Wii has a feature (WiiConnect24 I think) that puts the console in low-power-mode once powering down that keeps the console connected to the Internet. It downloads messages and stuff for the NintendoChannel in this mode. Was Nintendo creating the future here? Who avoided to buy a Wii because of this?
It's not the same though. What we are looking at here is the fact that you will not be able to play a game AT ALL unless you are connected to the internet ... even singleplayer. What this effectively does is add hundreds of pounds to the cost of playing games on the 720. I've had my PS3 for 3 years now and for 2 of those years I played games even though I had no internet, and the reason for that is that I couldn't afford the £25 a month (£300 a year) to do that.
The point is, we have so far wild speculations based on rumors. Surely it would suck, if you can play games only if you're online. Also the comments of this Orth-guy were pretty stupid and the shitstorm was justified. But seeing endless discussions about a speculation seems to lead to far. It is simple as that: if MS implements a DRM, that needs you to be online while playing even single-player, then they shall get every hate possible and I hope the sales will suffer. But the rumors of always on and always connected can be really many other things.
So I think it is OK to say, that IF MS considers such a restriction on gaming they should go to hell. But the discussion should also accept, that we don't even know if MS even considers this.