Do you know who has made a boatload of money and can now pretty much do and say whaterver he wants? Markus “Notch” Persson, that’s who. He made that game called Minecraft and in the process, practically rewrote indie success story history. He’s already said that he’s not a fan of Steam, but now he’s making his opinion of Windows 8 very clear.
Over the past few months, a number of developers and publishers have expressed their concern with the way Microsoft is appearing to close off the PC platform. The upcoming operating system has received a fair amount of criticism from companies like Stardock and Valve, with Valve’s Gabe Newell claiming the new OS could be a “catastrophe” for PC gaming.
Now Notch has added his voice to the growing displeasure levelled at Microsoft. Apparently, Microsoft recently offered Notch assistance in getting Minecraft “certified” for Windows 8. Ordinarily, the “certification” word gets used when discussing games getting released on consoles; you know, those things that run off closed systems.
Notch’s response to Microsoft’s offer for certifying Minecraft was pretty frank: “Got an email from Microsoft, wanting to help “certify” Minecraft for win 8,” he said via Twitter. “I told them to stop trying to ruin the pc as an open platform.”
In case that wasn’t clear enough, he followed up that Tweet with this one: “I’d rather have Minecraft not run on win 8 at all than to play along. Maybe we can convince a few people not to switch to win 8 that way.”
Of course, Minecraft will still run on Windows 8 via the dashboard, but we’re guessing that when Microsoft suggested certifying Minecraft, they meant that they wanted the game to be a native App for the Metro dashboard. That dashboard will have Windows 8 certified games that can launch from the Metro games section.
Still, looks like Notch is having none of it.