delboy2k10: http://e3.gamespot.com/story/6316882/ea-readying-digital-download-service/?tag=updates%3Beditor%3Ball%3Btitle%3B3 FiatLux:
This may account for all the hoopla currently with expansion packs not being in the first initial releases from EA and GOG
Just a thought
Interesting . Personally I do however find EA's new C&C 4 DRM scheme a violation of my personal right to privacy (if I can not play a singleplayer game without the game having to be online to allow me to play). Likewise I find Steams concept bordering the abusive since one can't play a game without the Steam Client must start first (I even bought a NON-download version of a game on DVD that I found out required both Steam on-line activation and that the Steam Client program starts every time for the game to run.
So when the article you reference to starts out saying that "The Wall Street Journal reports the megapublisher is readying a Steam-like store" then I must say that it does not sound like anything I would like. Personallly I draw the line for what I find acceptable at concepts such as "Impulse Driven" where you need a client program for every install and re-install (+updates) but also it will allow you to play the games without the client program running or has to go online. However I.M.H.O. then "Impulse Driven" has become poorer since it were bought by GameStop.
My absolut favorite supplier of Digital download versions of games ofcourse still is GOG.com because of the normally totally no hassle, DRM free concept (+ we get all the extras like manual, soundtrack, guide, and sometimes both old and new version of the game, all most often at low price and no extra charge for the extras).
Though I in general ofcourse support GOG.com then I wish that all companies would put out their entire catalogue by the same concept that GOG.com uses......
With respect to your remark "This may account for all the hoopla currently with expansion packs not being in the first initial releases from EA and GOG" ,
then, if it is so, then that could sadly also explain why EA's EULA here at GOG.com is as it is because that could also mean that EA is planning some sort of hybrid service where expansions would have to be bought and downloaded as add-ons, and that would make EA's non-GOG.com like EULA here at GOG.com make a lot more sense and no longer just sloppy work.
This can however be nothing but purely speculations/presumptions/guesswok at this time...
Personally I would however be very sad to see GOG.com's pure bred DRM free no hassle concept be polluted (or go down the drain) if that is what is going to happen.
My comment was not to endorse any such scheme - it was to spark a discussion on wether if this is true, could this account for the restrictions GOG have
The article lists 150 titles waiting to go out and the system to download is called Origin which apparently has nothing to do with Origin that made such fantastic games
Nope, it was an honest discussion point remark and thats how I want it to be potrayed if possible :-)