Markus “Notch” Persson has officially slammed Microsoft over the simple request to “certify” the ever-popular Minecraft for an operating system that, from his own point of view, has destroyed the open platform nature of the PC as we know it. Notch even took to Twitter to say that he would “rather have Minecraft not run on [Windows] 8 at all than to play along.” He also added that “Maybe we can convince a few people not to switch to [Windows] 8 that way.”
Granted, the prospect of a forced termination of the game when attempting to play on a Windows 8 machine is a big deal, even (and most especially) after Notch allowed the Redmond conglomerate to exclusively distribute a console version of the game to Xbox 360 users. With such a big popularity factor, having a monstrous indie hit not starting up after a major operating system upgrade is probably going to “upend the tea table” for a lot of players, and I don’t mean to say that in the “Miyamoto sense” of the idea.
Granted, I am still able play my favorite MMO on a Windows 8 installation. So from that perspective, I have my doubts that ideas of such magnitude as this are going to be a major issue, at least for PC users who can still play games via major services like Steam. Unfortunately, there are still going to be people that fear a lockdown in the future of the Windows platform. So as long as things like this keep going around the online world, we can probably expect the skepticism to continue for a very long time.