And perhaps if everyone would stop seeing online distribution as some wretched replacement for buying the game in the store you might discover that the idea has, gasp, some pretty exciting possibilities.
Such as what? Getting the game a day or two faster? Having the games chopped into mini episodes? Having horrible copy protection that puts an expiration date on the game? Having to backup all games yourself? Getting no box or manual or nothing? Getting games at the same prices (a few measly dollars doesn't matter, they should cut the prices by at least 40%, they'd still make more than before), having to have a connection to the net every time you install/play a game, etc? Gee, that sounds great!
Also, DVDs and CDs ARE more convenient.. you can just make an image and play them anytime you want without any hassle. That is not piracy in my eyes.. a backup for personal use is not piracy.
I do that with all my games.. and I know I can have these games for as long as I want, there is no expiration date on them.