Cath', unfortunately, from now on, Origin will become more and more necessary. First, they removed that little book explaining the content of an expansion when you bought a DVD-ROM; second, they made mandatory the use of Origin... In the future, I think we won't need to buy physical media anymore because things will be all dematerialised (i.e. cloud computing / Origin, Steam, etc. for the video games)... And in an even further future, *we* will also be dematerialised as our consciousnesses will be transferable to some sort of computer devices! lol
I'm half (!) joking actually!
You don't own an Origin account, Cath'?
It's been years now that I only buy my video games online, without any physical media (DVD-ROM, etc.).