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Microsoft rep on Windows 8 mature content restrictions: ‘Valve can keep being Valve’

Friday, 26th October 2012 08:52 GMT By Dave Cook

Microsoft’s policy to mature games on its Windows 8 digital store essentially forbode any games that fell into the ‘mature’ or 18+ age bracket. It seemed like a strange decision at the time, but earlier today we reported that Microsoft has announced that certain restrictions will be relaxed.

The changes mean that ‘some’ PEGI 18 games will be granted sale on Windows 8′s digital store.

Antoine Leblond, corporate VP of web services discussed the change in policy with Gizmodo, stating that it would come into effect by December, and that “This is to give developers a heads up that that’s where we’re going, so they can have the peace of mind around developing the kinds of games that will have those ratings.

To separate Windows 8 store and other platforms that allow mature digital content, Leblond added, “We want the world of desktop apps to to keep existing [outside of the Windows Store]. There’s no reason to get in the way of that. Valve can keep being Valve.”

What’s your take on the restrictions? Should digital stores cater for all, or is there room to pick and choose your market? Let us know below.

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  1. Talkar

    I have to say i thought, and still think it was pretty dumb of Valve to say that the Store excludes other platforms on Windows 8. Didn’t really make a whole lot of sense.

    #1 2 years ago
  2. FabioPal

    @1 +1

    #2 2 years ago
  3. silkvg247

    So we can still play whatever we want on the desktop, I’ve been trying it out and works fine. The only thing to get used to is no visible start bar, and pressing start gives you the metro homepage – which if you think of it is just like a full screen fancy start bar anyway.

    I’m not convinced it’s worth me upgrading as a PC user. If it has performance tweaks for gaming, I’ll consider it though.

    Re: The censorship on their store, it can only work against them so I don’t understand it at all. They could have parental controls to lock our mature content for kids, so why add restrictions to what can be published? ‘Some’ PEGI 18 will go through is far too generic a statement.

    #3 2 years ago
  4. freedoms_stain

    @1, that’s not what they said.

    It seems that you can’t develop a Metro app unless you go via the MS store, that excludes companies like Valve from using a feature of the OS purely because they don’t use the MS store. That’s not a good road to be treading. In Windows 8 it’s Metro apps, what’ll it be in Windows 9? That’s where the worry is.

    @3, you can buy Windows 8 direct from MS (download only, burn yourself) for £24.99 if you’re on a legit copy of XP SP3 or higher (upgrade ver). I have to say, that makes me quite tempted even though there is realistically no good reason to upgrade right now.

    On another note, does anyone know if they improved multi-display functionality in 8?

    #4 2 years ago
  5. silkvg247

    I never buy upgrade versions, I like doing clean installs. :D

    #5 2 years ago
  6. Talkar

    @4
    Then they’re dumb because they don’t know what they’re talking about.
    You can develop a metro App without having to put it up on the store.
    Tell me, have you even tried developing a metro app? Or are you just saying what you’ve read on some random blog post?

    Regarding your multidisplay question, multidisplay is improved in Windows 8 but unfortunately it isn’t as good as some 3rd party programs…

    #6 2 years ago
  7. Tech-N9ne

    #6
    You are wrong. Metro Apps are only available through the Microsoft App Store, traditional application we are use to are also available in the app store too, but you can still get the from any of the traditional sources. Some people think the Metro Apps distribution restriction is just the beginning and would include traditional software in the future, but I just can’t see them doing that, too big a risk.

    I personally think this is a good thing for consumers, its more secure, less chance of you installing malware and viruses, better way of discovering apps, you can have a history of all the stuff you ever installed or bought in one central place, application updated in one single place, and much more.

    For small developer this gives them a much better way of calculating and getting exposure for their apps, for some big developers like Valve this will defiantly under cut their profit because on PC they the biggest app store for game and recently application, and Microsoft get 30% of all sale from its app store (just like Apple, Goggle and Valve does), This is why they are all bitching about.

    #7 2 years ago
  8. Talkar

    ^Then explain to me how i can create a metro app, put it on a USB and install it on another Windows 8 computer? I guess it is magic then?

    #8 2 years ago
  9. Tech-N9ne

    #8
    I’m developer too, either your PCs are both preview builds or they both have developer license.
    Metro App are only sold in the Microsoft store, this is very old news.
    Can’t find the official link but try this http://www.computerworld.com/s/article/9220105/Metro_apps_to_be_sold_only_from_Microsoft_s_app_store?taxonomyId=125&pageNumber=2

    #9 2 years ago
  10. Talkar

    ^Oh i didn’t know you were using the premade templates.
    I’m talking about if you do it by yourself.

    #10 2 years ago
  11. TheWulf

    @1

    I think that was actually more about what Microsoft could do. What Gabe is talking about is what some hackers and open source nerds have discovered about Windows 8 that could be used nefariously. Will they, is undoubtedly the question, but they could.

    The thing is is that first of all you have UEFI, which can lock a computer into using Windows 8 or Microsoft licensed OSes alone. This is an issue for obvious reasons. It means that companies like Canonical would have to buy an OS license from Microsoft. Microsoft could, at some point down the road, choose to not offer such a license to open source OS providers.

    Another example is that they have greater control over which software can and can’t be run via signing, as there are systems for that which simply didn’t exist in Windows 7 and earlier. Now… Microsoft could at some point down the road decide to enforce this via a patch, so that only signed software via the store can be installed. Will they? I don’t know. But the problem is the potential.

    These are the things that Gabe Newell was taking issue at. The fact that Microsoft has ‘at the push of a button’ doomsday controls. If, at some point in the future, they decided that Valve was providing too much competition, there are things they could do to lock Steam out.

    And yeah, that’s worrying. Let’s be honest, too. Before release, every PR department speaks the sweetest words, and being early adopters we want to believe it so that we can get in on the ground floor with a shiny new thing. But how often have we been lied to? Very often. With games, with software, with entertainment in general… anything that isn’t tied to a physical product, really. Because law isn’t advanced enough in this area yet to really put a kibosh on this sort of thing.

    Gabe’s a smart guy. That’s all I’ll say.

    #11 2 years ago