Windows 8 sales pass 60 million, but ill feeling endures as Gabe Newell speaks of “giant sadness”

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Sales of Windows 8 have ticked past the 60 million mark, Microsoft announced at CES in Las Vegas yesterday, but there’s little sign of a turnaround in its perception in the videogame industry. Quite the opposite, in fact: Gabe Newell took another shot at Microsoft’s new operating system in a wide-ranging, much-quoted interview with The Verge, while one developer has blamed Windows 8 for locking players out of its game.

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Somehow, in Windows 8, Microsoft seems to have constructed the operating system equivalent of Nick Clegg: highly visible, sound in concept, but more or less disliked by everyone who really knows what they’re talking about. In July, Valve’s Gabe Newell attacked the closed-nature of the OS, telling attendees at Casual Connect, “I think that Windows 8 is kind of a catastrophe for everybody in the PC space […] Valve wouldn’t exist if it weren’t for the PC. Id Software, Epic, Zynga, Facebook, and Google wouldn’t have existed without the openness of the platform”. Responding to this, Rob Pardo from Blizzard tweeted that the OS wasn’t awesome for them either.