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Minecraft creator praises Origin as a 'good thing'

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Minecraft creator Markus "Notch" Persson approves of Origin, EA's digital platform.

That doesn't mean he hates Steam.  The founder of Mojang just thinks it's a good thing that Valve's Steam service has some competition.

"I think it's a bit dangerous to only have one digital distribution platform like Steam," he said to GameSpy. "I love Valve, but out of principle, I find the idea of one platform a bit scary. So I like that there are others competing – for example, Desura and Impulse, who recently got bought by GameStop. It's a good thing that there are more."

As for the service itself, Notch said, "Origin does a couple things badly compared to Steam -- which is impressive since they had eight years to study Steam.

"They should definitely have a chance to do their thing, but they might want to move away from titles that make people use it and show people why they should use it."

"But I think, in principle, it's a good thing," he concluded.

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