I'm happy yet oddly disappointed. I for one wanted to see what would happen to a hit game with an ultra intrusive DRM. I think they honestly are reacting specifically to a vocal group of over-seas people who they are not willing to ostracize and I applaud their patriotism and courage to take a risk to serve their customers. But I still would like to know for sure what the effects of an ultra intrusive DRM would be on both pirating and sales numbers.
I know, with time, the pirates can crack anything. But I also know most games come unplayable without the patches and I think downloadable content is the best incentive to purchase a game and is the gaming industry's future and a hallmark of PC gaming. At the price games are now, we have to carefully choose where to spend our $$ and where the best value is.