to fireside, I dont think only being able to play a game when your internet connection can be verified will hold. I dont see the majority of people accepting that. no one welcomes being monitored for any reason
It will be interesting to see how that plays out, but we already have something like it with cloud computing and it's growing more popular, not less. Although it can't be played on one computer without connection, it can be played on different computers at different times. Granted, with games, we expect them to be there no matter what as a way of passing the time. Power failures, etc, can be pretty quiet. I should know. I get quite a few during the year. I think people mostly react badly because it's a box game, but those sales are dwindling every year.