I never claimed that the EA games sold here would "require constant internet connections to play" and neither am I a "doomsday prophet" in this connection.
I just don't like to be forced to sign up to give EA the right to have me at their mercy with respect to software bought here.
As far as I am concerned then EA showed their true face the day they decided that "Command & Conquer 4 should be the first game in the series to implement a form of DRM that requires constant Internet access" .
I do not trust EA , and if EA meant well they ought to take time to adapt their EULA to the site (GOG.com) that is selling their software. (but apparantly that would be too much to ask for in the eyes of the likes of those such as yourself!!!)
How would EA know if you broke any of the EULA? The games are all stand-alone installers with no DRM and no internet communication - you could reverse engineer it and change the renderer to ASCII-art for all they know - providing you don't make it available on the internet then no-one is the wiser. EULAs from the era of these games are there to (a) stop you copying or distributing the games, (b) stop you using the assets for commercial gain, and (c) stop you reverse-engineering the engine to use any of it of your own games.
My concerns are NOT out of the wish to break anyones EULA.
In fact I wouldn't copy and share games bought at GOG.com to others - I honestly thinks that both GOG.om, and the companies that truely supports GOG.com's DRM free concept, deserves a lot better than that (they deserves our support) , and to the low prices that GOG.com most often charges - especially at their sales - then I think that people do not deserve to play their games if they won't pay their, mostly/generally, low prices !!! .
My concerns are with respect to "customer rights" , be that present, potential or future, and I do not think that the EA EULA presented at GOG.com lives up to the concept of the GOG.com site , and that is, at least, a potential problem.....
And by the way , even if a file is TOTALLY DRM FREE then it does not mean that the files can't be digitally "watermarked" somehow !!! (But should the files from GOG.com be digitally "watermarked" , so it would be possible to identify who originally downloaded the file from GOG.com, then I wouldn't interpret that as other than fair and not as an infringement of my rights, or the GOG.com concept, as long as I still can install the, one time, downloaded file on whatever hardware I please as I upgrade the "game rig", or change what PC I wish to play the game on - without the file "phoning home"!.)