When EA launched its Origin service in June 2011, it seemed like the closest thing to real competition that Valve’s Steam platform had ever seen. The publisher had the money and influence to fill Origin with tons of highly sought-after downloadable PC titles, and his vast experience in online gaming virtually guaranteed that Origin would bring community support features to the table. the cutting edge of technology.
Sadly, Origin has long been criticized for its oppressive and draconian ban system. For almost an entire year, anyone banned from any facet of the service (whether it was for cheating in an online multiplayer title or on the Origin forums for saying something untoward to the wrong person) has given its ability to access Origin titles completely revoked. and yes, that includes offline games which shouldn’t even need Origin connectivity to function properly.
As Gaming Blend highlights however, that has now changed. EA has updated service to allow banned players to access their content offline. “If you end up with a deactivated account, please note that you can still play EA games in single player mode,” says Origin’s revised terms of service. “For PC games, you’ll need to turn on Origin’s offline mode to play games with a disabled account. Go to the settings tab in Origin (the gear icon) and select Go Offline.
Obviously, those who are banned from online titles for cheating will remain excluded from the populations of these games.
This is definitely good news, but as Gaming Blend also points out, Origin is still far from perfect. Leave your account inactive for two years and EA is free to delete all of your items. Besides, even when you’re in the good graces of the company, Origin’s software can and will monitor your computer (although EA claims it’s just to prevent cheating and hacking) .
Whatever the reason, it seems unlikely that Origin will dethrone Steam anytime soon, if only because gamers savvy enough to rely on such services are notoriously quick to anger over privacy concerns. and virtual ownership. Additionally, Origin lacks anything that can compete with the addicting (and free) gameplay of Team Fortress 2.