So I bought Fallout 3 around Xmas time. I am only about 1/2 way thru and it has been a fun little experience. The game is a post nuclear war apocalypse RPG/FPS – combining some of my favorite game genres. I like FPS games with STORY. This has it, it is good.
So I have noticed that Bathesda, the development studio, recently released an expansion called Fallout 3 Operation Anchorage where you apparently get to fight some communists in alaska.
Anyway, I bought Fallout 3 thru my favorite gaming platform, Steam. Its great! I have the game legally installed on my laptop and on my desktop, i even managed to set up a system to sync my gamesaves between the two.
Well, Bathesda released the expansion ONLY THRU Microsoft’s new steam platform rival, Games for Microsoft Live. So to get the expansion I would have to move my current game files into a different folder, install a new client, buy 1000 microsoft points (the expansion itself costs 850, but points are only purchasable in quantities of 1000, what BS) and download the game. After that I would have to repeat some steps to get it working on my laptop. I also wonder if it would then require that I log into Seam and GFWL (isnt that a awful acronym to say) both to play my expansion.
Ugh. Installing a new DLC client just to get an expansion is not for me. Too much of a pain in the rear. Bathesda, stay away from GWFL if you want any more money from me. I hope this isnt another stupid attempt to “thwart piracy” that has gone horribly awry.
BTW, I am not a MSFT hater either. I just prefer not to be told where I have to buy stuff, especially if its an addition to the stuff I already have. “Here is your dvd player – we don’t carry the cable however…”