Doesnt bother me in the slightest. All my PC's are hooked up to the internet anyway, so its a non issue. A computer without the internet is borderline useless these days. The model may actually work too. I quite fancy an RTS that has persistence qualities like an MMO. And we dont complain that an internet connection is required to play WOW now do we ! What worries me is that it was hard enough getting C&C3 working properly through my router when multiple people were at the house to play others online and host games, so without LAN play C&C4 better improve in this area.