Command and Conquer 4 is the latest title to have adopted the draconian anti-piracy protection scheme which demands you be connected constantly for any gameplay. In doing so it has immediately ran into problems in its opening weekend.
EA had to suffer (rightly so) a barrage of complaints over the weekend after many gamers have reported issues related to the game's DRM.
Ubisoft pioneered these rather extreme measures with its recent releases of for its recent releases -Assassin’s Creed II and Silent Hunter V. Many gamers however found this practice wholly unacceptable and Ubisoft’s DRM servers actually came under repeated attack which of course resulted in down time for many other gamers.
No such attacks have been reported by EA or anyone else but the publisher has seen waves of angry comments on its forums. The short sighted nature of these measures and the subsequent problems they cause are, ironically, causing many to rout for the pirates.