Poll Time: Should Steam allow refunds?

Quick and very important question since EA is now allowing refunds on Origin. Why wouldn’t Valve do that? Come on dudes, I know you’re reading this! [fusion_builder_container hundred_percent="yes" overflow="visible"][fusion_builder_row][fusion_builder_column type="1_1" background_position="left top" background_color="" border_size="" border_color="" border_style="solid" spacing="yes" background_image="" background_repeat="no-repeat" padding="" margin_top="0px" margin_bottom="0px" class="" id="" animation_type="" animation_speed="0.3" animation_direction="left" hide_on_mobile="no" center_content="no" min_height="none"][/fusion_builder_column][/fusion_builder_row][/fusion_builder_container]


What we all like to see on Steam, EA-Origin just got: REFUNDS!

  TL:DR From today on Origin give the Great Game Guarantee: You may return EA full game downloads (PC or Mac) purchased on Origin for a full refund. It probably happened to all of us, we bought a game just to regret it later. Maybe the game, what is nowadays all too common is bugged beyond reason, your video card can't keep up or it's just a bad game. In ancient times when people bought games in retail stores they could probably return it. However in modern times, with digital sales taking raising shares, not so easily done. Today in EA's latest attempt to buddy-buddy gamers worldwide to their Origin service offers a 100% guarantee refund! It works like this and I just quote EA on this: Origin Great Game Guarantee: You may return EA full game downloads (PC or Mac) purchased on Origin for a full refund--within 24 hours after you first launch the game, within seven days from when you purchased it, or within the first seven days after the game's release date if you pre-ordered it (whichever of these conditions happens first). Requesting a refund is quick and easy. Just visit your order history and click the…


Maxis (kinda) admits servers are not needed for individual cities

So yesterday Maxis general manager Lucy Bredshaw made a blog post. I guess she had to answer to all the new information that popped up lately

So, could we have built a subset offline mode? Yes. But we rejected that idea because it didn’t fit with our vision. We did not focus on the “single city in isolation” that we have delivered in past SimCities. We recognize that there are fans – people who love the original SimCity – who want that. But we’re also hearing from thousands of people who are playing across regions, trading, communicating and loving the Always-Connected functionality. The SimCity we delivered captures the magic of its heritage but catches up with ever-improving technology.

Ok, so they don’t care about their long-time fans… That’s cool though, cause they thought of the people who love always always DRM instead. That’s nice :)
And also, there’s apparently tons of advantages with always-online DRM, compared to offer both a social online experience and a solid single player experience. She names just a few in her blog post:



Maxis insider: SimCity servers not necessary!

As you all know SimCity have suffered massive server issues since launch.
While players have been begging for an offline mode, EA representatives have been abundantly clear that this simply isn’t possible. Maxis’ studio head, Lucy Bradshaw, has told both Polygon and Kotaku that they “offload a significant amount of the calculations to our servers”, and that it would take “a significant amount of engineering work from our team to rewrite the game” for single player.

A SimCity developer has got in touch with RPS to tell them that at least the first of these statements is not true. He claimed that the server is not handling calculations for non-social aspects of running the game, and that engineering a single-player mode would require minimal effort.



Origin rejects payments in South America and Africa

Hey guys, couple of people contacted us about this and we decided to post about it asap. As you all realize Origin is having a Battlefield 3 sale right now on their store page. But if you’re from South America or Africa you’re out of luck. It seems that Electronic Arts for some reason decided to block payments from those areas which is not cool. If you have friends over there just gift them those games somehow! More info about the problem available on EA forums. If anyone from Origin is reading this – you guys should fix this right away, it’s not cool having a big sale and cross off couple millions of people. Cheers.


Origin: The Sims 3 for 10€

Since we do have some girls around here, and this seems like a girly game (oh just please don’t hate me for that, I doubt most of the girls play COD or something), here’s a deal for The Sims 3. Origin is having a special one day sale for the game because of it’s 13th birthday. You can get it for 10€, well a little bit more or less depending on regions. Since I’m still not sure how to link properly to the games on Origin here’s a link to the sale page I see right now from my area.


Reminder: Plants VS Zombies for free!

It turned out that the Plants vs Zombies: Stop Zombie Mouth giveaway we posted about some time ago is limited to USA only however I just tried to redeem the free game and it works: Here’s what you need to do: Go to the site by using this proxy site: proxymad.com - use this link on it https://shop.popcap.com/zombiemouth/redeem After you give them your e-mail and all use this code to get the game: PEAH8R You will receive a link to the installer and your personal code to activate the game. The code you receive is NOT compatible with Steam.


EA Games loses thousands of dollars

EA Games has lost a whole lot of money after one of its last coupon campaign. Origin recently issued a coupon which wasn’t properly planned out – hence causing thousands of gamers and pirates at Reddit get away with a free downloading frenzy. How did this happen? It just happens that EA recently released a coupon worth of $20 to people who took a special survey for the company. This coupon was supposed to expire on October 21, 2012 but somehow things didn’t go as they were planned out. Last weekend when Electronic Arts released this coupon, a downloading spree was initiated throughout the world. The $20 software coupon code for EA games made its way to Reddit. Probably, someone believing in the age old ‘Sharing is Caring’ spirit, shared it at Reddit. That’s how people started downloading all kinds of games that were underneath the $20 price tag. What made this issue more beneficial to freeloaders was the fact that the same coupon could be used a number of times by the same user. Therefore, hundreds of copies of Mass Effect 1, Dragon Age 2, World in Flames and FIFA Soccer 2012 were forcefully downloaded. Other than the previously…


Get any $20 game on Origin… for free!

  Use this code: OS3874XVC I posted about this on our Twitter yesterday and since I think it still works I'm posting it here. To get any $20 game on Origin completly for free. If you are from outside of USA or Canada you need to use proxy (this one works 100%: ip: port: 8080) or enter the origin store by using this US/Canada link: http://store.origin.com/?ipr=ty You can pick any of these games: Dead Space Dead Space 2 Dragon Age: Origins Dragon Age: Awakening Dragon Age II Crysis Crysis Warhead NFS Shift NFS Hot Pursuit NFS Undercover NFS Shift 2 Unleashed NFS World ($20 speed boost credit included) Medal of Honor Littilest Pet Shop Burnout Paradise the Ultimate Box MySims Command & Conquer 4 Tiberian Twilight Command & Conquer 3 Command & Conquer: Red Alert 3 Command & Conquer: Red Alert 3 - Uprising Mass Effect 1 Mass Effect 2 Battlefield 2 Complete Collection Battlefield 2142 Deluxe Edition Battlefield Bad Company 2 Battlefield Bad Company 2 Vietnam DLC Battlefield Bad Company 2 SPECACT Kit Upgrades FIFA Soccer 12 Tiger Woods PGA Tour 12 Sim City 4 SimCity Societies SimCity Societies: Destinations Mirror's Edge Mirror's Edge DLC Mercenaries 2: World…


EA wants to buy Valve for $1 000 000 000

  Electronic Arts has reportedly been making a play to purchase Half-Life and Portal studio Valve. The New York Times reports that EA has sought to purchase the firm for years, valuing the company at well over $1 billion. Valve isn't likely to sell to anyone anytime soon. According to "people with knowledge of the discussion," the talks did not progress far. Valve's finances are private, but a Forbes report from March estimated the firm's value at $3 billion, with cofounder Gabe Newell's personal net worth believed to be about $1.5 billion. Despite the billion dollar offer, Newell said Valve would prefer to "disintegrate" than ever sell out. “It’s way more likely we would head in that direction than say, ‘Let’s find some giant company that wants to cash us out and wait two or three years to have our employment agreements terminate,’" he said. EA is no stranger to big buyouts. The company purchased Plants vs. Zombies and Bejeweled studio PopCap last year for $650 million in cash, with an additional $550 on the table for staffers as bonuses provided certain performance benchmarks are hit. [fusion_builder_container hundred_percent="yes" overflow="visible"][fusion_builder_row][fusion_builder_column type="1_1" background_position="left top" background_color="" border_size="" border_color="" border_style="solid" spacing="yes" background_image="" background_repeat="no-repeat" padding=""…


Valve counters EA’s Steam sales "cheapen intellectual property" accusation

"If we thought having a 75 per cent sale on Portal 2 would cheapen Portal 2, we wouldn’t do it." Valve has countered EA’s accusation that Steam sales "cheapen" intellectual property, saying they in fact benefit games, publishers and gamers.

Last month EA’s David DeMartini, who runs rival digital platform Origin, said Steam sales, which often see discounts of up to 75 per cent, "cheapen intellectual property".

Vowing not to copy Steam’s popular 75 per cent off sales, DeMartini said: "The game makers work incredibly hard to make this intellectual property, and we’re not trying to be Target. We’re trying to be Nordstrom."

But when Eurogamer put this accusation to Valve business development chief Jason Holtman at the Develop conference in Brighton today, he said the opposite was true.

"Ask our partners," he said. "Ask the large to the small and see what they think about that. Putting it all in the bucket of, it’s all about the discounts, I don’t think that’s everything about it. "Discounts serve a lot of functions. Highlighting serves a lot of functions. The qualities of the games serve a lot of functions. Everything we’ve seen, PC games and IP and all those franchises are more valuable today than they were four or five years ago. "If this were all about a cheapening and somehow lessening the money out there or somehow customers don’t want to pay any more, they think everything should be like a used car lot – sticker price is not the real price – you’d feel that and you’d get real reinforcement of that. We don’t see any of that. We see people buying a lot and enjoying it and playing a lot.

"Discounting is one small function of what we do. It’s one small function of our market and our store. It certainly doesn’t seem to be anything that cheapens IP.

"We do it with our own games. If we thought having a 75 per cent sale on Portal 2 would cheapen Portal 2, we wouldn’t do it. We know there are all kinds of ways customers consume things, get value, come back, build franchises. We think lots of those things strengthen it."



The Secret World won’t be coming to Steam, subscription fee priced badly in Europe (especially UK)

Hey guys, after all that Diablo 3 fiasco (really, really stupid game, broken core, items, drop system etc) I was looking for something cool and brand new to play with. I stumbled upon The Secret World (coming out very soon, sometime in July I think) – MMORPG from developer Funcom (makers of Anarchy Online and Age of Conan: Hyborian Adventures). The game will feature an original setting, with contemporary elements as well as magic, myths, conspiracies and dark horrors. There are no aliens or sci-fi elements in it. So… I decided to ask a few question to the game’s support crew. I’ve basically asked what we all want to know: is it coming to Steam and what are the prices (if any) for the monthly subscription fee (there’s no info on Origin or the net, at least I didn’t find it). Here’s what they sent me: So basically I replied with: I know I know, there is VAT in Europe but look at UK pricing, what the fuck? I will post if I get anything from them. Update: Apparently they changed the UK pricing after all (it’s £11.49 which is $17.94 now according to Google - still overpriced…): Source: Official…


EA Origin: ‘Our aim is to be a better version of Steam’

EA says it wants its Origin download platform to be a better version of all the other portals on the market. The firm’s senior VP of global ecommerce David DeMartini has also responded to Valve and Steam boss Gabe Newell’s criticism that Origin has yet to do anything ‘super-well’ – adding that he is delighted that the platform is now ‘part of the conversation.’ “If MySpace had stayed the one answer in social networking and no one switched to Facebook, then we’d all be stuck on MySpace right now and we wouldn’t have had the Facebook phenomenon,” he told MCV. “There are better mousetraps that ultimately get built out of this innovation and the only way you get to the innovation is to have other people try and do a better version of what someone has previously done. And that’s what we’re attempting to do on Origin. “Gabe was quick to point out in the first time he ever spoke about Origin publicly that he didn’t think we’d achieved that yet. I would agree with that – we’re on a path of constant improvement. I didn’t expect to be able to out-feature Steam within the first 12 months. But I’m…


EA invites you to give feedback on Origin

  EA have put up a blog entry called, “Continuing the Origin Conversation”, or, “Please tell us what we’re doing wrong.” The post invites users to comment on their favourite Origin feature, as well as features they’d like to see added in the future. The post has already attracted over 300 comments, from, “I would like a clock on the overlay so I can check the time easier while playing” to “Please add a feature to purchase and play EA games through Steam.” A live question-and-answer follow-up with Origin’s head honches Robert Kissinger and Mike Lewis will take place on Tuesday. Valve co-founder Gabe Newell has previously voiced concerns about Origin, saying, “I don’t think they’re doing anything super well yet,” but going on to say that they’re “recognising what the challenges are” and “playing catch up.” He also reiterated that Valve is keen to have EA games back on their Steam digital distribution service. Origin has attracted a lot of people last year with BF3 release and few others this year, they are also trying to improve their service everyday. They’re also keenly interested in PC gaming, as evidenced by their Indie Bundle. Source: PC Gamer


EA to disable purchased copies of Rock Band on iOS

While the recent news about the DLC outage finally ending for all users, it looks like another form of Rock Band may be coming to a more permanent end in the near future. Rock Band iOS app will “no longer be playable” after May 31st, according to an in-game pop up message when loading the app (see below). Despite the impending fate of the app, there are no indications that a similar situation will be occurring with the more recent Rock Band Reloaded app. They probably ran out of licensing time for some of the songs and had to disabled the app. This sucks hard though. Source: reddit Update: WTF?


EA voted Worst Company in America For 2012

“Whether it's on a console, a PC, a smartphone or tablet, hundreds of millions of people play video games every day. Yet most mainstream media covers the industry the same way it treats adult dodge ball leagues and cat fashion shows (both noble ventures, but neither of them multi-billion dollar industries). And the only time you hear legislators discuss video games is when some politician decries them as the death knell for all things righteous in the world (hint: they're not). Now, after years of being ignored and relegated to steerage, game-players have voted to send a message to Electronic Arts and the gaming business as a whole: Stop treating your loyal customers like crap. After more than 250,000 votes, Consumerist readers ultimately decided that the type of greed exhibited by EA, which is supposed to be making the world a more fun place, is worse than Bank of America's avarice, which some would argue is the entire point of operating a bank. To those who might sneer at something as "non-essential" as a video game company winning the Worst Company In America vote: It's that exact kind of attitude that allows people to ignore the complaints as companies like…


Burnout Paradise for free, if you live in the UK

People at HotUkDeals have figured out how to get Burnout Paradise for free via EA’s Origin service – in the UK, at least. Open the Origin client, do a search for Burnout Paradise, add it to your basket, check out and then enter the word “PARADISE” (in caps) as the Promo Code. It’s worth noting that if you choose to pay by PayPal you won’t have to enter any credit card details during the checkout process. We have no idea how long the offer will last, so get it while it’s hot! Update: @Cocodwor: Works in France too and apparently some other european countries Source: PC Gamer


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