Minecraft Dev Tells Microsoft to Stop “Trying to Ruin the PC”

    September 28, 2012
    Sean Patterson
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Putting aside all the criticism Microsoft has been getting on its upcoming Windows 8 operating system regarding its new user interface (and also it not yet being ready for a release), a lot of the harsher criticism the company has gotten for the OS is about how Microsoft is doing gaming on the platform. Valve co-founder Gabe Newell has repeatedly trashed the OS over its new game market scheme.

What Microsoft is planning is an Xbox-like (and possibly branded) game store where developers and publishers will have to get their games approved before they can sell it. Other platforms, such as Valve’s Steam or EA’s Origin, will still be available to PC users, but having a game store built into the OS certainly gives the impression that Microsoft’s game store will be the “official” source for games on a Windows 8 PC. This is especially egregious to indie developers, who often have trouble with companies such as Microsoft when it comes to having their games approved.

This week, Minecraft creator Markus “Notch” Persson vocally criticized Microsoft and Windows 8 over Twitter. Notch tweeted out that Microsoft contacted him for help to “certify” Minecraft, and the developer told the company to go shove it:

He followed up with a bold proclamation:

It’s easy to see why indie developers are wary of Windows 8 “certification.” If games have to be approved to make it into Microsoft’s store and seem legitimate to the average PC user, the traditional openness of the PC gaming market could begin to close off to all but the major publishers. Also, while Newell’s comments may seem like the words of a game market competitor, Valve has recently made its Steam platform more open to indie developers with the launch of Steam Greenlight, which allows Steam users to vote on which indie games make it into the store.

  • Ase

    why there is no start button in windows 8.

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  • GOD

    Is this why minecraft isn’t working on my Microsoft laptop, if so I want my money back for paying 19 $ for this game.

  • http://yahoo ed and oscar

    cann i play minecraft

  • http://yahoo ed and oscar

    how do u do it

  • HULK

    @Puny GOD maybe you should get a refund from Microsoft 1st. After all it is only Microsoft; However, we can’t go a day without our Minecraft!

  • veronica toft

    the more Microsoft tries to do a Mac makeover, the more Linux needs to step up

  • Lisa

    So just use the desktop interface. It is only the touch interface that uses the store. Seems to me to be a lot of vista-style bashing (bashing without using the product) by people who are running scared with no knowledge or experience. If minecraft (or whomever) don’t want to register with the MS Store, then don’t. What’s the big deal as any previous version will run very well on the desktop side. Win 8 (full) is my primary work machine and my games machine at home. No problems at all with either and the usual ‘training time’ is 5-10 minutes guided before end-users are happy to go ahead and use it. (compare that to 1-2 hours for Android/ipad training)

  • Kevin

    Whatever. As a consumer I prefer having 1 place to find all my games instead of giving my credit card to every website trying to sell me a game. Especially if it’s a small indie game that doesn’t have a well established brand.

    • Hector

      I Agree With You Notch Microsoft Is Stupid! Dont Do It, Have A Backbone!

      @Kevin Who the F*ck Do You Think You Are? Also May I Ask Are You Stupid? Mojang Is A “well established brand” this company made a way better game than Bungie,Tryarch,Sledgrhammer,Activision,And Microsoft Combined! and ahhh they also made alot more money than you will ever see in your entire pathetic life! (And thats just off one game) So Please do take your support for microsoft somewhere else!

      • Charlie

        Calm down, child… calm down…