Mr. Minecraft himself, Markus “Notch” Persson, was interviewed over at GameSpy the other day. Throughout the interview, he offers plenty of interesting insights into Mojang, the company’s upcoming Scrolls title, and even a bit about his now-infamous offer to fund Psychonauts 2.
But perhaps the most interesting tidbit from the interview is when Notch talks about EA’s online retailer, Origin. Origin, you are probably aware, is the bane of many gamers’ existence, and has even been accused of being spyware in the service of Electronic Arts.
Well, Notch will have none of that. Well, Notch will not have some of that. In the interview, he talked about why having Origin around is ultimately a good thing:
“I think it’s a bit dangerous to only have one digital distribution platform like Steam. I love Valve, but out of principle, I find the idea of one platform a bit scary. So I like that there are others competing – for example, Desura and Impulse, who recently got bought by GameStop. It’s a good thing that there are more.”
Then, of course, he goes right back to bashing Origin:
“Origin does a couple things badly compared to Steam — which is impressive since they had eight years to study Steam. They should definitely have a chance to do their thing, but they might want to move away from titles that make people use it and show people why they should use it. But I think, in principle, it’s a good thing.”
There you go. As the GameSpy post notes, “That’s actually the nicest thing anyone’s ever said about Origin.”
Lay it on us. Origin: yea or nay?