at the rate things are going your going to have to rent a server if you want to play, they will not have enough offical servers to meet demand, and on the crack front, i could but buying the game would reinforce the idea its aceptable and stealing it would justify thier viewpoint, so its a not buy it market for me, ill just wonder off and play my older games and minecraft;)
also another anoyance, why 3-4 logins on some games, i feel they should work it out so if i were to buy it on steam, it intigrates the logins and bypasses the windows login (unless i tell it to not default that way) or ubisoft login or what ever, im starting to see this on xbl games too and thats driving me up a wall one of the main reasons i started console gaming was it was quicker to play and no need to worry about hardware for 5 years or so, now I have to enter in code after code after code I bought a text pad just to make it faster... makes me pissed enough i may not buy a next gen console... but dont hold me to that
You only need to pay the fees to host a server yourself, not to play on them. Many games have allowed people to rent servers in the past if they so wish, I don't see it as a slight.
Well, if you crack the game it doesn't matter if it reinforces their idea. You just crack every game that has it and don't need to worry about anything.