website. In all my years of gaming I have been use to buying a game and I own it, it’s mine to install and play without issues. Then came the gaming website/apps Steam, Stardock/Gamestop and on and on. It seemed that any game I bought wouldn’t run on my system unless I was tethered to the gaming community apps. Now we have Origin and Uplay. It seems to me that I no longer own the games that I pay 50 and 60 dollars for!! It seems to me that his has gone far enough. What if we all stopped buying the games until these tethering apps open up and realize who’s paying for their existence. The option to play the game without being tethered would be nice instead of forcing the gaming community to be tied to their apron strings. It’s a sad day for many of us when we can no longer play in the privacy of our homes without Big Brother Mario looking over our shoulders.


On February 19, 2014 at 11:56 am

I’m so old I remember when EA made good games.


On March 13, 2014 at 5:16 am

Ummmm, I hate to play devils advocate, but the fact that Origin charges the same price other retailers and online vendors like GameStop charge allows those other vendors to stay competitive. If Origin charged less to buy from their service, no one would pay the full retail price at any other store, and no other merchants would be able to turn a profit from EA’s products….
… I’m just saying their are two sides to every story. And if I owned a video game store I would be happy that Origin was not trying to undercut my potential profits with their own online storefront.


On March 13, 2014 at 5:23 am

Oh and I meant to say “there” are two sides to every story, not “their.” So all the grammar Nazis out there can give me a break. I’m and Army soldier and I’ve been up all night on a 14 hour shift.


On May 24, 2014 at 10:12 am

I just purchased a disc of nfs the run.
I have a limited net connection of abt 5 gb remaining. So when I installed there was no disc users installation.
Installed origin (forcefully) – maybe required for registration/serial I thought.
Origin asked to be updated (new features) or it will quit
Downloaded that update. Installed
Second update started again of 78 mb on my dead slow internet connection.
I canceled it, uninstalled Origin, broke the 2 dvds and threw it in the dustbin.
Thanks EA. I loved the experience of installation.


On July 22, 2014 at 3:34 am

Steam can go eat .


On September 5, 2014 at 8:43 am

All of this is too true. Not only does EA keep games like swtor from working on other services normally, they are now ACTIVELY countering hotfixes the community is making for it. They shift around the game files, make old configurations incompatible with the servers, and so on. They put more efforts into making it difficult for us to PLAY their games than to actually make decent ing games. Go through all that BS just to play Mass Effect? You, my dear friend EA, can go yourself with a flaming cactus.


On September 9, 2014 at 10:44 am

Not only does Origin suck, but I have been trying to purchase specific games and I can ONLY find a digital copy THROUGH this craptastic software called Origin and it wont let me. So not only have they monopolized how you can buy EA Games, their ing card services are buggy and don’t even work and I am unable to make pruchases. It’s not that we are used to Steam and is hard to stray away from it… it’s that STEAM IS NOT BROKEN. If I want to buy a damn game from steam, it’s done in an instant. Been waiting over 24 hours for a support ticket.. or for them to fix the problem. My old boss always told me, never try to recreate the wheel. Steam is a very effective and fully functioning wheel. Origin…. is not. I hated steam at first. It was hard transitioning from GameSpy Arcade to Steam. Eventually Steam worked out their bugs…As for Origin, they offer nothing new, better, or equal to that of Steam. Not making their games available on steam only hurts their pockets.

Mr. M

On September 12, 2014 at 1:52 pm

Says the site that ed up half of the world by banning downloads on their countries


On November 9, 2014 at 11:40 am

put origin on another partition thinking yeah it will be okay, i will not have to reinstall fifa 14 again….had to reinstall system….and lo and behold ..after reinstalling origin client to the same partition as game, suddenly it cannot find the game and i must install it again, along with all the damned mods….i will probably play with a no cd crack because i am sick to the back god damned teeth of having to reinstall the same games over and over…when they are on another partition!!!!


On November 30, 2014 at 11:20 pm

I absolutely refuse to buy a game I cannot use my existing gamer tag on. For ing get it. I will not game under alternative names whatsoever. See ya battlefield… not happening origin.


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EA origins still wont take payment methods. My payment works fine on Steam and other gaming sites. NOT on Origins. All they give you is a pre typed response and WILL NOT take peoples payment since last year. I have spent several hundreds of dollars over the years with them. There Help EA site is a joke with no answers. I tried there change payment method loged out and back in as instructed and still does not work. Keep getting 10048. There site is still down and not taking payments.

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