Yea, I don't like the idea of having to use both Origin and Steam for games, but not for one second am I going to kid myself and say that I won't buy them because of it.
And all of you who are claiming that you are going to boycott BF3, when a few weeks ago you were shouting its praises, are you really going to pass it up simply because its distributed through a different service? Somehow, I think not.
If anything, we should be glad that Origin is pushing its way into the market and giving Steam some competition. Competition = Lower prices, which, last time I checked, is a GOOD THING. Yes, your games library will be split, but you can still link them into Steam to access the community and have them launch from one place.
Oh, and are you all forgetting about boxed copies? If you really hate the idea of having to use Origin so much, just go buy it off Amazon!
Yes, it is an inconvenience, but NOTHING MORE. They aren't asking you to switch OSs or something ridiculous. Its not the end of the world. Stop acting like it.
I just got this off of the SWTOR forums. According to Stephen Reid,
While Origin will be the exclusive digital retailer for Star Wars: The Old Republic (in other words, if you want to buy it online and download it, you’ll do so through Origin) that does not mean that Origin is required for you to access or play The Old Republic.
Origin is a digital storefront, and the desktop application is there to give you quick access to Origin exclusives and deals.
However, you won’t need to launch the Origin application to run The Old Republic, nor will you patch the game via Origin. Once the game is on your hard disk, you’ll be connecting to our servers to patch and launch the game, and Origin does not have to be running to do that.
To answer another question - boxed versions of the game will include the client on DVD(s).