We have another Windows 8 hater — the developer of Minecraft

Valve hates Windows 8, Blizzard Entertainment isn’t very enthusiastic about Windows 8, and a user interface expert feels Windows 8 is a “cognitive burden” on people. Who else is a Windows 8 naysayer? How about the developer of Minecraft.

Minecraft is a popular game for PCs. Markus “Notch” Persson, the developer of Minecraft, recently tweeted that he was contacted by Microsoft to certify Minecraft for Windows 8, so it can be included in Windows Store:

Got an email from microsoft, wanting to help “certify” minecraft for win 8. I told them to stop trying to ruin the pc as an open platform.

Persson followed up that tweet by declaring he will never allow Microsoft to certify Minecraft:

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..

What exactly is Persson’s beef with Windows 8? Persson, who has no problem with Microsoft in general, hasn’t provided explicit details but does say he isn’t very happy with how Microsoft is making Windows 8 a “closed system” — how Microsoft is trying to funnel software and programs through Windows Store as opposed to the decentralized distribution we have all come to be familiar with.

Of course not certifying Minecraft for Windows 8 does not mean the game won’t work on Windows 8; it probably will work on Windows 8 and Persson will likely issue updates to Minecraft to fix anything that Windows 8 breaks. What this does mean, however, is Minecraft will not be available in Windows Store which could potentially be a financial loss for Persson. Let’s see how he reacts if his sales fall through.

[via Kotaku]

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  1. DoktorThomas

    MSFT is a blind giant with no sense of direction. If one steps backs from her keyboard, it is easier to see how MSFT is oblivious to user level PC use. As its corporate decisions blunder along, MSFT continues to alienate a new segment of their shrinking market with each new gaff. Apple doesn’t need to advertise to expand its market share; it can just let MSFT continue to kill itself off. My next NEW computer will be Apple…

    One should have known the recent offer to up-grade to win8 for less than twenty dollars US (the true value of windows OS) with the purchase of a new PC system was a harbinger. Expect win9 to be more “closed” yet.

    Since win3.1, only XP and win7 have been useful OS’s and worth buying. When win11 comes out, it may be worth a look. Follow the pattern.

    Will win10 be another Windows ME (millions of errors)? I got a feeling…

    The market is ripe for new OS for PC based computers. Where are all you self-praising code writers??? And manufacturers, why do you let a dying code writer force your hand? Just say no to new winOS. Win7 is all you should be installing these days.

    There needs to be a massive switch away from winOS, around 90% of users. MSFT needs to understand they are nowhere of they don’t please us. Wait; they already are nowhere…

  2. J.L.

    I don’t think he’ll likely issue updates to fix it on Windows 8 at all, more likely he’ll do the opposite, especially if it improves other OS compatibility.

    “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..”