Michael Pachter weighs-in on Game Exodus 2009

By Stephany Nunneley
1 August 2009 15:59 GMT


Michael Pachter has weighed in on Game Exodus 2009, and tried to explain the defections into 2010 as best he could by comparing gaming to other entertainment.

Citing movies, he stated that film companies are able to release rival movies so close to one another because most consumers who wish to see both will do so. Games, however, are different.

“I think the game industry isn’t particularly well-coordinated,” he told Joystiq. “But the game business is different because you’re not going to go out and buy three games in one month. … Well, maybe you will, but the average consumer won’t.”

Compared to springtime last year, the number of offerings a retail have been light and because of this, a crowded holiday season was expected, which lead gaming companies to move titles to avoid the inherent risk.

“This fall you have games like The Beatles: Rock Band, Tony Hawk: Ride and DJ Hero. Those are like buying two or three games, and that sucks a lot of money out of the cycle,” he continued. “I think the biggest problem you’re going to see is that Q1 is now equally crowded, especially considering they’re going to be relatively low-dollar months.

“Think of something like Darksiders coming then, I think it’s going to be hard for a Darksiders to stand out.”

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