In total agreement. Hell, it’s also a talking point; “Wow, I didn’t know you read V for Vendetta, any good?” or “Oh my god, you like Firefly too? No way!” and so on. Also, my Scott Pilgrim books lined up look colourful. Kinda ties in with my “rooms will look boring” philosophy. Of course just having all these things isn’t necessarily good, but I think it shows appreciation. If I own something in hard format, I really wanted it or I really liked it, enough for someone to get it for me. It’s why I’ll always keep my PS1 because it was a present. Also it’s tiny, so it hardly takes up space.
I know this might seem tangential, but considering this is the changing scape of the entire entertainment industry, and this includes books, it’s something I think worth considering. Feels pretty sobering.
Getting? Already has been! At least since broadband internet became wildly available and internet speeds were sufficient to do this kind of stuff. We’ve already reached the stage in format positioning that we’ll at least go into the future with a digital/hard format companionship, but I can definitely see that going more towards the former, as the latter declines in interest, causing prices to go up for production and because they just can. Piracy will always be a thing, in an all digital format, it’ll be even more prevalent than it is now, with more people being interested by the pirate side of it for reasons you mention. The same goes for game releases; why, in this day, do regions still not have access to the same material as somewhere else for days, weeks or even months?! I understand broadcasters not knowing when what is available, but not even having simple access? I actually remember reading an article by Peter Serafinowicz where he said he pirated his own material simply because it was easier to do.
Putting my cynical hat on, I’d say that the digital tie-ins with blu-ray releases is done purposefully to get people interested more and more on digital so that physical formats can be ditched altogether. By that point, people are invested and DRM becomes acceptable. I’d say the same thing with Steam.