Carmack says he would be happy if Windows 8 didnt exist.
Microsoft maybe flogging Windows 8 as the best thing since sliced bread, but it’s increasingly failing to garner love from video game developers. After Gabe Newell openly called Microsoft’s new touch-friendly operating system a “disaster”, a number of key developers too joined in the chorus. Blizzard’s Rob Pardo called Windows 8 “not awesome” for the company, whereas Minecraft creator Markus Notch spoke against Microsoft’s decision to “lock down” the platform. Now, id Software’s John Carmack is the latest one to bash the upcoming OS.
During his keynote at QuakeCon 2012, Carmack said that while he has more respect for Microsoft than others, he is “pretty darn happy” working with Windows 7 at the moment, and he would be happy if Windows 8 didn’t actually exist. He is, however, excited for the Surface tablet, but said there was nothing to look forward to in Windows 8.
Carmack admitted that currently no one at id Software is working with Windows 8, but said they should probably start testing it since Doom 3 BFG Edition will be releasing very close to Windows 8 in October.
You can watch the entire, nearly 4-hours long keynote below. The Windows bit comes at the 2:47 hour mark.