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Notch Won't Certify Minecraft for Windows 8

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Minecraft creator Markus "Notch" Persson refused to "certify" the popular PC game for Windows 8.

While Microsoft is corralling college students to help fill its new Windows Store app marketplace, numerous developers are sticking to their guns and refusing change. Microsoft sees Windows 8 as the launch of a new era, but many developers, consumers and critics like things just the way they are.

Even more, there's an industry-wide fear that Microsoft may lean more towards a closed platform thanks to the desktop marketplace, that it will be managed like Xbox Live. Valve Software, id Software and Blizzard have openly revealed their distaste for the blocky OS and its built-in storefront, and now Minecraft creator Markus "Notch" Persson has dished out his own two cents, speaking directly to the Redmond company.

"Got an email from Microsoft, wanting to help 'certify' Minecraft for Win 8," Persson tweeted. "I told them to stop trying to ruin the PC as an open platform." Ouch. He goes on to admit on Twitter that he'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 added.

As pointed out by Shacknews, this doesn't mean Minecraft won't be available for Windows 8. It only means that Notch won't have anything to do with it heading over to the new OS. Remember that Dundee, Scotland-based 4J Studios handled the Xbox Live Arcade version that was released on the console's closed network back in May.

Valve Software's Gabe Newell has been one of the more vocal game developers in the industry in regards to Windows 8. He recently called it a "catastrophe for everybody in the PC space," that it will offer features like the built-in store and Xbox Live integration. This storefront is viewed as a threat to Valve given that it offers Windows-based games on Steam.

 

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    jimmyjohnz , September 28, 2012 4:40 AM
    Good guy Notch.
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    amuffin , September 28, 2012 4:34 AM
    Console+PC integration=BAD!
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    SirGCal , September 28, 2012 4:46 AM
    Right on! I don't know anyone who honestly wants Windows 8 anyhow accept for some tablets. As a PC platform, it's horrible. But closing up the PC itself... THAT's what made the PC work back in the day. It was an open platform... Otherwise Apple had it owned.

    Plus, even M$'s own people and inhouse testers are complaining about Windows 8 Server (the few I know, this is what they test. They hate it absolutely.)... They are not listening to even their own personnel. The stupidity is almost mind boggling.

    Kudos to developers putting a foot down!
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    amuffin , September 28, 2012 4:34 AM
    Console+PC integration=BAD!
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    jimmyjohnz , September 28, 2012 4:40 AM
    Good guy Notch.
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    kcorp2003 , September 28, 2012 4:45 AM
    ^ guys its not about metro UI or console integration.

    It's all about their new windows app market place.

    Microsoft's policies and charges for certifying became expensive on the store. Thus affecting indie developers. It's fear for business. cutting off the middlemen. Steam move to linux was a smart move but games being build on OpenGL isn't really that productive when compare to DirectX and windows isn't porting that to linux any time soon.

    Razer, Nvidia, AMD or who isn't in the distribution service isn't complaining. (yet) But i hope Microsoft works something out.
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    SirGCal , September 28, 2012 4:46 AM
    Right on! I don't know anyone who honestly wants Windows 8 anyhow accept for some tablets. As a PC platform, it's horrible. But closing up the PC itself... THAT's what made the PC work back in the day. It was an open platform... Otherwise Apple had it owned.

    Plus, even M$'s own people and inhouse testers are complaining about Windows 8 Server (the few I know, this is what they test. They hate it absolutely.)... They are not listening to even their own personnel. The stupidity is almost mind boggling.

    Kudos to developers putting a foot down!
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    SirGCal , September 28, 2012 4:54 AM
    The problem is; if we let microsoft have this one, there will never be another 'PC' os from them. They will all be closed. Any tricks they try to do to get people to accept Windows 8 need to be stomped out. It needs to fail worse then Windows ME (which now they deny ever even existed in the first place)...
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    skaz , September 28, 2012 4:55 AM
    Thank you Notch.
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    kcorp2003 , September 28, 2012 5:03 AM
    samspartanI was not talking about metro (or whatever). "windows app marketplace" is called the Store. I realize this is a closed system but it is strictly for metro style apps. Applications made for touch screen devices that have no real advantage or sometimes no use at all on a pc. The Store has no effect on the desktop OS itself.


    sorry about that, i was implying to the 1st comment at the time.
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    ozvip3r , September 28, 2012 5:04 AM
    It's just Microsoft sticking to tradition and making every 2nd OS a disaster and avoided at all cost by consumers. Me, Vista, 8. All these were skipped by most people making the path look more like, 2000, XP, 7, 9*.
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    luciferano , September 28, 2012 5:08 AM
    I already play Minecraft on Windows 8, so IDC if Notch gets some certification from MS about it. It works just like it works on Windows 7.
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    lpedraja2002 , September 28, 2012 5:08 AM
    Been using Windows 8 final build for a while now and honestly It is everything that I thought it was. They basically fragmented the user experience and "mixed" things up for the worse. The Metro Interface is barely functional as a whole, since you need to use the Desktop for almost everything serious you do on a PC/Laptop. What you get is a constant back and forth of Metroish lackluster functionality and the true Desktop which is just Windows 7. I can honestly imho this OS will not be well received. Now, there are some improvements under the hood, this thing is even faster than Windows 7 and the boot time and wake up time from sleep mode is just incredible, and I'm using a 5400rpm hard drive on my laptop. The Metro interface is one of the most innovative things I've seen done for TABLETS! This is where the OS should stay and it shows everything you use it on Windows 8, whoever thought of mixing these things up should get fired from Microsoft. Hell, they should hire me, I can test all their products and tell them what the consumer really wants. I really wish that Steve Ballmer would step aside, Microsoft needs a new image and a more innovative product, but Windows 8 isn't the answer, it should have stayed on the chalkboard.
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    master_chen , September 28, 2012 5:20 AM
    LOOOL!!! Take that, Faildows 8!

    I'm truly glad that Persson did that.

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    Darkerson , September 28, 2012 5:37 AM
    Im more concerned that if the app store takes off in Windows 8, that down the road in later versions of Windows, they really do start to try and lock everyone out that refuses to use the store. Thats what has me worried.
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    luciferano , September 28, 2012 5:39 AM
    otacon72You go up against Microsoft you're going to lose....just how it is.


    As much as I thought that it was the superior product, the Zune against the iPod would imply otherwise.
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    luciferano , September 28, 2012 5:42 AM
    DarkersonIm more concerned that if the app store takes off in Windows 8, that down the road in later versions of Windows, they really do start to try and lock everyone out that refuses to use the store. Thats what has me worried.


    Windows 7 will be supported for almost another decade. Windows 8 can do everything that Windows 7 can do as far as gaming is concerned and will be supported for a few years longer than Windows 7. That's hopefully enough time to convince MS not to be a dick about this.
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    bigdragon , September 28, 2012 5:50 AM
    Why do you have to "certify" a program to run on Windows 8? That's just ridiculous. Minecraft runs on XP, Vista, 7, and all sorts of other non-Windows OS solutions. Why "certify" it for use on 8? This sort of terminology and behavior from Microsoft scares me. I don't want them locking down all program development on the PC. By trying to certify and act as a gatekeeper to determine who gets recognition in their promotional materials and online store tells me Microsoft wants to pick the winners and losers. They want to set up an iOS-like walled garden. It's very very disturbing. This behavior has the potential to be massively destructive to the indie game scene, open source software efforts, and PC industry as a whole.
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    echondo , September 28, 2012 5:51 AM
    otacon72You go up against Microsoft you're going to lose....just how it is.


    I beg to differ. When Micro$oft sees that they only had a couple million sales for Windows 8 and out of nowhere Steam's Hardware & Software Surveys show that the percentage of people running a Linux client exploded past 50% and Windows 8 is a measly 5% then we'll see a better OS the next time around.

    It's already too late for me, already dual booting with Ubuntu and Windows 7, when Steam is successfully ported and supported with a good amount of games on Linux I'll no longer have to install Windows ever again, in the future this will save me around $100 with a free OPEN SOURCE OS.
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