Gran Turismo 7 illustrates the folly of always-online games

Gran Turismo 7 is perhaps the finest racing game of 2022 so far, and easily an early contender for Game of the Year. With its wide variety of cars, tight gameplay and extensive customization options, it’s just what longtime fans wanted, and accessible enough for newcomers.

There’s only one problem: On Mar. 17, no one could play it — even if they wanted to play offline. Gran Turismo 7 is only two weeks old, and its always-online requirement is already stifling it.

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