Croteam CTO Alen Ladavac is the latest game developer to lash out against Windows 8 , and he did so by posting a rather lengthy message on Steam's forum. Ladavac was commenting in a thread dedicated to a new Serious Sam 3 patch, and he sort of went off on a tangent, complaining about the tiled interface in Windows 8, the certification process, and age restrictions that have prevented titles like Dishonored and Skyrim from appearing in the Windows Store.
The latter complaint was reversed, according to our sister site PC Gamer , but Ladavac's biggest gripe is that tiled UI applications can only be released through the Windows Store and not by any other means.'
"I cannot even begin to stress out just how horrible this idea is! There is no side-loading, except for corporate use inside one company, and that works only on the enterprise edition of Windows 8," Ladavac rages. "Do we all understand what that means? You cannot download an application from the Internet and run it on your computer. You have to get it from Microsoft's store. Even if it is a free app!"
To be clear, Windows 8 doesn't prevent users from installing programs of their desire, they just won't appear in the main interface.
"If it was just about 'being downloaded from Windows store', it would not be a problem," Ladavac added. "It would be nice to have a common hub to download things from. But to get an app onto that store, it has to be certified by MS. This means bringing the 'console experience' onto your desktop. Each app that you will get through the Windows Store will have to adhere to certain requirements imposed by MS."
Ladavac is one of a handful of game developers to voice displeasure with Windows 8 and the apparent walled garden approach Microsoft appears to be adopting. It's one of the reasons why Valve is looking long and hard at Linux, after Gabe Newell now famously referred to Windows 8 as a "catastrophe for everyone in the PC space."
"Gabe Newell did not overreact," Ladavac said.