I am not one to typically post in forums, but I am fed up with internet connectivity being required for single player games. Batman: Arkham Origins is another example of how unprepared the video game industry is to handle online content. Right now I had to unplug the internet from my 360 in order to play the game. I was getting stuck on the “WBID” screen. I am not even sure why I am getting stuck on that screen, I never registered an account with them or was asked if I wanted to. Can you imagine had the XBOXONE actually implemented it original DRM plans. It would have been a disaster. I am being locked out of my game because crappy WB servers. So to anyone that isn't being allowed to play Batman: Arkham Origins after buying it, you need to deactivate internet access and it will load right up. I occasionally will hit a road bump or two with Steam, but nothing like this. I just don't understand how one company can figure it out, but the rest can't.
I would really enjoy an explanation on why companies are allowed to operate like this. I give MMO's somewhat a pass, but they are walking a very fine line. But companies like EA and WB I just find it inexcusable they operate like this. Part of me says it is our (the consumer) fault for things being this way. If we would just not buy products and vote with our dollars stuff like this wouldn't happen. But in the case of Arkham Origins, I had no way to know I was signing up to be prevented from playing my own game. I really feel blind sided and I have no recourse. I opened the game and I can't return it to the store. I am not sure what can be done, but with these big companies no one is holding them accountable. The scary thing is no one can. I suspect the consumer enjoyment of gaming will decline in order for the company to possibly squeeze an extra couple bucks out of us.
I personally haven't pirated any games, but I can imagine that they don't have to deal with this crap. It is a sad state of affairs that stealing a product has the possibility of making it superior to the exact same product that someone else purchased.