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EA CEO: we're switching from discs to digital

By Emil ยท 38 replies
May 5, 2011
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  1. yRaz

    yRaz Nigerian Prince Posts: 2,824   +2,078

    I have a feeling that this is going to come with a more powerful, less effective, and EXTREMELY intrusive DRM.
  2. CamaroMullet

    CamaroMullet TS Rookie Posts: 93

    You maybe right yRaz. I also wonder if the games will be cheaper??! Probably not....
  3. hitech0101

    hitech0101 TS Guru Posts: 449   +35

    Also hope to see some new games instead of boring sequels.
  4. BrianUMR

    BrianUMR TS Rookie Posts: 44

    For EA this is a win win. Should be cheaper and no more gamers ripping off EA with second hand sales.
  5. veLa

    veLa TS Evangelist Posts: 851   +295

    How is selling a game you paid for a rip off? Terrible consumer attitude.
  6. BrianUMR said:
    For EA this is a win win. Should be cheaper and no more gamers ripping off EA with second hand sales.

    veLa: How is selling a game you paid for a rip off? Terrible consumer attitude.

    Okay what veLa just said now makes her the dumbest person on the planet. Its called riping the game onto the computer and putting them on multiple dics for them to give away to friends or to sell.
  7. Son of a.... Bet nobody from EA has had to live in South Africa with our "mainstream" internet connections. 90% of people in SA can only afford 384 lines (max download speed of 30-40kbs). Have you ever tried downloading a 8-12GB file at that speed?! Gimme my discs!
  8. gwailo247

    gwailo247 TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 2,007   +18

    Really? Oh man, and here I was buying all these games when I could have just copied my friend's version. Then I could play online for free.
  9. BrianUMR

    BrianUMR TS Rookie Posts: 44

    It is sarcasm. It is suppose to be from the mindset of EA. That's why I said for EA in the first sentence.

    I have very mixed feelings about the all digital content for games. On the one hand it makes it much easier to buy the game. Don't have to pre-order(don't have to already), don't have to wait in line, don't have to drive to the store, etc. However if you buy a game and it sucks you are flat out stuck with it. If you bought a game at brick and mortar store and it was bad enough you could get your money back.
  10. I can live with the digital format, as long as the prices drop. I can buy a boxed version of a game for 30 euro, while the digital version on steam costs 50-60 euro. Doesn't make any sense. You pay double money for nothing extra.

    And I still want physical CE's. I'm a collector. I've still got every box of every game I've bought the last 20 years. And I treasure my boxes like I treasure my bookcase. It's the same for me. Most of my books I also only read once, but they stand beautifully on the shelves.
    My "library" of 150 games in steam is not something I'm proud of, or look at once in a while. It feels like lost money after I finished one of those games (luckely most of them bought on x-mas/weekend deals), wishing I'd put my money in the boxed version.
  11. CamaroMullet

    CamaroMullet TS Rookie Posts: 93

    Not to mention ( at least in the US of A ) we are getting some brand new data caps forced on to us. I'd hate to get towards the end of the month and having to decide between watching porn all night or downloading the latest awesome game.
  12. Darkshadoe

    Darkshadoe TS Guru Posts: 567   +111

    Also quite a bit of the country is still on dial-up. Enjoy that game a month or two from now when its finished downloading.
  13. ikesmasher

    ikesmasher TS Evangelist Posts: 3,050   +1,384

    this is a stupid idea.
    Can i ask who justifies 60 dollars for a 50 cent disc and a game on it? 20 bucks should be plenty for them. but noooo...
  14. Zecias

    Zecias TS Booster Posts: 202

    why would you buy an illegal disc instead of torrenting it? and even if people did why wouldn't they just move on to torrents? in the end, people will still torrent games and EA wont save any money from piracy by distributing only digital copies.
  15. 9Nails

    9Nails TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,215   +177

    Oh please talk to Valve and use Steam's store for this. Last thing I need is every distributor's DRM infected client clogging up my disk space each with their own unique set of restrictions. All of this with a subtle belief that I'm some sort of criminal.
  16. colinf

    colinf TS Enthusiast Posts: 47   +7

    have only bought 1 boxed game in the past 3 years (DA2 cos steam didnt do the collectors), Steam and GOG get my hard earned now

    probably wont buy direct from EA tho, not due to EA hate or anything, just not keen on there download manager thingy
  17. superty12

    superty12 TS Enthusiast Posts: 401

    The new DRM will be something like this: "Select the system specific DRM EXE now. Wait until we check your hardware. Type your 45 key product code now. You got it at purchase. Now type your EA login details. Now wait while the DRM analyzizes each file closely. Congrats, you passed the DRM checks", or if you torrented the game, "Your game has not passed the DRM checks. Wait until we destroy the copy of the game with junk that cannot be erased exept by reformatting." Effective, but exhaustive.
  18. HaMsTeYr

    HaMsTeYr TS Guru Posts: 377   +6

    The point BrianUMR Was trying to bring through, and I think is true regarding second hand sales is that even in the event that piracy DOES NOT occur, a single copy of the game can be played, then uninstalled or sold off to someone else. What this means is of course for people who don't care for tihngs like the multiplayer components, they get to play the game and get portions of their money back.

    How this affects EA is that obviously instead of having lets say 5 people buy their game, 1 person buys it and it moves around.

    Easy peasy terms, 1 sale vs 5 sales. >.>
  19. captaincranky

    captaincranky TechSpot Addict Posts: 14,700   +3,848

    Or, perhaps you all could stop whining and simply stop buying their product.

    This nonsense sounds like some bizarre love-hate relationship. It's like people always, (deep inside), hate the guy that sells them their drug fix, and brown nose him to his face.

    Anything to which you're addicted .has a great deal of power over you. And anything you're not, just goes away.
  20. BrianUMR

    BrianUMR TS Rookie Posts: 44

    I think some people are unaware of how to read.
    Just becuase the word ripping is in the sentence does not mean the sentence is about piracy.

    Game companies like EA feel like they are getting ripped off by Gamestop becuase Gamestop buys and sells used games. They feel if there where no used games everyone would just buy new games(This is not how I feel). The second hand market is the market for used stuff.
  21. spydercanopus

    spydercanopus TS Evangelist Posts: 857   +127

    Yea... type your username and password is soooo intrusive.
  22. Gallifrey2

    Gallifrey2 TS Rookie

    I think EA and other companies are a bit misguided in the belief that people would just buy a new version of the game if there was no used game market. I think they are in for a rude awakening when their sales of newly released games drops to all time lows. How many of those new sales were done only because kids or parents traded in other games for a discount on a newly released one.....far far more then they will admit.

    I for one would have very few games in my library as for me rarely do I find a game that I feel is worth paying more then 30 bucks for.
  23. I welcome change in gaming but to have a pysical copy for those that may not have there system online or what not is a lil gay what if someone has a console and don't sue internet they can't get new games in the new system. i know that ppl w/o internet isn't very common anymore but still i hope EA considered that and doesn't do this shift TOO soon and if they are smart they have limited disc production for said situation.
  24. agreed i'm personally one that buys not only new but used games. how would that work with digital only downloads unless they can transfer of the title w/o making 100% sure a game wasn't going to bomb.

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