Didn't they give it away with WOW subs or something? I suspect it didn't actually "sell" as much as you think. Not to mention no matter how much it sold people had trouble the next one may not sell as much after the connection troubles people had.
I am surprised this hasn't made much bigger headlines than it has. The sales of D3 are absolutely astronomical, ridiculously so. Basically unheard of for a PC exclusive. Now one can say it was just the hype, but the numbers are too high for this, imo, much too high.
Yeah. It really crushed Diablo 3s sales.
Frankly, I am convinced it'll become the standard sooner rather than later, at least for any bigger titles.
More worrying in the case of EA than Blizzard though with the former's habit to switch off servers after a year.
No, I don't agree it works, Ubi held on to it for years before finally giving in and now are quite reasonable DRM wise (even if UPlay is useless crap), Capcom backed out of using something similar. An indie tried on some game recently and got a basklash from it.
EA do like to roll it out here and there, of course only because of the multiplayer features, I mean if you play single player you need to be connected for the multiplayer
If it did get bigger, the backlash would be huge I reckon but consumers still need to keep these companies in check. Vote with your wallets, encourage and educate others and it WILL go away....well at least it better we are losing the DRM war enough already.