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    Tuesday, April 06, 2010

    Michael Pachter: Nostradamus, Or A Cunt?

    A Things Cunts Say Special

    When Wetbush Morgan analyst Michael Pachter makes a prediction, it’s reported as if it were scratched into a granite tablet by the fingertip of God. But how often do these sage-like reports from the future actually fly? To celebrate our five years of blighting the industry, let’s find out.

    EA will buy Take Two

    So said Pachter on Gamespot, and then went on about how it was virtually certain that EA would win its buyout bid to GameDaily.

    Over two years later, EA still haven’t bought Take Two.

    Score: WRONG x1

    PS3 will outsell Xbox 360 by the end of 2008

    So he said on VG247. As you can see from the figures for 2008 and 2009, it didn’t.

    Pachter has a real hard on for predicting the PS3 will outsell the 360, so really we should multiply his “wrong” score by the number of times he’s got it wrong. We’ll be generous, though.

    Score: WRONG x1

    The iPhone isn’t “a viable gaming platform”

    Here’s the full quote from next-gen, as it’s a winner:

    “I don’t see it as a viable gaming platform, due to the cost of owning one. The iPhone costs $400 plus an AT&T wireless subscription for voice and data, I’m guessing this is $80 a month, so the addressable market doesn’t really fit the core gamer demographic. To the extent that hip, rich people are an interesting gaming audience, iPhone games will work. My guess is that this group is only interested in the most rudimentary games, and that the market will be small.”

    Here’s a graphic demonstrating how iPhone gaming has eaten some of the DS’s share, and eclipsed the PSP:
    Score: WRONG x1

    GTA IV to sell 6 million copies in week one

    And that’s how much it sold. Slightly less impressive is that every man and his dog made a similar prediction, such as the less publicity-hungry analyst Mike Hickey. But we’ll still give him a point for it.

    Score: CORRECT x1

    Xbox 360 & PS3 price cuts in 2008

    According to Kotaku. Xbox 360 dropped, as it was widely expected to, but the extortionate PS3 price stayed exactly where it was.

    Score: CORRECT x1, WRONG x1

    E3 “headed for extinction”

    “In our view, E3 is headed for extinction, unless the publishers and console manufacturers wake up to the fact that nobody cares about the show anymore,” he said to VG247 in 2008.

    E3 2010 is coming up in a couple of months.

    Score: WRONG x1

    New DS by the end of 2008

    So he said to MCV. The DSi was announced shortly afterwards, which almost makes up for his iPhone faux pas. Almost.

    Score: CORRECT x1

    Pachter’s estimated 2008 sales wrong

    As reported on VG247. Technically, he’s speaking accurately. But speaking accurately about the fact that you were wrong still makes you wrong, no matter how much backpedalling you do. Especially when it’s the serious stuff that people rely on to make themselves the big money. There are loads of faield predictions like this, but they don’t exactly make for entertaining reading, so this’ll be the only one he scores for.

    Score: WRONG x1

    Wii HD is coming

    "A Wii HD would really position Nintendo well, which is why I'm absolutely convinced there is a Wii HD coming,” he said here.

    18 months later, still no sign…

    Score: WRONG x1

    Assassin’s Creed 2 to be set in the 1700s

    And during the French Revolution too, apparently, according to what he told GiantBomb.  But in the real world, it was set in the 1400s during the Italian Renaissance.

    Score: WRONG x1

    PS3 price cut for April 2009

    According to a report on VG247. Wrong – it happened in August.

    Score: WRONG x1

    Assassin’s Creed 2 & Splinter Cell Conviction out before March 2010

    Despite setting up the calendar equivalent of a barn door on MTV, he still managed to miss it with Splinter Cell. AC2 was within his gargantuan 14 month area of prediction, so well fucking done for that.

    Score: CORRECT x1, WRONG x1

    Sony PSP Go is a rip off

    Here's the full quote from GameTrailers:
    “$249 is too much, period. The $169 PSP-3000 is a profitable device – the disc assembly, for a UMD, costs more than 16 gigs of flash does. So this new device doesn’t cost them as much to make as the PSP-3000 and they jack the price up $80. I’m sorry to say it. I don’t want to get bad fan mail from the Sony fanboys, but… They’re ripping off the consumer.”

    Amen to that. Only Sony could take a handheld that’s sorely in need of a second analogue thumbstick and re-release it with less functionality for UMD owners, added internal storage that nobody wanted or asked for, and still no second thumbstick. Thankfully, there are people in the industry with influence who have the balls to call them on stuff like this.

    Score: CORRECT x1000

    But… hang on, what’s this?

    “I sincerely regret the choice of words in my response to Geoff Keighley’s question in last week’s Bonus Round, where I said that Sony is ‘ripping off’ the consumer by pricing the PSP Go at $249.99. I made a poor choice of words, and I do NOT think that Sony is doing anything nefarious in choosing their pricing strategy.” (Via IndustryGamers)

    That’s right – the one thing that man has ever said that’s been honest and relevant was retracted within a day. So…

    Score: CORRECT -1000, WRONG x1

    Borderlands is being “sent to die”

    Over to Gamasutra reporting Randy Pitchford from Gearbox:
    “It was tough for Pitchford to hear Wedbush Morgan's prominent industry analyst Michael Pachter declare, prior to Borderlands' release, that the game had been ‘sent to die’ amid big competition from Bungie's Halo 3: ODST, Infinity Ward's Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2, and other major holiday titles. Pachter argued Borderlands had little chance of competing. We were sandwiched between the two biggest first-person shooter franchises ever. And the guys at BioWare, who walk on water, were releasing Dragon Age around the same time.

    “But Borderlands sold around 3 million units, Gearbox continues to invest in the franchise through new downloadable content, and the title became the best-selling new property of 2009. "It was tough for me, because it's Mike’s job to analyze these things. You know what, Mike? I knew you were wrong."

    Score: WRONG x1

    Final Score: CORRECT x4, WRONG x12

    Now, we’re no analysts, but… oh, you get the picture.


    1. But Nostradamus was a hack, anyway.

    2. Anonymous10:36 am

      Do you have testicular cancer?

    3. Anonymous2:46 am

      Actually, Pachter predicted Wii HD as far back as August 2007. He said it would come in 2009 (WRONG) or 2010 (going to be wrong).

    4. Anonymous10:04 pm

      Not to be a sycophant but you're a bit of a genius. Bloody update more often.

    5. Anonymous6:19 am

      The iPhone one is in the middle, neither wrong nor right. If you look at that graph, it looks like it is a gaming platform, but do you honestly know anybody who has an iPhone who won't get a psp or ds solely because they already have an iPhone as their gaming device. The kind of games on the iPhone are stupid, and the people who play a DS or psp would not replace their games with that, so I say it is simply adding a new aspect to the market. What was the total revenue in 2008 and 2009...I bet it went up.

    6. For what it's worth, it's not like Pachter goes out of his way to get quoted saying this stuff. It's more down to the 'journalists' who publish everything he comes out with, then later mock him for getting stuff wrong. The guy is employed as an analyst and nobody's sacked him yet, so he must be doing *something* right, mm?

      Also, 'Anonymous' - I've barely touched my PSP or DS since I got an iPhone, and I'm hardly alone there.

    7. Anonymous3:00 pm

      You need to try actually playing some iPhone games, you stupid fucking cunt.

    8. Anonymous5:55 pm

      Sad thing is Pachter probably gets paid more to analyze games then I do making them.

    9. Anonymous8:59 pm

      That iPhone one is bullshit.
      I think PSP and DS markets just shrunk (due to piracy, age of technology and developers wanting to move on to newer hardware) than iPhone significantly grew.

    10. Anonymous8:57 pm

      If your looking into a dictionary and searching for the word analyst you will notice : A financial professional who has expertise in evaluating investments and puts together "buy", "sell" and "hold" recommendations for securities. Also known as a "financial analyst" or a "security analyst".

      So idiot when i say something i doesnt mean that gonna happen but maybe its gonna happen !

    11. Anonymous9:19 pm

      Your psp go hate is hilarious, such butt-frustration