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No Adult Games on Windows 8 Marketplace

A post on Critical Detail takes a critical look at the closed distribution model in Windows 8 and Windows RT, speculating about how this will impact software distribution over the next 20 years. As noted on Kotaku, this includes a rule against selling adult content through the Windows 8 Marketplace, saying: "Your app must not contain adult content, and metadata must be appropriate for everyone. Apps with a rating over PEGI 16, ESRB MATURE, or that contain content that would warrant such a rating, are not allowed." While this will not impact U.S. users much since almost no games are ever rated "AO," there are lots of games with a PEGI-18 rating in Europe this will prohibit. There are a number of reasons this will not impact hardcore gamers in the short term, as they are unlikely to be rushing to adopt the new Windows, unlikely to make a tablet their primary gaming machine, and unlikely to make the Microsoft walled garden the place they buy their games, but the trend this represents is certainly troubling. Update: Corrected to be clear the rule will prohibit AO games in North America, not "M" rated games. Apologies for the confusion.

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3. Re: No Adult Games on Windows 8 Marketplace Oct 11, 2012, 10:35 InBlack
 
Fuck Microsoft, and fuck Windows8. Way to go assholes, destroying the IBM compatible PC in one single stroke of genius...greedy fuckers!  
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2. Re: No Adult Games on Windows 8 Marketplace Oct 11, 2012, 10:34 RailWizard
 
This is like comedy that never ends.

Though I suspect when M$ see's the adoption rate that will, once again, change some things....
 
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1. Re: No Adult Games on Windows 8 Marketplace Oct 11, 2012, 10:30 SpectralMeat
 
Since most PC gamers buy their games off Steam or Origin, maybe in store, I don't see how would this effect many people that are gaming on the PC.

Not that I was interested in downgrading to Windows 8 anyways.
 
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