one word. Counterfeiting.
So, what's the sense of crypto-currency - is it about having a limited amount of combinations which are not covered by something material, and of course which are not even covered by gold? Then the dollar is already here... But at least you could touch it by fingers, at the time crypto-currency is just about imagination ;)
You can buy gold with btc. More important its backed by something more important then gold something that the entire human race spends more time with then there family, pets. Its backed by Microsoft in the US. In China its backed by the largest seller of consumer electronics, Newegg. Also in july, the chinese goverment (allowing no withdrawals) shutdown every btc exchange for a month, to do analyses of the situation. They reopened them all after a month and announced that they were going to allow btc to be used for there stock exchange due to the ease of use.
You can argue for or against it but either way, The genie has been released from the bottle and is not going back in.