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Analyst: Wii U software attach rate is 1.2 in US

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 two reasons for t...

 
 
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Pachter: Activision should charge for Call of Duty online

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 fans. At least...

 
 
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Yahoo: Microsoft can't afford to keep Xbox brand going

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 look rather bl...

 
 
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Analyst: PS Vita must cut its price in order to succeed

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 better games -- c...

 
 
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Wii U predicted to start strong and then falter

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 launch on the ...

 
 
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Darksiders II sells 247,000 in North America at launch

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.  This humble numbe...

 
 
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Pachter upsets Nintendo fans, says they'll buy anything

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.  "I don't think ...

 
 
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Analyst: Medal of Honor: Warfighter sales will suffer

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 MOH title, as we...

 
 
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Pachter: 3DS XL not compelling, PS Vita too expensive

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 all analysts, ...

 
 
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Pachter: Wii U is not going to work

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 they suck -- I j...

 
 
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Pachter: on-disc DLC is 'just plain greed'

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 the long run, h...

 
 
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Analysts: Sony could strip down free PSN features

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 Network in order to m...

 
 
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Pachter: Orbis/PS4 to suffer if it blocks used games

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 operator, retailers ...

 
 
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Pachter suggests the Wii U may be Nintendo's Dreamcast

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" itself with the W...

 
 
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GDC: How important review scores are to game sales

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 games would sel...

 
 
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GDC: EEDAR's five universal truths for top-rated games

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 Brudvig, director of...

 
 
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Divnich Divines: Do Japanese Vita sales spell trouble?

[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 PlayStation Vi...

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

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 the past. "Ninte...

 
 
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Analyst says PlayStation lacks consumer excitement

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 thinks its ultim...

 
 
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Analysts say the 3DS is 'clear of the woods'

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 initial bumpy st...

 
 
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Pachter: Rumors of new Xbox in 2012 are silly

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" because ugh). Analy...

 
 
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Analysts: Xbox 720 will be a hybrid console

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 Intelligence anal...

 
 
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Pachter: Call of Duty: MW3 will hit $1.1b in six weeks

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 Pachter of Wedbush...

 
 
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Pachter: Modern Warfare 3 will double Battlefield 3 sales

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 to set fanboy f...

 
 
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EEDAR: 51% of gamers bought DLC this past year

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's some good DLC...

 
 




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