Gabe Newell recently expressed his concern over Microsoft’s Windows 8 operating system, referring to it as “kind of a catastrophe.” In a recent GI.Biz article, other PC developers have shared similar concern, including DayZ developer Dean “Rocket” Hall.
In the GI.bz article Hall explained that although more time is needed to properly appraise Windows 8, he admitted, “There is some legitimate concern there, particularly for complex games that the PC market has a real hedge on.”
“PC Games have always been gamers’ games,” Hall continued, “edgy and adapting fast. I do really agree with Gabe Newell’s comment that the one thing holding back Linux is gaming, and how significant gaming actually is to purchasers’ choices.”
Hall added, “There is quite an interesting market transition happening right now, that in a way DayZ got caught up in the middle of. With the consoles hitting the end of their life, it would seem PC gaming appears – in the short term at least – to be pushing forward pretty strongly.”
“Overall,” Hall concluded, “it feels too early to say for most of us I think. It’s definitely a concern, there are some worrying statements that make you wonder whether the intention is to try and emulate what their competitors are doing, or drive their own space through innovation. My preference is always for the latter.”
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