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EA Announces Origin for Mac Alpha Testing

Origin, Electronic Art's digital distribution platform, is available for Macs as of today via an open alpha testing period. Origin for Mac was initially announced in August of last year, when EA noted that the Mac version of its upcoming SimCity game was expected to launch alongside the PC version.

SimCity will no longer be released simultaneously on the Mac and the PC, but EA will presumably release the final version of Origin for Mac before the game comes out in March.

Like Steam, EA's Origin allows users to purchase and download games, chat with friends, and continue saved games from any Origin-enabled computer.


According to EA, Origin for Mac will function like the PC version, with cloud storage, auto patching, and a friends list. For the alpha, the Origin Store tab is not active, but EA promises that the launch version will include "a great catalog of EA and partner titles."

EA is offering a free copy of PopCap’s popular "Bookworm" game with the Origin alpha download, which is limited to a few thousand customers.

The alpha version of Origin is currently able to be downloaded from the Origin website. To download the software, users will need to have a Mac running OS X 10.6.8 or newer plus an Intel Core 2 Duo processor or better.

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22 months ago

I know this is a controversial opinion, but steam is far and away a better platform! Just my opinion based on experience.


I don't think it's controversial that Steam kicks the crap out of Origin, that's just a fact
Rating: 12 Votes
22 months ago
I know this is a controversial opinion, but steam is far and away a better platform! Just my opinion based on experience.
Rating: 9 Votes
22 months ago
"I can't wait for Origin to be released on the Mac!" said no one ever.
Rating: 8 Votes
22 months ago
Screw Origin. Useless spyware and nothing but EA's rubbish to buy. Steam is much better.
Rating: 6 Votes
22 months ago
Oh please no
Rating: 5 Votes
22 months ago
When Steam launched Valve gave everyone a free copy of Portal, and an in-game item for TF2 that now fetches £20 in trades.

Origin give out Bookworm.

Not to sound entitled, but Valve are so great. No wonder people flock to their service.
Rating: 5 Votes
22 months ago
Game made by EA = NOBUY :cool:
Rating: 5 Votes
22 months ago
Need to avoid EA like the plague.
Rating: 4 Votes
22 months ago
Origin just represents another greedy company's piss poor attempt to spilt up the market even more. I don't want 10 different Game Centers.
Rating: 4 Votes
22 months ago
Do not want.
Rating: 4 Votes

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