Sessler's Soapbox: EA vs. Valve

Posted: July 12, 2011
Sessler's Soapbox: EA vs. Valve
Adam discusses the controversy about EA removing some games from Steam after announcing their own digital distribution platform.

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  • IntelliMoo

    I ONLY get games via Steam, I do not care for the old days of having to have a disc in the drive to play (or having to search a "no-cd" site, haha). So unless ea substantially discounts their stuff on their origin thing, I will just pass on ea games completely. Maybe ea will make a little more profit per sale not using Steam, but they sure will lose more sales I'd think! Business rocks, doesn't it??

    Posted: July 12, 2011 2:18 PM
  • FuzzofPekinopolis

    I want a disc for my $60.00 games. Because nobody can take that away from me. And no internet, server, or licensing problems will ever stop me from playing those games.

    Also, physical possession of a licensed disc gives gamers more legal power. Electronic transactions can disappear if someone wants them to.

    Posted: July 12, 2011 2:15 PM
  • snipesava

    i'm all for digital distribution, the only problem becomes saving money. While Steam has helped me expand my library with the use of the countless deals they tend to offer. I dont buy every single game out there. Some games i would like to play, then give away. Which is why, in my opinion, hard copies are important still. You can play a game for a short time or just down the line when you can't play it anymore, trade it in. But once you buy digital. you get that copy for the price you paid for it, forever. The only joy that if something goes wrong with it, you can re-download it.

    Posted: July 12, 2011 2:12 PM
  • wolfman2010

    Gamestop does own a digital distribution engine. "Impulse" (originally run by Stardock Corp., for those who played 'Sins of a Solar Empire') was bought by Gamestop sometime during the past year or so... It made me sad, yes.

    But it also isn't all that different from Steam. They have a daily deal, which occasionally is pretty awesome, as well as many great older titles that are not available on Steam. The only reason I even have it really is because it's mandatory download with Sins of a Solar Empire. It has proved it's use though.

    Although, EA's own separate distribution engine sounds iffy at best. I've not been well-impressed by EA the past couple of years so I'm not holding my breath over it, nor will I be surprised if it crashes and burns.

    But I digress... Thanks, Adam, for an insightful soapbox, as usual...

    Posted: July 12, 2011 2:12 PM
  • wigoff91

    I get all my games off Steam pretty much now, and was gonna wait for a huge Steam sale to buy Crysis 2, but now they took it down before the huge summer sale and I don't feel like using Origin which will probably have barely any sales and if so any good ones.

    Posted: July 12, 2011 2:04 PM
  • cptjames

    This whole Origin thing is just another way EA can make more money and become a bigger video game power house. IMO

    Posted: July 12, 2011 2:02 PM
  • Prax150

    There's a typo in the title.

    Posted: July 12, 2011 1:57 PM