As a panellist on GameTrailer’s Bonus Round once again, Analyst and often-quoted gaming figure Michael Pachter spun the rumor mill at full speed last week.
When a viewer asked the guest panel why Microsoft did not port more games to the PC, instead of keeping them console exclusives, Pachter launched into a myriad of generalities:
“It’s a profit deal. Microsoft wants you to never play a game again on your PC and play everything on your 360,” he said.
“You can’t hook a guy into Xbox LIVE Gold if he’s playing on a PC. That’s the other problem. You really want to hook every gamer who has a 360, you want them to buy all their games on the 360, play everything multiplayer, pay you 50 bucks a year, so that in a couple years it’s 100 bucks a year. That’s going up. We all know that.”
Gamers immediately fled to the forums, their blogs, or Twitter to add their two cents, with a large share crying foul. With the competition offering free online service, people want to know what Microsoft thinks they have to offer that’s worth the cost. Many threatened to “turn in their Gold badge” if a price hike did happen.
Later, Microsoft spokesperson David Dennis’s guarded response did not lend solace to LIVE gamers:
“I don’t foresee a scenario where we’re going to double the price of LIVE anytime in the next couple months.”
Pachter’s prediction mentioned a hike in the coming years, not months.
Then again, Pachter also proclaimed that 2K Games sent Borderlands to die by releasing it so close to other anticipated hits, yet the despair of gamers everywhere unable to find a single copy on the shelves neatly bursts his bubble.