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Origin

6 years ago

April Cowers: Dead Space Free On Origin Until May

What is the most terrifying thing? I mean aside from spiders. And human nature. And that one episode of Buffy The Vampire Slayer. Yep, that's right: being forced to admit there is a legitimate reason to open Origin, to dig it out of your PC's sullen grave of a start menu and rack your brain to remember your password. But at least now you can…

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Titan Falls: Titanfall Error 503 Stops Players From Playing

Update: Servers now seem to be functioning again. Original story: If you're wondering why we don't have a review of Titanfall yet - or why, to their credit, so many of the write-ups out there don't yet have scores attached - it's because review events hosted by EA are a poor way of experiencing EA games. It's far more useful to wait for them to…

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Feature: The Origin of Star Citizen

Good Cause, Old Games: Wing Commander II

Presenting the second in an occasional series of features in which RPS writers scour their local charity shops for weird and wonderful/terrible PC games they’ve never played, then attempt to play them. This time it’s Origin’s 1991 space combat simulation Wing Commander II: Vengeance of the Kilrathi, found for £1 in a Mind shop in Hove. Better still, it was in a twin-pack with Ultima…

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Your Move, Steam: Origin Offers Full Refunds

Well now, here is something. If you go through every article we've ever written about EA's Origin service (because what else do you have to do on a beautiful, possibility-packed, er, Tuesday), you'll find that we've basically just written a series of pleas. "Come on, EA. Just do something - anything - worthwhile, interesting, or different with your proprietary ball-and-chain," our posts may as well…

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7 years ago

EA ‘Confident’ Origin Issues Won’t Plague Euro SimCity

In the words of RPS' totally unneeded, never sighted on a semi-regular basis error screen, SimCity's having a bit of a wobbly. Some people, however, haven't even been lucky enough to get into its now-infamous queues - let alone experience the majesty of realizing they might eventually get to play the videogame they purchased. So then, is this a preview of the hoops Europe gets…

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Lakes Boil: Ubisoft And EA To Sell Each Others Games

Everything is topsy-turvy. Up is left, down is blue. Ubisoft have just announced that they're to start selling third-party games on their online store, Uplay. (Which could mark the first time anyone has ever looked at the online store, Uplay.) And even more peculiar, they're also going to start selling their own games via EA's Origin download service. Do words and numbers even have meaning…

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Play4Free Is No More: EA Debuts Origin Free To Play

If you have anything even vaguely resembling a working knowledge of the English language, you'll probably agree that Play4Free - EA's diabolical label for its gaggle of free-to-play offerings - was painful, difficult to look upon, and probably responsible for the deaths of millions. But now, on this happiest of days, EA's kicking it to the curb in favor of Origin Free to Play, a…

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Origin Accounts Hacked – Maybe Change Your Password

Uh-oh. Eurogamer are reporting that a number of people have woken up this morning to find that their EA Origin account has been hacked. Receiving emails telling them that changes have successfully been made, recipients are not too delighted since they never asked for any. And then of course getting control of their accounts back again is a great big palava. It's even happened to…

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EA’s Origin Leaves The Doors Unlocked, Looting Ensues

As spotted by Kotaku, this weekend EA's Origin had a sudden burst of not quite intentional generosity. As a thank you for completing a survey, a few customers were sent a voucher for $20 for the digital store, allowing them to download a free game. Except, well, EA forgot to make that code a one-time only thing. Can you guess what happened next?

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Et Tu, Uplay? – Ubisoft Relaunches Its PC Store

The digital distribution plot thickens. In the beginning, there was Steam, and it was... not great. But it slowly trended upward in its tiny virtual vacuum until it expanded into the empire we all know and mostly love today. And people noticed. So along came Origin, with its EA stamp of approval and not much else - though slow progress has seen it take a…

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Errrr: Origin’s “Landmark” 9.0 Update

Let me begin this by noting that, in actuality, EA's at least been paying solid attention to Origin lately. Lending a helping hand to crowd-funded games taking their wobbly first steps was a smart idea, and putting out a big call for input from users is a much appreciated gesture - assuming, of course, that EA actually takes resulting criticisms to heart. That said, Origin…

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Feature: A License That's Brill

Crikey: EU Rules You Can Resell Downloaded Games

Well here's some pretty huge news. The Court Of Justice of the European Union has just ruled that people should be able to resell downloaded games. In an environment where publishers are trying to destroy basic consumer rights like the ability to resell physical products you've paid for, this could be one heck of a turnaround for customers. And that's no matter what it might…

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Origin Offering Deep Discounts On Many Games… Er?

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…

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8 years ago

Feature:

Hmm: EA On Steam/Origin Mega-Sales

Having been doing an awful lot of dev interviews for this site and others over the last couple of years, I've become increasingly wary of the out of context quote. Not because I believe they're inaccurate (at least, not usually), because if you say something you should damn well be prepared to stand by it, but because picking out key words or phrases creates a…

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Origin Sets Up Stall For Crowd-Funded Games

EA understand indie games, they really do, that’s why they have their very own indie bundle. They also understand crowd-funding, or at least they understand that it’s becoming a force that they must reckon with, one way or another. This could go one of two ways. Either Kickstarter HQ is about to be breached by corporate assault drones, or all the profits from FIFA 13…

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EA Wants To Know What You Think About Origin

I held out on using Origin until Mass Effect 3. I was immediately struck by the fact that there were precisely two tabs: "my games" and, of course, "store." Even more striking, however, was the fact that EA's little wallet-ruffling engine that could, well, couldn't. Each time I tried to purchase ME3, I got booted by an incredibly vague error message. Eventually, I let out…

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Ban-Ish: EA Games Now Playable Offline When Banned

So this is interesting. After we've hounded EA for over a year about their bans preventing players from accessing single-player games, and after a year of receiving peculiarly ambiguous statements, and promises to fix things in time periods that now gather dust, EA has finally (a full year since we first raised the issue with them) partly fixed this issue. Partly. Being banned multiplayer violations…

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The Witcher II To Land On Origin

I'm fairly ignorant of what's on EA's Origin, which I currently think of as a Battlefield 3 launcher. But even I can't wilfully avoid the news of more new publishers dropping games onto the digital distribution service. Not when it's the likes of Paradox, Trion Worlds, and CD Projekt.

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Battlefield 3 Physical Warfare Is Non-Physical

Because it's a download. I mean I guess maybe that is still physical in some sense. It is a configuration of atoms on hard-drives... This is a rubbish line of thinking. Look over there, a free thing! It's out and free, says Battlefieldblog. It's new guns, as trailered below. So are you Battlefield 3 purchasers still playing Battlefield 3? Or has the lustre worn off?

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Feature: A Forum For Debate

EA’s Unwieldy Banhammer: EA Responds

For the last week I've been sending quite a few emails to various people within EA, trying to get to the bottom of why gamers receiving forum bans are finding they do not have access to their Origin online gaming. My goal has been to get a clear understanding of their current policy on the matter, since the company's actions don't appear to match the…

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