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:
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.— Markus Persson (@notch) September 27, 2012
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.
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..— Markus Persson (@notch) September 27, 2012
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."