That doesn’t mean Call of Duty is bad…”
EA has likened the difference between digital platforms Origin and Steam to the difference between Battlefield 3 and Call of Duty.
“Battlefield 3 isn’t Call of Duty. Battlefield 3 is great, it’s a shooter, but it’s a great shooter in its own right. I want Origin to be the exact same thing,” Origin boss David DeMartini told Gamasutra.
“That doesn’t mean Call of Duty is bad,” he continues. “I don’t want to see Steam become bad. They’re a partner of us. They do a lot of good things. What I want is I want Origin to be differentiable and better as a service, which is similar to what Steam does.”
Last week DeMartini raised eyebrows when he promised that Origin wouldn’t copy Steam’s popular 75 per cent off sales because, in his words, they “cheapen IP”.
The battle between Origin and Steam has raged over the last year, but both EA and Valve agree that Origin has a long way to go before it offers as good a service as Steam.
“Well, give us a few more years, and maybe we’ll be better than Steam,” DeMartini told Gamasutra.
“That said, right now we’re not. Steam took eight years to get where it is. We’re not going to take eight years, but we’re going to get there and go beyond.”
According to DeMartini, the plan is for Origin to become a “viable alternative” to Steam. That, he believes, is “what people want to see”. “They want us to differentiate in a way that sets us apart.”
Origin will over the next 12 months focus on features that will realise this goal. “We need to take full advantage of that multiplatform capability that EA brings,” DeMartini continued. “We need to be able to visualise that in the service in a way that allows you amongst your circle of gaming friends to differentiate yourself or demonstrate your skills multiplatform versus other people you game with or who you are interested in their opinion.”
New feature film from Shane Acker will use Valve’s engine and may be distributed through Steam
Valve is collaborating with the director Shane Acker and the Irish production company Brown Bag Films on his new animated feature film.
According to a report in the Chicago Tribune, the film, Deep, will use technology based on Valve’s Source engine for rendering, editing, animation and lighting.
It will also allow Acker – whose previous film was the 2009 feature “9″ – and Brown Bag Films to produce a video game based on the film. Valve’s Steam platform is also being considered as a possible distribution platform.
Deep is currently in pre-production. It has a proposed budget of €15 million.
Quantum Conundrum, a “cutesy” puzzler coming to the PC on June 21st.
I doesn’t have the simplicity of Portal but its complicated puzzle design and its humor appear to be worth a purchase. According to Eurogamer this gaming is coming to the PC on June the 21st and coming to XBLA and PSN later this summer.
Today Valve has revealed Steam’s top ten selling titles and Rockstar have managed to grab the top spot.
Max Payne 3 has managed to finish top with ArmA II: Combined Operations following a close second. Saints Row: The Third came a non surprising third as this week steam has a discount for the game which offered 33 percent off its list price.
- Max Payne 3
- ArmA II: Combined Operations
- Saints Row: The Third
- Sid Meier’s Civilization V – Gods and Kings
- Sid Meier’s Civilization V: Game of the Year
- Torchlight II
- The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim
- The Binding of Isaac: Wrath of the Lamb
- Iron Front: Liberation 1944
- Alice: Madness Returns
I have always been fascinated with computer hardware. The feeling you get when struggling for days trying to get a better frame rate, smoother game play or better visuals is tedious but when you upgrade to a new graphics card for example and you are able to play everything in full without worrying about it; its fantastic. Some people are not so willing to upgrade, this may be due to their fanatical situation or that they are not bothered about playing the game to its full potential. New technology can do a lot for our systems whether it be betting better visual graphics, being able to run more programs at the same time to increase efficiency or to even save us money by using a more efficient power supply unit. There has been a lot of good hardware released over the past decade. The one i remember the most is defiantly the 8800 GT. I remember purchasing this card and I was able to play every game i wanted with stupidly high frames per second.
As steam hosts a wide variety of games and