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They are the professional analysts who research, keep track of, advise their clients on, and opine to the news media about the video game business.
In Analyze This, we present a timely question pertaining to the business side of the industry, and then simply let a trio of analysts offer their thoughts directly to you. Each person's opinion is his own.
Jesse Divnich of Electronic Entertainment Design and Research, Michael Pachter of Wedbush Morgan Securities, and Ed Barton of Screen Digest considered these questions:
What would you strongly advise Nintendo, Microsoft and Sony to focus on this year with their respective consoles?
Likewise, what would you advise game developers to focus on this year?
Overall, what are you predicting for the industry in 2009? For example, is there an interesting trend you're starting to track?