I have always wondered if there was a school or a course you took to become a gaming analyst? It seems that anyone who makes a statement (be it a educated guess or not) about gaming is a gaming analyst. Most of the time it is a statement as obvious as this.

“If Nintendo does very well with the next console. Microsoft and Sony will quickly get a lot more serious about next generation.” – Billy Pidgeon of the firm M2 Research

I am not a gaming “analyst” but to me this statement was already a given. Is it not a common business practice to try and come out with something better, and compete with your competition?