Gaming industry analyst and managing director of Wedbush Securities, Michael Pachter, has never been one to shy away from offering the occasional controversial opinion, but his latest statements are pretty astounding, even by his standards.
Speaking during an interview with the Daily Star, Pachter said: “I think PC Gamers are like racists; they only like their own kind and they have no interest in venturing out and mixing with other races. PC gamers are arrogant twits who are convinced what they do is better than what anybody else can possibly do.”
An enlighting statement from Pachter. PC gamers are, of course, unique when it comes to feverish devotion to one's chosen platform; such a thing has never happened in the history of consoles or other computers, no sir. Comparing PC owners to racists certainly seems rational.
Pachter added more words of wisdom when discussing the upcoming PlayStation 4 Pro. “ If you were an Xbox owner and you’ve always wondered what it’s like to be a PlayStation owner, this is a great opportunity. And I think if you’re not a [next-gen] console owner at all – which would include a subset of PC users – this is the one you would buy. This [PS4 Pro] is the obvious choice.”
The analyst’s comments aren’t limited to calling PC gamers arrogant, racist twits, he also pointed out the slightly obvious fact that Nintendo’s NX won’t sell a lot of units if it turns out to be a $400 handheld device. Speaking to Gaming Blot, he said: “If it’s a console and costs $199, it will sell extremely well; if it’s a handheld and costs $399, it’s dead in the water."
The “PC Master Race” meme, which Pachter is doubtlessly using as the basis of his claims, has been around since 2008. It is nearly always used as a tongue-in-cheek term; comparing it to something as extreme as racism is pretty incredible for a veteran industry analyst. And, as he alludes to himself, a large number of PC gamers own at least one console, so it’s not as if we hate “mixing with other races,” that would just be racist.