There's no shortage of hate for Michael Pachter. Usually it's just because he's saying something bad about a company people care about. My issue with him is beyond that. I'm a banker. I'm not licensed so I don't sell securities, but I'm in an affluent area so I have to maintain at least a base knowledge of what is going on. So I've read what he says outside of games.
The man is a psychic. Not to say he can predict the future, but he utilizes the same tricks that Silvia Brown and Gary Spivey do. He always has a caveat, so that in retrospect he can claim a hit regardless of what happens. Take the Facebook IPO.
He trashes Zuckerberg for wearing a hoodie. Says it will undercut confidence and that a proper CEO would wear a suit. He predicts grey days... and then sneaks in it will hit it's $44 target. Which it soooo didn't.
So if the IPO goes sour, he called it! It was the hoodie. And if the IPO goes well, he called it!
I recognize the Giant Bomb crew has a soft spot for him, which is fine, but for what he is... 10 minutes before he came on the show they were lancing marketing people who are good at their job, but don't care about games. Talking about how awful they are. That's the recipe for Pachter!
He is their sacred cow. Which is fine. I guess I'm just bummed that he has his own standard. It's financial astrology and any time he does try and talk games he sounds foolish. "I'm thinking... Crazy Taxi?"
In conclusion, there are valid reasons to dislike him. It is not drinking Hatorade.