I think these developers should really start thinking about the whole digital distribution way instead of the 'publisher' gives us money to survive method.
If developers set up a digital distribution system that didn't require the user to log-in to play ( cough ..steam ...cough) and allowed the end user to make a cd back up of the game they bought(downloaded) I think people would really take a liking to it.
Plus, without a 'publisher' taking a huge chunk of the profits they might make more money. Money they can use to continue new..and original games..not the same brand of RTS/FPS drivel that the industry is quickly sinking to.
Just a thought.