It’s not old news that one of the biggest selling games of the year is Minecraft which has a staggering 43 million users registered, but what is surprising is the response that has come out of the woodwork from the game’s creator, criticizing Microsoft’s upcoming operating system Windows 8.
Markus ‘Notch’ Persson, the native Swedish game developer has raised eyebrows over two separate Twitter messages directed at Microsoft.
“Got an email from microsoft, wanting to help ‘certify’ minecraft for win 8.” he said in his Friday entry. “I told them to stop trying to ruin the pc as an open platform.”
“I’d rather have minecraft not run on win 8 at all than to play along.” he said later. “Maybe we can convince a few people not to switch to win 8 that way..” [Source]
BBC News reports that Microsoft has decided not to comment over Persson’s tweets at this time.
Microsoft’s Windows 8 aims to develop a new open plat-former, which will make it harder for both PC gamers and developers to implement games onto PC. The July announcement and the late September preview of the already controversial operating system has sparked comments from gaming’s biggest sellers. Gabe Newell, developer for Valve, stated that “Windows 8 is a catastrophe for everyone in the PC space.” Even Blizzard executive Rob Pardo has said that Microsoft’s OS is “not awesome for Blizzard either.”
Minecraft has reached a large portion of the public after first enterprising as a free beta online. Since it’s 2009 alpha release, the game has sparked everything from an Xbox Live deal to foam, pix-elated pickaxes at video game conventions. But with Microsoft still preparing for Windows 8 release, do you think that the video game developers have a right to feel antagonistic toward Microsoft?
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