I think its a smart move for them. Because used games are so popular, it is only rational for developers to come up with ways to make back at least some of the money they are losing through used game sales.
I had no problem paying the extra like $15 for the BFBC2 VIP pass after buying it used
I agree with the servers being absolute shite at the moment. Been pretty ****** for FIFA. I also think its a con that they can charge you for a online pass because a lot of people buy games second hand as they cant afford to buy them new. Not everyone can shell out £40+ a go every time a new game comes out. The developers are making enough as it is, I know they put a lot of hard work into what they do and i respect that,but on the other hand they aren't short of cash. Maybe they should plough more of the money from the EA online pass into their servers?
If they want to play dirty I'll play dirty too. £8 for an online pass if you buy it pre-owned? I think I'll pay £8 for online and pirate the game. It's a great game and I'll be buying it for the PC, but if I was to get it for 360 I'd wait for a few months and get it pre-owned on the cheap. This online pass bulls*** just pisses me off. ¬_¬