Reason #1 I really stopped liking EA.http://i.imgur.com/2UsWD.jpg
No, it wasn't some reaction to over-zealous DRM. No, it's not the latest "I hate their Steam ripoff for snooping on me!" reaction. No, it's not even their tendency to buy up companies, gut them completely, remove everything about them that made them interesting and then trot out the remains over and over to milk as much cash out of them as they could...
Oh, no, wait. It was the last thing. They could
have kept Origin around as a RPG developer, concentrating on developed, interactive worlds. Instead, they mismanaged the hell out of it and made Ultima 8 and 9. Then closed house on it.
And then made a Steam rip-off using the name while also using the Ultima name to make a shitty browser game.
And no, this isn't the only company they did that to, but given the recent uproar over Mass Effect 3 and Dragon Age 2, one has to wonder if they're repeating the mismanagement all over again.
Yeah, Origin probably did have internal problems that needed sorting by "Proper" management. The again, Ultima 7 (1992) had levels of world interactivity that are just now being re-explored in mainstream gaming.. and in some cases still not exceeded. So that's potentially 20 years of world interactivity development gone, never explored like it could/should/would have been had Origin been left alone. And not gone belly up or something, as it may have without EA's fat stacks of cash. I really don't know, I do just find it interesting about interactivity nosediving after EA took over. Particularly with how flawed Ultima 7 Part 2 is due to being rushed out the door by EA's scheduling practices.
.... I have no idea where I'm even going with this other than general grumpiness.
Oh, and yeah, that's Richard "Lord British" Garriot (Professional Wealthy Nutter) in the image there, wearing a shirt with a mock of Origin's slogan of "We Create Worlds". In case you didn't know. And if you didn't... why are we friends, again? :smileyface:http://i.imgur.com/2UsWD.jpg