Why would you not want digital distribution to get blamed for the fall of the PSP Go?
I welcome any development that can possibly help stave off the death of physical media.
Sorry, I misspoke a little bit there. It's not that I want physical media to be gone altogether. But for me personally, I like having the downloadable version better than the physical media, with the exception of the box/manual. I have no need to have "perishable" media. I remember the days when my sisters used to borrow my CDs, and return them scratched to all hell. I don't have that problem anymore, and I have never had that problem with games, but I definitely welcome digital downloads.
With that said, I would much prefer a combined effort the way Sony is claiming to attempt here. I would prefer that digital-only AND physical media be available. As I said, I love the box/manual, but hate the discs themselves. I'm all for the box/manual for collection, including a digital download code. As for used games, I do participate in that market currently. And I would like to have that option for some games. But I've been dealing with Steam long enough to be ready for digital downloads, personally.
What my original comment was intended to express (though I poorly did so since my laptop battery was dying and I was rushing to finish up the post as quickly as possible) was that I do not wish for Sony to view the PSP Go and the digital download format to be inherently "linked". At least, not in the sense that, if the PSP Go fails, they will never try DD again. Because as they've set it up, the PSP Go has a LOT of reasons why it could fail beyond the simple fact of digital downloads. The method of implementation seems to be quite poor, whereas if it is done correctly, digital downloading can be very good. (again, see Steam for PCs)
Again, I don't wish for the end of physical media altogether. I just wish for enhanced opportunity/availability of downloading digital media, if that is my preference, which in some cases it is. For instance, there are some games I simply would not sell. They are rare, but they do exist. Final Fantasy Tactics, for instance, is a game I will keep as long as I have a way of playing it. (at least the PS3 does THAT BC, if not the PS2...) But I realize that for some, the disc itself is also collectible, so I understand why (and agree that) physical media should never disappear completely.