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]

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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…

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

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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:

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Maxis insider: SimCity servers not necessary!

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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.

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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: 168.8.76.247 port: 8080) or enter the origin store by using this US/Canada link: http://store.origin.com/?ipr=ty You can pick…

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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…

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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."

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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…

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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…

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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”…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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