The war against Microsoft’s latest OS is going strong. A couple of days ago, Gabe Newell revealed that Windows 8 would be a catastrophe for game makers. Gabe believes that they (Valve) will lose some of the top-tier PC/OEMs, who will exit the market, and that margins will be destroyed for a bunch of people. And that’s precisely why Valve is currently investing in Linux. But Newell is not the only one believing that Windows 8 will damage game developers.
Blizzard’s Rob Pardo, StarCraft designer and current vice president of game design at Diablo III, also believes that Windows 8 will be awful for Blizzard.
After Gabe’s interview, Rob Pardo tweeted that Blizzard is also not happy with Microsoft’s latest OS:
“Nice interview with Gabe Newell—‘I think Windows 8 is a catastrophe for everyone in the PC space’—not awesome for Blizzard either.”
According to reports, the reason why both Newell and Pardo are upset with Windows 8 is its closed, rumored, nature. It appears that Microsoft is pulling a Mac OS X thing with Windows 8, soemthing that will give them the ability to monitor the applications that run on its OS. However, this will have a huge impact to Windows’ openness, a feature that makes PCs so great these days.