(Edit: EFF has a story on the DRM in Simcity.)
I'm thoroughly disgusted with the big-brother always-online requirements for single player. Part of the reason I don't get involved in MMOs is the absolute dependence on an outside factor; I value long-term worth. Once the MMO's operation becomes unprofitable your "purchase" is worthless. There's no going back to enjoy it some 15 or 20 years later like the classic games from your youth.
It's less pronounced with SC2 since the upkeep is less, but still, it could end up buried in the limbo of "perpetually copyrighted but unprofitable to sell" like so much other media someday, unable to be enjoyed by anyone who would still care to.
I hate to say it, but without purchasing the product you can't support the developer. Unfortunately, the profits also go to the publisher, who you hate.
Damn right... I feel the same way about movies and DVDs.
For now, at least console games don't come with choke chains attached... yet. I've heard horror stories about plans to lock games to personal accounts to make resale impossible. Publishers hate resale at least as much as "piracy" because even their legions of lawyers are powerless to stop it.
Anyway, on the subject of the games themselves, have you guys heard much about Xenoblade Chronicles [Wii]? It isn't exactly "new" but I've really been enjoying it.