Submitted by Medievaldragon 1169d ago | rumor

Rob Pardo Agrees Windows 8 is not awesome for Blizzard either

Recently, Gabe Newell said during the Casual Connect conference that Windows 8 is a catastrophe:

“[Windows 8] is a catastrophe for everyone in the PC space. We’ll lose some of the top-tier PC/OEMs, who will exit the market. I think margins will be destroyed for a bunch of people. … It will be good to have alternatives to hedge against that eventuality.”

To this comment, Blizzard Entertainment Executive vice-president of Game Design Rob Pardo agreed:

“Windows 8 is not awesome for Blizzard either.”

Blizzplanet speculates Blizzard Entertainment might consider Linux as an alternative if Newell's vision of a future post-Windows 8 turns out to be as grim as portrayed by the former Microsoft employee and Valve co-founder.

Blizzard Entertainment is currently developing an untitled Next-Gen MMO, World of Warcraft: Mists of Pandaria, StarCraft II: Heart of the Swarm and Diablo III patches and its expansion. (Diablo III, Gabe Newell, Linux, PC, Starcraft II, Windows 8, World of Warcraft, World of Warcraft: Mists of Pandaria)

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Medievaldragon  +   1169d ago
I guess Blizzard will stick to supporting Windows 7 and below until Microsoft no longer support those OS, and if Windows 8-9 no longer make it feasible for game developers to continue working with the platform.
MrGunny94  +   1169d ago
Man for some reason i think companys are feeling butt hurt because of the Windows Store thingy

Let's see how Windows 8 changes till the release
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lonesoul65  +   1169d ago
I agree...they are dogging it based on the possibility of someone else moving in on their space.
user5467007  +   1169d ago
Why is it people are saying things now when it's most likely to come out in October this year. Bit late now guys, you could of changed the way MS was handling Windows 8 if they said something a little sooner.
attilayavuzer  +   1169d ago
Haven't read why Windows 8 is hard to develop for yet, but I'm guessing it'll be another PS3 situation. Developers will complain, but eventually they'll have to go for it. Just a matter of how long they decide to put it off.
shutUpAndTakeMyMoney  +   1169d ago
steam works for me on win8 no issues. While the perfomance is better than windows 7 as windows 8 only uses 500mb compared to win7 using 1gb+ & everything on windows 8 is gpu accelerated.
UI is ok but I can see why companies don't like it.

As soon as you boot up you will se an xbox live tab. Gfwl is now basically part of xbox live.

M$ is trying to capture windows 8 buyers..

MS is try there best to get people to buy it.
"Microsoft will offer Windows 8 upgrades for just $39.99 "
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lonesoul65  +   1169d ago
It's really no different. The complaints come from the new GUI which is extremely cluggy when you first start using it...but over time I have really started to appreciate it.
I work with linux and all versions of windows daily and I think it is taking a chance at something new...which is a good thing.
The beta they released of it does feel like you should have a touch screen to go with it but once you train your brain to "right click" the start bar instead of looking for a start button...it starts to make sense. The search features are really well put together.
BitbyDeath  +   1169d ago
Just stick to Windows 7 like everyone else then.
Dlacy13g  +   1169d ago
LOL... I guess MS now needs to buy Activision Blizzard so they can have a major developer say Windows 8 is great for gaming.
StayStatic  +   1169d ago
Activision doesn't own Blizzard it's just an identity , the merger was with Vivendi Games who has a small share in Blizzard Entertainment and maintain independent development.
segamon  +   1169d ago
i have two words for you Blizzard; Fuck you.
Saryk  +   1168d ago
Really? Only two words?
segamon  +   1168d ago
what can i say, i'm polite.
Rifkens  +   1169d ago
Hipster Gabe Newell said it sucks first :P
finite  +   1169d ago
No comment i see fit for this article
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Treian  +   1169d ago
WoW is current gen...not next-gen...
DeeBee  +   1169d ago
Pay close attention to punctuation, notice that comma after he says "Blizzard Entertainment is currently developing an untitled Next-Gen MMO," ;-)
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Treian  +   1169d ago
ah I see.
lastofgen  +   1168d ago
then don't sell your games/software through the windows marketplace. easy fix and you won't have to pay that extra 30% royalty. honestly, the desktop is still there for a reason. it's like as if these companies think that selling via the marketplace is their only option.

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