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September 7, 2005 at 9:23 am #4536
September 7, 2005 at 9:33 am #24625
“It may continue to grow in China,” Mr. Pachter added, “but not in Europe or the U.S. We don’t need the imaginary outlet to feel a sense of accomplishment here. It just doesn’t work in the U.S. It just doesn’t make any sense.”[/quote:33f216f6c9]
I’ve never actually played WOW. I am still unwilling to pay a monthly price for a game. Though in saying that I pay 20 euro every three months for the clan’s servers…
September 7, 2005 at 11:12 am #24655
the full quote from Michale Pachter reads…
“I don’t think there are four million people in the world who really want to play online games every month,” said Michael Pachter, a research analyst for Wedbush Morgan, a securities firm. “World of Warcraft is such an exception. I frankly think it’s the buzz factor, and eventually it will come back to the mean, maybe a million subscribers.”
“It may continue to grow in China,” Mr. Pachter added, “but not in Europe or the U.S. We don’t need the imaginary outlet to feel a sense of accomplishment here. It just doesn’t work in the U.S. It just doesn’t make any sense.”[/quote:a7479f3976]I don’t agree with him at all. Online gaming will continue to grow – wheter WOW manages to maintain it’s 4 m monthly subscribers is another thing – but if for no other reason than as gamers grow older, and new gamers enter the market, the market will grow
September 7, 2005 at 11:20 am #24658
“I don’t think there are four million people in the world who really want to play online games every month,” said Michael Pachter, a research analyst for Wedbush Morgan, a securities firm. “World of Warcraft is such an exception. I frankly think it’s the buzz factor, and eventually it will come back to the mean, maybe a million subscribers.”[/quote:3fe3cd9df4]
Typical execs giving their uniformed opinion. Times are changing and its these people that need to wake up me thinks.*
The reason these games are taking off on such a large scale nowadays is because people have the internet connections available to them (at a fair price) which makes the online gaming experience enjoyable. This new development coupled with the release of such a cracking game as WoW has really kicked started the genre imo.
Also with regards the drop off rate from WoW, I don’t think it will be any less than other MMORPGs albeit maybe slightly less given its popularity.
*Note execs still bother me since Sam N’ Max 2 was cancelled awhile back.
September 7, 2005 at 11:24 am #24660
Typical execs giving their uniformed opinion. Times are changing and its these people that need to wake up me thinks.[/quote:4ac0fa1620]Pachter is an anlayst with Wedbich Morgan and not an industry exec… some would say that’s even worse!
n fairness to him, he’s usually pretty good
September 7, 2005 at 1:04 pm #24675
Hrm, don’t actually know who he is, but arent they the guys that give the execs the info that lead to them saying stuff like..
After careful evaluation of current market place realities and underlying economic considerations, we’ve decided that this was not the appropriate time to launch a graphic adventure on the PC.[/quote:6a344cf234]
I did mention they killed Sam N’ Max 2 right? A crime punishable by a butt shaving with a paper shredder. :lol:
September 7, 2005 at 1:19 pm #24676
more from Michael Pacheter on WoW:
September 13, 2005 at 8:03 pm #24924
I feel that as the initial gaming generation gets older you will actually see an upswing in MMORPGs. I mean look at what it takes to play the major game types, FPS: reflexes, nimble fingers; RPG: intelligence and problem solving. I see the popularity going strongly RPG and quite possibly MMORPG as the initial gaming generation gets older. They won’t be able to hang with the young guns forever. They will start to have more fun being able to take a little more time to get that spell off, than the precision and reflexes to get the shot off while actually having a targeting reticle on a player. The body gets older, and with that I think we will see a shift in popularity. Then again that is just my $.02
September 13, 2005 at 10:36 pm #24928
Don’t know i started of on rpg games loved them but since someone got me started with quake 2 i have hardly played an rpg. But as you say in my youth i had more time back then to play long hours etc. In my late 20’s now with a son, most of my time is spent with family, although BF2 i had to buy played the demo and thought it was amazing :) (still dont get much playtime at it tho, the odd few hours here and there)
September 14, 2005 at 9:11 am #24939
I cannot help and be reminded of the words (probably imaginary) of the wise man : “640k ought to be enough for anybody”.
This guy’s comments on Wow and the MMO market will be up there with all the “should have shut up” comments that have existed throughout history, I’m sure.
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