Origin adds Steam-bought EA Games – for free!

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EA fairly recently re-branded their download manager, turning it in to a bona-fide digital delivery service called Origin. It’s become a mandatory for newer EA games on PC, like Battlefield 3 and soon-to-be-released Mass Effect 3.

It’s also apparently becoming sentient.

I don’t know how many of you have noticed that EA’s maligned Origin, the publisher’s own digital distribution service has been scanning your computer for EA games you legitimately own – whether purchased through competing services like Steam or even at retail  – and adding them to your Origin library – without you having to pay a cent extra. Joystiq saw that Gamers have noticed older EA games like Dead Space 2, Mass Effect, Dragon Age and The Sims showing up up in their Origin catalogues.

It’s pretty cool – but it does mean that Origin’s doing some dodgy scanning behind the scenes – although it’s not like services like Steam aren’t do the same thing – gathering up your information until Skynet launches and the computers take over.

What do you think? Is this a cool gesture on EA’s part – or are you not exactly chuffed that Origin’s digging through your machine?

Last Updated: February 28, 2012

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Geoffrey Tim

Editor. I’m old, grumpy and more than just a little cynical. One day, I found myself in possession of a NES, and a copy of Super Mario Bros 3. It was that game that made me realise that games were more than just toys to idly while away time – they were capable of being masterpieces. I’m here now, looking for more of those masterpieces.

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