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Blizzard gives thumbs up to Newell's Windows 8 "catastrophe" comment

Blizzard's Rob Pardo doesn't think Microsoft's latest is good for the WoW developer

Valve 'boss' Gabe Newell caused quite a stir this week when he remarked during a talk at Casual Connect in Seattle that Microsoft's Windows 8 is "kind of a catastrophe for everybody in the PC space." Some are saying that Windows 8 is the next "Vista" and that it's not too friendly for consumers or developers. Recently, Rob Pardo, executive vice president of game design at Blizzard, took to Twitter to endorse Newell's comment.

Pardo commented on the "nice" interview that former Xbox executive Ed Fries did with Newell, and he then proceeded to note that Windows 8 is "not awesome for Blizzard either."

The big concern from Newell and others is that Microsoft will make Windows 8 a closed system. It's been suggested that Microsoft will seek more control over various applications and purchases made through Windows 8, but the company has yet to announce full details.

Windows 8 is scheduled to launch on October 26, 2012.

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James Brightman has been covering the games industry since 2003 and has been an avid gamer since the days of Atari and Intellivision. He was previously EIC and co-founder of IndustryGamers and spent several years leading GameDaily Biz at AOL prior to that.