If I'd wanted a connected game I'd play Eve
Just glad that I didn't sign up for any of the extras for a game that I can't play offline. The great thing about algorithm generated content was that it doesn't need to keep phoning home. Love the graphics in Elite Dangerous, but when they began promising in-game advantages for real cash (second ship etc) I realised that they'd lost the essence of what I'd wanted and walked away. It's not the first bait and switch I've fallen victim to and is unlikely to be the last. I just find the rationalisation by Braben etc rather sad.