We generally like to avoid cluttering up the front page with multiple articles on the same story, but I think that this particular story deserves a follow up. A couple of days ago, I published an article in which I quoted Michael Pachter saying that Steam is “supposedly” looking into allowing trade-ins via their digital store. Now that the interview has had sometime to make it’s way to Valve, the quote is coming back to haunt Mr. Pachter.
Valve marketing head Doug Lombardi recently spoke to EuroGamer regarding the alleged trade-in plans, and said that Valve has never met with Michael Pachter, and they have no idea where he got the notion from. Pachter responded in turn, agreeing that he had never met Valve, and that the problematic quote came around because the game journalist posed the question to him awkwardly. This is his new stance on his line from a couple days ago after the jump:
“I saw the headlines yesterday, and honestly don’t remember saying that Steam would sponsor trade-ins,” he claimed.
I can only surmise that the reporter asked the question that way (‘Steam is rumored to be considering taking digital trade-ins’) and asked me what I thought. I have NOT heard this from anybody, and think it had to be the way the question was phrased.
When I said ‘supposedly’, it’s because the question was posed that way, and is an acknowledgment that I’ve never heard it before. I am pretty sure it was posed as a hypothetical question, and I was trying to be responsive.
For the record, I don’t know anything about Steam’s plans to sponsor credits for games purchased in the past. Mr. Lombardi is entirely accurate that I have not spoken to anyone at Valve about this, and I did not hear anything from anybody other than from the reporter who interviewed me.”
I guess being an analyst leaves room for a lot of guess-work, because Mr. Pachter’s whole interview is one big question. He was “pretty sure” that the query posed by the reporter is the source of the issue. He “supposed” from the “hypothetical” question that Valve would allow trade-ins. If you listen closely, I’m sure you can hear the sound of a shovel biting into dirt as Michael Pachter prepares a grave for what’s left of his credibility.
Perhaps I got a bit too personal there, but if you make a mistake, at least have the decency to admit that you spoke out of your butt instead of shoving the blame off. Any opinion on Michael Pachter’s waffling? Do you kind of wish that Valve would allow trade-ins? Go!
Source – EuroGamer