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EA to go 100% Digital, Calls NPD 'Irrelevant'

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You mean PC gaming isn't dead?! This guy doesn't know what hes talking about. Everyone knows PC gaming is dead. Just look at brick and mortar sales!
 

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Wished EA would take my BF2 complete edition key! Shame the want me to buy it again.
 
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EA is "Irrelevant" to me. Really starting to wish they as a company would just burn to the ground... maybe the smart employees will move on to better ones.
 

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Wished EA would take my BF2 complete edition key! Shame the want me to buy it again.
Do they actually want that or have you talked to them? Because some companies (at least Microsoft) can give you new keys.

EDIT: But this makes a lot of sense these days. I think I kinda agree with everything he said. And he didn't say they're giving up physical media from now on but that is what it will be some day.
 
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EA is "Irrelevant" to me. Really starting to wish they as a company would just burn to the ground... maybe the smart employees will move on to better ones.
QQing: If its in the forum, its in the forum.

Really why do you hate EA man? Why?
 
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"...our only measure of tracking sales numbers is through NPD, which tracks retail sales but has lagged behind on reporting digital numbers."


Just as I feared, EA is looking to go 100% digital sooner than we all may think if they are already claiming current physical copy sales stats are irrelevant.
 
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You mean PC gaming isn't dead?! This guy doesn't know what hes talking about. Everyone knows PC gaming is dead. Just look at brick and mortar sales!
Not sure if this is sarcasm.
 
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EA was just voted again worst company! ...
 
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"...our only measure of tracking sales numbers is through NPD, which tracks retail sales but has lagged behind on reporting digital numbers."


Just as I feared, EA is looking to go 100% digital sooner than we all may think if they are already claiming current physical copy sales stats are irrelevant.
But read this:

While NPD defends its retail figures as valuable, it seems to understand the changing tide. The company announced last year that it would be moving into digital tracking as well. In the same breath, however, it pointed out that it needs digital retailers to open their doors to the tracking firm to have accurate figures.
And

"I think one of the problems with this industry right now is that people tend to look at it like they're looking at an elephant through a straw," he told GI.biz. "They only see a little parts of it and they're not looking at the total picture, right? Between Facebook, social, mobile, free to play on PC, Asia, consoles... it's a vibrant, growing, huge market. An occasional bad report from NPD, which measures a sliver of what's actually happening in gaming gives people an erroneous impression."
I mean the man has a point.

And he still didn't say they're doing the move TOMORROW or even the next week, but it is coming. And others will do it as well, it's how the world is nowadays. On the other side of the spectrum we have the folks at Double Fine that will have proper boxes and manuals and stuff like that (and it will be interesting to see if that will have an impact on the industry as a whole later on when the games actually arrive), but on the whole it's the new age. Welcome to the future.
 

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uh...

EA to go 100% Digital
were they releasing their games on vinyl before this?
 
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It's about damn time already we stop polluting the earth with useless disks and boxes made of plastic.
 

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Origin is rubbish. I'd buy more games if it wasn't such a massive piece of crap. But because of that i've bought just NFS and even that was from retail and BF3 which arrived the same way. I've bought all the rest from GOG and Steam instead.
 

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Origin is rubbish. I'd buy more games if it wasn't such a massive piece of crap. But because of that i've bought just NFS and even that was from retail and BF3 which arrived the same way. I've bought all the rest from GOG and Steam instead.
whats wrong with Origin steam fanboy? THey are the same damn thing with a different interface.
 
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It's about damn time already we stop polluting the earth with useless disks and boxes made of plastic.
Requires being shipped around too. Including driving to the store and back.

And I would not call Steam and Origin "the same thing" overall, hell it's still a work in progress and not from Valve which is a pretty unique and great company and developer/publisher, but it doesn't deserve hate just because it's from EA and has always worked fine for me.
 
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Oh that is pure ***** from EA! Blizzard, Ubisoft and Sony Entertainment (PS3 / Vita) is already ahead of Digital Download AGE!

This is LOL...
 
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does anybody even care?
 
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whats wrong with Origin steam fanboy? THey are the same damn thing with a different interface.
Sorry but that's not the same, not even by billion miles.

1. Steam is very easy to re-install after system format by having it on non-system partition, Origin needs bunch of fiddling with path settings because it stores parts of itself in user profile (which goes bye bye when formatting)

2. Steam has better view options, better sorting options and favorites

3. Most of my online buddies are already on Steam, getting them on Origin is Mission Impossible

4. Steam has trey controls and recently played list, Origin has none of it

5. Steam Store is way better organized and more friendly to spend my euros

6. VAC that also comes in non-Valve games

7. Much more secure login and security checks

And there is probably more stuff that i don't remember right now...
 

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whats wrong with Origin steam fanboy? THey are the same damn thing with a different interface.
You hit the nail on the head, the difference is interface, by miles.