Remember yesterday’s “news” that Valve’s Gabe Newell pooped all over Windows 8, calling it a “CATSTROPHE”? Well, it seems as though Blizzard’s executive vice president of game design, Rob Pardo, concurred with the Gabe’s assessment, echoing his sentiments via Twitter.
nice interview with Gabe Newell – "I think Windows 8 is a catastrophe for everyone in the PC space* – not awesome for Blizzard either
— Rob Pardo (@Rob_Pardo) July 25, 2012
A post on CVG about the Windows 8 backlash speculates that a lot of the criticism is centered on Microsoft looking to hold more control over applications and purchases made via the OS, akin, it seems, to the way Apple keeps control over same through its own line of products. The post offers a quote from Newell’s initial slam that elaborates on the point:
“There’s a strong temptation to close the platform because they look at what they can accomplish when they limit the competitors’ access to the platform, and they say, ‘That’s really exciting.’”
But aside from this kind of supposition on the part of industry watchers, it’s not totally clear just how catastrophic the new operating system will actually be for Valve, Blizzard, and the rest of the folks involved in making content for the PC.