Remember the backlash from EA deciding not to release Battlefield 3 on Steam? By making this game an Origin-exclusive, EA seemingly pissed on true PC Gamers everywhere and ushered in a new era of oppression.
I’m kidding, of course.
There is no such era of oppression. This entire situation has been overblown to the point that I want to vomit whenever I hear people complaining about it. The reason I bring it back up, however, is that EA is set yet again to flip Steam the bird. They are releasing Mass Effect 3 with their Origin DRM (and on every online game distributor except Steam).
And before you call me contradictory, I am not. Steam is DRM as well (even though most people don’t think of it as such). It’s a great idea. But, unfortunaely, you can’t copyright a great idea. The idea that digital games not on Steam will fail is not simply fanboyish and arrogant, it’s just plain stupid.
Mass Effect is going to sell millions of copies regardless of what launches it in the system tray. EA doesn’t need Steam for this game to be successful, so why should they cater to Valve? It simply makes business sense. With the recent developer/publisher affinity for consoles, I would say be glad you are getting the game on PC at all.
TL;DR: Shut up already you fanboyish twits! This has the significance of a coyote farting in the desert.