Do we have evidence of this?
So no, I don't count the "record breaking sales" as any kind of valid measure of the worth of this game.
Neither do I. The worth of the game is irrelevant to my point. My point is a lot of people seem to be complaining bitterly about issues and then buying the game anyway.
I don't see how. The issue of whether this is a good thing is not affected by whether one has bought the game. Indeed, generally we expect people are more likely to complain about something they have bought, than something they haven't, or even don't care about. By this logic, no one should ever complain about the immensely commercially successful Windows.
Perhaps because it's possible to both like a game, and hate the way it's been crippled with DRM? (Plus the first buyers are not going to know until after they've bought the game.)
It seems perfectly consistent that more criticism is generated for the most popular games - of course you won't get much noise over a game that no one cares about.
Would not buying really help? Or would they just blame the lower sales on piracy, like they always do? What about games that get lots of sales without this system?
Well, not buying the game would give your argument a bit more legitimacy.
It would only affect an argument of "I'm not going to buy this game because of this" or "We should stop this by not buying the game", but I'm not sure people are saying that, and even if they are, are those people then buying it?
Anyhow, if the sales are booming, I'll remember that the next time I hear them complaining about piracy killing sales.