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Origin is a digital distribution and digital rights management system from EA where users can buy and publish computer games through the internet. The service allows users to download their purchased games directly to their PC or Mac using the Origin client.
Origin was formerly known as the EA Store and EA Download Manager, but on June 3rd 2011, the EA Store was reopened under the new name, taken from the defunct games studio, Origin Systems.
It has been announced that Origin will be the only way that consumers will be able to play Star Wars: The Old Republic. You will also be required to log-in to Origin to play Battlefield 3.
At Gamescom 2012, Peter Moore announced that achievements would be coming to Origin later on in 2012. Details were not disclosed.
Achievements have since been added to Origin, however only three games are currently supported: Dead Space 3, Mass Effect 3 and Battlefield 3. As you earn achievements in these games you will receive 'Origin Points' which will appear on your profile page as well as below your username on the main client window.
As noted on the Battlefield 3 page, the game and the service are currently under investigation for violating German (and most likely other European) privacy laws. EA requires registration under a real name and tracks both Hard- and Software of the host PC as well as an IP-address, forcing gamers into a total transparency if they want to play games that enforce the use of Origin to play. A recommendation by German radio station 1live is to trade in the game citing that it violates federal law or play one of the console ports until the issue is resolved.