Earlier this week Valve
head honcho Gabe Newell
made headlines by labeling Microsoft's
forthcoming Windows 8 operating system "a catastrophe
for everyone in the PC space." Newell, whose company is responsible for the Steam
digital download service, is concerned that Microsoft's move toward a closed platform will adversely affect game developers and publishers.
executive vice president Rob Pardo
chimed in to support Newell's comments via Twitter. Microsoft's bid to control applications and Windows Store purchases is "not awesome for Blizzard either," Pardo tweeted.