Dueling Editorials: Notch v. Callaham on Windows 8

Markus 'Notch' Persson, creator of Minecraft and co-founder of Mojang, decided to take to his blog today to respond to an editorial by games journalist John Callaham entitled "Notch: Don't be a hypocrite about Minecraft and Windows 8" over at Neowin. In his blog post, entitled "John Callaham: Don’t be a goat murderer," Persson responded to Callaham's claim that the Minecraft creator was being a hypocrite for railing against Windows 8 for being a closed system even as he put his game on several closed systems including Apple's iOS, Google's Android, and Microsoft's Xbox Live Arcade.

Persson clearly felt that the headline of Callaham's editorial was beyond the pale.

In his post he explained that he supports plenty of closed systems but he expects the PC to remain an open and free environment as it has been for many, many years. He then explains why Windows 8 having a closed marketplace that redirects users via the new UI is a bad thing:

"For every user Microsoft convinces to use the Modern UI, they have one more user they get to choose what programs they can see. They get to certify programs and control the experience. This is great for them (and possibly arguable makes for a smoother end user experience as well, but that’s debatable if it’s good), but it places faaaaar too much power in the hands of a single entity."

He closes by throwing in an amusing personal attack on Callaham to make his point that personal attacks for having a strong opinion are not cool.

You can read Callaham's editorial here and Persson's response here. Thanks to SeanB for the tip!

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