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Titanfall on Origin: Not Much of a Deal Breaker

A few days ago Vince Zampella, CEO of Respawn Entertainment, stated over Twitter that the upcoming highly-anticipated science-fiction first-person shooter Titanfall, would be supported for the PC crowd on Origin. Since then the reception from some gamers has fallen short of stellar support, including at least one Twitter user whom asked Zampella the question which sparked the fools’ gold controversy indicating that Origin would be his deal breaker.

That seems rather foolish to ask at a start. Will a multiplayer game, developed for PC, and published by EA require Origin? Not being involved in the development of Titanfall, nor a representative in any stature for EA, I can assure you the answer is simply yes, these two and a half years after the release of Origin.

The question that does remain is the implication of the Twitter user that posed the question to Zampella.  Is Origin a deal breaker for Titanfall?

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Though Origin has proven thus far to be a poor software hub for video games on PC, especially when compared to Steam; it’s greater failures exist within the legalize of it’s end-user license agreement and the verbose about of invasive processes the program runs for data collection. However the data collection processes are not all bad, nor should be cause for alarm in regards to privacy; they collect data on crash reports, the hardware you and the rest of the Origin users use which is entirely necessary for developers to fix bugs that have persisted in a game or risen out of an update.

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The problems with Origin arise when you divulge into personal data collection and how that data is used by third parties associated with EA, typically advertising partners. Despite assuring users in the EULA and Privacy Policy that EA holds it’s third party advertising partners to a strict policy of leaving your personal data in a digital vault never to be opened, Origin users simultaneously agree to waive their right to sue EA personally or in class-action when they install the program. Though you can engage in arbitration to resolve disputes with EA, you can’t take them to court over Origin.

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Which leads to software, or in this case spyware. Of course, the processes ran on your system by Origin by no means rival that of the NSA; but wonder leads a mind in many interesting and commonly fallacious directions, especially on the internet where a keyboard and modem become a soap box. They aren’t tracking your email communications, they aren’t ripping text data from Skype, they don’t look for whatever you have on your hardware you seek to conceal unless it helps you cheat in a game; they just want to know how you interact with Origin. That is the extent of their spyware, most of which tracks and relays your behavior while interacting with Origin. How much time you spend in that menu, whether or not you leave the program running from start-up and in the background, if you only run Origin while you play the games you have access to via the content manager, what you purchase on it, how long you spend playing their games on it. Things of this nature, hardly Orwellian. In essence, they seek to study you ask a subject matter to fine tune the business or Origin.

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If any of that profusely bothers you or insults your sentimentalities as a PC gamer, then your time with EA titles on a computer has been eclipsed by a single piece of software. Regardless of gamers voices’ translating into a clacking fury of keystrokes, including an online petition to bring Titanfall to Steam; the voluminous text generated crying foul against this inevitability and vitriol spit by those biased against EA as an entity should note that their hopes, dreams, and opinions in regards to this matter will fall on nothing more than glazed eyes.

I am, in no ways, pleased to use Origin. However, deal breakers for games have also rested within the games for myself, not unnecessary software used to access them.  I played ample amounts of Grand Theft Auto IV, though I loathed to start-up the game having to first jump through the gatekeeping hoops of Games For Windows Live and the Rockstar Social Club, the pains and frustrations those two programs caused were immediately alleviated once I found myself in the skin and veins of Niko Bellic and Liberty City. For Titanfall, the game looks interesting combining a number of unique mechanics from many shooters into a single platform and that’s all I’m concerned about. Though I don’t have Origin installed currently, whenever I have to scratch my itch for Battlefield 3 I don’t fret over whatever Origin is going to through at my in the process, I fire it right up knowing all too tell that my junk email account for EA and Sony Station (which I never care to check) will be spammed, and I could care less.

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