id’s John Carmack Joins Newell & Pardo as Game Developers Bashing Windows 8

Quakecon took place over the weekend and for those of you who are unfamiliar, it’s a convention for one of the oldest game developers in the industry. id Software’s John Carmack gives the annual keynote speech and this year, when asked about Windows 8, Carmack joined Valve’s Gabe Newell and Blizzard’s Rob Pardo in echoing the gaming world’s sentiments: they just don’t think Windows 8 is that good.

Previous statements made by Newell and Pardo predict Windows 8 as being hostile to game development, as the touch-based platform doesn’t translate well to desktop use. When an audience member asked Carmack his opinions on the OS, Carmack admitted that id Software embraced Windows XP to the bitter end and only then did they switch to Windows 7, skipping Windows Vista all together. Carmack states that he would be happy if Windows 8 didn’t exist, citing no features within the new OS that he’s looking forward to as a game developer.

Things weren’t all doom and gloom from Carmack regarding Microsoft however, as the developer admitted that he was “kind of excited” to use a Surface tablet. I guess you can’t win ’em all, Microosft.



  • Not surprising that game devs aren’t that into the new Windows8. Its a sign of pretty radical change within that ecosystem they rely on for money. Until it is out and being tested I would expect even more devs to come out and complain about what it could mean for their livelihood.