I'm afraid I don't find his argument convincing at all. As a purely moral argument it's fine, but the world is not just morality. The world runs on Capitalism, and the rules of supply and demand. Items are charged at the prices people are likely to pay for them. The reason we have sales is because old, backlist items do not sell, because they're not new. First adopters are willing to pay the premium higher price to get the game right off the bat and enjoy it from the start. I work in books publishing and it's exactly the same here. By temporarily cutting the price of backlist items you offer the consumer a new incentive for purchasing something they might not otherwise try. You get the on the fence people, and you get a lot of them. Thus you make profit. The idea that sales are somehow preventing the sale of games is patently absurd.
I take my hat off to Jason Rohrer for his highly principled and moralistic approach, but I hope he's prepared to get zero backlist sales years down the line if he never offers his game for a discounted price. His argument is that a lower sale price somehow makes the early adopters who paid a higher price and tried the game earlier feel disenfranchised and I just don't think that's the case. Because they're you're fans, they WANT to pay a premium. They want to show they're the first in the door. It's the reason hordes of people rush out to buy ridiculously priced Apple products on the day of release. Conspicuous Consumption.
Maybe during a sale, when the price goes to $10, then I'll try SimCity. But when they said that it was prohibitively impossible to create an offline mode back when the game launched last year, to then go and do this... it just seems super ridiculous.
Some great choices here: I like your award categories. I will happily follow your lead on Dota 2; I continue to manifestly fail to understand the game. Looking forward to playing Black Flag in 2 years, when the price comes down.
As always I'm on/off occasionally with STO. I tried the Dyson Sphere yesterday and wasn't particularly impressed. Another reputation system = Another grind. I try to contribute to the Starbase/other stuff whenever I can, because I'd like to get it up eventually to the level where we can redeem some good ships. ;)