1- It won't be choppy unless multiplayer gaming which is optional
2- I also have a crappy internet connection, but never had problems with SimCity which saves to the cloud.
The minority who use Dial-Up will have trouble but then again you can't even use dial-up to connect to and xbox.
Dial up is a minority but the sad number is how much of the us in particular doesn't have access to broadband, at least good enough to use these services. It's a good chunk. I know cause I live in one of those areas, and I'm only 3 miles outside of the city limits and can't get anything better than fixed wireless which is beyond sub-standard and ridiculously expensive. Most people can't afford that and tons of people live in areas like I do. People who have and complain about "oh I pay 50bucks a month for only 50 down 10 up"... first world problems. Most of us don't even have anything close to that, and not remotely as stable as that. This always online thing will hurt them pretty good I'd imagine. It's why I won't be buying one. And I know I'm not alone on that. The sad part of it is people won't realize it, it won't be publicized. They will buy the thing only to find out they can't use it. Return rate is gonna be high on these things I'm betting.
The problem isn't necessarily that the player doesn't have an internet connection, it's that the game servers will have problems and will eventually be taken off and the player won't have a say in that.
This is one of my concerns as well. If they decide to just stop supporting it then you are SOL end of story. Is why I'm very nervous about putting my faith in steam.
As I've said and many other's have said as well... This so called cloud revolution will NOT work or happen until everyone has reasonable connection speeds. And politics and such prevents that so we are on the road to nowhere with the cloud. It's just a pipe dream. A good idea but far from being executed well, at least well enough to be worth doing in the first place.
*EDIT* Only talking about the USA as I live there and have no clue about the rest of the world.Edited by Tadaen Sylvermane - 5/26/13 at 2:11pm