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Fallout 3 Gets Leaked, Goes Gold

Soulskill posted more than 5 years ago | from the sorry-about-your-luck dept.

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Fallout 3 is due to be released in a few weeks, and Bethesda recently announced that all versions of the game have gone gold. They provided the systems specs for the PC release as well. Unfortunately for them, the Xbox 360 version was leaked onto torrent sites almost three weeks early. Bethesda is "looking into" how the game was distributed. In preparation for the launch, game director Todd Howard spoke at length with Gamasutra about the scope of the project, and the differences from their previous games, such as Oblivion. CrispyGamer recently ran a three-part series detailing their four hours of hands-on time with the game. We've previously looked at some gameplay videos for Fallout 3, and discussed the fact that no mod tools will ship with the game.

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249 comments

Some Fallout (3, Funny)

netruner (588721) | more than 5 years ago | (#25359287)

Was there a "Falling Out" with a disgruntled employee?

There will definitely be some "Fallout" for the leak.

Re:Some Fallout (4, Funny)

Ethanol-fueled (1125189) | more than 5 years ago | (#25359409)

Speaking of leaking, Fallout 3 also comes with the limited edition piss-bucket so the truly hardcore gamers can play 24/7 without interruption.

Re:Some Fallout (1)

binarylarry (1338699) | more than 5 years ago | (#25359549)

Now you're talking!

Sounding more like a bargain every time this article is posted to Slashdot!

24/7 - Xbox 360 - LOL! Joking Right...? (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25360191)

Who the hell would be dumb enough to try to play a lengthy game like Fallout 3 on the worst and most unreliable gaming hardware ever created in the Xbox 360?

Re:Some Fallout (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25360799)

but does it come with poopsocks too?

Re:Some Fallout (-1, Redundant)

nine-times (778537) | more than 5 years ago | (#25360531)

I wonder what the FALLOUT from this leak will be.

(ha ha, snort, we're funny!)

Re:Some Fallout (5, Funny)

Rob T Firefly (844560) | more than 5 years ago | (#25360797)

Unfortunately for them, the Xbox 360 version was leaked onto torrent sites almost three weeks early. Bethesda is "looking into" how the game was distributed.

Well you see, Bethesda, as a downloader downloads parts of the file, they also upload the parts they have to other downloaders, and so on from peer to peer...

Reminiscent of Halo 2 (4, Interesting)

lessthanpi (1333061) | more than 5 years ago | (#25359349)

Ahh, good old torrent leaks. This brings me back to ought 4 when the French released Halo 2 weeks before the official release date. Those were good times...

WTF Were They Thinking Going With Bethesda? (0, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25359405)

This game turned out to be a disaster.

Such a great franchise deserves better.

Re:WTF Were They Thinking Going With Bethesda? (5, Informative)

revlayle (964221) | more than 5 years ago | (#25359443)

Going with Bethesda? Bethesda BOUGHT the Fallout franchise from Interplay (which has gone down the shitter near 100%) 3-4 years ago. In fact, the IP Interplay is using for the Fallout MMO (that they are supposedly working on) had to be licensed from Bethesda to use after the sale of said IP.

Re:WTF Were They Thinking Going With Bethesda? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25359605)

"Bethesda BOUGHT the Fallout"

Oh god, no!

So many people were talking about just ignoring this turd and waiting for a real sequel to come out in a few years.

Re:WTF Were They Thinking Going With Bethesda? (4, Informative)

revlayle (964221) | more than 5 years ago | (#25359673)

Interplay WAS working on a Fallout 3 back in 2003. Then the project was canceled and the entire Black Isle Studio team was laid off. In addition, most of those employees had to legally fight to get their pay that they were owed. Most employees didn't get a settlement until a few years later. Interplay went bankrupt (chapter 7 style). Basically, Herver Caen (the CEO), since he took over the company in the early 2000 (do I have that right) basically took the company for a Titanic like ride and pretty much gutted it for anything worthwhile. The Fallout franchise sale was a probably a way to liquid assets it had to cover legal and back-pay costs they were racking up. While Beth may not make the best F3 game in the world, honestly, could have been a lot of worse companies to give it to (I'm sure a few better ones could have been thought, also).

Re:WTF Were They Thinking Going With Bethesda? (1)

mog007 (677810) | more than 5 years ago | (#25359927)

Just some clarification. Interplay was going down the tubes, so they sold the rights to Fallout sequels to Bethesda. After a few months, and more fines and such piling up against Interplay, they sold the rights to the entire Fallout franchise to Bethesda in exchange for some more money and rights to a Fallout MMO.

Oh come on (2, Funny)

Prikolist (1260608) | more than 5 years ago | (#25359403)

I want the PC version leaked!

Re:Oh come on (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25359441)

It could have been worse, they could have leaked the PS3 version...

And the only reason I know there's a PS3 version is because Fallout 3 is yet another PS3 game that won't support Sony's Achievement ripoff, bringing the total number of non-Sony games to support that feature to, uh, 0.

Gimped For The Xbox 360 (-1, Flamebait)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25359569)

The game is a fiasco. The only reason it is not getting laughed at by the gaming press is because so many people desperately wanted Fallout 3 to be a true and worthy sequel to the previous games.

And if that wasn't bad enough the game has been gimped down to run on the outdated Xbox 360 7 gig DVDs and weak graphics hardware.

Fucking Microsoft is letting PC gaming die with this Xbox fiasco. The whole point of consoles is to combat piracy and here the piece of shit Xbox is the system getting pirated while ruining the game for PC users.

Re:Gimped For The Xbox 360 (5, Insightful)

RogueyWon (735973) | more than 5 years ago | (#25359657)

In fairness, the number of people who actually download and run the Xbox 360 leak will be tiny compared to what the effect would have been with a PC-version leak. Getting pirated games running on a 360 involves the kind of hardware modification that is beyond the level of the average user and, in any event, makes the machine unusable on Xbox Live.

The impact of this leak will be fairly tiny in terms of lost sales. Plot spoilers etc are going to be more of a concern.

Re:Gimped For The Xbox 360 (2, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25360057)

Getting pirated games running on a 360 involves the kind of hardware modification that is beyond the level of the average user and, in any event, makes the machine unusable on Xbox Live

The Xbox Live part was true for the Xbox, but not the 360.

Re:Gimped For The Xbox 360 (1, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25360547)

Getting pirated games running on a 360 involves the kind of hardware modification that is beyond the level of the average user and, in any event, makes the machine unusable on Xbox Live

The Xbox Live part was true for the Xbox, but not the 360.

Yeah, modding a 360 to play pirated games is absolute cake and involves virtually zero risk to the hardware or your Live account. I'd bet that a lot of people knuckle down and mod their systems just to play this release.

I personally save quite a bit of money on my gaming habit as a result of modding my 360; I no longer buy or rent games to try them, I just download and burn. At $2 or so per DL DVD+R, it's a no-brainer.

Re:Gimped For The Xbox 360 (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25360549)

It is neither hard to flash the dvd drive (well, until the latest lite-on drives), neither it makes the machine unusable on Xbox Live.

Re:Gimped For The Xbox 360 (1, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25360815)

Not true.

I have a modded 360 and I have a copy of fallout.

Since I've started playing fallout I haven't connected to live because they do search people's accounts to if they played the game (achievements and such.) Before fallout, I've played copies of guitar hero and halo 3 online. (I do own the retail copies of these games.)

Usually this isn't a problem but since it was released weeks early, hiding is the best course of action.

Btw, the game is complete. Achievements, endings, story lines... I don't see anything that's missing.

PC Users Need To Make Themselves Heard (-1, Flamebait)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25359977)

Microsoft is letting PC gaming die with more and more long time PC developers either giving up on or starting to migrate away from PC exclusive titles.

Fallout 3 from all the previews looks obviously dumbed down because of having to run on the 360. But the real nightmare scenario for PC gamer is Diablo 3 which Blizzard is confirming is being designed, and obviously dumbed down and downgraded, to run on the 360.

I don't know what the hell Microsoft is thinking wasting time on the 360 mess. The system is considered the worst console ever made and it is selling just as poorly worldwide as the first Xbox disaster.

Wake the fuck up Microsoft and dump this Xbox shit and put your efforts into reviving the PC gaming market.

Re:PC Users Need To Make Themselves Heard (2, Insightful)

Cythrawl (941686) | more than 5 years ago | (#25360379)

Ummm.. Diablo 3 dumbed down???

Sorry to burst your bubble, but Diablo games aren't/were'nt that complicated in the first place! You could play Diablo 1 and 2 with one hand on the mouse. Really when you look at it Diablo is really just a Gauntlet clone with good storytelling. There's never been ANYTHING complicated about Diablo.. Which in my opinion is what makes it great!.. No need to think about anything, just click and play.

Re:PC Users Need To Make Themselves Heard (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25360445)

You obviously never played Diablo 2 on Hell after Blizzard released the final patch.

Doable? Yes.
Easy or simple? Absolutely not.

The game actually had some decent depth - it's just it didn't become apparent until long after most people stopped playing.

Re:PC Users Need To Make Themselves Heard (2, Insightful)

Cythrawl (941686) | more than 5 years ago | (#25360607)

You never said easy.. you said "Dumbed down for the consoles". There are MANY console games that are also far from easy. My point is its not being dumbed down for consoles. Its the same damn gameplay elements that are in all the other Diablo's.. And for the record I have finished all the Diablo games. Please try to put some filler in your discussion other than " you obviously havent played it".
Diablo isn't that complicated of a concept to begin with. As I said in my previous post its really like a evolution on the original Gauntlet with a beginning and an end and great visuals and a great story. Theres NOTHING to dumb down in the first place. Get over it.

Re:Oh come on (1)

bonch (38532) | more than 5 years ago | (#25360033)

So you can pirate it?

Well one good thing about leaks (1)

hypergreatthing (254983) | more than 5 years ago | (#25359421)

Better for everyone because it makes them come out with the game sooner!

What boggles my mind is why sit on the game until some arbitrary release date and why not sell it sooner?

I noticed a crapload of games slated for end of oct/begining of nov. Stuff like Fallout 3, gears of war 2, wow: lich king. Who's great idea was it to flood the market at some seemingly random time?

Sell the damn game when it's ready!

Unless it's some marketing ploy that's sold as a "Fire your employees before the game comes out so you can cash in on it's success even better(TM)".

Re:Well one good thing about leaks (5, Informative)

revlayle (964221) | more than 5 years ago | (#25359489)

Ready means they are ready for the packaging and distribution process. When something goes GOLD doesn't mean, it's ready to be on the shelf the next day. It means it is ready to duplicate CDs, make packaging (luckily the packaging aspect may have a bit of lead time), send to distributors and retailers. Also when GOLD, any online distributing (which may not be available for F3) deals can be finalized. Even if online distribution was an option, there is no way they would break the release date online and step on the retail outlets toes, as most sales still come from brick and mortar locations (or locations that ship physical product to your door).

Re:Well one good thing about leaks (1)

Machtyn (759119) | more than 5 years ago | (#25359819)

as most sales still come from brick and mortar locations

That may be true, but if what I've heard about Fallout 3 containing DRM, I'll wait until it is stripped of it and released on Steam (I like Steam's DRM scheme better, if one has to exist).

Of course, I'd rather not have any DRM and I may get the boxed set anyway if they include some nice stuff. (The Fallout series is worth keeping some collectibles around.)

Re:Well one good thing about leaks (5, Informative)

f()rK()_Bomb (612162) | more than 5 years ago | (#25360005)

bethesda have said the only drm will b something small, like oblivions, i.e. a cd in the drive check

Re:Well one good thing about leaks (1)

Machtyn (759119) | more than 5 years ago | (#25360439)

Thank you for clarifying.

Re:Well one good thing about leaks (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25360877)

If some of the other games on Steam are any indication, then you'll probably get the DRM that comes with the game plus the Steam DRM.

Re:Well one good thing about leaks (5, Funny)

houstonbofh (602064) | more than 5 years ago | (#25359509)

Better for everyone because it makes them come out with the game sooner!

What boggles my mind is why sit on the game until some arbitrary release date and why not sell it sooner?

I noticed a crapload of games slated for end of oct/begining of nov. Stuff like Fallout 3, gears of war 2, wow: lich king. Who's great idea was it to flood the market at some seemingly random time?

Sell the damn game when it's ready!

Unless it's some marketing ploy that's sold as a "Fire your employees before the game comes out so you can cash in on it's success even better(TM)".

Isn't there some big holiday soon after that where a lot of people spend a lot of money on consumer stuff... Jeese... It is right on the tip of my tung...

Re:Well one good thing about leaks (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25359603)

Its called 'Nail the fake religious guy to an arbitrary symbol to get believers day'.. aka Flying Spaghetti Monster Day.

Re:Well one good thing about leaks (1)

Broken scope (973885) | more than 5 years ago | (#25359693)

Wouldn't that be closer to Easter on the modern calender? Maybe your thinking of when the guy was supposedly born.

Re:Well one good thing about leaks (2, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25359987)

Don't be too harsh with him. Highly intelligent people that are far too smart to be duped by religion don't have time to differentiate between silly things like Christmas and Easter.

Re:Well one good thing about leaks (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25360195)

I was thinking of halloween.. isnt that when those religious nuts nail people to a cross? Why else would you want to do that if not for a scary holiday type event?

I'm still waiting for Gary Od to come forward and claim copyright for the bible. Its one hell of a work of fiction.. bit boring i'll admit but the ending rocks.

Re:Well one good thing about leaks (2, Funny)

hypergreatthing (254983) | more than 5 years ago | (#25359611)

Hallo-giving?

Wrong timing, games would come out after thanksgiving if that was the case.

Re:Well one good thing about leaks (1)

Culture20 (968837) | more than 5 years ago | (#25359711)

Wrong timing, games would come out after thanksgiving if that was the case.

In the U.S.A., Christmas sales have already started (with weird marketing ads; jack-o-lanterns wearing Santa hats). The best part about releasing a game for Christmas sales period: The geeks will buy the games, and some people who shop for the geeks will buy the games (ostensibly for the geeks because they've been raving about game XYZ for months), sit on them for a couple months, then give them as gifts Dec 25th, only to find out that they can't be returned at some retailers.

Re:Well one good thing about leaks (1)

hypergreatthing (254983) | more than 5 years ago | (#25359781)

Yes, because coming out with a game that's ready in early october would be horribly detrimental compared to early november.

Wait, umm, why? Are you saying it won't be on the shelves anymore?

How about stop playing with the numbers and play to your customers (in a good way, not in that molestation way)

Re:Well one good thing about leaks (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25359521)

A seemingly random time? You mean in the ramp up to the Xmas season?

Everyone wants their game on the retailers shelves by/(preferably before well before, so they can make sure no snafu's make it miss) Black Friday. A month before BF gets the buzz going well so everyone knows what to buy then. 2 months before Christmas may seem random to you, but it's not to the folks that know sales.

Re:Well one good thing about leaks (3, Interesting)

Hatta (162192) | more than 5 years ago | (#25359535)

I came here to say exactly this. They wouldn't have any problems with early leaks if they made it available for downloading as soon as the final image was mastered.

Re:Well one good thing about leaks (1, Insightful)

MozeeToby (1163751) | more than 5 years ago | (#25359799)

I just don't understand this logic. Why do you feel that you have a right to the game as soon as it is complete? Doesn't the company have a right (actually, a responsibilty to thier shareholders) to maximize their profit through marketing and targeted release dates?

Re:Well one good thing about leaks (1)

Chaos Incarnate (772793) | more than 5 years ago | (#25359899)

Making it available ASAP won't hurt the profit unless it's a crappy game, though. And in that case, they'd be better off fixing it so they can sell more copies over time instead of hoping that a bunch of people buy it day one before any reviews hit.

Re:Well one good thing about leaks (1)

servognome (738846) | more than 5 years ago | (#25360281)

Making it available ASAP won't hurt the profit unless it's a crappy game, though. And in that case, they'd be better off fixing it so they can sell more copies over time instead of hoping that a bunch of people buy it day one before any reviews hit.

Unless there is a major bug found that could result in a lawsuit. Look back at the Myth 2 install bug, it was found after gold but before significant distribution. Why is it wrong for a company to release it when they are ready to?

Re:Well one good thing about leaks (1)

Chaos Incarnate (772793) | more than 5 years ago | (#25360729)

Except gold master status is the very definition of being ready to release, as far as the software is concerned. (That obviously doesn't apply to duplication, packaging, etc.)

Re:Well one good thing about leaks (5, Insightful)

MozeeToby (1163751) | more than 5 years ago | (#25360857)

Parents start shopping for the holiday season starting in late October, early Novemeber. They are more likely to choose to buy the game that is most prominantly displayed. During the holiday rush, dozens of games are release and games don't get to have the massive display for long before it is pushed out by some other game. Therefore, it can be extremely advantagous to wait until the holiday rush has begun to release your game.

Marketing and timing can make a huge difference in a games success, especially for games released for the holiday season. To be fair, I don't think it would matter as much for games such as Fallout 3, it is targeted to an older, already attached audience. If this were a title like LittleBigPlanet (new audience, younger target) for instance, releasing a couple of weeks early could be devastating.

Re:Well one good thing about leaks (1)

Hatta (162192) | more than 5 years ago | (#25360359)

I don't, of course I don't. That said, any delay in releasing the game will increase the likelihood of a leak occurring. That's just the facts. If they really don't want any leaks, they shouldn't give anyone a chance to beat them to release.

Re:Well one good thing about leaks (4, Interesting)

The Moof (859402) | more than 5 years ago | (#25359543)

Simply put, marketing. It's alot easier to compete with no other AAA title the week of release. The upcoming weeks are pretty crammed with titles bringing alot of hype. Dead Space (this week), Fable II (next week), Gears of War 2 (11/7), etc. And that's just on the 360

Instead, their biggest competition will be Guitar Hero World Tour, which I don't really seeing big competition to Fallout.

Re:Well one good thing about leaks (2, Insightful)

Sancho (17056) | more than 5 years ago | (#25359729)

Release dates mean a lot. Playing with them lets you adjust your income based upon your fiscal year (look at Harry Potter 6 release date shenanigans.) Shareholders want consistent earnings from year to year, not large fluctuations, for example. There are also times of the year when people tend to use their disposable income more freely, such as around holidays. Releasing your game too far from, say, Christmas means that a great deal of your marketing (which will almost certainly coincide with the release date) won't be as effective when people are actually spending the money.

Then there are other release considerations. Who wants to release their flagship product at the same time that another company has a major release? There are a lot of things that need to be considered when picking a release date--it's not as simple as "release it when it's ready."

Re:Well one good thing about leaks (1)

petermgreen (876956) | more than 5 years ago | (#25360793)

media companies don't want thier products (whether books, movies or games) to appear in a trickle. A trickle would mean retailers who manage to get stock are likely to charge high prices (which leaves customers with the impression the game is very expensive) and means spoilers and pirate copies are likely to be widely spread before most people get thier copy of the product.

So they decide on a release pricepoint, estimate the demand at that pricepoint and then organise a release so that the release day lines up with the marketing campaign and with the availibility of sufficiant product that supplies won't run out. Of course this all screws up if someone leaks the game first.

Won't do me any good. (0, Offtopic)

Kid Zero (4866) | more than 5 years ago | (#25359423)

No xbox 360.

My Current PC sure won't run it. I've got Fallout and Fallout two, thanks to GOG.com again so I'm happy for now. :)

Re:Won't do me any good. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25359479)

Damnit! Then this whole leak was pointless! Ok, what system do you have? We'll get working on it right away!

Re:Won't do me any good. (1)

meringuoid (568297) | more than 5 years ago | (#25360149)

Ok, what system do you have? We'll get working on it right away!

BeOS, please. And my friends here would like copies for Amiga and RiscOS.

Re:Won't do me any good. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25359681)

thanks for that useless post.

Re:Won't do me any good. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25359797)

Your post is less useful than a GNAA troll.

We don't give a fuck about you playing the first two games or your plug for gog.com.

Re:Won't do me any good. (-1, Offtopic)

elrous0 (869638) | more than 5 years ago | (#25359849)

Thanks for keeping us posted one the minutia of your life, man. Be sure and post here to let use know about all the other stuff you don't have or aren't able to do. We're dying to know.

Re:Won't do me any good. (2, Insightful)

Beyond_GoodandEvil (769135) | more than 5 years ago | (#25360107)

Thanks for keeping us posted one the minutia of your life, man. Be sure and post here to let use know about all the other stuff you don't have or aren't able to do. We're dying to know.
Isn't that what twitter is for?(not the /. dude)

Re:Won't do me any good. (0, Offtopic)

achenaar (934663) | more than 5 years ago | (#25360425)

Sod the ACs, I just recently found out about gog.com, and it's neat, and relevant, so there.
Seriously, these are *comments* related to the original story. The bar isn't set very high. Complain about ACs with racist/obscene comments that don't belong here, not appropriate comments.
Honestly.

I think this will be a good thing for the game (1, Interesting)

aka_big_wurm (757512) | more than 5 years ago | (#25359497)

There are not a lot of 360's out there that can run pirated games, this may help the game more than it will hurt it.

Re:I think this will be a good thing for the game (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25359843)

Well there will be one more tomorrow. I have had an Xbox 360 with a bad power supply and maybe a blown cap on the board laying around for a year now, with my EE background I think I am going to give a go at fixing it than modding it.

Aaahh... Innocence... (2)

denzacar (181829) | more than 5 years ago | (#25360367)

Aaahh... Innocence...

Rhymes well with ignorance and nonsense.

 

With incense too, but that is from another song.

You need a modded 360 to play it. (4, Insightful)

Dr. Manhattan (29720) | more than 5 years ago | (#25359547)

Maybe from Sony's perspective, Blu-ray was an extra hurdle to help reduce piracy. There are a lot more DVD burners than Blu-ray burners, for now.

Re:You need a modded 360 to play it. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25359627)

If you can mod a PS3 to play pirated games, couldn't you modify it to play off the network?

Re:You need a modded 360 to play it. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25359697)

The PS3 has been out for two years next month. It still hasn't been hacked. All the console pirating is Wii and the 360.

Re:You need a modded 360 to play it. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25359823)

It has not been hacked because nobody cares about it.

Re:You need a modded 360 to play it. (0)

elrous0 (869638) | more than 5 years ago | (#25359905)

It hasn't been hacked because no hacker owns one.

Re:You need a modded 360 to play it. (2, Insightful)

chaim79 (898507) | more than 5 years ago | (#25360323)

Probably dealing as much with the space requirements as anything else, a 5-7 gb download is no-where near a 30 - 50 gb download, most computers wouldn't have enough free space to handle more then two of them sitting around (to seed) and there wouldn't be very much demand for them with very few people having Blue-Ray burners.

I suspect there won't be a real PS3 disk-based game piracy issue for a while, Blue-Ray will have to be a lot more popular and HD space & bandwidth will have to be pushed in order to make it worth anyone's while.

However, if someone would get on hacking download-able games I'd be all for it, especially if they got home-brew games working, I'd love to be able to dink around with programming a game, load it using USB, and play around with it. I'd probably never be able to do anything impressive but I'd have some fun and interest.

Re:You need a modded 360 to play it. (2, Interesting)

Splab (574204) | more than 5 years ago | (#25360011)

Actually the PS3 is pretty annoying in that regard, had to go buy me a standalone DVD player since the PS3 Hypervisor prevents me from playing any region DVDs on it. Thus far I have found no work around, so it seems like Sony figured out how to do it proper.

Attack of the torrents... (1)

Dr.D.IS.GREAT (1249946) | more than 5 years ago | (#25359553)

Its a shame all of us Fallout fantaticle folk have been subject to wait so long for this title. Its kinda like when HL 2 was released, them hackerly folks hacked and slashed it and torrented it up on the internets/torrentz. I forsee this to be a rising trend in PC gaming as well as on the console side of things for we are bound to using standard media for console games IE CD/DVDs. this is gunna be another one of those DRM ridden releases if we /. folk are not carefull. DO NOT TELL THE WORLD HORATIO, DO NOT TELL THE WORLD!!!

The real scary thing to consider is that Fallout 3 may be subject to the same BS that HL2 had, steam - a glorified activation front end to be the one DRM to rule them all.

Dr. D

Re:Attack of the torrents... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25359609)

To Beth's credit (regardless of the quality of the game they have made) - their DRM strategy for the retail game is basically no DRM... or at least super minimal like Morrowind and Oblivion. If it is distributed online, then they are probably subject to whatever DRM scheme's the online providers have.

review copy (5, Informative)

socsoc (1116769) | more than 5 years ago | (#25359555)

The leaked 360 version isn't retail, but is a review copy. The interwebs have given a lot of flack [pastebin.ca] to SEED4ME about their releases.

Re:review copy (3, Interesting)

Drakin020 (980931) | more than 5 years ago | (#25359663)

Fine by me.

I torrent games to use them as somewhat of a Demo. I play it to see if I like it, if I like it and am still interested I go out and buy it.

Re:review copy (0, Flamebait)

bonch (38532) | more than 5 years ago | (#25360075)

Yeah, right. And I'm sure all the other people downloading the file chunks from you while you're downloading it from them are treating it as a "demo" too. All these demo-ers!

Re:review copy (1)

Drakin020 (980931) | more than 5 years ago | (#25360141)

What other people do is not my concern.

Re:review copy (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25360463)

You're still an enabler of bad activity (sharing to people pirating). It's like helping your friend rob a bank, and then telling the police "well, I didn't keep any of the money for myself!". You still helped someone else do something incorrect.

I pirate games from time to time, but I don't lie to myself about what it is I'm doing.

Re:review copy (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25360751)

It is your concern depending on the circumstances, because you can be an unwitting accomplice. If you left your car unlocked every night, with the keys under the visor, and someone discovered this and used your car to do illegal things like burglary before returning it... you would arguably be considered irresponsible for not making a minimum effort to limit access to your car.

I knew a spoiled young man who would take anything out of any unlocked car, because he believed the owner didn't value the contents enough to protect them.

It's the same as putting a password on your shared iTunes library, or putting a key on your wireless internet, or locking a loaded gun in your desk, or putting salt on your icy sidewalk, or a CAUTION sign on a wet floor.

We are in fact tangentially responsible for the actions of each other. Simply because some people will (obliviously or amorally) do anything they potentially can do.

Re:review copy (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25360429)

However you have to justify it bub.

Re:review copy (1)

phoenix0783 (965193) | more than 5 years ago | (#25360841)

That is BS. While you're downloading your "demo" other people are also downloading it from you. You're propagating piracy. Of you want to know if a game is good go read some reviews.

Re:review copy (1)

orielbean (936271) | more than 5 years ago | (#25359973)

Been playing it now. It's very fun. I am also barely smart enough to not plug the freakin ethernet cable in while doing so. That's just asking for trouble. And if it's a 1:1 copy with the new FW, how would MS tell the difference between a legit review copy given to Game Informer vs the one I burned with my DL burner? Rock-It Launcher is lots of fun.

But what DRM is it shipping with? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25359571)

Is there any news on what DRM it's shipping with, if any? (now that's an optimistic point of view)

Re:But what DRM is it shipping with? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25359767)

I do hear it is minimal to none (no rootkit, IIRC) - similar to the other PC games Bethesda has produced

Re:But what DRM is it shipping with? (1)

Cythrawl (941686) | more than 5 years ago | (#25360313)

Same as Oblivion a CD check and that's pretty much it

STOP RIGHT THERE (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25359891)

RADIOACTIVE SCUM

seriously I hope this is more than some extensive Oblivion mods. Loved me some fallout tactics.

Re:STOP RIGHT THERE (4, Interesting)

meringuoid (568297) | more than 5 years ago | (#25360115)

seriously I hope this is more than some extensive Oblivion mods. Loved me some fallout tactics.

Either this is the greatest troll of all time, or you really missed out. Go and play Fallout. Then play Fallout 2. You'll realise why the rest of us pretty much gave Tactics a miss.

Now, I give it ten minutes before some old bugger with a three-digit ID comes along and tells me to play Wasteland.

Re:STOP RIGHT THERE (4, Funny)

JASegler (2913) | more than 5 years ago | (#25360255)

Will a four digit ID do?

I played Wasteland on a C64.
I can remember swapping disks around to get a full inventory to the shop in Las Vegas..

And killing that massive bot at the intersection.. What was it some sort of Scorpion bot?

Re:STOP RIGHT THERE (1)

svendsen (1029716) | more than 5 years ago | (#25360365)

I remember that damn scorpion bot...took like 10 LAW rockets and lots of full burning of clips to bring it down.... I played it on the C64 too...great game..

Re:STOP RIGHT THERE (1)

Botched (1314867) | more than 5 years ago | (#25360399)

Scorpion tank :) It had good loot, law rockets. Best game ever.

Re:STOP RIGHT THERE (1)

mahdi13 (660205) | more than 5 years ago | (#25360695)

I first played it on the C64 also, and burned the floppy drive out with it from swapping the disks so much. Insert disk 2, insert disk 1, insert disk 3 insert disk 1...but the Citadel was TONS of fun despite the swapping =)

The Scorpion thing...that was best to split your team up so they all didn't get taken out all at once. Medic skills came in super handy at that time. So many great story bits in that game...

Re:STOP RIGHT THERE (1)

mahdi13 (660205) | more than 5 years ago | (#25360569)

Wasteland was an excellent game in its 16 color 1988 glory. 20 years is a long time. I'm sure most people these days wouldn't be able to handle it very well as it's pretty much a text adventure with a map and some repetitive pictures.

F1 and F2 were great games and I enjoyed Tactics, it was different but it was still Fallout...turning off real-time combat made it playable.

Do we know the fscking system requirements yet? (-1, Flamebait)

Ortega-Starfire (930563) | more than 5 years ago | (#25359895)

See subject line.

Re:Do we know the fscking system requirements yet? (1)

EchaniDrgn (1039374) | more than 5 years ago | (#25360295)

From TFS:

They provided the systems specs for the PC release as well.

Nope, I guess not.

Re:Do we know the fscking system requirements yet? (1)

Ortega-Starfire (930563) | more than 5 years ago | (#25360517)

That's what I get for not RTFA.

Re:Do we know the fscking system requirements yet? (1, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25360301)

It's in the article.

Re:Do we know the fscking system requirements yet? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25360461)

An Xbox 360 or a Playstation 3. :)

Re:Do we know the fscking system requirements yet? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25360475)

Seeing that it has to "run" on consoles it should be rather reasonable. Isn't it the same engine as Oblivion?

Piracy is killing PC gaming! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25360019)

Oh wait.

And I want the .. (0, Troll)

roguegramma (982660) | more than 5 years ago | (#25360053)

And I want the linux version leaked ..

supply chain (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25360477)

From what I understand of xbox discs being pressed, the master data is encrypted and sent somewhere. Those people press the discs and ship them back for distribution. This is true of the test-discs sent to willows road and elsewhere, which would include a gold version having compat-tests run on all the different hardware revisions. Posting anonymously because I'm a coward. My NDA expired a year or so ago.

Yuck (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25360885)

I viewed several of the walkthroughs. I thought the bloody heads coming off was vile.

So this game gives us:
1. A blasted ugly world to walk around in.
2. Lots of people cursing f* this, f* that.
3. Slo-mo blood.
4. Nice happy music.

I'll pass.

Posting AC because slashdot moderation stinks.

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