People that whine about online passes are babies "I want the game cheaper than retail and to give no money to the guys that made it, but I also expect free access to their online services! Hooray entitlement!"
Seriously, the industry is hurting badly due to the used market and this is a fair and effective way to combat it. There are downsides for the user, but they are limited, and as a group we brought it on ourselves
I don't mind online passes at all. I actually think it's a good thing. However, no trial is weak. I wanna try the online first before I buy it. How bout if the online is a mess or sucks? (Twisted Metal). We should have the right to try it first then see if we wanna buy it. I think Ubisoft does it best where can play 3 days or to a certain level. I've bought two games from them before after trying a trial. Sony, I never buy the game unless I can try online first. =D
My Assassin's Creed 3 Video Review - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y9psH4Rh4sA