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29. Re: Free Battlefield 1942 Nov 5, 2012, 21:50 Orogogus
Prez wrote on Nov 5, 2012, 20:40:
BF1942 had me hooked for months despite my lifelong aversion to multiplayer games; it was that good. Eventually though it got tiring have a 10 to 1 death:kill ratio.

As far as requiring Origin, however, no thanks. I don't buy into the whole conspiracy theorist silliness about it being malware or spyware (like Verno said, it functions similarly to Steam in that regard) or that it being from despicable EA makes it automatically bad per se. You really don't need to fabricate stuff to make Origin appear bad though; by simple factual comparison to Steam it sucks so bad that EA ought to be discounting games that require it by 50% just for users having to put up with it. It is awful in every sense of the word - every bit as bad as the horrid Games For Windows Live abomination to me, though not in exactly the same ways.

I'm not opposed to a viable competitor to Steam (choice is always good) but Origin isn't even in the same league as Steam. Even if it was, I'm a one-stop-shopping, all-my-eggs-in-one-basket kind of guy, so I'd be sticking with Steam regardless. EA is probably losing considerable money by not releasing all of their titles on Steam.

According to the PA forums Origin/EA's one strong point over Steam/Valve is customer service. If you have a problem EA's customer support gets you into live chat, and they often give you a free game for your trouble. Valve on the other hand is evidently staffed by automatons, accessible only by email, who take days to answer with canned responses that don't solve the problem.

One person bought Sid Meier's Railroads! and put it in his gift inventory, after which the game was cut from Steam; his gift was yanked and won't be coming back. People whose accounts were locked for any reason have basically no recourse.

Everything else about Origin is equal or worse, though. But as one person noted, when everyone gets to do what they want, apparently no one opts for customer service.
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