From SimCity’s disastrous launch, everyone is up in arms about the always-online DRM and slow servers. I can’t blame them and would have bought the game myself had it been standalone offline, and if EA/Origin wasn’t behind it.
For those who don’t know: Dongles are little USB sticks that contain licensed serial numbers that link to the software you purchased. Once the serial number is 1-time-activated then it’s stored on the dongle and can never be changed. I have mine connected to my keychain so I’m never without it, and it’s never been an issue. I then simply plug in my dongle, load my music software, then I unplug the dongle and get to work (without taking up any USB ports!).
I could never imagine having to be online 24/7 just to write music or enjoy a videogame. Why don’t gaming companies do this?