Markus "Notch" Persson voices support for Valve and recent Steam announcement
Hmm, I get the feeling that Minecraft creator Markus Persson is excited for Valve’s new, Steam-centric operating system. Around the time of the unveiling of SteamOS, he took to Twitter to dump his praise on the company.
"Valve is saving the entire gaming world, but I all I can do is mumble passive aggressively about crowbars," he wrote prior to the announcement yesterday. A subsequent tweet read, "Seriously, this overly drawn out steambox announcement thing is amazing news. Win8's been worrying me.”
No surprise there, since Notch has made it known how much he disagrees with Windows 8. Around this time last year, he criticized Microsoft’s latest OS as “trying to ruin the PC as an open platform” and said that he had refused to let Minecraft be certified for the closed platform, so it’s far from shocking to see him gravitating towards a system that is all about “openness.”
In case you were on vacation from the Gamersphere yesterday, here’s the skinny on SteamOS. SteamOS is a free, Linux-based system designed for use in living room TV screens, while giving users unparalleled access to Steam games and content. Among the key features included in the OS are in-house streaming from PC to TV, various music and video services, Family Options for easy individual account management, and the Steam Family Sharing feature that was announced earlier this month. It will be released for all “soon.”
Looking forward, Valve plans to make two more Steam-related announcements this week, with the next to come tomorrow, September 25, at 10:00 AM PST.
A writer, journalist, and aspiring storyteller, Peter Grimm has been gaming since the days of the Nintendo 64, and reporting on the goings-on in the World of Gaming since late 2011. His base of writing operations is located within the void between Here and There, or so he would have you think.
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