Michael Pachter

According to video game analyst Michael Pachter from Wedbush Securities, neither of the next generation consoles that are launching this fall will block used game sales. Both Sony's PlayStation 4 and the next Xbox from Microsoft will offer disc-based and downloadable game content, but neither console will follow through with the controversial DRM issues that have enraged passionate gamers with the recent PC game launches of Electronic Arts' SimCity and (to a lesser extent) Blizzard Entertainment's Diablo 3.

U.S. video game sales for the month of June are expected to be down 34 percent compared to a year ago, according to a forecast released tonight by analyst Michael Pachter of Wedbush Securities.

The sales are a closely watched barometer of the health of the traditional game industry; they do not include some of the fastest-growing parts of the game industry, such as social, mobile, and online games. Market researcher NPD is expected to report final numbers for the physical sales of games on Thursday July 12. Year to date overall retail

Separate leaks out of Sony and Microsoft indicated both companies were looking to implement anti-used game software in their next gaming consoles. Sources speaking to Kotaku said the next PlayStation console, which is supposedly codenamed Orbis, will  lock out some aspects of used games until players spend money to access the rest. It all sounds very evil to the consumer, but apparently Sony Computer Entertainment America president Jack Tretton feels the same way.

In an episode of The Bonus Round, Wedbush Securities analyst Michael Pachter

Apple's iOS-based devices are helping many retailers bolster their bottom lines, but who would have thought that they would also benefit a boutique game retailer?

In a research note sent to investors today, Wedbush analyst Michael Pachter said that he believes iPhones and iPads could play a "significant" role in GameStop's financial performance in the coming quarters. "Given the public's seemingly insatiable demand for iDevices, the high trade-in credit that can be received for these devices (as opposed to the typical console game, for example)

Nintendo's upcoming game console, the Wii U, is not really a "next generation" platform, Wedbush analyst Michael Pachter said in an interview published yesterday with Industry Gamers. "The Wii U is a pretty ambitious undertaking," Pachter told Industry Gamers. "It's a new console, with new controls and architecture, but it's not quite 'next' generation. Developers have to contend with differences between the Wii U and current generation consoles, then have to figure out what to do with the controls." According to Pachter, the Wii U will be home

In the not so distant past, Netflix was known mainly for its red envelopes. The DVD-rental-by-mail service was the company's core, and streaming video was a side perk for subscribers. Fast forward to 2011, and online movies and TV couldn't be hotter. Google, Amazon, Hulu and others have jumped into the fray -- putting studios in the power position. They want to be paid more for the content they're providing. That spells trouble for Netflix's streaming content costs.

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