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Posted: Jun 2nd 2011 9:55PM JoolaPrime said

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I can understand how EA may not need to farm out the distribution of the game since its so popular but I can't understand why they'd not want to use great services like D2D and Steam. EAs own client for digital downloads is terrible by comparison

Posted: Jun 2nd 2011 10:07PM Yellowdancer said

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@JoolaPrime

So they can keep 100% instead of 70%.
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Posted: Jun 2nd 2011 10:08PM hami83 said

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@JoolaPrime They probably take a cut of the profits in some form. Either a % from the initial sale or the cost of bandwidth use.

EA is big enough that they can do it themselves, why not maximize profits?
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Posted: Jun 2nd 2011 10:51PM (Unverified) said

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@JoolaPrime

Also keep in mind that this will be a new download platform and not EADM. I have faith that they've taken the lessons they learned with EADM and applied them to Origin to make it comparable to other Digital Distributors.
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Posted: Jun 3rd 2011 9:52AM Icemasta said

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I think the point is making even more cash of the users, although EA has been slowly doing good recently so I dunno.

Right now, their their EADM (EA Download Manager), after you've bought a game, you can redownload it for 6 months then you'll have to pay an extra 5$ for an additional 2 years.

Hopefully they don't pull that shit on their new service.
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Posted: Jun 5th 2011 12:40PM SirUrza said

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@JoolaPrime

You'd think after all the social site problems EA has had since trying to integrate them into BioWare and DICE games EA would have had a wake up call that they can't do it right at launch. Anyone that buys SWTOR via this EA store deserves what's going to happen to them.
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Posted: Jun 2nd 2011 9:56PM Utakata said

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Couldn't we make that logo a tad smaller? :(

Posted: Jun 2nd 2011 10:16PM Sorithal said

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Aw, no Steam? Darn. That means no cool Steam-exlcusive pre-order bonuses D:

Posted: Jun 2nd 2011 10:56PM Hookan91 said

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@Sorithal And no cool Steam special offers sometime after the game is released.
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Posted: Jun 4th 2011 9:43AM RogueJedi86 said

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@Sorithal

And no hat in Team Fortress 2 for the pre-order! (Seriously, every damn game on Steam these days gets a TF2 hat for pre-ordering. It's a wonder they don't just give away TF2 free to all Steamers so more people will pre-order games on Steam for the hats.)
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Posted: Jun 2nd 2011 10:23PM (Unverified) said

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The mention of "social network hub" made me cringe. I don't want facebook in my damn game!!!!

Posted: Jun 6th 2011 9:30AM pcgneurotic said

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Who needs another social network hub? And who would be uncool enough to hang out on EA's one? :D
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Posted: Jun 2nd 2011 10:25PM PrimeSynergy said

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i don't know how I feel about this. I'm extremely picky about my PC gaming habits and I'm hesitant to buy anything that's not on Steam. I'm weird like that.

I bought Eve twice. Once on disc, the second time on Steam. I'm planning on doing the same for Guild Wars too. I have the disc versions, but I'd love for the Steam versions to go on sale so I could just buy those.

I dunno, having to go to one place instead of two, three, etc to download all my games just makes me happy. I know it won't kill me to take 5 seconds out of my day to go to EA and download it, but I just prefer going to Steam.

Meh we'll see. Lately, I've been rethinking buying this game at all. I've played the beta, but the more I wait and the more games I play/see announced make me question if this game is really worth the money in my case.

Oh well, time will tell I guess.

Posted: Jun 2nd 2011 11:42PM placebonation said

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@PrimeSynergy

I agree 100%
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Posted: Jun 3rd 2011 6:07AM paterah said

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@PrimeSynergy Same here, I rarely buy anything outside of Steam, so far it has been mostly Blizzard products.
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Posted: Jun 3rd 2011 12:04PM (Unverified) said

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@PrimeSynergy This might be a dealbreaker for me. I'm not downloading some asinine EA chat client just to play TOR if that's what they are thinking. They are about 5 years too late and while imitation is usually the highest form of flattery, this time it's just awkward and obvious.
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Posted: Jun 2nd 2011 10:34PM Ryukan said

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Personally, I'd buy the digital version from the actual publisher before I bought it from Steam.

Posted: Jun 3rd 2011 12:46AM ZenJitsu said

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@Ryukan

Unfortunately, what that means is that they have different *distribution* channels. In other words, you can buy it from different stores as box copies (heck, maybe even with store-specific preorder bonuses), but when you go home and install it, it'll probably force-load Origin onto your system in order to simply play the game.

No escape, and EA won't pass up a chance to have their software automatically installed on the hundreds of thousands or millions of systems in one product launch.
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Posted: Jun 3rd 2011 7:21AM jealouspirate said

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@ZenJitsu

ZenJitsu has it absolutely right, I'd imagine. EA will force you to have their "Origin" service on your computer regardless of where you buy SWTOR.
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Posted: Jun 3rd 2011 11:58AM Wensbane said

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@jealouspirate

Is it weird that I've just lost all excitement regarding this game, because of that?

A launcher of sorts, I can tolerate, but a "social network hub" by EA? I'm sorry, but I don't want that anywhere near my hard drive...
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