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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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61. Re: Op Ed Aug 10, 2011, 09:51 nutshell42
 
Verno wrote on Aug 10, 2011, 09:07:
I doubt it, BF3 isn't going to be pushing 10 million units on the PC as much as I would like that to happen. It's about the money which is totally understandable but the way they've chosen to fight this is what I have an issue with. Give me a reasonable alternative to Steam, give me some new features and a price discount.

Ack. I'm with the guy who said that there's probably contracts that keep them from offering those discounts but everyone who buys BF3 on Steam would need to create an Origin account for multiplayer anyway. So use that. Offer free games, how about some old 90s Origin classics. And patch like a madman; if Valve take their time green-lighting the Steam version the player gets a "sorry this server requires the latest patch. But if you just download the Origin version of BF3 which is *free* because you already own the game, then you could play right now."
Free weapons for Origin players, free XP for Origin players, hell, free *hats* for Origin players. It's not like there's a dearth of dirt cheap incentives that EA could throw at you.
 
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