It's DRM. It falls in the same category of SecuROM, Star-Force, and Tages in my book. They added other stuff to help you forget the primary reason why it exists in the first place. I have not, nor ever will, forget that. Like hat said, having to download more than once is a real PITA. There are games weighing in at 13 GiB these days. On my connection (which won't be getting any faster in the foreseeable future), that would take no less than 11 hours to download. With the disk, it takes all of 15 seconds to spin around and grab it from my 200+ CD binders.