Candy Crush Saga Comes Pre-Installed on Windows 10

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Candy Crush Saga Comes Pre-Installed on Windows 10

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Move over Minesweeper?

Here's some news that is sure to make some of you jump up and down. King's immensely popular match-3 mobile title Candy Crush Saga will come pre-installed with every single copy of Windows 10, joining the likes of Minesweeper and Freecell as those default Windows games you play on the school library's computer because everything else is blocked.

"Windows Phone users have been enjoying Candy Crush Saga since its launch on the platform in December, and later this year, all Windows 10 owners will be able to experience the hit game that's swept the mobile world like wildfire," Microsoft wrote. "As an added bonus, Candy Crush Saga will automatically be installed for customers that upgrade to or download Windows 10 for periods of time following the game launch."

If you haven't been living under a rock, you've no doubt heard of King's infamous "patent trolling" shenanigans involving Candy Crush Saga. First there was that whole trying to trademark the word "candy" thing, then there was the unfortunate incident where King went after The Banner Saga for using the word "saga".

Despite all this, the game has been incredibly successful and remains so to this day (seeings as it can afford to pay whatever massive lump of sum it takes to become a Windows default game).

In addition to Candy Crush Saga, Microsoft announced that the rest of King's catalog will be made available to Windows 10 customers.

Source: Xbox Wire

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And Windows 10 just got worse in my eyes.

I'm going to indulge in the pettiest comment I've ever made and ever will make: THIS is why I won't take a free upgrade to Windows 10.

Ooooh! I can't wait to uninstall this.

Well I know what I'll be deleting first if and when I upgrade. After replacing Internet Explorer, of course.

But wait!
If you upgrade now, your Windows 10 will come with a micro-transaction laden skinner box!!

So no doubt that this will have all the micro-transaction-y goodness that we all know from King. My next question is: Will it still have ads, or is in profitable without ads? (I've never actually played it, but I do occasionally enjoy Bejeweled.)

Well, I know what I'll be doing first whenever I get Win 10, uninstalling this blight of a game. Maybe I'll take screen shots of the process and email them to MS support with a note saying "thanks for wasting the time of millions of people who refuse to support a game company that makes your company's past practices seem almost ethical."

This feels worse than the browser wars. At least MS provides us with a convenient way to get its competitors' products onto our computers (or has to include them in the installation in some regions). I highly doubt CCS has a friendly feature for downloading better puzzle games.

Edit: fixed a big typo. Also, I want to add that this makes Win 10 look even more like a advertising device than an OS. It's more reason to sit on that free upgrade offer until the last few weeks. Let the early adopters find out if it is safe or if it is the big brother (pun not intended, but let's roll with it) to both these free to play, ad heavy games and tracking cookies.

I wonder how many hoops you will have to jump through to uninstall it.

008Zulu:
I wonder how many hoops you will have to jump through to uninstall it.

Unlock the uninstall button for just 75 gems! ($4.99 USD)

That shit is coming straight off when I upgrade to Windows 10. That and downloading a different browser.

As much as I hate the makers of Candy Crush Saga I don't even comprehend why anyone else would even acknowledge it when compared to similar games they can play for free on flash websites.

RatGouf:
As much as I hate the makers of Candy Crush Saga I don't even comprehend why anyone else would even acknowledge it when compared to similar games they can play for free on flash websites.

Better production values, different market, along with a better design (when optimizing towards getting people to pay). Their design is built around getting most players to get close enough that they need one or two turns more, with a handy-oh-so-easy to access button to pay to win. While it also tends to lead to getting more payments, coming so close and losing does keep people hooked more than other designs.

But mostly, I don't think most people were really aware of the sort of flash games that existed before phones. Which lead to the hilarious times whenever they point out some hip new game that's so amazing that computer-literate people were playing years before. Not to mention it's aimed well at children, which rather helps.

Not impressed at all with Microsoft's decision. Their soul isn't exactly in prime condition, but that doesn't mean they need to sell it to so sleazy a devil.

Bloatware is one thing.
Bloatware that's attempting to extract money the way King does is...

*tries to remember list of snide comments regarding this subject*

Cancer Crush Saga?

Glaice:
That shit is coming straight off when I upgrade to Windows 10. That and downloading a different browser.

teqrevisited:
Well I know what I'll be deleting first if and when I upgrade. After replacing Internet Explorer, of course.

You all DO know that Internet Exploder will not be on Windows 10, right?
http://www.theverge.com/2015/4/29/8511169/microsoft-edge-official-name-internet-explorer-upgrade

OT: Every time I even hear the phrase "Candy Crush" gives a bad taste in my mouth. Like I'm eating some really bad tasting candy. Yuck. I sunk a whopping 5 dollars into the game before realizing I was being tricked and then promptly deleted the thing.

Good idea, in 15-20 years when this is on system computers in work places people will be able to enjoy this game.

Oh boy! A shitty non-game to go with a shitty non-operating system.

Wow pre-installed with malware nice job Microsoft

Yay...?

Meh, I didn't even install this on my phone.

Also, not sure why it was required you mention the bullshittery of King. Seems a bit out of place.

I laugh at all those people thinking they can uninstall this. The current preview does not let you remove Xbox app from windows 10, what makes you think its going to let you remove this?

Kurt Cristal:

You all DO know that Internet Exploder will not be on Windows 10, right?
http://www.theverge.com/2015/4/29/8511169/microsoft-edge-official-name-internet-explorer-upgrade

They mean the renamed IE.

HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAAHA oh wait your serious...

this just makes me NOT want to get windows 10

Does it also come with pre-installed malware while we're at it?

Exaggerating, but honestly, I fucking hate this game and its makers for that copyright claim. That and because I just find it boring and I don't need any more bloatware on Windows 10 than from what is being rumoured.

All the more reason to stick with Windows 7!

Or XP.

Or hell, even Vista at this point.

MajorTomServo:

008Zulu:
I wonder how many hoops you will have to jump through to uninstall it.

Unlock the uninstall button for just 75 gems! ($4.99 USD)

5 easy steps to uninstall Candy Crush Saga, Windows hates this guy.

I just might actually make that 5-step program.

I mean, I know this doesn't come across as well over a text format, but...

Eaughh...

It's that noise you make when you see something nasty, but aren't to the point of nausea.
You know, it's just...

Eaughw...

...I miss Minesweeper.

I'm actually amused at the people bitching and moaning about this. Is it really that hard to uninstall the bullshit that comes preinstalled? Have we not been doing this for literally 20+ years? Is a single game (that's proven immeasurably popular on the mobile market) really just cause to dust off the torches and pitchforks? Get a fucking grip. Y'all need some serious reality checks.

All that should matter to gamers is benchmarks. Is it faster than 8.1 (which is faster than 7 already)? Does it take up less space on a HD? Does it take up less RAM? Can the metro bullshit be completely disabled? What kind of QOL improvements are there? Even the most fervent of haters can admit how many neat features 8.1 has that 7 lacks, and 10 will likely have even more. Are we seriously going to start a hipster clubhouse where people can only run Windows 98 because gaming was underground back then? That's pretty much the vibe I'm getting from this thread.

Yeah, the game sucks. So does IE whatever they're calling IE now. So does a lot of basic shitty pre-installed software. If a single, easily uninstalled program turns you off an OS upgrade, I just have to wonder if you're the same tumblr people that walk around with trigger warning signs so you don't get offended while you're out in public (but manage to get offended anyway, because of course you do).

Yeah..not planning on installing W10 until they drop all support for W7 just like they did for XP.

Until then..I'm fine with W7..I still got Minesweeper on this one.

Steven Bogos:

Despite all this, the game has been incredibly successful and remains so to this day (seeings as it can afford to pay whatever massive lump of sum it takes to become a Windows default game).

Are we entirely sure that M$ didn't pay them for it? After all, Skinner Box Saga is hugely popular.

I'm actually surprised Windows 10 isn't going to be bundled with minecraft, seeing as how they paid two billion for it.

So what Microsoft is (indirectly) telling me is that it's better that i keep using Windows 7?

Can I uninstall it? If so I'm going to do so at the first opportunity.

Please tell me I can rip it out of the installation files...

Un-installing that junk is just an additional work step when I install Computers, that takes me extra time without gaining anything.

Sure for one PC it wouldn't be too bad to un-install it manually but at 20-30 in a week that's going to suck.

Gatlank:
So what Microsoft is (indirectly) telling me is that it's better that i keep using Windows 7?

Pretty much.

And... Microsoft just killed office productivity. Well done.

Oh... What hasn't already been said?

If this is the same micro-transaction-laden CCS that we all know and lo[ve/athe]... I've never been fond of the model, and I'm less than filled with glee that nearly every new computer will have one of the more successful/terrible examples of the model on it. Will it be tied into the Windows Store? Are we in for another slew of lawsuits when parents find their offspring have spent hundreds of dollars with credit cards that were automatically linked to the game for the sake of "convenience"?

Is Microsoft getting a cut?

All that aside, it doesn't bode well for Windows 10 and Microsoft's continued efforts to get their own share of the "app" market. Thus far, Microsoft has done a piss-poor job in supporting PC gaming. If their "clueing in" only goes so far as a willingness to glom onto the seediest and most appalling kinds of profiteering going on in the industry... I'd much rather go back to Minesweeper and Spider Solitaire, thanks.

What I most like about my PC is where it least resembles a tablet.

Microsoft just doesn't understand PC gamers anymore. You are better off making it free for us on the Windows App store than you are giving it to us pre-installed.

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