What you and the others complaining about the bitching about Diablo 3 DRM refuse to accept, even though it is FACT, is that your actions and decision impact other people's lives.
I know no one likes to hear that, everyone wants to just have everything be about me me me me me me me, but that's just not the way the real world works often.
Whenever a company pushes a new envelope in DRM (such as Diablo 3 in this case), the reaction to it affects ALL gamers. If enough people don't give a shit about DRM and support that company's decision to push a new envelope, then that will be the new standard and some day another new envelope will be pushed. And thus this affects ALL gamers.
If enough people refuse to support such a policy, then that will result in a completely different outcome, one in which this type of DRM is much less likely to occur again in the future, and that TOO, affects ALL gamers.
You can bitch and moan about how unfair it is that your actions affect others but you might as well bitch and moan about water being wet while you're at it. Cause that's just the way it is.
And right now, there are litterally millions of people in the US, and I have no idea how many internationally, that do not, can not, and will not have internet access, and/or internet access that is so slow/disruptive as to make participating in this game impossible.
So, for those millions of people, our decisions affect them in the future. Will they live in a future where this kind of DRM is now the standard, and their computer gaming days are basically over, or will they live in a future where this kind of DRM is not to be spoken of ever again, and they can gleefully drive to their loal Best Buy, purchase Diablo 3, and enjoy it themselves.
I'll probably get flamed for this, because people just don't seem to like being reminded that our acts and decisions affects others. Funny that.
Maybe it leads to a major shift that changes everything, and maybe it doesn't. The honest truth is that nobody knows, and it's all slippery slope conjecture.
Anyway, it COULD. And I still bought the game. Because I don't care. If this concerned something actually important to the human race, say water distribution or something along those lines, I would feel differently. But it doesn't. Nobody needs games.
I don't pretend to be noble or anything of the kind...I wanted something fun, so I bought it. It really is that simple. Think of me what you will. Some will grandstand and stomp their feet about how they're somehow 'better' because they didn't, and good for them. They aren't, but whatever.