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Analyst: PC gamers are 'arrogant twits, like racists'

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: 6 days, 10 hours ago

UPDATE: Webdush Securities analyst Michael Pachter claims that his quotes were severely misrepresented in the Daily Star interview, and has given the following statement to Tech Raptor to clarify:


"I am a PC gamer, I like PC gamers, and I merely referred to them as insular. I in no way intended to call them out as 'deplorables', and I think that the reporter overstepped the bounds of propriety in making it appear that I said such a thing with venom. In any case, I've given THOUSANDS of interviews without offending an entire group of people, and somehow this guy ended up with a "gotcha" moment. It's time to move on."


Original story is as follows.


In an effort to describe why PC gamers won't buy the new PlayStation 4 Pro console, Webdush Securities analyst Michael Pachter compares enthusiast PC gamers to racists and arrogant twits.




Michael Pachter is known for his controversial and brusque nature in the gaming sphere, but this time I think he's gone way too far. When asked if he thinks PC gamers would even think about buying Sony's new 4K-ready PS4 Pro console, Pachter said: "I think PC Gamers are like racists; they only like there own kind and they have no interest in venturing out and mixing with other races," Pachter told the Daily Star


"PC gamers are arrogant twits who are convinced what they do is better than what anybody else can possibly do," the analyst continued. Pachter apparently doesn't understand the PC Master Race satire and sees PC gamers as snobby elitists that flaunt their expensive video cards around in the faces of console gamers.

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McLaren denies Apple acquisition

By: Sean Ridgeley | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: 6 days, 11 hours ago

Rumors indicated Apple has been in talks for months to acquire supercar maker McLaren in a bid to accelerate its self-driving electric vehicle developments. However, McLaren, who initially declined comment on the matter, has since denied any such proposition to Reuters.



The deal -- which was never described a sure thing -- was said to be valued at $1.3 billion or more.

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Blizzard retires naming scheme

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: 6 days, 12 hours ago, the name of Blizzard's online multiplayer service, is no longer called "".




Blizzard has made the strange decision to re-name one of PC gaming's most iconic online services in a confusing bid to make things more easily understandable. The Activision-owned publisher won't be calling their online service "" any more, and will instead refer to it as "Blizzard tech." At the time of writing, the address is still up and the service is still called the same.


Why the company would choose to forgo decades of an instantly recognizable and iconic name still isn't clear to me, and I'm actually concerned about this move--ever since Blizzard moved from the awesome servers that powered Diablo 2, Starcraft and Warcraft to the horrible lobby-less "Bnet 2.0" system, I understood how Activision's meddling would affect the future of Blizzard. Now more than ever it seems I was right on the money.

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Star Wars Battlefront expansion, patch notes available

By: Emma Tucker | More News: Gaming | Posted: 6 days, 12 hours ago

Patch notes for Star Wars Battlefront: Death Star are now available, with the expansion now live for season pass holders and will be avaliable to everyone on October 4.




This DLC expansion feature is fully packed with five additional Death Star-themed maps, a new Battle Station game mode, and character updates such as Chewbacca and Bossk.


Alongside of maps and characters, the Death Star expansion provides the exclusive upgrade of hero vehicles and armory. The TL-50 Heavy Repeater and the K-16 Bryar Pistol blasters, are amongst some of featured weapons. Whilst two new Star Cards, Luke Skywalker's famous Red Five and the TIE Advanced X1 are also new addtions to the pack.

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GeForce 372.90 drivers are optimized for Forza Horizon 3

By: Sean Ridgeley | More News: Gaming | Posted: 6 days, 13 hours ago

NVIDIA's new GeForce 372.90 drivers have but one primary purpose: to optimize Forza Horizon 3 performance.




The game launches tomorrow for Ultimate Edition buyers and Tuesday, September 27 for everyone else; you can pre-load the large 49GB download now via the Microsoft Store.


Various fixes are also included in the driver release. Most significantly: flickering in The Old Republic is no more, and crashes after playing Rise of the Tomb Raider for long periods should be a thing of the past.


Grab the new download through GeForce Experience now.

Pokemon games coming to Nintendo's next-gen NX console

By: Emma Tucker | More News: Gaming | Posted: 6 days, 14 hours ago

CEO of The Pokemon Company, Tsunekazu Ishihara, has confirmed that they will be developing Pokémon games for the anticipated new, next-generation Nintendo NX console.




During an interview with The Wall Street Journal, Ishihara confirmed the information regarding Pokémon Nintendo NX games to be true, putting all rumors to rest. The affiliation between the two companies has allowed Nintendo to obtain the licensing agreement to Pokémon characters, adding to the evidence that NX will see Pokémon games in the future.


However, it's unclear at this point in time as to whether or not the Pokémon games will be brand new adventures, or simple upgrades from the previous original seen on older generation platforms.

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Steam update fixes in-home streaming with AMD hardware

By: Sean Ridgeley | More News: Software | Posted: 6 days, 14 hours ago

A new beta update to the Steam client has at last fixed the bitrate issues plaguing in-home streaming users with AMD hardware. User reports indicate all is indeed well now -- welcome news given it's been nearly a year since the problem started.




To get started with in-home streaming, navigate to Big picture mode > Settings > In-home streaming > Advanced host options.


Also included in the update: improved local file validation performance, particularly for HDDs, and a fix for the black screen issue observed when streaming Duelyst or They Bleed Pixels.

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By: TweakTown Deals | More News: Deals | Posted: 6 days, 15 hours ago



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Microsoft release Minecraft Favourites Xbox One S bundle

By: Emma Tucker | More News: Gaming | Posted: 6 days, 16 hours ago

Microsoft has just released a new Minecraft Favourites Xbox One S bundle pack. The game themed offer is available now from Microsoft's official Xbox website and comes with a 500GB Xbox One S console, alongside a digital copy of Minecraft: Xbox One Edition and a wireless controller.




The bundle will set customers back $300, and will also include numerous DLC packs, character skins, updated maps and more! Those who purchase the Xbox One S console bundle will also be given a fee download code for Minecraft: Windows 10 Edition Beta, and a 14-day Xbox Live Gold trial membership.


North America can purchase the Favourites bundle now, whilst Europe will see release on October 11, and Australia and New Zealand on November 1.

Chevy Bolt electric car: $29,995 post federal tax credit

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Technology in Vehicles | Posted: 6 days, 18 hours ago

The electric car market is heating up, but the mainstream market needs to adopt them, and won't do that until they begin appearing for less than $50,000 - and much less. Chevrolet's upcoming Chevy Bolt electric vehicle will be priced starting at $29,995 after a federal tax credit of $7,500.




General Motors announced the news that its first electric car will be capable of over 200 miles on a single charge, for under $30K. Future owners of the Chevy Bolt will have to pay at least $7,500 in federal income tax in order to be eligible for the full tax credit, as it's not a refundable purchase, reports The Verge.


Before the credit, the Chevy Bolt will cost $37,495 for the LT trim model, while the higher-end Premium trim starts at $40,905. The base trim features a bunch of standards like 10.2-inch touchscreen, a 60kWh battery that should have you driving around 238 miles, and a powertrain that pushes out 200 horsepower, and 266 pound-feet of torque.

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