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Old Jan 24, 2013, 04:17 PM   #1
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EA Announces Origin for Mac Alpha Testing




Origin, Electronic Art's digital distribution platform, is available for Macs as of today via an open alpha testing period. Origin for Mac was initially announced in August of last year, when EA noted that the Mac version of its upcoming SimCity game was expected to launch alongside the PC version.

SimCity will no longer be released simultaneously on the Mac and the PC, but EA will presumably release the final version of Origin for Mac before the game comes out in March.

Like Steam, EA's Origin allows users to purchase and download games, chat with friends, and continue saved games from any Origin-enabled computer.

According to EA, Origin for Mac will function like the PC version, with cloud storage, auto patching, and a friends list. For the alpha, the Origin Store tab is not active, but EA promises that the launch version will include "a great catalog of EA and partner titles."

EA is offering a free copy of PopCap's popular "Bookworm" game with the Origin alpha download, which is limited to a few thousand customers.

The alpha version of Origin is currently able to be downloaded from the Origin website. To download the software, users will need to have a Mac running OS X 10.6.8 or newer plus an Intel Core 2 Duo processor or better.

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Old Jan 24, 2013, 04:28 PM   #2
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I know this is a controversial opinion, but steam is far and away a better platform! Just my opinion based on experience.
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Old Jan 24, 2013, 05:01 PM   #3
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I know this is a controversial opinion, but steam is far and away a better platform! Just my opinion based on experience.
I don't think it's controversial that Steam kicks the crap out of Origin, that's just a fact
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Old Jan 24, 2013, 09:51 PM   #4
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I don't think it's controversial that Steam kicks the crap out of Origin, that's just a fact
This reflects my feelings on VALVe and EA as a whole. It is sad though. I used to love sim games.
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Old Jan 24, 2013, 04:28 PM   #5
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Although I dislike the platform and needing another account for game purchases, I like it that more games come to OS X.
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battlefield 3 for mac, then I'll download.
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battlefield 3 for mac, then I'll download.
And only a native port, please!

Will probably never happen… :/
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Old Jan 24, 2013, 05:28 PM   #8
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And only a native port, please!

Will probably never happen… :/
Dice had a job advert out looking for a OS X game programmer (must be a quite rare breed) about a year ago, so I wouldn't say never.
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Old Jan 24, 2013, 04:32 PM   #9
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Downloaded.

Wow. Store unavailable, and all my games are Windows only. They give you a free game from Popcap called "BookWorm" for joining the alpha test, but that's it.

Really not much to alpha test...
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Old Jan 24, 2013, 04:37 PM   #10
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This is a very good sign with the SimCity launch in the near future. Hopefully they can launch day and date for both PC and MAC!
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Old Jan 24, 2013, 04:54 PM   #11
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Anyone have a link for the UK version?
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Old Jan 24, 2013, 04:56 PM   #12
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You can preorder Simcity on macgamestore.com:

http://www.macgamestore.com/product/...mited-Edition/
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Go to http://store.origin.com/store/eaemea...ge.demos-en_GB

and click on the "Get Started" button in the Alpha banner...
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I am having an issue trying to install it. It needs the helper tool, but it won't install:

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1/24/13 4:59:29.624 PM com.ea.origin.ESHelper[10414]: Starting ES - Looking up Client bundle....
1/24/13 4:59:29.625 PM com.ea.origin.ESHelper[10414]: Unable to locate Origin client bundle...
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I love Mac App Store, I love Steam even if lately lacks specific OSX updates and features.... But Origin is just a Steam clones. It is exactly the same thing, same features and purpose. At least Mac App Store and Steam have different ecosystems, target, features, story. Origin is just EA greedy plan.
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Old Jan 24, 2013, 05:13 PM   #16
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Great, one of the most evil corporations around is now expanding to the Mac.

Things just keep getting better.
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Old Jan 24, 2013, 05:24 PM   #17
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"I can't wait for Origin to be released on the Mac!" said no one ever.
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I love Mac App Store, I love Steam even if lately lacks specific OSX updates and features.... But Origin is just a Steam clones. It is exactly the same thing, same features and purpose. At least Mac App Store and Steam have different ecosystems, target, features, story. Origin is just EA greedy plan.
You say that like it shocks you. In so far as I'm aware, EA stopped doing anything original years (decades?) ago and went full ahead with their make-crap-that-people-relate-to-great-things and make as much money off of them as possible. I never buy anything with the EA logo on it anymore... the last thing I came to possess by them was C&C 3 which was gifted to me, and though I wouldn't tell it to the person who got me it, the game is total crap and a blatant copy of great RTS games from Blizzard.
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Origin sucks.

'nuff said.
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Old Jan 24, 2013, 05:37 PM   #22
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Cant really beat Steam. Especially with the cross-platform support and great deals they do.

Content wise it even beats the Mac App Store, which only seems to have a few 'big' names on there. The rest seem to be iOS ports.
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Cant really beat Steam. Especially with the cross-platform support and great deals they do.

Content wise it even beats the Mac App Store, which only seems to have a few 'big' names on there. The rest seem to be iOS ports.
Did they fix all the Mac problems with steam? I use it on Win7. Tried it on Mac and was not happy at all. Couldn't connect to it about half the time.
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Did they fix all the Mac problems with steam? I use it on Win7. Tried it on Mac and was not happy at all. Couldn't connect to it about half the time.
Works fine for me, got about 30 games installed under mac OS thanks to steamplay, reducing the amount of time i have to spend under bootcamp (except that i spend all my time in skyrim, and thats still not mac native)
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