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Origin is a digital downloader from Electronic Arts (EA). EA Origin was created to compete with the Steam game downloader. The application is relatively small, lightweight and easy to use. Players can use Origin to browse the latest titles available from EA. Each title can be purchased and downloaded. Origin handles all of the technical aspects of purchasing a game. Installation and startup is seamless after the download is complete. Origin also regularly manages updates and patches so games remain current.
EA Origin is more than just a simple downloader and game purchasing interface. It also incorporates a number of social options players can use. The downloader allows every person to create a profile that is bound to the main Origin account. Users can maintain a list of other friends who are using Origin. Sharing game libraries with friends is possible. The downloader interfaces with many EA titles so that players can browse and then join active multiplayer games directly from the Origin menus.
Origin is not as versatile a platform as Steam. The large majority of games available through the downloader are from EA. Titles from other companies are not generally available. Origin acts as a digital rights management platform and must always be running in order to play games acquired through the application. Players familiar with other EA titles will notice that the Origin login eclipses logins from other games. This is most noticeable when playing online since Origin installs an interactive overlay across certain game screens.
Many popular titles are available through EA Origin from SimCity and Need for Speed to the upcoming Titanfall. Downloads can be paused and resumed later as needed. Games that are purchased can be downloaded as many times as necessary for the life of the account. Players also have the option of adding non-EA titles to the game library by registering the CD key with the software. Origin is a robust downloader for anyone who enjoys EA games.