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Initial post: Nov 6, 2011 12:20:58 PM PST
Last edited by the author on Nov 6, 2011 12:24:48 PM PST
Rudeboy says:
Here's the real deal on Origin :

"Yay. Conspiracies. So let's see what Origin really does, shall we?
If you hook process monitor onto Origin you will not see Origin scanning anything, independently of how long you use it. So what triggered the OP's screenshot?
Origin on installation will try to find games installed on your harddrive and automatically register them within Origin. It does that in a couple of different ways:
It reads the windows games registry
It looks for games in Program Files
It looks for games in ProgramData (where, for unknown reason the OP's SMS and tax software are storing the data instead of the user profile where that data should go!)
it reads the xfire config if it finds one for games
If you look at the screenshot closely you will see that it does not actually read any files. Instead it looks for their existence and recursively walks the directory. It does not read any of your files, at least not judging from this screenshot or anything I have found on my machine.
Lastly if you monitor the network traffic that Origin causes you will see that it does not transmit anything of value to EA. So far I have not seen anything bug login credentials being submitted.
But it's always so much more fun to assume that software is inherently evil. You can hook a syscall monitor on any application and you will see that it operates all over the drive. That's not something unique to Origin. Steam will do the same if you click the "add non steam game" button.
//EDIT: something I forgot: I think people should not run any sysinternals tools without a basic understanding of what they do or at least not jump to conclusions."

http://www.reddit.com/r/gaming/comments/lsoj6/still_thinking_eas_origin_is_harmless/c2vbjty

For the love of god would you people actual use a bit of critical thinking before you jump on some ridiculous bandwagon.

Posted on Nov 6, 2011 10:21:06 PM PST
Ser says:
The reputation EA has gained negatively (or lost positively) doesn't help the situation at all which is why the generalization is made.

Posted on Nov 8, 2011 4:06:53 PM PST
Thanks, Rudeboy, for this clarifying this issue. Its a shame that so many melodramatic crybabies had to overreact and bring down BF3's rating on Amazon, especially since many of them haven't even played the game. From the beginning, I found it hard to believe this whole Origin conspiracy theory.

Posted on Nov 22, 2011 10:17:31 AM PST
Well, this is great, a whole other reason to add to my reasons to get BF3, now can somebody answer the question on my forum?

Posted on Nov 26, 2011 7:45:21 PM PST
Last edited by the author on Nov 26, 2011 7:46:20 PM PST
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