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Op Ed

Ars Technica - What EA will lose if Battlefield 3 remains off Steam.
This entire debate can be boiled down to the simple fact that people already use Steam, they like Steam, and they resent being forced to set up an account with another service to play a game. This is especially true when it's a brand-new, untested storefront that's being driven by a company that has given PC gamers every reason to be skeptical. It's unclear if Battlefield 3 will be enough of a draw to make customers forget that fact.

For many gamers, Steam is PC gaming and, while threats of a boycott often seem hollow, in this case it will be as if the game simply doesn't exist for many Steam users.

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49. Re: Op Ed Aug 9, 2011, 21:14 entr0py
Bhruic wrote on Aug 9, 2011, 20:53:
And, really, we have no idea what exactly Origin is going to offer in terms of enticements in the future, so they could well be including the carrot to go with the stick.

Well, for BF3 Origin offered early access to the beta and, for a time, a free game (Mass Effect 2, Dead Space 2 or Medal of Honor). Those are some tempting carrots. Seems like they did give themselves a better deal than D2D or Impulse. Though D2D has it for $6 less
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