It’s amazing how a day of two can give you a new view on a given subject. What once was greeted with great anticipation and high hopes falls at the very first hurdle.
I’m thinking about Origin and the new wave of beta invites.
I was kind of indifferent to this news when it hit. I don’t have many Steam related games on my account as I tend to play MMO’s and you don’t need a second party platform to enjoy them fully. Also I though having SWTOR exclusive for digital download from Origin made good business sense. After all, doing it yourself gives you a greater income before the more important subs start rolling in.
Well that thought process lasted until today, when a tweet from a fellow follower of TOR has shown me the light.
Disclaimer – This article has change vastly from the time I looked it up early today until the time I posted. Many things have changed in that time.
So a big thanks to Airia and Johua for pointing out that new info has arisen in this time frame.
The current role of Origin remains unclear. Will new EA releases be playable on almost everyone’s favourite platform Steam ?
Or indeed will EA stop supporting Steam enabled games altogether and set the focus for everyone to use Origin and boycott Steam.
Even with the added bonus of not needing Origin to run your installed or downloaded games, players have a well established friend player base already in-place. Steam is the equivalent of the gamers face-book social network. They may well revolt against the machine if Origin does not offer much more than the current one they now use.
For me and TOR it matter not a jot. If I download it for ease or buy the box I still have no need for Steam or Origin after a point of download if I choose to go that way.
And to quote The Gaming Vault web site –
Gamers around the world are already tearing apart the pre-emptive failures of Origin, criticizing their EULA which reeks of EA’s typical “we own you” licensing.
You agree that EA may collect, use, store and transmit technical and related information that identifies your computer (including the Internet Protocol 37683v1 Address), operating system, Application usage (including but not limited to successful installation and/or removal), software, software usage and peripheral hardware, that may be gathered periodically to facilitate the provision of software updates, dynamically served content, product support and other services to you, including online services. EA may also use this information combined with personal information for marketing purposes and to improve our products and services. We may also share that data with our third party service providers in a form that does not personally identify you. If you do not want EA to collect, use, store, transmit, or display the data described in this section, please do not install or use the application.
This particular clause basically gives EA the right to use any data on your computer for any reason they choose. While Steam has a similar clause, they make it explicitly clear what data they will ever extract, and the process is entirely opt-in. It does not appear to be case with Origin.
I’m not going to imply that EA is a large and well established publisher but doing this kind of thing can only hinder your capital in the long run. It’s like a big record label pulling all it’s songs from iTunes to be exclusive to their own download launcher.
Taking your game off the radar of so many potential new clients seems a funny way to do things. TOR should by right be the highest grossing EA/BioWare MMO title to-date. So more players means more cash and steam has an already well established fan base set-up.
Edit – Joshua’s added info
You can add the games to Steam using the “Add non-Steam Game To Library” function in the library tab. However you will not get Steam achievements for those games (Who cares about achieves).
So yes, you could also buy SWTOR, download it, and then launch it via Steam if you are so inclined.
The next topic revolves around beta invites.
Ok I know what your thinking. How can I find a downside to beta invites ?
Well first off, these are not beta invites as we first thought. These are survey invites that may or may not lead to a beta invite.
All well and good so far, apart from no e-mail in my in-box like many others who are following SWTOR.
Though I do not expect one any time soon. I’m sure BioWare are quite happy for me to plug away and speculate about the game week in and week out. So no matter how many games I’ve tried and tested in 15 years of MMO’s and muds, it may be in the best interest of all concerned to leave me out of the loop and keep me doing what I’m doing now.
Moving on. Now, this was a survey and as such I expect a number of questions were asked and answered. (just a hunch)
I was quite surprised to find a fair few people who failed the survey.
Answer me this.
How can you fail a survey ?
If indeed BioWare was looking for all play-styles and backgrounds to come and play TOR single and MMO players alike.
If you are looking for all types of gamers wouldn’t it just be better to just send a mail out and say Hey you <insert name here> here is the NDA in full, sign it or sod off.
Could you imagine how you would feel at failing a survey, and you see any hopes of a beta test slide ever further away. Surveys are a way to see what the public thinks, such is the nature of the beast. How can you ever conceive that your way of thinking is FAIL ?
Then a game that you have followed telling you that your thoughts are FAIL.
Darn talk about a kick in the nads when you have just had an amazing high. At one point you are almost in beta for a game you love, the next you’re nothing but a FAIL.
I don’t get it, I really don’t.
Until next time, MrWarlock signing off
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