EA Says 'No' to Steam for Battlefield 3

EA is proving they’re serious about jumping into the online distribution market through their Origin service: Battlefield 3 will not be a part of Steam. The PR spin goes like this:

“Steam has adopted a set of restrictive terms of service which limit how developers interact with customers to deliver patches and other downloadable content… No other download service has adopted these practices.”

In other words, they claim it’s a policy issue, one that seems to have opened a chasm only now, not with the numerous games EA had hosted on the service before. That doesn’t make sense. What does make sense is that EA is fighting for a bid in the land of digital with Origin, and they’ll do anything they can to get their own piece. In the land of digital, a mega-publisher like EA doesn’t need Steam. Through promotion and keeping specific titles exclusive, gamers will bend to their will and switch.

Before you say it won’t happen, keep in mind no one was going to download a $10 map pack, pay for an online pass, fork over $60 for a new release, spend cash for on-disc DLC, etc. EA knows their customer, and sadly, there have been far more suckers born every minute lately than ever before.

Pulaski celebrates its black history: It’s important not to forget what’s behind us, one speaker told about 100 people at the event.

The Roanoke Times (Roanoke, VA) February 18, 2007 Byline: Paul Dellinger Feb. 18–PULASKI — It was 1961, and George Penn was among a group of black students integrating for the first time what was then Pulaski High School. see here pulaski high school

“Those were tough days,” Penn, now a funeral home director in Pulaski, recalled Saturday night at a celebration of black history in the town.

Penn remembered a white student who “came up and greeted me and welcomed me into Pulaski High School. That wasn’t a popular thing to do then, but John did it.” That was John White, who later became a college president and is now economic development director for the town of Pulaski.

“Sometimes it’s important not to forget what’s behind,” White told the nearly 100 people attending the black history event in the First Baptist Church. He said the gathering was to come together but not mask reality.

If he wanted to study the history of the town when he was a student, he said, he would not have found it complete in the existing texts. “It was about white men doing what white men did,” he said.

But black people were active in Pulaski’s history, too.

Dr. P.C. Corbin was Pulaski’s first black doctor and, when an influenza epidemic gave all doctors everything they could handle and more, he ended up treating white patients as well as black. Chauncey Harmon, principal of what was then Calfee Training School in 1938, exerted an influence on black education.

Marilyn Harmon, his granddaughter, thanked the people in the church for remembering the two families. Her own father, she recalled, told her, “Sometimes you have to lose to win.” She did not understand that as a girl, but she does now.

“It may cost you your job, your friends, your income,” she said, to do the right thing, especially in the days before integration.

Corbin’s daughter, Jacqueline Corbin Pleasants, 91, also attended. go to site pulaski high school

Penn introduced Art Meadows, who had been Pulaski’s first black town councilman, and Joe Reed, a Pulaski County school principal, as examples “to see the transition from then until now.” He spoke of the Jamestown celebration. “Jamestown, some of it has some bitter memories. But you can’t know where you’re going until you know where you’ve been,” he said.

The Rev. Gary Hash, from the Jubilee Christian Center in Radford, was the program’s main speaker and urged blacks to involve themselves in the community, including owning businesses.

“We don’t get up on Monday morning and meet the man” going to work, he said. “I’m talking about getting up on Monday morning and being the man.” He said entrepreneurship and owning businesses is important in a town where nearly a quarter of the population is black. Lack of vision is the biggest obstacle that population needs to overcome, he said.

Hash said black parents also must face up to responsibilities of providing landmarks for their children and getting them out of a “hip-hop culture that has hurt this generation.” “We’ve got to accept responsibility for our communities,” Hash said. “We’ve got to get the dreamers talking.” The collection during the program, which was followed by a potluck supper, went to benefit the T.G. Howard Community Center, which Penn said has been allowed to deteriorate. He said it is the only town building the black community really owns, and it needs to be salvaged.

Distributed by McClatchy-Tribune Business News.