Notch slams Windows 8 yet again, won't certify Minecraft

Video game developer Markus "Notch" Persson, best known as the creator of Minecraft, has made no secret of his displeasure about Windows 8. In August, the indie developer said the operating system could be "very, very bad" for independent developers. Today he took an even more solid stance.

In a post on his Twitter account, Notch states Microsoft asked him to certify Minecraft for Windows 8. His response was less than enthusiast, as he tweeted:

Notch then followed that tweet by saying he'd rather not have the game on Windows 8 at all and that he hopes consumers won't switch to the new platform.

Notch is one of many game developers to voice opposition to Windows 8. Most notably, Gabe Newell, Valve's co-founder and managing director, has made multiple harsh statements regarding Microsoft's upcoming operating system.

Newell called Windows 8 a "catastrophe" earlier this year, and Rob Prado, an executive vice president at Blizzard, followed those remarks by saying Windows 8 is "not awesome" for his company, either.

Blizzard backpedaled from those statements a few days ago, with a senior software engineer at the company saying Blizzard has "no particular fear" about Windows 8. Newell, however, hasn't backed down from his statements; last month he said he believes Windows 8 will make consumers "rage quit computing."

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Good, if I got to choose between minecraft and Windows 8 the choice is dead easy. At least real games do run on Windows 8, games like La Noire, GTAIv, JC2, Maffia II, Sleeping Dogs and MP3.

Those are some horrible games. None the less, Minecraft will continue to run on Win8 just fine.

Edited by nub, Sep 27 2012, 7:12pm :

smooth3006 said,
that's because w8 sucks and is not a worthy upgrade from w7. people need to stop being soo blind about this.

OS Engineers like myself are just so blinded because we do not understand OS technology like you do, OBVIOUSLY.

Really?

thenetavenger said,

OS Engineers like myself are just so blinded because we do not understand OS technology like you do, OBVIOUSLY.

Really?

Wow. Terrible argument and putting words in his mouth. You're bad at this.

nub said,

Wow. Terrible argument and putting words in his mouth. You're bad at this.

Lol, look who has the terrible argument here.

What a moron.
But hey, every developer has a right to develop their game for or in this case, not for certain platforms. However you only make yourself look like an idiot, considering you are actively against Windows 8. I'm not for or against it, I've seen screenshots, that's it.

Microsoft have put a lot of money into Windows 8 and I suspect it'll end up being like XP. Remember what the folks said about that upon first release? And now look at how many people are hanging on to it...

Wow... What an idiot...

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

He could also crap in one hand and wish in the other, and see what he gets.


The insane side of this... Microsoft has promoted Minecraft on Xbox for free several times.

Yet this idiot 'believes' he knows better than Microsoft, really? Microsoft has enough doctorates in an average meeting than this guy could hope to have in 20 lifetimes. But he is the expert on OSes? Wow, talk about Ego...

Also his entire argument about Windows 8 no longer being an 'open platform' is serious mental illness or a lack of understanding. If you really don't like the Metro start screen, replace the freaking shell with one that look like Windows 7. Windows is still JUST AS OPEN as it always has been.

Minecraft... Deleted.

Markus, good luck with supporting the past and the few idiots that are as clueless as you are.

thenetavenger said,

Wow... What an idiot... Yet this idiot 'believes' he knows better than Microsoft, really? Microsoft has enough doctorates in an average meeting than this guy could hope to have in 20 lifetimes. But he is the expert on OSes?

Since when do degrees make you an intelligent person?

thenetavenger said,

Also his entire argument about Windows 8 no longer being an 'open platform' is serious mental illness or a lack of understanding. If you really don't like the Metro start screen, replace the freaking shell with one that look like Windows 7. Windows is still JUST AS OPEN as it always has been.

Metro apps can only be installed through the Marketplace. Microsoft takes a cut of the profits and provides nothing of value.

This guy is an idiot if you ask me and is acting like a little kid. Never played his stupid game but he can keep it. Port it to MS-DOS and just forget about Windows altogether. Smart people would want their successful app/game running on the successful and most widely used platforms. If he thinks his childish behavior will make anyone decide to not use Windows 8 he needs help. I assume this game isn't available on iOS either?

Obry said,
This guy is an idiot if you ask me and is acting like a little kid. Never played his stupid game but he can keep it. Port it to MS-DOS and just forget about Windows altogether. Smart people would want their successful app/game running on the successful and most widely used platforms. If he thinks his childish behavior will make anyone decide to not use Windows 8 he needs help. I assume this game isn't available on iOS either?

You're a special kind of stupid, hu? This is not TMZ... it's a tech website.

Minecraft is available on PC (Win, Mac, *Nix), iOS, and xbox 360. Java will continue to run fine in Win8 and so will Minecraft.

Someone really needs to remind this people that the Windows Marketplace is an addition to the platform, not a replacement. If they still want to distribute games via installers and their website, fine. If they want to dive into the marketplace, they can.

Why do people always bitch about added features?

The whole thing is about Metro apps. Metro apps will only be able to be installed through the Windows Store. You can't release a metro app installer on their website. Microsoft takes a 30% cut (20% after the first $25,000) of all profits.

So Microsoft is doing to software what it has done to drivers for a decade... I don't see a huge problem, but "Microsoft Certified" will NOT be on my list of needs for software.

SpyderCanopus said,
So Microsoft is doing to software what it has done to drivers for a decade... I don't see a huge problem, but "Microsoft Certified" will NOT be on my list of needs for software.

Honestly, the terms of certification are universally wins for consumers. That Notch would somehow side with "freedom" from requiring software to be cleanly uninstallable essentially puts him in the same camp as McAfee, Norton, and other crap pre-installware users can never fully shed.

Notch has some weird personal vendetta against Microsoft. I can't figure it out, but this is a guy who drops swipes at them in completely unrelated discussions. He contributed nothing substantial to any of the panels he attended at PAX Prime this year, and seemed to squirm a little with delight every time he had a chance to knock Redmond.

He's a weird guy, and he reminds me a lot of what would happen if you put a mic in front of any random herp derp forum lurker.

Windows 8 is better and faster than Windows 7 in every way possible. Why can't he just get his app approved so the users can benefit. This Notch guy sounds like an egotistical douche.

I'm running Windows 8. As a gaming platform, I'm indifferent other than the drivers that come with it being really buggy for games.

But the Start screen is an abomination of bad design coupled with even worse execution. In about a month, when regular people start getting Windows 8, it's going to hit the fan.

I respect him a great deal for not bowing to pressure... He stands for what he believes it and refuses to give him! Great man!

I wish more developers would jump on the "hate Win8 train" so Microsoft could just move along to the next version. Following the Windows trend, it will be a success.

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