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Windows Marketplace: No Adult Rated Software, Please

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October 12, 2012 3:48:44 PM

wow, Europe is strict. I wonder if they'll find a solution to allow those games, but still filter what they want. On the flip side, it's not like you'll be running those on ARM anyway; though it'd be possible to port them to Metro apps, I don't think that these will be ported.
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October 12, 2012 3:52:26 PM

interesting....can i also own a hard copy of the game?
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October 12, 2012 3:59:40 PM

Another reason why NOT to upgrade.
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October 12, 2012 4:03:40 PM

This is insanity. I am an adult. Don't stop me from buying adult software. No Windows 8 for me. I don't even think I want to buy a Surface Pro anymore even though I planned to put Windows 7 on it. Absolutely disgusting news from Microsoft.
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October 12, 2012 4:07:51 PM

bigdragonThis is insanity. I am an adult. Don't stop me from buying adult software. No Windows 8 for me. I don't even think I want to buy a Surface Pro anymore even though I planned to put Windows 7 on it. Absolutely disgusting news from Microsoft.

Surface and Surface pro will have 'secure boot', so you simply will not be able to put win7 on it in the first place.
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October 12, 2012 4:17:27 PM

I don't think MS would regulate this...they'll probably change it and make the rules for lenient because they're literally banning A LOT
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October 12, 2012 4:21:07 PM

axehand13Another reason why NOT to upgrade.


Why, it won't block you from running 18+ games, it's just that the MS store won't sell them...
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October 12, 2012 4:21:43 PM

@caedenv
That not how secure boot works , it's used to lock down the software not hardware

@bigdragon
why the bloody hell would you buy a touch device only to use a non-touch optimized OS, and this applies to the Ms app store only, your free to buy your adult stuff elsewhere, it's windows not ios you free to install whatever you feel like from where ever, just MS isn't going to he selling it though their app store thats all
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October 12, 2012 4:37:55 PM

An unintended consequence of rules and regulations on an international scale. It is easier (and less expensive) for M$ to do this than to be held liable for violating any particular country's laws.

Actually, like it or not, this is a smart move on M$'s part.
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October 12, 2012 4:46:40 PM

Relax, people, this is just talking about software purchased directly through the Windows Marketplace. The article makes it sound as though that's the ONLY way to get apps on Win 8. That may be true for the RT/ARM version on slates, but there's nothing preventing someone from getting a game through another distribution means for their desktop.

This is nothing different than what Android, iOS App Store, or Steam already do. It's their store, they can decide what types of products they want to offer ( and as COLGeek says, what countries they don't want to get into legal battles with. )
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October 12, 2012 4:54:20 PM

Whats so difficult about making an Adult rating filter? Ugh its so stupid, Microsoft does not understand that the Adult market is huge.
Just imagine how many IE users use the "InPrivate" modes to search for porn. Thats the Microsoft that should be displaying to the world.
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October 12, 2012 5:06:09 PM

RedJaronRelax, people, this is just talking about software purchased directly through the Windows Marketplace. The article makes it sound as though that's the ONLY way to get apps on Win 8. That may be true for the RT/ARM version on slates, but there's nothing preventing someone from getting a game through another distribution means for their desktop.This is nothing different than what Android, iOS App Store, or Steam already do. It's their store, they can decide what types of products they want to offer ( and as COLGeek says, what countries they don't want to get into legal battles with. )

+1
http://www.rockpapershotgun.com/2012/10/11/windows-8-ma...

So yeah, just install Steam and be happy with it (this is good for Valve, btw)
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October 12, 2012 5:16:15 PM

COLGeekAn unintended consequence of rules and regulations on an international scale. It is easier (and less expensive) for M$ to do this than to be held liable for violating any particular country's laws.Actually, like it or not, this is a smart move on M$'s part.


That's funny, every game listed Europeans can buy anyway on Steam and the such.
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October 12, 2012 6:40:11 PM

I don't understand why these 'app marketplaces' (which are a horrible idea to begin with) feel the need to censor the apps. I can understand if an app is going to be harmful to the end user (spyware, etc), but why filter based on the content? If they are breaking any local laws, take it up with the app creator, not the maker of the OS. I guess because M$ will be handling the actual money, they are taking liability?
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October 12, 2012 7:16:47 PM

I can see a very long future for Windows 7 on my desktop and bootcamped laptop.
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October 12, 2012 8:09:56 PM

RetailDiscretion@bigdragonwhy the bloody hell would you buy a touch device only to use a non-touch optimized OS

Because my primary use for a Windows tablet is for it to act as a digital sketchbook on the go. I care about the stylus input the Surface Pro has. Windows 7 isn't very touch-friendly, but it is quite stylus-friendly. I've had no issues with Windows 7 and existing tablets like the Asus EP121 or Motion LE1700. The Surface Pro looks like an upgrade in terms of hardware. Windows 7 doesn't get in my way like Windows 8 does.
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October 12, 2012 8:20:32 PM

@bigdragon

I have a Samsung state7 and can unequivicolly say win8CP is an infinitely better experience than win 7 on the slate, lm unsure what pat of win 8 got in your way but if your can do it on win7 than you should be able to do it easier on win 8, slate wise any ways
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October 13, 2012 12:22:48 AM

"encourages, facilitates or glamorizes excessive or irresponsible use of ... weapons."

So no First Person Shooters since they all qualify with the above statement. So no Halo ... too bad MS. :) 
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October 13, 2012 1:24:28 AM

You have f--king got to be kidding me.

What the f--k is this $#!+?

For f--k's sake, Microsoft...we don't need a PG-13 operating system!
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October 13, 2012 3:11:44 AM

This may be true on WinRT, but on x86 Win8 you absolutely will be able to install whatever software you want regardless of whatever rules Microsoft has for their app store, as you can still install software the old-fashioned way. The app store is just *another* avenue for getting software.

Thanks for writing a misleading article to get wild knee-jerk reactions like we're seeing in the comments here, Mr. Parrish.

Also, people seem to be missing that this applies to things rated *over* PEGI 16 / Mature / whatever. That makes it more of a rated "R" operating system, not rated "PG-13". Only in the UK will games like Fallout: New Vegas and CoD be banned due to their more stringent rating system. Most other places things like that will certainly be available. Just because those incredibly vague rules about violence and whatnot are there doesn't mean they're going to be overzealous about enforcement of it. They're just giving themselves the option.
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October 13, 2012 4:23:40 AM

Kami3kThat's funny, every game listed Europeans can buy anyway on Steam and the such.

Yeah but you know how the EU treats MS. "oh noes you must promote other browsers when your OS installs but all other operating systems are exempted for some absurd reason!"
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October 13, 2012 6:02:31 AM

I thought we were winning the war against the Taliban. I should make a rule that nobody should encourage the Taliban. Silly Microsoft, I hate them even more now and will try harder to make them fail from now on.
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October 13, 2012 8:41:10 AM

Just to further emphesize this, relax everyone all this means is that you can't buy some things on MS Store. THEIR STORE, everything will work as normal we still have Steam and can still install games manually. That is all.
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October 13, 2012 12:23:23 PM

assasin32Just to further emphesize this, relax everyone all this means is that you can't buy some things on MS Store. THEIR STORE, everything will work as normal we still have Steam and can still install games manually. That is all.



personally im sick of retailers , online or brick and mortar retailers , taking it upon themselves to be deacons of morality. the really disgusting this is they are often two faced about this. sure ok their shop they have a right to sell what they want to , but still , I'm just sick of companies thinking they have a right to dictate to us what is moral and waht isn't moral.

lastly I'd like to add , that we spend 2/3rds of our lives AS ADULTS. so why should we be treated as though we are criminals or perverts when shoping for adult oriented entertainment, and i dont mean just sex oriented i mean adult oriented as in any thing violent , or sex related or controlled substances related. if politican's had their way , we'd all have to go to a porn shop jsut to buy a mA rated game like halo , or CoD. I'm jsut sick of sensitive society we have.
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October 13, 2012 1:53:40 PM

demonhorde665personally im sick of retailers , online or brick and mortar retailers , taking it upon themselves to be deacons of morality. the really disgusting this is they are often two faced about this. sure ok their shop they have a right to sell what they want to , but still , I'm just sick of companies thinking they have a right to dictate to us what is moral and waht isn't moral.

lastly I'd like to add , that we spend 2/3rds of our lives AS ADULTS. so why should we be treated as though we are criminals or perverts when shoping for adult oriented entertainment, and i dont mean just sex oriented i mean adult oriented as in any thing violent , or sex related or controlled substances related. if politican's had their way , we'd all have to go to a porn shop jsut to buy a mA rated game like halo , or CoD. I'm jsut sick of sensitive society we have.

This is pretty much what I wanted to say last night, but couldn't articulate. :p 
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October 14, 2012 5:14:39 AM

I'm really sorry for perverts, M$ is no for you.
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October 14, 2012 6:08:37 AM

XXX matter not, FREEDOM does.
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October 15, 2012 12:45:03 AM

caedenvSurface and Surface pro will have 'secure boot', so you simply will not be able to put win7 on it in the first place.

yet another reason not to buy surface

microsoft is fu@%ing out of their godd@mned minds
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October 15, 2012 12:46:51 AM

COLGeekAn unintended consequence of rules and regulations on an international scale. It is easier (and less expensive) for M$ to do this than to be held liable for violating any particular country's laws.Actually, like it or not, this is a smart move on M$'s part.

when people catch wind of this even fewer will be willing to tolerate Window 8... so no, it is not a smart move.
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October 25, 2012 7:00:44 PM

Seeing as the store is account based, could they not simply provide the option for individuals to choose whether or not they can view adult oriented content on their account?

It's not foolproof, but kids are about 4 clicks away from content not fit for persons of any age all of the time.
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December 26, 2012 9:58:59 AM

There is it folk. Start moving to linux OS. No restrictions on adult software. :p  Infact its encouraged.
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March 30, 2013 9:17:47 AM

there is always steam...
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April 1, 2013 1:53:03 AM

i just loading win8,pics were very well,like apple.haha,but many sofeware can not use,such as AUTOCAD,my system is 64bits,which guys could help me?
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May 13, 2013 7:05:22 AM

Seems Microsoft wants to lose market share.
Who ever came up with that idea on the board should be dragged outside and shot, for the sake of violent gaming :p 
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May 27, 2013 2:14:28 AM

Well i guess someone else will tae that segment.
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