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#1 +V-Tech

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Posted 20 August 2013 - 12:57

EA's Origin store now allows downloaded games to be returned within a week

 

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Gamers have been choking lately on some of the restrictive DRM for upcoming consoles and titles, but at least EA is offering some relief. It just announced that its Origin store now features the "great game guarantee," letting you return downloaded games after purchasing. You'll have 24 hours to send it back, digitally speaking, after you first launch the game, or seven days from the date of purchase (or release date for pre-orders). By contrast, Steam, for instance, offers no refunds or exchanges on any of its games. Origin's new policy is now available in 20 countries, but only applies to EA-published games and not downloadable content. There's also a clause for any "abuse of the refund process," so if you're looking to see how many games you can beat in a day, you may wanna rethink that.

 

 

http://www.engadget....wnloaded-games/




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Posted 20 August 2013 - 17:59

In related news, a huge pot field near Redwood City, CA has been set on fire (cause is being determined) leading to thick green smoke clouds that have now settled over Electronic Arts (NASDAQ:EA) HQ building.

 

Now get rid of Origin bugware itself and all is forgiven!



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Posted 20 August 2013 - 18:59

In related news, a huge pot field near Redwood City, CA has been set on fire (cause is being determined) leading to thick green smoke clouds that have now settled over Electronic Arts (NASDAQ:EA) HQ building.

 

Now get rid of Origin bugware itself and all is forgiven!

Origin works well enough.

 

but how would that work. they should get rid of the very software that makes this possible ? should they instead use Steam that doesn't allow this then ?



#4 Melfster

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Posted 20 August 2013 - 19:05

Steam should really allow this in fact all app stores should do this.



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Posted 20 August 2013 - 19:31

1000s of gamers could have used this back when Sim City was released.



#6 Nagisan

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Posted 20 August 2013 - 19:31

Definitely a step in the right direction for Origin, something I'm surprised Steam hasn't done yet (or hasn't released word of working on, at least). Though I think I'm more excited about the game sharing info people have found in the Steam code.....essentially it would let you "lend" a game out to a friend. I don't think you would be able to play the game while it is lent out, but you would be able to revoke the game to get it back on your account.



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Posted 20 August 2013 - 19:41

I thought Microsoft was supposed to introduce the future of gaming?  I guess Microsoft dropped the ball and EA is taking the ball and heading towards the future!  GO EA!



#8 Javik

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Posted 20 August 2013 - 19:46

Origin isn't bad but it's not as good as steam yet. The fact that you have to reinstall games every time you reinstall your OS is a massive annoyance, Steam just picks them up and lets you use them again (I keep all my game files on separate drives).



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Posted 20 August 2013 - 20:31

Origin isn't bad but it's not as good as steam yet. The fact that you have to reinstall games every time you reinstall your OS is a massive annoyance, Steam just picks them up and lets you use them again (I keep all my game files on separate drives).

 

Unless steam has changed recently, steam doesn't "jut pick them up". you have to backup all the tiles, then install steam, then copy the backup files back over your steam install. 

 

if you do the logical route and install steam into your old steam folder, it will(or at least would) erase all the game data files there. 



#10 Javik

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Posted 20 August 2013 - 20:33

You're completely wrong. If you leave the Steam EXE in the same folder and just run it after re-installing your OS it will pick up the games just fine, it's something I have been doing for years. No backups needed. Some games require a re-verification of the game cache but only Left 4 Dead (1 and 2) and Portal 2.



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Posted 20 August 2013 - 20:45

HawkMan, on 20 Aug 2013 - 21:31, said:

Unless steam has changed recently, steam doesn't "jut pick them up". you have to backup all the tiles, then install steam, then copy the backup files back over your steam install. 

 

if you do the logical route and install steam into your old steam folder, it will(or at least would) erase all the game data files there. 

 

Holy hell, no - you just move the entire steam / steam apps folder to a different drive (Or better, have it on a 2nd drive / partition in the first place) and re-run the Steam EXE after you have finished loading the OS. Their own backup system is a complete waste of time / energy.



#12 Nagisan

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Posted 20 August 2013 - 21:22

Yeah, just manually back up the steam files to a secondary hard drive, install Steam after OS reinstall, put game files back in place and restart Steam. Worst case you need to tell it to re-install the games through Steam and it will go into "Detecting existing files" where it detects the game files and downloads any missing parts (or nothing if no parts are missing) and lets you start playing it again without re-downloading it all.

 

I personally install my Steam games on a secondary drive to begin with, so any time I reinstall my system I simply point Steam to that directory and it picks up all my games without having to re-download them.



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Posted 21 August 2013 - 00:10

I keep mine on the same drive all the time. I have a 2 disk RAID array (2x 500 gig 7200.12) set up just for my gaming. Having games stored there saves so much time after a reinstall of OS :D



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Posted 21 August 2013 - 00:16

You're completely wrong. If you leave the Steam EXE in the same folder and just run it after re-installing your OS it will pick up the games just fine, it's something I have been doing for years. No backups needed. Some games require a re-verification of the game cache but only Left 4 Dead (1 and 2) and Portal 2.

 

While I disagree with Javik on a lot of things, he's absolutely correct here. I've been doing the very same myself.