We all know Michael Pachter. He lives in infamy here at Gamnesia, but he occasionally has something smart to say concerning the industry.
In this week's edition of the Pach-Attack!, the analyst discusses the possibility of PS3 and 360 trophies and Gamerscores being transferred to Sony and Microsoft's new consoles. The answer is a tad strange. Pachter states Microsoft will allow the achievements to move to the 720, but his answer for Sony is interesting.
Pachter states Sony screwed up by making PSN a free service and that gamers now feel entitled to online capabilities for no cost. Sony created PlayStation Plus to make up for the mistake. Pachter states PSN will get a full revamp with the incoming PS4, and Sony will continue to perform a free version of the service and a paid version that comes with many perks, such as the ability to carry over your PS3 trophies.
Pachter also talked about Montreal's endless amount of video game studios, pointing to Quebec's government giving out tax credits. Ontario is also starting to offer the same bonuses, which is why developers are starting to open in Toronto.
Pachter's stance on PSN caught me by surprise, but it makes sense. I hate paying for online services. It's the sole reason I refuse to buy an Xbox 360. However, PlayStation Plus is a great deal, with dozens of free games offered every year. If Sony continued the service into PS4 and gave it even more extras, I'd gladly pay fifty dollars a year.
What do you think about Pachter's prediction on Gamerscores? Did you notice he didn't say "Nintendo" once this week? Sound off in the comments.