Popular Wedbush-Morgan financial/gaming analyst Michael Pachter has a strong note for MMO players. Reuters spoke to Pachter about the gaming industry, specifically the effect of the not-so-hot economy on MMOs. He feels the MMO industry won’t see a hit from the lack of jobs, but instead see more activity:
“I don’t think (online multiplayer games) get impacted at all, because people who play them are addicts. Losing their jobs makes them more likely to play because they have more time to play.”
That would be correct, but the loss of a job also means lack of funds to pay to the glorious overloads of Blizzard their monthly fees. So, short of selling online gold or becoming in-game prostitutes for those who like orc on orc action, a MMO player without a job doesn’t necessarily mean more playtime.