Numerous user interface revisions dominate 9.0 "landmark" update for Electronic Arts' game service, set to release soon.
In May, Electronic Arts announced that it was asking for fan feedback regarding its Origin online store. Now, it appears at least some of the suggestions are becoming a reality. EA announced today that in the coming days, the company will roll out Origin client update 9.0, which the firm is calling a "landmark" revision.
Numerous user interface revisions mark the most significant changes in Origin 9.0. First, gamers' friends lists will be free-floating, allowing users to move the window wherever they would like. Additionally, the old navigation menu has been swapped out in favor of a new pulldown menu that EA says is more intuitive.
Another major Origin 9.0 update focuses on players' game libraries, specifically the size of game icons. With the new update, players can resize game images to make them as small or as large as they would like. Lastly, the Origin 9.0 update adds an in-game clock, a feature EA says users vocally requested.
Origin 9.0 is set to begin rolling out in the coming days, but users can try it out today by logging into their account and opting in.
Origin recently celebrated its first birthday, with senior vice president of global ecommerce David DeMartini calling the service's first 12 months "foundational." For more on Origin's first year, check out GameSpot's interview with DeMartini.
I have seriously not seen a bigger facepalm worthy advertisement...I?ve said it again and I'm going to say it again. If you're going to COPY DIRECTLY from another intellectual property (Steam), make it better, NOT some pathetic dumbed down version of something that?s already been made which is still million times more successful then this crap. This is why people despise EA, Absolutely Pathetic
I can't complain about Origin. Steam charges more than Origin. Take note, my Origin account charges Singaporean Dollars which is much cheaper.
Of course with the Steam Summer Sale until July 22, and EA not doing and Crusader or Wing Commander series... I forgot what I said.
I wish I could download/link old EA titles like Alice or Ultima Online just like I do with my Blizzard/Steam accounts..
If Orgin wants to impress me, let me easily move a game from one drive to another. That would let me put my 'primary' game on my SSD drive and leave the rest on the slow-but-huge D drive. Then they would do something Steam won't do and I would actually have a reason to want to buy from Origin (other than EA forcing it).
Or maybe let me pick what version of a game to use. Sometimes those patches are NOT a positive thing. Steam lets you ignore patches but, once the patch is installed or you uninstall the game, you MUST use the patch. Dial-a-version would have made life a lot better for me in Skyrim. But Orgin won't do that, either.
Instead, we get a clock and a window that now floats. If that's a major thing to them, they're doomed.
You know... it's funny. EA has had a lot of bad press lately. Its their own fault: the ME3 day one DLC debacle, saying stupid stuff like sales are bad and wanting microtransactions in EVERY game.... I wonder what they might be thinking.
And they say that any publicity is good publicity...
This story was supposed to be the good kind, like you want. Even though, this story basically said "Origin to be more like Steam."
However, after reading through the first page or responses I'm finding that EA is digging itself into a hole with core gamers. I don't really see anyone defending EA.
My first experience with Origin said it all. The ME3 demo came out, I installed Origin, setup an account, and pushed the ME3 demo install button.... and nothing happened. I tried to find info on it, and found a forum post by an EA employee that basically said "oh its your fault for not going through this 12 step solution involving registry edits..."
Granted, an update came out within a week and I was able to make a big 2 inch button work... And then the ME3 demo sucked. However, i'm still amazed it didn't work to begin with.
I won't be using Origin after that experience.
I have had great experience with the secret war.
1. In-game problems such as stuck characters or mission bugs, usualy a GM within 10 minutes shows up in his Venecian Uniform to help out. One, was actually watching me slay a boss and congratulated me and then asked me kindly for informations on a bug I reported. I have NEVER seen such customer service.
2. What are you all bragging about, EA will charge for game updates? The Funcom gives free monthly updates in regards of not only game performance but new missions, new items and such. It is free of charge for paying customers... what are you all saying, they will charge again.,
3. People heavily complain about the in-game market where you buy clothes for money. But there is a in-game clothe store where you buy HUNDRES types of different clothes with just little gaming need, so I never seen anyone look dressed the same in this game, unless they are wearing faction reward clothes. Again, nobody having had to pay real life currency. And now, the in-game clothes stores (the ones you do not pay RL money to) do not have lesser good looking clothes, they got in fact better looking ones !!!
4. I have had other customer service issues that have been solved immediately as well.
Let me tell you about Customer service in WOW and Eve Online:
1. WOW. The customer reps actually nearly trash talk to you. They threaten you, even if as a new member I was given 1000 gold as a present, I immediately had my account frozen and an in-game investigation was started and a GM having said my account was suspended. Then I contacted them and they said I had to contact the European blizzard customer service but my account and CC and myself, use it in the US. Then once that was solved, I had constant password resets, due to security reasons and I just quit playing that dumb game.
2. Eve Online. You make a petition and if lucky 3 weeks later some guy that does not even speak English replies some idiotic nonsense that was not even the issue to begin with....
Keep it up Funcom, going to play this game for long !!
They have Valve games on Origin, too. I think that's Gabe telling EA that they're getting beat for free.
I just thought of something... The whole idea of capitalism is to have mutliple competitors creating the best product so that people will buy it, which creates quality. But Steam has no competitors (calling Origin competition to Steam wouldn't even be laughable, it would just be pathetic), and yet still Steam is amazing... which leads me to believe that Gabe Newell is a socialist! Its foolproof!
@vault-boy Actually, it's more like the idea that competition in capitalism is good is, in itself, a false statement.
Why else would John D. Rockefeller have said "Competition is a sin."
He also invented the American Education System.... random note, but yeah schools are designed, not by teachers or philosophers, but greedy elite.
Also, Steam has plenty of other competitors.... I'd say the main ones being Sony, Nintendo and MS. Also, Gamestop, GOG.com, Frys, Best Buy... ok I'll stop. :P
Sounds good EA. In the meantime please consider the following:
-Privacy of users
-Sales on games. So people can afford them
-Get a new PR team. Preferably made up of people that don't say one thing yet do another. That would be a good start.
-Don't disable online features to games because there is only a few thousand people left playing it. Maybe wait till 10 people are left playing at any given time. None of this "OH there is only a few thousand people that still play it. But they make up a small portion of the overall user base. So lets pull the plug.... nobody will be upset by it."
-Don't screw your customers over with shitty customer service constantly.
-Oh and game selection......
On second thought I think I am going to stick with steam for probably a good portion of my life. They haven't screwed me over yet and I have had nothing but good times with them. Maybe one of these days EA when you clean up your act completely I might consider joining.
Well, considering Origin has had plenty of problems with personal privacy, and it's made by EA, I'd be careful.
Why can't I just buy Mass Effect 3 off of Steam?!! Why?!!!!!!!!!
@Colekern Do you ever wonder how many pirated copies of ME3 could have been stopped and turned into purchases if EA would have put the game on Steam?
I would guess round-a-bout zero. The people who pirated because it wasn't on Steam would simply have found some other reason to pirate the game. It had day 1 DLC, it didn't have a demo before the game came out, it was made for XBox then ported, the fem-Shep they voted for didn't make the cover... there's ALWAYS some "reason" that lets them pretend they aren't just doing it to save $50.
It's the steam as a drm that I can't stand. Just as I have no love for Origin as a drm.
As a store it is great for customers to have more options. That's where your sales come it. As a means of updating (if it were optional) that's great also - there's your client. The community features - a part of the client, screenshots etc are handy if you don't *already* have a means of doing these things or have no use for them
The installing without discs is handy if you're buying a digital only release. If you've purchased a hard copy though, why the hell should I have to use steam? e.g. Deus Ex HR.
I have no love for piracy. I've no love for drm either. Pirates are going to pirate regardless of if it has drm or not. Though wasn't there a surprise whereby the drm free version of The Witcher 2 was pirated *less* than the drm inclusive version?
I too can open one "app" I can start windows and lo and behold the games I've got installed are all there in the start menu, or a shortcuts folder on the desktop. Plus those without drm I don't need to have an account on a third party drm client to run.
I'm glad that it works well for you and your needs as a customer. For me however it's yet another obnoxious drm with tacked on features I don't need. No number of sales will change that. I bought my games before online drm was introduced, I still buy them. I'd just like to buy them without having to jump through third party hoops to run the game I bought.
Does that explain it a bit better? :)
@Hicks233 Steam does a lot more than DRM, giving access to sales is one of the main things... as well as updates (if you are pirating a game, updates are the WORST), the ability to install a game on any computer without a disc or a key, voice chat, etc...
It sounds like you have made up your mind though, sorry you feel that way, Steam really is a great thing. Pirates can be pirates, why a pirate would say something in a post about Origin I have NO idea. You are defeating your own argument.
It sounds like you just want to whine and moan that it's harder to pirate games nowadays.
I love Steam b/c I can open one app, and have access to 180 games that I bought, usually for around 75 percent off the actual price and have those games update themselves without any input.
Ugh, I'm wasting my time....
Both are drms, stores and clients.
Both are third party software that could be done away with and the game could still run from its executable without needing a client.
Why exactly is a third party client needed other than to act as a drm?
Or is this just more of the EA is teh evils? Followed by fawning over Valve. If a pirate doesn't want to pay for something - they are not going to suddenly pay for it because you love Valve so much.
@Hicks233 Um, because Origin sucks and Steam is awesome?
If it's not steam, its already at a disadvantage in my eyes. Add on the fact that EA is splitting my games up between two services instead of all of them nicely on one.
Lessee, does their EULA and TOS still allow their programs to monitor everything you do on your computer and report it to EA? (Yes, everything, not just what you do with Origin.) Survey says...GFYS.
All I want is Origin to work... I have Origin since like 1 year and the program STILL doesn't work. Every time I try to use it, it stops responding. I click on something and it just freezes. It's complete garbage! I hope this patch fixes it.
@hobotech64 exactly. plus what good is software update if the game selection for origin is still limited.
I used to think that "Hey, Steam took a while to really take off. People hated that at first!"
But then I realise Origin coming in and claiming the same defense just means it's currently not as good as something else was nearly 9 years ago. And that it could take another 3-5 years before it is as good.
@Dragon_Nexus First, EA would have to want to make it good, and I'm not sure if I believe they do. They sure don't want anything else they make good...
Still nothing can beat Steam... Best gaming service out there. How can you buy from Origin when Steam has 60-80% down in prices every month? Even in 2012 games.
Oh so they arent gonna fix that orgin slows down your comps power up speed or even processing speed because it dosent tell you that the program is running and then when you try to do something complicated it cause your comp to freeze or slow down. Orgin you suck Steam i love you and your 5 doller games that i havent played for like 8 to 6 years
Origin isn't much more obtrusive than Steam.
You can set Origin to not to launch at boot the same way you can with Steam if you don't like it slowing down the loading of Windows. Every service you allow to launch at boot will slow down your machine.
Unless I see you process manager and/or msconfig start up I am going to assume your PC is just weak. I have been using the service for like 3 years; since before it got re-branded from EA download manager to Origin, and haven't had any issues with it that I can remember. Seeing as how you seem so displeased with Origin and the games EA offers there, just uninstall. Easiest answer.
@digitalheadbutt Haven't used Origin since last year; but when I did it was a CPU and network resource hog (personally tested). And that's not even mentioning the constant 'updates' it was always sending to its parent server somewhere (also personally tested). I had enough after about a week and finally uninstalled the PoS and never got another game that required it.
@DavedogX Finally someone states it like it is, who wants two services? Why can't EA understand that?
@DavedogX I don't want two obnoxious drm's either. Then again I'm comfortable with just using a desktop shortcut and not needing a vile drm masquerading as a "client" to run games from - that goes for both Origin *and* Steam.
And the gaming PC community still does not care. If they want to improve, better take what the got now, throw away and do a whole new system from ground up, and maybe, just maybe people will care about Origin.
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