What is up with game developers and Windows 8?

What is up with game developers and Windows 8? They seem to be going bananas about both the Windows 8 user interface and the Windows Store.

First it was Valve, then Blizzard, then ID software.

Now it’s UK independent developer Introversion Software.

Their lead designer and developer, Chris Delay, stated:

If Microsoft manage to close Windows and get to the point where every app has to be approved and certified by them, it’s game over for a lot of indies, including Introversion.”
Delay also added his personal impressions of the new OS:

I’m skipping Windows 8 until Microsoft include an option to use the Windows 7 start menu, and reduce the metro interface to a program [like the] Control Panel. It’s like someone at Microsoft took their upcoming tablet interface designed for 7 inch touch sensitive devices, and insisted we’d want the same thing on our 24 inch monitors with mice and keyboards. No thank you Microsoft.”

Tough talk but I have to tell em, tough luck because Windows 8 is here and there will be a market and users who start buying tons of Windows 8 devices.

Adapt or die. It’s really that simple.

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  • 123321

    oh come on people. stop crying like children about the startmenu. it’s gone. and won’t come back. so accept it or stay with win7. the startscreen gives you so much more than a startmenu every could.

    so yes, onuora, i agree what you said. adapt or die.

    • http://www.windows8update.com Onuora Amobi

      I’m not a fan of some of those changes dude but it is what it is.

      If Windows 8 is successful, look for all these dudes to change their stories really quickly and build apps for the Windows Store.

      It’ll be fun to watch either way…

      • Rex

        Mr Amobi, I know you are not a fan of all the changes, but by now you must have pretty well gotten used to them. Can you point to any specific place in Windows 8 that is less productive than Windows 7? Because I can not. Sure, the shutdown is in a bizarre spot, but it doesnt take any longer to do it than it does in windows 7. Metro apps tiles sit along side desktop tiles, but they are easily distiquishable. Metro apps take huge real estate and I hope that MS fixes this in Windows 9 to make the applications more useable, but since these apps are supplemental to desktop apps, they dont require my useage of them other than when doing so makes sense. A common complaint is the “jarring” feeling of going between the destop and Metro. In the Consumer preview I did notice this way more than in the Release Preview. I dont know if this is because the swich has been more optimized or if I have just gotten used to it. Either way, this really doesnt bother me any more, though it never was hugely bothersome to me to begin with. I just want to know what your take is on it with all your exposure. Originally, I heard nothing but complaints about Windows 8 from bloggers. But recently, the trend seems to be more 50/50 between hate and general acceptance. I think it interesting that the biggest complaints come from those just starting to use it or have tried it and gave up on it. While those who use it a lot seem much more forgiving of the change. This makes me think in general much of the rancor is change aversion. I agree there were many ways MS could have done this that would have been less painful to learn (such as allowing people to use the old start menu or booting directly to the desktop), but all these really compromise what they are trying to do to initiate people into their way of dealing with mobility.

        • http://www.windows8update.com Onuora Amobi

          I think it was initially very jarring to see the magnitude of the changes.

          I have had 3 years to get over it and at the end of the day, I am sure Microsoft have gotten the feedback from this site and others like it.

          What they choose to do with all that feedback is (obviously) up to them.

          The magnitude of the change to Windows and the relatively short amount of time that consumers will have to get used to it will be interesting to watch.

          I want my start menu and I want to boot directly into the desktop among other things. I fully understand that this won’t happen and I have to make peace with that.

          We’ll see if the rest of the world will make peace too.

  • HellcatM

    I’ve written 2 articles on this but before I make my present comment I have a question. If someone makes a Windows program and uploads it to say Download dot com do they have to pay them because they’re using download dot com’s servers? Or is it free?

  • Rex

    I can see this hurting the large game developers who have power in current distribution lines. They already have exposure and will not see advantages to pay large portions of their income to be available on an app store. But I absolutely disagree that an app store hurts indie developers. Quite the contrary. Indie developers gain an equal playing feild with the big guys on an app store. Sure small companies can sell their applications from a company webserver with little distribution costs, but they still need to find ways to attract customers which will cost money.

    My take on this is that change brings opportunity for you or your competitors, who ever is best at leveraging the change. But the unknowns usually bring fear which leads to pesimissim. Current strong competitors are least able to handle change (unless of course thay are driving it). While newcomers are better at using the change to their advantage. Therefore the big players are using fear mongering to abate the change or influence all players to keep them from profitting from the advantages of the change.

  • HellcatM

    How much does Steam charge to sell a game on their service? How much does Microsoft charge to sell a game on Xbox live presently? Is this going to cost more?