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I seriously don't get this whole "Draconian DRM" thing. I'm pretty sure most of the people who throw the term around don't even know it's origin and meaning. Most of you guys just like to jump on the bandwagon. It's not "Draconian DRM", it's the game's design. It was designed as an ONLINE MULTIPLAYER game. It doesn't matter that D2 was offline and online, D3 isn't. Deal with it.
It is much easier to control the game when most of it is server-side. It is easier to design and program. It is easier to manage. It is easier to integrate online gameplay and the auction house. As a bonus it is also easier to enforce DRM but that is NOT the main intention. If you don't can't be online to play or you don't accept that it is always-online, then don't buy it.
Think of the game as a MMO - I don't hear people complaining that you always have to be online in WoW. It's essentially the same thing. They could have released a single player offline version but that would just be ridiculous and against the intention of the game. True, D3 could be modified for single player offline play, but Blizzard is free to design and create their own games as they see fit and you have the option to buy the product or not.
Blizzard is already being more than accommodating by offering refunds that in most cases they aren't required to do. Stop complaining. The launch was rough and I do agree that it has taken too long to fix some problems but Blizzard is not out to get you with its "Draconian DRM". Honestly, I don't even think the game is that good but the "DRM" shouldn't be an issue and if it is don't buy the game. It's simple.