EA, eh? Those guys smell money. I can picture their management thinking: "Hey, why spend badzillions of cash for development modern, gfx-intensive dumbed down games, when it seems there is a consumer segment that actually prefers the older, non-dumbed down variety? No risk, no investments, just sweet profit. Get it going!"
I'm guessing the conversation went more like this:
Exec 1: So we're launching Origin soon. We should get on that retro gaming action by offering all our older titles on it.
Exec 2: Sweet, sweet money.
Exec 3: It's not going to work.
Exec 1: Why?
Exec 3: No one is going to pay for $5 retro game and install Origin just to play it.
Exec 1: Oh, yeah.
Exec 2: Just sell some packages to GOG.
Exec 3: It's just sweet money, instead of sweet, sweet money.
Exec 1: I guess. Hey, I'm hungry, can we get lunch?
Exec 3: Yeah. Want it brought in on the back of another hungry orphan?
Exec 1: Hell. Make it two.