PC Game Developers Sound Off About Windows 8

GamesIndustry International offers an interesting article expanding on the negative press Windows 8 has been getting from several high profile development studios including Mojang, Blizzard, and Valve. The article asks other developers in the PC game space what they think of Windows 8 forcing software makers to sell their products in a customized marketplace.

When GII asked Brad Wardell of Stardock for his thoughts on the issue, he said that Newell is "totally right" and added that "hopefully the market will be able to adapt to the wrongheaded strategy Microsoft is employing with Windows 8."

DayZ creator Dean "Rocket" Hall told GII that he has not had the chance to properly review its impact yet, but also said that "there is some legitimate concern there, particularly for complex games that the PC market has a real hedge on."

Hugh Jeremy of Unknown Worlds told the publication that he would like more details about Windows 8 to properly judge it, but he hopes Microsoft's new OS will be an open platform.

GII asked Braid developer Jonathan Blow for his thoughts, but he didn't have too much to say about it given that he has not really looked at Windows 8 yet. He did say that "it doesn't sound like a good idea to me, though."

Indie developer Chris Hecker tells GII that developers will always find a platform to offer their games on that works best for them.

"I don't actually know much about Windows 8, to be honest. I tend to treat those kinds of things as 'the weather' – as a developer I can't control it. The variable I have direct control over is game quality, and so if I turn that up as high as I can, I have to assume there will be some place to sell my game when I'm done."

You can read the entire article, which offers a lot more commentary from all involved, at GII.

Source: GamesIndustry International

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    djnforce9 says:

    That would be nice indeed but a technical impossibility simply because of the difference in processor architecture (i.e. mobile devices use ARM chips instead of x86). At the very least, we'd be getting the familiar interface and that is as far as the similarities go.  

    I guess Valve is concerned that this mobile device will ONLY allow purchases through the Microsoft Store so third party developers couldn't just let you stick their own apps on directly. Not sure how this has any impact on their current customer base since Seems still installs fine on a Windows 8 PC.

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    grimfate says:

    I can't imagine that will be a problem unless it becomes the only way to get software onto your computer (which I highly doubt.)

    I mean, if I want to surf the internet, I can settle for any browser. (Even IE can surf the internet.) But I don't say "I feel like buying a shooter" and settle for whatever is available. I don't choose Call of Duty 3 over Battlefield 3 simply because the former may be in the Windows Store and the latter may only be available on Origin.

    And if I want Minecraft, the Windows Store doesn't affect that. I only have one place I can go to buy it. Surely the Windows Store will only make it EASIER for developers (especially indies) to get their games noticed on PC. At the moment, I have barely any knowledge of indie game in the PC arena, unless they are big named titles like Minecraft. Certainly, I would prefer to have something like the Windows Store available to me (as a potential developer) rather than trying to set up my own service for selling and that. (Although, the 30% cut sounds like a reasonably big chunk.)

    Besides, is Windows Store even going to support large 3D video games? The store seems to focus mainly on whatever Metro is now called.

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    Xyris says:

    That is a valid point. But its not the basic software developers complaining. Its the game developers. Its Valve of all people. I don't think it likely that millions of gamers are going to suddenly forget how to install Steam (which I can confirm works beautifully in 8).

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    grimfate says:

    I feel the same way as you. Gabe Newell and John Carmack and all those others who complained never said why so I don't know what the complaints are about. I am running Windows 8 and apart from a fancier login Start Menu screen thing, it's pretty much just like Windows 7 with some tweaks. I am a gamer and I have no problem with Windows 8.

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    MechaTama31 says:

    It's sort of like the Internet Explorer thing.  Even though the option has always been there to install Netscape, Firefox, or what have you, many users are not that savvy, and will simply use whatever is put in front of their face.  If that is Microsoft's marketplace, software developers who do not want to use it may find their sales take a hit, as a good portion of people will never bother to leave the "walled garden".

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    Xyris says:

    The more I read about this the more I want someone to explain, in actual detail, why Windows 8 is so bad. Yes its going to have a built in marketplace. But I have yet to hear one thing, from anywhere, stating this will be the only method of getting software for Win 8 machines. And unless Microsoft plans on taking out the ability to install software normally, considering both preview editions of Win 8 can do so, I dont see what the actual problem is.

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    MechaTama31 says:

    Still, what a wasted opportunity, to have the sheer variety and openness the PC has, but on mobile devices.  Imagine if your phone or tablet could run any program that runs on Windows.

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