Origin Offering Deep Discounts On Many Games… Er?

By John Walker on June 18th, 2012 at 10:49 am.

Well this is mighty confusing.

So figure this one out. You may remember that twelve days ago, there was quite a lot of discussion over EA’s Origin store boss saying they wouldn’t be engaging in “deep discount” sales on their Steam-rivalling service. David DeMartini (whose name sounds like he should be the star of a Bond spoof) said, “We won’t be doing that,” when asked about such services. Explaining why he added, “I just think it cheapens your intellectual property.”

Today on Origin, Dragon Age: Origins is available for £5. That’s discounted from £40 – an incredible 87.5% off!

Spore is 75% off, as is Darksiders, Need For Speed: Hot Pursuit, and Battlefied: Bad Company 2. 66% savings can be found on Alice: Madness Returns and Darkspore, while Dead Space 2, Shank, Battlefield Bad Company 2 Vietnam, Mirror’s Edge, The Saboteur, Gotham City Imposters, Gatling Gears, and Batman: Arkham Asylum are all half price.

That’s half the price of their current Origin prices, of course. Not half the price of their original prices. In fact, most of those games are now available for 87.5% off their original launch price. That’s an awful lot of intellectual property EA are cheapening today.

“Occasionally there will be things that are on sale you could look for a discount,” said DeMartini less than two weeks ago. “Just don’t look for 75 percent off going-out-of-business sales.”

Uh-oh!

We’ve contacted EA to ask them why the sudden change of heart. Cheers to Lewie P for the spot.

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242 Comments »

  1. rocketman71 says:

    Typical EA. Lies and douchebaggery guaranteed.

    And no, I’m not installing Origin.

    • Premium User Badge Stijn says:

      Discounting a game by 80% is not quite what I’d qualify as “douchebaggery”.

      • kalleguld says:

        But saying one thing and doing the exact opposite?

        • Premium User Badge Stijn says:

          That’d be hypocrisy. I don’t see anyone not benefiting from it, don’t see why it would be “douchebaggery”.

          • Lemming says:

            Potato Potatoe, don’t be so contrary, ffs.

          • Neurotic says:

            Yes Stijn, stop trying to draw a distinction between two totally different words. Don’t you know you’re *supposed* to be a cynical, knee-jerking little shit?

          • Ratchet says:

            Well, I sort of feel like his comments were douchebaggery. I was on the fence about getting ME3 Digital Deluxe Edition for a long time, all I was waiting for was a sale to come up to take the $80 sting out of it. This guy then comes along and says “no sales” so I go ahead and bite the $80 bullet.

            Now it’s on sale for $48…

          • Lemming says:

            @Neurotic

            You may think that pointing out that distinction with what are – lets face it – throw away insults somehow makes one a professor of language but it doesn’t. It actually just makes one sound like a douchebag, funnily enough.

          • El_Emmental says:

            Hypocrisy or…

            … in the vast EA empire, some PR department said one thing, while the Origin sales and pricing department did another thing.

            And they’re currently fighting each others, blaming each others for making the other department and EA looks like a bunch of fools.

            -

            If EA could -only could- be one single entity, making clear and quick decisions, they would be MUCH more powerful and indies wouldn’t have their share of the video game industry pie.

            EA is like a supertanker, they might have a captain (CEO – Chief Executive Officer), but the crew (7645 people, according to their FY2012 report) also have their words (regarding their field of operation) and often have to talk publicly.

            When you’re dealing with 4 billions revenues per year, you have to take everything into consideration. Since EA is hunting for IP (acquiring studios then closing it, to only keep the IP), they’re afraid of damaging their own preys, their own food.

            If their IPs lose value, their entire business model is falling apart. Thus their fears (for some EA executives).

          • Boozebeard says:

            Hypocrisy is quite obviously a form of douchbagery

          • The Godzilla Hunter says:

            HUGS FOR EVERYONE!

            That or we can be civilized and settle this in a duel to the death. Either works.

          • MajesticXII says:

            Like boozebeard noted

            “Hypocrisy is quite obviously a form of douchbagery”

            but some people just want to display their superior knowledge of vocabulary, can’t blame them much.

          • Vorphalack says:

            > ”HUGS FOR EVERYONE!

            That or we can be civilized and settle this in a duel to the death. Either works.”

            Acceptable terms, if hugging duel. To the death, ofc.

          • Phantoon says:

            Ratchet, that’s your fault for giving EA money. You should be ashamed as well.

            And everything EA does qualifies as douchebaggery. They could give a million dollars to charity, and it’d be to exploit that charities’ name.

          • runtheplacered says:

            @ Lemming,

            Yeah, you totally need to be a professor of English in order to differentiate between two unlike words. What are you even doing coming back here and pretending like you have an argument to make? That’s just gibberish.

          • runtheplacered says:

            @ Phantoon,

            “They could give a million dollars to charity, and it’d be to exploit that charities’ name.”

            Seriously, what is wrong with you? I just need to know.

      • SteamTrout says:

        No, but claiming that offering a discount “devalues your IP” and then going ahead and offering a discount does qualify as douchbaggery. Not towards consumers, mind you, towards “competition” (I can hardly call Steam a competing service to Origin since it’s so better).

        • gwathdring says:

          Or, if we take them at their word, towards their IP creators.

          Of course, we don’t take them at their word so instead they just look a bit silly and no one is especially surprised.

        • Ergates_Antius says:

          claiming that offering a discount “devalues your IP” and then going ahead and offering a discount does qualify as douchbaggery

          Not really. Idiocy or incompetance maybe, but not douchbaggery.

          • Koozer says:

            I never knew the word ‘douchbaggery’ has such finesse in meaning! I tip my hat to the colonists.

          • Phantoon says:

            It wouldn’t be if we weren’t talking about EA.

            But they’re pretty much all douchebags there, so by definition, anything they do is douchebaggery.

          • Premium User Badge liquidsoap89 says:

            I never knew the word “douchebaggery” was even a word.

            The more you know!

      • stupid_mcgee says:

        It is when you’re still charging €40 for Dragon Age: Origins. I don’t live in the Euro zone, but isn’t that a bit high of a price for a game that’s 3 years old?

      • RegisteredUser says:

        The lie is that DA:O does not cost 40 bucks anymore anywhere.

        The complete Ultimate Edition with free shipping on Play.com is less than 20.

        Lies and deceit and fail. Classic EA shit.

        Edit: For some reason Play.com raised the price back to 30. I’ve seen it there for as little as 18.99 before. I think it is because they stopped stocking it themselves and the price is for the resellers through them.
        On WowHD for the UK with also free shipping its 18.99 GBP right now.

      • codename_bloodfist says:

        Clearly they’ve done it out of their love for human nature.

    • Lobotomist says:

      Haha!
      Wouldnt install origin even if they payed me to download those games :P

      • The Infamous Woodchuck says:

        -Buy another, cheaper PC.
        -install their games in it.
        -received your paycheck from EA
        -Trash your PC afterwards (preferably near EA’s HQ)
        -Profit (in terms of money and pure satisfaction)

        We could only dream.

    • Lemming says:

      Just looking at this whole thread now, isn’t it great how people jump on the smallest point in a comment and argue it to the moon and back instead of talking about the actual content? No. No it isn’t.

      • Phantoon says:

        We (save for John, for some reason, I think he has an untreated concussion) have already talked about how incredibly shit their last three titles were, and came to the general consensus of “wow these were really not all that good”. My opinion is it’s a crime against video games. Some people think Dragon Age 2 was a good game, but my opinion of those people is they need to wear pants more often.

        Those arguments have been done to death.

  2. Flukie says:

    Cheap whores.

    • Alexander Norris says:

      Misogynist.

      • Torn says:

        Are you saying men can’t be whores?

        Sexist.

      • Mordsung says:

        Misogyny means the hatred of woman.

        To blow up the definition to fit any slight that might be mildly sexist is to devalue the word.

        It’s like when people blow up the word “faith” to be so huge that you must have “faith” that the things behind you are still there when you turn around.

        It’s just expanding a word’s definition until the point of near meaninglessness.

        • Polish interpreter says:

          Really well said.
          Polish translator

        • alundra says:

          Oh man, you just had to ruin that, didn’t you? It was a super fun thread until you opened your mouth.

          The first prize for unqualified douchbaggery is yours.

          • Phantoon says:

            Or it might be yours for flipping right out when he didn’t respond in the pun chain.

            He’s right, though. Misogyny has become a buzzword recently, with people throwing it around for any offense committed by “the evil gender”. Surely, it still exists, and is a problem with some people or in some places. However, forgetting to put the toilet seat down is now misogyny, apparently.

          • alundra says:

            Or it might be yours for flipping right out when he didn’t respond in the pun chain.

            No!!! the prize is his, only his!!! … Seriously, are you going to tell me you don’t hate whenever a group of people are involved in a healthy laughter session and a sour person comes in and pops the party??

            The political correctness trend can have so many things in common with communism, it’s scary.

            However, forgetting to put the toilet seat down is now misogyny, apparently.

            Thanks for saving me the effort of explaining why sometimes laughing about something is required.

  3. bonjovi says:

    We all knew that they didn’t know what they were doing, right? No surprise here. However we’ve got to give them credit for learning. They actually did it after publicly saying they will never do. That takes some balls.

    • Baines says:

      No, it is standard corporate operating policy.

      Look at SWTOR’s claims that declining numbers were exaggerated, right before reports they released reports about the drops. Or any company that says “X” isn’t true, and within a couple of weeks reveals “X” to be true, whatever “X” may be. Sometimes it is damage control, sometimes general spin, sometimes it is to build hype, sometimes it doesn’t seem to have any decent reason. Regardless, it happens.

  4. WinTurkey says:

    Hell, they had a Black Friday 50% sale on BF3 less than a month after it came out. I don’t think even Valve has ever sold a flagship title for half price that soon after release.

    • stupid_mcgee says:

      Valve doesn’t set prices for other’s titles. As for their own, L4D went on sale just a few months after release. Same with L4D2.

      -edit-

      L4D went on sale for 50% in February of ’09, 4 months after its October release. L4D2 had a minor 25% sale in November, one month after its October release. L4D2 had a 50% sale in May of ’10, 8 months after its release, to celebrate the release of “The Passing” DLC.

      • Fanbuoy says:

        So to summarize: WinTurkey’s statement was correct?

        • Phantoon says:

          It would be, if you got the finished product when you gave them money. The Black Friday sale was when they realized they could squeeze the price of another entire game out of their fans.

  5. Johnny Lizard says:

    Hurrah for Origin!

    • Premium User Badge jezcentral says:

      I’m a Steam fanboy, but I don’t mind Origin. If EA want to learn, by themselves, that this sort of deep-discount works (and didn’t want to take Valve’s word for it), let them. This can only be a good thing.

      Also: My ISP went down for 5 days last week. The only game I could play in that time was ME3, as Steam wouldn’t let me play. If Origin being able to do this can get Valve to sort this long-standing problem out, so much the better. Competition is good for us consumers!

      • Randomer says:

        I concur, both about offline play and about competition. Capitalism, ho!

  6. WeeMadAndo says:

    But not in Australia I bet…

    • Premium User Badge Jackablade says:

      They probably increase our price by 87.5% to compensate.

    • Premium User Badge Thermal Ions says:

      Exactly, DeMartini was obviously talking about the Australian store – it rarely sees decent specials and can’t recall the last time anything not ancient was 50% off let alone 75%.

      We should however feel honoured that they deem to sell us Kingdoms of Amalur: Reckoning for $80 and through the goodness of their hearts give us 2 of the DLC for free. Or of course we could buy the game with all 3 DLC on Steam for the same price undiscounted.

    • Mashiki says:

      Not sure in Australia, but it doesn’t appear to be on sale in Canada. Which is just fine by me, the steam summer sale is just around the corner.

  7. 4026 says:

    Presumably, they, like everyone else, know the Steam Summer Sale is coming in the next few weeks, and they want some of that HOT REVENUE ACTION before gamers’ wallets are sucked dry by Valve.

  8. Arbykoma says:

    If something has no value, you can’t devalue it. I’m looking at Dragon Age 2.

  9. Matindo says:

    It was quite obvious that deep discounts would make more people actually install their horrible program. I just can’t believe it took so long for EA to realise this.

  10. arrjayjee says:

    Probably just trying to take some of the wind out of the Steam Summer Sale, which should start this week. I’ll save my money thanks. I can wait.

    • mr.ioes says:

      -nvm-

    • alundra says:

      Exactly what I thought, summer sale(s) are coming and they just don’t want to be left behind. Typical EA double moral standard.

  11. kregg says:

    Spore, Dragons Age: Origins were games that weren’t deemed too great IIRC, BC2 Vietnam is pretty pointless to buy now that BF3 is out with their Premium service (i.e. not a lot of people will play BC2), and I haven’t heard much interest for other games except from Mirrors Edge.

    I’d say that EA realised there is only so many copies one can shift with a big price tag, and they want to sell units quickly. I don’t see this as a massive problem unless this is the only time EA gives deep discounts, or if EA make a habit of saying “No, we won’t drop down prices”, making customers assume they have to pay full price, and then screw them over a couple of days later with deep discounts such as this.

    TL;DR I hope EA learns that deep discounts does have some purpose.

    EDIT: I’m too stupid to realise DA:O != DA2, and thus I have been forever embarrased. The shame ;_;

    • John Walker says:

      Dragon Age Origins was one of the best RPGs of all time!

      • Jams O'Donnell says:

        Depends on how long your list is. To appear on my list of the best RPGs, the list would have to be very very long. :)

        (too long, perhaps, with half of the list in some godawful dwarven tunnel complex)

      • MuscleHorse says:

        I enjoyed DA:O a whole lot and plan on doing a jerk run soon, but I can’t agree with that hyperbole. At the very least, it’s whole world and plot are about as generic as you can get.

        • Johnny Lizard says:

          Hope you enjoy your jerk run (snigger).

        • gunny1993 says:

          Well I can’t think off hand of any fantasy games or books that aren’t “Generic”, what DA:O and other good fantasys do is take the generic roots then add interesting story lines, characters and other things of the sort. I will concede the deep roads were just straight up copy pasted from Tolkien.

        • paddymaxson says:

          That’s not really fair. While there are some bits of DA:O’s world that are a bit generic (Humans are jerks who tread on everyone). A christianity clone (The chantry) is kind of rare in Fantasy games. The origin of the Darkspawn is fairly unique (Mages force their way into heaven and are forever cursed to ruin everyone else’s shit as monstrosities).

          I’ll almost guarantee that both of the above have been done but if your criteria for originality is “this has never been done before” then try to find an original idea in all of gaming.

        • abandonhope says:

          Agreed. For me, DAO was an exceptional combat system inside a passable game. That combat was one of the best things about any game I’ve played in the last ten years, but I don’t remember the rest of the game very fondly.

          • Shandrakor says:

            This.

            If they would make more games like ME2 or DA:O, they might find my cash winging their way. But instead they release crap. Where was the magical immersiveness in SWTOR, I ask you?

      • andytizer says:

        ‘of all time’ as in forever and ever and ever into infinity and beyond?

      • Kaira- says:

        Yo, Imma let you finish, but [insert title] was one of the best RPGs of all time! Of all time!

        Seriously though, DA:O was as generic and cliché as they come, with a lifeless world and too much padding. Please don’t make me go back to the Deep Roads or the Fade.

        • Premium User Badge Keirley says:

          Oh my god, the Fade was perhaps one of my least fondly remembered videogame experiences of all time.

          • gwathdring says:

            The part with the shape-shifting? I thought it was pretty cool until backtracking through the place with all the firewalls for the fifth or sixth time. God that was awful.

          • Screamer says:

            “the Fade was perhaps one of my least fondly remembered videogame experiences of all time”

            Ah…. you must have forgotten about Xen then…..

          • NathanH says:

            I think the Fade section was a good idea reasonably well executed, but like almost everything else in Dragon Age it was just a bit too long.

      • Shadram says:

        I agree with John! I love everything about it. Naysay all you want, it’s staying in my top ten (that’s all games, not just RPGs).

      • MSJ says:

        High-five, Walker. One of the most enjoyable bunch of characters I’ve found in a game. I just wish that your character’s personal story gets even more integrated with the main plot, which happens if you are a dwarf in Orzammar or a Noble in Redcliffe and Ferelden itself. I love being a dwarf commoner and rubbing my status in everyone’s face as soon as I returned underground.

      • Gira says:

        You blew it, Walker. Dragon Age is hilariously bad. It’s completely shallow and inconsistent as a game, and its writing (while not really relevant to its quality as an RPG, but certainly something you seem to care a lot about) makes Joss Whedon look like Balzac.

        I’m guessing you haven’t played (m)any RPGs made before 2000?

        • Toberoth says:

          Your comment is so condescending it seems to have given me a nose bleed.

      • gwathdring says:

        The things I disliked in Dragon Age, I’ve disliked about most RPGs. I think it did a really nice job adding its own elements to the standard sword-and-sorcery thing albeit too heavy with the Grim Dark additions. I read a lot of pulpy, crappy fantasy novels to supplement my diet of better books and I play a lot of games–comparing it to other media, I really didn’t think Dragon Age was particularly negligent in terms of character, setting, or plot. The overarching themes and story are pretty bland, but the individual stories told throughout the game can be genuinely interesting. If nothing else, I would select it was a finer specimen than most that came before it. You don’t have to agree. It was definitely an incredibly well polished game–the acting in particular was very well done.

        It’s not my favorite RPG ever, but it’s certainly high on my list. The trouble is, a lot of the RPGs I’ve played have a problem with empty mechanics. Leveling up, griding away, clicking away, chugging potions … the combat in these games often feels either too robotic and easy or too robotic and health-potion-dependent. I can’t really think of an RPG that really nails the first two letters and also has slick, interesting, tactical combat. In Dragon Age, I felt the skill trees were more interesting and playable than most I’ve encountered, but the whole system still suffered from genre-wide problems such as difficulty boiling down to damage figures and health bars rather than tactical hurdles. The few fights that actually tested my ability to construct a coherent party rather than quaff potions and spam all my high-damage abilities showed the system to have a good amount of flexibility underneath all the grind.

        Overall, it’s one of the better games in my collection. It’s certainly my favorite Bioware game. It’s far too long, loaded with all sorts of problems I bring up repeatedly in various pertinent discussions (most recently about over-use of combat in games), and it’s got plenty of cliches. But I enjoyed being a Grey Warden, I enjoyed my companions on the journey, and I took away some really solid story and gameplay experiences. Sadly, for more of the former than the later but that seems to be a problem with this whole computerized-D-n-D subset of the RPG genre.

        • gunny1993 says:

          I want to see someone have a crack at a Wheel of Time game, I reckon there could be some brilliant gameplay mechanics inside that if someone really tried with it.

          • Jams O'Donnell says:

            While not an RPG, there has been a Wheel of Time game, which was actually pretty good.

          • RakeShark says:

            “Press X to BLOOD AND ASHES”

          • Kaira- says:

            Ha, I had a strange recollection of the Wheel of Time game.

            Also, someone oughta do a new game out of The Death Gate Cycle.

          • gunny1993 says:

            WoT game …. how did i miss that lol, well my point still stands and now i have a new game to play so yay

          • gwathdring says:

            Similar tangent, someone’s making a Mistborn game in case that excites anyone else. I know very little about it at the moment. I’m not really sure it’ll work, but I’m hopeful they’ll surprise me.

            Also if you were excited at the mention of Mistborn and are into tabletop gaming, I’m rather fond of the Mistborn Adventure Game. It some lovely ideas in it. A little rough, but commendable nonetheless.

          • MrPyro says:

            Kaira-

            “Also, someone oughta do a new game out of The Death Gate Cycle.”

            YES

          • The Godzilla Hunter says:

            It can even have DA:O style relationships!

            *Nynaeve disapproves*

          • gunny1993 says:

            *Sniff*

        • wodin says:

          Well said, agree totally. I’m hoping Wasteland 2 will show the way as the game vision doc seems to point the right direction.

      • wodin says:

        I wouldn’t go that far. it was OK but I never finished it as it bored me silly in the end like most RPG’s.

      • kregg says:

        BAH! I’m being dumb. I thought it was the second one.

        I do feel foolish now :(

      • Namey says:

        I kind of miss when you were allowed to like DA:O without having a bunch of Bioware/EA haters jump on you. DA2 and ME3′s ending fiasco really did a number on the public image of the company, that’s for sure.

      • Jason Moyer says:

        I like both Dragon Age games a lot, but they’re also probably my least favorite games that Bioware has done. Then again, I’d also put the entire catalogs of Black Isle and Obsidian above anything Bioware has done if I were the ‘greatest X of X’ list-making sort. I mean, compare DAO to say, Mask Of The Betrayer, which takes the most generic fantasy setting of all time and manages to be as original and interesting as any RPG I’ve ever played.

      • Premium User Badge Wisq says:

        I was a fan of Baldur’s Gate and BG2, but DA:O just left me cold, and I could never get more than a little ways into it before getting bored and playing something else instead.

        Then, by the time I came back, I remembered nothing about my character and would start from scratch … and it would turn out I remembered more than I thought, and I’d get bored even faster.

        The dramatically reduced party size meant there was no room for duplicate roles. Did you make your character as a tank? Hope you don’t like Alistair then. A healer? Better ditch Wynne. (Or vice versa, if you didn’t pick one of those roles.)

        Most dialogue choices had approximately zero effect on anything. Often the dialogue was so generic that you could literally pick anything and the next line wouldn’t change one bit. I blame voice acting for this, and I was much more of a fan of the “voice only the most important lines” approach in prior games, or “only speak parts of lines” seen in some other games. It also meant your name was irrelevant, since it could never be featured in any dialogue, anywhere.

        Combat was a snoozefest most of the time, more of a chore than anything else. And once I had access to some of the mage spells that let me cast giant AoEs through walls, things got pretty ridiculously easy.

        As a programmer, I derived some enjoyment out of trying to come up with tactics scenarios to cover every contingency, but I was always annoyed that I had to control one character and thus disable their tactics AI. (I was the sort that enjoyed programming Rainbow Six attack plans and then going hands-off to see how well they could execute them on their own.)

        The party relationship system was one of the few things I think they were innovative with. The notion that you were no longer judged on an absolute scale, but rather, by your actions in the eyes of your party members — it’s about time someone did that, and I really didn’t expect it from Bioware. But then they nerfed it to irrelevancy by having only your present party members be affected, so if someone would be offended, you just removed them from the party. Excuse me? Like they’re never going to find out via some other means? Or by the fact that you always tell them “hey, could you go stand over there for a bit” before bad things happen? Classic case of letting you please everyone, all the time, so you don’t have to actually make any tough decisions.

        All in all, I was very unimpressed with DA:O. I feel like I should go back and play BG1/2 to determine if the problem is the game itself, or just that my taste in games has changed since then.

        • gwathdring says:

          I agree about the members at camp not being affected by your choices. It would have made sense for some small things, but not for the major decisions. It would have been relatively easy, too, to have some kind of a “global relationship effect” flag on certain events. It wouldn’t even have to pop up and tell you the effect on anyone not near by … you’d learn that the next time you walked into camp. Also, the gifts were downright silly. A lot of the special gifts made sense–the locket for Allister, the flower for Leliana, the mirror for Morrigan. For the less special gifts, I think they might have actually had a fictional place if they were less mechanical. Maybe they give a temporary +10 or +20 that refreshes when you next present a gift the character finds meaningful. If you get the relationship up to 100+ including the gift bonus, it simply rounds off to 100 and remembers where the gift bonus is and how much it has decayed in case the relationship drops (or it vanishes–either makes sense).

          It’s really easy to take all of the systems they have in place an reorganize them to prevent the silliness inherent in the game. Make it so you can’t gift-spam a relationship. Make it so you can’t avoid consequences by removing people from your party. Stop putting fancy armor in barrels and wolves.

          I also wish Bioware weren’t, across the board, allowing for inflexibly small parties in their games. There are not special missions where your party size increases (not that you can control, anyway), an there’s no respect for the very relationships and significances their characters inspire in players … this missions requires Wynne and the fact that you’ve ALWAYS fought alongside Allister, Leliana and Morrigan doesn’t matter. Or you’ve been introduced to a character and narrative logic dictates their presence which requires either breaking up your in-fiction vanguard, wrecking your mechanical balance, or both.

    • gosukiller says:

      You recall incorrectly. DA:O was widely considered a master-piece by both fans of old-school RPGs as well as people unfamiliar with the genre.

      It’s part of the reason why people lashed out at DA2 so much, since it cheapened the original (that’s actually hilariously on-topic).

      • Jimbo says:

        I wouldn’t say ‘widely’. Some people consider it a masterpiece. It was well-received though, sure.

        • woodsey says:

          Not to be a Metacritic Mandy, but it does measure a 9.1 on the conglomerate scale.

          Not that a high Metacritic score means something was good *cough* GTA IV *cough* but it does indicate that critically it was held in very high regard.

          • Jimbo says:

            If a 91 metacritic is a masterpiece there are a LOT of masterpieces. I mean, Mass Effect 3 has an 89 on PC, and the end of that is so bad that they’re having to have another go at it.

            To me the general consensus when talking about Origins always seemed to be ‘good’ rather than ‘masterpiece’. The mediocrity of DA2 certainly seemed to enhance the reputation of Origins however.

          • NathanH says:

            I could count only seven games released since Dragon Age with a matching or higher metacritic score, so it’s not like averages higher than 90 lurk around every corner.

      • kregg says:

        Indeed. I thought it was the second Dragon Age game. X(

    • gwathdring says:

      I’m curious, why do the Deep Roads meet such consistent ire? I certainly had issues with parts of the whole Orzammar quest circuit, but I don’t remember it being especially worse or more full of grinding than above-ground parts of the game. Now that I think about it though, a ridiculously large amount of my game-time took place down there … is that it? That it was too long? I’m wondering what the driving force behind this particular consensus is.

      • gunny1993 says:

        I dislike it because it is extremely bland, it’s just like they put no effort in at all. I wouldn’t expect people to make any kind of fantasy without borrowing from other titles, I mean that’s just impossible, but during the entire thing I was expecting someone to say “They dug too deep”

        • gwathdring says:

          Fair enough. I’m not quite feeling it, but I get you.

          • Premium User Badge jezcentral says:

            Everyone will have their own problems with it but, for me, the problems with the Deep Roads were two-fold. 1) The lack of interaction (very few NPCs to talk to) which meant all you could do was grind (I’m not a fan of fantasy combat, which is one area where DA2 was better) through the beasties. Also 2), you were trapped down there. If you decided you wanted to go back to somewhere else on the world map, it would take AGES to get back out.

          • gwathdring says:

            That’s a good point. The main reason I asked is because something in the back of my mind told be Orzammar wasn’t as good as the other areas, but I couldn’t put my finger on it. I think that’s why I liked it less, the feeling that I had to complete Orzammar, where everywhere else I’d been free to flit from region to region and I only stayed for the duration of a quest line when I was genuinely engrossed enough to follow through linked quests in rapid succession. Orzammar trapped me down there and it was a chore to be finished.

            That said, the caliber of the chore doesn’t bother me as much as it seemed to bother a lot of people. To each their own. Also, of all the areas to feel trapped in, that one sort of makes the most sense. If you actually DO clamber out to the surface to do things I can imagine it being a real pain. But for players who though “that’s a hassle, I guess I’ll finish” it does have a certain elegance in terms of mechanically reinforcing fictional ideas. You’re embroiled in Dwarven politics, miles into a dangerous mountain range, and deep underground. I can see why it bother people, especially from your explanation, but it also makes a sort of sense, doesn’t it? The grind is another issue that I feel pervades the entire game about equally.

    • Fwiffo says:

      …….well I liked Spore…

      • InternetBatman says:

        I liked Spore too. I had a bunch of fun in all the modes, particularly space and creature. They just needed to be more fleshed out.

  12. Premium User Badge RaveTurned says:

    An experiment, perhaps, to see if offering these games for lower prices can increase their sales (and get Origin onto more PCs). I’m part-way inclined to support this endeavour, except…

    It’s too late EA! Half of these games I’ve already bought on sale elsewhere, and the other half I never had any interest in in the first place. The bird is late, the worm is gone.

  13. Soulstrider says:

    EA confirmed to have the credibility of a political party.

  14. Bursar says:

    I’m going to suggest this is some EA internal corporate backstabbing at work, rather than any sort of PR cockup.

    Someone inside EA has done this deliberately so that David DeMartini looks stupid, thus undermining him. Either someone higher up that wants rid of him for personal reasons, someone on the same level who wants to get rid of a competitor or someone who reports to him that thinks he’s useless and wants his job.

    • frightlever says:

      Sounds cool. Pitch it to Starz.

    • LionsPhil says:

      It might also just be a plain old failure of internal communication.

      • stupid_mcgee says:

        Or that they noticed the outcry and derision over his remarks, and then they did a corporate about-face.

    • Jesus H. Christ says:

      or EA is a fucking huge corporation where not everyone knows everyone else and they all work in one office.

  15. redpanda says:

    are the origin games serial codes redeemable on steam? I would buy dragon age for that price, but I’m afraid that if it’s not on my steam list I would never remember I have bought it…

    • Johnny Lizard says:

      Even if the code isn’t redeemable you should be able to add it to your Steam list. I think.

      • redpanda says:

        yep, but that would suppose download and install it now, just to be able to add it … Yeah, It a lazy ass, I know.

      • alundra says:

        Yeah you can add anything to the non steam game list, steam just won’t maintain those as it does with game activated on the service.

    • MSJ says:

      None of the games are redeemable on Steam. Except if they are Steamworks, like Darksiders (mentioned up there).

    • Jesus H. Christ says:

      No it is not. EA games purchased on origin require origin.

  16. MD says:

    This reads so much like an advertorial. ‘Look at these outrageous savings! They promised us they wouldn’t do it, but they did! Madness!’

    (Note: This isn’t some sort of corruption allegation, just a “you’re sounding too much like the rest of the gaming press” allegation.)

    • John Walker says:

      Huh?

      I’m taking the piss out of the company for having contradicted themselves so profoundly, and so quickly. And yes, at the same time letting our readers know a bunch of games are available for a fiver.

      • MSJ says:

        And games being sold for a fiver is pretty much the only news you need.

      • MD says:

        I know, it’s just that you’re taking the piss out of the company by doing their advertising for them. I’m not even accusing you of being insincere really, because I think I know your style. This just set off my games-journalism-as-advertising radar. Probably wasn’t worth whinging about, but I thought I might as well share, and see if anyone else was getting the same vibe.

        • sinister agent says:

          What alternative are you proposing, exactly? “Hey, look, this company has done a silly thing! But we’re not going to tell you what.”

          • MD says:

            Not writing a news post about it at all. Or if you think the sale is worth sharing with the readers, writing a straightforward ‘here is a nice sale’ post (+ pointing out the irony if you want to), rather than a ‘cynical’ post that is completely undermined by the fact that it is also a big ol’ ad for the company. It’s really not a big deal, but I think part of me finds this sort of thing almost insulting. It’s like when The Simpsons takes a pot-shot at Fox, while simultaneously making millions of dollars for it.

          • Claidheamh says:

            @MD Isn’t what you just described exactly what this is?

      • Jesus H. Christ says:

        nothing wrong with Mr. Walker’s post. I got a good chuckle out of it.

      • RegisteredUser says:

        I wish you would have made more of a point out of the lie about the regular price.

        Like with even Amazon “electronics discounts”(I get recommendation letters on sales. It so happened one of the items supposedly on sale was a vacuum I had looked at and bought 2 weeks before. The price was 100% identical, the supposed %s in savings were from a made-up price they never had) or any supermarket with their suggested retail price, that shit is made up in order to make the bargain look bigger, when it really isn’t.

        Its a blatant attempt – that too often works – to lie to the consumer, i.e. us.

  17. Premium User Badge AmateurScience says:

    What they may have realised is that while sales ‘cheapen IP’ (they don’t IMO), what they also do is drive up your installed userbase, which for a new platform is probably (?) more important than actual profits.

    This is classic big company stuff too, I bet nobody at EA has a clue what’s happening in any other part of the business.

  18. Jnx says:

    Hah. Well I stopped expecting coherent behaviour from Origin after changing the language to english only to notice that about half of the program was now in english, and the other half was still in my native language. That’s a useful setting right there.

    • Dominic White says:

      A huge amount of stuff on Origin is keyed to your IP, which sucks. No matter what language setting you pick, you still get a lot of stuff in the wrong language.

  19. Optimaximal says:

    Did anyone else expect EA to have *raised* Burnout’s price to £5 hoping nobody would notice?

  20. derps says:

    “It’s a trap!” – Admiral Ackbar

  21. mr.ioes says:

    Funny how EA even lists the sales as “FloorPrice”. Talk about “cheapening” intellectual property.

  22. KauhuK says:

    I have quite different set of games on sale in origin here. ME3 for 25€ and same amount for Kingdoms of Amalur. Funny thing is that both of those games are on sale in gamestop for 20€.

  23. aguamoose says:

    The Internet; EA sell games at too high prices

    EA: Here are a selection of games for £5 each

    The Internet: EA sucks!!!!!

    • Dominic White says:

      Correction

      The Internet; EA sell games at too high prices
      EA: We know best! High prices are better! Valve’s sales are KILLING THEM.
      Internet: We know you’re talking bullshit. We’ll give you two weeks at best.
      EA: Here are a selection of games for £5 each. And it wasn’t even two weeks.
      The Internet: EA sucks!!!!!

      • MSJ says:

        I tried to read your comment, but I only can see something about games being sold for cheap.

        • hello_mr.Trout says:

          maybe you need to practise your reading skills then?

  24. Bobka says:

    Maybe the original PR gaffe was them testing the waters…? Or maybe it was an attempt to get the gaming press riled up, such that when the (long-planned) sale went live, everyone would be so outraged that they’d get tons of game journalists and bloggers reporting on it?

  25. MajorManiac says:

    I think everyone is being too harsh. EA just want to quickly make some spending money. So they’ll be ready for the Summer Steam Sale.

  26. Spectre-7 says:

    I’m thoroughly glad to see this. The idea of shunning low-price sales because they cheapen intellectual property strikes me as an idealistic consideration rather than a pragmatic one. That seems especially odd because I’ve always viewed Electronic Arts as a paragon of pragmatic thinking… and I’m an ex-employee, just for reference.

    As a PC gamer primarily at this point, I’m a huge fan of Steam and I believe their continuing success in the market is entirely due their commitment to customers, plus some intelligent decision making swayed by a strong urge to bash apart sacred cows. That being said, I also welcome competitors in the market if only because it will tend to push Valve to strive harder and search farther afield for good answers.

    And these promotions? Well, from my recent experience in selling digital goods, I fully believe they reinvigorate stale products while costing the producer nothing, so they’re a pragmatic win through and through. If you let an idea become an obstacle to real-world performance, you’re now a zealot rather than a salesman… and no one looks kindly on zealotry.

    So, kudos to EA for making a pragmatic decision. No matter what happens, the ultimate winner is us, the consumer.

    • Marijn says:

      “If you let an idea become an obstacle to real-world performance, you’re now a zealot rather than a salesman… and no one looks kindly on zealotry.”

      Ehm, I’d think that consumers nowadays look a lot more kindly on capitalism that’s tempered by ideology as opposed to profit-above-all corporatism. You know, because of the greed-induced financial crisis and all?

      Not that that has anything to do with your central point, it just amazes me that some people still think this way.

    • Premium User Badge FriendlyFire says:

      Valve has one thing no other large publisher has: it’s a privately-owned company. This means not having to answer to a board of directors who couldn’t give a shit about gaming or experiments and just want money. It means being able to forego traditional economics and not be tied to a stock market’s valuation of your business.

      You might say that Valve’s repeated success would mean they wouldn’t have problems with that, but the thing is, I’m not sure Valve would’ve been able to do the things they did in a public company (like say discounting games very heavily, just to see what happens, or putting out games for free, or making TF2 into a hat marketplace, or just generally doing wild and slightly mad things just to see what sticks).

    • Iliya Moroumetz says:

      Well said, good sir. Well said.

      If the consumers are happy, then it usually means that the company did something right and when that happens, things usually go better.

      Granted, it’s a simplistic view and things are rarely such, but I’d like to think that when both sides are happy, I don’t see the problem.

  27. Metaphorazine says:

    Looks like it’s not in whatever region they’ve decided Australia belongs to. They have a different deal, pre-order a game and get something from their back catalogue for $2. Oh well, at least I won’t be installing Origin any time soon.

  28. Moni says:

    I’ve been thinking, weren’t they giving way Burnout Paradise for free at some point?

  29. zapatapon says:

    They are learning, but they still have a long way to go before they do it right. Right now it feels like an half-assed attempt and an incoherent mess.

    The sale is not even advertised properly on their main page, you have to click on an inconspicuous box in the margin to get there (compare to how Steam’s sales are advertised)

    The “regular” price for DA:O is about twice of what in costs on Steam (I suppose in order to compensate for the sale, on regular days they are expensivening intellectual property?)

    Clicking on “localization settings” (I am in Germany but want my page in english, thanks) sends me to ea.com ??

    In other news, I have been told of a certain persistent rumor that their client is awful, but I can’t know for sure, since I have no incentive to try it out.

  30. Lemming says:

    Well done EA, only took you 4 years to drop Spore from full price.

  31. Premium User Badge wyrmsine says:

    Hey, it’s Spore! That’s the game that taught me to think twice before giving EA any money! What else do we have on sale… hmmm, for £5 I’d be tempted by Gotham City Impostors, but without bot support or mod tools, it still seems a waste of money.

    They don’t seem to want to sell some of these games too badly – I’ve tried checking out three of them so far and have only the text description to go by. No screenshots, no video. Weird.

  32. Drake Sigar says:

    Regular price £39.99? Origins is over 2 years old. Are they citing the original retail price to make it seem like they’d dropped the price far more than they actually have, or were they acting on a corporate wet dream that games should be full priced forever?

    It’s not even the Ultimate edition. ><

    • DPB says:

      I’m pretty sure that it was never that much at retail in the first place. I don’t remember any PC games in 2009 having an RRP that high, it’s only the last year or so that some of them have shot up. I know I got my copy for £25, which was discounted somewhat, but not by £15.

      • Drake Sigar says:

        Depends where you get em from. I think the maximum price was £34,99 in some supermarkets and certain gamestores, £30 in other gamestores, and £25 on Internet sites like Gameplay UK and Amazon.

        I did notice the PC version of Dragon Age was usually being sold to American users for the same price as the console, and as we all know the console charges £10 extra to feed Microsoft or Sony. But the PC is a free market, so… where was that extra £10 going? To this day I still don’t know.

    • Mana_Garmr says:

      The Irish, or possibly general European depending how they’re splitting it, version of the page lists DA:O as being €5 marked down from €19.99 so either the original price in the image is a mistake or you guys are really getting screwed on their prices.

  33. trjp says:

    EA have finally fucked themselves in the head – I’ve had Origin installed for a while, even bought a few games from there, but their own stupidity has finally undone them.

    They made me change my password, you see, and they forced me into some contrived fucking bullshit with 17 random characters, an umlaut and my entire genetic code. This password was duly entered into various games, including Shift 2 Unleashed.

    Now there’s no way on earth I was going to remember their stupid fucking password – but if I change it to something else, I will lose my Shift 2 Unleashed save (as it’s impossible to change the password in that game!!!)

    So fuck you EA – I have no way of logging into my account and thus no way to purchase games from you.

    It takes genuine talent to force your customers into not being able to use your service through sheer mind-numbing stupidity.

    I mean seriously – WTFF

    • stupid_mcgee says:

      Keepass! It’s saved me many a headache, and it’s often easier than actually typing in my credentials.

      KeePass is a free open source password manager, which helps you to manage your passwords in a secure way. You can put all your passwords in one database, which is locked with one master key or a key file. So you only have to remember one single master password or select the key file to unlock the whole database. The databases are encrypted using the best and most secure encryption algorithms currently known (AES and Twofish).
      http://keepass.info/

      • Hoaxfish says:

        What happens when the PC drive with your password manager on it breaks? some sort of work around for that?

        • Cooper says:

          You use your backup.

          Or are you one of those idiots who doesn’t back up irreplaceable data?

  34. gunny1993 says:

    Its a well know fact that EA is run by psychopaths, but even a psychopath can listen to thousands of people telling them that they are categorically wrong.

    • trjp says:

      No they can’t – that’s pretty much what makes them a psychopath…

    • Hoaxfish says:

      they’ve learnt not to listen to the voices in their head, do you think they’re going to listen to voices outside?

  35. Jimbo says:

    It’d be great if digital distributors could compete on price on release date, especially on first party titles. I still don’t get why they encourage me to go buy (a physical copy of) their games at a lower price from a third party, instead of just matching / beating that price themselves and getting 100% of it.

    As for this sale, I would happily recommend Hot Pursuit, Burnout Paradise, Dragon Age, The Saboteur, Mirror’s Edge and Arkham Asylum. Decent selection of games.

  36. Teronfel says:

    I don’t see the problem here.They just said they don’t like 75% discounts.So they went with 87% discount.

    Seems fine to me.

  37. RenderB says:

    Sadly they still get it wrong in so many other ways. Origin still forces a language based on your ip. The region I can half understand, but I dont want the french or german site just because I’m there at the moment. The site is a mess, and shopping in client offers no real usability benefits.

    I havent seen any discount on game+dlc, or a complete dlc pack if you already own the base game. (A ME2/DA2 pack for example?) Upgrades to digital deluxe editions? Or how about offering the older stuff for money rather than those points EA said they wanted to drop anyway.

  38. neolith says:

    I wouldn’t install Origin even if they’d pay me five bucks per game…

    • LionsPhil says:

      I’m holding out for a few thousand.

      • neolith says:

        A few thousand? That could work. For that much money I could buy another computer just to install Origin on it, soak it in kerosene, set it on fire and chant passages from the Necronomicon while the ashes cool down. I might even have a little cash left depending on how much an evil ancient book wrapped in human skin is these days on ebay.

        • LionsPhil says:

          I was thinking a VM, but as summoning circles go I suppose there’s quite a risk of the runes becoming scuffed.

  39. Johnny Lizard says:

    Annoyingly, the edition of Dragon Age with the expansion and DLC is not only not reduced, it’s actually still cheaper on Steam.

    • RegisteredUser says:

      The Ultimate Edition is 19 GBP with an actual physical copy being shipped free in quite a few UK online stores.
      Should be cheaper than steam.

  40. Premium User Badge wyrmsine says:

    Ignoring public statements and PR gaffes, I’m glad they’re putting some games on sale, and I’d like to encourage that behaviour. I just wish they had something I wanted to play that I hadn’t already bought at the same price ages ago. I bought Mirror’s Edge and Arkham Asylum for five dollars each, and that was in an actual store… about two years ago. Dead Space 2 is £7.50 on amazon, and it seems to be a physical copy and without Origin.

  41. Mana_Garmr says:

    Interestingly, in a twist on the standard 1:1 currency prices, all those games are on sale for €5 when I go to the site from Ireland.

    If only there was something there I wanted to buy so I could feel good about getting the better end of that for once.

  42. RakeShark says:

    American Origin prices are not 87.5% discounted. $25 down to $15 for DA:O.

    Actually, all I see is the “Origin: 1 Year Anniversary” thing. Last week was BF3 expansion face orgasm.

  43. Iain_1986 says:

    So let me get this straight…

    Everyone loves Steam sales, people announce on other sites the “build up” to a Steam summer or winter sale.

    People go on about how their wallet/bank account will be drained.

    EA do it and they are, to quote some of you “douchbagary”, “cheap whores”, copying/trying to “steal” away from Steams summer sales (HOW DARE THEY!), or generally acting “desperate”.

    Again, if you have issue over them being contradictory, fair enough. I’m not entirely sure on the major issue but ok, they said they wouldn’t, they did.

    But just complaining about them even having a sale for the sake of “EA can never do anything good” is just getting ridiculous. Everyone loves it when Steam do it.

    In fact. I seem to remember when EA said they wouldn’t have crazy sales, everyone commented with “Well EA won’t get my money then”, and “EA once again think they can dictate how much their products are worth” and similar comments. They now have a sale and its “How pathetic, EA go against their previous word we disagreed with”.

    Either you want sales, or you don’t. Which is it?

    • Drake Sigar says:

      I think the issue here is, if you’re going to do a sale, do it right.

      (There is a bit of unrelated moaning though)

      • Premium User Badge Malibu Stacey says:

        I think the issue here is actually “don’t be massive hypocrites”.

        It’s not like John spells it out in the article if any of you bother reading it before engaging your automatic knee jerk response.

        • derbefrier says:

          poor EA damned if you do damned if you don’t in the eyes of the internet

          EA: We think all these super cheap sales devalue games and in the long term may hurt the industry
          Internet: RABLE RABLE RABLE

          EA: nevermind we changed out minds here have some games really cheap!!
          Internet: RABLE RABLE RABLE

          I guess in the Internets mind people are not allowed to change their minds. all this bitching is just an example of how biased and one sided the internet hivemind is. I swear these guys could find a cure for cancer you angry internet fanboys would still find a reason to hate them.

          • Premium User Badge RobF says:

            They haven’t changed their mind. There was never anything to that comment beyond a desperate snipe at Steam and even then, it was presented with the vaguest most meaningless of reasons “devaluing IP”. Which means precisely nothing.

            And that’s totally worth calling them out on because corporate fuckwittery should be called out at all times. Especially when it hinges around misleading people about something.

    • RakeShark says:

      I’m still waiting on the mob vote of EA being a witch because either she looks like one, that she turned someone into a newt, or that she weighs the same as a duck. Either way, EA will still burn, because there’s nothing good on the tele.

    • Grape Flavor says:

      This is RPS, we hate everything, particularly video games.

      • neolith says:

        Everything? But I really love the smell of freshly mown grass in the summer. :(

        • RegisteredUser says:

          Since any true geek has allergies this reveals you as the undercover heretic you are.
          Begone, heathen!

    • Alexandros says:

      You really see no issue with a company denouncing game discounts and then doing the exact opposite just a few days later? What does that tell you about the company in general? Can you actually trust them with your money? Can you count on them to support your platform of choice without worrying that at some point they will give up on a whim and focus on consoles, or on Facebook or on whatever?

      I’ve said it before, I’ll say it again. The issue with EA as a platform holder is one of trust. It will take years of good behavior on their part in order to convince PC gamers to give them a chance.

      • Iain_1986 says:

        Trust them with my money?

        Last time I checked EA is not a bank.

        Once I buy something off them, its their money.

        • Chris D says:

          If only once you bought something off them it was your game.

        • alundra says:

          I’d swear there is a hint of sarcasm somewhere in that post, I can’t quite point the place though.

    • RegisteredUser says:

      Besides nobody wanting or liking EA, they are lying about the normal price level of DA:O for which 40 bucks is twice the amount for which the complete Ultimate Edition sells.

  44. Premium User Badge Rinox says:

    I laughed when they tried to sell their pathetic ‘deep discounts are bad for gaming, we’re above that’ excuse for selling games more expensive than other platforms. Now I laugh even harder when they break down only weeks later. Good times for corporate BS.

    You know something’s up when a company is trying to tell you that selling something to you at a higher price is actually better for you!

  45. Premium User Badge Skystrider says:

    They also give away two games for free on GOG today. That’s almost frightingly lovable. What in the world has gotten into them? O.o

    Still. Good going, EA. Heh. :-D

  46. MountAndGames says:

    Struggling to understand the hatred in these here comments… i know EA have made some cock-ups recently but underneath the mainstream activision following that’s tainted them in recent years, some of these discounted games are from a better time when EA made DA:O, ME2, Dead Space, Crysis and Mirror’s Edge to name a few.
    Much as i love portal, i owe valve nothing and refuse to join the valve cult that drives this site – steam has plenty of issues, and until i can play the steam games ive purchased every time i want without silly errors or offline issues, ill defend origin as a perfectly viable alternative. Ive NEVER been stopped from playing an origin game, internet connection or not. Ultimately, i couldnt give a rat’s arse about playing with friends, as ALL my real life friends use xbox’s and playstations.
    I just want to start up a game and play, and origin provides that quite nicely. If they start using sales and discounts as well then im sold, it’s the better service.

    • Premium User Badge Skystrider says:

      I agree with this sentiment. Origin is a fine service, and I have yet to have problems with it. I’ll still use GOG, Steam and Gamersgate as well, of course, but Origin ain’t bad. Neither is EA… at least not all the time.

    • Premium User Badge JB says:

      “the valve cult that drives this site”

      Really? I always thought it was a love of PC gaming that drove this site. Well, there you go.

      • zeroskill says:

        Considering Valve is a PC developer, and EA a console publisher, it makes sense.

        ” when EA made DA:O, ME2, Dead Space, Crysis and Mirror’s Edge to name a few.”

        EA made non of those games, DICE made Mirror’s Edge, DA:O and ME2 have been made by Bioware, Crysis by Crytek and Dead Space by Visceral Games.

        EA isn’t a developer, EA is a publisher. They dont “make” games.

    • DazedByTheHaze says:

      You EA-lovers just don’t get it right? The walls are closing in! The “steam-wall” follows most gamers since 10 years, step by step they close the gap and take away freedom. And we don’t care because we are walking forward anyway, not looking back. Now Blizzard is coming from the left, taking away more freedom from a lot of PC gamers, most are like “man get off my ass” but bow down and take it like a man.

      Now EA jumps in, all late to the party (10yrs fucking hell!) … “WOOTWOOT we want in!” … and blocking the way on the right hand.

      Now, with all directions covered by paywalls, all we can do is walk foward, like zombies. And you know what wall is waiting there to close in in the next 10 years? The end of anonymity on the web where we all gonna be fucked in all holes until we die.

      • Premium User Badge Malibu Stacey says:

        Well you’re just a bundle of rainbows and sunshine aren’t you.

  47. zeroskill says:

    I thought offering discounts on games devalues IP? What am I missing? I am confused.

    Oh wait I understand. You are so clever EA. Those are all games that are also available on Steam eh? While Origin exclusives have no sale at all. We afraid of the upcoming huge summer-sale, are we, eh EA. At least don’t give Valve the cut for the EA games they still have on Steam. Right right, classy.

    As far as I’m concerned, Valve should just kick all EA games out, get those rotten tomatos out of the system.

  48. Winged Nazgul says:

    This would be great except I’ve already bought all the EA games I wanted when they went on a deep Steam sale.

    Which is probably what the point of them playing catch-up now is.

  49. Jason Moyer says:

    So wait, one douche at EA making an idiotic statement about sales cheapening IPs or whatever = that’s EA’s corporate policy?

    • Lewie Procter says:

      David DeMartini is head of Origin.

      • Dominic White says:

        Yeah, he isn’t just some random PR jerk – he’s the head of the sodding company, and in less than two weeks he has made a major (and highly inflammatory) public statement about the future goals of his company, then completely contradicted that with his actions.

      • Jason Moyer says:

        Thanks for the clarification. Somehow I missed that detail in the previous article.

  50. cHeal says:

    I’ve been looking to buy Dragon Age for freaking ages!!!! YAY!!