We live in the digital era when the technology advances faster than ever. This is the age of wonders. This includes big wonders like new space discoveries and small wonders like online shopping and multifunctionality of our devices. You no longer need to have a separate camera, radio, music player, game platform and what-not. All this and more is available on your computer, tablet or phone. You don’t need to store books as you have e-book readers with thousands of titles. You don’t need to store music CDs as you have music players with thousands of artists and songs. And you don’t need to keep all your game CDs as you have gaming platforms which store your games for you. Origin is one of such platforms.
Origin is an online platform for gaming, digital distribution, and digital rights management, developed by Electronic Arts and released in 2011. The platform allows its users to purchase games for PC and mobile devices and provides them with the Origin client to download them and play. It also features basic social networking options like profile management, communication with friends and game forums. Users can also add other EA games from CDs to their Origin account, by using a special key that synchronizes a game with the client.
You can browse Origin Store to find a game you’d like to buy, however, to buy them, you need to be a registered user. From Origin, you can buy original (duh!) EA games as well as some games by other developers. Along with the hottest new releases you will find also many classics loved by every gamer as well as some unique titles offering unforgettable memories. You can search your games according to the specific genre, platform, developer, number of players, franchise, price and other factors which help you find the right title faster. The Great Game Guarantee ensures that you can return and get a refund for any game that didn’t meet your expectations.
Buying a game
Find a game you’d like to buy or pre-order and click on its picture. You will see screenshot and videos from the game, its overview, a detailed description, system requirements and optional extra content. If you like what you see click on “Buy” (or “Pre-order”) button. You will be asked to sign in or register if you haven’t done that yet. Then you need to select the payment method. You can choose to pay with your credit card, via PayPal, Paysafe or Dotpay. In the “Review Order” you will find a place for entering a promo code. Now, quickly go to Picodi.uk to acquire your free code for Origin games and use it in the appropriate place on the Origin website. Submit it and proceed to payment. As soon as your payment is accepted, you can download the game and play it from your Origin library.
If you want to play Origin games, you need to download the Origin Client. It’s free and doesn’t require much space. The Client is available for PC and Mac. Download it from Origin.com and create your EA account. You will have a personal, manageable account, access to Origin community and, of course, your own library containing all the games you download from Origin. Once you have the Client you can play your games offline if you want. Additionally, Origin supports cloud saves so you don’t need to worry about some unfortunate, sudden problem with your computer. You will find your saves and progress intact as soon as you access your EA account.
Is Origin Access the same as Origin Client? Not quite. Origin Access is a PC gaming subscription. For a few pounds a month you can become a member and unlock the Vault. The Vault is a collection of great PC games available for instant download and play. The collection is constantly growing and, what’s more, the membership allows you to play some upcoming EA games in a trial version. Yes, you can play some hot new games before they are officially released! Mind you, they are not in demo version so if you play the trial and then decide to buy the game after its official release, your stats and progress will carry over and you can start from where you left. Not to mention that as a member of Origin Access you are entitled to an automatic 10% discount on products from Origin.com, including new releases and pre-orders.
Origin Access is a one way to save money on your games, but there are plenty of others. For a start, go to “Free games” section and find a wide selection of demos and free trials, so that you can try a game before buying it, as well as some full versions that you can play with On The House option. The “Deals” section will display games being currently on sale as well as all the really cheap titles. For more opportunities, visit Picodi.uk, find an offer for Origin and grab your free discount codes to use on any games you want to buy.