What is Origin? Origin is EA's new content delivery system, which in my opinion is really what the recent upgrade to UO's billing and account management is all about. I think EA has looked at the success of Steam and has either realized that this is the way of the future in terms of content delivery, or that it wants in on the third party distribution market that Steam currently owns in terms of electronic games, or both. So what do I mean by "content delivery system"? Well, if you look at Steam, Steam is a way of purchasing and downloading games, and keeping them updated, and while it had one of the worst launches in the history of electronic gaming, it has become wildly successful. Beyond that it is a social network capable of connecting gamers, with built in voip, and instant messaging. However, what is most important to me personally is that Steam has built in, robust and effective anti-cheat functionality. So what could it mean for the future of UO? I'm not sure exactly, as we have had no formal announcements, but I foresee that in the not too distant future we will have to launch UO from the Origin content delivery system, and that system will handle updates and patching. It might also mean that illegal third party applications such as E****O and R***r will no longer function, and regrettably, unless UOAssist is somehow incorporated into the system, it might no longer work either. So what do you think? Is this something that frightens you? Is this something you feel positive about, or negative about? For myself I see this as a much faster and more robust and secure account management system with expanded payment options, as well as built in advertising for the game in the sense that you will be able to purchase and download the game easily through the system where it will be easy to find because it will be a part of the software's search engine. The publishing and patching process should also be much more robust, seamless and efficient. As for the negatives? Potentially the loss of third party applications, and unfortunately perhaps the legitimate along with the illegitimate.