Bethesda is currently working with Microsoft to remove Fallout 3’s new expansion, The Pitt. Players of both the PC and Xbox versions are reporting rainbow textured raiders, and an abundance of floating exclamation points in the new DLC. Bethesda is blaming the screwups on “corrupted” files, but my guess is that they simply rushed the product and didn’t think anyone would notice.

I wasn’t really looking forward to The Pitt anyways, as the last DLC to be released for Fallout 3 was Operation Anchorage, which took place inside a virtual reality simulator. Now, to me, placing your expansion inside a VR world just screams “I’m too lazy to actually write a storyline that will actually impact the game world,” and I passed on that, but The Pitt is supposed to take place in the real Fallout 3 world. I hoped that maybe this expansion wouldn’t be a rushed piece of shit, too, but I will be avoiding this, and probably any further Fallout 3 expansions like the plague.

I don’t know why I came to expect anything else from the same people that brought us all horse armor.

Fuck Mainstream Gaming

March 8, 2009

I agree 100% with everything in this post at Eegra. Here’s a snippet.

The point is, don’t worry about those fucking expensive games. Fuck ‘em. They’re probably shit, and even if they aren’t, fuck ‘em – spend that money on a trip overseas.

The PC version of Gears of War stopped working. The reason seems to be that the game’s DRM was set to stop working on January 28th, and players are being forced to set back their PC clocks in order to use the game. Epic is currently working on a fix, but I can’t help but wonder why the DRM was set to expire in the first place.

I really don’t know what kind of people play Gears of War on PC. I mean, the game is about three years old, and there are far better 3rd and 1st person shooters out there. Gears of War is a pretty shitty game when compared to most other PC shooters in the same vein, and while the console release may have been a fun experience, it doesn’t really translate to the PC well. But that’s not the point, I guess. The point is that if people want to play a shitty, three year old game that they purchased, they should be able to, and not have to deal with expiring DRM.

Epic is one of those companies that I never really got into. I have enjoyed some of their games, but I can’t help but not trust a company that is better known for its engine than its games. Also, it should be mentioned that Gears of War PC is published by Microsoft, and is part of the half-aborted fetus known as Games for Windows. With Microsoft at the helm, I suppose I’m not really that surprised. This is really a prime example of a DRM fuck-up, and proof that most companies don’t care if the DRM breaks your game.

I should also note that people who have pirated copies of the game have experienced no issues…none at all. So, why buy a game that is purposefully broken when you can download it for free and not have to deal with having a game that doesn’t work?

Destructoid posted a little article on how Ensemble, developers of Halo Wars, is claiming that their console control scheme is going to be better than a mouse and keyboard. This is a plain lie, and in many circles is also called “bullshit.” Ensemble is going out of business as soon as Halo Wars is released, and any employees are being paid extra to stay onboard. This sounds like just some “clever” PR move to try and sell as many copies as they can to lessen the financial damages caused by closing a studio.

Not to be a skeptic of console gaming, but I highly doubt that this will be that magic game that finally revolutionizes console RTSes…keep looking.