A couple of days ago, Gabe Newell said that Windows 8 was a bit of a mess. He’s trying to get Valve to push Linux a bit more, which some have suggested was a response to how awkward Windows 8 would be. We spotted the story but Gabe has said similar things about systems before and even with the fantastic opportunity for a headline when he used the word “catastrophe”, it didn’t feel like a particularly interesting story.
Well, now a top Blizzard executive has agreed with Gabe and it’s all starting to look like a bit more than just Newell’s usual uncompromising openness of opinion.
Rob Pardo is an executive VP of game design at Blizzard, creators of several of the PC’s biggest hits in recent years. World of Warcraft, Starcraft II, Diablo III are all taking a big part in keeping PC gaming unique and interesting and tremendously popular. If Windows isn’t good for those guys, and Valve’s boss is also concerned about it, there are problems.
Of course, this might all be a reaction to having to dedicate man hours to making sure that back catalogues work on the new system but if Microsoft has somehow managed to annoy the largest PC games distributor (by a huge margin) and the largest PC exclusive games developer then I would expect them to back-peddle quickly on whatever it is that’s getting studio bosses in a bad mood.