We all have various opinions on Michael Pachter, and likewise we probably all feel a bit different about adblock. Many feel justified, while others feel entitled to 100% free content. We’ve had Jim Sterling cover this topic in the past, and Destructoid had to make massive changes last year and offer a subscription service to try and keep their staff paid and their servers online. I know personally, 62% of our readers use adblock, which I could theoretically say is the primary reason we can’t pay our writers – we make just enough to keep the lights on. It is entirely possible that adblock could cause our doors to shut some day.
Beyond all of this, we all understand many ads are intrusive and annoying – and those sorts of ads have only increased since adblock came around, as people keep trying to find new ways to work around adblock, or make money from the few who still view the ads. Still, Michael Pachter has a few choice words, and summarizes some of my feelings on this topic rather well. In fact, I don’t think I’ve ever seen Pachter this heated before.