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Notch refuses to certify Minecraft for Windows 8

Tweets from Markus "Notch" Persson slam Microsoft and its upcoming operating system as a closed platform.


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Minecraft creator Markus "Notch" Persson has spit venom at Microsoft and its new Windows 8 operating system. The developer explained over Twitter that he received an email from Microsoft asking for help to certify Minecraft for Windows 8, to which he responded with sharp, cutting words about the new platform.

Notch doesn't want Minecraft on Windows 8.
Notch doesn't want Minecraft on Windows 8.

"I told them to stop trying to ruin the PC as an open platform," he said.

Windows 8 launches next month and has generated much buzz over its vast redesign, but it appears Notch won't be among the adopters.

"I'd rather have Minecraft not run on [Windows 8] at all than to play along," he added. "Maybe we can convince a few people not to switch to [Windows 8] that way."

Notch is no stranger to bemoaning the actions of large companies, as he declared Electronic Arts to be "destroying" the gaming industry earlier this year. However, his comments about Windows 8 are in stark contrast to the affection he poured on Microsoft upon Minecraft's record-setting launch on Xbox Live Arcade.

"Hey, Microsoft! You might be a big and scary American company that likes secrets and meetings and such, but I love working with you!" he said at the time.

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