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As Mass Effect and Mass Effect 2 saves your games in a non-Steam-specific location ([My Documents]/Bioware/Mass Effect and [My Documents]/Bioware/Mass Effect 2) Mass Effect 3 should not have any problem finding your previous save games.


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It is possible to launch Mass Effect 3 through Steam, but you still need Origin to load the game. I just tested this myself by: Clicking Add A Game in the bottom left of the library tab Add a Non-Steam Game Browse... Local Disk --> Program Files (x86) --> Origin Games --> Mass Effect 3 --> Binaries --> Win32 --> MassEffect3.exe Now when I launch the ...


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Edit, October 2013: This solution is now outdated; though, with the new filename still valid. Changing the directory from within the client's settings should work without a problem. See http://gaming.stackexchange.com/a/129935/23 for a detailed walkthrough. Locate the "Origin" sub-folder in your Application Data - or simply use Start | Run | ...


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According to Wikipedia, you will need an Origin account for both the single-player and the multiplayer campaigns in ME3. Customers purchasing PC editions of the game (retail or digital) will be required to install Electronic Arts' content delivery and digital rights management system, Origin. The Origin client (and an Origin account) is required to ...


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Shortcut key 'C' takes a screenshot shortcut key 'V' makes a video. All hotkeys:


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This list was obtained here. In addition, the following Steam games also can be activated on Origin: +---------------------------------------+-------------------+ | Game Title | Can be activated? | +---------------------------------------+-------------------+ | Command & Conquer - Red Alert 3 | Yes | | ...


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The accepted answer is now totally incorrect as of late 2013. That XML file doesn't even exist any more. The good news is that the Origin app does (finally?) support properly remapping the download and install folders, as seen in the Origin | Application Settings | Advanced menu. Here I changed mine to d:\Origin so it would be on my larger storage drive, ...


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NO, not anymore. Previously, Section 5 of the EA read (emphasis mine): 5. Content and Entitlement Availability Entitlements may only be held in Accounts belonging to legal residents of countries where access to and use of Content and Entitlements is permitted. Entitlements may be purchased or acquired only from EA or an authorized retailer. EA ...


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Origin is EA's answer to Steam - that is, it's an integrated store and gaming platform, with social bells and whistles thrown in because why not. Just like Steam, it's rather deeply integrated into some games (most big EA titles from here on, it seems, such as the upcoming Mass Effect 3) which means you can't just get rid of it. It's required to play some ...


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With Origin, you can install as many copies as you like. But when you start the game, you need to log in Origin. You cannot login at two different computers at the same time. If you are playing and your girlfriend logs in, you will be put in offline mode. It seems like you have to be online to play the game. See this link.


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Yes, it is possible. Go to Origin advanced settings and setup the folder for your games. Download and install the games you want to install under that folder. Repeat the process for all hard drives you want to use. It will not move the game you already installed on another drive. It will simply notify you that the games already installed will not be ...


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Well, you don't need to do all of that. At least now, with the latest Steam & Origin installed. Mass Effect 3 is already available under the Add a non-Steam game option Just select it & click on Add Selected game. Click on play to launch it. Works with or without Origin running before launching Mass Effect 3. Note that your Steam status will ...


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This won't be specific to BF3, but I feel like it's good general advice for this class of problem. I spent months trying to figure out something similar for TF2, and I had a whole team of really smart people advising me, along with a really powerful scripting engine that could mold the game in whatever way I chose. I spent weeks going over gameplay ...


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No. Origin is required for any PC copy (boxed and digital) of Battlefield 3.


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Can I trust this "Origin" DRM (Digital Rights Management) software platform? Yes. It is fundamentally not worse than Steam as a DRM platform, although it doesn't have as many bells and whistles. Has anybody done any independent verification on how this platform works? Not that I'm aware of. "Independent" is practically impossible in a corporate ...


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No. I've heard a lot of bad things about their client, their EULA and complaints that Origin is "spyware": EA's Origin Sends Personal Data to Third Parties EA Says Origin Isn't Spyware, Although It Does Scan Your Entire PC And from What’s The Deal With EA’s Origin & Is It Really That Bad?: Conclusion Origin isn’t terrible, but it doesn’t ...


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Origin is required to play at all times (you can use the offline mode though). You must also pass a one time release date check the first time you use Battlefield 3, which requires the internet. After that you're free to play offline (but still through Origin).


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It's a little bit of a workaround, not a fix, but you could trick Origin in to thinking you've not changed anything, while putting the data wherever you want by making using of a directory junction point. Please note that I don't have Origin and haven't tested this with Origin, but it's a trick I use all the time - Windows User Profile, Steam, Music, and so ...


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To take a screen shot in ME3, you'll have to switch over to Borderless Windowed mode to allow print screen to work properly. Using Alt+PrintScreen captures just the ME3 window, allowing you to paste it into paint.


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In Origin, go to Mass Effect 3 and hit the 'i' icon in the lower left corner of its box. Should open a game summary page. This page will have a 'Shop for Add-ons' button in the upper right. Click it, select the DLC and hit purchase. You have to pay in points though, but can buy just enough points to cover it, so you won't be left with extra useless points. ...


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Steam and Origin are separate services. They do not share saves, statistics, or achievements. Multiplayer is potentially handled differently based on the game, but for anything with a dedicated server, it shouldn't matter what client you connect from. So if you're interested in keeping track of your stats, stick to one service over the other.


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Yes. I got this email on the 21st: Dear XXXXX: Thank you for ordering on Origin Store. The product that you preordered is now available for preload. Click the link below to preload your product. Order Number: XXXX Product ID: XXXXX Product Name: Battlefield 3™ Limited Edition Release Date: October 24, 2011 To download your game just visit the "My ...


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Due to traffic restrictions at my dorm I had to install my Battlefield 3 like this: Install Origin & Download Battlefield 3 at a friends home to my netbook copy the entire folder for battlefield 3 from there to my own origin installation at my home pc Start Origin and start the installation of Battlefield 3 Origin then looked if it already had the ...


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Unfortunately, I believe that the answer is yes. If you read the fine print of this order page, it says (emphasis is mine): INTERNET CONNECTION, EA/ORIGIN ACCOUNT, ACCEPTANCE OF PRODUCT AND ORIGIN END USER LICENSE AGREEMENTS, INSTALLATION OF THE ORIGIN CLIENT SOFTWARE (WWW.ORIGIN.COM/ABOUT) AND REGISTRATION WITH ENCLOSED SINGLE-USE SERIAL CODE(S) ...


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Go to C:\Program Files (x86)\Origin Games\Mass Effect 3\ __Installer\directx\redist Delete all the contents of the folder except for the following files: DSETUP.dll dsetup32.dll DXSETUP.exe Install Mass Effect 3 again. Note change the Go to C:\Program Files (x86)\Origin Games prefix if you installed to a custom location.


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I have bought Pinnacle Station on Origin and was able to play it from within my steam version of Mass Effect 1. I had purchased ME1 on steam a few years ago, and the Origin version of PS worked without any issues.


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I'll post my comment as an answer, just in case. If you set Origin to "Offline" and click on the Battlefield 3/4 icon the game should just launch and give you the option of campaign missions. I found this out by mistake once when my Origin was offline and it lauched straight into the campaign. I was mightily confused until I realised it was offline.


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Because pictures say more than a thousand words. I think you can figure out in which directory you want to put your games in :)


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I haven't installed Origin yet, but I would say it isn't even technically possible, short of reversing the game, Steamworks and the Origin interface. Steam and Origin are different DRM systems with easily different interfaces between the game and the distribution system (i.e. ways for the program to ask "what's the user's avatar?", "does the user own this ...


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Origin is not a spyware program. It is a games platform like Steam. It should show up in the add/remove programs list, via control panel. It generally needs to be running for EA games. as it updates your games on the fly, using the internet. I dont recommend removing it, unless you intend to also uninstall your EA games. (i.e you no longer play them). ...



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