Notch Jumps on Windows 8 Hate-Fest
Man, Windows 8 can’t catch a break. The latest to join the suddenly fashionable trend of bashing Microsoft’s next iteration of their PC operating system, October’s Windows 8, is Markus “Notch” Persson, Mojang founder and Minecraft creator. Notch holds nearly as much online credibility as Valve honcho Gabe Newell (if not more), who was the first game industry giant to start the trend of heaping hate onto Windows 8 a few days ago.
When asked in an interview on Reddit about what he sees as the future of the indie gaming industry, Notch took an unprompted hit at Windows 8:
“I hope we can keep a lot of open and free platforms around. If Microsoft decides to lock down Windows 8, it would be very very bad for Indie games and competition in general.
If we can keep open platforms around, there’s going to be a lot of very interesting games in ten years, mixed in with the huge AAA games that we all love.”
Clearly there’s a ton of concern about Microsoft’s commitment to openness for its software-making partners. Blizzard VP Rob Pardo expressed similar sentiments the other day as well. One game-maker expressing unhappiness at Windows 8 is an isolated incident. A second shows that there’s something really going on. And a third reveals that Windows 8 may present a legitimate problem to software-makers.
It’s easy to dump on Microsoft considering their role in the marketplace. Is it warranted? We probably won’t know for sure until October’s release of Windows 8, but the frequency of these announcements of concern is starting to get alarming, isn’t it? Should we all just save ourselves some time and switch to Linux already?