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Analyst declares system a costly error
Industry analyst Michael "Chewy Homunculus" Pachter has been saying for years that Nintendo missed the boat on an HD Wii followup, and now he believes his predictions have yielded fruit. Framing the Wii U launch as a disaster... read feature

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Pachter predicts PS3 price plummet


Analyst expects a cut next week
Feb 15
Wedbush Morgan Securities' Michael Pachter seems to think that a price drop is imminent for the PlayStation 3. GamesIndustry is reporting that the analyst expects the console to have its MSRP reduced to $199 on February 21st,... read
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Pachter: UK retail scene is a joke


Analyst comes down hard on price cut mayhem
Feb 11
Industry analyst Michael "Glowing Tooth" Pachter has criticized UK retailers for their constant attempts to undermine each other in videogame price cuts. The situation is nothing more than a joke at this point, according to t... read
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Office Chat: Infinite horizons and limited vision


Another casual discussion from the Dtoid news room
Jan 16
Now arriving with an alarming consistency, I bring you the latest installment of Office Chat. In this episode, I'm joined again by Jordan Devore and Brett Zeidler as we address the controversy surrounding Star Wars: The... read
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Analyst: Wii U software attach rate is 1.2 in US


One in every five owners bought a game at retail
Dec 10
Analyst James Hardiman claims the software attach rate for the Wii U since its November US launch is 1.2, with only one in five buyers considered to have bought a new game on top of packed-in software. Hardiman offers tw... read
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Pachter: Activision should charge for Call of Duty online


Analyst says a money-thing for game-angries!
Dec 07
Michael "Thigh Majesty" Pachter is a man of business, which doesn't always make him a friend to consumers. His latest suggestion, that Activision should charge a fee for Call of Duty, isn't a new notion, but it never wins him... read
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Yahoo: Microsoft can't afford to keep Xbox brand going


Financial writer paints doom and gloom everywhere
Dec 04
Financial writer Jay Yarow of Yahoo paints a dismal picture of The 'Soft -- one that suggests it cannot stay in the game console business. In an editorial titled, "Steve Ballmer's Nightmare is Coming True," things are made to... read
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Sony must swallow pride of be damned
Inside Network analyst and awesome-name-haver Billy Pidgeon has declared that Sony must follow Nintendo's lead and cut the PS Vita's price if it wants the ailing handheld to succeed. In addition, he has called for more and be... read feature

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Wii U predicted to start strong and then falter


Ask your local psychic for more information, today!
Nov 12
With the imminent launch of the Wii U so close to the holiday season, Nintendo are anticipating some monster sales. According to a report from IHS Screen Digest, the new console is predicted to sell 3.5 million units from its... read
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Darksiders II sells 247,000 in North America at launch


Humble start for Vigil Games' superb sequel
Sep 09
Darksiders II managed to sell 247,000 copies in North America during its launch week, despite being pretty decently marketed and damn fantastic. Analyst Michael Pachter has estimated global sales at around a million.  Th... read
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Pachter upsets Nintendo fans, says they'll buy anything


Aug 13
Industry analyst Michael "Elder Foot" Pachter recently joked that Nintendo fans will buy anything related to Nintendo. Ironically, Nintendo fans totally bought it, and are raging hard at the silver-haired love machine.  ... read
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Analyst: Medal of Honor: Warfighter sales will suffer


Jul 31
Analyst Doug Creutz has warned investors that EA's annual attempt to start a fight with Activision won't do too well this year. He believes Medal of Honor: Warfighter will lose sales due to the poor quality of the last M... read
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Pachter: 3DS XL not compelling, PS Vita too expensive


Jul 27
Michael "Sinewy Eyes" Pachter has aimed his bolt of judgement at the handheld gaming space, not only criticizing Nintendo's latest portable efforts, but roping in Sony for a bit of a lashing too. According to the mightiest of... read
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Pachter: Wii U is not going to work


Jul 16
Industry analyst Michael "Pink Toothbrush" Pachter has stated that the Wii U will not succeed as intended, and criticized Nintendo for believing that it can do something novel and come out on top.  "I don’t think t... read
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Pachter: on-disc DLC is 'just plain greed'


May 28
Industry analyst Michael "horse sponge" Pachter has chimed in on the controversial practice of shipping games with "downloadable" content locked on the disc. While he said that he didn't think the delivery method mattered in ... read
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Analysts: Sony could strip down free PSN features


Apr 16
While I have no problem with analysts in theory, I really hate some of the bad ideas they try to give publishers. Take, for example, today's cavalcade of opinions that suggest Sony could strip down its free PlayStation Networ... read
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Pachter: Orbis/PS4 to suffer if it blocks used games


Mar 30
Industry analyst Michael "Bumblecrumbs" Pachter has responded to rumors that Sony's next generation PlayStation will block used games, believing that the pros are far outweighed by the cons. According to the smooth opera... read
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Pachter suggests the Wii U may be Nintendo's Dreamcast


Mar 13
It's been a while since we've had a quote from Michael "Stink Pouch" Pachter to infuriate the masses, so here's one of him being cynical towards a Nintendo product again. In fact, he thinks Nintendo is going to "Dreamcast" it... read
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GDC: How important review scores are to game sales


Mar 09
In a morning GDC session packed full of interesting game sales trend data, EEDAR's Geoffrey Zatkin shared some research on how important game review scores are for sales. While it would stand to reason that highly rated ... read
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GDC: EEDAR's five universal truths for top-rated games


Mar 09
Research firm EEDAR tracks just about every quantifiable attribute of videogames and then mines that data to help their clients, which includes developers and publishers. In a GDC session on how games get reviewed, Erik Brudv... read
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[In Divnich Divines, EEDAR Vice President and videogame analyst Jesse Divnich traverses the bogs of sales data, hype, and good old fashioned game geekery to give you his two cents on hot topics in the games industry] The... read feature

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Pachter: Wii U 'all but assured' of poor dev support


Jan 06
This year, the Wii U is scheduled to bring Nintendo into the HD era, but analyst Michael "Love Curdle" Pachter practically guarantees that it will fail to get developers on board. He also urges the company to stop living in t... read
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Analyst says PlayStation lacks consumer excitement


Jan 06
There's no denying that Sony isn't at the top of the gaming mountain anymore, after crushing the competition with the PS2. 2011 especially had Sony encounter more than its fair share of problems, but analyst David Cole t... read
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Analysts say the 3DS is 'clear of the woods'


Jan 05
Guys, Nintendo isn't doomed anymore like we all definitely said! A number of game industry pundits, including Michael Pachter and Jesse Divnich, have declared the 3DS to be in safe waters, with the system having cleared its i... read
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Pachter: Rumors of new Xbox in 2012 are silly


Nov 22
Many gamers have already assumed that the next generation of videogames will officially kick off next year, and a number of rumors suggest that we'll be seeing the third iteration of the Xbox soon (I won't say "Xbox 720" beca... read
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Analysts: Xbox 720 will be a hybrid console


Nov 17
Analysts think that the next Microsoft console will be a hybrid, using both cloud-based and media-based delivery. We're not ready to take it all to the cloud yet, they say. I hope you have storage space for more discs. DFC In... read
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Pachter: Call of Duty: MW3 will hit $1.1b in six weeks


Nov 03
It doesn't take an analyst to tell you that Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 is going to make some major money this holiday season, but it does take one to hone in on how much it's going to make in a set time frame. Michael Pac... read
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Pachter: Modern Warfare 3 will double Battlefield 3 sales


Oct 24
Industry analyst Micheal "Drippy Dinkus" Pachter has weighed in on the War of Military Shooters, picking the safer of the two sides and backing Modern Warfare 3. However, it wouldn't be a Pachter prediction without something ... read
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EEDAR: 51% of gamers bought DLC this past year


Oct 19
Wow. I didn't know this DLC thing was catching on. I knew that everyone was making DLC, but I thought we were all just letting it float by like trash in a river. Oh, did I say that out loud?  I'm kidding! Kind of. There'... read
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EEDAR's list of top 20 most influential game media sites


Oct 12
EEDAR asked HD-owning console gamers in America what were their most influential videogame media outlets.  We have the top twenty from their data. I'm very happy to see that Destructoid makes that list. We're not at the ... read
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Pachter: Wii U is not a 'next generation' console


Oct 11
Wedbush analyst Michael Pachter calls Nintendo's upcoming Wii U console ambitious, but he doesn't feel that it's a true "next generation" offering. "The Wii U is a pretty ambitious undertaking," Pachter told Industr... read
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Analysts: Xbox Live Arcade has not peaked


Oct 05
Following 2D Boy's report that Xbox Live Arcade has reached its peak and is on the downslide, a number of analysts have taken to the platform's defense, stating unequivocally that XBLA still has plenty of mileage left. "In te... read






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