MMO gamers are “addicts,” says Pachter

Monday, 2nd February 2009 21:24 GMT By Patrick Garratt


Wedbush Morgan analyst Michael Pachter’s called MMO players “addicts” in an interview with Reuters.

“I don’t think (online multiplayer games) get impacted at all, because people who play them are addicts,” he said.

“Losing their jobs makes them more likely to play because they have more time to play.”

There are some raw nerves in gaming, Michael, and this one’s inflamed and throbbing. Good luck.

Thanks, GamePolitics.



  1. Syrok

    Well, there are quiet a few people who are addicted to MMO. It might not yet be medically recognised, but there certainly are a few.

    #1 6 years ago
  2. reask

    The dreaded Pachter strikes again. :(

    #2 6 years ago
  3. David Sarkisjan

    There is definitely an unhealthy addiction out there.

    #3 6 years ago
  4. Gamoc

    Fuck you, Pachter, fuck you.

    MMOs are games, you can not get addicted to them.
    I’d like to point out that I’ve never played an MMO, he’s just full of shit.

    And I’ve said it before; games analysts are wastes of article space.

    #4 6 years ago
  5. Psychotext

    You can get addicted to pretty much anything you can think of, so I’m not entirely sure how games are any different.

    #5 6 years ago
  6. revolting

    Thing is, though, he’s right. People with addictive personalities most certainly can get addicted to anything; the thought that being an addict is limited to use of physiologically altering substances is quite naïve; it’s every bit as much a psychological thing, and games can spark it off as much as anything else, be it gambling, big brother, or whatever people are wired to obsess over.

    I’ve been playing MMOs for over a decade, and during that time I’ve swung back and forth several times between “casual part-time gamer” and “addicted no-lifer”. While his comment is certainly a sweeping generalisation, and likely will (quite justifiably) spark the wrath of a billion scorned Age of WarhammerCraft players who lead perfectly healthy, balanced lives, for every single one of them there are a couple dozen people who would rather live out their days in Azeroth or Hyboria than in the real world. During my time in Warcraft, I’ve known scores and scores of genuine addicts. I’ve seen many a marriage collapse to it and many a kid rot away in their parent’s basement for years on end for it. I knew someone who stopped working because it got in the way of the game, I know a few people whose WoW subscription is higher on their list of money-spending priorities than food, gas bills and even rent. The addicts are out there alright, and they will keep the good ships Blizzard & Co afloat until the world collapses and internet stops working.

    Gaming is like anything else; healthiest in moderation. And most sensible people would hope that that’s exactly how people play. But like anything, there are plenty who lack self-restraint and take it too far. In the case of MMOs, “plenty” is actually billions of people.

    #6 6 years ago
  7. Gamoc

    Comments from the media about this is simply generalising the people with addictive personalities to ALL people, which is simply unfair. People with addictive personalities will get addicted to whatever the hell they spend a lot of time doing, it’s unfair to blame that on the games themselves.

    #7 6 years ago
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    #8 6 years ago
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    We are not addicts, we are just caught up by the game.

    #9 6 years ago

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