Sorry, if you're factoring in where the money goes and why it costs something, you're not making a business decision. You're simply not. The post you're linking to even says this: you give a load of reasons why you might not make a business decision when you buy something.
Let's not put words into your mouth, shall we, but put your own words into your mouth. Your own words being "And sorry, but 30 bucks for a game that is over 6 years old is still "obscene" in my eyes." Are you going to stand by those words (the ones I initially took issue with, let us not forget), or accept they are silly words?
I'll offer you some alternative words to use. How about "I'm not sure it's worth that much money", or "I think I can spend the money more efficiently on other games", or "The price is not necessarily obscene, but I am taking the moral position that their download service is not worth supporting", or "The price is not obscene if it would be a permanent download, but it only lasts a few days so it's worth much less to me". These are all sensible words.
It's an interesting question, but I don't have any good sales projections at hand and I suppose you don't either so we probably can't pursue the question too far. I'd go as far as saying that Dominions 3 is much more niche than the examples you're giving. Those examples are games that many people interested have probably played, and so most of the modern buyers of the game will be those who are only vaguely interested, or people who already have the game but want it in a more convenient form. For Dominions 3, on the other hand, there are likely to be a lot of potentially-interested people who haven't got the game yet, whereas all the potentially-vaguely-interested people are probably not even going to hear about the game. That's my understanding of the argument for keeping niche games more expensive.And you are asking the wrong question. The question isn't "Is it okay if the best product on the market is one of the most expensive". The question is "Is it okay if the best product on the market is substantially more expensive than all other similar products?" which is a VERY different question. Also, I still question why I can buy Silent Storm and Jagged Alliance 2 for 10 bucks or less each, but I am expected to pay 70/50/30 bucks for Dom3 :p. Dom3 being the best is arguable and opinion. Silent Storm having the best tactical combat ever is a scientific fact and anyone who says otherwise is a dirty rat-loving bastard who should be drawn and quartered :p.
What you usually see with these sorts of game is that they're available from niche stores for expensive until they pop up on a more mainstream store like Steam where they're sold more cheaply. I think that the Avernum games worked like this. I think they are still expensive on the developer's website, even, but I might be wrong about that. I'm not sure Dominions 3 isn't on a more mainstream site; I know that CoE3 got rejected from Steam initially.
Well I'm not going to disagree there. For my part I was mostly just seeing what would happen if I concentrated on just one thing and kept repeating it over and over again, because on most other threads you successfully confuse people by making really long posts where they can't work out what to reply to, and then you win the argument.And mostly I am just mockinhg gp because good freaking god his excuses are insanely offensive and funny :p. I still firmly believe it is just a matter of the devs living in the past.
Anyway, as the squirrel-lover says, we had probably better stop now.