The only thing more fun than playing video games is playing those same games with your friends. The friendly bantering, food fights, wrestling matches (stalemates have to be decided somehow), etc. It’s always frustrating to know that even when that next great game hits the shelf, you and your friend wont be able to play because alas, he owns a PC and you own a console, or you have a 360 and they have a PS3. Exclusives are a big selling point in the industry, but in the end it’s always the gamers that lose out on those types of deals. In a move that should surprise no one, EA just got real.
As some of you probably already know, EA launched its own online store last week called Origin. If you’ve ever shopped before and chances are if you’re a human being in the US you probably have, you might have noticed that it’s easier to just keep your butt planted and let your fingers do the walking. I haven’t bought a PC game in the stores for years and purchase everything off of Steam.
Unfortunately though one of the distinguishable traits that makes Origin unique is some of their business techniques. According to this article over at GameInformer, Origin has already started claiming exclusive titles and other services like Steam are pulling them from their digital storeshelves.
By itself this isn’t a huge deal, but in the grand scope of things when you consider where gaming has gone in the last 4-5 years this isn’t something that makes you want to throw a party and rejoice at the prospect of a return of the golden years. We finally have the masses starting voice their concerns over the prospect of playing yet another CoD game, but as everyone knows BF3 has claimed to want to go head to head with CoD, and at least by my first impression of the game, it looks like theyre’ doing it via making themselves into CoD.