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Blizzard Exec Backs Valve's Critical Windows 8 Outlook

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Blizzard's Rob Pardo agrees with Gabe Newell's comment about Windows 8.

Rob Pardo, the executive vice president of game design at Blizzard's Diablo 3 studio, recently quoted on his personal Twitter account a comment made by Valve Software's co-founder and managing director, Gabe Newell, who said that Windows 8 is "a catastrophe for everyone in the PC space." Pardo agrees, adding that the touchy, revamped OS is "not awesome for Blizzard either."

Newell's claims against Windows 8 was reportedly centered on criticisms that Microsoft will want to have more control over various applications and purchases made through the platform. As it stands now, Xbox Live and Windows Store, both of which threaten Steam's stronghold in the PC gaming sector, will be native platforms within Windows 8. However Microsoft hasn't officially disclosed the actual details on its new marketplace scheme.

"There's a strong temptation to close the platform because they look at what they can accomplish when they limit the competitors' access to the platform, and they say, 'That's really exciting,'" Newell said.

He also predicted that top-tier OEMs will exit the market thanks to the new OS. "They’ll exit the market. I think margins are going to be destroyed for a bunch of people," he said. "If that’s true, it’s going to be a good idea to have alternatives to hedge against that eventuality. But when you start thinking about a platform, you have to address it. You have to address mobile. You have to look at what’s going to happen post-tablet."

Microsoft will reportedly take a 30-percent royalty cut on every sale made through the Windows Store, following Apple's lead with iTunes. Companies like Blizzard want to sell their own software via their virtual storefronts, whereas companies like Valve have their own distribution platforms to sell games and deliver additional content (patches, DLC). Windows Store seemingly poses as a bigger threat to Steam, but Blizzard Entertainment will likely feel the heat through parent company Activision Blizzard.


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    sp0nger , July 29, 2012 7:14 PM
    Aoneone your retarded, us real gamers want steam not the shitty windows store
  • 40 Hide
    Kami3k , July 29, 2012 7:53 PM
    otacon72I stopped PC gaming years ago. I buy one piece of hardware hook it into my LED TV and don't have to upgrade anything for years. PC hardware is obsolete 6 months after you buy it. Thumb me down all you want I don't care..lol


    Consoles are obsolete before they are even release.... pwnt
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    Hellbound , July 29, 2012 7:54 PM
    Simple solution... Dont buy/upgrade to Windows 8.. I wont.
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  • 42 Hide
    sp0nger , July 29, 2012 7:14 PM
    Aoneone your retarded, us real gamers want steam not the shitty windows store
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    shawn808 , July 29, 2012 7:35 PM
    otacon72I stopped PC gaming years ago. I buy one piece of hardware hook it into my LED TV and don't have to upgrade anything for years. PC hardware is obsolete 6 months after you buy it. Thumb me down all you want I don't care..lol


    Enjoy your 2006 technology.

    LOL @ every 6 months....

    My year old 2600k with 580 gtx SMOKES your 360 /PS3

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    MrMakapuu , July 29, 2012 7:39 PM
    It's not too late to plan your mass suicide for the 2012 event in December. Can't wait for that since the world be rid of idiocracy!
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    uglynerdman , July 29, 2012 7:48 PM
    if that really does happen then there needs to be a complete dx Ripoff for linux so that games can be run. if it goes that bad with win8 and hogging the marketspace then finally linux might get a shot at finally being a worthwhile os for "GAMING" Truth be told the only reason I use windows is because i have no choice ima gamer and i want to use my hardware and see the eyecandy.
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    killerclick , July 29, 2012 7:50 PM
    otacon72Linux will NEVER garner more than the 1% market share it currently holds.


    It already has most of the smartphone market, most of the server market and 90+% of the supercomputer market. It's a huge fail on the desktop (in terms of adoption), but more around 2-3%.

    So if you look at its totality, Linux actually rules the world - Windows is only dominant on the PC.
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    Kami3k , July 29, 2012 7:53 PM
    otacon72I stopped PC gaming years ago. I buy one piece of hardware hook it into my LED TV and don't have to upgrade anything for years. PC hardware is obsolete 6 months after you buy it. Thumb me down all you want I don't care..lol


    Consoles are obsolete before they are even release.... pwnt
  • 33 Hide
    Hellbound , July 29, 2012 7:54 PM
    Simple solution... Dont buy/upgrade to Windows 8.. I wont.
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    esrever , July 29, 2012 8:13 PM
    Valve and blizzard is just looking at the margins but realistically, most people who would use the windows store would be people who wouldn't buy blizzard games imo. Steam however might lose some sales of casual stuff to the windows store but I think most pc gamers would choose steam over anything microsoft makes.
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    misterawsome , July 29, 2012 8:17 PM
    i like my windows 7 PC no need to upgrade to windows 8 if windows doesn't shape up by the next OS i'll switch to linux.
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    xerroz , July 29, 2012 8:19 PM
    Valve or Blizzard don't give a crap about gamers. They're just worried people will resort to spending money on Windows 8 Store rather than their DRM systems. All of those three companies mentioned are just looking out for themselves, not the consumer.
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    NuclearShadow , July 29, 2012 8:20 PM
    otacon72I stopped PC gaming years ago. I buy one piece of hardware hook it into my LED TV and don't have to upgrade anything for years. PC hardware is obsolete 6 months after you buy it. Thumb me down all you want I don't care..lol


    Your logic is flawed here as your console is outdated before it is even released to the public. By the time they settle on the specs, manufacture and release the newest console is around the equivalent of a older low end PC. The fact that new PC hardware is being released all the time is what makes the PC the powerhouse it is. Nor is anyone forced to get new hardware right away, a decent rig will last for many years before a upgrade is truly a must.

    So have fun with your outdated console that is also a completely closed system and doesn't even have a ounce of freedom.
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    molo9000 , July 29, 2012 8:24 PM
    Apple made the App Store for OS X and yet there's still Steam for Mac and you can install/run anything you want on OS X without ever using the app store.

    I think it's extremely unlikely that Microsoft would turn Windows into a iOS style "walled garden".
    That would go against everything a desktop OS is supposed to be. It would never be allowed by anti trust agencies anyway.
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    Anonymous , July 29, 2012 8:41 PM
    yeah, octacon is a moron. My PC is hooked up to my 50" plasma with 2 wired 360 controllers on a 5 year old Pc that STILL out performs the consoles on all fronts, not to mention I still play whatever games I want to fine, mind you some of them arn't maxed out but they STILL have better quality than the console counterpart. And guess what? This PC was only $800 5 years ago. Only thing I upgraded was 2 years ago for a new $150 GPU.

    You're a blantant moron, Only really really hardcore Benchmarkers and enthusiasts upgrade every 6 months.
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    shinmalothar , July 29, 2012 8:42 PM
    I think people are forgetting that windows 8 is supposed to be a unified experience across all of its devices. Since windows phones and some tablets will be metro only and probably only have access to windows store, removing windows store from the desktop version would kind of contradict this unified OS they are pushing for.

    I'm guessing one of the key drivers of having windows store on the PC is so users can download the same apps from their phones onto their PC (of course the extra money would be a key driver too).

    People need to calm down and just see how this one plays out.
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    Anonymous , July 29, 2012 8:45 PM
    Also, by your logic you mise well never buy anythig and live in a cave.

    As to anything you buy is obsolete in a few months.

    Houses, cars, couches, beds, lightbulbs, appliances, washers, fridges, EVERYTHING. Even clothing, and shoes.

    tell me how your cave gets you by,but then again, even a CAVE is obsolete by the cave next door since it has a natural indoor pool.

    Your a sucker.
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    Maxor127 , July 29, 2012 8:47 PM
    I'd hate Steam if it weren't for the sales and convenience. But it's BS that if I buy a collection with a game I already own, I don't get an extra copy. Or that I can't trade my games to others. It used to be games were something you shared with friends and family, but with Steam, they're something you hoard on your private account.
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    tului , July 29, 2012 8:48 PM
    sp0ngerAoneone your retarded, us real gamers want steam not the shitty windows store

    Actually, I'd argue real gamers want games with just the game, no third party spyware at all.
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    Anonymous , July 29, 2012 8:50 PM
    Your brains obsolete too, so I guess you might want to not use that either anymore aswell. Donate it to someone who actually wants to use it. But make sure they know it came from an obsolete body, with obsolete organs.
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