TwitchBlog: EA faffs about with crappy digital distribution system v2.0
So, EA has released a new version of its digital distribution system. Fearing spyware I had it downloaded to a random TG office machine that'll probably be taken apart and rebuilt in a week and, after playing around with the service for ten minutes, I already think of it exclusively as a poor mans Steam.
The comparisons in terms of attempted functionality are pretty obvious - the ability to buy games (obviously) and download promotional materials like demos, and even the user interface are not dissimilar. The contrast between usability and lack thereof is also quite stark - the EA system is like Internet Explorer dressed up; and thanks to a lot of users downloading and trying it out today it's as slow as your granny after being run over by an SUV.