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Submitted by CFerrendelli 1158d ago | news

Markus “Notch” Persson Would Rather Have ‘Minecraft’ Not Run On Windows 8 Than “Play Along”

"Nothing like some good ol’ drama to get the internets a goin’ this late at night! Recently Markus “Notch” Persson, mastermind behind the hit indie game Minecraft, took to Twitter to voice his concerns with Microsoft’s Windows 8 operating system. Notch stated the he “Got an email from Microsoft wanting to help “certify” Minecraft for Windows 8. I told them to stop trying to ruin the PC as an open platform.” Ouch." (Minecraft, PC)

Dark_Overlord  +   1158d ago
I don't blame him, the winbows 8 certification and app store are one big clusterf***. Just seems like one big cash grab from MS.

Anything rated over PEGI 16/ESRB Mature isn't allowed either, and even if it is, any add on content is not allowed to exceed PEGI 12/ESRB Everyone

Full terms here
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jimbobwahey  +   1158d ago
Kudos to the guy for sticking to his guns, it's a shame that more people aren't being vocal about it however besides him and Gabe Newell (that I know of anyways).

The PC is a great gaming platform and it would be a tragedy if Microsoft completely ruined it. All of us running Windows 7 or below can obviously choose not to upgrade and that's fine, but since all new computers will start to come with Windows 8 pre-installed, it could cause some problems.

Hopefully Microsoft come to their senses.
pixelsword  +   1158d ago
Even if they don't come to their senses they're about to be hit with a huge-blankin' fine by European courts for their last financial quarter that could be as large as 7.4 Billion dollars, so they will have to lessen the reigns in some direction if they want to get jaded developers to make games on win8 because this little news might just make the stock drop just a little bit.

Hopefully, it will be in the direction that gives gamers and developers an edge.

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Gamer-Z  +   1158d ago
I don't blame him, but i wonder how will this affect Minecraft on the Xbox? If MS decides to certify Minecraft without his consent will he then strike a deal with Nintendo or Sony?
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GameOn  +   1158d ago
but could they do that? surely they need his permission.
pixelsword  +   1158d ago
It won't be the first time a corporation ripped something off and then try to"fix" it in the courts.
CFerrendelli  +   1158d ago
I don't think anything will happen in that division. Two completely separate departments. *crosses fingers*
Conzul  +   1158d ago
*gives Notch a psi-five*
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Qrphe  +   1158d ago
I don't like Win8 at all either, but what does he mean by playing along?

It's not like Win8 PC users would download only from the app store and nothing else. They could do what they've been doing all along games directly online or Steam.
Da One  +   1158d ago
But Steam will also need to be certified on the App store to even be downloaded on your Win 8 machine.

Why do you think Gabe is bitching(unless something has changed), MS could literally make it so you can't even have Steam on your Win 8 machine.
dark-hollow  +   1158d ago
"but Steam will also need to be certified on the App store to even be downloaded on your Win 8 machine. "

Thats simply isnt true. You download steam from their website just like you do with windows 7.

What gabe complaining about is the fear of the app market taking the lion share and any app/game outside of tge market wont get popular and people would have to let ms have 30% cut share for their apps to get published on the app market.
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Baka-akaB  +   1158d ago
I dunno where you guys get the idea that you need to use the app store and have to relinquish that much control .

Those guys just fear that the casual users , the one without much pc knowledge will just eat crumbs from the in house app store
FragMnTagM  +   1158d ago
Thanks Qrphe, dark-hollow, and Baka-akaB for having some sense in your heads.

I have been saying this all along. It isn't as big of a deal as they are making out to be. They might lose some market share MAYBE, but I don't think it is going to be quite as bad as Notch and Gabe are making it out to be.

You can still download and install programs like you always have. It is just that the appstore is right on the boot screen.

Just download Steam and your games how you always have no problem.
sloth3395  +   1158d ago
if it feels that way about windows then why even make a game for the 360 isnt that the same type of set up?
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wastedcells  +   1158d ago
You know you should be able to insult Microsoft in an article about windows. Relax. Not trying to offend the Xbox lol.
Ducky  +   1158d ago
His remarks seem a bit... childish.

Getting minecraft certified isn't a bad thing, it just ensures that people get a smooth experience, and acts as a sort of seal of approval.
Don't see how that jeaopardizes PC as an open platform as long as people can just download/install uncertified applications.
CFerrendelli  +   1158d ago
Getting Minecraft certified for Windows 8 isn't bad for him or Microsoft, but I don't think he wants to aid them in what the indie gaming scene (and game studios in general) are seeing as a system that is going to hurt them. I don't understand it all really, we really won't until the day comes.
FragMnTagM  +   1158d ago
What do you mean when the day comes? I have been using Win 8 for a while now and you can install games just like you do on Win 7.

The only thing they are bitching about is that the Win 8's app store is on the boot screen, and to get their games on that they have to pay for certification.

If they don't want to pay, no problem, you can still install them like always and they will show up on the boot screen to the right of the app store.
cferrisshoni  +   1158d ago
Glad to see another prominent developer being vocal about the situation.

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