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  • Blog Post: Video Game Analyst Michael Pachter Announces His Next Generation Predictions At SXSW

    Michael Pachter, renowned video game analyst, held a presentation at South by Southwest (SXSW), where he shared his predictions about the upcoming generation of video game consoles. Images of Pachter's presentation come care of Geoff Keighley on Twitter . Among his many predictions, Pachter said... More
  • Blog Post: Analysts: GTA V Should Be Out By April

    Neither Rockstar nor its parent company Take-Two Interactive have announced an official release date for Grand Theft Auto V, but some industry analysts aren't sweating it. Yesterday Take-Two announced its latest financials, and by reading those tea leaves, Sterne Agee's Arvind Bhatia, Wedbush... More
  • Blog Post: Pachter On Rumors Of Next-Gen Consoles Locking Out Used Games: "Not Happening"

    The next-gen console rumors are running fast and thick, and one in particular has gamers talking: Will they support used games or not? Michael Pachter, industry analyst and managing director at Wedbush Securities, has some choice words on the subject. When asked about rumors that the next Xbox system... More
  • Blog Post: Is The Wii U Next-Gen Enough To Make A Difference?

    Though he thinks it's ambitious, Wedbush game industry analyst Michael Pachter questions the chops of Nintendo's new console. In his monthly Pachter's Podium Q&A on IndustryGamers.com , the media friendly industry forecaster was asked what Nintendo needs to do to deliver a hugely successful... More
  • Blog Post: Will Netflix Sell Streaming Side To Amazon?

    Wedbush analyst Michael Pachter is at it again with his latest theory. He predicts that the reason Netflix split its DVD rental and digital streaming business is so that it would be easier to sell the steaming business to Amazon. “Upon reflection, it appears to us that the driver for the separation... More
  • Blog Post: The 2011 Holiday Showdown

    There are a lot of great games coming out this holiday season, and we recently conducted a survey of 5.655 readers to find out what they are looking forward to buying in that timeframe. Take a look at some extra stats and analysis from industry experts to our 2011 Holiday Showdown feature in the September... More
  • Blog Post: Duke Nukem Drags Down Take-Two's Earning Estimates

    Looks like Duke didn't get as much play as he expected. Analyst group Wedbush Morgan has trimmed its Take-Two revenue estimates in response to lowered sales expectations for the Dukester. According to Gamasutra , Webush believes Duke Nukem Forever's sell-through may be as low as half of its initial... More
  • Blog Post: Pachter Says Old Republic Cost EA $80 Million

    EA and BioWare's epic Star Wars MMO has come with an epic budget. Renowned video game analyst Michael Pachter of Wedbush Morgan estimates that the game's budget will exceed $80 million by the time it released. In an interview with Gamasutra, Pachter said, "Given that the game was in development... More
  • Blog Post: Pachter: Xbox Over PS3 Again In 2011

    Wedbush Morgan analyst Michael Pachter sees Microsoft's platform maintaining its lead over Sony's through 2011. Speaking with IndustryGamers , Pachter declared the $200 price point the magic number that Sony has to hit to jump-start its market share. Microsoft already offers a hard drive-less... More
  • Blog Post: UPDATE: NPD Considering Including Digital Sales

    UPDATE: NPD'S Anita Frazier has commented on the fact that some – including third-party juggernaut Electronic Arts – feel that the NPD is misleading because it doesn't account for digital sales in its figures. Frazier told GamesIndustry.biz : "The goal is to provide our clients... More
  • Blog Post: Pachter Paints Dire Picture For Nintendo's Console Future

    Everyone is excited about the Nintendo 3DS handheld, but Wedbush Morgan analyst Michael Pachter is raising questions and fears about the company's long-term strategy in the home console market. Previously , Pachter believed that Nintendo would be the first of the big three console manufacturers to... More
  • Blog Post: Pachter Predicts Price Drop For All Consoles

    For all you gamers out there who put a console on your Christmas list only to find that Santa is cold, heartless *** who doesn't care, Wedbush Morgan analyst Michael Pachter might have some good news for you. Pachter is predicting a drop in the prices for the Wii, 360, and PS3, with Sony going first... More
  • Blog Post: Pachter: Nintendo First With New System

    Wedbush Morgan industry analyst Michael Pachter is looking into the future of home consoles, and although the mists are murky, he believes that Nintendo will be first to come out with a new console. Then again, that doesn't necessarily mean that Nintendo will kick off the next wave of systems. "No... More
  • Blog Post: Pachter Says The Future Is Grim For Handhelds

    Wedbush Morgan Securities analyst Michael Pachter always has something to say, and this time he’s weighing in on the future of the handheld market. In the most recent episode of his web show – Pach-Attack – Pachter addresses a user question asking if handheld devices will move to the... More
  • Blog Post: Pachter Predicts Console Price Cuts, 360 First To Give

    If you're thinking about buying a new console, you might want to wait. Wedbush Morgan analyst Michael Pachter is predicting that all three consoles will be instituting $50 price cuts in the future, with the Xbox 360 being the first to drop to a lower price sometime in Spring 2011. "We estimate... More
  • Blog Post: Analyst Thinks The 3DS Will Cost $250 And Be Out In April

    Japanese pricing and release for Nintendo’s 3DS broke yesterday , and Nintendo went on to confirm that U.S. customers could expect the hardware before March of next year, but not everyone is so willing to take Nintendo at its word. Wedbush Morgan analyst Michael Pachter recently spoke to Joystiq... More
  • Blog Post: 2K Rebuffs Pachter Prediction, Says Mafia II Will Be Profitable

    Earlier this week Wedbush Morgan analyst Michael Pachter predicted Mafia II would have a hard time achieving profitability. Today during an earnings call, Take-Two CEO Ben Feder rebuffed those claims. "Based upon the initial launch, we expect this to be another profitable title for Take-Two,"... More
  • Blog Post: Pachter Predicts A Premium Xbox Live Memebership Option

    Sometimes analysts nail their predictions. For instance, Wedbush Morgan go-to guy Michael Pachter prognosticated an Xbox Live membership rates hike a full year before Microsoft made it a reality . Now Pachter thinks Redmond is readying a new $100 premium membership with added bonuses. In talking about... More
  • Blog Post: Loansharks Coming After Mafia II?

    If Wedbush Morgan analyst Michael Pacther is to be believed, Vito Scaletta and Mafia II could be swimming with the fishes thanks to sagging sales and mixed reviews. "Mafia II's average Metacritic score of 74 is well below expectations, and consumer interest appears to be waning, as the game’s... More
  • Blog Post: Pachter: Subscription Plans Expected For Call Of Duty And StarCraft II

    It seems like whether it wants to do so or not, Activision is going to be forced into announcing a subscription plan for Call of Duty due to the sheer number of constant rumors and analyst whispers regarding it. The latest adds an interesting twist, at least: Popular Wedbush Morgan analyst Michael Pachter... More
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