A market analyst from Wedbush, Michael Pachter, seems to be under the impression that all us fine gamers are firmly under th giant corporate thumb of the big MS. While it’s a cosy thumb to be under, what with all its advancements in gaming technology and glimmering cache of class A titles, I wouldn’t go as far as saying I am taken so much by the ‘soft, that I’d pay double what I am doing for Xbox Live.
Taking our gold and giving us…GOLD?
From Pachter, “you really want to hook every gamer who has a 360, you want them to buy all their games on 360, play everything multiplayer, pay you 50 bucks a year so that, in a couple years, it’s a 100 bucks a year.” This “expert” seems to be suggesting that we are all a captive market and that now we’re all securely in Microsoft’s fold, we won’t raise a baa or even a bleat if they choose to raise the price.
Personally, I doubt Microsoft would even consider significantly upping the cost of Live, espescially considering the juciy free goodness of the PSN. If they did, however, I think it would mark the beginning of a virtual strike, with all the servers emptying and thousands of sun-shy gamers crowding onto the streets.
Oh gamers, what would you do? Could this be St. Petersburg 1917 all over again? Your thoughts, please.