Serious Sam 3 Dev Tells Us Why He’s Skipping Windows 8
Serious Sam 3‘s developer Croteam is serious about Windows 8 and its potential disastrous effects on PC gaming. In a forum post on the Steam forums, Croteam’s CTO Alen Ladavac has joined Gabe Newell in opposition of Microsoft’s latest operating system. He wrote:
“Gabe Newel did not overreact. What you don’t see here is that, under the hood, the new tiled UI is a means for Microsoft to lock Windows applications into a walled garden, much like the one on iOS. There is this “small detail” that Microsoft is not advertising anywhere, but you can find it dug deep in the developer documentation:
“One cannot release a tiled UI application by any other means, but only through Windows Store!”
Ladavac went on to explain the ramifications of this: users will be unable to download an application from the Internet and run it on your computer — they will have to get it from Microsoft’s store, even if it is a free app. Worse, in order to get an app onto that store, it has to be certified by Microsoft, first.
What does this mean for PC players? Ladavac wrote:
“They have forbidden modding. They could very well forbid Open Source if they want. But even if these terms were not there, this is still a certification system. With all of its downsides, including uncertain release dates, rare and late patches, and everything turning out to be more expensive and sucking more.
“While, theoretically, desktop applications are exempt from these requirements, it looks more and more like just a foot-in-the-door technique. A large number of developers have expressed their concern with possibility that, probably in Windows 9 or something like that, the ability to get even desktop apps in any other way than through Windows app store may very well be removed. When that happens it will be too late.”
I’ve been leery of Windows 8 from the start, and the more I read about it, the more concerned I grow about the future of PC gaming. I’ll keep my Win7, thank you very much.
via PC Gamer