Origin Introduces "On The House" - Get Games For Free

Discussion in 'GBAtemp & Scene News' started by Gahars, Mar 28, 2014.

  1. Gahars

    Gahars Bakayaro Banzai

    Aug 5, 2011
    United States
    New Jersey

    Where is your GabeN now?


    While maligned quite a bit at its launch (and rightfully so), EA's been doing a lot to spruce up their Steam-competing, dream-entreating, scream-defeating service recently, from the "Great Game Guarantee" to, well, this. I'm not the biggest fan of Origin or anything, but I appreciate the fact that EA's at least trying here, and hey, a little competition is a good for everyone.

    Their first offering is Dead Space, which is normally priced at $20, so if you have any interest in the overlap between death and space, well, you're in luck.
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  2. Foxi4

    Foxi4 On the hunt...

    pip Reporter
    Sep 13, 2009
    Gaming Grotto
    Well... there's only one way to beat a Steam Sale - give stuff away for free. ;O;
  3. Gahars

    Gahars Bakayaro Banzai

    Aug 5, 2011
    United States
    New Jersey

    At this rate, they're going to be paying us by 2016.

    And I'm perfectly okay with that.
  4. FAST6191

    FAST6191 Techromancer

    pip Reporter
    Nov 21, 2005
    United Kingdom
    Hmm, add the ability to resell the games I have purchased/legitimately obtained and we might be good.

    Either way though competition is good, hopefully something will go down in flames and amuse me in the process.
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  5. chavosaur

    chavosaur Austin Trujillo

    Mar 11, 2012
    United States
    Huntersville, NC
    Dead Space is a fantastic game, so If you havent played it, I suggest downloading Origin and playing it. I know the standard is usually to hate EA for everything and all that nonsense, but cmon. If youre a gamer, play games. Especially free amazing ones!
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  6. jonthedit

    jonthedit GBAtemp Advanced Maniac

    May 30, 2011

    Fixed Truth:

  7. Psionic Roshambo

    Psionic Roshambo GBAtemp Advanced Maniac

    Aug 12, 2011
    United States
    EA wont let me log into my origin account... lol

    But yeah as soon as I can get in, I will of course add it (if I don't have it already?) lol

    Edit: I hate having so many passwords... lol

    I got in and and I already have it :)
  8. Sicklyboy

    Sicklyboy ~I have crippling depression~

    Global Moderator
    Jul 15, 2009
    United States
    [̲̅$̲̅(̲̅ ͡° ͜ʖ ͡°̲̅)̲̅$̲̅]
    ... You've caught my attention, EA.
  9. loco365

    loco365 GBAtemp Guru

    Sep 1, 2010
    ...Did someone say free?
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  10. frogboy

    frogboy lacking both style and grace

    Dec 6, 2011
    United States
    So these Origin gaems are free...
    Freedom isn't free...
    Origin games freedom?

    Sorry EA, I win this round ;O;
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  11. stanleyopar2000

    stanleyopar2000 Dirty Weeb ( ͡° ͜ʖ ͡°)

    Jun 22, 2007
    United States
    probably doing the same thing GOG does every once in a while....While your grabbing your free game so quick and easily..why don't you spend your money on some other games that we have, that you can download quick and easy..did we say that it was quick and easy?
  12. Another World

    Another World Emulate the Planet!

    Former Staff
    Jan 3, 2008
    From Where???
    giving away free stuff is an excellent form of advertisement. especially on the internet where news is mirrored within minutes.

    -another world
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  13. Costello

    Costello Headmaster

    Oct 24, 2002
    regardless of what anyone says about privacy violations: FREE GAMES?!
    I'm not going to install Origin, but if I did, I would:
    - install Origin in a sandbox so they cant see the rest of my files
    - or install Origin in a virtual machine (not sure how well that would work with games though)
    - or install it on a dual-OS computer (multiboot), with partitions isolated from one another
    - or install it on a clean computer with nothing else on it (a PC dedicated to gaming)

    I'm sure there are ways of not being affected by their bullshit. And still enjoy free games
  14. ars25

    ars25 I like tacos and pie

    Oct 21, 2010
    United States
    the world that never was
    Downloading it right now hey its a free game.
    will delete it in a month after i pass it lol
  15. lampdemon

    lampdemon GBAtemp Regular

    Oct 28, 2013
    Where the land sea lions live.
    Does that make it legal to pirate the game while it is being offered for free?
  16. Costello

    Costello Headmaster

    Oct 24, 2002
    legal? definitely not...
    a little less morally questionable? perhaps so :ph34r:
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  17. TyBlood13

    TyBlood13 Weeaboo Trash

    Jul 1, 2012
    United States
    Alright fine EA, I'll reinstall Origin
  18. Steena

    Steena GBAtemp Advanced Fan

    Sep 13, 2009
    I really don't think so. They aren't doing this promotion to make people a favor or because they love them, they chose to do this because increasing the installbase of a digital platform, making more people install/use origin, will inevitably lead to more people buying a game in the future, statistically speaking.
    By bypassing the installation of origin you are damaging them as much as you would if you didn't pay money for a pay-to-play game: their end of the deal sees absolutely no gain out of it just the same.

    That being said, I'm personally a pirate and I'm not advocating against downloading the games illegally if someone wants to, just pointing out that this doesn't make it less questionable. When people look for excuses to pirate, or latch onto any possible reason to make themselves look less bad, it's pretty silly.
  19. Kwartel

    Kwartel The fairest in all the land

    Apr 11, 2009
    So what you are saying is that they're trying to lure potential costumers with free stuff? :O I DIDN'T KNOW THEY ARE A COMPANY!!

    Seriously, why do you think Steam has their sales? It's proven that it's a money generator.

    People need to get of their high horse about Valve vs. EA. Yeah, EA fucked up plenty of times and yes, Valve got a lot of things right, but they're still both big companies who are trying to make money. And there is nothing wrong about that.
  20. Ritsuki


    Mar 15, 2008
    Wait, what ? What's this thing about Origin and privacy violations ?
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