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Old Feb 7, 2013, 11:16 PM   #1
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EA Launches Origin Online Game Distribution for Mac




A Mac client for EA's digital distribution platform Origin was launched today, as first noted by AppleInsider. Origin for Mac was originally announced in August 2011 and went into alpha testing in late January.*

Origin is quite similar to Valve's Steam and allows users to download games and demos, chat with friends and continue saved games from most computers.

The store currently lists 48 Mac games available for download, including games like Batman: Arkham City Game of the Year Edition, LEGO Batman, Harry Potter and Star Wars, Tropico 3: Gold Edition and The Sims 3 and its plethora of expansion packs.*The new SimCity is supposed to launch a little after the March release of the PC version of the game.

EA Origin Vice President of Production Mike Blank told AppleInsider that EA brought Origin to Mac because of two reasons: growing Mac marketshare and a vocal community of Mac gamers.
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"We're seeing increased activity from our Mac gamers," he said. "In the past, we've brought games slower to market for Mac than for PC partly because the audience hasn't been at the same level. The growth of iOS and Mac devices, though, means we're starting to see gamers demand to play their games on devices that are becoming more prominent. I think, across the board, developers have focused on the PC platform, but I think you're going to start seeing some changes there. [Origin] is the first step in a strategy you're going to start seeing coming out of EA."
Origin client for Mac is available as a download for free at EA's Origin website. It requires OS X 10.6.8 or higher and an Intel Core 2 Duo Processor.

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Old Feb 7, 2013, 11:20 PM   #2
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This will never be installed on my machine.

You had me at "EA".
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Old Feb 7, 2013, 11:23 PM   #3
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Really want to play the new sim city when it comes out. How do you think it will run on a virtual machine using parallels?
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Old Feb 7, 2013, 11:30 PM   #4
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Really want to play the new sim city when it comes out. How do you think it will run on a virtual machine using parallels?
Poorly. Virtualization works pretty well in a lot of cases, but games are not one of them. The DirectX calls have to be translated to OpenGL calls.
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Poorly. Virtualization works pretty well in a lot of cases, but games are not one of them. The DirectX calls have to be translated to OpenGL calls.
Dang. Maybe I'll do a windows partition.
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Old Feb 8, 2013, 12:03 AM   #6
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Some pretty ridiculous prices...

$20 for Peggle, and $20 for Bejeweled 3?

No thanks.
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Old Feb 8, 2013, 12:35 AM   #7
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Dang. Maybe I'll do a windows partition.
Don't worry, it's not flawless and not as speedy as running it natively in Bootcamp, but it sure does work nicely enough if you've got decent specs.

Granted, my Mac is almost completely maxed out, but it probably will work nicely enough for the thing to work.

It does for me in a way that I can't be bothered to reboot my Mac all the time.

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Definitely will pass on that.
Nice try, EA.

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Old Feb 8, 2013, 09:45 AM   #8
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Really want to play the new sim city when it comes out. How do you think it will run on a virtual machine using parallels?
I played the closed beta on my 2011 MacBook Air 1.7 Ghz using parallels. It crashed at start up the first 15-20 times. After that it ran ok. It was slow, but not terribly slow. Nevertheless, i enjoyed the **** out of playing SimCity.
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Old Feb 7, 2013, 11:25 PM   #9
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EA is the soulless corporate juggernaut of the gaming industry. I can only imagine how great the ENTIRETY of Mass Effect 3 would have been had EA not gotten its hooks into Bioware.

Instead, thanks to EA, we got a game that was 95% awesomeness followed by 15 minutes of ending that ruined the whole fusking series.
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EA is the soulless corporate juggernaut of the gaming industry.
I'd say that's more Activision these days. EA tends to flip flop between being absolute bastards and pretty alright at times.
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Old Feb 8, 2013, 01:11 AM   #11
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I'd say that's more Activision these days. EA tends to flip flop between being absolute bastards and pretty alright at times.
Activision is terrible as well. Decent developers were becoming few and far between until the recent rash of 90s gaming Kickstarters. The big names that I used to love; Bioware, Square, Valve... Have all lost the magic. AAA guaranteed ROI titles are all they care about, and they don't care whether the games are any good.
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Old Feb 8, 2013, 01:28 AM   #12
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This would maybe be good news if EA didn't suck and would stop using Cider ports and actually port the games to run natively.

(I am still mad at EA for butchering Command and Conquer)
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Old Feb 8, 2013, 01:38 AM   #13
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Activision is terrible as well. Decent developers were becoming few and far between until the recent rash of 90s gaming Kickstarters. The big names that I used to love; Bioware, Square, Valve... Have all lost the magic. AAA guaranteed ROI titles are all they care about, and they don't care whether the games are any good.
Eh, I'd still consider Valve one of the good ones. About the only complaint I have about them is that it takes forever for them to release anything. But hey, I'd rather them spend an inordinate amount of time getting something right then just rushing everything out the door to make a quick buck.

Square? I haven't been too stoked about anything they've done since the PS1. Bioware? I've always thought of them as being pretty okay, and I'd say they're still...yeah...pretty okay. Beyond the Baldur's Gate games, I've never been all that excited about them.

There's always been tons of developers out there making great games, and the once greats drifting by the wayside when the old talent moves on to new things. It really isn't any worse now than it has been for the last 30 years of game history. The greats come, the greats go, and new greats come in to take their place. It's the way of the world.
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EA is the soulless corporate juggernaut of the gaming industry. I can only imagine how great the ENTIRETY of Mass Effect 3 would have been had EA not gotten its hooks into Bioware.

Instead, thanks to EA, we got a game that was 95% awesomeness followed by 15 minutes of ending that ruined the whole fusking series.
I can't see how EA hasn't run afoul of antitrust laws the way they bought up competition. Their MO of buying up popular IP and running it into the ground while milking it for cash has ruined the gaming industry.
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EA is the soulless corporate juggernaut of the gaming industry. I can only imagine how great the ENTIRETY of Mass Effect 3 would have been had EA not gotten its hooks into Bioware.

Instead, thanks to EA, we got a game that was 95% awesomeness followed by 15 minutes of ending that ruined the whole fusking series.
Wow, you can't even read a Mac blog without hearing people whine about the ending of ME 3.
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Wow, you can't even read a Mac blog without hearing people whine about the ending of ME 3.
I know, right? Bawww, day one DLC!! Bawww, my Shepard didn't get a white picket fence ending!! EA killed Bioware!
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Old Feb 8, 2013, 01:39 PM   #17
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Can someone in the US take a look at, say, Dragon Age II and tell me how much it costs? Origin is listing $89.99 here, so at first glance it looks like it's as bad as Steam when it comes to ripping off non-US customers...
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I know, right? Bawww, day one DLC!! Bawww, my Shepard didn't get a white picket fence ending!! EA killed Bioware!
If you really believe that the ending to Mass Effect 3, especially pre-Extended Cut was an ending worthy of the series, I pity you. You probably think that the average Mario or Zelda games are examples of masterful storytelling.
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EA is the soulless corporate juggernaut of the gaming industry. I can only imagine how great the ENTIRETY of Mass Effect 3 would have been had EA not gotten its hooks into Bioware.

Instead, thanks to EA, we got a game that was 95% awesomeness followed by 15 minutes of ending that ruined the whole fusking series.
Sounds just like Knights Of The Old Republic 2 which had it's 3rd part all screwed up and largely incomplete, leaving this overwhelming feeling of "WTF happened" if you play the original game (but even with the 3rd party mods that restore most of the unused content, it's still jarring between cut-scenes and you have to fill in many blanks yourself. (In that case, you can thank Lucasarts for now allowing them to fix the bugs, though, which makes no sense, really. WHY would you NOT want to allow them to be fixed?

The only thing I can think of is that George got royally P-O'ed at how that game turned the whole good/bad Jedi/Sith thing on its head, pointing out (rightly) that the Jedi are also flawed and potentially evil and not everything about being Sith or "dark" is just about crazy maniacal evil and that TRUE balance is actually in the middle somewhere. I think Lucas wanted to point out that the Republic had become corrupt and the Jedi within it also corrupted to some degree in Revenge of the Sith (e.g. Mace Windu ensuring Anakin would turn by making himself judge, jury and executioner), but that's not the same as suggesting the world is really shades of gray (as Kotor II did), not just black and white (as Lucas always wanted Star Wars to portray like an old Western where the good guys where white hats and the bad guys wear black hats).

While I don't care for EA for the very reasons you state (soulless money grubbers, really), I have to admit that Dragon Age Origins was the best game I ever played on any system. The expansion packs and rushed, somewhat unrelated "sequel" pretty much attempted to ruin the franchise, though. Frankly, I'm amazed the original game was as polished and well done as it was from the start. Frankly, it's exactly what an RPG style game SHOULD be (even better than the first Kotor, which had a horrible ending set whereas Dragon Age had several endings and ties that felt complete except for the sub-plot of the child, which I assumed was going to be the sequel, but probably never will be handled well). It's always a shame when art is ruined by money changers.

As for their store, if they're going to use that as an excuse not to sell their products anywhere else, we're right back to square one with the whole monopole app store concept. No competition = high prices = loss for the consumer. The best thing Steam has going for it are its sales and recognizing that games should come down in price the older they get. I'm not paying $60 for Diablo 3, for example, not now not ever with the restrictions that game has and the whole money trading crap that sounds like it ruined it completely. I got Torchlight 2 instead for $20 and it has no major restrictions (and through Steam I should get the Mac version when it becomes available for no extra charge as well). Is EA going to give Mac users the PC version for free like Steam does? I seriously doubt it. They see far too many dollar signs in their eyes to even consider it.
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The best thing Steam has going for it are its sales and recognizing that games should come down in price the older they get.
The best thing about steam is that although they're a huge generic online shop company chocked full of AAA games, they've still got the indie spirit. Follow their development, they're really pushing for non-directx gaming. Considering how people often act on this forum, I'm surprised there's any negative comments
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The best thing about steam is that although they're a huge generic online shop company chocked full of AAA games, they've still got the indie spirit. Follow their development, they're really pushing for non-directx gaming. Considering how people often act on this forum, I'm surprised there's any negative comments
Yeah, I once heard good things about Google and how it was run. Sadly, corporations seem to evolve over time and rarely for the better. Steam is owned by Valve and they're still a corporation. Somehow I have a hard time calling large corporations "indie".
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Aside from the Batman game, I see nothing of value on this list.

Much better selection of games on Steam. Team Fortress 2, Half-Life 2, Nuclear Dawn, Limbo, Assassin's Creed 2, The Binding of Issac, Left 4 Dead 2, Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic...

Sorry EA, you're a day late and a dollar short. On EVERYTHING.
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