people say the same to me since i went out of my way to get a no steam crack for my copy. i hate steam with a passion. specially the fact that a lot of the single player games require you to be online with steam to play em. just plain uncool.
I agree, I believe if you buy the game you should be able to choose to play it with or without steam.
I also used a no steam crack for my game, works perfect.. no steamy shit on my pc..
btw my copy of skyrim is a genuine dvd / box & instruction manual.. not digital download