Origin lets you download games you bought on Steam for no extra cost
You would think for a service that I generally think is pretty mediocre that I wouldn’t write about it so much, but EA keeps doing interesting things with it and so Origin keeps rearing its ugly head.
Recently the service has begun activating products that you’ve already bought through Steam on their Origin service. That deserves a big “say what?“.
That’s right, if you’ve bought Dead Space 2 as well as other Origin-offered games on Steam in the past, the Origin service will automatically detect these titles and make them available for download in Origin. I like to call this move the Jedi Mind Trick in business: you don’t want to download stuff on Origin? WELL YOU ALREADY DID!
How EA is doing this sounds a little sketchy, but it appears to only be sending back lists of games you already have installed on your PC to the Origin servers. They aren’t spying on you or anything…right? I’ll just assume I don’t want to know the answer.
So I think this Origin thing isn’t going away soon as far as I can tell. EA is pretty entrenched. Typically I see this sort of “product activism” at the beginning stages and then watch as interest from the company quickly fizzles out. But not for Origin, EA has made a commitement and let’s face it: if they dropped the requirement for the service today, nobody would use it. Everyone would go back to Steam and we would probably forget Origin was even a thing.
Little do we remember that Steam was in the exact same position many years ago and we too hated its guts for years.