I consider myself a fan of SimCity in general, and the upcoming release should be on my radar. The game requiring you to log into EA’s Origin is a dealbreaker. No matter how great this new version is, I’m simply not interested thanks to my general distrust of EA, and more specifically my distrust in Origin.
And yes, Steam is basically the same thing as Origin, with the key difference being Steam is from Valve and not EA. I wonder how many lost sales EA experiences because of Origin versus how many they gain (if any?) because of that platform.
The same question can be posed to Blizzard and Battle.net. If Diablo 3 or StarCraft 2 were on a Steam sale this weekend, I’d likely grab one of them. Since it’s stuck on Blizzard’s steam-clone, I’ll never get either.