If you’ve been around the gaming world for a while, you likely know something about analyst Michael Pachter. Infamous for claiming the Wii would fail, Pachter has been well known for negatively speaking about Nintendo and making absurd predictions about which games and consoles would do well at just about every possibility.
As a result, his reputation among the Nintendo fanbase isn’t exactly the best.
But it seems Mr Pachter isn’t quite happy with his infamous reputation just yet. Why? Because earlier today, he perhaps made one of the daftest, most insane comments about PC gamers and gaming you could possibly imagine.
He compared PC gamers to racists and called them ‘arrogant twits’. And this was in an interview with the Daily Star too!
No, we’re not making this up. Here’s his comments about PC gamers in full:
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.
Wow. Just wow.
Pachter, you seriously could not have picked a worse comparison if you tried. I mean, I’m almost impressed at how insane this sounds. It’s like you’re trying to be the gaming version of Donald Trump.
Because absolutely everything about that quote alienates someone. For GamerGate supporters, you’re seen as attacking gamers like the media. To SJWs, you’re making jokes about race and racism. And PC gamers? Well, they likely now think of you about as poorly as Nintendo fans do.
So you’ve made some comments that seem just right for a social media firestorm, right after seeing all these other companies get torn to bits for far less. That doesn’t seem like it was thought out properly if you ask me.
Secondly, while I do admit there’s likely a feeling of superiority among some PC gamers, that’s not exactly the majority. And for those that do feel superior, it’s not just because ‘we like PCs and those guys like consoles’. In some use cases, PCs are simply better (like for mods or customisation). In some cases they’re not. It’s not always about superiority and elitism.
Finally perhaps calling them arrogant or twits isn’t exactly the best thing to say either. Remember, these folk could very easily turn it around and mention your obsession with the Wii and how it’s so inevitably going to fail. The same predictions that led to Nintendo’s best selling console in decades and a level of success that nearly matched the PS2’s.
Or perhaps your long history of other Nintendo related predictions and comments, about 50% of which were 100% wrong:
I’m not trying to be a jerk here, but those who live in glass houses shouldn’t throw stones, nor should someone in the video game industry treat the audience with such contempt.
On the bright side, at least your comments about the PS4 Pro and Xbox are much nicer and more reasonable:
However 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.
But please just stick to traditional gaming analysis here. You’re an analyst, not a political pundit or shock jock.