Ahh… Windows 8. Has an operating system ever before been written off so thoroughly as a failure before launch? It seems Microsoft is taking every possible step to alienate enterprise and gamers alike with their heavily tablet-influenced OS, leaving many wondering who exactly the target audience is for this… bold experiment…?
Stoking the flames of hate even further, a Microsoft representative confirmed today that software sold via the Windows 8 store will have to adhere to strict age restrictions, specifically the rule that no software rated higher than “Mature” could be sold in the marketplace. While some speculated that these restrictions would not apply to games, the MS rep’s comments remove all doubt:
“…apps with a rating over PEGI 16, ESRB MATURE, or a corresponding rating under other ratings systems… are not allowed.”
This policy would have little impact on the US market, where pretty much all games that aren’t straight up pornographic manage to get a Mature rating or below from the ESRB. The situation with European markets is a bit different however, where numerous games, many of them recent, receive a PEGI 18, disqualifying them from Microsoft’s shop. A few examples of games that could not be sold there are as follows:
The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim
The Witcher II
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3
Max Payne 3
The Walking Dead
Mass Effect 2
Mass Effect 3
Spec Ops: The Line
Fallout: New Vegas
Assassin’s Creed: Revelations
Yowch. Of course, software can still be installed outside of what’s sold in the Windows 8 store. Software that doesn’t go through Microsoft’s certification will still function, though it will lack integration with some of Windows 8′s features. How tragic.
Thankfully, with the numerous other options for purchasing PC games online, nobody in their right mind will be buying games through Microsoft’s store… Or switching to Windows 8 for that matter.