When I booted up my computer this morning I was greeted by the EA Download Manager wanting to update. I clicked update and then found something called “Origin” wanting to install itself on my hard drive. My first reaction was one of a horrified double take. Any Stargate fans out there? When I realized it wasn’t THAT origin but rather EA’s new download manager / social networking ‘thing’, I clicked next and confidently proclaimed, “Hallowed are the Ori.”
EA has announced that Star Wars the Old Republic will only be available for digital download through this medium. This news has awoken the beast within many and caused the usual falling out given the love-hate relationship nerds have with EA and just about every publisher on the planet. “No Steam, no Sale!” stuff. The usual angst. What I fail to understand is why people care. If you’re really that dead set on hating “another piece of software on your computer” then install SWTOR and uninstall Origin. I haven’t read anywhere that SWTOR requires Origin to work. You can buy a boxed copy and never even know that Origin exists. If you love STEAM so much, as I do, then associate the game with Steam and have complete access to the STEAM community and overlay. It’s entirely up to the publisher how they wish to distribute their product and for digital sales they’re using their own channels. If I don’t get a box copy I might just download with Origin, close Origin, and associate SWTOR with STEAM and never think twice about it.
Assuming the worst (which I think is premature), so what if Origin runs? Activision is getting their own platform. Valve has STEAM. I see no reason to complain about these programs unless they hinder the performance of your computer. Would it be nice if STEAM/Valve ran the world? Yeah, maybe. However, there are features lacking from STEAM and ways to improve STEAM that maybe a little competition might incite. EA is going to feel pressure from Activision here soon and Valve is already clearly putting on the pressure. I don’t expect them to pull any stunts with limited installs.
People are really treating this like there are greater powerful beings at work here trying to convert them to some new and twisted doctrine. Ironically, the Stargate motif that I started with fits this quite well. Can’t we all just sit back and have a good laugh that, despite trying to use SWTOR’s reach, EA is going to fail at mimicking STEAM? And the use of Origin for a name after this many reboots of their failed download manager is comical, not something to get angsty about.
I can imagine EA Priors visiting conventions saying:
“It is the will of the Ori, that we should spread Origin to all those blessed by their creation.”
“And those who are prideful and refuse to bow down shall be laid low and made unto dust.”
(Find more Origin quotes at GateWorld.)
Just give up and embrace Origin. Wow, that sounds so creepy when you know about Stargate.