Michael Pachter, everyone’s favourite videogame soothsayer has, in an interview with Eurogamer come out and pretty much reaffirmed what we all believed anyway – he really just makes stuff up.
Pachter has been predicting an HD Wii to be released this year – and he’s now trumpeting about how right he isâ€¦only he’s not.
â€œNintendo is on the verge of – certainly not dropping into third place or anything – losing its dominance, because I really truly believe that Sony Move is the Wii HD,â€ he said.
â€œI really believe it. That’s been my quote: I told everyone a Wii HD was coming this year, it just happens to say PS3 on the box. It is the Wii HD.â€
â€œThat’s a very easy upsell for Sony to say, â€˜If you have a Wii and you really want to play high-def games on your new big high-def TV, we’ve got â€˜em.’
What an absolute cop-out! Fact is though that he’s probably quite right. PS3 move is the ideal transition for Wii gamers who just want a little more than Nintendo’s white waggle box can give them, in terms of graphics and gameplay – but with a sense of familiarity too.
That’s not to say that he’s excluding Microsoft from getting a slice of that particular pie.
â€œPeople are going to like Microsoft more than we expect,â€ he said. â€œMicrosoft isn’t concerned about the gaming community with Natal, they’re concerned about the gaming community’s mothers and girlfriends.
â€œI really do think the gaming press has completely missed the mark on this one, that Natal is not intended for you to get up there and pretend you’re holding a rifle and playing Call of Duty. It’s intended for your mum to use the frickin’ 360 to download a movie or watch Netflix and to make it less intimidating.â€
â€œThe cool thing about Natal is the voice command. â€œXbox on.â€ I mean, that’s cool. People will really like it when they see it and they begin to appreciate what it isâ€.
Once again, probably true. Although we’ve seen little in the way of actual games for Microsoft’s Natal, there’s been even less indication of games targeted towards the so-called â€œcoreâ€ gamer.
Read the full interview over at Eurogamer, It’s a pretty good readâ€¦even if he is just making it all up.
Last Updated: May 13, 2010