Roper is not different from many of other Lead Devs for failing games. Garriott , Koster, Roberts and Derek Smart(see his old ibmpc usenet posts) all learned to lie with a straight face about the facts.
Wow wait what?
You're talking about...Garriott, the father of Ultima and MMOs along with Koster who has advocated totally free gameplay in his MMOs (being UO and Pre-suck SWG) and Chris Roberts of Wing Commander fame?
Seriously...where do I begin?
All of these people, even Derek love him or hate him, have all produced something that is immortalized in gaming history. Ultima series, Ultima Online, Pre-CU Star Wars Galaxies, The Wing Commander series. In fact all of those stated were ruined by the parent companies, not the designers. I would hardly call Derek's games failures either, sure they are not topping the sales charts but they clearly do well enough to earn him a living and fund successive sequels so I think he's found what works for him. It seems a bit like you dug up that comment just because he's reading, no?