EA Slashes Prices Across Origin Today

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EA Slashes Prices Across Origin Today

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Do you like cheap PC games? Then head over to the Origin Store and snag some sweet, sweet discounts.

EA has a big holiday treat available for Origin customers: The publisher has launched a one-day sale on the Origin Store that's knocked about 40% off of most of the games that are for sale.

Over 200 titles have been discounted, including Batman: Arkham City, The Sims 3, and Battlefield 3. So, if you've been holding off on picking up some last-minute gifts for your friends, are just looking to snag some deals for yourself, or have decided that you need to outdo that epic plane kill in Battlefield 3, then you might want to head over to the store and shop 'til you drop.

Source: Origin

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The discount isn't here, in the Netherlands, possible whole Europe. :(

And all you need to do is use a service that likes to ban you from your games.

I do sincerely hope against hope that this is a sign that the anti-origin movement is actually working, and that this is an attempt by EA to get people into a struggling system. 40% is tempting... But no EA, I will not use your spyware disguised as a gaming client.

I was just as pissed off about the whole origin thing as everyone, but I looked at the new EULA and it's not far different from the Steam one. they both collect data about application usage and computer hardware; the original Origin EULA was appallingly vague, but the new one is much better. I'm okay with origin now. Besides, the ability to online shop for EA products and upload them to play from any computer via cloud computing is pretty useful

4RM3D:
The discount isn't here, in the Netherlands, possible whole Europe. :(

Not here in Germany either.
Damm... 40% off BF3 and would have got it.
Maybe well get them later.

4RM3D:
The discount isn't here, in the Netherlands, possible whole Europe. :(

Everyone knows you godless Europeans don't have christmas. ;)

I've been suspended at least once from every forum I have ever been on (Escapist twice :)) so using Origin means I lose any money I spend on the games.

Yeah, no thanks.

To be honest, between the data mining they carry out and the ban system that apparently runs according to the whims of an Elder God, the only way I'd download anything from or use Origin in any way is if it was completely free.

No way in Hell am I investing money in a system that bans you based on someone else's forums post and requires you to enter an internet mother-effing browser page to play a single player game as well as the content 'service itself'. May as well roll it up and smoke it, better value...

Toby Kitching:
I was just as pissed off about the whole origin thing as everyone, but I looked at the new EULA and it's not far different from the Steam one. they both collect data about application usage and computer hardware; the original Origin EULA was appallingly vague, but the new one is much better. I'm okay with origin now. Besides, the ability to online shop for EA products and upload them to play from any computer via cloud computing is pretty useful

The "It's a spyware machine" excuse isn't true. People just use it because it seems smarter than the real reason... EA are a bunch of people who make money by releasing similar games every year, and using ridiculously bad ad campaigns.

Toby Kitching:
I was just as pissed off about the whole origin thing as everyone, but I looked at the new EULA and it's not far different from the Steam one. they both collect data about application usage and computer hardware; the original Origin EULA was appallingly vague, but the new one is much better. I'm okay with origin now. Besides, the ability to online shop for EA products and upload them to play from any computer via cloud computing is pretty useful

Maybe so but there has been a trust fostered between Valve and PC games. I'm not saying that this trust isn't potentially misplaced, but EA has never given gamers a reason to trust them.

Couldn't Origin block you out of your legally purchased games at their slightest whim, or when they are moody,
or when the moon is at its very zenith?

Not effective in Europe? Come on EA, you're *really* pushing it now, why won't you let me not hate you???

The wheels of capitalism are working, though several more online distributers are needed to do away with the current oligopily

Nah, I'd rather save my money for the Steam holiday sale. There will be a lot more games and the prices of some of the games will drop a lot more than 40%.
So I don't really see a reason why I should buy there now.

Thats great news!

Still not interested in using Origin though....

Micalas:

Toby Kitching:
I was just as pissed off about the whole origin thing as everyone, but I looked at the new EULA and it's not far different from the Steam one. they both collect data about application usage and computer hardware; the original Origin EULA was appallingly vague, but the new one is much better. I'm okay with origin now. Besides, the ability to online shop for EA products and upload them to play from any computer via cloud computing is pretty useful

Maybe so but there has been a trust fostered between Valve and PC games. I'm not saying that this trust isn't potentially misplaced, but EA has never given gamers a reason to trust them.

There are still major differences between Steams user agreement and origins. I also agree with Micalas, Valve has earned trust, EA has not.

This could be good news to me......... If I actully used origins, however I see no reason for me to use origin when I can just use steam which will still have more games on sale and for cheaper discounts. It also has the plus side of not being owned and run by a company I hate who could stop me from playing any of my games that I purchased simply because I commited the horrible and vile act of swearing.

iLikeHippos:
Couldn't Origin block you out of your legally purchased games at their slightest whim, or when they are moody,
or when the moon is at its very zenith?

So can any DD. Steam included. It's in every digital service ToS. In theory a publisher has right to lock You out of hard-copy as well, just not real means to do so. All the games You ever bought in Your life - it's just limited licence to use the software, and the licence can be terminated.

Oh well. It's Steam fanbois problem if They don't want to take advantage of discounts. Not mine.

It's not that I have a problem with origin's EULA, in general those agreements contain all kinds of anti-consumer language that never actually gets invoked.

My problem with origin is EA's terrible reputation (that goes back in time before origin existed) that I've also experienced first hand with all their "make an EA account to play the off-line game you bought - nag, nag, nag." It's not the DRM, it's that they turn PC gaming into a cheap, over-commercialized experience. The way they constantly advertise their shit at me, in-game, is completely unacceptable. I wouldn't install origin even if the games were all discounted 100%, even for free I wouldn't install any EA shit.

Micalas:

Maybe so but there has been a trust fostered between Valve and PC games. I'm not saying that this trust isn't potentially misplaced, but EA has never given gamers a reason to trust them.

So give EA a chance to earn some trust back. If you constantly shoot down everything EA comes out with because it's EA, then this trend will never turn around. However you look at it, EA has made a significant contribution to modern gaming. I wouldn't like a series of appalling advertising decisions to completely sink a company that, from a technical perspective, i have a great deal of respect for.

Toby Kitching:

Micalas:

Maybe so but there has been a trust fostered between Valve and PC games. I'm not saying that this trust isn't potentially misplaced, but EA has never given gamers a reason to trust them.

So give EA a chance to earn some trust back. If you constantly shoot down everything EA comes out with because it's EA, then this trend will never turn around. However you look at it, EA has made a significant contribution to modern gaming. I wouldn't like a series of appalling advertising decisions to completely sink a company that, from a technical perspective, i have a great deal of respect for.

Trust me, I'm not one of those over the top haters of things like Origin or Bobby Kotick. I've made some off the cuff jokes because they seem to be well received. I'm in this for a good gaming experience. I don't really care where that experience comes from. Adolf Hitler could come back from the dead and fill my stocking with Half-Life 3, Megaman Legends 3, a HD remake of Parasite Eve 2, ect, and I'd still graciously thank the man for the presents as I cursed his existence on an internet forum.

With all of that said, I played EA games previous because they weren't holding the reigns after I purchased it. I think they've been given enough chances. Don't get wrong, I'm not looking for EA to go under nor am I denying their contribution to modern gaming. If the economy were doing better I'd be a little more willing to reach out to EA for trust but right now I don't blame people for sticking with the platform they know.

Toby Kitching:

Micalas:

Maybe so but there has been a trust fostered between Valve and PC games. I'm not saying that this trust isn't potentially misplaced, but EA has never given gamers a reason to trust them.

So give EA a chance to earn some trust back. If you constantly shoot down everything EA comes out with because it's EA, then this trend will never turn around. However you look at it, EA has made a significant contribution to modern gaming. I wouldn't like a series of appalling advertising decisions to completely sink a company that, from a technical perspective, i have a great deal of respect for.

I so get the feeling you work for EA in some capacity. As people have already said, EA are not a company I want to trust... ever.

NameIsRobertPaulson:
I've been suspended at least once from every forum I have ever been on (Escapist twice :)) so using Origin means I lose any money I spend on the games.

Yeah, no thanks.

Is it hard to avoid forums?

Frostbite3789:

NameIsRobertPaulson:
I've been suspended at least once from every forum I have ever been on (Escapist twice :)) so using Origin means I lose any money I spend on the games.

Yeah, no thanks.

Is it hard to avoid forums?

No, but I wouldn't want to lose my ability to play games because someone else cursed at me.

Mojo_22:

4RM3D:
The discount isn't here, in the Netherlands, possible whole Europe. :(

Not here in Germany either.
Damm... 40% off BF3 and would have got it.
Maybe well get them later.

Try GamersGate, although it seems to be missing in action at the moment, BF3 was heavily discounted by about 30% just a few days ago, maybe more, I already have it so I didn't pay too much attention. There is a daily EA deal on GG when I log in through the UK portal, as well as buy three games get a fourth one deals and much more. GamersGate is cheaper than Origin for me as well even before discounting, but that is product of a strong Australian dollar and boneheaded pricing policy by EA through Origin. Might not be a difference for you with the Euro being dragged through the mud. Good for German exporters though.

EA do seem to be learning, but given their prices aren't competitive compared to GG, Steam, and even Retail, 40% isn't going to cut it. They are on their way I suppose.

EA do own a bunch of franchises I like and will buy such as NFS, Mass Effect, Battlefield and every five years or so FIFA, but I don't see myself buying through Origin. They still have some way to go.

The EULA is about standard for the service it supports, and you can't blame EA for the class action thing, blame the US Supreme Court for that particular piece of filth.

Origin is about a hundred times better than Steam was at launch though, at least Origin works.

EDIT: Just checked the AU site. A couple paltry %50 off franchise deals, nothing to get excited about if you own any of the games in said franchise. I don't know that you can even gift excess purchases on Origin.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WpYNYYMCJWM

How stupid does EA think we are?

"40% off on datamining your pc while you play our content while we let you"

ofcourse Origin works, all malware works very good!

100% off wouldn't get me to use their load of garbage. Thanks, but no thanks EA.

100% off wouldn't get me to use their load of garbage. Thanks, but no thanks EA.

While these are some nice discounts, I'm saving what little money I can for the holiday sales. I'd imagine come Dec 26th I'll be able to do better than 40 percent off.

CardinalPiggles:

I so get the feeling you work for EA in some capacity. As people have already said, EA are not a company I want to trust... ever.

haha, I can see why you'd think that.. I don't, incidentally. No affiliation, except that i'm something of a consistent customer.

Perhaps it's short-lived nostalgia. I've only really 'done' gaming for less than a decade, really, but BF2 was my first shooter, Crysis is one of my favourite games ever, Burnout Paradise is a game i continually return to, etc, etc. Plus whenever people talk about how asshole-ish EA is I have trouble relating, as they've never screwed me over personally. On the other hand, steam gave me quite a few problems when I set it up initially, and I've always thought valve games were horrendously overrated.

So yeah, I'm cool with trusting EA. I've got no reason not to, and I can't help but think that all the anti-EA sentiment floating around is just the done thing: the standard anti-establishment corporate hatred that i've come to know on every forum ever.

Worgen:
And all you need to do is use a service that likes to ban you from your games.

and install spywear

THEoriginalBRIEN:

How stupid does EA think we are?

clearly, they think we're retared

In better news GOG has a good sale on too. And in this case you can't get banned from playing your games. Happy shopping!

robert01:
In better news GOG has a good sale on too. And in this case you can't get banned from playing your games. Happy shopping!

Gah, I've been ninja'd.

But yeah, lots of titles are selling for $3 on GoG right now. What's more, they're also giving away Empire Earth: Gold Edition for free, no strings attached.

http://www.gog.com/en/news/get_empire_earth_gold_edition_free

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