Minecraft creator Markus "Notch" Persson has delivered a scathing attack on Windows 8 after being asked whether he'd be willing to certify Minecraft for the operating system's. According to the influential indie developer, Microsoft are "trying to ruin the PC as an open platform - and he'd like to "convince a few people not to switch to Windows 8."
Interestingly, though, certification is only compulsory for apps on the official integrated games marketplace.
"Got an email from Microsoft wanting to help 'certify' Minecraft for Windows 8," Persson explained in a recent tweet. "I told them to stop trying to ruin the PC as an open platform."
"I'd rather have minecraft not run on win 8 at all than to play along, he continued. "Maybe we can convince a few people not to switch to win 8 that way."
It's worth noting that Microsoft introduced voluntary certification since XP, which is just a small list of technical criteria to ensure that games reach a minimum quality and compatibility threshold. More to the point, it's also completely optional. Notch's concerns regard the built-in Windows 8 marketplace that will essentially function much like the App Store, which comes with a mandatory - if incredibly basic - set of requirements for participating apps (you can read it here).
As far as I know, you'll still be able to install and run the Minecraft client on Windows 8 (Carl tells me that it already runs perfectly well in the preview version), thus making Persson's anger somewhat difficult to understand. That said, he famously refuses to bring Minecraft to Steam, and hates closed systems of all kinds. Microsoft's app store may be a pointless addition to the OS for many gamers, but is it actively "ruining" the open nature of the platform?
Let us know what you make of all this.