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I like consoles. If the WiiU had a phallus I would surely bed it. In the eyes of some of those who accept no other idols into their life than the higher power that is the PC I am a lowly console peasant, but it is a badge I adorn proudly.

When Yahztee Crowshaw of The Escapist made a joke about these people 7 years ago, claiming they belong to the PC Master Race in his idiosyncratic tongue in cheek way, PC gamers laughed heartily and embraced the term even naming their subreddit after it. They did what Call of Duty/Gears of War/Halo fans could not with their Yahztee dubbed name (spunkgargleweewee for those interested). They accepted it, they saw their flaws and held on to them lovingly, proving that Yahztee had nailed PC Gamers with his observational wit.

While 2008 is several generations old in terms of the lifespan of the news cycle, Tyler Wilde of PC Gamer somehow this week took offense to the ancient term and slammed it while unashamedly using The Escapists intellectual property without credit. The internet cogs went into overdrive and many have made their responses. Some think it’s just another obvious attempt by gaming journalists at clickbait, others such as Escapist founder Alexander Macris believe it’s political correctness gone into overdrive,

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while the witty readers of the PCMasterRace subreddit included several Nazi themed acronyms in their scathing responses.

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Here’s what the glorious PC Gamers of TechRaptor had to say about Wilde’s article.

David Rose

“The PC Master Race is an odd thing to be upset by because pretty much all the people who use it are joking, know it’s a joke and don’t really hold it up as their identity. In the end, people pick their machines because of what they want to get out of gaming, and most PC gamers use the label precisely because of its ironic origins, not in spite of it. There’s little sense among the majority of PC gamers that so-called “console peasents” are somehow deprived for buying a £350 box rather than an £800 one. In other words, to ironically end a response against the memetic excesses of the PC gaming community with a meme of my own: Why so serious PC Gamer?”

Ben Kuyt

Unlike Lolcatz, Borat, and doge, the “PC Master Race” is something only gamers would understand. It’s something outside of popular culture, and for good reason: the moment it became popular culture someone would get offended by it. It’s a joke. No one takes it seriously, unless you really do believe you are a “console peasant”. Which is stupid, since there are a good majority of PC gamers that have consoles, me being one of them. I just would prefer if every game on consoles were on a PC. They’d run better, look better, and control in whatever way I wanted. That’s why PC is the “master race” for gaming. It can do everything every other gaming system can, usually better. No one’s going to literally kill your console. Learn to take a joke.

Travis Williams

The attempt to change the meanings of words with the intent of policing thought needs to stop. Take your ‘perceived identity’ and your projection elsewhere. The term PC Master Race has nothing to do with race and all gamers are welcome and accepted under it’s banner. All except the dirty console peasants of course.

Keith Elwood

There are two kinds of people that could possibly be offended by the PC Master Race meme. The first are those that live in ignorance and don’t get the joke. The second, meanwhile, are those that deliberately go seeking out ways to be offended so as to spend all of perpetuity raging at others. You see, being a member of the PC Master Race really only requires agreeing with the objective fact that PC games are technically more advanced than other platforms. It isn’t saying that playing on consoles is inherently bad – we’re not Nazis, and I take offense to the suggestion that there is any kind of connection there. In the end, the article in question really just shows that its author is out of touch with gamers of all kinds and really does belong writing for another outlet that specializes in clickbait.

Shaun Joy

When I first heard about the article, I laughed it off, probably assuming that the concern was possibly overblown or just done in jest. But then I read the article in question, and it just makes me shake my head in disgust. I love watching Yahtzee’s videos and never felt that there was an exclusion whatsoever by using the phrase, and, in fact, have started conversations talking about his work with the PC master race phrase. I felt it was inclusive, that those who shared common likes and interests came together. And maybe its just me, but I find that one of the best ways to deal with complicated issues is humor – and that’s what I found the idea of the phrase to be.

It scares me that those who don’t deal with hard and complicated topics such as racism and horrible historical events would want to take away what could be a coping mechanism from those who use the phrase just because they don’t agree with it. Which then circles back to the issues of censorship and political correctness, and some of the issues that lied at a heart of what was a major problem in the Nazi led era. Rather than being offended, realize that maybe, just maybe, the name in question serves more then what it was originally: a joke.

Robert N. Adams

“PC Master Race” came from one of Ben “Yahtzee” Crowshaw’s Zero Punctuation videos. It’s a humorous statement that PC Gamers have a superior gaming experience on the technical level compared to the “Console Peasants” and nothing more beyond that. Implying anything else is ludicrous at best and woefully disingenuous at worst – does calling console gamers “Peasants” mean that we all live in a fiefdom now? If the term bothers you, don’t use it and don’t frequent the culture. It is not harming anyone nor is it a campaign to hurt anyone – it offends people who lack the ability to see a joke for a joke.

 

Do you agree with our staff? What are your thoughts? Let us know in the comments below.


Georgina Young

Contributor

British girl, currently in Japan. Surviving on a diet of retro games. Worshiping the god that is the Sega Megadrive. I like Nintendo.



  • Zanard Bell

    As I also pointed out in the ridiculous article of theirs, just a few hours earlier they also posted an Evolve article containing said ‘troublesome’ language, since Turtle Rock named their DLC “PC Monster Race”. Didn’t hear a single condemnation there.

    Plus, someone was also right to point out that while ‘images of Nazi Germany’ are the first things one think of the Master Race, Nietzsche was actually who thought of it first. (Ubersmench.)

    I’m guessing that’s what PC Gamer is down to: click-bait articles. Swear to the Machine Gods you will not do this, TechRaptor.

  • killdeer

    I wish the TechRaptor staff quotes had their pictures beside.

  • Wyatt Hnatiw

    Promise.

  • This sums up my thoughts on the “PC Master Race” stuff down to a T. Great response!

  • Ben Kuyt

    Why, isn’t our writing nightmarish enough? :p

  • Shaun Joy

    I’m actually a series of complicated unix scripts and this is the form I pretend to take. So take that for what it’s worth.

  • Ellen J Miller

    Seeing PC Gamer take that stance makes me miss PC Zone even more.

  • Wyatt Hnatiw

    My picture is a cool picture I saw on the internet a million years ago. Also, I’m not featured in this article.

  • Reece Hardy

    This might confuse some game journalists, but normal plebs play games in their own leisure time, in their own houses with their own circle of friends. They are under absolutely no obligation to be politically correct.
    .
    They are the ones tip toeing around a San Fran office full of hipsters, not us.

  • Speak for yourself. My writing is more ‘unreadable slop’ than ‘nightmarish.’

  • I solemnly swear that we are up to no good.

  • Zanard Bell

    I heard you say “Git Gud”.

    Fair enough.

  • Pedro Henrique Ribeiro

    It’s like they want us to say something like :”sorry I made fun of a mass murderering war criminal of the 20th century”!

    These people get soo offended by such insignificant stuff! Their lack of any sense of humor is fucking insane!

  • Javier Vega

    PC Master Race is a joke Its not like they are actual Nazi’s its just another way of saying Elitist PC Gaming Enthusiast.

  • pixel

    PC Master Race

  • Devast8nDiscoDave

    I started making trouble in my neighbourhood.

  • Dahkoht Lewin

    Bravo. Well written article. Spot on.

  • Completely agreed with you all.

  • Hezkezl

    You guys have gained a new reader! Bookmarking this site for future reading, because I can see you guys aren’t apologist SJW hipsters.

  • Guest

    It must be hard to live your life being offended by everything. It must be hard having no joy.

  • Justin Piantedosi

    TechRaptor… I have never heard of your website before now… But because of this article… I think I will be spending more time here…

  • Devast8nDiscoDave

    Tyler Wilde, the PC Gamer writer who compared the “PC masterrace” label to Nazism, wrote a big number of articles about Ubisoft games, while being in a relationship with Anne Marie Lewis, the Communications Associate at Ubisoft

    https://i.imgur.com/T9JH1HZ.png

  • GonzoLewd

    I hope they make Nietzsche as the PCMASTERRACE mascot. :3

  • Carrotstew

    Someone will always be offended, the standup commedian Steve Hughes says something about it, it’s a bit long, but funny and it brings up a valid point:

    “Political correctness is the oppression of our intellectual movement so no one says anything anymore just in case anyone else get’s offended. What happens if you say that and someone gets offended? Well they can be offended, can’t they? What’s wrong with being offended? When did stick and stones may break my bones stop being relevant? Isn’t that what you teach children? He called me an idiot! Don’t worry about it, he’s a dick.

    Now you have adults going “I was offended, I was offended and I have rights!” Well so what, be offended, nothing happened. You’re an adult, grow up, and deal with it. I was offended! Well, I don’t care! Nothing happens when you’re offended. “I went to the comedy show and the comedian said something about the lord, and I was offended, and when I woke up in the morning, I had leprosy.”

    Nothing Happens. “I want to live in a democracy but I never want to be offended again.” Well you’re an idiot.

    How do you make a law about offending people? How do you make it an offense to offend people? Being offended is subjective. It has everything to do with you as an individual or a collective, or a group or a society or a community. Your moral conditioning, your religious beliefs. What offends me may not offend you. And you want to make laws about this? I’m offended when I see boy bands for god sake.

    It’s a valid offense, I’m offended. They’re cooperate shills, posing as musicians to further a modeling career and frankly I’m disgusted.”

  • Scubasteve2020

    Awesome article guys! Keep it up!

  • Guest

    WHAT IS THIS PEASANTRY?

  • Gasbandit

    WHAT IS THIS PEASANTRY?!

  • Misogynerd

    To paraphrase the origin in context of the video:
    “It’s obvious The Witcher is a PC exclusive, which are designed to be as complex and unintuitive as possible so those dirty console peasants don’t ruin it for the PC Master Race.”

    Yeah, anyone using it is most likely being self-deprecating. Although some PC gamers are pretentious idiots about their machine of choice no doubt, but they aren’t usig the term since that requires them to remove the stick from their ass.

  • PossiblyCthulhu

    People often forget the fact the Neitzsche coined the term ‘master race’ (and not as a term based on genetic factors) in the nineteenth century, some 30-odd years before it was co-opted by a group intent on bending it to political and ideological ends.

    And now we have a joke, a near satirical off hand comment, that is used seriously by no-one, being co-opted 7 years later by a group intent on bending it to political and ideological ends.

    The irony is both bittersweet and delicious.

  • aboveup

    Completely nailed it. Thank you.

  • aboveup

    Yeah, they’re on a podcast together called Lasertime as well, which started becoming infamous for shitting on Japanese games, especially JRPGs, while giving as much extra time as needed for everything Ubisoft.

    I know it’s their personal platform and they can do what they want with it, but when you then also see it seep into Ubisoft coverage on a more “professional” platform, something just isn’t right with that.

  • John

    This is why i love this site, thank you.

  • Zanard Bell

    Man, the heartbroken guy in me is telling me not to dump on Tyler Wilde.

    But the ethics guy in me tells me ‘incestuous relationships again?! what the hell journos!’.

    So confused.

  • It seems to me someone spent to much time with those filthy console peasants. BURN HIM QUICK :). No seriously, some people just can’t take a joke.

  • Reptile

    I thought the joke was dead, rarely I saw it being used.
    Now this guy comes and says “stop doing this! Think like that!” and achieve exactly the opposite.
    Has to be a peasant…

  • StL

    As I said yesterday in the comment section of PC Gamer:
    WTF?? “making People uncomfortable”
    and who???? Not me as Austrian not my friends from Austria or Germany not even Jewish friends.
    JUST STOP GETTING OFFENDED ON OTHER PEOPLES BEHALF!!!
    A console pesante

    Oh and keep up the good work TechRaptor you’re doing a great job with not insulting your readers and that’s very rare these days

  • Damian Salcedo

    Great article. Keep the good work guys!

  • Eliv

    I found this article on PC Master Race and I see reasonable people here. I think Techraptor is going to replace pcgamer in my “gaming news sites” rotation :3 Keep up the good job guys!

  • We’re cool, we’re hip *dukka dukka dukka*

  • killdeer

    I don’t know I just form memories of people better through visual aids.

  • killdeer

    I’m calling the cops.

    “Must use real name, and picture for the site. If this is an issue, please inform us in the email – as we don’t accept pseudonyms or “avatar” pictures.”

  • Typical

    I want to be the first of the TechRaptor Master Race. PCLamer Peasants can lick the boots of my superior gaming coverage.

  • Typical

    But, do you aim to misbehave?

  • DariusQ

    Great article Georgi. Love your Citizen Napolean vids btw. =)

    I wasn’t frequenting Tech Raptor before but given the state of the so-called gaming “press” there aren’t a lot of options out there anymore. Good to know there’s at least one site still keeping it real.

  • Enthusiast100

    A large group of people, including me, were banned from PC Gamer for disagreeing with the article, lol smh

    No, problem for me though, boycott and delete bookmark, lol

  • I read this article and disabled Adblock Plus for your domain. Keep up the good work!

  • Casey Snow

    It’s just fucking snobby. It’s like when some kind of yuppie scum gloats over their Ferrari. Just because your machine is a computer and not a car doesn’t make you any less of a douche.

  • biztron

    You rock, Georgi!

  • Fenrir007

    I’m 100% sure the term will see a ressurgence thanks to the article.

  • d0x360

    These social justice warriors are getting way out of control. I mean..come on. Every possible joke offends someone and with them if just 1 is offended their collective will attempt to shame you into submission.

    I’m a console peasent…I’ve also been part of the PC master race and will be again soon. These last 4 yeara being console centric haven’t made me feel inferior lol.

    grow up people

    Last but not least count me in the group of new readers to the site.

  • d0x360

    He also had a relationship with someone at capcom.

  • d0x360

    Well the issue is people will trust him from his work at PC gamer and follow him to his podcast and assume its on the level. I know I’ve followed people at sites before to their own personal stuff.

  • d0x360

    Same here

  • NeoMosko

    This article nailed it.

  • NuclearKangaroo

    i stopped following PCGamer for a while now, they are nothing but absolute garbage and clickbait nowadays

  • NuclearKangaroo

    its always a shame to see comedy being hit with the political correctness club

  • CM Dubya

    They went Godwin’s Law.

    You NEVER go Godwin’s Law!

  • Ben Jeanotte

    While the term may have started as a joke, one that was actually mocking PC-Gamers. For some people it has really evolved into an icky elitist saying. I saw that Zero Punctuation, and I LOLed. Little did I know that years down the road people would be slinging “Console Peasant” at me with annoying frequency. The same goes for those haughtily claiming to be the PC-Master Race. I wouldn’t deign to censor anyone, but I do find the terms highly obnoxious and unfriendly. It wasn’t until last year that I was actually able to afford a good gaming rig, and before that I had decades of consoles to keep me company.

    As an actual console peasant, I knew the PC could have much better graphics, and a lot more flexibility. Lord knows, it’s not like I was turning my nose up at them, only the price, including the cost of the rather frequent upgrades one needed in order to maintain a capable gaming computer.

    To me, the phrase was cruel, a not-so-veiled way for PC gamers to claim themselves better than me, or to justify the value of their opinions over mine. So many comments or concerns of mine that referred to my console games were met with “You should play it on PC” followed shortly thereafter by “Console Peasant.” Not helpful, pretty frustrating actually.

    I do encourage everyone to lighten up on the internet, not take things so seriously, but also one should avoid being a dick to people. Hell, who doesn’t want all the consoles and a PC to boot! If claiming to be the “PC Master Race” is a joke… after 7 years, it’s really not amusing any more. Really though, people that say that, they aren’t trying to be funny, they’re trying to be superior.

    These days, I do play my PC about 99% more than my consoles, but I don’t look down on others who may do the opposite. I simply enjoy my good fortune.

  • Reptile

    Welcome aboard! (former PC Gamer reader, left after August last year)

  • Reptile

    That is why the term continue to live, people get triggered by it, If people simply didn’t care it would be dead now (as it apparently was, untill this happened).
    I don’t think that most of those who still use it today are doing it to feel “superior”, they’re probably doing it to mock people like you…console peasant (I am a peasant too, as I have filthy consoles).

  • Enthusiast100

    Actually, you’d still be considered a part of the master race if you know that PC is both objectively and subjectively superior to consoles.

  • Ben Jeanotte

    I run an online gaming community, and have for the past 5 years. It is there that I still see these terms come up whenever people talk about consoles. Massive flame wars have erupted there because of this on more than one occasion. It’s not my friends joking around, but someone being snide, usually when someone has an issue with a console version of the game, or even to one-up them when they are talking about how much a game is awesome.

    People here should consider carefully the last time they heard the term come up naturally when the term its self is not specifically being discussed. If it has just been their friends goofing around great, but that has definitely not been my experience.

    You can check and verify that I am admin of the group at this link, if you were looking for verification.

    https://www.facebook.com/groups/gameexplain/

  • Reptile

    Well, facebook isn’t known by its sane users…
    But I do get your point, that is why things need to be moderated, still it isn’t the “pc master race” meme fault that people are dicks, there are dicks everywhere and they will use any terms available as derogatory connotations.

  • Ben Jeanotte

    Of course, and I’m all for people saying whatever they want, but I don’t have to like it 😛

  • Zkid10

    Someone get /u/DragonCorsair. Someone else knows this!

  • ScewMadd

    Context is, and always will be, a foreign language to these people.

  • The Deuce

    They accepted it, they saw their flaws and held on to them lovingly,
    proving that Yahztee had nailed PC Gamers with his observational wit.

    That’s a fundamental issue here between gamers and SJWs. Most PC gamers, like most people in general, are able to poke fun at themselves and laugh at themselves.

    SJWs are not. For them, everything is political, and humor exists only as political weapon for furthering a narrative. Jokes, to them, are only and always personal attacks – “punching up” or “punching down” as they call it. Their laughter is a proxy for deflected bitterness and resentment, not genuine happiness or joy. All speech, in their minds, is either oppression of victims or an attack on the oppressors.

    They can no longer grasp the idea of truth, or of humor, being spoken for its own sake, so they can never see a lighthearted joke like this and just enjoy it without trying to figure out who is being attacked.

  • I find is SUPER amusing that the article seems not to understand that “PC master race” is a joke at the expense of EVERYONE.
    Console gamers for their limited platforms AND PC gamers for the perceived elitism.

    They’re not even trying any more.
    Just click bait and engineering outrage, with the backlash being all they need to justify their bullshit to the crowd they’re playing to.

    It’s sad.
    They think they support freedom and inclusion, but they keep promoting censorship and exclusion.

  • Nekochan
  • Nekochan

    Ethics wise he should of excused himself from the job of writing that article since he is too close to the company he is reviewing by being in a relationship with one of ubisoft’s PR team. And the company he works for should know this and not assign him jobs concerning that company.

    A credible journalist must not only be above contempt , they must be seen to be above contempt.

    It doesn’t matter if he conducted his review with the utmost professionalism and impartiality , it will be tainted by his perceived bias towards that company due to his relationship with one of Ubisoft’s employees.

  • Zanard Bell

    Ah no, not that Turtle Rock. I mean the studio that created “Evolve”.

  • They appear to have had no direction planned out once they stopped sending out demo discs.

  • “The personal is political” is probably the worst phrase and ideology ever invented.
    Because there is literally no room for reasoning as we’ve seen so recently.