Notch To Microsoft: “Stop Ruining The PC As An Open Platform”, Get Over Yourself

Microsoft got in touch with Mr. Minecraft himself, Notch. What about? Well they wanted to help Mojang in certifying Minecraft for Windows 8. No biggie, right? Re-certification is normal when a new OS is set to launch. However, Notch isn’t so keen with this. In fact, Notch seemingly hates Windows 8 and feels that, just like the title says, is ruining the PC as an “open platform”.

Since I’ve started playing Minecraft, the only issue I’ve had with Notch was that he is a very slow programmer. The choice to use Java is not something I get on him about. He obviously had no idea Minecraft was going to blow us like this and I’m sure if he did, he would have used something more concrete and stable. When you had hundreds of thousands buying and playing, you can’t just switch to a whole new system. Now with millions playing, it is impossible. When Notch was on the team for Minecraft things came out very slowly and it was easy to get bored and disenchanted with the game.

Now, I have another issue with Mr. Minecraft. Vilifying Microsoft for Windows 8 is ridiculous. In fact, what Notch is saying here is a complete fabrication. Microsoft is not ruining PC gaming at all. If anything, it is offering a new option in sharing and purchases of games and other such apps. The Windows Store for the Metro side of Windows 8 is going to be the cornerstone of how this new OS runs and grows. Every app and feature will be gotten from this store and it is meant to be that way in order to get rid of malicious or non-functioning apps.

Windows takes a giant hit to the nads every time someone curses it for a program crashing and requiring a reboot. Is that Windows’ fault? Not all of the time. Many programs just aren’t coded right to work with the Windows architecture. Microsoft is trying to stop this with a brand new certification system for both Windows 8, the OS itself, and the Windows Store. Take a look at some of these rules put in place for certification:


1.1 Your app must not take a dependency on Windows compatibility modes, AppHelp message, and or any other compatibility fixes

4.1 Your app must handle critical shutdowns appropriately

5.1 Your app must properly implement a clean, reversible installation


Hmm, seems like a good idea to me! I really can’t understand why some game developers are up in a storm about Windows 8. Is it really a bad thing that you have to have your game digitally available on the Windows Store? Do you not want your products to be reached by every Windows 8 user?

If notch truly feels this way, why did he hook up with Microsoft in the first place for Minecraft 360 Edition?

Notch is not alone in this thinking as internet hero Gabe Newell of Valve fame expressed his displeasure with Windows 8.


“We want to make it as easy as possible for the 2,500 games on Steam to run on Linux as well. It’s a hedging strategy. I think Windows 8 is a catastrophe for everyone in the PC space. I think we’ll lose some of the top-tier PCs, and OEMs who will exit the market. I think margins will be destroyed for a bunch of people. If that’s true, then it will be good to have alternatives to hedge against that eventuality.”


Gaben’s thinking is that Windows 8 is going to lock down development resources and options. Instead, what Windows 8 is trying to do is give it more credibility by ensuring that the damn thing works and won’t crash your computer. Microsoft is working towards stabilizing their OS through both internal (the OS’ code and registry) and external (developers and programmers like Notch and Gaben) means.

To be quite honest, I don’t think Gabe and Valve should be spearheading this Linux support just to ensure their future is alright. They should be doing it because it is a viable platform and its users should have access to these games.

The hubb-lubb about Windows 8 is unfounded and based on the fact that people just don’t like change. They see Metro and think they’ll be trapped in a new world. Far from it. In fact, I’m using Windows 8 right now, the Release Preview. I’ve been using Windows 8 since Dev Preview. I have never once felt trapped in the Metro UI. In fact, I can’t wait for the Windows Store to be stocked.

The whole thing comes down to theories. Gaben and Notch have a theory that Windows 8 will be disastrous by locking down common procedures. What they should be theorizing is how these new certification systems and development protocols will help ensure every PC gamer using the new OS will have a smooth experience.

Get with the times, gentlemen. Windows 8 is almost here and you shouldn’t allow yourselves to be stuck in the dust.