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Battlefield 3 Community Town Hall Summit

Fragworld.Org offers the outcome of a Battlefield 3 Community Town Hall Summit where EA and DICE met with 75 members of the PC first-person shooter community to discuss the upcoming military shooter sequel. There's no text transcript of the proceedings, but the audio of the two-hour summit is available in a few different formats.

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17. Re: Battlefield 3 Community Town Hall Summit Oct 23, 2011, 19:32 entr0py
Ventura wrote on Oct 23, 2011, 19:15:
I bet you support Steam just fine though. Although Valve isn't any different than any other publisher. (hint: they're in it for the money) It's sooo difficult to make desktop shortcuts to applications oh the horror.

It's all about the timing. Steam has had a lot of time to get established, not to mention polished, and over that time has won over a whole lot of gamers. I mean, how long ago was it that Half Life 2 was released?

EA missed the boat. I don't even fire up Impulse anymore. It's Steam or nothing.

EA has had their own digital distribution software, EA Downloader, since 2005, a couple years after Steam was released. And it did the basic job of delivering games, without ever needing to run in the background. But they didn't cram it down people's throats by integrating it with any games.

However, those heavy handed tactics pioneered by Valve and MS have paid off hugely. Because ultimately, many gamers are willing to put up with that shit if we really like a game. And I'm no different. I grudgingly put up with Steam to play Half-Life 2 and a handful of games since, and I'll do the same with Origin as long as it works and stays out of the way.

This comment was edited on Oct 23, 2011, 19:52.
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