When Michael Pachter speaks, people tend to listen. But usually, when listening, those gamers are hanging on Pachter’s every word because he is a man who loves to make broad predictions about market and cultural trends not because he is trying to chastise gamers.
This time, however, Michael Pachter has spoke out in regards to an issue that has been blowing up the video game news world. Of course we’re talking about the Mass Effect 3 ending, and more specifically the incredible fan response that has arisen because of it.
Despite promising a conclusion that would be satisfying, and would take into account all of players’ decisions across the three games, BioWare delivered something that a lot of fans felt was pretty empty. The fans tried to voice their displeasure in numerous ways – from donating to charity to sending BioWare cupcakes – and ultimately BioWare acknowledged their wants, but not before being flooded with negative criticism.
For Pachter these gestures do nothing more than show “what a whiny group gamers are in general.” Moreover he feels that the fan response to the ending will end up hurting the chances of more creative developers like BioWare getting appearing.
“The reason we get games like Max Payne and Alan Wake only every six years or so is that the developers strive for perfection, and whiny gamers are only going to cause their beloved games to take even longer between episodes. The BioWare guys are prolific, but if they slow down development of future games to make sure that everybody is happy, consumers will have even fewer choices, and will have something new to complain about.”
Looking at sales of Mass Effect 3 (which he estimates to be about 2.5 Million) Pachter sees the “whiny gamers” as only making up about 1% of that group, but that doesn’t mean his comments will stop there. Gamers in general, according to Pachter, are some of the most vocal of consumers, so it didn’t surprise Pachter either when EA was named the Worst Company in America.
Pachter does make a few good points about fan response and expectations, but ultimately calling gamers whiny for voicing their displeasure is a bit drastic. He’s always been a guy who likes to stir the pot – like last year when he said Battlefield 3 didn’t have a chance of topping Modern Warfare 3 – but usually he has a pretty clear perspective on the topic at hand.
Fans have been feeling a bit too entitled as of late, and BioWare delivering this extended cut DLC isn’t going to help the issue, but could end up exacerbating it if the new content is equally as unfulfilling. Hopefully, at some point, gamers can move past this and start looking forward to another high profile series’ next entry.
How do you feel about Pachter calling gamers “whiny?” Do you agree that this fan backlash will result in fewer developers like BioWare getting a chance?