I was struck by this comment "you're simply not going to have a great time if you try to leave your consoles disconnected".
At first I thought you were saying that the online element was somehow making these games fun.
Then I read it again and interpreted it as "if you don't want to be miserable, you need to put your consoles online".
If that's the case, it further illustrates how the game companies are forcing us to go in this direction for their own purposes and not for our benefit.
I'm not giving an inch to these companies. I'll put my console online if and when I feel like it. (If a game expressly requires online, that's different). If the experience is poor, either online or off, I'm calling them out on it. I'm not making any assumptions or giving them a free pass about anything.
Heck, you could make the argument that today's games are shipped buggy because "that's just the way it is". But I refuse to use modern technology as an excuse.
Earlier this month I would have been at odds with that statement. Now I think it is right on the money. I hear the 360 and ps3 versions of COD will be internet only. Also Star wars is as well. Lets not forget Elite, Rainbow 6 siege and some ubisoft car game. For me this is only putting a third of the game in.