It is not just games. System Mechanic manufactured by Ilo is an example the sort of issues that can occur. One use of this software is cleaning up problems caused be hostile or undesired software. Some processes should be done without the network connection active the user's virus, spyware, firewall, and other protective software disabled. Starting the System Mechanic application it will not run without an active internet connection because the manufacturer demands it verify the license key and what ever additional information they are extracting from the machine (not disclosed) to verify the legal status of the legally purchased software.
FTC Town Hall to Address Digital Rights Management Technologies - Event Takes Place Wednesday, March 25, 2009, in Seattle #539814-00031
FTC Town Hall to Address Digital Rights Management Technologies - Event Takes Place Wednesday, March 25, 2009, in Seattle