Thursday, October 02, 2008

Buying Fallout 3

Several people have made offhand comments about the fact that I haven't posted anything about my trip, one person even going so far at to imply their lives are so boring that they have to live through my adventures. I have been wanting to post stuff but just never seem to get around to it. I even wrote a review of Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip after I finished watching all the episodes, but haven't posted it because I wanted to put up a travel post first and just haven't. But then Jeff died and I wanted to post something about that, then I saw the article mentioned below while waiting to run a game demo and kinda found myself typing that up and now posting it. So, I just want to say that I will say something about the trip soon, but for now lets talk about Fallout 3.

I have already said I am not buying Spore because of the overly aggressive and invasive Digital Rights Management software screwing me, the legitimate user.

I thought that since I was going out of my way to spout off about what I wasn't buying because of DRM, that I should also point out what I was buying because the publisher was smart enough not to put in overly aggressive and invasive DRM.

I hereby announce that I am buying Fallout 3.

Shacknews has just put up an interview with Bethesda's Pete Hines in which he is specifically asked about DRM in Fallout 3.
Shack: What kind of copy protection will be included on the PC version of Fallout 3?

Pete Hines: Pretty similar to what we did for Oblivion, which was--we basically don't do any--we do the mildest form possible. I actually don't know if I even want to get into what it is that we exactly do, but we try to be really noninvasive when it comes to that stuff.
He also talks about the Australian Ratings board issue which was one of the factors in them removing the names of real drugs, like Morphine, from the game as well as his views on PC versus consoles and their desire to continue to support both platforms.

Speaking of the Australian Ratings Board and their banning of games, Woody of GU comics put up an amusing comic about that last week.


Capn John said...

I'm not going to buy a DSi, but I'll probably pick up Fallout 3 :)

Joseph B. Hewitt IV said...

At GDC the booth next to ours had something to do with Bethesda but I think they might have been a recruiter or something. Not sure. Anyway they were giving away little PIP-Boy pins. I had originally just gotten two of them, but on the last day when everybody was taking down their booths, I asked the people working there if they would like a drink since we had a whole stock of ice cold sodas and bottles of water.

Afterwords they saw me eyeing the pins and told me to take as many as I wanted. I grabbed a big handful and have been passing them out to friends.

Capn John said...

I love vendor fairs, although our booth rarely has the cool give-aways you find at other booths. On the plus side, that usually means less people hanging around our booth, which gives me plenty of time to wander off (a booth with just pamphlets literally runs itself ;) and see what I can pick up from everyone else.

It's like being a kid in a candy shop only the candy is free ;)