Like Valve, Blizzard Denouncing Windows 8 as Bad for PC Gaming

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News Posted: Mon, Jul 30 2012 9:35 AM
Game developers Valve and Blizzard don't always see to eye-to-eye, such as when the two companies argued over which was the rightful owner of the DOTA (Defense of the Ancients) trademark. But one thing they do agree on is that Windows 8 could be a "catastrophe" for PC gaming.

Valve drew first blood against Microsoft's upcoming touch-friendly operating system when company founder Gabe Newell went on record calling Windows 8 "kind of a catastrophe for everybody in the PC space." Newell believes the industry will lose some top-tier PC/OEMs when Windows 8 arrives, and because of that, Valve is looking to hedge its bets on Linux by porting Steam over to the open source ecosystem.

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Talking heads from Valve and Blizzard both agree that Windows 8 is bad for PC gaming.

Newell's assessment seems harsh, but he's not the only one fearful of Windows 8's impact on PC gaming. Rob Pardo, Executive Vice President of Game Design at Blizzard, shares Newell's concerns. Referring to Newell's catastrophic claim, Pardo stated on Twitter that Windows 8 is "not awesome for Bizzard either."

This could all be just a premature knee-jerk reaction to an OS that hasn't even shipped yet, but it certainly doesn't look good when two of the biggest game developers start predicting gloom and doom.
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Apart from the new UI, which we'll all get used to eventually, and to which there may be workarounds, I really do NOT see how windows 8 could affect gaming.

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Dave_HH replied on Mon, Jul 30 2012 10:27 AM

Agreed. Once the game is invoked, the OS UI is non-existent to the user.

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I do have to agree with the other comment, I do not see how Windows 8 will affect PC gaming unless you buy a WoA device and think it will run x86 games, in which case you should have done more research? Seems like everyone thinks Windows 8 needs touch to work, or will only be on ARM devices.. Maybe (and hopefully!) in the future but this OS (IMO) will bring the two separate sides (ARM&x86) together so we can start developing software that works on either. Which opens the market for more OEMs/MFGs/Devs to make hardware/software. This seems almost akin to Web Developers complaining they have to do "extra" work to make things render right in IE, isnt that your job? Maybe they just dont like the idea of a "Windows App Store" to get your programs from that MS has its hands in and gets a percent.. maybe its just for press.. who knows. I cant wait for Windows 8 as it seems to have worked great for me when I tried the previews, and I like the idea of a Windows/MS backed ARM tablet with Office baked in. To me when Windows 8 ships.. if you want a computer you get a Windows x86 one if you want an iPad/tablet you can now purchase a windows integrated version, called Surface.

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lipe123 replied on Mon, Jul 30 2012 12:03 PM

Lmao thats rich coming from Blizzard!

Their pathetic excuse for Diablo 3 and lack of support is bad for pc gaming. To be fair its activision/vivendi thats constantly pushing the console-only games with pc afterthought versions.

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JDiaz replied on Mon, Jul 30 2012 4:06 PM

There's perhaps some real worry about how MS will handle the app store, but most arguments seem to only apply to RT because of the Metro only limitation but we wouldn't be running the same kind of games on ARM that we can on x86 anyway.

Though if MS imposes any real limitations on regular Windows 8 then they may have some validity to their concerns but that remains to be seen.

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RTietjens replied on Mon, Jul 30 2012 5:30 PM

Diablo 3 is Diablo 2 with improved graphics. What were you expecting? I mean, seriously. Blizzard gave the game to WoW players for free (the ones that figured it was worth promising to play Wow for another year); if you don't like the game, don't play it. Personally, I've spent less than 2 hours in it, but it's there, it was free, and it really does look pretty snazzy.

Hey, I know! You can play Kingdoms of Amalur! That's perfect for you.

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RiCoFrost replied on Mon, Jul 30 2012 7:23 PM

If it will run games faster... its a win for all gamer's.... how is that a bad thing?

I really dont understand what Value and Blizzard are getting at....

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LSanoy replied on Thu, Aug 2 2012 5:37 AM

maybe due to compatibility,


ease of use,

just sayin.

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I don't think that many people have exactly been excited for the changes coming in Windows 8. I do hope that more Steam games will be ported over properly to the Linux platform however. I seems like when Windows 8 hits, that's where I will be going.

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realneil replied on Mon, Aug 27 2012 9:30 AM

I do hope that more Steam games will be ported over properly to the Linux platform however. I seems like when Windows 8 hits, that's where I will be going.

I'd like to see Linux get more properly ported games too. But Win-8 being released doesn't mean that you have to go ~anywhere~ if you already own Win-7. That's been my point all along. Win-8 (besides it's renamed Metro interface that I do not like) hasn't shown me any compelling reason to give up Win-7 yet. I already own Win-7 and it's working great so far.

Why change at all?


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JOMA replied on Mon, Aug 27 2012 1:35 PM

Unless there's a significant decrease in performance I don't see it as a bad thing.  Granted this isn't a complete performance test, this review shows that there's no much if any decrease in gaming performance.

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Derailed replied on Thu, Nov 22 2012 5:18 PM

I don't know the answer however..... I am great for gaming!

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