Personally the always online thing won't be a big deal. The people it will hurt though are those with slow internet connections or other internet interruptions (ISP down, dead router, etc.) or those traveling. I play games on my laptop in the airplane sometimes, or the occasional train ride. As for this: I don't think you understand what you're saying here. D2 you can make a character on battle.net and play online. Then make a room with a password or player limit and play solo. Thats exactly what we have here with D3. The only difference is that you can't play offline what so ever. They didn't "provide a feature" they just took one away. Now like I said before, I don't really care about this always online thing, but there are legit concerns with it. And look at it this way: When EA does stuff like this there is no one defending them. Blizzard does this and magically it's excusable and the right thing to do.